One Hour Martin-izing: A Novel
Reviewed by Leslie Granier for Reader Views (4/09)
Martin and Cassidy Tyroni are married to one another and lead busy lives. He owns and runs a dry-cleaning business. She is a highly successful real estate broker. Together, they dream of having infinite wealth so they will never have to work again. When each of them is approached separately by intriguing and influential individuals who promise to provide them with easy money in exchange for their loyalty, Martin and Cassidy struggle with their loyalty to each other. Their greed and desire to achieve a higher social status can either tear them apart or bring them closer together. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Garrett Tedia is desperate to get back in his department’s good graces after having botched a high-profile kidnapping case. So he concentrates his efforts on a robbery at The Federal Reserve in which printing plates for the new twenty dollar bill were taken. What he uncovers is more than even he could have imagined.
I liked the storyline of this book. It was told from Martin’s point of view. At times, this was pretty cool because the reader could really see into his train of thought (whatever was on his mind was what came out of his mouth). At other times it was distracting because different characters were having a conversation in the same paragraph and it took some effort to discern the speaker had changed. I also enjoyed the strong characters the author created. Martin was endearing with his head always in the clouds. The ever-driven Cassidy and the suave and cunning Carlos Ferrar lent an intriguing aspect to the book.
It is a shame that this book seems to have not been edited at all. The unnecessary commas and semicolons are too numerous to count. The misplaced punctuation forced me to reread many sentences to figure out what the author was trying to say. Also adding to the distraction were misspelled words and run-on sentences.
Although this review contains many negative items, I thought the story in “One Hour Martin-izing” by Frank Saitta was quite good. It was interesting and fresh; it realistically portrayed how people deal with ethical dilemmas. However, this book needs major editing to be done before its true potential can be realized.