Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Review of Godchild and a How To Be Friends With a Best Selling Author

So this post is supposed to be a review of Godchild (which is 99 right now) and an interview with it's author Vincent Zandri as part of his blog tour with Pump It Up Books. Well you aren't going to get exactly all that. But you will get your review and something more of an observation about Mr. Vincent Zandri.

If you didn't know Vince and I are colleagues and friends or online friends is probably more spot on there. I speak to Vince often usually through emails that resemble im chats with really long pause times in between responses and signatures that say "sent via blackberry" or "sent from Bri Clark's iPhone" (Oh you guys know I am not going to have not crapberry!) I know what your thinking how did a Amazon bestselling noir author become friends with a romance author? Believe it or not we actually have covered that before here.(FYI I'm the blonde bombshell)

So when you are friends with someone you notice little changes in their behavior when things are off. Now I'm not saying Vincent is on drugs or is doing illegal things or anything. I'm just saying I've noticed he's very very busy.( By product of success.)With that said I could not in good conscience do an interview when I knew that I might be able to ease up his schedule a little bit. So if you want to gripe about it in the comments go ahead. However, you can go here and see the review and interview of the prequel to Godchild the Innocent that I've done with him before. So pick you lip up go to your room and have your feelings then come back and check out this review.

He wanted justice, truth, revenge...whichever came first.

Prison-warden-turned-P.I. Jack "Keeper" Marconi understands the criminal mind. And he knows what it takes to break a man. His own life came apart the day a black Buick broadsided his car--and his wife died horrifically in the seat beside him.

Years later, on the eve of his second marriage, Marconi catches a split-second glimpse of the driver who killed his wife. Suddenly hurtled back into the past, he is determined to take one last shot at hunting him down. That is, until he is offered a job he can't refuse: to bust a beautiful woman out of a hellish Mexican prison. Now Keeper's chase through Mexico follows a trail of bodies and lies back home: to the truth about a woman on the run, to a man sitting behind the wheel of a black Buick, and to a story that someone will kill to bury....

This review is a little bittersweet for me since I can officially say I have read every single work of fiction that I can by Vincent Zandri. Fortunately his next novel Concrete Pearl releases in two weeks. Wonder if I will put off reading it like I did Godchild prolonging the joy? 

Godchild is everything you expect from Vincent Zandri, amazing characters, unique and fast paced story line and an ending that's not wrapped in a nice bow but that's as satisfying as a bed with clean linens to a weary traveler.  I've talked to Vincent before about how he comes up with his characters and he said he based them on real people "even keeping the real names up until the very end."

Knowing that when I started reading Godchild I started having thoughts like "Who is his inspiration for Renatta and especially Tony?" These two characters are what could be considered secondary but I don't think there is ever a secondary character in Vincent Zandri's work.

I am not the type of reviewer to give away details or spoilers. If you follow this blog you now that. If this is your first time you know now. With that being said Godchild was a great read that was just as thrilling as a TNT drama. As far as an age rating I'd say this is a novel for 18 and up. Also read The Innocent first. You could read this as a stand alone but really who eats the ice cream before the topping on a sundae? Really?


  1. Bri,
    You rock as always!!!!
    very cool review...and an even cooler (but hotter) reviewer...:)

  2. Lol - excellent post and review and Bri! Um, by eating the topping off the ice cream, does that include the cherry, because, I, well, umm, that's the first thing that I pop in my mouth and then the whipped cream... Well, you get the idea, lol! I am like you, I have read The Innocent and can't wait to read Godchild. I downloaded it as soon as I finished The Innocent, but have been putting it off to savor, lol. My stop is coming up, though, so I will be able to blissfully dive in!

  3. @Vincent thanks for the kind words as always

    @April...we are like peas in a pod girl. Thanks for the ice cream thing being pointed out I totally got that mixed up. I just changed it. LOL

  4. Love this Bri, what a class act you are :) hee hee!

  5. @Monique...Thanks girl but I like how you left out what class you are talking about. So I'm a little conflicted now.

  6. Sounds like a good read. I will have to check it out.

  7. Haha, great approach Bri. How to be a busy writer's best friend... don't make them any busier than need be.