The Ninth District

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The Ninth District

An exceptionally fast read, this action-packed book held me relentlessly in its grip from start to finish. Jack and Junior race against the clock to track down a masked man, nicknamed the governor, who is a serial bank robber and murderer. The villain's lofty goal is a seemingly impossible task, but his plan has been meticulously scripted down to the smallest detail. Jack's cunning adversary pulls out all the stops during the cat and mouse chase. With plenty of unexpected twists, this story culminates in a believable, heart-stopping show-down that really had my adrenalin pumping.

I found the conversations to be believable and engaging. I especially liked the banter between Jack and Junior and between Jack and his team of computer nerds. The setting, both above ground and under, in the tunnels and sewers, of Minneapolis seemed realistic and well-researched. I felt as if I were there. My only complaint is with the abrupt and unexpected ending. I was disappointed with the cliff-hanger and, for me, the closing seemed a bit rushed. I will say, however, that I will be first in line to pick up the sequel. I loved Jack's dedication; both to his job and to his family. I want to see him succeed.

Superb plotting, outstanding characterizations, and flawless editing; the author sets a benchmark here that other writers, especially independents, should strive to emulate. This debut novel certainly exceeded my expectations, and I hope Doug Dorow will grace us with many more memorable tales.

Book Blurb for The Ninth District

The Federal Reserve has never been robbed.

FBI Special Agent Jack Miller, pulled into a high-profile case to mentor a new agent, finds himself in a clash with the toughest opponent of his career. The chase culminates in the bowels of the city, in the storm sewers and tunnels beneath The Ninth District Federal Reserve of Minneapolis.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2011 4.75