Review: Brightwing by Sullivan Lee

Sullivan Lee; Kindle Edition
Published July 6th 2011 by Laura L. Sullivan
Edgar and Mallory Battle are on the run after a spectacularly violent escape. Now, with a trail of bodies behind them, they need a hostage against the inevitable standoff with the police. Their first doesn’t last long, thanks to sociopathic Mallory. Edgar has been hiding his brother’s crimes since they were kids. Now he’s torn between family loyalty and self-preservation.
They carjack Lucy Brightwing, a criminal fresh from her own heist, with a fortune of uncut gems hidden in her vehicle. She could escape – but she won’t abandon her millions. She could kill the Battle brothers, but she has to be careful. For one thing, if the law investigates, they’ll find her ill-gotten loot. For another, her own life is sacred. She’s the last member of a Florida paleoindian tribe thought to be extinct – the Tequesta. With her share of the money she plans to buy, bribe and blackmail her way into her own ancestral tribal lands in the heart of the Everglades: a Tequesta nation.
Lucy leads the brothers into her beloved swamp, determined to kill them. But when she falls for Edgar she must decide whether to risk her heritage and the future of her tribe to save the doomed brothers.

The book starts out strong, 2 criminals on the run, one sociopath wacky enough to shock you, the other criminal-by-job decent guy dedicated enough to his family to move you. The two Battle brothers are memorable characters, each in his own way.

I’m a fan of seeing characters from different perspectives, and all characters making an appearance in this story were complex, dual personalities, intriguing and fascinating. It’s a feeling I rarely get from novels, what often happens is I’ll get one, maybe two of these sort of characters in a story, but so many of them, that’s quite rare.
Lucy was amazing; this versatile, old and yet fresh spirit, looking out for the best for creatures and nature, a talented robber, really fun to read, incredibly charismatic, really strong. I’m sure I’ll remember her for a long while.

The story was nice, but I wasn’t feeling as much invested into it as I thought I would, I’m not sure why. The characters were amazing, but on their own somehow, not through the story itself, you know what I mean? It gave me this odd feeling I haven’t had with another book, like the characters were these awesome phenomenons that happened all on their own, not based on what happened to them in the story. Odd. Interesting, but odd.
There were intense moments, and the story was well built and well paced, don’t get me wrong, but somehow the characters felt like from another league, like they were major league while the story itself was more in a trials sort of tone.

I’ve been thinking about this rating for a few days, I couldn’t decide what to go with; I was somewhere between 3 and 4 butterflies, and after considering it I decided since I didn’t have a clear 4 butterflies feeling I’d go with 3.
What I did have a clear 5 butterflies feeling about was the cover. Man, that cover SO rocks, SO SO rocks! Amazing art, it gives you the totally right vibe for the story – it’s this mix of mystic, spiritual nature, with adventure and crime, really cool.

I would totally recommend this book, the characters are really fun and interesting, I mean I loved them all (with the exception of Mallory, that dude is so phunked up in the head *sigh*), and the end of the story is really surprising. If you’re into criminals that aren’t portrayed as this evil incarnate but as the human beings they are, I say give this a try.



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