Where to start? First, I did not know Never Play Another Man’s Game was part of a series until I was a bit into the book. I was afraid it might make the book harder to read and understand. I was wrong, AGAIN. It would help if you’ve read the previous three titles in the Wilson Mystery Series but not a must. (I’ve already ordered the previous books in the series) Mr. Knowles starts the book off with a bang, literally and the action and blood don’t stop until the last page.
This book might not appeal to some as there’s some violence and blood, but I’m an equal opportunity reader. I sometimes just need an action mystery to keep me entertained. It more than kept me entertained, I didn’t want to stop. It’s listed at 180 pages and I usually could blow through it very quickly but I savored it instead.
I’m not sure if I would call this a novella as it’s such a complete story. It’s published by an Independent publisher out of Canada and I’m not sure how they determine a novel from a novella. The characters and storyline are well developed and balanced. I came to like characters I didn’t think I would and dislike the characters to whom I was initially sympathetic. In other words, the author kept me on my toes and I didn’t know what to expect. There are so many twists and turns you could get lost on a one-way street. Every time I thought, okay, it’s basically over, it wasn’t and another twist occurred.
I’m having a hard time explaining this without giving too much away and THAT, I don’t want to do as it would ruin the readers enjoyment in this little gem. It’s a mystery/adventure that’s worth the read!!
Now, for something you as a reader have to think about. I went to order the previous three books and was shocked at the prices. Never Play Another Man’s Game is listed on Amazon as a hardcover release and priced at $20.95 and the Kindle edition is $9.99. That is a lot of bucks for 180 pages. The previous three books on Amazon are listed as follows: 1. Darwin’s Nightmare, hardcover – $22.46, Kindle edition – $4.99; 2. Grinder, hardcover – $22.46, Kindle edition – $9.99; and 3. In Plain Sight, hardcover – $19.97, Kindle edition – $9.99. (Prices as of 7 Dec 2013). That is bunches of money in today’s economy. You can now get the first 3 in the series in an omnibus for the Kindle at $9.99.