For every book that comes out, we'll be sure to post a review and an author interview the week the book is available for pre-order. If you would like to be able to provide reviews for books for Thinklings, then please send an email to email@example.com. Today our review comes from James Chertudi.
Take it away, James …
Copious vulgarities, gratuitous violence, and explicit sex—you won't find such gimmicks in Bargaining Power! Instead, author Natelson presents you with clever writing from beginning to end, a continuously expanding and constantly engaging plot, and a diverse cast of bizarre and fascinating characters. There's a child who must be muzzled to keep her from taking a bite out of others, a king who thinks he's made of glass, a council of backbiting governors trying to conspire together, and an antagonist who would make a great used car saleswoman. Narrating this tale is Mercedes, a shrewd secretary-turned-spy with a biting sense of sarcasm and a willingness to do what it takes to get the job done. Even if that means cooking and devouring the dead rabbit she found in her bed.
As Mercedes finds herself pulled deeper and deeper into an assassination plot, you'll find yourself pulled right along with her. What is the true nature of the mysterious woman who keeps body parts in refrigerators and who has bewitched Mercedes' brother? How can she salvage the quickly unraveling plan of her suddenly absent boss, without giving away that she's a spy? And who planted that dead rabbit, anyway?
All of this is delivered at a pleasantly fast pace and with plenty of wit. There's never a dull moment in Bargaining Power. I anxiously await the next installment in Natelson's series, and I bet you will, too.
Our thanks to James! You can read the first chapter of Bargaining Power for free here!