Book Review: The Consummata

Book Cover

I don’t normally read books with women on the front who look like that. The women on my books generally have a lot more layers. Bodice, crinoline, underdress, overdress, Spencer jacket, bonnet…you get the idea. So, I was a bit dubious about this scantily clad woman. But, as it turns out, the old saying is right: Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

The Consummata is actually a sequel. The first book was written in the 1960s and for various reasons the manuscript for the sequel never got published, until now. But, you don’t need to have read the first one to enjoy the second.

The Consummata follows the adventures of Morgan The Raider. Yes, that really is his name. It seems silly writing it here, but in the context of the book, it works. Morgan has been framed for a heist and now the feds are after him to get back their money. One of the feds is his wife, whom he married for a cover story on his last mission with the government. They actually ended up falling in love, but when he escaped from the goverment they decided to end contact to keep her job safe.

Morgan is now on the run in Miami when he falls in with some Cuban rebels (this is 1960s, remember, Cuba was newly communist and this pissed off a lot of people). They’ve been robbed of their savings to help other Cuban refugees and they need Morgan’s help to get it back.

The entire book feels like a Humphrey Bogart detective film noir with a little bit of Die Hard. Buildings explode, there’s a high end brothel, kinky sex, and double agents. The writing is very smooth, which is why even though some of it sounds cliche or silly, it works when you’re reading the book. My imagination quite happily started filling all the characters in with various actors and high contrast lighting.

The only downside is, having read a lot of mystery novels and all the mystery shows, I saw the end coming quite early on. But, I don’t see that as a big issue as I was enjoying the characters and the writing too much to really care. The pacing kept things moving and I never felt it was dragging its feet over anything.

I’d definitely recommend the book.

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Written by Pilbeam