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Chase Adams, pro hockey player, washed up at 25 comes home to find his sister living on the streets. Chase learns she was molested by their father while he followed his dreams and he feels responsible. Hunting the mean streets he finds she’s fallen into a life of drugs and prostitution. And she has a new name! Luna! Soon he discovers her true fate! Death! At that moment Chase vows to save others like Luna, who have fallen through the cracks. Those innocent victims that wind up in the underbelly of society, desperately seeking a way out. Lisa, a beautiful young woman, entangles Chase in a web of deceit to save her sister from a similar fate. But to do so, means confronting the Russian mob and a deadly killer who will stop at nothing to satisfy his lust for sex, drugs and death! Chase, knowing he can’t do it alone. So he enlists the help of an old friend, Nigel Waters, and together they take on the Russians. But has someone betrayed them? Can they stop this crazed killer? Or will they fall victim to a man they trusted?
A terrific page-turner, intense and powerful, For Luna proves a compelling debut novel with Abma clearly demonstrating a knack for creating vibrant and emotionally charged characters. With a labyrinthine plot and a likeable protagonist, it’s a strong beginning to what promises to be an excellent series. A riveting tale that advances at a satisfying pace, suspense and tension always to the fore as Abma achieves a real sense of place and time. Few authors get it right first time, especially in such a highly applauded genre but Abma’s passion and palpable enthusiasm invigorate his plot whilst a nod to noir crime reminds us of the true impact of crime on those around us. On this level, we find the echoes of circular tragedy and fragile hope which allows readers to reflect upon events and really brings Chase and Nigel to life. Yes, genre tropes are very much in evidence but the deliberate pacing, strong dialogue and Abma’s ability to maintain intrigue delivers a filigree of doubt and originality that proves wholly addictive.
A strong debut that raises high expectations for future releases from Abma, For Luna proves a notably compelling read and is highly recommended.
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Don lives on the shores of Lake Ontario in the small town of Oakville with his beautiful wife and best friend Sandy. They share their time between Oakville and the Town of Blue Mountains near the shores of Georgian Bay. When not writing Don enjoys travelling, golfing, enjoying the company of good friends and spending time with his two grandchildren Lily and Brennen.
“’For Luna’ is the first of what I hope will be a series of novels featuring Chase Adams and his side-kick Nigel Waters,” says Don of his first foray into the realm of publishing. “I hope people will enjoy the book as much as I did writing it. It is a humbling and frightening experience to share something like this with the world. But I am so happy I took the plunge.”
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