Title: Double Down Series: Men of the Sisterhood 1-3
Publisher: Zebra Books
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Genres: Mystery & Thriller
For the first time the menfolk are stepping out of the pages of #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels’ beloved Sisterhood series and into the spotlight…
After years of standing by their women, the Sisterhood’s significant others have also become loyal friends. And now Jack Emery, Nikki’s husband, has enlisted Ted, Joe, Jay, Bert, Dennis, and Abner to form a top-secret organization known as BOLO Consultants.
Jack has two missions in mind. The first: offering some behind-the-scenes help to Nikki’s law firm as they take on the all-powerful Andover Pharmaceuticals. Andover’s anti-leukemia drug causes terrible side effects in young patients, but a class-action suit seems doomed to fail. BOLO Consultants have a prescription to cure that. Meanwhile, Virginia’s lieutenant governor has a sideline as a slum landlord, and his impoverished tenants are suffering. Tyler Sandford believes his status puts him above the law. But when the Sisterhood and their allies decide to get involved, no one is beyond the reach of true justice…
Also by this author: Upside Down
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
Double Down consists of parts 1 through 3 of the Men of the Sisterhood series.
Recently, I reviewed “Upside Down,” the first part of the Men of the Sisterhood series. You can buy each part (Upside Down, Countdown, and Takedown) separately or you can read it all it once as Double Down, which is the full novel.
Although I wasn’t impressed with “Upside Down,” I did enjoy reading the other two sections. As a complete novel, it’s actually pretty good. The problem is that there is a lot of backstory and build up in the first part. Once I started reading the second part, I was like, “Oh! This is sooooo much better!” The characters starting doing more. There is less exposition and dialogue.
I would say the best aspect of Double Down is the depth of character development. The story has a lot of characters, but none get lost in the shuffle. They are all fleshed out well. Also, the author excels at writing setting descriptions that allow the reader to easily visualize the locations.
Although I have seen this series listed as mystery (which I am doing too, for lack of a better classification), there is no mystery to figure out. It’s more about getting even with people who have wronged people. In this book, the offenders were slumlords and a pharmaceutical company. If you don’t like books about vigilantes or revenge, you probably wouldn’t like Double Down or any of the Sisterhood books.
It might not be a who-done-it, but the characters do a lot of investigating. So, it could still kind of fall into the mystery category, I guess.
I didn’t care for the way the men just walked away from the cases without knowing what happened to the people they were punishing. Not only does it leave a lot of unanswered questions for the reader (like did they die?), it also makes it harder to believe the overall assumption that the men can do all this stuff and get away with it. It was hard for me to swallow that they could accost a lieutenant governor and his wife without any kind of consequences. Even if they were dead (which we don’t know), someone, somewhere would have investigated their disappearance. CSIs would have found something to link the men to the abduction.
For the most part, I was able to put disbelief aside. I focused on the case, the crimes the perpetrators had committed, and the characters’ relationships.
I give Double Down four stars for an interesting premise, well-developed characters, and vivid descriptions.
Unless you are familiar with the Sisterhood series, you might feel a little disconnected from the characters at first. Although the Men of the Sisterhood is a spin-off series, the same characters are in both. The first book in the Sisterhood series is: Weekend Warriors.
*I received a free copy from Zebra via Netgalley, but read the hardcover version.