My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I have to say I was a bit disappointed in this book. While the premise of the book is intriguing and has lots of promise, the author doesn’t quite deliver. It’s a story of a corrupt police force that is radically bent towards discrimination of anyone not of the White class. It is police brutality at its worst. The plot of the entire book is based on this theme. Think “Rodney King” magnified by a thousand. A violent crime committed by a police officer towards an unarmed, elderly Hispanic man is witnessed and video-taped, which leads to the Police Chief, the officer who committed the crime, a radical Hispanic freedom fighter, the only “good cop” it seems on the police force, the news station, and everyone else in the story, determined to get their hands on this video for various reasons. The plot is thin and could use more depth and twists and turns.
The book is extremely fast paced, to the point where you lose a sense of the characters and makes the scenes unbelievable. So many characters are introduced and you’re given little background or history. What you do get isn’t enough to really connect with any of them. It’s as though you’re an observer watching a story play out without really becoming involved. The story seemed to rely more on quick, thoughtless violence rather than a plot or theme. Every chapter had someone shooting, slicing, or some form of violence towards someone else. While I appreciate authenticity and violence when appropriate in a book, this was too much to absorb or feel believable.
Unfortunately, this book did not “ring true” for me.