Review: Article 15 by M.T. Bass

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Article 15 is a brand new novel by author M.T. Bass and the first book in the Griffith Crowe series. The title stems from what the main character learned while working in Africa during his military career. A lesson that boils down to how, when a citizen can’t do anything to fight government corruption, one should heed the words of a French motto which translates to “get it while you can”.

When Griffith Crowe first lays eyes on Helena Nickolson at an airport in Chicago – a stunning woman that possesses a priceless Jackson Pollack painting – she comes out of a plane wearing Jackie-Ohh sunglasses and a skin-tight red dress, a sight that is warrant to evoke sharp-set stares from a couple of line boys. From the moment that his ears are soothed by her seductive husky voice, Griffith falls head over heals for Helena. Cliff Nickolson, her father, was a wealthy and former military man who died not long before this. As he explains to her, his work includes solving a problem or two for clients. His latest job leads him towards ending up in danger of being convicted in a heated murder case after uncovering information that leads him to believe that her father’s death might not have been an accident.

The author adds a slight dose of humour to his setting descriptions that helps to sustain a clear image of what a reader is supposed to visualize. What the air is like inside a particular building unit is clearly defined along with histories that are given to show readers what has already or is still taking place inside them.

Working for a topnotch law firm called Stein, Baylor and Stein, Griffith Crowe is former Special Forces and lives on a ranch in Wyoming. Lance Baylor, who works for this company as well, is the one that informs Crowe about this client that is intent on getting back an expensive piece of art from his ex that he lost in a settlement. The manner in which the author introduces his protagonist is to portray him as this man with a background to proudly flaunt to those underlings if you happen to find yourself in an elevated position in your own career yourself. The author teases readers early on about Griffith’s military career. He owns a Siberian Husky called Rodya that he almost shoots when it sneaks up on him in his ranch home.

Griffith Crowe is certainly an interesting chap who is proud of the Cirrus S-22 airplane that he owns and that it at least takes him where he needs to go. He has an inside voice that is reliable and apt to take him out of tough situations with the opposite sex. His implacable facade stems from having done BUD/S training on the Coronado Beach. Helena is described as a blonde having blue gray eyes. Her attitude is pretty straight forward as she calls Griff tall, dark, and dangerous from the onset. She comes across as an extremely sexy woman and it’s not long before we see Griff making love with Helena.

Lance Baylor is introduced as a character that has mastered the art of entering and exiting rooms. Described as both a talented lawyer and rainmaker, he is a close colleague and friend of Griffith. My initial take of him was that he seemed to like Griffith a lot. He comes equipped with a sense of humour that gets you careening with a sore belly, but he can also be a bit rough and condescending with it. He ends one joke insensitively with the words “and sheiks love their sons”. One of those where you don’t know whether to laugh or shake your head in surrender.

Before the court case in which Griffith faces the danger of being convicted, he manages to get his hands on Cliff Nickolson’s journals that gives him a broader understanding of who the man was. The first entry is dated June 12, 1979. Cliff had been a student pilot at the age of sixteen. Griff also gets his hands on Cliff’s Naval Aviator wings, Dessert Storm campaign ribbons, Silver Star, and a Navy Cross. As a fighter pilot, Mr. Nickolson has a number of accolades under his belt. He became wealthy after his military career and lost his life due to a helicopter crash that took the lives of not only him, but Helena’s step-mother and a corporate pilot near Pebble Beach.

Griffith Crowe’s flying escapades are realistically described and, for someone who enjoys or who are interested in flying, these scenes offer something satisfactory and useful. One unique aviation strategy I learned about was flying IFR which means “I Follow Roads.” I liked the ending for how it surprised me with somebody’s viper-like appearance at just the right time to thwart an enemy. I can’t name this person. However, I’d just add that Bass is an author of thrillers with a God-given talent to shock readers when they least expect it.

Helena is an exciting character to meet, but she can also come across as a bit frivolous. Her attitude during a court scene can be disappointing for readers who have grown to like her. While questioned by the judge, she is not afraid to defend herself with snide remarks. One thing that this book offers is a lot of acronyms for those who are not fond of sitting with a headache problem while reading. ” Tomorrow, you and I are going to pay a little visit to the local FSDO office and explain to the FAA what exactly you did to the FADEC and nav systems software on Cliff Nickolson’s helicopter.”

For now, I’ll miss Crowe, a Navy SEAL who not only comes with an extensive collection of firearms, but with the most cleverest of answers as well. Plain flying pleasure and a stunning ending aside, I’d place this novel in the hands of readers who are entertained by the sometimes psychoactive and dangerous lives that wealthy men like Crowe lead.

* This book is not available on Amazon yet and is set for release on October 22, 2019. More information about this book can be found on the author’s website: mtbassauthor.wordpress.com.

Kindle Edition:

Publisher: Electron Alley Corporation
Date Published: N/A
Genre: Thriller
Pages: N/A
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