#BookReview: Rainer Razes Cain (Rainer Series Book 1) by Gregory R. Marshall @bookroar_tweets
Hi everyone! Today, I have a book review for an author I came across via a book review site back in August last year: Torn Veil by Gregory R Marshall. You can find my four star review HERE. I enjoyed that read so much, I picked up another book of this author’s, and it didn’t disappoint >>>
About the Book:
Forced out of the police department after the disappearance of a dangerous suspect, Rainer Hase finds himself at a crossroads. When his former Lieutenant offers him a chance to extract a college girl from a cult, he sees it as a shot at redemption. Rainer soon finds that Cainstown is hiding monstrous secrets.
A gritty action-thriller with relatable characters
‘After the incident, people never looked at Rainer the same way.’ From this intriguing opening line, we meet Rainer Hase, a good cop driven out of the force after a bizarre incident involving a car that disappeared into thin air. At a loose end, needing income, and desperate to regain some self-esteem, Rainer becomes a PI. Then is his former Lieutenant approaches him about the daughter of friends of his, who seems to have been reeled in by a cult.
Basically, this is a book that explores the divide between science and Christianity all while delivering a gritty action-thriller with relatable characters and an all too real scenario. The author brings us the fantastical as well as the macabre, and does it so well, I never once found myself having to suspend my disbelief. The plot is complex, the pacing fast, and the world-building and characterisation done excellently. At no point could I guess where this story would go or how the whole thing would end.
The only thing to let down this wonderful narrative are the numerous spelling mistakes and grammar hiccups. Basic things such as ‘phazed’ instead of ‘fazed’, etc., which get in the way too often. Still, the writing and overall story pulled me in so much, I still found myself fully immersed in this gripping read. Otherwise, the writing was well done with some wonderful descriptions and a fantastic thread of dark humour. Here are some lines I loved …
‘His whole existence lived in the space between simple traps and tazer zaps.’
‘… This place could do with a woman’s touch.” | “I guess I was married to my work, but that bitch left me too.”‘
‘You can’t make your insecurity into a cause.’
The ending rounded up the plot and threads nicely. My only complaint is that the mystery of the disappearing vehicle never seemed to get cleared up. I believe a sequel is on the way, so perhaps that will get addressed then. As you may have guessed by now, I enjoyed this book immensely, and Rainer Raises Cain gets five stars from me.
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.
I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …