Review: Tough Choices by Terry Ambrose

Tough Choices by Terry Ambrose
Series: Lei Crime Series
Release Date: October 31, 2015
Publisher: self published
Pages: 100
Source: book provided by the author for review
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Marty Fitch might be living in paradise, but he’s operating in a world where lies are the norm, retribution is swift, and danger lurks around every corner. With the police on his trail, a killer hunting him, and a friend’s life in the balance, Marty must act quickly. Otherwise, his new career as a crime-fighting video blogger might be over before it starts.

 

Review: The first night I pulled up this book I thought I’d just read a chapter or two to start. It had been a long day, I was tired, and I hadn’t been sleeping well. Next thing I know I’m a third of the way into the story and it’s midnight. And I want to keep going.

I fell in love with Marty Fitch within the first couple of pages. For once, he’s not a private detective or Navy Seal or some other hero that exists mostly in the reader’s imagination. (I mean, really, how many Navy Seals are actually out there?) Marty Fitch is just an every-man who feels wronged by his situation in life and the circumstances that got him there. He knows he can make the world just a little bit better and he believes video blogging about crime is the answer.​

Which leads to the realization that Marty Fitch is a nerd. Not the quirky techno geek type of nerd that is so popular now but an honest to goodness nerdy nerd who gets flustered when talking to women and thinks video blogging criminal arrests will solve the world’s problems. Marty is also a parkour expert and fanatic. He looks at buildings differently than most people – he sees access and a way to the top, not just a chunk of concrete and glass.

One of the best things about living in Hawaii is ohana (that’s family, be it blood relatives or not) and Marty is lucky to have his cousin Pono to back him up. Pono is a wonderful secondary character. He really is a typical Honolulu police officer with tattoos and a bit of a know-it-all attitude – the perfect back up character for a series.

As with all Ambrose’s book, the writing is excellent. The descriptions are without flaw (as someone who is familiar with the streets in Waikiki, I know this) and the characters keep me interested long past the end of the book. I’m looking forward to more of Marty and Pono in the future.