If you enjoy the work of David Baldacci, Tom Clancy, or Nelson B. DeMille, you will love Crisis: Black, by John A. Davis, picks up right where Crisis: Blue left off: with Prissy and Rex escaping from the terrorists who framed, then kidnapped them. In this, the second book of the series, nurse Prissy Bent and her husband, Dr. Rex Bent, a former Navy SEAL, continue to run from the terrorist masterminds who abducted them after Rex reported a suspicious illness to the CDC. One of the real terrorists is Dr. Geehad, the administrator of the hospital who was contacted by CDC investigators.
Although Davis promotes his books on the website of the Conservative Book Club, he creates characters who voice both sides of recent, and some current political issues in the U.S. For example, characters with right-wing leanings make comments about the “liberal bastards at CNN”, and the Affordable Care Act. They refer to a politician as a “conspiracy-minded global-warming Dem-oRat”, mention sanctuary cities as “…inexcusable liberal-stamped anti-American…”; and by use the phrase “radical Islamic terrorists” repeatedly throughout the book. CIA and federal agents speaking to each other on the job would not use that phrase. They would refer to the terrorists as, “those bastards” or “those SOBs”, or something similar. The repeated use of the phrase was a transparent, and therefore, weakened, attempt to state the author’s view.
On the other hand, Davis shares a recognition of the waste and corruption of FEMA, and the need to protect our planet, with characters who make multiple comments such as the “gaudy ego-laden rectangular contraption” (the Hummer that Geehad drives). Another character comments on “rebuilding an economy decimated by the Republicans…” and refers to their blatant redistribution of wealth and their denial of global warming. Through well-developed characters, both political sides are presented, but there is no denying the book as a whole has a right-leaning slant. There is serious food for thought in this story.
While I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure, drama, and suspense, I was also entertained by the comedy of Zeila, an elderly Cajun woman who inadvertently joined the Bents on their flight from both the terrorists and a crazed, narcissistic FBI agent with anger management issues. Zeila complains constantly about the corruption and lack of rebuilding poorer neighborhoods after Hurricane Katrina.
Davis’s names for some of his characters are truly funny: first, there is Dr. Geehad (read it as “jihad”), then there is Dr. Fubar (think of the acronym “FUBAR”. If you don’t know it’s meaning, ask anyone who is, or has been in military service.
Crisis: Black had a much smoother ending than did the first book of the series, and that I appreciate. I’m already eagerly anticipating the third installment in the series Crisis Red.
What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy?
- Verb tense disagreement within sentences and within paragraphs;
- Far too many split infinitives;
- Repeatedly spelling out the names of government agencies, when people actually in those jobs would use the acronyms.