Review: Mercy

  • Title:
    • Mercy
  • Author:
    • Stephen Bentley
  • Release:
    • April 6, 2020
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Chris Defazio
  • Series
    • Detective Matt Deal, Book 1

Most of my review of this book is criticism. I want to say at the start, I enjoyed this book very much and I recommend it. It’s a great thriller. That being said….

I’m not fond of the use of the word faggot. While it’s a dysphemism some people still use, it was used by the protagonist which didn’t help to make him any more likable.

The second thing I really disliked about this story was the usage of the word “silencer” to refer to a suppressor. But even more than that was the misrepresentation of what they do. They don’t silence gunfire, they suppress it.

The third thing that annoys me was the cliffhanger ending. It ends right in the middle of a scene. There was no attempt to wrap it up. The summary doesn’t give you any indication that you need to read multiple books to get the full story. When you compare it to Sherlock Holmes stories, for example, they’re all standalone stories and you don’t need the full set to enjoy them. This has always annoyed me about books. The book cover, title, something should give an indication and say “part 1”.

While sites like Audible say “Detective Matt Deal Thrillers, Book 1”, that doesn’t always mean that the book is split. Look at Sherlock Holmes stories for example. They may be referred to as “Sherlock Holmes #5”, but they’re standalone.

This book is full of gratuitous violence and sex, murder, deceit and so much more. The sex scenes are a bit cringey if I’m being honest, they could really use some work. Everybody is just horny all the time. The hung protagonist doesn’t seem to encounter a woman who doesn’t want him. But it’s all good fun.

For the most part, the narrator sounds emotionless as he’s reading. Some of the story is set in the U.K. but nobody has even a hint of an accent. The only time an accent is even hinted at is when one character makes fun of another for it.

Despite all my complaints, I enjoyed this story very much. It’s fun, action-packed and, intense. It’s one of those books that reads like you’re listening to an action movie. Give it a read (or listen).

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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