Douglas Gage is back in this second book in D. Ray Thomas’ novella series – Take It Back. There is something enticing about these short stories. While I had planned to read this second book after a few others, I couldn’t get Gage out of my mind so I had to change plans and get my fix of Gage. I wanted the witty dialogue and the precarious encounters he has with his adversaries. Gage is like the Rock’s ugly brother, with a couldn’t care less attitude mirrored with his exterior appearance.
Since the first book, Gage’s friends are aware of his unique mission and one asks him to meet a couple that has been swindled out of their land by the county government under the guise of community benefit. However, they’ve reverted their intention and approved a casino in its place. The county commissioners have other ambitions in getting rich quickly, regardless of the innocent lives they ruin.
The prologue is great but there is little action in the story until we’re back at that point again. The action sequences are one of Ray Thomas’ strong points and it’s very easy to visualise almost cinematically how it is played out. It’s a pity only the one action scene occurred.
Overall, I felt this story lacked a bit more depth to the plot and the dialogues between Gage and the government fraudsters. While it’s a short story, there were too many jumps of acceptance required for it to flow properly. Such a shame as I love the Gage character and the concept of the series. I didn’t like this book as much as the first but I would still recommend reading it. I’m inclined to give this 3.5 stars.
I would like to thank Ray Thomas for providing me with a free copy of this book, in return for an honest review.