J. Carson Black’s “Hard Return”* begins her thriller in a small community in Southern California. As readers turn the first page, Black’s Cyril Landry returns as the main protagonist for “Hard Return.” Landry stepped into the limelight in Black’s book “The Shop.” “Hard Return” starts out in high gear and never slows down until readers read the last page. After three years of being under the radar, Cyril Landry returns to ensure his family’s safety. Black delivers a riveting story full of suspense, thrills, mystery and intrigue. She captivates her readers with a riveting complex plot, strong protagonists and well-developed support characters, unknown antagonists, and unpredictable intrigue. Readers see the story through the eyes and thoughts of Cyril Landry. He knows how to take action to resolve problems. Black shows Landry’s ability to analyzes situations and create a plan of action. Black’s action-packed story brings all of the characters to life providing their history as needed. Her story line is increasing in intensity as readers finish each chapter. Action is moving so fast fans cannot put “Hard Return” down. The author’s writings bring a unique mix of family, murder, mystery, thrills, and suspense to each page. Landry is focusing his goal to protect his family.
Black’s writing skillfully captivates the readers by placing them inside Landry’s head so they see the action through Landry’s eyes, and they know Landry’s thoughts on how to pursue the antagonists. Black walks readers on Landry’s path as he uses every contact and resource available in hoping to discover the antagonist’s plans. The author changes her story’s direction several times uncovering intrigue and mystery and sub-plots. Black energizes her story by providing hard-hitting action and accelerates the pace of the plot to add twists and turns and sub-plots and well-developed supportive characters keeping readers on the edge of their chairs. Once again Black delivers her readers an exciting, intense story. “Hard Return” stops readers in their tracks as they experience suspense and spine-tingling thrills. Readers have trouble catching their breath and are not sure when to come up for air. Black skillfully picks up the pace of the plot by inserting changes to the plot or adding a new threat for Landry to eliminate. All the unpredictable changes keep readers off balance. Black skillfully keeps fans in the dark up to and including the most amazing surprise ending imaginable. J. Carson Black’s “Hard Return” is a must read and I am happy to give a 5 star rating.
Published June 12, 2014 LAURA CARDINAL THRILLER
The second contribution to the Flight 12 series brings us a LAURA CARDINAL THRILLER, by J. Carson Black. As usual Black begins weaving the mystery when you turn the first page of the story. In the second paragraph, you have a mystery man who seems on edge while boarding Flight 12. We immediately want to know who this man is and what role he is going to have this adventure with Laura Cardinal.
Black’s new book, A LAURA CARDINAL THRILLER, begins building momentum quickly. J Carson Black has always created interesting characters with great back stories. She gives us just enough information that we have to keep reading to find out what happens next. She introduces us to the mysterious person at the gate. We meet Payton, a young Mexican woman who seeks Cardinal at her gym. She asks Cardinal to investigate her death. Cardinal is taken by surprise when Payton explains she is sure someone is going to kill her. Payton surprises Cardinal further when she finds out it was Steve Lawson who told Payton about Laura investigative skills.
Immediately, Black has Cardinal look back five years (Black’s, THE DEVIL’S HOUR) when she arrested Lawson for killing little Jenny Carmichael. As Cardinal remembers, Steve Lawson’s lawyer gets the murder charge dropped. Laura is still angry that Lawson got off without any punishment and no jail time. Jenny Carmichael didn’t receive any justice when they released Steve Lawson. Fans of Laura Cardinal know the tenacity Black has instilled in Laura’s personality. Laura Cardinal is always looking to find justice victims like Carmichael.
The story pace continues to move towards Laura and her partner investigating a freak accident with the drunk college student going down the hill. They move the dead college student’s car and discovered a second car. The second car belonged to Payton, finding her body in her car. Black’s old fans and new fans will all be on pins and needles. What new twists is Black going to throw at us next. Fans are still wondering what the clues mean.
The pace was of this story is perfect, and we are kept wondering why murder Payton and who is responsible. No spoilers pointing out subtle clues and there is no such thing as coincidences. Are fans alert enough to pick up on the clues causing Laura doubt so of the obvious. What did they find at Payton’s home and what did her landlord tell Cardinal about who she was dating. The ending is way out of left field and one of Black’s best surprise ending
I enjoyed how the suspects of who was responsibility for Payton’s death and the planning that went into finding the killers. This story was a true spellbinder and we don’t know who is boarding Flight 12 from J. Carson Black LAURA CARDINAL THRILLER, When fans see who is boarding Flight 12, they will want to buy a ticket and board.
Black has helped Laura Cardinal grow, and we get a taste of how Laura Cardinal, is a DPS investigator who never gives up. Black’s fans will need to write her asking for more Laura Cardinal. The fans see Cardinal enjoying her personal life and s happy with Matt. Cardinal likes her partner Anthony, and we see her confidence strong as she does not need her dead partner, Frank, to build her confidence she just like to visit with him.
J. Carson Black hit this one out of the park. Black’s story is a must read and a great second installment of the Flight 12 project. If each segment continues enhancing the Flight 12 excitement, I can’t imagines what the next ten installments will bring. I have no problem giving this J. Carson Black story a 5 star ranking.