Among his swindled victims is Judge Hammond Birk, the man who saved Gibson Vaughn’s life when he was a troubled teenager. Now Gibson intends to repay that debt by recovering Merrick’s victims’ money.
But Gibson isn’t the only one on the trail of the hidden fortune.
The promise of billions has drawn a horde of ruthless treasure hunters, including an edgy ex-con, a female bartender with a mysterious history, a Chinese spy with a passion for fly-fishing, and a veritable army of hardened mercenaries. To stay ahead of the sharks and win justice for his mentor, Gibson will need all his formidable skills. But at the end of the road, he’ll still have to face “Poisonfeather”—a geopolitical secret that just might get Gibson killed…or worse.
What I liked: I enjoy Mr. FitzSimmons writing style. It draws you in and he keeps you hooked not only on the characters but the plot. I especially enjoy that while there is a definite good guys/bad guys vibe, none of the characters are without fault…. most especially the lead, Gibson Vaughn.
From the first book in the series, The Short Drop, you learn all about Gibson’s past and it’s checkered with poor decisions. As a matter of fact, I wanted to smack him a couple of times and that means I’m invested in the character. There are also some carry-over storylines from the first book. I had expected all of Gibson’s employment problems to be more or less solved but we learn right in the beginning that’s not the case. Maybe that’s why he makes some of the poor decisions he does.
There are lots and lots of characters in Poisonfeather and that could prove a problem for some readers, however, they more or less made perfect sense. I especially liked how the author used one of the characters that was parallel to a notorious person from a few years ago, Bernie Madoff. Everyone and I mean everyone, wants to know or take revenge on Charles Merrick for swindling them or others who still think he has some money hidden. Mr. FitzSimmons was inventive in this financial area and also the research he seems to have done. It was completely believable to me.
What I didn’t like: Some might not find the lead, Gibson, a sympathetic hero. His decision making is questionable to me. I can’t imagine not putting family first but maybe he considers some individuals family that aren’t related by blood. The other thing I find strange is Gibson is always worried about money and yet he seems to always have just enough or a way to get enough to do what he needs to get done. A little convenient maybe.
If you're a Kindle Unlimited member, you can pre-order and read Poisonfeather for free otherwise the Kindle e-book is $4.99, which I feel is a reasonable price.
Overall I was intrigued enough to keep reading. While Poisonfeather had an ending, it was enough to raise my blood pressure a bit. Just try it and you’ll see what I mean.
I was provided an ARC by NetGalley for a fair and honest review.