The Killer Half | Critical Book Review

When diving into J.B. Blake’s “The Killer Half,” readers may anticipate a thrilling rollercoaster, but be prepared for a somewhat uneven ride. This self-proclaimed “one part thriller, one part romance” concoction serves up a perplexing mix that may leave you with a sense of disarray.

A Slow Desert Prelude

Blake’s tale kicks off with Hawk, a former Marine Corps soldier, stationed in the Sonoran Desert. Here, we follow Hawk’s mundane life of hunting with his dogs after an honorable discharge. The plot stumbles upon a human trafficking trail, which conveniently unveils sinister cartel plans for an armed invasion of America. An interesting premise, no doubt, but one that Blake seems to abandon prematurely.

War Stories Galore

“The Killer Half” takes an unexpected detour into the past, inundating readers with war stories of Hawk and his fellow Marines. While these tales serve as a backdrop to the character development of Hawk and his partner Jade, the narrative begins to drag. The duo, known as a legendary hunter-killer team, embark on missions that border on the improbable.

A Shift in Focus

Somewhere along the way, Hawk and Jade’s adventures land them in contract work for the Department of Defense. However, an event during one of these contracts leads to Hawk’s dispirited departure from the military. It’s a shift that feels abrupt and somewhat disconnected from the initial setup.

A Convoluted Plot Emerges

Blake eventually steers the narrative back to Hawk in the present, uncovering the impending invasion plot. Hawk rallies allies and launches a resistance movement, rekindling his sense of purpose. While the storyline grows clearer, the author inundates readers with military jargon and technical weapon descriptions. Some may appreciate this meticulous attention to detail, but others might find it overly convoluted.

Characters Lost in the Shuffle

In the midst of this turmoil, Blake introduces a myriad of characters but focuses only on a handful. This leaves a host of supporting characters underdeveloped and lacking depth, contributing to a sense of imbalance in the story’s overall composition.

An Unexpected Conclusion

As “The Killer Half” hurtles towards its conclusion, Blake manages to salvage the narrative with a surprising twist that many readers won’t see coming. It’s a redeeming quality in an otherwise disjointed tale.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, “The Killer Half” is a literary puzzle. While J.B. Blake demonstrates knowledge of military operations and weaponry, the blend of thriller and romance often feels incongruous. If you’re in the mood for a war story infused with unconventional romance and thrills, “The Killer Half” might be worth a look. However, be prepared for a narrative that takes you on a winding journey, occasionally leaving you scratching your head.

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
Atmosphere PressMystery, Thriller & Suspense / Romance338 pages978-1639885046

When diving into J.B. Blake’s “The Killer Half,” readers may anticipate a thrilling rollercoaster, but be prepared for a somewhat uneven ride. This self-proclaimed “one part thriller, one part romance” concoction serves up a perplexing mix that may leave you with a sense of disarray. A Slow Desert Prelude Blake’s tale kicks off with Hawk,…