Monday, September 1, 2014

The Tin Man by Nina Mason [SBM Review]

The Tin Man

The last thing Alex Buchanan, the editor-in-chief of a formidable news site, expects as he looks around the newsroom at the bodies of his editors, is that he’ll soon be teaming up with The Ball Buster to solve the crime and stay alive. Well, maybe not the last thing. The last thing he expects is to fall for her or any other woman. Because he’s The Tin Man–a suit of armor without a heart.

Or so he believes…

The Ball Buster is his private nickname for Thea Hamilton, a smart, gutsy, and insecure investigative reporter for The New York News, America’s newspaper of record. They went out once years ago–an unmitigated disaster during which she jumped all over his case about smoking.

When events force them together, they embark on an emotion-charged, high-octane quest for the truth, ending up in bed, but also in the clutches of a sociopathic corporate raider. “Zeus” is obsessed with James Bond and owns a hardcore S & M club in an old fallout shelter. Is he the killer? And, if so, what’s his motive? What he hopes to gain by torturing the journalists is clearer: the proof they’ve uncovered of a corporate takeover scheme that threatens the future of democracy. And he’ll stop at nothing to get it.

This book was such an eye opener. It made me think and consider events of the past and present. This story was so packed with conspiracy and intrigue. I was glued to my e-reader. Mason wrote such a suspenseful story with an amazing leading man and an even more amazing leading lady. The story gave so much political back story and it was easy for me to compare it with politics and the media today.  The main character has a lot of inner dialog and it helped to understand what he has gone through and why he reacts the way he does through the story. The book also gives the "villains" point of view. I got to see the other side of the story. I was able to learn who the men were and what was going on with them while Alex worked on the mystery. During some of the inner dialog my mind would start to wonder, but there was either a threat of violence of some new situation the characters found themselves in that snapped me right back into the story. This isn't a fast and sweet read. It's intense and will keep you thinking long after you finish the book.

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