Welcome to AZE readers,
Today, I'll be discussing my thoughts on a July 2018 release: Green Zone Jack.
A BIG thanks to East Third Street Press, LLC, I. James Bertolina, and Ryder for sending me a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
Let's get to rating!
Green Zone Jack by I. James Bertolini
Just back from an assignment and looking forward to his vacation, special agent Payton Ladd receives an urgent request to lead a manhunt in Baghdad. Ben Ater, nephew of a powerful senator, has disappeared, and the RSO, Ladd's ex girlfriend, needs Payton to find him.
Once in Baghdad, Payton retraces Ben’s steps and speaks to those who claim to know why the young auditor mysteriously left the Green Zone. But the explanation that Ben was dealing drugs doesn’t explain why he went missing in the Red Zone, a place he had no business being.
As Payton continues to dig, he uncovers pieces of the puzzle that don’t fit, and suddenly, he's convinced that Ben wasn’t kidnapped over anything as simple as a drug deal.
With the help a perfectly organized task force, Payton uncovers a conspiracy that could topple nations.
After reading the synopsis of Green Zone Jack, I found myself intrigued by this military mystery. As most of you know, I usually read thrillers, mysteries, crime, or detective novels. Despite the fact that Bertolina's latest novel is classified as a mystery, GZJ proved to be outside my comfort zone.
Although I found myself overwhelmed by the military jargon, I was able to focus on the overall story... who doesn't enjoy a conspiracy?
The most unique element of this novel is the author's diction and writing style. While Bertolina's word choice isn't concise, it's not immensely detailed either. Green Zone Jack also features a variety of military jargon which makes it very different from other novels in the mystery genre. Because of this, GZJ is an interesting and refreshing read for individuals who are familiar with or interested in the armed forces.
Aside from the unique writing style and engaging storyline, the wide variety of characters featured in the novel were a bit of a distraction. Nonetheless, the development of the primary characters, such as Payton Ladd and Catherine McGabe, was superb.
Green Zone Jack is a great read for readers interested in the armed forces and even individuals who have served! Despite this, I wouldn't recommend this book to readers simply looking for a mystery or crime book. If you are familiar with military argot and want to dive into the world of crime, order a copy of Green Zone Jack!