Takeoff (Seth Walker #1) by Joseph Reid

Takeoff (Seth Walker #1)Takeoff by Joseph Reid

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I won Takeoff in a Goodreads giveaway many months ago and I’m just getting around to reading it. I always strive to read and review books I win in giveaways, and although I’m a tad behind, I’m working my way through them one by one.

Takeoff is the story of Seth Walker, an air marshal tasked with escorting a teenage celebrity from NYC to LAX after she receives a series of death threats. What follows is a high-octane, pulse-pounding thriller when those threats become a reality.

I feel like parts of this book were a 4 star read and parts of it were a 3 star read. The first chapter started off with a BANG! It was exciting and thrilling and definitely started the book off on the right note. I wanted to keep reading to see what happened next. And the entire first half of the book continued in the same fashion. I don’t know how believable the action was, but it would make a great movie to be honest. It reminded me of a James Bond, Mission Impossible, Bourne Identity type of situation where there are a million “bad guys” and one “good guy” who seems to always get away.

The second half of the book slowed down for me a little bit and the last 50 – 75 pages seemed a tad drawn out. The ending seemed to take a very long time to unfold and it was almost as if the author rehashed the events of the book multiple times. I felt like the book turned in a 3 star direction at this point. It was still good, but not as exciting as the first half.

One thing I was a tad confused about… there were a couple references to Seth Walker’s previous life. His mentor. His love interest. Something about being framed for murder. I honestly found myself looking to see if I was reading a book in the middle of a series because I felt like I was missing something. I’m guessing the author will tie these elements into future books but they felt kind of out of place and random in the context of this story.

Overall, I enjoyed Takeoff. Like I said, I think it would make a really good action movie with lots of opportunity for fun special effects. As a book, it was good but not the greatest thing I’ve ever read.

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