About the Book:
Title: The String (Deadly Games Book 1)
Author Caleb Breakey
Genre: Suspense/Christian Suspense/Christian Mystery and Suspense
Release Date: July 16, 2019
Welcome to the string, a game of impossible decisions and deadly consequences. Let’s go over the ground rules.
Rule #1: Participation is mandatory.
Rule #2: If anyone refuses to play, all threats will come to pass.
Get ready for a deadly social experiment as a sociopath known as The Conductor delivers disturbing threats and twisted moral dilemmas to unsuspecting students and staff.
As a powerful instinct for self-preservation sweeps through the campus, one man has a grave decision to make. Will university cop Markus Haas play the game to protect those he loves? Or will he break the string and incite massive chaos–and even death?
In the great suspense tradition of Ted Dekker and Steven James, Caleb Breakey’s explosive debut novel will have you turning pages into the night.
Well, I’m not saying I’ve found a new insta-buy author. But I’m not not saying that either.
As far as Christian mystery and suspense goes, I give it a roaring two thumbs up. The psychopath is truly evil, but not full-blown Hannibal Lecter. He’s a mastermind evil-doer who knows exactly which buttons to push to get his players to do his bidding.
Markus, of course, is the star of the show. But also a loose end who keeps running through my head. Why did the conductor pick him? The things he asked of Markus could have been done quite easily by someone already under the conductor’s rule. Several times the conductor implicates Markus as a giant, like something he must conquer. Almost as if, if he can get Markus to bend, then no one will ever stand a chance. I suppose that’s enough, but for some reason I wanted it to be more personal than that.
Second favorite character, Cody. Don’t mess with a man on a mission.
The alternating viewpoints kept the plot fresh and gave keen insight into all the rotating characters without giving a thread away as for who the conductor was. I had no clue. I felt as blind as Markus despite spending some time in the conductor’s head through a few chapters.
I’m excited for the rest of the series, and there are several raveled threads I can’t wait to see get burned off.
I requested a copy of this book from Revell Reads. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.