Friday, 5 January 2018

Hero by Boyd Taylor + Giveaway

HERO by Boyd Taylor (Book #1 in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series)

Book Details:

Category: Adult Fiction, 180 pages
Genre: Political Suspense
Publisher: Katherine Brown Press
Release date: November 9, 2015
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Some slight cursing.)

Featured in Cover Characteristics: Flying Birds and H for my 2018 Alphabet Soup Challenge

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Book Description:
When budding historian Donnie Ray Cuinn stumbles upon an old letter in the musty bowels of the Texas State Archives, he believes he has uncovered the true story of Sam Payne's valiant, or perhaps not so valiant, capture of Mexican leader Santa Anna during the Battle of San Jacinto. Cuinn's findings are published in a local magazine. But the article eventually becomes fodder in the gubernatorial race between Democratic upstart Bob Braeswood and Republican favorite Sam Eben Payne V, the great-great-grandson of the Texas hero. Braeswood is intent on exploiting the past, while Payne will do anything to suppress it. In the ensuing battle, Donnie finds his beliefs, not to mention his relationships, stretched to the limit in the first novel of the Donnie Ray Cuinn series.

My Review

I was attracted to Boyd Taylor's Donnie Ray Cuinn series by their striking cover designs and also because the novels have an Austin, Texas setting. I have enjoyed visiting this city twice for its excellent music and Alternative vibe. Taylor makes good use of the setting in Hero. It was fun for me to remember some of the locations - tourist traps and lesser-known spots - as well as making mental notes for any future trip!

Hero is essentially a political thriller. It is an exciting read maintaining a pretty good pace throughout other than when slowed by a few overlong information dumps. I appreciated that Taylor has taken the time to create a fleshed out character for his lead, together with an interesting and diverse supporting cast. Donnie himself is not a particularly likeable person - essentially an overgrown chauvinistic child! - but we get to see why he has turned out this way and also to glimpse him beginning to mature and take responsibility for his actions. Hopefully this thread will continue through the series. Apoplectic politician Payne is great fun to read about and, scarily, I imagine not too far from the truth of that style of 'entitled' Republican. A bully thwarted is always entertaining! Mexican law student Cecilia is far more than just a token love interest. I had to grab my dictionary a couple of times to translate her Spanish comments and liked the authenticity imparted by this device.

Overall I, I enjoyed reading Hero. The tight plot is well-planned with a satisfying conclusion so Hero could be read as a standalone novel although am looking forward to discovering further books in the series.

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Watch the book trailer for Necessities (Book #4 in the Donnie Ray Cuinn Series):

Meet the Author:

BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.

Boyd's first novel "Hero" was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, "The Antelope Play," dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, "The Monkey House", involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel "Necessities" predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook

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  1. Thanks very much for your review. I'm glad you like the covers. Doug Brown is an Austin graphic designer who I think has done a fine job on the covers for this series.

  2. Only 99 cents? Seems well worth the price!