D. Ray Thomas
Independently Published (2018)
Reviewed by Jennifer Wilson for Reader Views (9/18)
“Take It Back: A Douglas Gage Vigilante Justice Thriller” by D. Ray Thomas is the first installment in a series of short stories starring Douglas Gage. Gage is a (mostly) good guy seeking to right some wrongs that are affecting the poorest and most uneducated people of a small, southern town. Gage has a self-depreciating sense of humor throughout. The opening line of the book is great. “I was being held at knifepoint-always at knifepoint. Why, I had no idea. I was a big guy. I could see over the crowds at Walmart. People moved aside as I walked down the street. You’d think I’d warrant being held at gunpoint. But it was always knifepoint. Always.”
This was a very quick read for me. Much shorter than what I might choose as a rule. I had to remind myself that that was the intention and the succinctness of the descriptions are necessary for it to remain as such. I really like the fact that the book mentions names that are familiar to the present time.
Taking its brevity into account, the characters in this story are colorful and fit well with the storyline. Having been raised in rural Arkansas, a couple of these characters had familiar faces in my imagination. The plot twist caught me off guard and the ending was definitely not what I expected!
I recommend “Take It Back: A Douglas Gage Vigilante Justice Thriller” by D. Ray Thomas to anyone who enjoys the action-packed, everyday hero story. This would be excellent for a flight, a day on the beach, or a lazy Saturday. It could easily be read in one sitting.