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Juiced
ted mulcahey, author
An invention that can save the planet? Somehow, someway the O’Malleys have found themselves in the thick of things once again. On peaceful, bucolic Whidbey Island, they become entangled in a corporate plot to stifle a paradigm-shattering discovery, one that promises to upend conventional thinking, topple markets, and create an entirely new industry. Kevin and Jenne, along with scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, find themselves pitted against a band of bumbling criminals who will stop at nothing to get what they want—including arson and murder. It’s another rollicking adventure for the retired interior designers ably assisted by their favorite detective, the FBI, and Emma, their ever-vigilant German Shepherd Dog.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot/Idea: Juiced leans into traditional mystery/thriller novel territory while providing a thoroughly enjoyable adventure.

Prose: Mulcahey’s prose is dialogue-heavy, with characters working out the mystery aloud, making readers feel like they’re standing right alongside the action. At times, the dialogue can feel ever so slightly forced, but overall it contributes to the effectiveness of the story.

Originality: Juiced is a fun, thrilling adventure involving secret, breakthrough research and the sudden death of a neighbor, though fans of the genre may find some expected plot turns.

Character Development/Execution: Protagonists Kevin and Jenne are believable and likable, while the antagonists range from classic villains to crooks with hearts of gold.

 

Date Submitted: April 11, 2022

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