Monday, February 26, 2018

G955 Book Review of necessities by Boyd Taylor

Name of Book: Necessities

Author: Boyd Taylor

ISBN: 978-0-9894707-3-5

Publisher: Katherine Brown Press

Part of a Series: Donnie Ray Cuinn Series

Type of book: PTSD, war hero, double amputee, determination, newspaper business, quirky characters, wealth, secrets, Akron Ohio, Austin, Texas

Year it was published: 2017

Summary:

Donnie Ray Cuinn returns to Austin to defend a war hero accused of murder. David Lewis lost both legs in Iraq, but he has overcome his nightmares and his disabilities by sheer willpower. He has learned to run and to box and is a successful newspaperman with a beautiful wife and son. Now the nightmares have returned and he must stand trial for murder. With twists that never seem to end, this gripping legal thriller is filled with suspense and indelibly drawn characters dealing with love and betrayal.

Characters:

Main characters include David Lewis, a war hero of Iraq who is a double amputee and has married into the wealthy Lehrer family. David is an admirable yet a flawed human being who seems to be a bit naive when it comes to real life but in business he is competitive and admirable as well as ambitious. Other characters include the Lehrer family such as David's wife Cordelia and her personal assistant Francois and Donnie Ray Cuinn and Anna Kay Nordstrom whom the readers will remember from first and third books. Donnie Ray is best described as sincere and determined to do what he can for his client. Anna Kay Nordstrom is charismatic and isn't afraid of the world. Cordelia is very business oriented and will do things by the book.

Theme:

You never know what will happen

Plot:

The story is told in first and third person narrative. First person is from David Lewis's point of view when he was detailing his life in the file he gave to Donnie Ray to read, and third in Donnie Ray's point of view from the trial and things he had done. The story is good as a stand-alone, as well as gripping and catching in what the jury will decide, whether or not David has killed accidentally or on purpose.

Author Information:
(From the website)

Buy the Books:
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Meet the Author:

BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.

​Boyd's first novel "Hero" was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, "The Antelope Play," dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, "The Monkey House", involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel "Necessities" predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook
Opinion:

I have read the previous three books in Donnie Ray Cuinn series, and aside from the first one, Hero, I had trouble liking the second and third books of the series. The fourth book, however, is pure brilliance because the story draws the reader in and the reader isn't confused about what is going on or why its going on. The book can be read as a standalone because most of the focus is on the quirky yet lovable characters and Donnie Ray's past life isn't brought up as often. If there will be future installments, I'm really hoping the author will create them in similar format to what he used in Necessities.

This is for iRead Book Tours

BOOK REVIEW TOUR SCHEDULE:

Jan 3 - Library of Clean Reads - tour kickoff / spotlight all 4 books / giveaway
Jan 4 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Hero / giveaway
Jan 5 - Literary Flits - review of Hero / giveaway
Jan 8 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Hero
Jan 9 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Hero / author interview / giveaway
Jan 10 - Library of Clean Reads - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Jan 15 - Library of Clean Reads - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Jan 17 - Olio by Marilyn - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Jan 18 - Books for Books - review of Hero
Jan 19 - Literary Flits - spotlight of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Jan 22 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of The Antelope Play
Jan 23 - A Mama's Corner of the World - spotlight of Books 1, 2 and 3
Jan 24 - Hall Ways Blog - spotlight of Books 1, 2 and 3
Jan 25 - Books for Books - review of The Antelope Play
Jan 26 - Olio by Marilyn - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Jan 30 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Necessities / giveaway
Jan 30 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Hero / guest post / giveaway
Jan 31 - Hall Ways Blog - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 5 - Literary Flits - spotlight of The Monkey House / giveaway
Feb 6 - Books for Books - review of The Monkey House
Feb 7 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Hero / giveaway
Feb 7 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Feb 8 - Olio by Marilyn - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 9 - A Page Before Bedtime - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 13 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Feb 14 - Bound 4 Escape - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Feb 14 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 14 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of The Monkey House
Feb 14 - Books and Tea - review of Hero
Feb 15 - Books for Books - review of Necessities
Feb 15 - Booklove - review of Hero
Feb 16 - Fantastic Feathers - review of Necessities
Feb 19 - FUONLYKNEW - review of Hero / giveaway
Feb 19 - Literary Flits - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 20 - Booklove - review of The Antelope Play
Feb 20 - FUONLYKNEW - review of The Antelope Play / giveaway
Feb 21 - FUONLYKNEW - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Feb 21 - Bound 4 Escape - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Feb 21 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 22 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of Necessities / guest post / giveaway
Feb 22 - FUONLYKNEW - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 22 - Books and Tea - review of The Antelope Play
Feb 23 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of Hero / giveaway
Feb 23 - Books are Love - review of Hero / guest post / giveaway
​Feb 23 - Booklove - review of The Monkey House
Feb 26 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Necessities
Feb 26 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of The Monkey House/ giveaway
Feb 26 - Books are Love - review of he Antelope Play / giveaway
Feb 26 - Books and Tea - review of The Monkey House
Feb 27 - JBronder Book Reviews - review of Necessities / guest post / giveaway
Feb 27 - Books are Love - review of The Monkey House / giveaway
Feb 28 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Necessities / giveaway
Feb 28 - Books are Love - review of Necessities / giveaway
​Feb 28 - Booklove - review of Necessities
Feb 28 - Books and Tea - review of Necessities
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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