Review: Crossfire (Camaro #2) by Sam Hawken

24 Jul



It’s a testament to how much I enjoy these Camaro Espinoza novels that as soon as I saw that Mr. Hawken had put out a new one, I bought it immediately. Then, as soon as I finished the Winslow book I was in the middle of (Dawn Patrol) I began reading Crossfire right away. What I’m trying to say is that it jumped to the top of my TBR queue. Boom. And my TBR list can beat up your TBR list any day.


Okay, so Crossfire is the second novella in Hawken’s Camaro series. (I reviewed the first one, Camaro Run, here.) And, like that first one, #2 is just a perfect little tale of crime, action, violence, and death. There are no wasted words–no long boring descriptions of stuff (there are descriptions of stuff but they are short and interesting).

Hawken keeps things moving and he keeps things interesting. Any words/sentences/paragraphs/chapters that aren’t about the basic plot of the story just aren’t in  this book because Hawken is sweet enough to leave all that shit out.

Plus, he has created a wonderful character in Camaro Espinoza. She is strong, brave, capable, wise, and intelligent while at the same time being a cold killer and a thief. From her time in the military she not only knows how to fight and shoot, but, since she was a medic she can also heal (giving her a touch of the feminine, I think). Plus, she is beautiful and hot and the mental picture I get of her riding around the country on back of her Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic in a t-shirt and jeans with her honey-brown hair blowing in the wind is sexy as hell. (That’s not kinky is it?)

This book takes off where the last one ended, and, it looks like number three will be a further continuation. I like this. It is totally worth it to spend $1.99 each time a new one comes out to be able to keep reading Camaro’s story.

Camaro is being chased by very bad people. She goes to New Orleans to see her sister, who also winds up in a situation where other, separate, very bad people are descending on her pathetic little family. I am very impressed by the way Hawken orchestrates how all this ends — it is a crime/action-lover’s dream.

Have you watched TV shows like Breaking Bad and Banshee? You know, shows about crime and criminals and violence where every scene just pops and amazes and often leaves you stunned? That experience is what I am reminded of when reading these books. See what I mean? How much fun does that sound, right?

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