Outskirts Press (2016)
Reviewed by Michel Violante for Reader Views (2/2017)
In “Domination” by Chris Wilkes, a transit bus driver, Elroy, was driving recklessly and at high speed, his bus filled with passengers one evening, creating chaos through LA roads. He was trying to get to his favorite grocery store before closing time to buy a carton of Marlborough Red cigarettes. Because of this, Elroy is suspended by his boss. On the way home he is pulled over by a cop, and realizes he left his wallet at the office. His boss decides to bring it to him, and once he does, tells the officer to keep an eye on Elroy. This generates suspicion on Elroy, who in turn decides to investigate his boss and ends up discovering a parallel racketing life he has behind his transit business. Elroy decides to relay what he found to the FBI, not knowing that this decision would start a chain of events leading to a secret that would change his life forever.
Chris Wilkes presents readers with an intriguing storyline, which promises to be an action driven thriller. However, in my opinion its delivery does not get it there. I didn’t find the characters believable, as they lacked the necessary development that would have shown their personality and background. The way they are written, I was not able to understand or relate to them, which made their actions unrealistic. I also had trouble following the action, and felt that sometimes one action jumped to another out of the blue. This made the flow choppy, taking me out of the story to try to figure out what had happened. This is the author’s first book, and he presented a promising story which I am sure can become an awesome read by polishing his writing style and skills. I think that with some more research, and with professional editing, this book has the potential to be an awesome read.
Overall, “Domination” by Chris Wilkes is an interesting story produced by a new author, which can become an awesome thriller through the development of his craft. I hope that Wilkes keeps at it and look forward to see what he comes up with next.