Revenge by Henry Scott – Book Review

Revenge by Henry Scott – Book Review

Revenge by Henry Scott

Revenge
Redemption Series Book One

Author – Henry Scott
Publisher – Pretty Lake Publishing
Pages – 219
Released – 20th October 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1956781014
Format – ebook, paperback, hardcover
Rating – 4 Stars
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Synopsis

Jake Bryant, a disgraced Chicago PD detective, rushes home after he learns of his best friend’s murder. Desperate to redeem himself in the eyes of the woman he loves – the widow of his murdered best friend – he makes it his mission to catch the killer even if that means inserting himself into a police investigation where he’s far from welcome.

But when the murderer is identified and slips through the fingers of the court system, Jake is faced with the ultimate moral dilemma. Does he let the man get away with the crime or exact his own kind of vigilante justice?

Review by George

When someone murders Tom Morgan, his friend, former Chicago police detective Jake Bryant is eager to join the investigation. But Detective Noles, who has the case, doesn’t want Jake’s help. There are few clues; the crime looks like road rage that escalated to murder. Despite the odds, Jake does manage to identify the shooter, but Noles doesn’t have enough evidence to arrest him. Will Jake be able to find the evidence he needs, or will he become judge, jury, and executioner?

Revenge is a book with many characters and a lot of moving parts. It’s an engrossing tale, although there’s a bit more blood and guts than some people may care for. Jake must deal with some dodgy people on his quest for justice, and Jake himself reveals more flaws than your typical hero. Regardless, the story is solid enough to hold the reader’s interest. It’s not a mystery; the killer is revealed early on and even Jake soon learns who he is. Instead, the main storyline revolves around Jake trying to determine what justice for Tom will look like. There are a few subplots thrown in as well.

My main difficulty with the book is that it leaves several loose ends hanging. For instance, as Tom Morgan is dying, one of his last thoughts is the hope Jake will discover and investigate some video evidence he’s hidden. We never hear about that evidence—or its significance—again. Similarly, after an initial dustup with Noles, Jake appears to reach an understanding with the detective. But then Noles disappears from the book. Other characters are introduced only to vanish into limbo as well. All this makes a bit more sense when you consider that Revenge is the first book in a five-book series and, hopefully, the subsequent books may tie the loose ends together.

Still, Revenge is a decent read. It’s not necessarily for those who like their murders neat and clean, yet it isn’t a complete gorefest either. If you like thrillers, you should like Revenge. But you may need to read four more books for everything to totally make sense.

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Author Info

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Henry Scott lives in metro-Detroit with his family, two lovable golden retrievers, a cat, and a turtle who are on his Instagram and TikTok feeds. He loves coffee, Detroit-style pizza, true-crime TV shows, bonfires on cool nights, and his Triumph motorcycle.

p>He’s also an avid reader whose earliest memories is crying at the end of Charlotte’s Web because it wasn’t fair- she’d saved Wilbur, damn it! However, he moved past that sad experience and started another book about a boy and his dog, Old Yeller.

Luckily, that didn’t turn him off from reading because he found great joy in countless other stories since, like the Black Stallion, Chronicles of Narnia, Jack Reacher, Wheel of Time, A song of Fire and Ice, and anything by Stephen King or Harlan Coben. Hopefully, you can see their influence in his writing.

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2 Responses

  1. vidya says:

    the storyline sounds wonderful but I am not sure I would care much for all the blood and guts you mention. enjoyed your review

  2. Nadene says:

    Loving the sound of Revenge. Adding it to my wishlist.