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DUKE CITY HIT: A Thriller ~Max Austin

“For fans of Breaking Bad and the bestselling fiction of Don Winslow and George Pelecanos, Max Austin takes readers back to Albuquerque for another action-packed thrill ride in Duke City Hit, as an elite assassin takes aim at—well, everyone.”  (amazon’s page)

DUKE CITY HIT will be released on December 16th, 2014.  I received an uncorrected, un-proofed copy from TLC Online Booktours and have read it cover to cover.   My copy did not include information about the author or any extras or connectors.   I wanted to read the book because I had read DUKE CITY SPLIT  and I know lots of my readers enjoy this kind of story and the fast pace.   It is very – fasted paced and includes the wonderful vintage cars flying around Albuquerque, making for good drama.  It is very entertaining and it certainly takes the reader into entertainment escape mode.

I wanted to learn more about Vic this amazing hit man and maybe he will be in the third book of the trilogy along with the bank robbers in volume I?  Smooth and tense writing style that moved the 150 pages right along.

DUKE CITY HIT was not my favorite read or even mystery.   I do not like to think that contract assassins are assisting the world by “taking out” the horrible people in the area.  I know it takes skill and I am sure there are some everywhere there are evil people, but it makes me unhappy to read about all the murders.  I guess I need more decoration, like Marti Wingate’s Garden Shed Mystery Series, where the reader learns about gardens and the UK and there is some real romance.  Or T.E. Wood’s FIXER series which was revealing child abuse and sexual violence; the more interesting relationship information was in Max Austin’s first book DUKE CITY SPLIT.  Protecting family was part of the story, but it seemed more militaristic and did not touch me in the same way; there was an absence of the plotting and planning parts of the chase.

My feelings are very open right now with all the violence again people and thinking about the School shootings, children gunned down and politicians lack of response  against the powers of un-reason and greed.  I want to think of the sweet hope of a baby and not the violence of crucifixions in the darkness of winter.   Do these thrillers relieve people of stress and tension, excite readers, or just provide a great escape?

“Max Austin is a pseudonym for Steve Brewer, who has written 2 dozen books about crooks. LONELY STREET was made into a comedy movie in 2009.  A former journalist and humor columnist, Brewer teaches in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico.  He’s a frequent speaker at mystery conventions and was toastmaster at Left Coast Crime in 2011.  He is married and the father of 2 adult sons, Brewer lives in Albuquerque.” – See more at: DUKE CITY SPLIT 

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Once again fun writing and I know many of my readers will enjoy this book. Please share!  Thank you

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5 Responses to “DUKE CITY HIT: A Thriller ~Max Austin”

  1. Sara Says:


    This is one reason I like your reviews so much. You said you liked one of the Austin books, but this one just wasn’t your “cup of tea.” That’s exactly what a reviewer should do — be honest!

    Now, from your review I could see my husband liking this book. He tends to read thrillers and they don’t usually have lightness or romance in the stories. They are character driven, but the action is essential to him. So, this book in the series may be more of man’s book. I know that sounds terribly sexist, but from my experience, it is also true at times.

    Anyway, I hope you’re having a good day:~)
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    Patricia Reply:

    This is definitely a good read and I bet your husband will love it

    Also in the early days I reviewed a book called THE CONTRACTORS – That was jet propelled action about real events at the southern borders – Whoa He might like that one too!
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  2. Heather J @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    Got lots of readers of this review but not so many comments
    I find when I am not so fond of a book, I don’t get many comments

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