Late the week before last I received the book, Creed by new author Michael Chavez. Given my love of mystery’s, crime fiction and legal thrillers, I was looking forward to diving into this one and having a full review ready for today. Quite frankly, I started it on Thursday and then life got completely in the way after about 30 pages. I just wasn’t able to pick it up again until about 10:30 last night.
I managed another 15 or so pages before the sleep demons overtook me. It was really a long, hot and draining weekend. That’s no reflection whatsoever on the writing in this book! So Michael, if you’re reading this, I apologize.
Readers; so far I like the book but I’m still in the phase of getting to know the characters and I haven’t even gotten to the true crux of the story. I do know that a character in the story – most likely Theo, the lead – is gay according to outside information that I have but I haven’t even gotten to that information yet. I’ll give the book description and a review by Publisher’s Weekly today and a promise of a completed review from me later this week. I forsee some time to read on my horizon for the week!
Cross your fingers for me!
The plot synopsis from Amazon and the Publisher’s Weekly Review:
“Theo Jaquez comes from a drug infested childhood filled with bad memories and few opportunities. After finding a new life beyond the limits of his birth family, he becomes involved in a series of events that threaten to derail his promising future. Elijah Bashir is a Moroccan university student wrongfully accused of terrorism and imprisoned in subhuman conditions. Although Elijah is unaware of his paternity, Theo knows exactly who he is and what must be done to honor a promise made to a dying friend. Theo becomes a courier to free the young man and in the process he is charged with unspeakable crimes. Political corruption and young love are at the heart of a sensational trial that ends with the unexpected. Can Theo keep his promise to a dying friend or will his dark past come back to haunt him and seal his fate?”
Publishers Weekly writes: “A thriller with puzzling twists aplenty…the manuscript creates a web in which the innocents are the accused, the accusers are the criminals, and the plot doesn’t stop gyrating until the very end…” (PW is an independent organization and the review was written based on a manuscript version and not the published version.)