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It was nine o’clock in the morning on the first Monday of the month. Working day watch out of Venice Division on West Pico Blvd., I grabbed the receiver, pushed the button, and said, “Detective Blade. How can I help you?” Her words shocked me, and my eyes riveted on the phone as if it was lying to me. “I’m sorry, ma’am. Could you repeat that, please?” I said. “I shot him,” she said anxiously. “Shot who?” I asked with concern. “The man in the black coat!” the woman replied.

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A US senator and his mistress have been assassinated on the eleventh-floor balcony of their hotel room – no witnesses. Detective Scott Blade, LA Homicide is asked to head a fugitive task force to solve the crime. Blade enlists Detective Coraline Steele, Beverly Hills Homicide, his fiancée, to join the hunt for the assassin. Before they get geared up, a second senator from another State is assassinated in his boat while fishing alone –no immediate body.

FBI agent Tomaso Girardi is sent by presidential assignment to meet with the detectives to gather pertinent information about the murders. Their investigation reveals a sinister plot inside the executive branch to overthrow the current president.

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Charley Dakota had been passionate about flying helicopters for the US Army following a brutal jet plane terrorist attack he witnessed on September 11, 2001, during his university days. He decided to get trained in helicopter flying, and he later got an ROTC offer to join the US Army, which enabled him to realize his dream of flying the AH-64A Apache attack helicopter.

One day, Charlie was made to lead four Apaches over the Kandahar Valley to provide a defensive attack and cover for the marines. Then he was to lead the Apaches back to their base. However, an unfortunate attack was unleashed by the RPG on the armies on the flight. Charley’s lover, Karen, died, and he was bruised into a traumatic condition.

Following his health condition, Charlie was brought to the hospital for treatment. Instead of Charley getting the normal treatment that would restore his mental health, he fell victim to two VA doctors who are under service to a yet-unknown political coup. The doctors exploited his traumatic condition to implant new thoughts and passion in him. After he’s been transformed mentally, he gets his name changed to a more deadly one, Viper, and he’s about to eliminate corrupt government leaders. Charley would use his intelligence and expertise in aircraft flying; however, he would enter the climax of his problem that would pose death threats to him as he would enter into trouble with his initiator, some American detectives, and police forces.

To Kill a Public Crook by Steven Stewart is a crime thriller that displays how an intelligent guy gets himself into being exploited by American political forces, experience the activities of brutal killing assignments, and how every force expert gathers head together to wipe him out of existence.

This book is written from the third-person perspective, and it has a wealth of action scenes. I commend the author for having come up with such an educational, informative, and entertaining piece. The book contains lots of true technologies and substances in the real medical world, such that I was awestruck by the author’s proof of thorough research in the book.

On the action side, the book’s plot is a mix of intriguing events that kept my eyebrows raised while reading the power scenes characterized by unrelenting and technological efforts toward coming to a resolution. Starting from the start of the book, the tone of the brutal event is already set. For example, in the first chapter, which showed how Charlie’s initial dream would be shattered, I was entertained by a war scene that ended with the killing of six and the wounding of five. Also, the author’s choice of words allowed me to visualize these scenes, such that I could get an engaging reading experience.

On the informative and educational side of the book, it gives peculiarities about America’s Army. After I came across lots of the American army’s terms, I decided to do a quick Google search on some of them. Then I was made to know the ROTC program as a training program for recruiting its graduates into America’s army. The author also describes well and correctly those medical proceedings and technological undertakings that would take place to change a human’s mind, erasing the previous lingering thoughts and replacing them with new ones.

Conversely, I discovered that the love relationship between detective Scott and Steele is not well connected to their detective role in the story’s plot. This is because I kept coming across unnecessary love exaltation between the two lovers in the scenes that ooze out serious detective complexities. This inadequacy watered down my enjoyment of the book a bit in many of the scenes. The author would have provided a different scene in which the scenario surrounding it would suit a carnal frenzy and love exaltation. For example, I am not comfortable with how Scott turned romantic over Steele, his love partner, while Curt’s identity was proving difficult to be identified.  I expected him to be more concerned in such a situation than to have such thoughts. For this inadequacy, the book loses one star. So, I would rate it 4 out of 5 stars. And I recommend it to lovers of killing scenes and crime novels with a romantic touch. The book has a lot of different curse words in it, so if you don’t mind, you will enjoy the book for its action scenes and intriguing plot.

The book is professionally edited, as I only came across a few grammar errors that didn’t deprive me of a meaningful comprehension of the book.

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