Icarus Ascending (LA Private Detectives, Book One) by Lee James ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

o-icarus-ascendingTitle: Icarus Ascending (LA Private Detectives, Book One)

Author: Lee James

Publisher: DSP Publications

Cover Artist: Anne Cain

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/08/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Fiction, Mystery


2nd Edition

Kirk MacGregor loves to win—whether through his critically-acclaimed oil paintings or on the job as the resident detective of his father’s prestigious law firm.

In the most perplexing investigation of his career, MacGregor searches for the truth behind the death of rock star Brent Hunter. But a phone call convinces Austin Hunter that his brother is alive and safe in a wilderness hideout. Or is it all an elaborate, deadly confidence game?

MacGregor’s investigation takes him down a twisting trail of dead-end leads, lethal lies, and a string of homicides. Sparks crackle as Kirk and Austin take a wild ride into the underbelly of the City of Angels, where nothing ever seems too strange or horrendous. As the death count rises, MacGregor is running out of time in finding a cunning contract killer and the person who hired him.

Kirk MacGregor seldom loses. But there are dangers—and costs—in flying too close to the sun.

1st edition published as “Errors and Omissions” by Dreamspinner Press, 2012.

My View:

I love a good mystery. Sadly, Icarus Ascending, by Lee James is not a good mystery. Actually, the only phrase that comes to mind when I try to think about what to write is “it’s a mess”.

This book is confusing. Not in a twisty turny sort of way. Hell, the author tells us from the second section exactly who the perp is. He gives us the perp’s point of view. Yeah he isn’t the head honcho, but he is the one killing seemingly at will — and taking great joy in it. Actually, the author gives us the point of view of every Tom, Dick, and Harry that have ever thought about the victim or their family. It is all a bit too much.

There is no suspense. There is only a pedestrian investigation leading to exactly where we think it will lead. Oh and every once in a while Kirk finds a man to take to his bed, even though he really wants the “one”, not random hookups. So much of this story just seemed pointless.

I wanted to give this book a chance. The first incarnation — Errors and Omissions — didn’t get rave reviews. The gorgeous new cover, sadly, is the best part of this story.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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3 thoughts on “Icarus Ascending (LA Private Detectives, Book One) by Lee James ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

  1. After reading the ebook twice, it’s clear that Lee James is highly adept at the two basic rules of writing: show don’t tell, and less is more. I enjoyed the clearly-marked POV shifts; they allowed me to get into more than one character’s head. In that Icarus Ascending is a mystery-thriller, any reviewer should know the reader knowing the bad guy early on is what distinguishes such novels from mere mysteries. The problem isn’t with the author and his novel — it’s with the reader claiming to be a reviewer.

  2. Given the overall haziness and incorrect statements in this review of Icarus Ascending, it’s evident that Brandilyn either did not read or merely skimread the novel. If you can’t follow an intelligently written story, don’t attempt to baffle readers with your mean-spirited BS. Shame on you! You and this site have lost all credibility with me.

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