Sunday, 3 November 2013

First Evidence by Ken Goddard read by Kevin Kenerly

A science fiction novel that doesn't smack you in the face with space ships and outlandish aliens.  Rather, it is a story that evolves through the police investigation of a reported shooting.   Crime Scene Investigator Colin Cellars is called to the scene of a multiple shooting and finds a crime scene that doesn't fit his expectations.  Something is out of place, but Colin can't seem to put his finger on it.  He knows he's being watched, but by whom and why. 

At the same time as he carries out his investigation, he is also re-united with 3 of his closest friends from high school, though this doesn't turn out as planned.

One thing that struck me as odd in the writing, was the way the every time the author referred to Colin's firearm, he called it by its full name of Sig Sauer.  Not once did he refer to it as his firearm, or weapon, or Sig, but always Sig Sauer.  It seemed a bit formal, not that it took anything away from the story, though I was glad that he didn't carry a Winchester Repeating Rifle.  Whew, that would be  a mouthful.  Sticking with the guns.  I found that the descriptions of their usage and safety procedures were accurate and appropriately presented.  I am currently learning about the safe use of firearms and what  I am learning was reflected in this book.

This is one of those stories where you can embrace the alien aspect, or you can stay in denial and struggle to come up with an acceptable cover story.  For those who don't like the space ship kind of science fiction, they should find this an enjoyable book.  I'm still wondering what kind of report Colin  Cellars could have filed at the conclusion of his unusual investigation.

I listened to the unabridged audio version from Blackstone Audio.  It was convincingly read by Kevin Kenerly.  12 hours 17 mins.
Additional books in the First Evidence Series:

2 Outer Perimeter
3 Final Disposition

Visit his website for a complete list of books by Ken Goddard.

Thanks to BlackStone Audio for use of the cover image.

1 comment:

Literary Feline said...

This sounds like a something I would like. I am not a big science fiction reader, but I do enjoy it from time to time--and I always enjoy a good mystery.

I think it's funny about the author always referring to the weapon as a Sig Sauer. I wonder if there is a reason for it or if it was unconscious on his part.