What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Jodi Taylor
Published by Accent Press on August 20, 2015
Max is back! New husband, new job, and a training regime that cannot fail – to go wrong!
Take one interim Chief Training Officer, add five recruits, mix with Joan of Arc, a baby mammoth, a duplicitous Father of History, a bombed rat, Stone Age hunters, a couple of passing policemen who should have better things to do, and Dick the Turd.
Stir well, bring to the boil – and wait for the bang!
WARNING! I WILL DEFINITELY HAVE SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW!
OK. Who the heck thought it was a good idea to let Max be Chief Training Officer??? I definitely did not see that one coming or going well! And, with that title to boot? It would have been more appropriately named "What ELSE Could Possibly Go Wrong?"
Much like the rest of the St. Mary's books, this one is meant to keep the audience on their toes. It seemed to me, however, that this book starts to show that Taylor may be running out of ways to keep her audience in suspense. With all of Maxwell's concerns about Hoyle, I was not surprised when he went nuts. If she had been more concerned about Atherton, for example, then I would have been so much more blown away. I will admit, however, that the end of this book made my heart leap with joy. She definitely got me there!
Despite somewhat stifled suspense, Taylor is still able to turn out a well-developed book. This is especially proven by her use of characterization. So far in the series, Randall has not been someone that the audience spared a thought to. The letter he leaves behind with his will is so surprising and so heart wrenching, that he becomes a strong character in his death.
Once again, I'm leaving a short review so I can go find out what happens in the next installment.