Author: John L. DeBoer
Title: The Telltale Tattoo
Genre(s): Mystery, thriller, and suspense; Crime
Paperback: 322 pages
Publisher: Solstice Publishing (January 30, 2018)
Intelligent, fast-paced, complex
From the very moment I started reading The Telltale Tattoo, I knew that John's writing would captivate me until the very end. The opening scene depicts a tragic story of a young Vietnamese boy whose entire world is ripped apart in the matter of a few minutes. John provides readers with a brief image of what war is like and what it can do to the civilian victims. He also illustrates the evil nature that some humans posses when they are put in positions of power. Through his telling of the first scene, it became clear that John is obviously well informed about the military, given his own history. I really enjoy when authors are able to provide information from their experiences through their fictional writing. His knowledge added a lot of authenticity to The Telltale Tattoo, which made the descriptions and settings jump off the page even more.
As the story unfolds, we are met with a complex web of characters who are all connected and as a reader, we get the opportunity to see the journey from most of their points of view. Providing such a wide array of characters and giving the reader a clear sense of flow through different points of view is a very difficult task. Other books I have read have definitely not succeeded in doing this as much as The Telltale Tattoo. There was never a moment when I felt confused or lost and John did an excellent job at starting each chapter with a clear distinction of the setting and which character we were reading through. Each character was uniquely different and they all added a lot of depth and realism to the story. When I started this book, I could not put it down because I felt connected to the characters, especially Nguyen and his search for justice. There is an overall electric feel to this novel that gives it a fast paced read, but it remains intelligent and thought provoking.
I highly recommend this novel if you are looking for a fast-paced read that is expertly written with dynamic characters. There were several moments that had me on the edge of my seat and turning the page as quickly as I could. This binge worthy book will provide you with deception, revenge, and engaging characters all the way to the thrilling end!
A young boy’s life is torn apart in 1973 Vietnam when U.S. soldiers assault his fishing village, mistakenly thinking it’s a Viet Cong base. The scary image of a tattoo on the arm of one of the soldiers haunts Nguyen Chinh over the years as he rises to a position of status and wealth. Now he has the means to finally put his nightmares to rest. Vincent Taggart, the soldier with that tattoo, has also become a successful businessman. But he has problems that could destroy everything he’s accumulated. His company has run afoul of the law, and he knows it will only be a matter of time before the feds come after him; his wife knows he’s been cheating on her; and an organized crime boss, with whom he’s had dealings over the years, will likely seek revenge when he discovers Taggart’s treachery. Unaware at first of Chinh’s search for him, Taggart knows one thing – he has to escape before it’s too late.
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