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Maybe it’s the fact that I’m no longer a kid. Or perhaps it’s intriguing to follow a protagonist who is way past his prime but doesn’t back down from a fight. Whatever the reason, Serenity grabbed me from the first page. It’s fast, fun, and dark. There’s old man humor and bad guy conflict worthy of Raymond Chandler. There’s also great banter. And, happily, the author has decided to kick nostalgia to the curb.
I’ve never been to Michigan. I hear it’s cold. That said, the descriptions of the landscape and the remoteness rise off the page like snowflakes in reverse. Like all great heroes, Shelby Alexander has a past. And he must have a way about him because he has a girlfriend half his age. Why a woman wouldn’t pick a younger man is beyond me. Never mind. Artistic license, right?
If you enjoy thrillers and just want to have a good time with memorable characters, I recommend grabbing Serenity. You might even get a hankering to try ice fishing.
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A bullet slams into a wall just past Shelby’s head. A drug dealer offers him $10,000 for information regarding his dead sister. The local sheriff has Shelby in his sights. It’s just another day in the small town of Serenity.
Shelby Alexander is an aging ex-boxer and retired fixer who moves back to the small town of his youth to settle down. He’d like to spend his golden years fishing the waters of Michigan. But you don’t live life as Shelby has and not make more than a few enemies. Throughout this pulse-pounding series, Shelby faces enemies both old and new, relying on the skills he’s learned over the years to stay alive and bring his own brand of vigilante justice to the bad guys. Full of blazing action, close calls, and memorable characters, the Shelby Alexander series is one you’ll want to revisit again and again.
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