Tuesday, December 21, 2010

National Hate Crime, by JD Bowen

National Hate CrimeJon Archer is back at it.  He is flying to Florida when his plane crashes in the Everglades.  As he struggles to lead a group of survivors to safety, it becomes clear he is not alone in the woods.  His partner's helicopter gets shot down by a group of Neo Nazis, and suddenly a much bigger picture starts to emerge.  Archer is not the only one in danger, and no one knows if the threats can be stopped.

A huge round of applause to JD Bowen, not only for another incredible book, but for tackling what could be considered sensitive subject matter.  The idea of using racism and Neo Nazis as part of a novel plot may make some feel squeamish, but one only need to look at the current newspaper to realize this is a huge problem, and things like the threats in the book are all too real.

Once again, the character of Jon Archer is showcased in the novel, and we continue to learn a little more about him.  I was happy to see the romantic aspect still going strong, and am interested to see where that leads in the next book.  There did seem to be a bit more carnage in this book, and it is described pretty casually, particularly during the plane crash, but I think because we are somewhat seeing this from Archer's perspective, the casual nature is appropriate.  This is not a man to get woozy over a little blood, given the fact he has been shot something like 5 times.  Female readers may find it a bit bloody, but I personally thought it was a vital aspect of the story, and for that reason loved the grit.  Male readers will be drawn in by the realism of the action, and females will be drawn in by the hint of romance.

All in all, another fantastic book by Bowen, and I for one can not wait to read about Archer's next adventure.

A review copy of the book was provided courtesy of the author.