The Last Man Out (eBook)

James Kassel
James Kassel (2013)

Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (7/13)

Article first published as eBook Review: ‘The Last Man Out’ by James Kassel on Blogcritics.  

In “The Last Man Out” by James Kassel, John Carter arrived in the small gulf coast town of Newcastle Beach, Florida thinking he was going to a serene quiet little town where he could relax and no one knew him, but he couldn’t have been more wrong. He no sooner steps over the city limits than he encounters the local thugs and his adventure in Newcastle Beach begins.

The local boys try to intimidate John and were possibly going to beat him up but a beautiful girl comes to his rescue. John finds out that the woman was a member of the most prominent family in town and the welcoming committee that John encountered was related to her. The Thomas family was the founding family of Newcastle Beach and as such their presence was well known and shown everywhere. From the main street in town (which was called Thomas Ave.) to the people that owned the local bank. Almost everything was either owned or managed by the Thomas family, almost everything except the little restaurant in town which was owned by a Cuban man, Angelo Vasquez. Angelo had a son that had a mysterious way about him; there was something that John would find out that would really put a strange twist on everything he encounters.

When John met Angelo and his son he was not aware of the hidden secret they kept, at least not on the surface. He later found out

what kind of tangled web they weaved and where they fit in, in the whole scheme of secrets that the town of Newcastle Beach held. There is much more going on in the small town of Newcastle Beach but to say anymore would give away much of the drama that the reader will encounter.

I enjoyed “The Last Man Out” by James Kassel and would recommend it to a general audience that likes a good mystery. The descriptive narrative, the fast-paced read, all make for a very good book. I gave it a B on my scale and that was only for some editing issues with some problems in grammar and the multiple story lines that the author kept switching to. The book had a few of these incidents that hindered the story a bit but did not make it any less of a very good book. It was fast moving, very descriptive and kept my attention from beginning to end.

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