About this Book
Detective Martell of the Chicago Police Department has a big problem on his hands when he discovers a connection between a recent drug bust and a case he worked on in the ’80s. Not sure if he can trust his peers, Martell goes to the one person he knows he can count on: Jeff Scott.
Jeff has taken over as the city’s vigilante after Jim, his predecessor, was killed in a drug bust. Toward the end, Jim’s demeanor took a turn for the worse as he became more violent in his work and went after bigger thugs, which ultimately led to his untimely demise. The last thing Jeff wants is to let a life of violence get the better of him and end up like Jim. So, in a pursuit to avoid the same destiny as his mentor, he seeks the truth about Jim and the life he led before the two joined forces.
In his heart, Jeff knows right from wrong, but in his work, the distinction isn’t always clear. He doesn’t want to let the vigilante lifestyle take him over, but he has responsibilities: to look out for the little guys.
Being the city’s vigilante, however, becomes a bit more complicated after he’s spotted doing what he does best. An assignment from Martell puts him under the microscope of the Chicago Police Department. Vigilante work is supposed to go unnoticed as Jeff intends to stay anonymous to the public and criminals alike…
…but now he’s gotten himself noticed—and in a very big way.
His do-gooder, crime-fighting ways put him in the wrong place at the wrong time and now he has the Chicago Police Department on his trail.
To complicate matters further, when he isn’t wearing the vigilante suit, he’s trying to maintain a relationship with his girlfriend. But now her new job is taking up all her time, just when Jeff needs her most. He fears he’ll lose her to her hectic schedule and a schmoozing boss, and the only way to make things right is to be the best vigilante that he can be.
To add to the mess Jeff has gotten himself into, there is a new vigilante in town—and it isn’t Jeff. Now, the only question is…
Will this new vigilante work for good or for evil?
Title: Nothing Good is Free: The Good Fight Sequel
Author: Matthew Horn
Publisher: Brighton Publishing, LLC
Publish Date: November 2012
I’m excited to have Matthew back at FCB with his new book, Nothing Good is Free. This time I asked Matthew questions more about this series and his character, Jeff.
FCB: What prompted you to want to write The Good Fight and Nothing Good is Free?
Matthew: My inspiration for The Good Fight came while listening to a speaker at the 2009 Indiana Christian Youth Convention. I remember him talking about our good fight, and suddenly I had a desire to write a book about a young hero coming of age with the help of a mentor. After passing the idea by my wife she let me know that I should add some conflict with the mentor to freshen the idea up a bit. The result was Jim McMillan and I think it couldn’t have turned out any better. When I got to the end of The Good Fight it just seemed right to leave it open. I didn’t think the story was done yet. What came next was Nothing Good is Free which really gave my hero, Jeff, a chance to shine on his own without a mentor. I wanted him to experience some of the things that caused his mentor to turn away from what he knew to be right. It was a lot to fun to see Jeff go through those things and find out what kind of person he would be at the end.
FCB: Are the characters in your book based on real people?
Matthew: At the start of The Good Fight, yes. I loosely based Jeff and Brooke off of my wife and I. Their relationship in terms of how they interact is similar to my wife and mine, but as the story has progressed now into two books and hopefully three by the end of next year, everyone has taken on a personality that is uniquely their own. My wife gave birth to our first child in January 2012 and it has been amazing to watch our little girl’s personality develop over this first year. I think my characters have done the same thing. They were born based off of an idea of people I knew, but since creation have developed their own way of thinking and acting. It’s a really neat thing an author gets to go through with his characters as time goes on.
FCB: What is the biggest challenge in writing a story like Nothing Good is Free?
Matthew: I think there were two major challenges of about equal size. First, there just aren’t crimes out there that haven’t already been written about hundreds of times. It’s a genre that just doesn’t have a lot that is fresh. It can be really hard to come up with an idea for a crime that readers will think is unique. In Nothing Good is Free I really tried to not center the storyline on the crime. It’s the rest of the story this is so unique. Secondly, keeping things based in reality is a must for me. These stories are dangerously close to a “comic” style of story. I don’t want Jeff flying or using lasers, etc. He’s a regular guy that has had some good training and has found some neat things to wear and use in case of trouble. I do want the story to be fun and almost dreamlike, but achieving that while at the same time keeping Jeff grounded is a major task.
FCB: What’s in store for Jeff in the future?
Matthew: Jeff will return in The Price We Pay which I hope to have in paperback by the end of next year. Brooke and Detective Martell will be there along with him as they deal with the repercussions of their actions from Nothing Good is Free. It will be a great ending to the trilogy, and will incorporate some things that I think readers won’t see coming. I’m about halfway through it now and just can’t wait to see what readers think about it.
FCB: Do you have any other projects in the works?
Matthew:I must have 10 other ideas going right now. I’ve got a sci-fi that I’m sort of co-writing with my father, a zombie apacolypse story, another thriller, an epic fantasy trilogy, etc. I really don’t want to always write one genre and I try to write down all of the ideas that come to me. Hopefully I’ll get time in this life to get them all down on paper. I would love to start another storyline with Jeff and Brooke, but I haven’t been able to outline anything yet.
FCB: After reading this book, I’m excited to see what’s in store for Jeff and Brooke.
If you want to know more about Matthew Horn check out his website http://matthewrhorn.com/index.htm You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.
Having read book one in the series the first thing I noticed in this book was a maturity in the author’s writing, this story just flowed better than book one and the characters seemed to have more depth than in book one. I also enjoyed Jeff’s development as a person. In this story he’s more than the introverted loner training to be the city’s next vigilante, he wants to help people, but also is becoming a successful businessman. The author did a nice job with portraying relationship issues through Brooke and Jeff.
The storyline was stronger in this book as well. I liked Detective Martell, he plays a great supporting role in the story. Although, he appeared in book one, here you know where he stands. There is a nice “whodunit” perspective to the story that the author allows the reader to follow the clues along with the characters.
There seemed to be less violence in this book than the first, much of that is due to Jeff’s perspective of his role as the city’s vigilante. There is more of a spiritual aspect to this book where both Jeff and Brooke reference church and prayer. Yet it is not overtly Christian.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an adventure that’s has a somewhat “super hero” aspect to it, although Jeff doesn’t leap tall buildings.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the author, but was under no obligation to give anything but my honest opinion.
The Give Away
I’ll be giving away an e-copy of this fun adventure, so leave a comment I’ll pick a winner on March 31st.