Friday, January 6, 2012

Book Review: Time Donors Wanted by Russell Scott

Time Donors Wanted

Author: Russell Scott
Paperback: 238 pages
Publisher: R.S. Anderson (September 5, 2011)
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Note: I received this book free from the author, Russell Scott. The review posted below is based on my personal thoughts while reading the book.


★ ★ ★ 

My thoughts:

I liked the plot of the story, Jarvin Sloan is a psychiatrist practicing "on line" specializing in sexual medicine for married couples. Jarvin and his friend comes up with a new way to deal with sexual frustrations, that is to create an internet site to pair people to meet one another's sexual needs. This is a one-time basis. All details will be deleted in the database after 72 hours, no one will ever know except those involved in the affair. It seems like everything is okay until one of the first clients of this internet site was murdered and the police are investigating the matter.

Oh I liked this book. I was hooked the first few chapters but I did skim some parts in the middle, I think mainly because the introduction of each character's story is a little bit long for me. When I picked it up again, I was once again hooked until the last pages of the book. When the murderer was revealed, I was confused, so I had to go back to the first chapters and I was like - I didn't see that! Overall, I found this book interesting, the plot is so original. If you're looking for a good mystery book, you might want to pick up Time Donors Wanted.

About the book:

“If you could have a one-time affair with someone you’d never see again, and no one could ever find out, would you?” That is the question. Jarvis Sloan was an Internet success story. He’d left a thriving private practice as a psychiatrist specializing in sexual medicine in San Diego to form LifeSolutions Seminars. Ironically, it isn’t just Jarvis’s patients that are suffering. His own marriage is a hollow shell. He loves his wife Sharon, when he isn’t hating her, and he loves his sons unconditionally. Jarvis convinces himself that there’s only one way to deal with his growing frustration, affairs. While they may be an answer, they aren’t necessarily a good answer or a safe one. So he tries to come up with a better answer. A site devoted to pairing people to meet one another’s sexual needs on a one-time basis. To avoid any chance of detection he hides the site inside a self erasing server, no notes, no phone calls, no electronic footprints, nothing. It’s a direct connection to another person willing to donate their time to help meet your needs. All information about both parties is erased from the embedded server every seventy-two hours. Making any connections made inside the server impossible to trace.

What starts as a small idea for a limited number of people, is quickly magnified and transformed by the power of the Internet, generating $60 million in its first two years of operation. Willie Weeks, retired from the military six years ago, now he’s the new guy in homicide, at the Phoenix Police Department—he should have just stayed in Burglary, but he didn’t. His introduction to homicide, however, wasn’t looking too promising. He’d already messed up his first case. A mistake that got somebody killed. That screw up put him under the gun. His next case is a murder at a motel on the outskirts of Phoenix, a paper-goods salesman from Muncie, Indiana. Somebody’s left him naked and dead in a puddle of his own blood in a downtown motel room. Robbery wasn’t the motive because his jewelry, wallet, and more than a thousand dollars in cash are still on the nightstand. At first glance it appears that he died from a blow to the head, but when the victim is rolled over it’s obvious that he’s been stabbed multiple times, in both kidneys, a technique Weeks immediately recognizes. It’s called a “sentry take-out” in the Special Forces community. The Medical Examiner confirms what Weeks already knows, but it doesn’t bring anyone any closer to knowing who killed the man, or why.

Two weeks later, another man of about the same age is found lying dead between two cars in a parking garage on the other side of town. There’s nothing to link the two cases, but when the Medical Examiner calls Willie with the cause of death, he knows that it’s the work of the same killer. This time the killer used an archaic assassination technique that had been employed by the intelligence community during the first World War, a needle through the back of the skull. But this isn’t a warrior’s technique, it was developed for women, it allowed a female operative to quickly kill a man she was having sex with. Suddenly Willie has no idea who he’s looking for, other than it’s someone that ‘s obviously been trained at whatever it is that they’re doing.

About the author:

Russell Scott is a former naval officer. A Navy Diver who deployed as a member of the special operations community in the Middle East, Central America, and with such agencies as the Secret Service, the New York Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Agency. He is married with three children and lives in Jackson, Mississippi. He has worked as a screenwriter since leaving the Navy.


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