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REVIEW: Double Wide by Leo W. Banks

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*No Spoilers*

After fastball phenom Prospero Stark’s baseball career craters in a Mexican jail, he retreats to a trailer park in the scorching Arizona desert. He lives in peaceful anonymity with a collection of colorful outcasts until someone leaves his former catcher’s severed hand on his doorstep. Beautiful, hard-living reporter Roxanne Santa Cruz, who keeps a .380 Colt and a bottle of Chivas in her car, joins Stark to help him uncover his friend’s fate, a dangerous pursuit that pits them against a ruthless gang of drug-dealing killers.

This novel caught my eye because of the cover art. The imagery of the parched, Arizona desert with the lone camper trailer gave me the impression of a modern-day western.

I found Double Wide to be an entertaining read. Prospero just wanted to disappear from the spotlight after being caught with his best friend who had some cocaine, on top of him losing his throwing arm. However, when the disembodied hand appears, it throws Prospero back into the spotlight as he tries to solve his friend’s murder.

I liked how Prospero ran his own trailer park, and how all of his neighbors called him “Mayor”. I found all of his neighbors to be enjoyable and likable in their own ways. Especially how Prospero would give them rides into town when they needed to go to their jobs. It just shows that Prospero cares about his tenants.

I found Roxanne to be a little annoying, I felt like she was manipulating Prospero to do things that might be considered unethical. Like showing up on the doorstep of the hottest baseball manager in town in the middle of the night. Even though it was all for a good cause, I didn’t like how Roxanne was controlling the narrative when she was involved.

I enjoy baseball from time to time, and I thought a sports-related mystery made this novel and intriguing read! Even if you’re not familiar as the sport, the rules and techniques are explained in a way where anyone could understand what was going on.

If you’re looking for a mystery novel that combines the love of baseball with the struggles of drug cartels along the Mexican border; this is the book for you!

Posted in Book Reviews, Graphic Novels

REVIEW: Noble Vol. 1: God Shots by Brandon Thomas

9781941302361_04745*Minor Spoilers Ahead* 

**Thanks for Diamond Book Distributors for sending a review copy of this graphic novel**  

When an astronaut is rescued from a failed mission and wakes up with powers beyond his understanding and control, he starts looking for answers. Where those answers lead him will be his undoing.

This graphic novel looked interesting to me from the beginning. The cover looks like it’s going to be epic! However, the actual storyline is disappointing. The plot was confusing until the last section.

From what I’ve gathered, an asteroid was destined to hit earth, a woman and her science company sent astronauts to destroy the asteroid. The astronauts died in the process. However, they each woke up with special abilities and powers.

So from the research I have done, Noble was supposed to kick off the Catalyst Prime storyline. The group of superheroes were all the astronauts from this failed mission, and are going to be struggling with their powers, and coming to grips with them.

I will have to read further into this storyline to decide whether this one was good. Some comics are better with others in the arc. However, as it stands this book was meh.