Con Test is a novel with a story within a story, that kept my mind reeling. As the plots grew and thickened, I felt like I was plunged smack dab in to the center of this drama, thrilling suspense and adventure! Great imagery, fantastic details, masterful character development, engaging story line…..just a few descriptions for this novel written in a fastidious manner with a plot thickening to the point of “wow”, repeatedly.
As this tale (these tales) of a famed writer, William Fortune, who is penning novels surrounding identity theft unfolds, I was caught up in the realism as I could “see” it happening and I remained captivated. Rahiem Brooks spun these tales around this author writing about a lead character who is an identity theft artist and the lives of them both. One is taken from the criminal acts, through the escapes, catapulted into their lives, and taken for the ride-a-longs of the chases.
During the processes of capture and evading, several policing agencies are involved and they combat each other for the “top” spot. These battles are subsequently used against them and definitely impact the outcome of the case, which only adds to the intrigue and realism of the novel. This is all made that more interesting, as the “police” don’t like how William Fortune portrays them.
As readers, we are left to marvel at the plot, twists, turns and adventures of these character and the others that make up this cast of Con Test. Once we learn that the lead character is feeding the author the stories as they unfolded, the suspense is heightened….especially when these two combat each other for “writing” the stories as they as told by the infamous Justice Lorenzo, as opposed to how the author, William Fortune, wants to tell them. Then last, but definitely not least, add in greed, temptation and subterfuge on multiple levels and ….WOW!! As the reader, I found myself rooting for the “bad guy” at many points throughout this novel. Mr. Brooks, great job sir!! I definitely await your next novel.
I give this novel 5 stars within 5 stars!! December 21, 2011
This tale is about the happenings surrounding the enlisted that are heading for, then on a tour for six months on the USS George Washington Carver. The noted players are Petty Officer Green, who is a disgruntled wife that is elated to be going on this tour as it gets her away from her husband. Petty Officer Mils, the lady’s man with a heart and that heart is locked on one lady. Petty Officer Whitehead who can’t wait until this last tour is over so she can start the rest of her life with her fiancé Chris. Seaman Johnson who is noted as pretty and she didn’t grasp the need for boundaries on this deployment as she set forward to get what she wanted and/or felt she deserved. AZ1 Thomas who is an interesting person behind an “image” that just might not be what it seems. Petty Officer Williams, an impressionable 21 year old that actions border on delusional at times. When these characters are mixed, matched and mingled, a grouping of interestingly engaging stories ensue.
As I read this tale, I was captured by the imagery and details that kept me engrossed from beginning to end while even wondering what’s next. I was held hostage by the ease in reading and my eagerness to see “how this or that is going to play out”. This was definitely a “good read” and I would surely love to know some more of how some of these “stories” play out as I was definitely left wanting.
I give this novel four stars. November 11, 2011
Elizabeth Funderbirk has crafted a story that is action driven and chucked full of emotional tidal waves. For me, it was also educational and tested my beliefs, convictions and confirmed the need for boundaries. Love Torn Asunder is comprised of a host of characters but each is essential in their roles as this author fluidly moves from one course to another. Leslie is the main character and the center of this thoroughly told story of her life, choices, deeds, deception and the effects of such on her and those that love her. Leslie is a steady and secure woman until an extended separation from the one she loves sends her traveling down a road lined with deception and manipulation cloaked in caring and friendship. With her feelings of loneliness, her allowing people to get in her ear thus head, she ventures down a road that up heaves her life in ways that could be detrimental herself, to all that she has built and those that she loves.
Love Torn Asunder is a tale of choice that is a great conversational piece as it taps on so many actions and situations that we face in our everyday lives. I must commend this author on the way she penned this story in the voices of each character as they took the forefront at their given times. Ms. Funderbirk did an excellent job in developing these characters and with their own voices. In doing so, it lead to an interesting read that kept me totally engrossed and anxious to “hear” what happened next….yes, I said hear as this book reads as if the characters are each telling their own stories.
Torn is an on-point depiction of this book and what can become of its effects as it is thought provoking, trying, full of personal growth and acceptance. Chi-Town Reading Circle and I have fully anticipated this book and it was well worth the wait. By the way Love Torn Asunder ended, I know there has to be more and I am fully anticipating it as well….took every in me for me not to contact this author and ask just a few questions.
For her first time out the gate, she did an exceptional job and I can assure you that she will be around for a long time to come producing this kind of work. Kudos to Elizabeth Funderbirk for a story well told!! I give this premier novel 5 stars easily. April 10, 2011
Rhea Alexis’ review
rating: 5 of 5 stars
August 4, 2010
recommended for: everyone
This is s familial, timely drama full of action and suspense….actually a very good, quick read. You are taken on a journey that explores choices and their impact on others. This journey centers around a family….mother, father and daughter and follows these three and the others in their lives as they go on with the business of living. Being a huge proponent of ownership of the choices we make and the resulting outcomes and occurrences of such, this was an intensely touching and emotional read for me. I definitely recommend it and would hope that the lessons touched on will be devoured and absorbed by some. I am actually ordering two more copies as we speak as gifts for two young fathers that I know.
Chamsil told this timely story in a way that kept you engaged and waiting for the next thing to happen. I commend him on his diversity as I have read other forms of his writing and have so appreciated such as well. Great job telling this story that is impacting our communities so much with it’s residual effects.