Wednesday 24 January 2024

Reservations - Richard Paolinelli - Jack Del Rio Book 1

Jack Del Rio Book 1
ISBN 9781793019233
eISBN 9781386462811
ASIN B0764D261B

Reservations - Richard Paolinelli - Jack Del Rio Book 1

Wow, this was an absolutely excellent read! This is the 28th volume from the pen of Paolinelli That I have read in the last year. I have also read a couple of his contributions to anthologies. I had not read the description of this story before picking it up. I am hooked on Paolinelli’s writings and am slowing working my way through his entire back catalogue. This is a masterfully crafter crime thriller novel. The description of this volume states:


Who – or what – is killing members of the Navajo tribe? RESERVATIONS, the first book of the Jack Del Rio political mystery/thriller series, is set near Gallup, New Mexico, where the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni reservations lie adjacent. Three tribal leaders have been murdered - murdered in a fashion that suggests the deeds were carried out by COYOTE, a legendary supernatural evil trickster feared by many Native Americans.

The tribal president contacts an old friend in the FBI for assistance in solving the crimes and preventing more murders. Star agent, Jack Del Rio, is dispatched to New Mexico where he finds a situation tangled in political intrigue. Jack must work his way through those issues on his way to solving the mystery. Sparks fly as Navajo police officer Lucy Chee is assigned to assist him in his quest.

Question is can Del Rio and Chee solve the mystery and find the killer before he strikes again? Because the killer is on the hunt and he has his sights on Del Rio himself.”

This is the first in a trilogy of crime mystery novels with FBI Agent Jack Del Rio as the main character. Fresh off from time in the UK, including an extraordinary intervention with terrorist, Jack is back home in Washington and planning to spend some time with his brother on leave from the Navy. When he gets a call and has to travel that day with just his go bag. The case involves some brutal murders on a reservation. And the Leader calls in a favour from the FBI immediately. Jack is a rising star and is tasked with figuring out what is happening, and to do it quickly. Jack is paired with Navajo officer Lucy Chee. And Given full control. The case centres on the Navajo, but borders land owned by the Zuni and Hopi. Three murders take place before his arrive and they is a pause because if this new factor. But things quickly escalate again. Can Jack and Chee get to the bottom of the crimes before too many others end up dead? 

A section at the end of the story gives some heavy foreshadowing for the next 2 stories. 

““You have a place here among the Navajo, the Hopi, and even the Zuni,” Sinquah said. “If you ever need a quiet place, a shelter from the storm, it will be here for you. We all owe you that much at least.”

“What storm?” Del Rio asked, unsure of Sinquah’s meaning.

“The great storm that every hero must face, sometimes more than once,” Sinquah said. “It is the way of life to test those among us that we mere mortals call hero; to see if they are truly worthy of the name.”

“I’d say I just went through my test.”

“No, Jack, you have not,” Sinquah said in dead earnest. “You will think me a superstitious old fool of course, but I do see that your great storm lies directly ahead on your path. I fear what it will leave behind even if you should survive it. You will know it for what it is only when it is too late to fully avoid it. When it does come, remember there is shelter here for you.”

“I will,” Del Rio replied both confused and touched by the old man’s concern for him.”

There is also some foreshadowing earlier with Jack’s boss and mentor. Prior to this. Jack has been groomed and trained for a lot. Expectations are high, but he is about the head into something he never expected, at least that is the feeling I am left with from these hits of what is to come. I had planned to alternate volumes in a few different of Richard’s series, but after reading this one, I am not sure I can just pick up a different series and circle back later. 

This story was originally published in 2015 by Oak Tree Press, then in 2016 by W&B Books, then it lander at Tuscany Bay Books in 2017 and was reprinted again in 2022. Richard is not only an author but the driving force behind Tuscany Bay Books, I have read many volumes from the Bay by a number of authors and all have been well worth the read.

This is an amazing story. Great for those who love crime fiction, it would be prefect for fans of Clancy, Ludlum, Grisham and many others. The characters are well written. The plot exceedingly well crafted. And my only regret is that the series appears to have stood at 3 volumes for a long time. I cannot wait to read the next instalment. A great read I can easily recommend.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2024 Catholic Reading Plan!

For reviews of all books from Tuscany Bay click here.

Books by Richard Paolinelli:
When the Gods Fell
The Calling
The Last Lonely Trail
A Zombie Christmas Carol

Infinity Series:
Escaping Infinity
Exploring Infinity

Starguest 4th Age Series:

Timeless Series:
The Timeless
Secret of the Sphinx

Jack Del Rio Series:
Del Rio Omnibus Edition

Divine Trolls Comedies:
The Fall Of The House Of 770 Vile Aromas 
The Corvo

SeaDragon 1 May 1986
SeaDragon 2 June 1996

Non Fiction:
Perfection’s Arbiter
From The Fields
The Space Shuttle: 1981–2011 

Contributed to:
To Be Men 
Places Beyond The Wild
Space Force Building The Legacy
Secret Stairs 
A Tribute To H.G. Wells (2019 Edition)
Beyond Watson 
Holmes Away From Home, Vol. 2 
Sherlock Holmes Adventures In The Realms Of H.G. Wells 
Sherlock Holmes Aventures In The Realms Of Edgar Allan Poe
The Art Of Sherlock Holmes 
The Mx Book Of New Sherlock Holmes Stories, Part Xxii

Planetary Anthology Series:
Best Of Planetary Anthology Series

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