Friday, June 15, 2012

Gone at Xero Hundred Review and Author Bio

Title:  Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00
Author:  C.R. Hiatt
Pages:  352
Publisher:  AMB Publishing
Year:  2012
Author Bio

CR HIATT is a writer of screenplays and an author of YA action-mystery novels. The daughter of a military veteran, CR grew up in a small town where she became an All-American athlete. CR knew early on that she wasn't cut out for the nine to five type of job - her tendency to day dream about adventures often got in the way. But, being the daughter of a Navy Veteran she also knew one had to do what was necessary to be secure, so she disciplined herself to push those dreams aside and settled on working in the entertainment legal field. When those dreams invaded her world once again, CR finally gave in and set out to write her own adventures. What the heck, right. If you can't live 'em, you might as well write about them. The McSwain & Beck series are works of fiction, only based on real life events. Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00 is the first in the series, and available now. Fireworks on the 4th will be released in late June, just before the 4th of July holiday season.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*
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This book is classified as YA-young adult, and that is very evident by the references to YouTube and other modern technology as well as the two main characters being 18 years old.  The story includes lots of action such as scuba diving, zip lining, lock picking, and more.
                The book starts off with good action and typical interaction between the main character, a teenager named Sydney McSwain and her mother.  Sydney and her mother have a discussion they have had many times before in the past as to who Sydney’s father is, but her mother refuses to tell her.  Soon tragedy strikes and Sydney, or Syd as she is referred to by her friends, must grow up quickly.  Her two best friends are Cody and Jaden, although she has been friends with Cody since childhood.  Can they help Syd in dealing with the changes in her life?
                Syd decides to become a full-time detective with Cody, both 18 years old.  On the first case, they are hired to investigate a theft.  Soon after being hired Syd’s truck and home are searched.  What are the criminals looking for?  Syd also begins to actively try to find out who her father is.  She has the help of a detective friend of her mother’s.  Detective Carter has looked out for Syd several times over the course of her young life.  Could he be her father?  Detective Carter also becomes involved in her other case.
Syd is contacted by one of the people from her mother’s investigations, and the action takes off from there.  Why didn’t this person contact the police for help?  What is really going on inside the exclusive club?  Are the police somehow involved with the club too?  Is that why they weren’t contacted?  Who else may be involved?  The mob?  Wealthy citizens?
                While there is action, the ability of these two 18 year olds to accomplish what they do is unrealistic.  I know this is fiction, but I just didn’t find the story very believable.  Also, I didn’t like the foul language used.  There were many grammatical errors as well.
                My rating for this book is 2.5 stars.

1 comment:

CR HIATT said...

Hi Lisa - I wanted to thank you for taking the time for being a host for my blog tour, and for reading the book and posting your thoughts. Sometimes books aren't our cup of tea, and that's okay. I struggled with the use of foul language, because I don't use it myself, but I hear it quite frequently among young adults these days, so I tried to keep their language realistic. I did keep it at a minimum. Also, the grammatical issues you mention were in the pdf ARC that you received, and I apologize for that.

Once again, thank you.