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Title: Point Of Control
Author: Drake Green
Genre: Fiction, Crime
Point Of Control by Drake Green is a first book in the Bogota Private Eye series. The book is set in Bagota, Columbia and is about the crimes and tragic events that take place there.
Anders Neyman, an American, is an English teacher in Bagota. He is yet to get used to the violent ways of the Colombians when he notices a series of kidnappings and finds himself a suspect in one of them when one of his own students goes missing. Together with Detective Rafael Sandoval, an ex army man named Darius and Miguel, whose wife is among the kidnapped, they set out on a mission to rescue the abducted women. Overcoming risky situations, they move on from one indication to the other. A few lives are lost despite their efforts but that only makes them more determined and Anders vows to save as many women as he can. But when circumstances turn against them, Anders wonders if he has bitten more than he can chew.
Straight out, I liked the book. It paints a vivid picture of the situation in Colombia. The story travels on a good pace that speeds up after every chapter. It ends with an exciting, action packed climax. The story is inspired by the personal experiences of the author himself who has lived in Bagota. Through this book, he successfully puts across his encounters in an interesting way. The book is about the fight against the mafia, guerrillas, drug use etc. and the challenges faced by the common people who are caught between the good and the evil.
The characters of Anders, Darius and Sandoval are well sketched with their background explained beautifully. They come on as strong, determined men. Each of the characters has been given enough context for the reader to comprehend their mind set. Especially Anders. There is a place in the story when Anders doubts himself but after some thought, he pushes forward with all that he has got. Also, the story behind Darius is very moving. Then there are the action sequences which are tastefully done. These are the parts of the story that I especially appreciated.
Overall, I enjoyed the book although I thought the end could have been better. The revelation of the kidnapper was a no brainer, according to me. But otherwise, I would recommend this book to all, especially for its action sequences.
*** This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. ***