Review: "Waking Wolfe" (Scott Wolfe Series Book 1), by S.L. Shelton

When I purchased this book, I didn’t know what to expect.  I typically don’t read thrillers because the characters tend to get lost in the details of the story.  They become frantic objects moving from one dramatic scene to another.  “Walking Wolfe” avoids this problematic theme by creating very real, very likable characters.

The main plot of the story starts during a military raid where nuclear missiles are stolen by terrorists, but quickly centers on the main characters Scott Wolfe and his girlfriend Barb as they awkwardly end their relationship.  When Barb finds herself in the middle of a hostage situation, she immediately contacts Scott for help.  Though Scott as no military training, he feels responsible for her situation and races off to help her.  He finds himself in one debacle after another as he tries to unravel the mystery surrounding the hostage situation while making interesting allies along his journey.  Throughout everything, his guilt over putting Barb in this situation drives him to do what needs to be done to find her.

Scott Wolfe is a very interesting character and I found myself rooting for him during his difficult journey.  His interactions with the characters that he meets were entertaining and added humor into this face pace world.  All of the side characters had their own unique personalities that drew me further into the story.  I couldn’t wait to see how everything would come together in the end.

My only complaint about the story is the attention to detail during the action sequences.  It sometimes made me lose sight of the overall objective.  I had a hard time visualizing everything little thing that was happening, but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.

Mr. Shelton has a created a solid foundation for his Scott Wolfe series with “Walking Wolfe”.  The book addresses only a small part of the overall arc that Mr. Shelton is creating for his series.  By the end of the book, it’s clear that there is more going on in the grand scheme of things, which plants the seeds for the sequels.  It will be interesting to see where Mr. Shelton takes Scott during his future adventures, especially after leaving a number of potential paths for him.

Personally, I loved the book and I am looking forward to reading the next installment.  I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a thriller laced with humor and genuine characters.  I give it 4.5 stars because of the extended details.  I’m hoping that the future books will show Mr. Shelton’s growth as a writer and exceed my expectations for the continuing saga.

My rating: 
4.5 Stars - Can't wait to read the next installment! 

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