Black Cobra Review - Rating: 5.0 stars
"John Avery has a hit on his hands with "Black Cobra" for sure! Aaron Quinn is fifteen, mature beyond his years, an orphan living quietly on his own in a tropical paradise until fate introduces him to a couple that will end up putting his life on the line. In a plot that will take him in luxury from the blue waters of the Cayman Islands to an archaic Russian submarine in the waters around San Diego, Aaron unknowingly is put in the middle of a plot to assassinate the President of the United States and anyone else who gets in the way. People from his past are popping up all around him in a kaleidoscope of coincidences. If they survive, what role will they play in his future?
Aaron Quinn is like a teenaged MacGyver, creative and quick thinking! Or maybe this is how James Bond started out, cool, reasonably calm under pressure, able to get out of impossible situations, drawing the women like a magnet! Or maybe he's just himself, and John Avery should be congratulated for raising such a fine young man who is larger than life in his own quiet way, willing to share the limelight with other characters and allowing them to be developed and honed into realistic people able to evoke my feelings, good or bad. Like the spokes of a wheel, every twist and turn met together perfectly in an ending that made me say "No Way" and "I Love It" at the same time!"
— Dianne B., Readers' Favorite
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Three Days to Die Review - Rating: 5.0 stars
"Thirteen-year-old Aaron Quinn and his best friend, Willy, are in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a result, Aaron ends up in the clutches of a trio of vicious bank robbers, and must participate in their heists against his will. As the crime spree begins to snowball, Aaron learns that the sadistic leader of the gang, Johnny Souther, has vile plans for Aaron’s plucky single mother, Ashley. Perhaps a chance encounter with a writer who is equipped with the wealth and gadgetry of James Bond can rescue Aaron and friends before Souther gets his way.
Avery opens Three Days to Die with a bang and then sprints toward the finish line with event following event in quick succession. The short chapters read like high-energy snapshots. The characters’ emotions run high, and feelings jump off the page like scenes from a gritty action film. Avery’s writing draws the reader to empathize with every character—even the villain—by giving each an element of pathos, along with a well-developed backstory.
Aaron has the right mix of boyish bravado, quick wits, and nervousness. He remains consistent throughout this rollicking ride, never seeming either babyish or wise beyond his years. In the wrong hands, Ashley could have been just a sexy damsel in distress who happens to be a mother, but the author’s characterization balances her fortitude and vulnerability as she alternates between wanting Aaron to be a man and save himself, and desiring to be a protective mother to her only child. Even the wealthy stranger is shown as a caring and compassionate individual, not a mere deus ex machina.
The dialogue is full of zingy one-liners. It is also laced with profanity, but this might be considered by some as appropriate to the high-octane, life-or-death situations in which characters find themselves. Avery creates rich settings as well. The dark, dank, abandoned cannery in which most of the action takes place provides the ideal backdrop for narrow escapes, general nefariousness, and foul imprisonment. The author’s juicy, immediate adjectives drop readers right into the perilous milieus he constructs.
Debut author John Avery takes thriller lovers of any age on a heart-pounding, pulse-tingling ride in his first novel, and he does it with style.
— Jill Allen, Foreword Review