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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sun News Reviewer Shares Thriller with New Book Review

Title: Justice Beyond Law
Author: Barry Kelly
Website: www.factsandfictions.com ; www.facebook.com/factsandfictions
Genre: Fiction

Review: Originally appeared in The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
ISBN: 978-0983307334

Reviewed by Joan Leotta

Reading Corner | ‘Justice Beyond Law’ a fast-paced thriller with good writing, plot, characters

Move over Batman: Jack Brandon, former cop and Marine and millionaire does not need a utility belt or a special car. With his superb martial arts skills and two ex-CIA female sidekicks, Kathy and Anita, he battles today’s super criminals – ex-KGB agents working with al-Qaida.

Having accepted the basic premise of the hero’s massive skill set and the tremendous abilities of his sidekicks, plus a plethora of great connections, amazing family background story and money, the book captivates readers with a well-structured plot, terse writing and fast-paced action. Author Barry Kelly’s scenic descriptions in this, his first novel, are right on the mark.

I was especially pleased to see his loving detail of Pittsburgh (my hometown) and Washington, D.C., (where I lived for 35 years) and the places along Route 30 that connect the two. More exotic locales such as Katmandu receive equally detailed treatment. Does the hero find romance? Yes, but without slowing the action. Kelly uses every scene to advance the action and plot.

The trail of dead bodies left as our heroes fight for justice without the structure of CIA rules stretches across several continents in the course of the action; the totals are worthy of an opera.

~Submitted by Caroline Evans, freelance editor, stareditors@gmail.com.


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