Sunday, December 8, 2013

Firefall by J.H. Bogran review

New York City firefighter, Sebastian Martin, seeks sanctuary in spiraling alcoholic oblivion following the loss of his wife and child in an air crash. Consumed by rage and resentment, directed against his brother and uncle, he takes a last-ditch job in Dallas, Texas, investigating insurance fraud.
Probing a fraudulent claim for a dead child, and another for a missing husband, takes Sebastian to the heart of crime, where he attracts the deadly attention of ruthless international car thieves, uncovers interlinked murders, and is tortured at the hands of a former KGB agent. In uncovering the facts, Sebastian learns his own truth. 
Honduras and three other countries provide the exotic backdrop to this edge of the seat thriller.

J. H. Bográn was born and raised in Honduras. Although he’s the son of a journalist, he ironically prefers to write fiction rather than fact. He majored in Business Administration and has worked in the textile industry for past twenty years.

His debut novel Treasure Hunt, which The Celebrity Café hails as an intriguing novel that provides interesting insight of architecture and the life of a fictional thief, has also been selected as the Top Ten in Preditors & Editor’s Reader Poll.

Firefall, his second novel, is scheduled for release in the second half of 2013 byRebel ePublishers.

The short story The Assassin’s Mistress was selected for inclusion into the Death Toll anthology, where he shares the cover with bestselling authors Stephen Leather, Alex Shaw and Liam Saville among others.

José's genre of choice is Thrillers, but he likes to throw in a twist of romance into the mix, and has recently complicated plots by venturing into the Fantasy realm with his novella Deeds of a Master Archer.

In his native Spanish, he’s collaborated in three 20-episode TV serials for domestic broadcasting, and has penned two screenplays; the latest one for the movie Once Cipotes that will be released in 2013. Letra Negra Editores published his novelHeredero del Mal, to Central America market, in 2007.

He’s a member of the Short Fiction Writers Guild and the International Thriller Writers where he also serves as the Thriller Roundtable Coordinator and contributor editor their official e-zine The Big Thrill.

He lives in Honduras with his wife and three boys, and one "Lucky" dog.
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PS: About the picture above. During my participation in the 2010 ThrillerFest, I toured The Intrepid Museum and got aboard U.S.S. Growler. I figured that nothing could be better for a thriller author than a picture aboard a submarine that had carried nuclear weapons.

My Review:
This was a book that you have to read in one sitting. This story would make a great movie. With that being said, this is why I loved this book. The characters got a lot of empathy from me. For Sebastian to lose his wife and child is devastating. It messes up his whole life. He needs a new job, and different scenery. So he moves. Plus he was a firefighter before, and my husband is deeply involved with our town fire department, so right away that drew me to Sebastian. When he moves he gets a job as an investigator for insurance fraud. I knew that this was bad because people that commit fraud are always lying about something, and will usually do anything to keep their secrets. They do not care who gets hurt in the process. The author did a great job of portraying these characters in a way that I felt as though they were real cases. The author also made transitions from locations flawless, and smooth. The ending was so unpredictable that I had to read the book twice just to see if I missed any clues that led up to the final chapters of the book. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all my opinions are my own.

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