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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Vapours by Selwyn Jeffers introduces readers to a phenomenal character, a very intelligent, charismatic, and charming business student who has the unusual gift of easily connecting with people. He is Shawn Beckford and his “decision making will change the landscape of this city.” He has developed strong connections from the streets to the boardroom, and no opportunity or resource can be denied him. But things take a different turn when he finds himself at the heart of a drug trade, thanks to his connections. He unwittingly finds himself as one of the most important players in Toronto’s underworld. Will he choose to pursue his education to be a reputable businessman or will the lure of the underworld become irresistible?
Selwyn Jeffers is a great storyteller and, aside from using a narrative voice that is compelling, the author creates characters that are fascinating, plunging them into complex situations and making it interesting to follow how they make decisions in the face of difficult situations. Shawn Beckford is a clever character, but does being clever come together with the wisdom to make intelligent choices? That is something the reader will want to find out. The writing is crisp and elegant and is enriched by the author’s unique gift for humor. The suspense is strong and it is one of the ingredients that hold the reader’s attention and make them want to see what happens to the characters. The Vapours has quick pacing, a unique plot structure, and an intriguing setting. It is a gripping tale of the power of connections and the irresistible pull of darkness.