Kellen Burden’s debut novel, ‘Flash Bang’, might be more than one would expect. If you pick up this book because you want to read a fast-paced, action-packed thriller with a complex plot and believable characters, then you won’t be disappointed, because the author has taken the feeling of a realistic story and realistic characters to a whole different level. Kellen Burden has adopted a unique writing style that will help readers completely relate to the main character, and truly understand his feelings and emotions. ‘Flash Bang’ is the proof that basic writing structures and grammatical rules can be avoided in favor of letting the character’s personality shine through.
Sebastian Parks is a man who has lost everything that mattered to him when he was dishonorably discharged from the Army. He doesn’t want to find a real job, and his life seems pointless even though he is doing his best to pull himself together. He and his ex-military friends, John Harkin and Eric ‘Etch’ Echevarria are bounty-hunters. They have a very unique modus operandi: they find bad guys on Facebook, they catch them, and then they bring them to the good guys who hired them for the mission. Everything seems to happen as usual, until the body of a teenage Muslim boy is found in front of a club. At first, Parks and his friends believe it’s just another case they have to deal with, but they will soon find out the situation might be more complicated and dangerous than they initially thought.
Kellen Burden works in the field of loss prevention, security, and organized crime investigation, and his novel is based on his own experience in military and civilian law enforcement. Thus, his characters talk and act in an uncensored manner because, like it or not, this is how most men in the military really talk. With the risk of bothering some of his readers, the author has preferred to remain true to his characters, especially Parks. Parks has a unique way of presenting the events and all the emotions and thoughts that went through his mind at certain crucial moments. This makes the readers relate to him completely, because they can tell that he is being honest. The entire book gives the impression that Parks is actually talking to the readers, telling them his story like they were his friends.
‘Flash Bang’ is a book you won’t want to miss if you like reading real, brilliantly-written thrillers that can keep you on the edge of your seat. This is a novel for those who are ready to see the unaltered face of things, and who like to read the character’s thoughts just as they pass through his mind, without the writer having to polish them to sound nicer, but fake.