Oct 082012
Review: PhoenixPhoenix by AJ Scudiere
Published by Griffyn Ink on Oct 2, 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Format: eBook from Netgalley
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Jason Mondy’s world is unraveling.

His seemingly secure job as a fire fighter is suddenly thrown into chaos. The bright spot in his week is that he rescued two children from a house fire, but he returns home that night to find all his furniture is missing. His girlfriend has left him without warning and his nightmares keep him from sleeping. Even just a simple trip home to find some rest leads his adoptive mother to sit him down and tell him that maybe his troubles aren’t quite as innocuous as they seem. Then his she divulges a secret she’s kept for over twenty-six years . . .

Jason has a brother he doesn’t remember existed.

He doesn’t remember his life before he was adopted at age seven. He only knows that he was rescued from the fire that took his birth mother’s life. But the story is deeper than that, and the foundation on which he built his world is now cracking. The brother he doesn’t remember it out there somewhere, left behind.

Armed with only this stunning new piece of information, Jason embarks on a quest to find the truths buried deep in his past. As he searches, one by one the pieces of his life fall like dominoes. And the more he uncovers, the more everything he thought he knew about himself and his past begins to turn to ash.

His truth isn’t true at all . . .

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This is a procedural fire fighter story with strong mystery/crime elements, yet little to no romance. It was a bit confusing trying to figure out all the fire fighter lingo and procedures at the same time as trying to understand the storyline. Once I got a handle on the fire fighting parts, the story took centre stage and became much easier to follow and enjoy.

Jason was a contradictory character. His actions when viewed from outside make him seemed like a jerk. He is a womanizer with no emotions. But once you see the story from his point of view, it becomes obvious that he’s just clueless. He doesn’t seem to understand what reactions his actions cause, and he doesn’t get women at all. He’s more deserving of sympathy than derision.

Overall, this story took a bit to get into, but it is enjoyable and entertaining. There is way more tragedy than expected, but it is all realistic, even if it is sad and heartbreaking.

  One Response to “Review: Phoenix”

  1. I loved this book! In fact, I’m giving away a copy of it (plus all of A.J.’s other novels) on my site right now – it started on Friday, so it’s back a little bit, but it’s there. I have three (3) giveaways going on right now … O.o Heh. I have no idea how that happened…

    Glad you enjoyed it. Jason was such a… well, such a man, wasn’t he? Just completely clueless… Heh. I kept shaking my head at him because of his cluelessness… I think A.J. captured the average “man’s man” spot-on with this story. I was super-impressed.

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