“…loaded with wild and fierce action and some very touching family moments.”
“…Bidulka proves it can be done and with incredible style.”
“I found myself, on many occasions, going back and re-reading a paragraph or sentence just because I enjoyed the way it was written…”
“Adam Saint’s family are strong and relatable characters in the book.”
“once I got to the end, I wanted more.”
Review by Forris Day of Scared Stiff Reviews – September 2013
Scared Stiff Reviews are found at http://www.scaredstiffreviews.com/?p=6150
By Forris Day Jr.
I like a good action story whether it be a movie or a book. These tales are an exciting departure from my rather mundane life. I’m not complaining about mundane, mind you, but I love to escape into a great story and Anthony Bidulka crafted just that with his well written novel “When the Saints Go Marching In”.
It is the first in a series that follow main character Adam Saint on his escapades and adventures all around the world. Saint is a Canadian Disaster Recovery Agent who is sent around the globe to investigate the tragic crashes that result in loss of life to Canadians. When one of his fellow agents is mysteriously killed while investigating a plane crash in Russia he finds himself wrapped up in a mystery that only deepens every day. Saint realizes that there is far more to the so-called “accidental” death than he is being told. His investigation gets him into hot water with his job and now he must deal with his family that he hardly knows because of his demanding career.
The book is loaded with wild and fierce action and some very touching family moments. I wouldn’t have believed the two could be incorporated into such a solid story but Bidulka proves it can be done and with incredible style. The character’s dialog is so well written, you absolutely know who is talking, even during paragraphs heavy in dialog. Many authors can not pull that off. His descriptions of locations were poetic. I found myself, on many occasions, going back and re-reading a paragraph or sentence just because I enjoyed the way it was written and yes, to study it for my own writing too.
Adam Saint’s family are strong and relatable characters in the book. His wife is leaving him, yet as a reader I felt the love that Saint still holds for her. His son hates him yet Saint loves his son and his nephew is at first not likable at all but like most teenagers once you break down the walls you realize that they are just kids who want to be liked and loved. His boss is an evil b….well…I can’t say it here, there may be children listening, err, reading I mean. This is the kind of in-depth detail that you get in this story and much more.
It is a book that, once I got to the end, I wanted more. I look forward to reading more about Adam Saint and sharing the results in my book reviews. If book one is any indication of the level of storytelling that will be in future Adam Saint books then bring it on I say. Anthony Bidulka is no novice to the world of writing. He has already created a series of 8 mysteries featuring the main character Russel Quaint. Pick up your copy of “When the Saints Go Marching In” wherever you buy books. You will be delighted with this action-packed account of Adam Saint’s adventures.