Mark Scott Piper has been writing professionally his entire adult life. He is a longtime freelance writer and video director/producer. Mark holds an MA and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon, and he has taught literature and writing at the college level for several years. I am thrilled to discover his review for my thriller, Coma Confidential.
USA Today bestselling author, Uvi Poznansky, certainly doesn’t need a review from me. But I read Coma Confidential anyway to see what all the fuss was about. I was impressed, but not surprised, by the quality of the writing and the compelling storyline.
The story is told through the point of view of Ashley Winters, and she is a memorable and highly relatable character. The book begins with Ash in a coma, inches from death, as a result of a brutal beating and rape. As she slowly regains consciousness and her faculties, she manages little by little to recover her abilities and her memory as she heals.
On the surface, choosing a main character who is in a coma doesn’t seem to be the stuff of thrillers. But as soon as Ash is kidnapped from the hospital, the action is nonstop until the end. Her ability to escape the gang of Russian hackers with her life depends almost entirely on her own cleverness and a little bit of martial arts . In the end Ash proves to be a an opponent to be reckoned with.
The supporting characters in Coma Confidential are memorable, if not always likeable. And Poznansky provides plenty of details that put us in the middle of the action. We are with Ash all the way.
The ending feels a bit rushed to me, and I had to suspend my disbelief a bit when Ash recovers from her coma a lot faster than I would have thought possible. But both these plot elements lead us to exactly where we want Ash to be in the end. And that ending suggests a sequel that you won’t want to miss.