I started reading Anthony Bidulka a few years ago after I typed into Google something along the lines of Canadian, crime stories. I had been reading good authors, but I wanted Canadian literature. I discovered Anthony and another author who lives and bases his stories (so far) in Edmonton.
One of several things I liked about Anthony’s works was the setting …. rural Saskatchewan and the city of Saskatoon, both familiar places. I went to university in Saskatoon, lived for a year prior to that in a smaller community between Regina and Saskatoon, so the setting was comfortable.
Anthony has an easy style of writing characters. I quickly devoured his Russell Quant series and recommended them to a German friend of mine who was as equally enthusiastic about them. Then I sat back to wait for more. In a short period of time came Adam Saint. I finished the first book, and by this time had started following Anthony on social media (poor man!). I barely ended the book when I tweeted: “You did not just end the book that way. You did not just do that to your character!” His response was: “Sorry!”. The second Adam Saint came out and I rushed through that one. My tweet this time was along the lines of: “You really like to leave him hanging don’t you?” This time the response was “But it’s so much fun!”
This sense of humour shines through in Anthony’s work. The main characters are human, with foibles, shortcomings, and attitude, and strengths. The homefront is comfortable …. I recognize the settings since I lived there, or in places similar to that. The characters have a strong sense of home, deep roots; so regardless of whether Russell Quant was in Saskatoon or somewhere on safari in Africa, or hanging out in Hawaii, the sense of home stayed with the tone of the book. The same with Adam Saint - his first instinct when presented with the underlying thread of the story was to go home to Saskatchewan, to his family. To recharge and regroup by stepping back on the soil of his hometown. I think that’s where the strength of the characters come from … that sense of roots.
In Set Free, Anthony once again gets the reader deep within the story. He sets up a plot, this time the kidnapping of a child, then turns it on its side, when the father also gets kidnapped and then turns it on its side again. Plots within plots within plots, intricately woven together to keep the reader guessing until the end. He also has a habit of pulling a plot twist out of left field and ending in a way readers wouldn’t expect.
And he STILL ends the book on a note which would have me tweeting him my exasperation …. keep us coming back for more, Anthony, because I certainly will!!!
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3161 KB
- Print Length: 285 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 099522921X
- Publisher: Bon Vivant Books (Sept. 5 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01K0VOP7C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 25 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #236,773 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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