A Zachary Blake Legal Thriller. Book 5
by Mark M. Bello
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2020
What does a kid do when it just won’t stop?
Kevin Burns has had enough. Today, the bullying stops. Today, he has easy access to his father’s gun cabinet. Today, Kevin exacts his revenge.
“You think I’m small? Maybe I am, but my gun is huge . . . Size does matter—the larger the gun, the larger the . . .”
Jake Tracey’s phone buzzes. It’s a text from his brother, Kenny.
Where are you?
Stay there. Someone has a gun. Lock the door.
Bloomfield, Michigan, an affluent Detroit area suburb, is home to trial lawyer Zachary Blake. Other school districts envy Bloomfield, that is, until Kevin Burns commits shocking, all too familiar, acts of senseless violence. In the aftermath of the tragedy, everyone wonders ‘why?’.
Zack Blake seeks answers, justice for the victims, including his own son.
How does a kid get a cache of weapons?
The sellers are politically powerful and cover up their role in the bloodbath. The 2nd Amendment protects them, doesn’t it? And President Ronald John, Zack’s old nemesis, is a friend.
Can powerful evildoers be brought to justice? Can Zack expose a dark web weapons conspiracy and the abuse of absolute political power in court?
How does a broken community heal?
In Betrayal High, a Zachary Blake legal thriller, award-winning author/attorney Mark M. Bello answers these questions and more in this fifth installment of what many readers are calling the country’s best courtroom drama series. Prepare to get Betrayed . . . again.
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Average rating from 5 members
This book explores different themes that people struggle with in day-to-day life. Bullying, violence in general, abuse, gun violence, and many others. It would seem, at first glance, that exploring so many different themes would be difficult, but this author manages to pull it off.
Trigger warnings: This book mentions bullying, molestation, and gun violence in a school setting.
One thing I didn't enjoy about this book is it's written in present tense. I was always taught to write books in past tense, because they're easier to understand. So when a book is written this way, it makes it hard to resolve in my head what's going on. This is one of very few things I found "wrong" about this book, and it was easy to ignore, for the most part, so didn't affect my enjoyment very much.
This book was difficult to read. I was never bullied in high school, but I sympathize with those that were. It has to be a horrible situation to find oneself in. Not everyone decides to shoot up their school, though. Some decide to end their own existence. I think this book brings to light what effect bullying has on the victim, the perpetrators and everyone else in the community. It was hard to read, but I believe it was important.
I wasn't a huge fan of the book's being written in present tense. When I read a book like that, it takes some getting used to, because I was taught in school that it was taboo. School was a long time ago for me, so maybe things have changed. But the present tense of the book was one of the reasons I took away a star.
I found the characters of Kenny and Jake to be a little unrealistic. Most high school students I've met aren't as articulate and well-spoken as these young men were. I appreciated their relationship with their step-dad, but their use of language to get their point across was a little unbelievable to me.
All in All, I enjoyed this book. Despite the theme, and the ugliness of the subject, I believe this is an important book to read to see the "other side" of bullying and violence in general. I think the author did a good job of exploring these themes, and gave them a voice in a way I haven't heard before.
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