Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Guest Review: The Willing by C. S. Splitter (4/5)

By Joe Young

About the book:
How far would you go to protect your friends and family?

Tom Crayder is the All-American guy next door with a business, a wife, a son, a mortgage, and an expensive hobby. He is also a politically incorrect, wisecracking, operative working for a shadowy organization dedicated to administering justice outside of a broken system. Not even his wife knows of his other life when she finds herself unwittingly involved in a drug war.

Strap in with Tom as he navigates his way through the strata of a drug cartel. Lock and load with Lorena, a hard hearted assassin, as she lends her deadly skills to Tom’s fight for his family.

Sit back to watch Tom and Lorena figure out how to work together without killing each other. Join the rest of the cast from "The Reluctant (Crayder Chronicles)" as they pitch in to track down the hit men that threaten their associates.

The Willing is an absolutely a delightful story that pulls you into the hidden world of Assassins.  The principle characters, Lorena and Tom have real feelings and pull away from the angst that killing from a distance begets.  Their verbal interplay is ripe with humor that mitigates the tension caused by the reality of their occupation.  The writing is tight, the action constant and the characters who are drawn from all aspects of life have qualities that generate a sympathetic attitude towards them.  

Even though many of the characters are cold blooded killers, I found myself cheering for the “Good?” bad guys and lamenting it, when they experienced serious damage.  I was cheering when Lorena showed incidents of morality and made efforts to limit the pain to innocent players just caught in circumstances beyond their control.  The fact that being an Assassin requires you to work with injuries, no sleep, drink or food is as expected in this type of high testosterone environment.  The fact that the lesbian has the biggest balls and maybe the biggest heart gives you an indication of how deep the doo doo is that Tom has to play in, to survive the mission with his life and family.  It is the type of book that will keep you up late turning pages and drinking black coffee to minimize the necessity of reading pages multiple times.


About the Reviewer:  Joe Young has visited the Far East as a Sailor, a Business Engineering Representative and most recently a tourist to China--still waiting for Europe and South America. He's traveled to or through most U.S. States and enjoyed lots of business travel opportunities.  He has a First Class FCC Radio Telephone License and a Private Pilots License, and is an Agnostic with Mystical overtones. He alternates meal cooking duties weekly with his wife. Mile High Buttermilk Biscuits are one of his specialties.


  1. Great guest review. The Willing sounds like a good one and cool cover too.

    1. For an independently published book, The Willing (and book 1 in the series, The Reluctant) have the polish and professional veneer of most traditionally published books. I really was quite impressed.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to read and review my second book, Joe! I am.glad.you enjoyed it.

    I always love reading thoughtful reviews and it is gratifying when someone clearly "gets it."

    And that is about as far as my policy on commenting on reviews allows me to go lol.

    I hope to find a review of my third book, which should be out in March, here at some point. There are few sites that cater to these genres. That book will be a bit of a departure in tone as it focuses on Lorena's origins...and she is fairly dark.

    Just an FYI for the readers here, the first book, The Reluctant, is free on Amazon through the end of 2012.


    1. You just let me know when it comes out and we'll hook you up with a review. Thanks, Splitter!