It's not too often you get the chance to get such intriguing and enthralling mysteries these days but the only thing I disliked about the the Jon Stanton Mysteries I have read is the vile language. These days it is something that has to be suffered as "true to life " unfortunately but the reason I disliked such really obscene language in these books was because it was also combined with the Morman church's ethics. However, despite that I commend Victor Methos and hope he continues to write more and more. I believe he is very gifted as much as an amateur reader can value and enjoy what he writes. Long may it continue.
WALK IN THE DARKNESS, by Victor Mathos, was a good story line and kept the attention of the reader for the entire book. It featured corrupt cops and bad crooks vs. Jon Stanton; the good cop. The story was suspenseful and what I would call a "thriller". Mathos is a masterful writer and must have a wealth of knowledge based on his background. Although I am not a prude, I would have not used the "F" word so much as I don't think it enhanced the story. The author expresses a decent person in the main cop, Detective Stanton, but the flavor of the story changes when you read the language of the other characters.
Another good story; there are layers within layers, enticing you to read just one more page...and another. The characters come alive, even if you can't be sure what side of line some are on. The lead character is given to a lot of introspection, which is interesting, given his beliefs and ethics. However, as you read more of this series it becomes almost rote. Methos seems to remove the connective tissue in how he writes. Some transitions in one line of the story to another line are very abrupt and can be dissatisfying.
2 biggest grips - so far the introspection has not resulted in self growth in Stanton. The second gripe - the conclusion of the books I have read so far (1,2 & 3 of the Stanton series) sucks. They tend to be abrupt, no resolution to issues set up in the book...you are left with too many questions.
I have to hand it to Victor Methos. I am impressed. He has managed to write a series of novels with Jon Stanton that are well written and plotted with great twists and turns, but the fact that he can put out this kind of quality again and again leaves me really impressed with his writing abilities. This one is laced with connecting plotlines that are all intriguing, something I rarely find in a book that features multiple POVs. The world he creates is realistic and keeps you going. It turns the pages with no filler and flows well. I won't spoil the story, but it's good.
This book had so much potential, but just too unbelievable. I had no problem with the religious aspects, but it felt random and undeveloped. Still in love with his ex-wife and longing for his family, yet carrying on a passionate affair with a co-worker didn't make sense to me. And the multiple, serious injuries he sustains with little to no healing time or lingering after effects made him seem like a super hero. Too much detail about what people were eating, and not enough attention to tying u the several plot strands --which were interesting. (What happened to the wealthy family sponsoring the sex parties, and how was the school officer not sanctioned for not reporting the child abuse? What happened to Karen? What in the world was the deal with the attorney who initiated the lawsuits? So much time spent on depositions etc. then no conclusion. Speaking of conclusions, there wasn't one. I guess, to be continued.... In fairness, this (book 2) was the first book I read in the series, so perhaps some things might make more sense if I were to go back and read the first one. And perhaps book 3 will the up some of the loose threads.. But I'd like to know in advance if books should be read in order, and I don't appreciate having to read the next book to find out what happened. Please could you just add a couple more chapters? I love detective mysteries, and I liked this Jon Stanton character, but this just left me in "the dark".
Story was ok, characters were likable, but I’m completely confused by the references to the main character’s being Mormon. So he’s Mormon and doesn’t drink or smoke, yet he sleeps with a girlfriend while trying to get back together with his ex wife. Being Mormon, I know we’re not perfect, but if he’s truly trying to live his religion (he’s inviting people to church) AND wants back with his wife, why’s he sleeping around? Personally the story would be much better without any confusing references to a religion he’s not really practicing.