Detour Amour, by Jack Dancer, is the stunning conclusion to the Detour Paris series.
Tucker Blue is not playing Mr. Nice Guy anymore. The woman he loves is still being held captive and his enemies have pushed him too far. Tucker wants to destroy them, but he’s an advertising guy, not Rambo.
Tucker turns to unconventional means to out his nemesis in an attempt to rescue his princess. Will his plan work? And at what cost?
The main ingredients of the series thus far has been humorous unpredictability and crazy escapades. This series is creative, entertaining, and cringe-worthy. After book two, I had no idea what to expect in the third and last novel. The question I posed in the second review was how much was left in Dancer’s creative tank?
As it turns out my worry was completely unnecessary. Dancer threw everything in the book, including the proverbial kitchen sink and Japanese Giant Hornets, which spray flesh-melting poison. Tucker isn’t kidding when he says he wants to destroy his enemies.
And his enemies are doing everything they can to annihilate Tucker. Both sides have declared all out war. The question is: who will be the last one standing?
One tense scene after another makes for exciting reading. Fans of spy thrillers that include lots of kick-ass gadgets, vehicles, and nerdy guys behind the scenes will really enjoy the James Bond aspects of Detour Amour.
The buildup to the grand showdown between the Raven and Tucker includes just the right doses of humor, suspense, and twists and turns. By the time the reader reaches the final chapters it’s hard to know what’s going to happen and the pages fly by in a blur.
And just when you think that Dancer doesn’t have any more tricks up his sleeve, there’s at least one more plot twist that’s surprising. Is Detour Amour really the end of the Tucker Blue saga or will the hapless cad return in future novels?
Like the previous two books, this novel is aimed towards a male audience. The author isn’t shy about allowing the men in his novels to misbehave. The majority of the naughty behavior is typical of the genre, such as blowing things up and sleeping with beautiful women. However, some of the scenes and attitudes are disturbing. Female readers in particular may not appreciate how woman are used and abused repeatedly throughout the entire series.
In the final installment, at one point, Monica tells Tucker:
So, it’s okay, honey. I forgive you in advance. If you want to take her, rape her, do whatever you want, you just go right ahead. You have my permission.
At another time, Tucker is contemplating seducing Nanette. He thinks that Monica would “probably praise me for doing Nanette. What’d she say? ‘That’s my man taking his due?’ Something like that. Yeah baby.’” His thought process sounds desperate, but he’s actually referencing a line Monica said in the second book: “That was just my warrior taking his due.”
It’s difficult to imagine lines and thoughts like this will endear Tucker to female readers, but maybe the high-octane events that whiz by are distracting enough to keep all readers engaged in the story.
Overall all, Detour Amour is a heart-stopping and thrilling end to the series.
Please note there are graphic scenes of violence, including physical and sexual, that some readers may find upsetting.