Monday, September 27, 2010

Book Review: Defensive Tactics

Defensive TacticsDefensive Tactics by Steve Westover

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You can buy the book for yourself HERE.

Lately in my life I have been learning about boundaries. How to set healthy ones because I am bad at it. Who knew I could read a work of fiction to help me figure out this concept of boundaries? I guess I've always known that fiction crosses over, but it's always completely awe- inspiring when a work of fiction can help me with decisions I must make in my own life.

I thought that this book was just going to be another action thriller about a couple of FBI agents, but it was so much more than that. It was a perfect example of what good boundaries can do for a person who desperately needs them. It was also a great lesson that boundaries alone are not enough; an adult, just like a child, has to have unconditional love to flourish.

The three main characters, Jimmy, Paul, and Emily were all AWESOME in their own way. I loved each of them and could relate to each of them, even though they were all completely different. Jimmy was a bright and amazing guy who was in a troubled time of life. He was floundering for good reason. I am against writing spoilers, but if what happened to him, happened to me, I don't know if I could get out of bed ever again. Paul was the perfectionist in me. He aimed to please and was a good rule keeper, but he was deep down completely insecure. Emily was every woman that we want to have depicted in a novel, smart, feminine, kind, gutsy, and more than anything, confident.

These three characters made a dynamic tale of love and friendship. My hat goes off to the author, Steve Westover, for his wonderful character development. Although the plot in the story was a bit predictable, I still really enjoyed the quick read.

Back to the boundaries. Jimmy was able to completely change his life around and tap into his under-appreciated strengths for two reasons: Paul's healthy boundaries and un-apologetic expectations combined with Emily's infinite and unconditional love.

This book was so much more than a private investigator story of mystery and action, it was a perfect love story. A love triangle that left everyone happy. Including this reader.

My hat is off to Steve Westover for his successful first novel.

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For inquiring minds or the FTC - I was given, for free, a copy of this book to review. But, to the best of my ability, I did not let this fact effect my honest evaluation and review. Even when my copy had the author's autograph. :)

Go here to see what the author of Defensive Tactics thought of my review. I loved what he had to say.

4 comments:

ShEiLa said...

Are you sure about that disclaimer at the bottom??? ;)

I think I learn so much about people and what makes them tick in book and blogs and I love people and learning so I enjoy it.

ToOdLeS.

Steve said...

Alice, Thank you for the kind words in your review. The points you focus on reflect the intent of why I wanted to write the story.

To me, Defensive Tactics is all about the personal growth of the characters and the FBI investigation is the crucible that tests the characters as people and friends.

Thank you for taking the time to review Defensive Tactics.

Steve Westover

Steve said...

FYI- I posted a few of my favorite quotes on my blog.
http://westoversleftovers.blogspot.com/

Debbie Davis said...

first off I love the name of your blog! I also love how honest you are in your comments. I loved that you were able to find so much to identify with in your life when you read the book. I learned a lot from this book too, it really made me sit up and go! WOW I just had an epiphany! I really enjoyed reading this book too, loved what you had to say about the book! =0)