On Jamaica Government Service

An Adam Emerson Novel

Fiction - Thriller - General
289 Pages
Reviewed on 07/03/2023
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Author Biography

Dane Andrew lives in Jamaica with his family. An avid reader, he’s also a DJ and an accountant. He’s been writing for over 30 years and in 2021, published his first novel: The Martial Art, featuring the hero, Adam Emerson.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

On Jamaica Government Service: An Adam Emerson Novel is a crime thriller by Dane Andrew. Adam’s aunt was murdered so he turned to his childhood friend Patrick for help. Adam’s hunt for his aunt’s killer attracted the wrong kind of attention. A shootout that Adam and Patrick were involved in was caught on camera and extortion ensued. The blackmailer had a photo of Patrick and a gang leader in front of a stash of drugs and threatened Adam that he would release the photo if Adam did not help him. The blackmailer demanded that Adam find two previous investigators who had gone missing. Adam’s instructions came in an official envelope, but he had no idea how the government knew where to find him as his address was a closely guarded secret.

On Jamaica Government Service by Dane Andrew is an action-packed story that grabs your attention from the first page. The storyline is realistic, and I was intrigued from the start. There were so many twists and turns that I never knew what would happen next. The story is fast-paced and crammed with incidents. There are a large number of characters, and they were all well-developed. Their personalities were realistic and amazing. Adam was fascinating, and his skills posed a serious threat to his blackmailer and anyone who stood in his way. The story is masterfully written, and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. This was a thrilling read, and I did not want to put it down.

Asher Syed

On Jamaica Government Service: An Adam Emerson Novel by Dane Andrew begins in Port Royal, Jamaica, where the thief Bastian escapes execution due to an earthquake, and protagonist Adam Emerson is blackmailed into investigating a land grab. Adam's probe indicates a connection to human trafficking, and a young girl named Racquida is kidnapped in India. As Adam deepens his investigation with his paramour, Evelyn, their relationship intensifies. Together they uncover the grim reality of sex trafficking, confirming the connection. When Evelyn herself is captured en route to Port Royal, Adam's pursuit leads them to Dubai and the man blackmailing Adam. Oliver proves to be a formidable adversary. A final showdown results in a shocking twist and the transformation into Sigma places Adam in the position of dedicating his life to protecting the innocent.

On Jamaica Government Service by Dane Andrew has quite a lot going for it in a fast-paced book that packs a mighty punch. The effectiveness of Andrew's storytelling is primarily through Adam's character development and his journey from a blackmailed investigator to a resolute truth-seeker. Adam comes across as an imperfect but likable hero. His personal fallibility, especially as it applies to the conflict he has regarding his relationship with Evelyn, feels authentic. The book has sexual assault as one of several drivers in the plot and does incorporate Arabs in the category of antagonists that some readers might find veering into trope territory, but powerful imagery in a sweeping range of locales, from the bustling town of Port Royal to the landscapes of Dubai, provide vividly detailed settings, dynamic backdrops to the unfolding plot, and deepen readers' immersion in the story. Overall, Andrew has crafted a solid origin story and one with the potential to carry a full Adam Emerson series.

Michelle Stanley

On Jamaica Government Service: An Adam Emerson Novel is a thriller by Dane Andrew. On June 7, 1692, an earthquake devastated Port Royal, the wickedest city in Jamaica. In 2015, Adam Emerson was blackmailed by pompous Oliver White to find his missing friends. Adam suspects Oliver isn’t being truthful and hides his real motive for the search, which takes him to Port Royal. Many are being kidnapped, and the network of human traffickers has access and connections to clients worldwide. Asking questions only seems to endanger Adam and the people close to him. It’s a good thing Adam thrives on danger, and very few knew what he could do when angry.

On Jamaica Government Service is an intriguing story that takes the reader on a thrilling, dangerous journey into the horrendous human trafficking organization across the globe. Reading about the various scenarios made me more aware of what greed, corruption, and the sex slave industry can do to the perpetrators, victims, and families. Dane Andrew is an author to follow as his writing is vivid and fluid, with images of every detail and drama unfolding in the various parishes across Jamaica. The characters and Jamaican dialect made the story realistic. Describing Jamaica's history made me want to revisit the sleepy town of Port Royal to imagine what it was like in its former piracy era. The cover illustration is ideal for this book. I highly recommend reading it.