Crammed with thrills at every turn Tim Steven’s hero, “Joe Venn” begins his adventure in a down-trodden corner of the city. Framed on a murder wrap, he didn’t commit. A charge enforced by Corcoran, Head of a Government Black-Op’s Department by way of incentive. Leaving “Joe Venn,” no-choice but to work for Corcoran’s Department.
Joe though is no stranger to living on his wits, and getting-free of a Rock and a Hard Place is nothing new to him. Trusting his intuition Venn visits Professor Lomax’s Apartment. The chief research scientist on the Zylurin Trials! Further discoveries lead Joe to Beth Colby’s Apartment. Beth is a nurse who works at the same hospital as Professor Lomax. But later, they discover she too has a connection to the Zylurin Trials, that puts her life in danger.
Marcus Royale serves as the conventional “contract killer,” both ruthless and determined in his efforts to complete his contracts. Fortunately Beth, was quick enough to make the connection; her “suspicions are aroused” as people she knows die unexpectedly, or she reads of their deaths in the paper. However “Tim Stevens” ability to sympathise with each characters point of view see’s Venn, portrayed as the nemesis when he arrives at Beth Colby’s Apartment. Just in time to see Beth, escaping the clutches of Marcus Royale and into the arms of a “questionable” Police Department!
The story then becomes a cat-and-mouse chase, as Venn evades Contract Killers from New York to Massachusetts. Stopping only to break Beth free, from the “hands of the Police.” Joe Venn then continues his search for clues as to the whereabouts of Professor Lomax, who he believes is the key to clear his name. In these restricted circumstance a romance ensues between Joe and Beth.
Written in the first and third person, the changing perspectives provide both author and audience alike, with endless opportunities to live in the ever-changing and relentless world of Joe Venn, and the underworld that surrounds him. These contrasting perspectives enjoy both the ruthless convictions of the criminal mind-set, and the refined intentions of the “so-called professional.” As Joe Venn battles to overcome his own demons, while resorting to tactics that are outside the boundaries of society norms, in an effort to overcome the restrictions that are placed upon him by the criminal underworld.
Like many concepts in this novel the unwavering and fearless of Joe Venn, and the ruthlessness and cunning of the villains that are employed in his pursuit, know no limits, and leave the reader never sure what to expect next!
“Tim Stevens” knowledge of medical terminology and attention to detail in later chapters, contribute to a style of writing that maintains a professional objectivity, that is a perfect fit for the genre. Although the omniscient view- points can be a little predictable at times, Tim Stevens makes-up for any foreseeable circumstances with ample twists-and-turns that defines him as a master- story teller, and takes “Joe Venn” on an exhilarating adventure to clear his name!
This review was completed by Thomas Cooney author of “A Suggestion of Angels” also available on Amazon.com