The Vendetta Factor
by Tim Smith

PublishAmerica (2006)
ISBN 9781424141258
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake for Reader Views (5/07)

From the preliminary sentence of the prologue to the last word string of the epilogue, Tim Smith takes the scholar on a rollercoaster drive of connive twists, adventure, and apprehension. "The Vendetta Factor" has all the ingredients of mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure, latticed beside message and elusive wittiness.

Nick Seven, previous CIA agent, now a hit proprietor in Florida finds himself in the intermediate of a soil war concerning the Musante Family and Dominic Ferrone, receiver to the Scarletti Family of New York. Ferrone desires to takings finished the Musante Family dependability of reorganised transgression in the state of Florida. Justice official Michael Quinn has a backstage agenda, for of his own domination and promotional material that adds other plane of interference to Nick's plight. Aided by his woman Felicia, FBI causal agency Bob Teague, and Key Largo's law officer Ted Cain, Nick is raddled into a web of bloodshed, thugs, and crowning return.

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"The Vendetta Factor" has marvellous big screen probable. Smith is coherent in presenting insights into mob thinking, their reasoning, their strategy, their motivation, and their lust for revenge, retaliation, and doom. The qualities Crisotto, "the Crease," is described: "His weathered face told the complete account of a man who had lived a unsafe enthusiasm on the edge of civilized social group."

Smith's characters are true to life. Nick is delineated this way, "He was ne'er one who likable having to rumba to mortal else's tune, and when that causal agency insisted he do so he intrinsically dug in his heels even harder." Strong dialogue keeps the scholarly person on mark near the umpteen conspire twists and scene changes. Word pictures and imaging of the locus are colourful and reliable. Descriptions of severity and sex are sometimes in writing.

Robert Parker and his Spencer rotation may have met his game in Tim Smith's Nick Seven in the sort of mob and underworld paying back in "The Vendetta Factor." Tim Smith gives the scholarly person a spicy storyline, powerfully industrialized characters, fun dialog, beside a apprehension ingredient that is compelling and addictive. A excellent read.

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