Title: Seeing Red
Author: Sandra Brown
Publish Date: August 15, 2017 by Grand Central Publishing
# of Pages: 432
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(From Goodreads) Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she’s hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights: an interview with the legendary Major Trapper. Twenty-five years ago, The Major emerged a hero from the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors out of the collapsing building. The iconic picture transformed him into a beloved national icon, in constant demand for speeches and interviews–until he suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all members of the media. However, Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get to The Major–even if she has to wrangle an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper.
Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, John Trapper wants no association with the hotel bombing or his hero father, and spurns the meddling reporters determined to drag them back into the limelight. Yet Kerra’s sheer audacity and tantalizing hints that there’s more to the story rouse Trapper’s interest despite himself. And when her interview of a lifetime goes catastrophically awry–with unknown assailants targeting not only The Major, but also Kerra–Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he’s going to track down the gunmen before they strike again . . . as well as discover, finally, who was responsible for the Pegasus bombing.
Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence collected during his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces and risk their very lives to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy running deep through Texas–and uncover who would want a national hero dead.
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 3
Pace – 3
Plot Development – 2
Ending – 3
Characters – 2
Enjoyability – 2
Ease of Reading – 2
Voice Acting – 2
Overall Rating – ⭐⭐
Seeing Red by Sandra Brown is a whodunit thriller featuring a sassy television journalist, a jaded former agent, and a hotel bombing that took place several years in the past.
The premise of Seeing Red sounded so promising, but unfortunately, this audiobook fell rather flat with me. I had a hard time engaging with the characters or caring about the events. The storyline didn’t suck me in, and I was left feeling woefully unimpressed when the story drew to a close.
The writing was decent, as was the pace. There was constant action throughout the book that didn’t get weighed down by heavy dialogue. I appreciated the swiftness of the book and the author’s ability to keep the storyline moving.
I really liked the concept of Seeing Red! The concept is intriguing and very 9-11 reminiscent. There were a lot of pieces to the puzzle that didn’t get revealed until the end of the book. While the concept is good, I didn’t like how it was executed. I found the characters to be boring and unimaginative, so that made engaging in the storyline difficult. I also didn’t like the dash of romance that was thrown into the book. It felt awkward and forced, and Trapper was just a brute. If there’s something appealing about John Trapper, I just wasn’t feeling it at all.
The ending was fine. It was predictable, but it wrapped up the storyline nicely.
The characters, as I already indicated, were not the best. Kerra Bailey had spunk, but she’s very one-dimensional. Who is Kerra Bailey? I sure don’t know! John Trapper was a bull, even when he had good intentions. His male ego was a bit much for me, and I didn’t care for his character.
The voice actor had an interesting voice. Very old-school country boy sounding. It took some time to get used to, but once I listened for a while, it was fine.
Overall, this book wasn’t for me. I may have liked it more had I read it instead of choosing the audiobook, but the jury is out on that one.
Have you read any books by Sandra Brown? What was your last 1 or 2 star review?
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