Review- Flat Spin by David Freed

Rating: Yay!

With a unique voice, this book grabbed me straight away!

I laughed. Out loud. More than once. Let me say that doesn’t happen often when I read, but Mr. Freed’s main character Cordell Logan had me chuckling a plenty. I was even silently mouthing some of Logan’s cockier remarks to see if I could get them to stick in my psyche. The character is the driving force for this story and not just the dialogue bits, but the internal thoughts too.  Now, of course there isn’t perfection. I found a few scenes that didn’t pertain to the main plot, and some descriptive paragraphs that went a bit overboard. Overall, I enjoyed my reading.

Favorite lines (and yes, I’m still a 3rd grader in my mind): I decided I disliked Miles Zambelli. Not because he’d somehow managed to bed my ex-wife … even his ingrained superior smirk didn’t do it. No, what chapped my ass about Miles Zambelli as we motored south onto the Strip was the fact that he broke wind like a dairy cow, silent and deadly, while pretending all the while that it wasn’t him baking the brownies.

Flat Spin is a mystery thriller with planes, guns, dead bodies, and a whole bunch of craziness. There’s also the nice touch of weird cat, and the wonderful Jewish landlady who cooks a mean brisket. With a guy like Cordell Logan wandering throughout California and Nevada I got a firsthand look at what a general jerk thinks about everyone and everything. To be honest, Logan is a good guy (essentially), but he’s a smart ass jerk most of the time. You have to be equipped with some A+ wit to take Logan head on, and not to be mean to Mr. Freed, but if he’s anything like Logan in person than I’ll refrain from inviting him to Thanksgiving Dinner. Though I avoid jerks on a regular basis, I do enjoy reading about their adventures.

The technical aspects of this book appeared to be pretty detailed and thorough. I’m no military or aviation’s guru, but I could sense a good enough understanding from the context clues and continuous references that Freed has a general grasp of the technical jargon. The research definitely makes for a good story; especially when I got to play CSI through a coroner’s report and got to hear a few bones break in some confrontations.

Overall, if you like mysteries with a bit of military/spy stuff, a handful of funny secondary characters, and hilarious descriptive analogies, then you should definitely purchase now. A great read to take you away from the turkey and the biggest shopping day of the year or at least it will make you forget the huge payment you’ll need to make on your credit card next month.

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This Week’s Read – Flat Spin by David Freed

Based in sunnyrancho Bonita – “California’s Monaco” as the city’s moneyed minions like to call it – Cordell Logan is a literate, sardonic flight instructor and aspiring Buddhist with dwindling savings and a shadowy past. When his beautiful ex-wife, Savannah, shows up out of the blue to tell him that her husban

d has been murdered in Los Angeles, Logan is quietly pleased. Savannah’s late husband, after all, is Arlo Echevarria, the man she left Logan for.

Logan and Echevarria were once comrades-in-arms assigned to a top-secret military assasination team known as “Alpha.” The only problem is, the LAPD can find no record of Echevarria ever having toiled for Uncle Sam. Savannah wants Logan to tell the police what he knows. At first he refuses, but then, relying on his small, aging airplane, the “Ruptured Duck,” and the skills he honed working for Alpha, Logan doggedly hunts Echevarria’s killer.

His trail takes him for the glitzy Las Vegas Strip to the most dangerous ghettos of inner-city Oakland, from darkened, Russian mafia haunts in West Los Angeles to the deserts of arizona. But that’s the least of his problems. It is his love-hate relationship with Savannah, a woman Logan continues to pine for in spite of himself, that threatens to consume him.
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