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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Targeted by Evil is a work of fiction in the adventure, suspense, and crime subgenres. It is intended for the young adult reading audience. Penned by author Robert F. Boeck, this fascinating YA thriller plunges readers into a gripping tale of danger and suspense. Fifteen-year-old Sam's vacation takes a dark turn when he becomes an unintended witness to a shooting, setting off a chain of events that entangle him with local and international criminals. The story unfolds with a kidnapping, placing Sam's life in peril and prompting an unconventional rescue plan. As the plot unfolds, the narrative weaves together elements of crime, terrorism, and international intrigue.
Author Robert F. Boeck has crafted a highly atmospheric novel that is brimming with suspense, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as law enforcement agencies piece together the puzzle of crime scenes and an intricate weapons trade network. The central mystery revolves around why Sam, a seemingly ordinary teenager, becomes the focus of criminals, and it’s a brilliant device to bring an inexperienced but capable teen hero to the fore and put him to the test. The narrative also takes great care to explore Sam's past, hinting at a connection that could unveil the motive behind the relentless pursuit but also allowing us to connect emotionally with the experiences that have shaped him. Boeck's dynamic dialogue and sharp writing style keep scenes moving swiftly and are sure to have YA readers engaged, delivering a satisfying blend of action and intrigue. The story not only entertains but also raises questions about the motives that drive individuals to commit heinous acts with a strong moral message at its core. Overall, Targeted by Evil is a compelling read for those who enjoy suspenseful narratives with unexpected twists, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to YA thriller fans everywhere.