Fast paced action - November 27, 2020
I enjoyed this book. The plot was interesting-a young man in the Florida keys taking it upon himself to investigate the death of a young girl- fast-paced action, and engaging characters, with some keys history along the way. I definitely recommend it!
Fast-paced action, and engaging characters... I definitely recommend it!
Spoilers!! - November 26, 2020
A new writer and a new series is always a bit of a mystery. You don’t know what kind of story you are getting into. I was hoping for character. I got that; Jake, Ethy, Tess, but especially the relationships between these characters, familial bonds and old mistakes, made them interesting and relatable. I was hoping for setting, and yes I got some sense of the Keys (a place I’ve always wanted to spend time in), even if I would have liked a little more five-senses writing in the descriptions (something John D. MacDonald was so very good at).
I also knew the deep anger at injustice would be there. At a system weighted towards the mean, where the very poor and marginal are trapped by fines and fees they can not afford and the very rich and powerful are barely touched at all.
But until I got to the end I wasn’t sure where this would end up. Even then, there was a hope Jake would finally snap and go all Mr. Majestyk on their asses. As the list of what the untouchable rich guys had done grew, I would have been happy to see the ‘Cloud go up in a nice fireball with all the guests on it.
But that wasn’t the direction he was heading. In the end, what happened perfectly fit the way these “damaged” (Jake’s words, not mine) people continue to struggle on, to compromise when they have to but still keep trying to do what is right. Even Alicia’s rescue makes sense. As much as everyone had argued she, like the other Throwaways of the title, were beyond redemption, the very example of Murphy, Jake himself, even Andre (arguably my favorite character) is that everyone is a bit damaged but most make do anyhow.
In the end, what happened perfectly fit the way these “damaged” (Jake’s words, not mine) people continue to struggle on, to compromise when they have to but still keep trying to do what is right.
The story is so engaging - November 25, 2020
The book is written so well that you will start to feel like you are inside this fictional world and you want to bring the culprits to justice at any cost. The mystery and thrilling elements are so flawlessly constructed. But at times you may feel a bit lengthy, but it is okay. Amazing read.
A chilling crime novel about human trafficking - November 24, 2020
It might not be an easy read for some, as it’s quite dark, descriptive and it revolves around a social issue that is a part of our reality: child trafficking. The plot starts in Florida, when a photographer discovers the body of a girl in the water. After calling the police, he decides to join the investigation and help find the killer of the child, driven by the murder of his own mother, from the time he was a four years old.
The plot thickens and brings up the corruption in the system, that rich and powerful people spread without fear of the consequences. The storyline is easy to follow, written in a way that pulls you in from the first pages. I highly recommend it to those who love a good believable crime story.
I highly recommend it...
Good Mystery - November 17, 2020
This book had me hooked from the first page. The descriptions are so well done I could picture every page in my head. The MC was relatable and I even felt for him during certain scenes. Definitely recommend this read.
I am currently exhausted with people who think they are above the law and that the rules don't apply to them. Those people you always hope get what they deserve. This book is a good book to read in the rollercoaster year of 2020.
A good book to read in the rollercoaster year of 2020."
Great read! - November 8, 2020
Key West setting was well described. Enjoyed the protagonist and his efforts to deal with a myriad of personal issues, many remaining unresolved in this book. Plenty of room for sequels.
Enjoyed the protagonist.
Interesting - November 8, 2020
This book brings to light many of the headlines we see today involving the super-rich. Those who seem to get away with whatever they want, use whoever they want, and never face the consequences for their actions. Definitely recommend.
A Current of Injustice Surrounds Power and Money -November 2, 2020
Throwaways is suspense-filled novel about power and money that takes place in the Florida Keys. Here the wealthy are above the law; all accusations against them roll off as if they are made of Teflon. The throwaways are at their mercy. Jake drifts into this world of the exploited when he finds a girl’s corpse floating while studying lion fish. He naively thinks that justice can be done for this unknown young girl and others like her who’ve been thrown onto the streets to fend for themselves. While he knows they are easy prey for those with power, he believes that he can fight for them. Jake falls into the cross-hairs of the sex-trafficking ring of the wealthy and well-connected. His own life story is inextricably entwined with those being exploited, motivating him to pursue a perilous search for the truth. He gathers unlikely allies, and isn’t always aware of the ones he should fear. The reader is kept on the edge, wondering whom to trust. The story is filled with empathy, hope, and loss. One of the best thrillers--you won’t be able to put down.
One of the best thrillers--you won’t be able to put down.
Nicely Paced Mystery - November 2, 2020
Jake Savage is doing some underwater photography when a shadow floats above him. Much to his surprise, it is a young girl, scantily dressed and floating face down.
The police are called ... and they are calling it an accident. He takes it upon himself to find out who she is and how she wound up dead.
He's learning that he has all kinds of help .... his elderly step-mother, her care taker, a cop who is terminally ill, and assorted strangers he happens to bump into. It gets dangerous when he find that the girl was somehow involved with a crime that was committed against someone high up in the government who has ties to a crime lord.
Attacks come fast and furious .... and Jake and his 'partners' find themselves in deep trouble.
Great character development keeps the pace of this mystery racing at a break-neck speed. It's a complex plot with hints of deeper, darker crimes committed. The conclusion was unexpected ... and explosive.
The conclusion was unexpected ... and explosive.
Dark story about human trafficking - October 28, 2020
This book did a good job highlighting the evils/"freedom" that money brings depending on which side of the fence you're on. Very timely with current media stories. It's a sad but heroic story. The setting (Key West - supposedly paradise) makes the story even more unsettling. A good read if you're into a sort of mystery (since you know Jake Savage will right the wrongs in the story).
Very timely with current media stories.
Detailed, Emotional Story - October 26, 2020
Child trafficking. This is a page-turner with scenes so real you become part of the story. The characters have personality so much so that the reader gets to know them and root for them. This dark, intense story is a page-turner you won't be able to put down.
A page-turner with scenes so real you become part of the story
Very Well Written - October 26, 2020
A very well written, almost too much but just descriptive enough to captivate the reader while taking them on a emotional journey into today’s current and relevant topics centered around trafficking, abuse, money and power. It’s dark and disturbing but so is the reality of what happens in our underground, and sad, disposable world.
It’s dark and disturbing but so is the reality of what happens in our underground, and sad, disposable world.
Great Stuff - October 24, 2020
Great characters and a great setting for a mystery adventure. Despite the sun and surf, it’s written with a descriptive abruptness that hints at noir. The story is well-structured, with great dialog. The plot gets more complex as it moves along and the consequences for the hero and heroine more dire. I loved it, and I’m looking for the next Elliot Light novel right away!
I loved it, and I’m looking for the next Elliott Light novel right away!
Jake is the real thing - October 23, 2020
A lot of authors set out to create likable, believable characters, but few succeed to the extent that Elliot Light has with Jake Savage. Throwaways was a great read and I’m eager to read of the Jake’s future exploits.
Likable, believable characters
Easy to read: tense and emotional - October 23, 2020
A solid new mystery series from this author. This brings to life the new age of internet and involved things like the me too movement. Very powerful stuff....not for the faint of heart...chilling. Highly recommend I will be looking for book 2.
Very powerful stuff....not for the faint of heart...chilling. Highly recommend
Dark & Meaningful - October 22, 2020
This is a fairly dark story that shines a light on the horrors of human trafficking. As someone who has spent a lot of time in South Florida the setting of this book hits "close to home" & made the reading experience that much more impactful. I'm generally not interested in a topic such as human trafficking but the book made contending these ideas engaging. If you're interested in dark stories based on reality then I'd recommend this book.
I'm generally not interested in a topic such as human trafficking but the book made contending these ideas engaging.
This Book is interesting - October 22, 2020
This book gives alot of "throwaways" in the story. It's definitely imaginative and easy to follow when it comes to the characters and the story line. This is a book to read if you like interesting storylines that's engaging, but dark and intense as well.
This is a book to read if you like interesting storylines that's engaging, but dark and intense as well.
Life Reality - October 21, 2020
Throwaways by Elliott D. Light is based on today’s reality. The rich are in a class of their own and many of them forget about the little people once they get there. Though-provoking, intense, disturbing, and nerve recking.
Thought-provoking, intense, disturbing, and nerve recking.
A sort of #MeToo story - October 20, 2020
A book that covers a #MeToo story is not my cup of tea at all! I generally hate hashtag movements because they usually end up corrupted by basic human jealousy, anger, and/or greed - even when they started with good intentions. That said, a fictional re-telling or portrayal of a #MeToo scenario is an interesting idea. This is particularly true now when the #MeToo movement has lost a lot of its initial steam and support because you don't know how the book will go and, more importantly, how it will be received. Overall, I'd say if you're interested then give this one a read and draw your own conclusions.
A fictional re-telling or portrayal of a #MeToo scenario is an interesting idea.
Good Read - October 19, 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The hook of the main character Jake spotting a body on his dive set in motion a plot that was well-paced and laced with mystery.
Characters had personality and there were emotional connections. You get to know and root for them.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.
The hook of the main character Jake spotting a body on his dive set in motion a plot that was well-paced and laced with mystery.