Law & Order by J.S. Frankel
Publisher: Finch Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (177 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe
Book 2 in The Nightmare Crew series
The Nightmare Crew is on the hunt for their evil genius creator, but they find trouble that could spell the end of them all.
Paul Wiseman and his crew return to battle their greatest opponents yet—versions of themselves.
Paul has been transformed into a werewolf, and along with his girlfriend and the rest of the crew—a vampire, a sentient water being and a resurrected zombie—he moves out to the west coast to set up shop in the Sierra Madre mountain area in order to fight crime.
They also seek more information on Andres Peterson, a ruthless and clever industrialist scientist, whose company made them.
Peterson has fashioned his own version of the crew, but their methods of fighting crime are heavy-handed, cruel and unjust.
Things are never as they seem, and it will take a death and a winner-takes-all fight to settle it. Will evil triumph?
Sometimes danger finds you when you least expect it to.
The character development was fantastic, especially when it came to Paul. He has matured nicely since the end of Beginnings, the first book in this series. Many of the same conflicts from before were brought up again in this sequel as well. It was exciting to see how he’d changed over time and if he’d finally be able to solve some of his biggest problems. I wanted nothing more than for him to figure out how make everything work, so I couldn’t stop reading until I knew what would happen next.
There were plenty of shocking plot twists to keep my attention as well. I especially enjoyed seeing how the author wrote the fight scenes because of how many intense twists and turns he packed into them. There were a few times when I nearly forgot to breathe for a few moments because I was so engrossed in what was happening to the characters. It was also hard to predict what he’d do next, and that made this story a lot of fun to experience.
One of the things I enjoy the most about Mr. Frankel’s tales in general is how much attention he pays to the dialogue. Law & Order was a great example of this. Once again, the characters showed off their personalities and opinions about each other in the ways that they spoke. This kind of writing makes it easy to get know the characters because each one of them has such a unique way of speaking. I’d know the difference between something Paul would say versus how Angela would respond to him in a heartbeat, and that’s a very good thing.
This is the second in The Nightmare Crew series, but it can be read out of order or as a standalone novel.
Law & Order is a must-read for longtime and brand-new fans of Mr. Frankel alike!