Detonate is a thriller by David Greene, which does everything a thriller should! It is fast moving, with enough twists and turns to keep you interested and turning the pages! I enjoyed finding out more about the protagonists as the story went on; Tyrone King is soldier turned private investigator who unwittingly becomes embroiled in a plan involving terrorists, New York and the Statue of Liberty.
Where this book really shines, is in the dialogue between the characters (and I was interested to read the short interview below with the author where he states how much he enjoys writing the dialogue!), at times I could really hear the conversations between the characters; it is a true skill, which sometimes even the most talented of authors fail at.
The whole time I was reading Detonate, I wavered between a three star or a four star Razberry Rating, wishing they would let me give it a three and a half star, as that is where I think the book the truly lies (in my opinion); I found the further I got into the book, the less I believed the plot line, I found myself almost shouting at the book, that it would never happen, and he should go to the authorities. But with that said, Detonate is a good read, and if you are prepared to suspend reality a little and love a gung ho hero, and traditional thriller, without the traditional thriller characters, Detonate is a great pacey read!
About the author….in his own words
My creative life has moved from film to photography to writing. At the University of Michigan, I wrote and directed the film, Pamela and Ian, in which the characters grapple with the fact that they are shadows of light and that the film must end.
My collection of photographs called Shameless was exhibited in galleries in Berkeley, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Zurich. I also created photographs for a book from Gay Sunshine Press called Men Loving Men.
My books in print include Unmentionables: A Novel (2010), Photographs (2012), and Detonate (2012).
I'm married to painter James Stephens. We live in Chicago.
From where do you get your inspirations for your characters and storylines in your books?
My first novel, Unmentionables, was based on a past-life regression session conducted by Dr. Helen Wambach while she was researching her book about past-life recall called Life after Life. The characters and story for Unmentionables grew out of the images that came to me during the regression session. In trance I remembered myself as a slave named Ella who lived on a small family farm in Tennessee during the Civil War.
My second novel, Detonate, is constructed from a classic Hitchcock “wrong man” plot, in which the hero is chasing the bad guys while he is being chased by the authorities. I like to take favorite elements of old plots and rework them with my own characters. Detonate is the first in a series of books I plan around the character Tyrone King, who is half-white, half-black, half-gay, half-straight. His signature trait is that he pursues the bad guys without using violence or guns. Detonate was inspired by Hitchcock’s Saboteur. The next Tyrone King story I’ve written is inspired by Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
I’m currently working on a fun-to-write novel called Crimson Peony that borrows plot elements from James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity. It’s a noir-style novel written using 1940’s slang. Instead of the traditional femme fatale it has an homme fatale.
What are your favourite books?
I am a big fan of Jamie O’Neill’s At Swim Two Boys, which is the book that most inspired me to write. In order to immerse myself in the 19th century writing style while writing Unmentionables, I read nearly all the novels of Anthony Trollope. His The Way We Live now is a particular favorite. Another favorite book is James Baldwin’s Just Above My Head.
My interest in thrillers and thriller-writing was inspired by Lee Child and his Jack Reacher novels and by Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch novels.
Inspiration for my noir novel, Crimson Peony, has come from the work of James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler.
What are the best and worst things about being a writer?
My favorite task while writing is creating dialogue, which is the channel through which both the characters and story come to me. Working out the plot, on the other hand, often makes my head hurt.
I love researching and learning about the language and every-day life of earlier eras—as I did with the 19th-century American Civil War era for Unmentionables, and which I’m now doing with 1940’s era Chicago for Crimson Peony.
I loathe writing blurbs. I know I’m not alone in this. Try writing a 180,000-word epic historical novel over an 18-year period, and then discovering that you have to boil it down to a 100-word summary.
Tell us a little bit about your books, who they are aimed at, and where people can buy them?
My books are aimed at readers interested in themes of non-violence, race-relations, gay relationships, and anyone with an interest in discovering the beautiful in the ordinary. The books can be bought online at Amazon globally, and at Barnes & Noble or IndieBound in the U.S.
Unmentionables is also scheduled to be published in Bulgarian by Black Flamingo Press, which will distribute it in Bulgaria.
Website – http://www.davidjgreene.com/
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