He’s frustrated with his job. And his most recent girlfriend has just walked out on him. Even a simple trip home to find some rest leads his adoptive mother to share a stunning secret she’s kept for over twenty-six years . . .
Jason has a brother he doesn’t remember existed.
Desperate and uncertain, Jason can only watch as one by one the pieces of his life fall like dominoes. The more he uncovers, the more everything he thought he knew about himself and his past begins to turn to ash.
His truth isn’t true at all . . .
Phoenix by A.J. Scudiere is a tough book to summarize without giving away something important to the plot. It's about a firefighter trying to figure out some truths about his past. There are some relationship issues, family secrets, fires, tragedies, and triumphs.
Jason Mondy was a great character to me. I've read some other reviews that say he wasn't a character that people could relate to, but for me it was easy. He wasn't a guy that was great in the spotlight and didn't really seem to go for large social situations. He had his friends and firehouse family, but he really didn't seem to understand certain social interactions. That is very easy for me to understand so I found him easy to empathize with on his journey of discovery.
I thought the plot pacing of the story was done very well. There were parts that pulled away from Jason's mystery a bit, but I thought those did a pretty good job of helping to develop a better feel for the man. I also thought the reveals of the layers of mysteries were spread just about perfectly to really sink their hooks into you right when you started to wonder what was really going on. There were some that I saw coming and some took me totally by surprise.
The only real negative that the book held for me was the large number of characters. There were a lot of firefighters that were introduced at the beginning of the book and a few more throughout. Sometimes these characters were addressed using their first names and sometimes their last which made it a bit difficult for me to keep track of them all through the story. The major players in the book weren't difficult but some of the smaller characters had me a little confused from time to time.
Overall I really enjoyed the book and will be checking out more from this author in the future. I understand she has some audiobooks and that is something that I will look into for sure.
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