Wow! I picked up this book expecting a good crime story but I never thought I would love this the way I do. The Sons of Jude is one of those thrilling suspense books that makes you glad for the good guys! Check out my review!
With all the books I have read by Brandt Dodson, I never realized that he was employed by the FBI. I knew his books rang with authenticity and this is the reason why. While reading this book I felt like I was there, with these officers in the middle of a murder investigation. The funny thing with The Sons of Jude is that I am familiar with Chicago and found it interesting to know places that were mentioned, streets, etc. I mean, everyone knows Navy Pier but hearing about Rush Street and the like was pretty interesting.
The main character is Campello. But the person who is transferred to be his partner, Polanski, is by far my favorite. And you can't forget Christy Lee, who happens to be a reporter who has a thing against cops. There is definitely enough mystery and suspense in this book to satisfy anyone who loves a good who-dun-it. It reads like a good action novel and I really enjoyed it. The author brings to forefront the idea of how far does a good guy go, to bring down a bad guy. At what point does the good guy become just like the bad guy? It is amazing how things can get turned around and mixed up so you don't know who is good and what is the right thing to do. And do you rat on a fellow cop? Or do you let the brotherhood take care of things? All of these are good questions that are brought up by Brandt Dodson.
Overall an excellent book. Ethical subjects are discussed in such a way that you really have to think. The characters are very realistic with struggles and doubts of their own. Plot was intriguing and the finale ending was exciting. I am sooo looking forward to the next book in the series!
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Sex Trafficking, Murder, Police Corruption = Great
October 20, 2012
Brandt Dodson in his new book, "The Sons of Jude" Book One in The Sons of Jude series published by Monarch Books takes us into the lives of Chicago detectives Frank Campello and Andy Polanski.
From the back cover: Saint Jude is the patron saint of lost causes-and police officers.
When Chicago detectives Frank Campello and Andy Polanski are assigned to investigate the murder of Trina Martinez it seems like an ordinary homicide. An unfortunate young girl in the wrong place at the wrong time has been brutally murdered. But their investigation is halted by a wall of silence, a wall formed by powerful interests that will render their inquiry a lost cause.
Then they enlist the support of reporter Christy Lee-and come under immediate fire. Polanski is arrested. Campello threatened. Christy is attacked.
It's the case that every cop gets. The one that changes his life. The one where justice is elusive and the hunter becomes the hunted.
Frank Campello and Andy Polanski are the Sons of Jude.
How would you begin a book about police officers? Of course, in a precinct. "The Sons of Jude" tarts out loaded with tension and then it just escalates. Frank Campello is a veteran who doesn't like the rules. Andy Polanski is a rules person who blew the whistle on fellow officers at the district forcing him to be reassigned just to keep him alive. They dress differently, they act differently and Campello doesn't even like his new partner. However they get involved in a case involving a sex-trafficking operation that is preying on illegal aliens. To really solve this case they need to rely on each other and defeat corruption in the higher-ups of the police department.
"The Sons of Jude" is a thriller as Campello and Polanski are in great danger practically from page one. This is an adventure suspense story as the two detectives are off on their search for the killer and as they dig up answers they are forced to question the motives of those around them. "The Sons of Jude" is also a mystery filled with twists and turns that will make a roller coaster kneel in surrender. I think Brandt Dodson is an extremely talented writer who really knows how to tell a story that will grab you and keep you flipping pages until you find out what is going on. "The Sons of Jude" is a very exciting book that will keep you engrossed in the characters. This is a wonderful series and I am glad I discovered Brandt Dodson. I look forward to a long and pleasant relationship. I recommend this book highly.
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Detective Frank Campello has just lost his partner and to his disappointment has been given Andy Polanski from another district as his new partner. Polanski has been deemed a traitor, for not sticking by the police family and Campello has no desire to work with a traitor. With the latest case bringing the two into situations they never would have believed Campello must decide if he can trust Polanski and possibly understand why he did what he did at his previous district.
The Sons of Jude is the first book of the series and Dodson does not disappoint, captivating your attention from the very first page. Not only does Dodson write a story that will pull you in he writes in a way that does not speed through the story but allows you to really sink into what is happening. Dodson has an amazing use of description and with his experience in the FBI and knowledge of the Chicago area he really brings this story to life. I cannot wait to see the next book in the series.
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Chicago PD is in trouble. Andy Polanski has done the unthinkable; he accused two other members of the department of planting evidence on a suspect. Now, no one wants to work with him. Frank Campello is assigned to partner with him against his will, but when they begin to work together to find a young woman's murderer, they discover just how deep the conspiracy goes.
For everyone who ever read and loved Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series, good news! Brandt Dodson is the successor to McBain. Set in Chicago, this is a gritty, realistic police thriller with, as the back cover so eloquently puts it, "an ethical twist". It's good. It isn't "bang 'em over the heads with a Bible" religious, but it is clean enough that your teenagers can read it. But don't start reading this on a night when you need to go to bed; you won't be able to put it down until the end. Seriously.
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For a cop drama, this book was pretty good. The two main characters were Andy Polanski, a straight laced by-the-book kind of cop, and Frank Campello, who recently lost his partner and is not happy about Andy turning on his "brothers in blue". Andy is the Christian in this book and does what he does to honor Christ, but Frank is angry at Andy for being a traitor. The two characters were well written and interesting to get to know.
I enjoyed watching the relationship between Andy and Frank grow. As a reader, you know that Andy is doing what he is doing for Christ. You know he is doing the right thing and you end up pulling for him. At the same time, the author gives a very compelling view of the other officers involved in the story. They just see someone who betrayed their own; something which is just not done, no matter if you thought your were doing the right thing or not. You know that Andy is a good detective and want him to succeed, but you also feel for the other detectives who just can't trust him. An author being able to pull off both sides of a very polarizing subject and make the reader feel sympathy for both sides is something you don't see often, and I was very impressed.
However, the book was mainly told from Frank's perspective, which sometimes made Andy come across as a naÃ¯ve sap who is hiding behind his Bible and doesn't care what that means to his family, friends, and coworkers. Now, I do agree that Christians should live their lives based on what Christ did for us and should not compromise. But Andy sometimes came across as just barreling through life not caring about the consequences of his actions and not explaining to people why he was doing what he was doing. Of course you should stand up for what you believe in, but sometimes there is a compassionate balance at play as well.
The only other problem I had with this story was that the murder mystery ended up being a bit too convoluted. The characters (good and bad) each had back story which somehow ended up being tied into the main story. This probably wouldn't have been a problem if we could have learned about their back stories in a previous book instead of snippets throughout this one. By the end of the book, I was just glad that the murder part was over. I wanted to focus on the characters again.
I really enjoyed the way the author showed the growth of the relationship between the two main characters. I finished the book wanting to know more about the two and where their friendship and partnership is going to go. And, as far as murder mysteries go, though this one was complicated, it was still good. I enjoyed this book despite a few issues.