Expected publication: May 10th 2017 by Solstice Publishing
Pages: 72 | Novella
What do you get when someone blends these genres: Thriller, Fantasy & Fiction? You get M. C. Tuggle’s new book The Genie Hunt. A very interesting tale of how two friends get immersed in a jeopardy a bit wounded, betrayed by a mutual but alive while learning an important lesson, of friendship.
Set in High Point, North Carolina, Buddy Vuncannon is a tax attorney and his friend Coot Pickard is an ex-drug dealer has been clean for sometime. While heading out-of-town they are caught up by a SWAT team and Coot is arrested for armed robbery. This incident turns serious when there three eye witnesses present themselves as Coot gets identified being the gun man during the loot.
Unsure of friend’s innocence, and doubting his ability as a criminal lawyer, Buddy reluctantly agrees to defend Coot against the charges. However, things get interesting when the investigation leads Buddy to mutual old-friend Danny Lockhart and introduction of a district attorney who thinks that he has an opportunity to finally put Coot behind bars due to his shady past and to avenge Buddy for successfully defending Coot in past.
Things get more interesting as Buddy investigates,he finds about the real robbers and the situation to prove Coot’s innocence becomes more difficult to grasp as Buddy and Coot find themselves in a desperate chase from a madman and his controlled shape changing genie who can dupe almost every one.
As being a thriller, this book has some humorous elements in synchronisation. Rarely do you find both the elements together in one plot. Mike Tuggle, the author, does a great job of proving just that. A great story, full of suspense, and written in a flow that’s every readers dream to read and experience. This book is a well written one, there is no flaw in Tuggle’s writing or imagination represented in his work. The characters are well-endorsed and I was hooked from start with the story of Buddy and Coot.
The pace of plot works good with overall storyline and really helped me to rally through it. It won’t take much of your time, that’s definite. The theme of the book is really deep and is an important aspect of it. It did have an everlasting effect on me. Tuggle’s theme focuses on how someone representing humanity for a better change and dupe people in believing something that represents his wrong doing and has a negative effect on those who are directly connected or are a part of it and those who are not connected, whom we can call the innocents. Without giving second thought on adversity of actions, we tend to get duped and start believing in the wrong representation. That’s how religion is being used today across the continents. Tuggle’s words have a strong message and he represents them in a precise manner, in the form of this novella. I am awaiting is second book in the series with a hope that he encounters another mankind’s demon with his imagination.
After reading it, I hope it could have been a bit longer as it clearly is a portal to a writer’s mind. This book is indeed marked as one of my must read this year.
4 out of 5!
ABOUT The Author
M.C. Tuggle is a native North Carolinian whose ancestors arrived in the South in 1647. He majored in history and English, and completed his M.A. in English at Wake Forest University on a Wake Forest fellowship.
His interests in language and computers led him into a career in property and casualty underwriting, project management, and workflow design for several large insurance companies. In 1986, he completed the course of study for the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation, the insurance equivalent of a CPA. He taught CPCU for several years, and was accredited as an instructor of statistics by the North Carolina Department of Insurance from 1994 to 2000. He also served on the Property Committee of the North Carolina Rate Bureau for five years.
He considers Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor, Robert E. Howard, and Mickey Spillane as the authors who have most influenced his writing. In addition to fantasy, science fiction, and crime novels, his reading includes history, with emphasis on military history. He has given presentations on Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign to several historical societies.
Know more about him on his website.
Disclaimer: I received an advance reading copy but that doesn’t have any impression on this review.
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