April 18, 2015

Review: The Protectors (Vigilante Cops, #1) by Bernard Lee DeLeo

Title: The Protectors
Author: Bernard Lee DeLeo
Series: Vigilante Cops, #1
Genre: Crime Fiction/Pulp Fiction/Police Procedural
Publisher: R.J. Parker Publishing
Release Date: January 31, 2014
Source: Provided by Publisher
Reviewed by: Kat


Book Summary


Connor Bradwick and Ellie James enforce the law in one of the perennially most dangerous cities in the country: Oakland, CA. Bradwick snaps when he and James bust in on a kidnapping ring, enslaving children for pornography. He brutally executes the three kidnappers, stunning James. He sets up the scene to pass for self-defense with Ellie James cooperation. Their ruse succeeds, triggering a two cop crackdown on crime the city of Oakland’s leaders scurry to stop. Dedicated to end ‘look the other way’ crime suppression tactics, ending in destruction and death for the common people in Oakland, Bradwick and James decide it’s time to go on offense. 

Connor explains it this way after they rescue the kidnapped children, “The kids made me start thinking about how I want folks to look at us. I don’t care anymore to visit someone to tell them we found the people who broke into their business or house and robbed them blind. I want them to wave at us from their house or business as we go by because we prevent the gangbangers, drug dealers and thugs from terrorizing them.” 

The crime war takes on different meaning when they bust an MS-13 El Salvadoran gangster’s illegal alien processing center. Connor and Ellie run headlong into a corrupt politician on the gangster’s payroll, and the terrorists behind him. Soon, everyday crime fighting busts become a fond memory.

●Based on a real life event



My Thoughts

The Protectors is an outstanding pulp fiction tale that weaves vigilante justice and police procedures with various crimes and vivid characters. So rich is the character development in this novel, Connor and Ellie seem real and you quickly become invested in their well-being. 

I've read a few of DeLeo's novels now and one thing he does extremely well is dialogue. It's always natural, easy to read and exactly as you would imagine a conversation to go. I found this one to be the best yet with the good-natured banter between the two main characters.  

I imagine the events in this novel to be akin to what real police officers experience. Unlike us normal folk, they have to walk out the door and be "on". Always alert to danger and ready for action. For those of us who take a simple thing like running out for a coffee for granted, this story is eye opening and shows how many things can go wrong with such a simple scenario that most of us never realize. I've always had a great appreciation for our law enforcement, however, I think after reading this novel, I appreciate them even more. And that's a very good thing. 

Highly recommend this read to you my friends. And there's also a free short story on Amazon that I read as well called Halloween Rave with the same characters. It's absolutely outstanding as well!   


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