THE CONTRACTORS: A Jon Cantrell Thriller ~Harry Hunsicker
THE CONTRACTORS is a 510 page contemporary thriller which I spent 3/4s of my weekend reading. Thrillers are not often a choice I would make for reading pleasure; I have many readers who enjoy this genre very much. I use these books to practice my analysis skills and to keep my thinking skills at peak performance. How was the pace? Did the story connect and was I able to understand the characters and their role and function? Was I sent to do some extra research and discovery? Was the story revealing and did the dialogue flow and move the story forward? Was violence and sex used appropriately or was it just for titillation? Are the female characters possible or just caricatures? Was the story line interesting and engaging?
THE CONTRACTORS moves at an amazing pace and the characters are very real and believable. Yes, I was sent to the search engines several times to follow DEA investigations and Immigration statistics and I was overwhelmed by the number of drug related violent deaths in the Dallas, Texas newspapers. The number of weapons in our environment has been overwhelming me since the SANDY HOOK tragedy. THE CONTRACTORS has put all this information into a fictional study of the new way we as a country are doing business. It reveals how violent, disorganized, deadly, costly, and destructive rogue sub-contracting groups are to our lives and how they produce even more deadly-destructive results.
Our society is being destroyed as we increase the number of disenfranchised or disposable citizens and we keep pursuing the ‘War On Drugs’. We keep arming with fancier and fancier weapons, vehicles and spy tools, para-military vigilante groups and then pay them on commission. Bounty Hunters! All sanctioned by Mr. Rumsfeld and Mr. Cheney during the previous President Bush’s administration. In THE CONTRACTORS it has reached viral levels of destruction, mayhem, and incompetence which are astounding. Who really cares?
In the middle of reading THE CONTRACTORS, I paused to watch the Super Bowl with friends. This respite, from an into the middle of the night reading session, to watch a football game on TV was a fabulous contrasting story balancing out the intensity of the read. Here was a young team with no “stars” of which none were a first round draft pick, being coached by one of the oldest coaches in the NFL – “Who is thought of as a college coach” – working deftly as a team and creating a win. None are paid extreme salaries, none of the players were chosen before the 7th round, and yet the team worked together and created a win. One could witness the teamwork in action. Washington State has not had many National Professional sports wins – 1980s basketball, 2004 Women’s Basketball and now 2014 Super Bowl. The State was hungry and the celebrations were noisy and prolonged. I finished reading THE CONTRACTORS about 2am and the fireworks were still exploding across the Sound. Way to go Seahawks! Way to Go Seahawks!
Here is the lesson for me: As a State we work best when we are a team effort. Our healthcare, schools, science, transportation, social services and environment are best utilized when we were working with a spirited team. Our public schools were in the top 10 in the nation just a few years ago, but now as sub-contractors have moved in to all our systems and institutions our public schools have dropped to 47th and people are racing to set up private schools and transporting their children. (ALEC) The War on Drugs has destroyed several of our cities and the road from public education to privatized prisons is paved with gold for a few. THE CONTRACTORS just points out how far advanced the decay is in Texas and how quickly other states are following – racing down this path.
I love to read even books not in my favorite genre like THE CONTRACTORS.
I received a copy of this book for review from TLC Online Book Tours and the author. I know a number of my readers like a good contemporary, thriller and THE CONTRACTORS certainly filled that genre. Thank you for the opportunity.