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REVIEW and GIVEAWAY: The Dispatcher by Ryan David Jahn

The Dispatcher by Ryan David Jahn

Publisher: Penguin

Release Date: December 2, 2011

Source: Publisher

Rating: 4 out of 5


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Whoa.  That is my first thought after finishing this book.  The Dispatcher is a wonderful and quick read that will put you on the edge of your seat.  Ian Hunt works as a police dispatcher in a small town in Texas.  His daughter went missing seven years ago, and she was just declared legally dead.  So one day he gets a 911 call from a girl running from her captor – and it’s his daughter!  Maggie gives her father a description of the man just before he catches up to her on Main Street.  And so the chase ensues.  The story alternates between pretty much all of the characters’ perspectives, so you know exactly what is happening at all times.  It moves so quickly, but you won’t miss any of the details as the prose is very clear and straightforward.

I did not like the fact that the story is told in present tense rather than past.  It is clear why the author chose to use present tense – the story is moving a lightning speed and is completely in the now.  Yet, I felt that the present tense just did not work for me – the flashbacks are told in past tense and the story seemed to flow more easily with Ian’s narrative.  Other than this aspect, I truly enjoyed every minute of reading the book.  The story is rather violent, but it is not overly graphic.  The characters are real and compelling.  The plot is wonderfully executed.  The Dispatcher is the perfect read for Spring Break or at the beach – it will keep your attention but it is short enough that you can finish it in a few sittings.

I have one copy of the book to give away thanks to the publisher!  Please fill out the form below.  US only please. Contest ends Monday, March 19th at midnight EST.



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