Nightcrawler by John Reinhard Dizon –
Due to her father’s sudden death, Sabrina Brooks leaves behind her partying ways to take the reins of the Brooks Chemical company. Working hard to prove herself to those within the company, she can’t completely shake her dream of getting into law enforcement. Instead Bree decides to take different route; a blending of the two. Combining her knowledge of chemistry and her drive to help those in need she becomes Nightcrawler; an unwavering force for those in need. Unfortunately the stakes are raised almost immediately.
Her initial campaign against the drug gangs of New York is put into jeopardy when the police begin a manhunt for the Nightcrawler, whom they deem a dangerous vigilante. Seeking guidance from her friends and councils, such as Pastor Mitchell, she agrees to put away that part of her life.
A terrorist group called the Octagon begins a campaign of terror and extortion against the city. Once again Bree dons her Nightcrawler armor to stop a tanker filled with chemical agents from releasing into the water. Bree stops the attack but each time she steps out as her alter ego, she strains not only herself but the relations and trust of those who know her secret. These relations are strained even further when it turns out the Octagon is extorting one of her own trusted VP’s at Brooks Chemical to launder the money they make through their acts of terror.
While investigating a series of suspicious forest fires as Nightcrawler, Bree finally gets in over her head and is rescued by her good friend Officer Hoyt Wexford. After finding out her secret, they work together as the Octagon feverishly race to their next diabolical act of terror.
This is an action packed and well mapped thriller that shows a strong heroine fighting against the odds. It does well to show how Sabrina’s nocturnal activities force her to balance them with her personal life. Bree’s religious and personal beliefs are one of the central points of the book as she works heavily with the church and Pastor Mitchell. There was also an interesting infusion of the LGBT community into the main plot. It was refreshing to not take for granted that every main and minor character was straight. Though I didn’t personally agree with Pastor Mitchell’s final speech on the subject, it didn’t detract any from who he was as a character or the thrilling ride that I went on with Sabrina and company.
Overall, I’d say that Nightcrawler is a fun and thrilling read that I found hard to put down.
Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and it’s all fun and games until someone looses an eye.