Don’t Worry You’ll Be Safe by Edwin Dasso, M.D. 

Everyone seems to be in the zombie craze these days and this book addresses a zombie like scenario where former veterans are turned into zombies by using a medication that makes even the most out of control psychotic patients turn into walking, order-taking, defenseless shells.  Enter Jack Bass, a former Army doctor who has seen more than his fair share of troubles and had more than his fair share of psychos try to kill him.  Can he save the veterans from the people behind this sinister plan against these down and out veterans or will his involvement in the case put those he loves the most in danger including himself?

Don’t Worry You’ll Be Safe by Edwin Dasso, M.D. is a thriller mystery story about the disappearance of numerous veterans who are largely homeless, suffering with mental issues, or found themselves in not so glamourous places after serving their country.  They are hauled away in a mysterious van and delivered to an encampment where they are kept under control using mind altering drugs, essentially rendering them defenseless and easy to control.  The numbers of the missing homeless as well as groups of dead veterans showing up in allies with blunt force trauma causing their deaths tips off police in at least four states that they may have a bigger problem on their hands.  This is when one of those detectives calls his friend, Jack Bass, to see if his medical knowledge as well as his status as a veteran can help solve the case.

The main character Jack Bass is so interesting to me.  He has PTSD, which I also have so he instantly peaked my interest, and the author has handled his flashbacks in a phenomenal way.  At first I felt a little out of place with the flashbacks, but I quickly deduced that these were Jack’s flashbacks and I like the way they tend to linger just a bit, enough to distract us from the plot.  I like that because that is truly the way a flashback works in real life and the author was able to grasp that so well and make it translate in his writing.  Additionally since this is a series it is a great way to introduce things to the reader who may have not started at book one which is my case.  I was able to read through the book without having to worry about what I missed from previous books and felt like I was able to understand the character and their backgrounds.  This is a clever way to handle that information and it works very well.  I do however want to go read the first three novels after finishing this one and the lack of information at the end of this one will keep me watching for book five in the series.

Amanda is also a great character.  I loved her scene where she gets the bad guy and her spunky and determined personality while doing so.  There were a handful of developed characters within the story but overall I didn’t feel like I knew much about many of the characters as their stories came in bits and pieces due to the structure of the story and the author focused a lot on just moving the story forward instead of supplying us with some details of the characters.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing I just am finding it hard to recall the nature of a lot of the characters thinking back on the book.  The ones that were really three dimensional to me where really unforgettable and characters I enjoyed and empathized with.

The plot is very well developed with plenty of subplots to keep the story suspenseful.  The conflict between Jack with his mental illness of PTSD rearing its head as he tries to solve this case in itself is a very real internal conflict.  Jack blames himself for those he loves coming under danger and death and he must fight with that and how to keep those around him safe.  Additionally, there is a former story of a malicious plan to kill him from his former employer that comes back to life as Jack finds that some of the people involved in this newest scheme were involved in that criminal dealing and they haven’t given up the idea of killing him.  The author kind of gives away the main plot in introducing us to another character that was well developed, Hank Greene, who is an abducted veteran so we get to experience what the slaves in this camp endure.  The last scene of the book really brought Hank to life and I am looking forward to hearing his fate in book five.  I did think Jack maybe got a little to close to what was really happening based on limited information.  I wish he has struggled a bit more to come to the conclusion; he just made it seem too easy.  After he pretty much figured out what was going on most of his time is spent dealing with his would-be assassin and of course rescuing the slaved veterans so that doesn’t end the conflict or plot development.

In all, I think the author did a great job giving us a realistic character in Jack Bass and he was easy to empathize with.  The story is multi-layered and keeps the reader flipping the pages.  The book is edited well with few mistakes and shorter chapters that break up scenes for the reader.  This is a great character to build a series around and if all his stories are this multi-layered with conflicts they will make a great thriller series.

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