Review: Ant Farm by James M. Jackson

There’s nothing predictable or same-old-same-old about Seamus McCree or the kind of crime he investigates. He’s not a solo PI, but a former stock analyst working with a sophisticated group of investigators with expertise in financial crime.

Seamus is likeable and multi-dimensional. He’s a risk-taker when it comes to his own well-being and quite the opposite when it comes to his college-age son, Paddy, a computer whiz and hacker. The father-son relationship adds depth to the story.

I appreciated how the energy of the scenes and chapters was orchestrated, with a range from intense and adrenaline-pumping to quietly intriguing. The writing is tight and polished, the plot original, and the characters complex. The romantic subplot was a surprise but believable.

Ordinarily, I dislike the anonymous point of view. However, Jackson handles this device skillfully, giving the anonymous perpetrator enough of an identity and personality that one senses a person driving the events rather than the author playing tricks on the reader. In many books that use this device, the villain’s POV scenes could be subtracted without losing anything except spoilers. In Ant Farm, the anonymous POV chapters create a suspenseful layer of events in which the plot advances. I’m impressed.

And I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. I’ll be buying it as soon as it’s liberated from Kindle Unlimited, along with the rest of the series. It won’t be too much longer. Meanwhile, Ant Farm is free on all e-book retail sites.

Books from Four Authors #Free and #99cents

I hope you’re all well and safe and getting through as well as possible in the strange and stressful new normal. Should you need more books to read …

The Calling is still free, Shaman’s Blues is 99 cents, and the other books in the Mae Martin Psychic Mystery series are $2.99 each. No murder, just mystery. Three other authors—Jean Gill, Kristin Gleeson, and Virginia King—are also offering one book free and another for 99 cents. We’re an international group and can take you to other times and many places. Gill writes historical fiction and fantasy; Gleeson’s books are also historical; and King’s books are women’s fiction with a touch of mystery and mythology. Enjoy the escape.

Sending positive energy,

Amber

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