Walking on the Sun (Road Trip 04), by BA Tortuga
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Action, Sci-Fi
When MJ gives himself up to the craziest man Sonny has ever met to save Sonny’s life, he knows he has to get his lover back, no matter what the cost. So he gathers the whole Road Trip series team back together to hunt MJ down, even if they don’t want to be found. From Paddy and Neil, who are still healing from their last brush with death, to Cowboy and Duncan, Sonny brings everyone together for one last showdown. The problem is that they don’t even know if MJ is alive, or if the man will know them, or himself, once they catch up with him. They’re an awful ragged bunch to be considered heroes, but Sonny is not giving up on the most important thing in his life. He’s determined to find MJ in one piece, even if it kills him. Will the whole crew manage to survive the last big battle with Greg and the Program, or will they go out in a blaze of glory?
The epilogue of Under Pressure had briefly jumped ahead a year, I suspect just to torture readers who were waiting for the fourth book, but Walking on the Sun picks up just after the end of the last chapter of the third book. This allows readers to see some of what Sonny and his cohorts had to endure while waiting to find MJ.
MJ’s mind has pretty much fractured under torture, and, as indicated in the end of Under Pressure, in Walking on the Sun, he’s pushed all of his memories behind a carefully constructed barrier.
Despite their connection with the man holding MJ, Neil and Paddy want to return to their quiet life and have to be blackmailed into assisting Sunny, Cowboy, and Duncan in rescuing MJ. The growing tension between the three groups of men is just another layer to this story, and results in less focus on Neil and Paddy. Cowboy and Duncan are along for the whole ride, but still take a backseat to MJ and Sonny.
Though still pretty well sprinkled, there’s less sex than the two previous books. Walking on the Sun is definitely most similar to the first book in terms of pace and action-centric plot.
As with the preceding books, Tortuga stays on the back-and-forth point of view, and similarly to the third book, there are places where I had to sit back and think as to whose mind I was in. Still, more often than not it was clear, and an interesting way to give a well-rounded picture of what happens.
There were one or two obvious mistakes (“bug guy” instead of “big guy”), but nothing that disrupted the cadence of the story in any measurable sense.
If you’ve started the Road Trip series, this is a must read, as it ties everything together and wraps up the overall story arc fantastically. If you haven’t read this series, start at the beginning with Racing the Moon. It’s worth it.
Publisher and Original Publication Date: Torquere Press, September 8, 2010
Purchase URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2785
Formats Available: html, lit, pdf, prc, epub, (paperback at Amazon)
Length: 300 pages / 52000 words
Reviewed by: Adrienne
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