The characterizations are good but I didn't find any character compelling. Jake Warren was a good enough villain but I didn't find myself attached to any of the characters.
The author does a good job starting the story with a bang, a sad bang but still a bang. After that, I had to work to continue to read. I think the story will garner a following but I guess it just wasn't my cup of tea.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.