Review: The Tech by Mark Ravine

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

I guess writing novels about tech savvy guys are a thing nowadays because of a possible demand there might be from a high number of readers around the world who would like to read these types of novels. I am one of them – I like computers and what this invention can do for people if they know what to do with it. Computers are used for many reasons. Helping police detectives to solve all sorts of crimes is one of them. Seeing how this is done is to be expected in the book of an author that I only now came to learn about. His name is Mark Ravine and this is my review of his book The Tech which was published by Dawn Hill Publications.

A team of four armed individuals wearing masks, long coats, and surgical masks enter a stone building. Strangely enough, they aren’t noticed by anyone. This crew has a fifth member. With a well thought out plan as professionals, they go on to empty the cash of the bank’s vault and exit the building. No one gets injured, the bank manager dials 911, and cop cars appear.

Alexandra Cassidy works for the FBI. Her team are responsible for missing persons. They also have to deal with kidnapping and human trafficking acts. Her team includes a womanizer named Patrick Valentino, the grumpy John Gardner, the much experienced field agent Don Lambowitz, an African American woman named Nancy Wilson who has notations for the way that she apprehends suspects, and Patrick’s partner Gabriella Daniels. They each hail from different parts of the country. Michael Patterson is someone who provides IT support. Going simply by “Mike”, he is a helpful addition to the team, but each of them are unique.

If you have a bit of an adrenaline addiction and are used to it and don’t care much about what it does to you, the first paragraph of the first chapter shouldn’t be a problem to you. I guarantee that you will like the author’s storytelling method immediately. He has the ability to ensnare readers with his narrative. The police work getting done by his characters is sophisticated, but he writes in a way that readers will easily understand. I don’t know a whole lot about SWAT teams and police gadgets like comms. I read about it and thought to myself that here was a book that was definitely worth a read. Readers shouldn’t be surprised if they start seeing this book as something that could teach them about stuff they did not know. I could see why this book could do that.

Alexandra, being the lead character, makes an entrance that isn’t difficult to remember. The author has given her a musical preference that many readers, with myself included, will deem good. It was easy for me to experience what a day would be like in her shoes due to a single, well-written sentence that I came across. I found Alexandra to be very realistic as a person. As one, I think that she would be the type that wouldn’t always be in control of her temper. After coming across evidence of her having a caring heart, I saw her as a more respectable character. Respect is something that she gets in her professional life.

The author will get readers more interested just before they make it across the first half of the novel. This is where Alexandra gets a new and seemingly difficult case to solve. “Professor Rudolf Schultz, the missing scientist, was a bachelor, fifty-nine years old, and lived alone.” Professor Rudolf Schultz is a scientist from a pharmaceutical drugs research and manufacturing company called OctaGen Laboratories. This case immediately sounds like one that needs urgent attention. What made it sound like this to me was that this scientist had gone missing for four days. For me, four days sounds like a lot of time for somebody to have gone missing and if I were reading this book for the first time, I’d want Alexandra and her team to solve it.

In my opinion, Ravine gives too much away about his main character in the beginning. This is a storytelling strategy that some authors implement that I don’t normally agree with. The plus side is that, after reading through the first pages, readers will have a clear idea of who Alexandra Cassidy is. I can only add that the beginning is a part of the book that readers will want to come to a lot. If this is a good thing might vary from person to person.

Not everyone will like this book due to the information that can be found about technological devices that gets mentioned in this book. Mike, being the technological expert that he is, talks about what he knows. His expertise includes the ability to digitize documents. Readers who are not like Mike and who aren’t interested in technology might be among those that will like this book, but only to a certain point. I thought that Mike was an easily likeable character. He had a big screen from which he could read data. Imagining him and this thing was easy and I liked this image because it caused me to see him as this really smart person.

You do learn a lot about Alexandra Cassidy in the beginning. You learn where she has trained. You learn how smart she is. You learn why a former supervisor’s harsh words did nothing to stop her. If a story like this one happens to be your thing, I think you’ll benefit from reading it and meeting its lead for yourself. I like Mark Ravine. He is an author who has a good idea of the responsibility that comes with being a cop and how quickly help is needed by one in the place that he or she works in. Becoming part of something good seems extremely appealing because of this novel. Ravine has no problem with showing the dangerous side of this line of work.

Kindle Edition:

Publisher: Dawn Hill Publications LTD

Date Published: February 3, 2020

Genre: Hard-Boiled Mystery

Pages: 488

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