Title: The Biker
Author: JD Mader
Publisher: Lockjaw Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition
Rating: 5 stars
San Francisco is a small city with big problems. When Matt Stark witnesses his father’s murder, he decides to rid the city of one of its problems – the man with the scars. Matt is dangerous with his fists. He is good on a motorcycle. Vengeance is new to him, but he is a quick study. With the help of his childhood friend, Striker, and the beautiful and mysterious Maria, Matt decides to find his father’s killer and even the score. “The City” has many secrets, however, as Matt discovers as he embarks on a quest for justice that will make him question everything he thought he knew.
I first came across JD Mader from a guest post he made on the Indies Unlimited site. He has since become a contributing author on their staff, and also writes for some other blogs. His weekly articles are written with an honesty that is rare. I was a fan of JD Mader long before purchasing either of his books. With that disclaimer out of the way, here’s what I thought about The Biker.
Matt Stark is a simple, yet complicated character. He’s driven by revenge to seek out those responsible for the death of his father, and he does so with a determination that could only be described as reckless. Mader deals his protagonist a multitude of crappy hands throughout the adventure, but evens the odds with a cast of loyal friends that Stark can count on. These friends also help Stark to focus his efforts, and manage to keep him reigned in long enough to come up with a plan.
Luis, not a very nice guy, isn’t content with letting someone like Stark continue breathing, but he knows he has to be careful. He covers his bases, and he knows just enough about the biker to prepare for anything. Almost anything that is. He’s never met anyone like Matt Stark…or, has he?
This is the story of a virtual chess match fought between an unlikely hero and his villainous counterpart. Pawns will be sacrificed, and when fists are no longer an option, knives and guns will come into play.
Will Matt hold onto his hatred long enough to get the revenge he seeks, or will the love of friends stay his hand?
It’s on my recommended reading list, so you should find out for yourself. It was a great read and I highly recommend it. That’s the good news. The bad news for me was that the ending came too quick, and I found myself searching to see if there was a sequel on the way. If enough of you buy the book, I think we could probably talk Mader into writing one. Trust me on this, it’s worth the price of enjoyment for an afternoon.
(UPDATE:) I’m pleased to announce that Mader has added to the series, and those reviews will be forthcoming, but you don’t have to wait for me. You can pick up copies below. Enjoy!