The Case of Section 950, Seat #-14: A Sam Cloudstone Novella, by Jimmy Martin
Three out of five stars
This thriller suffers from an overkill of plots and subplots, there is a billionaire drug dealer, several levels of CIA operatives and the FBI, all of which have their own agenda. The hero is the full-blooded Comanche Sam Cloudstone, a man that is a free spirit, right now he is primarily operating as a bounty hunter.
The story opens with Sam relaxing over a beer in his favorite bar enjoying the fact that all is now peace and quiet. When a woman with the body of a porno queen and eyes that frighten walks in and says “You’re the guy I am looking for!” the adventure begins. Her name is Melissa and her brother has been kidnapped by men looking for a clue carved on an old C-ration can from World War II. Her grandfather had encountered valuable information vital to U. S. national security and the location of that information is in the code. It directs them to a seat of section 950, #14 in the Astrodome and references a Monday Night Football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Houston Oilers.
The battles for the information begins and several characters from Sam’s past are also introduced into the story. It is often hard to mentally storyboard the roles of some of the characters and the dialog is at times a bit weak and predictable.
This would have been a much better story if there had been less clutter in the form of so many players. While the reference to a classic football game is an interesting twist, the sudden entrance and exit with prejudice of so many weakens the development of the two main characters. Sometimes it is better to have less shooting and more background development, this is one example of that literary fact.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.