by Daniel Romanello
July 31 - September 8, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Dylan Tomassi returns in this sequel to the original coming of age thriller, PAPERBOY. Having grown up poor, Dylan is now a successful private investor, wealthy beyond his wildest dreams and living an idyllic lifestyle on Florida’s gulf coast. Cognizant of his humble beginnings, he is committed to paying it forward as he prepares for the opening of his charitable foundation’s crown jewel.
But crime is raging out of control following the election of an opportunistic carpetbagger and Dylan and those closest to him become victims of a broken system that places them in grave danger. He utilizes his considerable resources to protect those he holds dear, but everyone and everything are not what they appear to be.
An exhilarating action thriller, BLINDSIDED JUSTICE drops you in the middle of an epic battle between justice and subversion.
This is not your typical thriller. Romanello's writing style is very descriptive. New characters and events are described in detail. There are long passages of prose. We follow the everyday life of wealthy Dylan for the most part as he manages his investments and plans a youth center. He is a decent guy but is flawed in his judging the character of women with respect to potential romance.
Interspersed into that record of Dylan's life are several scenes that really emphasize the darker side of people. Some of them center on crooked politicians, making decisions to further their own careers at the expense of upholding the law. Other scenes feature thugs fleecing some people and killing others. Many of the scenes are sexual in nature. There are too many of what I consider explicit sexual scenes of various combinations of people and activities. After a while I skipped reading those scenes entirely.
I did learn a bit about banking practices and how banks might work with insurance companies to offer special services to their customers. I was also given a good example of how a person's persona can be created for media exploitation.
This is a novel for readers who like long sections of prose and detailed descriptions and don't mind sex scenes. While this novel is described as an action thriller, I would not call it one. It is rather a methodical exploration of the character of mankind, good and bad.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
You can read my review of the first book in this series, Paperboy.
Genre: Contemporary Thriller
Published by: Sanitas Publishing
Publication Date: August 2023
Number of Pages: 304
Series: Dylan Tomassi Novels, Book 2
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)