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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Arranger -- book review & giveaway

One commenter on this post will receive a free ebook (pdf) copy of the novel The Arranger by L.J. Sellers.

L.J. Sellers writes thrillers in a sparse journalistic style. In fact,they are too sparse for my taste. I want to see more description of the setting, as well as more character development. That having been said, these novels keep me riveted from page one to the end.

I recently reviewed Sellers' Secrets to Die For, with basically the same criticism. The Arranger creates suspense and maintains it, but I still want more depth.

The story begins with Lara, an emergency medical technician, explaining to a woman how she can get her husband treated at an emergency room, despite the fact that he does not have a "med card". Perhaps this is a British thing, but to my American sensibilities, it sounds futuristic. Our emergency rooms treat anybody who walks, crawls or is carried in.

Nope, it isn't a British thing, since it takes place among the Sequoias, i.e. the redwood forest, which can be only California or Florida-0 I was wrong -- it's Oregon. I'm confused, but the story carries me along as Lara gets shot at, chased by a large dog and generally attacked. This seems strange and surreal.

She is taking part in the Gauntlet, whatever that is, running around taking care of emergency medical problems with a variety of futuristic bandages and such. Her van is equipped with a computer that has Internet access. She doesn't have a partner, which is odd. I'm not an expert, but I do know that paramedics never work solo.

Sure enough, the conflict keeps me reading, the tension never eases, and yet I hate being so confused. Things need to be explained. This poor reader is floundering.

The Arranger is good, but not as good as Secrets to Die For.

Three out of five stars. Recommended, but not Sellers' best effort.

This review is part of Nurture Book Tourz

September 7th – Mason C. @ Thoughts in Progress - May giveaway One (1) eBook Copy

September 7th – Christina I. @ Middle of the Road Reviews - May giveaway One (1) Print Copy

September 8th – April R. @ My Book Addiction and More - May giveaway One (1) Print Copy

September 8th – Sue F. @ Books, Books, The Magical Fruit - May giveaway One (1) eBook Copy

September 9th – Laurie J. @ Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews - May giveaway One (1) Print Copy
September 12th – Aparajita B. @ Le’ Grande Codex - May giveaway One (1) eBook Copy

September 12th – Jaidis S. @ Juniper Grove


Link to the author's tour page:


Here are some more useful links:

Where you can find & follow L.J. Sellers:

Author Website

Author Blog


Facebook Page

Facebook Profile

Goodreads Profile

Buy the BOOK at:

Author Blog

Independent Bookstores (by request)


And remember, one commenter on this post will receive a free pdf of the novel The Arranger by L.J. Sellers.




Ruth Terreri said...

It looks to be an interesting read.

tuffy777 said...

thank you, Ruth -- you win 8-)