REVIEW by Beth: The Sons of Cain by C.W. Burgett

Virginia’s beloved senator is dead, murdered while enjoying a quiet weekend at his cabin. It is now one year later, and no one is any closer to solving this disturbing case. Enter Jack Bassett, a reporter who is well known for covering difficult stories. He is swept into a terrifying series of events when he starts to unravel the complicated truth about what occurred on that fateful night. Crooked politicians, bloodthirsty hit men, and explosions meet him at every turn as he does everything he can to keep his family alive and expose those who would have him dead.

The Sons of Cain

Virginia’s beloved senator is dead, murdered while enjoying a quiet weekend at his cabin. It is now one year later, and no one is any closer to solving this disturbing case. Enter Jack Basset, a reporter who is well known for covering difficult stories. He is swept into a terrifying series of events when he starts to unravel the complicated truth about what occurred on that fateful night. Crooked politicians, bloodthirsty hit men, and explosions meet him at every turn as he does everything he can to keep his family alive and expose those who would have him dead.

The Sons of Cain starts out with a real bang, with the murder of United States Senator Robert Pryer, and the reader is off on the adventure of a lifetime. It’s a scary trip, with lots of surprises along the way, and at the end. Reporter Jack Basset is a true hero, reminding me of the Watergate days when Woodward and Bernstein helped unseat a U.S. President. Except the Sons of Cain is much scarier.

Jack Basset is no Bond-like hero; he’s a family man, devoted to his wife and daughter, committed to telling the public the truth, and keeping his family alive. The scariest parts of this book for me were the parts involving Basset’s wife and daughter, and the constant danger they were in. The villains in this story are evil, scary folks who will do anything to achieve their goals.

I felt that Burgett’s story slowed down at a few points, when he was relying more on telling, rather than showing, the reader what was going on. But those slower times in the story did not keep me from wondering what the heck was going to happen next–Burgett had me right where he wanted me as a reader, pushing on in the middle of the night to get to the end of the story. Burgett’s story is told without sexual situations or bad language, which I found refreshing (bad guys don’t always have to use the ‘f’ word). I felt the dialogue moved the story along nicely, and I liked the actual number of characters in this story–sometimes I get confused when there are lots of personalities to keep track of!

The Sons of Cain ending surprised and delighted me, ensuring that I will read another Jack Basset adventure.

3.5 stars for The Sons of Cain, a good story with one really good guy and lots of bad guys.

Beth New

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