City of Ports is a fast-paced, gritty, cop-based sci-fi number. It follows Allard, a disgraced cop, as she investigates several suspicious deaths in Portsmouth, which all seem to be linked to a shady and difficult to infiltrate group called the Tenacious Trainers. Allard soon finds herself mixed up in some strange supernatural goings on, stuck right in the middle of the Portsmouth Police Department and the FBI, both of whom have hidden motives of their own. Allard battles through a night of progressively more strange occurrences, including murder, mayhem and even parallel worlds.
City of Ports is very different from my usual (romance / fantasy) kind of read, but even so, I really enjoyed it. The pace is rapid and the first person narration gives a deep insight into the main character and her personal struggles. It’s well constructed, with a bit of a twist at the end, and it’s fun, so much so that, given the premise is so outlandish by real world standards, it sometimes feels like it’s bordering on comedy. My only critique would be that it finishes abruptly, at a moment where we’re learning some great new juicy stuff, and I would have liked a few more reveals before the end…although of course these are being stored up for the remainder of the series.
It’s a quick read too, as it’s fairly short, so good for anyone wanting to rack up some early numbers towards their 2019 reading goal!
All in all, a fun, well thought through, well-structured read and for me it gets 4 stars.
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