Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
In his novel Arts and Crafts, author J.T. Prescott gives us a glimpse into the lives of those in a retirement village. But, all is not what it seems. When ex-covert agent Ken Frazier moves into the village, he has a visit from an old friend. When that friend ends up dead, Ken and his long-term buddies, Craig and Bill, decide they need to set things right. With the assistance of Sam, who is both Ken's best friend and a younger man who can be trained in covert action, a plan is set in action. The plan involves intricate financial and espionage design and the three old men are invigorated with the opportunity to again use their keen minds. They begin to follow a trail of leads which ends up in the highest rooms of the U.S. government.
Prescott knows how to develop the financial details of the plan and he carries it to intriguing detail. He also depicts political figures with a mind to current events. Arts and Crafts is a book of intrigue and yet it is also a human interest story. When the three seemingly washed-up geriatric men finally get into gear, their lives and the lives of the readers pick up and proceed at record pace. I loved each and every one of the four primary characters. Each was unique and the author also stayed true to the physical limitations the men would logically have had due to the age factor. Most of all, this is just a fun read and one which both the younger and older generations can follow with a sense of humor and background cheering. A very well thought out plot.