A Novel of Houston at the Turn of the Millennium

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
288 Pages
Reviewed on 07/20/2020
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Reviewed by Renee Guill for Readers' Favorite

Bluestream: A Novel of Houston at the Turn of the Millennium by Michael Jungman has eight main characters and they all have a spot in the downfall of a large company in Houston. Bluestream is the new big thing that was supposed to be their saving grace. A whistleblower puts an end to it. The story has a lot of scandals and affairs. It also has a bit of Houston’s history mixed in. It does have some sexual descriptions and has a bittersweet ending, depending on one's point of view.

I thought that Bluestream by Michael Jungman was a fascinating novel. I usually have trouble with stories that have multiple characters, but Michael Jungman does a wonderful job keeping them separate and detailed enough to remember who is who. I loved the little history snippets about the city. Jungman is very descriptive, definitely not for the faint of heart. I thought he did a wonderful job with world-building. I have never been to Houston, but I could picture it clearly. I was impressed with the twists and turns. I am usually good at guessing who 'done it', but was wrong this time. It does start out a little slowly, but it does get better. I loved how Michael Jungman wrapped it up by telling us what happened with each character. There were neat little business tips too. I think my favorite character is Sherry. I resonated with her the most. It was nice to read about smart women, not just the typical kick-butt kind. If you like thrillers, this is a definite must-read.