Deadly Serious is the story of a man who learns that comedy may be the only thing to squelch the anxiety and depression he faces in his everyday life. Dan Goodis comes from a wealthy family. His father deals in petroleum and has many important contacts. Dan himself is a teacher who ends up getting fired after having too much fun and doing too little teaching with his students. He has yet to find his true calling. One day, Dan ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He meets an old hermit who gives him a file and seems to be speaking nonsense. Dan then witnesses the hermit’s murder as he hides. Fast forward a bit and Dan ends up meeting Lauren, an unbelievably beautiful woman whom he falls in love with. The problem is that within the two years of dating Lauren, Dan becomes lax in their relationship. What Dan doesn’t know is that there is a reason that Lauren was placed into his life.
Much of this book centers on the relationship between Dan and Lauren. Although I enjoyed this part of the story, the book itself starts ten years into the future when Dan is at his parents’ estate and finds himself being shot at by an assassin, although the man hits the swan next to Dan’s foot as a warning. An operative named George Arkin steps in to take care of the assassin. With the story beginning in this manner, I expected most of the book to center around the direct plot as to what is in the file he receives from the hermit and why it is so important. Although the reader does find this out later, it is not until the end of the book that the puzzle pieces really start to fit together. Most of the meat of the book is about Dan’s angst during his courtship with Lauren and about Dan becoming a comedian. I didn’t particularly think he was funny and this part of the book seemed a little forced to me. I also found it to be a bit distracting and took up too much of the story. The last third of the book is where it all comes together and gets exciting. I found myself truly engrossed with all of the characters from the Cuban clones to the Russian scientists and what each person’s agenda was.
Overall, I would have liked to have seen a lot more action and less domestic arguing, however, Deadly Serious is an enjoyable read with an excellent plot twist and fantastic characters.
|Encircle Publications, LLC
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|Mystery, Crime, Thriller