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Necessities by Boyd Taylor (Book #4 in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series)

Book Details:

Category: Adult Fiction, 225 pages
Genre: Suspense Crime Fiction
Publisher: Katherine Brown Press
Release date: December 5, 2017
Format available for review: print & ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF or gifted Kindle copy)
Will send print books to: USA
Tour dates: Jan 3 to Feb 28, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is a murder and elusions to sex. Some mild cursing.)

Book Description:

Donnie Ray Cuinn returns to Austin to defend a war hero accused of murder. David Lewis lost both legs in Iraq, but he has overcome his nightmares and his disabilities by sheer willpower. He has learned to run and to box and is a successful newspaperman with a beautiful wife and son. Now the nightmares have returned and he must stand trial for murder. With twists that never seem to end, this gripping legal thriller is filled with suspense and indelibly drawn characters dealing with love and betrayal.

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Meet the Author:

BOYD TAYLOR lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and their Havanese dog Toby. Necessities is the fourth novel in the Donnie Ray Cuinn series. In a former life, Boyd was a lawyer and a corporate officer. A native of Temple, Texas, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in government and an LL.B. from the law school.

Boyd’s first novel “Hero” was prescient in its story about fake news. His second novel, “The Antelope Play,” dealt with drug trafficking in the Texas Panhandle, an unfortunately accurate forecast. The third, “The Monkey House”, involved commercial development of a large green space in the center of Austin, all too familiar to Austin residents. Whether his upcoming novel “Necessities” predicts future events with the accuracy of the earlier books remains to be seen.

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My Review

5 stars

David Lewis is an Iraq veteran that lost his legs. He has come a long way to get past this when a rich girl from years ago approaches him about a marriage of convenience. No one has managed to produce an heir for her family. David agrees but as soon as a son is born there is a clear split between David and his wife. There is the public family and the private completely different one.

But one night David gets a call that there is a threat to his family and he rushes to the rescue. Unfortunately things go wrong and he is responsible for the death of an innocent. Donnie Cuinn has never handled a case quite like this but David insists that he represent him in court. This is going to be a challenge for Donnie but if anyone can come through this fight it is him.

This is a great story told in two parts. I love how David’s world is fully developed before the bottom is dropped out of it. My heart broke for him. He has managed to get over his time in Iraq yet one tragic even dumps him right back in the middle of everything.

Donnie is just a great guy and I loved watching him fight for this war veteran. There is plenty of doubt added into the court hearing to make you start questioning David and keeps you guessing if he really is as innocent as he seems. And then there is the Lehrer family that just mixes it up worse.

This is a great story and a fantastic end to the series. I am reviewing this entire series so look for my other reviews.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

American Heroes by Boyd Taylor

One of the things I enjoy most about writing fiction is the discovery of something I didn’t know. For example, while researching my novel Necessities, I knew that main character David Lewis would be a double amputee. I knew he would run because I had seen videos of Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic runner. Pistorius has been in the news as defendant in a murder case. The facts in his case are not similar to those in my book, but the man himself is a textbook example of a highly-motivated person who through sheer will power achieved totally unexpected results; in Pistorius’ case he became a world class runner. 

But, I didn’t think of my character as a boxer until I came across the website for the National Amputee Boxing Association and watched YouTube boxing matches between amputees staged by the Association. 

San Antonio is the home base for military medicine and it sees many wounded veterans, including amputees. Since 2001, about 1,650 U.S. troops have lost hands, arms, legs or feet during wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Amputee Boxing Association is one response to the large number of amputees who seek to maintain their athletic skills and who have moved forward with their lives and have a passion for boxing. Moving forward in their cases requires extraordinary determination and force of will. It requires the strength to overcome physical and emotional pain. It requires a strong sense of self. Those are traits I incorporated into my portrayal of David Lewis.

The development of better prostheses, artificial limbs, have made sports like running and boxing more attainable by amputees. Instead of the walking leg that he has for ordinary activities, an amputee boxer uses a running leg modified for boxing. It takes time and skill to use in the ring and avoid limb injury, but more and more American heroes are doing it.

Enter the Giveaway!
Ends March 7, 2018
5 winners will each get a paperback copy of Necessities
1 winner will also get a $25 Amazon.com gift card
25 winners will get an ebook copy of Necessities
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