Sunday, February 5, 2012

5 Stars for The Stamp

Stuck on The Stamp (5 out of 5 stars)

Review of The Stamp by Cara Wilson-Granat, Amazon

I recently finished reading author Ed Brodow's compelling novel, The Stamp and now wish I could go see the movie! It's that good and that real you can almost taste and smell the edge on which this story straddles. On one level The Stamp is about an ex-Marine in search of his beloved younger sister's killer. The brother's passionate search for blood-thirsty revenge takes him to the darkest jungles of Columbia and we are both cheering for him and holding our breath in fear as he finds himself deeper into a maze of misery that reflects his own inner demons. And that's the other level--the inner journey that Tommy, the main character, fights with the most when he is finally faced with realities and questions that shake him to the core. Who's the real killer? Who really wins in this quest of an eye-for-an-eye battle to the death?

Brodow is a fine-tuned story teller who manages this heart-pounding modern-day classic with deftness and grit. Like a hologram, the story and perspective flip back and forth keeping the reader flipping pages wildly in search of answers along with the extraordinary characters he introduces in this fascinating read. One thing's for sure,
The Stamp will definitely stick to you long after you put it down. It's that damned good.

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