Five Star, May 2008, $25.95
Former Navy SEAL David Cole is excited about being the pyrotechniques expert on the filming of Bringing Them Back because his adult son Ronny works with him on the set and he is attracted to the movie’s director Jennifer Shragee. However, when Ned Brandenburg and Levar Watkins almost cause an explosion due to carelessness, he fires them knowing that the former is the nephew of Loki Studio head Gary Stanford. Ned and Levar vow to get even with Cole while Gary is upset because he needs the film finished or face bankrupcy and mob muscle; Cole is holding up the filming due to safety concerns.
Gary hires psychopath Frank Ruger to take out Cole. To the horror of Ned and Levar, Frank kills Ronny before igniting a horrific explosion that should have left David dead. However David survives though badly hurt and begins his quest for revenge against Gary, Frank, Ned, and Levar even as Police Lieutenant Scott Whittaker names him as the suspect in his son’s murder.
Fast-paced, fans who aprpeciate 200 proof action in their thrillers will relish Marc paoletti’s full octane tale. However, those who want a psychological side to the prime players will find that lacking as the action supersedes character devleopment. Still SCORCH is an exciting cat and mouse tale of twisted revenge.