Sunday, August 23, 2009

Midnight Train to Memphis, by Derek B. Davis

Midnight Train to Memphis, by Derek B. Davis

I don’t remember where I came across this book, but it held my interest. The story and characters are interesting despite the Steven Seagal-ish plot: a proud veteran framed by a corrupt businessman gathers his military friends to fight back and clear his name. Gambling, smuggling, murder, and rape give this a clearly adult tone, but the simple writing and large print give this a distinct young adult feel. The unevenness can be forgiven, though, as it is Davis’ first outing as an author and the promise shown here is intriguing.

First Sentence:
A new model Chevrolet Silverado passed by, leaving behind a gust of wind to part Ryan’s hair.

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