Redemption Versus Revenge
Redemption 2 finds Mike Parsons facing a vengeful person who has crafted and intricate plot to exact revenge. What inspired the riveting setup to your story?
I always wanted the story to be a trilogy. Making the story into three parts was a challenge but what inspired me was the complicated relationship between Mike Parsons and his antagonist, Allison Branch. They both have psychological issues, which really makes it interesting. It reveals how each chooses to resolve their issues. Allison uses revenge and violence, Mike uses logic and dreamlike experiences to seek redemption. So, it was more like redemption versus revenge in a three part series.
This is book two in the Mike Parsons trilogy. What were some ideas you wanted to explore in this book that were different from book one?
I wanted to delve into the cartel’s relationship with Branch and her low level dealers as well as the high level members of the cartel and how they control the others. I wanted for Mike in book 2 to develop more as a person and start to get better, not totally of course, but to edge closer to his recovery as a human being. I also wanted to explore Andy Marx as a detective trying to struggle with the idea of wanting to retire or to keep going. It is something that I really get into in book 3 of the trilogy. I was also hoping to explore the world of of low level dealers and how they are caught with the idea of staying in or getting out of the drug business. The characters Jake and Carrianne are very conflicted with that issue.
What scene in the book did you have the most fun writing?
The first one I really enjoyed was the dance scene when Mike and Joanna were out to dinner. Allison being there in disguise to view them as she did was spooky, yet realistic in the way damaged minds can see things that others don’t. Having visions, per se. The second scene I liked was the big man, Andres Montoya taking care of business outside of the hotel. I wanted to make that scene very spine-tingling, raising the hair on the neck of the reader. I think I did that.
What can readers expect in the final book in the Mike Parson trilogy?
This book is the final chase and hunt for Allison Branch, or for that matter her hunt for Mike and Andy! It is a cat and mouse game that goes back and forth like a ping pong match. Marx will be at his most skillful, Mike at his most self-aware, and Allison Branch at her deadliest. This was a great mix for book three, and my innermost description of all the characters came to life. I think the reader will enjoy the fast pace of the action.
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Redemption 2: Allison’s Revenge by Malcolm Tanner is the first installment in the Mike Parsons Trilogy Book series, Redemption, where betrayal and lost trust pave the way for intense action. Detective Allison Branch is seeking revenge, and Mike Parsons is fully aware of her covert-like ways. Her intentions are specific, but he must stay one step ahead and devise a plan of his own to gain the advantage. It is a question of strategy and determining when she will strike next.
The author dives right into the storyline and maintains a consistent pace, picking up where Mike Parsons will inevitably face the wrath of Allison, who will stop at nothing to plot against him. He must calculate how to survive the chaos that lies ahead and decide if there is a worthwhile journey towards redemption. Character development is one of the most enjoyable aspects of this series, and how each of them is layered to reveal many details of deceit and motives beneath. No one is left unscathed, as narration does an excellent job of showing the humanity of some and the maniacal, power-hungry vengeance of others. The story’s pace will keep readers engaged, with exciting twists and shifts and characters to keep the plot exciting and intense.
This is a definite page-turner that keeps the reader guessing and eager to discover what is on the horizon. The characters are deep and complex, which only draws you in more as you read. Redemption 2: Allison’s Revenge is well-narrated, with a thrilling plot, exciting and complicated characters, and suspenseful development that keeps you glued to the book and ready for the next surprise.
This is a riveting crime thriller that is relentlessly moving forward and gives mystery fans plenty of twists and turns and details to keep them fully engaged with this fascinating story.
Pages: 399 | ASIN: B0867P9M2S
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How Criminals Think
Drowning My Suspicions follows two friends who investigate the death of their friend and find that it might not have been an accident and the killer may be lurking. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
I am an avid watcher of detective and investigative stories. I have always wondered how criminals think and how they act when greed and power take over in a person’s mind and nothing will stand in their way. I try to look at the motivation that drives them and incorporate that into the story.
The characters in your story are interesting and well developed. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?
The characters in the book are developed behind the ideals of wanting to find justice, character flaws that they try to correct, and from background, whether it be home life or friend’s influences. I think it is important to see each character from the events in their lives that shaped them and formed them. I also shoot for a blend of what I know about real people and what I would like my readers to see in these characters. The blend of those two things are important when I am bringing those characters to life.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
Some themes that were important were justice, the frailty of the human mind, relationships and the outcomes when they turn bad. People can become very selfish and cold hearted. When opportunity becomes a series of sordid events to make that opportunity a reality for a person, their mind is clouded and judgment is affected. They get trapped and instead of doing the right thing, they are caught up into making one mistake after another until the climax builds a situation that becomes desperate. People are affected psychologically by the things that happen in their life, both the good and the bad. I want my readers to seriously consider that in their own lives when it comes to understanding others.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
The next book will be the fourth in the Mike Parsons series, “Mirror Image”. I have three previous books in this series that you can find here at the following link: The Mike Parsons Trilogy (3 book series) Kindle Edition (amazon.com). The book will be available sometime in the late fall of 2021.
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Drowning My Suspicions
Drowning My Suspicions by Malcolm Tanner is a captivating story of Braden McDermott, a well-established sports broadcaster and close friend of Larry Mattingly, an investigative reporter. Larry narrates his journey to investigate his friend’s death, which he believes was not justly resolved by the law. The story is action-packed and moves smoothly between an ongoing court case and the series of events leading up to the trial in a succession of flashbacks. As Larry delves into his friend’s acquaintances and connections stemming from Arial Kramer, an ex-girlfriend, he follows a path of deceit and crime that stems over several years, leading up to Braden’s unfortunate fate.
Malcolm Tanner writes with an exciting, fast-paced tale that keeps you engaged immediately from the beginning. The story quickly shifts into past events tied to the court testimonies and witness accounts, focusing on specific individuals and their connections to the case. The author leads the reader into layers of circumstances and events surrounding Braden, Larry, Arial, and a few key players in the story. This process creates an atmosphere of mystery about the death and how what appears to be a straightforward story is far more complex. As new events and developments occur, new characters and situations emerge, drawing the reader deeper as the story digs far below the plot’s surface.
The author steadily builds momentum, along with unexpected twists, holding the reader’s attention until the end. Larry’s investigation takes in a lot more as the story moves to include peripheral characters and instances that weave into a much larger role in the plot. He is a likable character with a keen eye for finding justice with an unrelenting nature. Each chapter is short and concise but descriptive enough to keep you moving forward without pause. It’s an addictive read that ignites a sense of getting to the bottom of the case. I felt that longing to solve the mystery like a jigsaw puzzle that continues to grow, adding more pieces along the journey.
As a reader who enjoys character development and complexities, I found Drowning My Suspicions an enjoyable read, with a layered plot that kept me moving from one riveting scene to the next. Drowning My Suspicions is a hard-boiled mystery with an engaging storyline, fascinating characters, and a plot that will engross you.
Pages: 243 | ASIN: B08V57XXPM
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