#Review: A Black Sail – Rich Zahradnik
Though I’ve come into this series via this third book, I must say that A Black Sail reads like a standalone novel. It provides enough information from the previous books in the series without bogging down the reader with unnecessary data.
Diving into Coleridge’s chaotic life, we learn more about his desires and what he truly wants to do with his life. This is a character that cares greatly about what he does for a living. He also cares about the situations he finds himself in. Granted, things don’t always go the way he thought they would, but he seems to find a way out of the tight spots he comes across.
Rich weaves a tale that truly engrosses the reader. We get caught up in the mystery, diving further into the story to find out more about what’s happening. His easy, and quite pleasing, way of storytelling allows us to envision the environments he creates for his characters. We also feel their uncertainties, confusion, and the myriad of emotions they feel along the way.
The vivid descriptions also helps the reader to truly see the locations Coleridge visits. Mind you, this story takes place during the U. S. Bicentennial. Life back in the 70’s was quite different to how it is now. I confess that I kept envisioning the places and events that took place around Coleridge. That’s how clearly defined the author paints pictures for his readers.
A truly engrossing story, A Black Sail will take you back to a time when life was much simpler than it is now. A time when mysteries and murders were the flavor of the day or week. I’ve a feeling Coleridge’s story isn’t done yet, and look forward to what the author has in store for him and the rest of these delightful characters.
On the eve of the US Bicentennial, newsman Coleridge Taylor is covering Operation Sail. New York Harbor is teeming with tall ships from all over the world. While enjoying the spectacle, Taylor is still a police reporter. He wants to cover real stories, and gritty New York City still has plenty of those in July of 1976. One surfaces right in front of him when a housewife is fished out of the harbor wearing bricks of heroin, inferior stuff users have been rejecting for China White.
Convinced he’s stumbled on a drug war between the Italian Mafia and a Chinese tong, Taylor is on fire once more. But as he blazes forward, flanked by his new girlfriend, ex-cop Samantha Callahan, his precious story grows ever more twisted and deadly. In his reckless search for the truth, he rattles New York’s major drug cartels. If he solves the mystery, he may end up like the victim–in a watery grave.
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About The Author:
The second installment, DROP DEAD PUNK, won the gold medal for mystery/thriller ebook in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs). It was also named a finalist in the mystery category of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. LAST WORDS won the bronze medal for mystery/thriller ebook in the 2015 IPPYs and honorable mention for mystery in the 2015 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards.
“Taylor, who lives for the big story, makes an appealingly single-minded hero,” Publishers Weekly wrote of DROP DEAD PUNK.
Zahradnik was a journalist for 30-plus years, working as a reporter and editor in all major news media, including online, newspaper, broadcast, magazine and wire services. He held editorial positions at CNN, Bloomberg News, Fox Business Network, AOL and The Hollywood Reporter.
In January 2012, he was one of 20 writers selected for the inaugural class of the Crime Fiction Academy, a first-of-its-kind program run by New York’s Center for Fiction.
Zahradnik was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1960 and received his B.A. in journalism and political science from George Washington University. He lives with his wife Sheri and son Patrick in Pelham, New York, where writes fiction and teaches elementary school kids how to publish newspapers.
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