Zephyr by Andrew Cooke – a #BookReview

Zephyr by Andrew CookeTitle: Zephyr by Andrew Cooke

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Contemporary Fiction

Publisher: Page Publishing Inc

Publication Date: July 31, 2018

Source: Publisher and NetGalley


399 pages

Title and Cover: ZephyrCover conveys protagonist

What makes you continue to read a book when everything is screaming at you, “just DNF” it? Not like this is the first book I’ve attempted to read that took me some time to either make the decision to give up or continue to read. Usually, I am rewarded with a book (and an author) that may very well be a diamond in the rough. This could that diamond, and I did end by enjoying it, but rough is one way to describe it.

And Warning: This narrative includes crude street language and graphic scenes.

Zephyr by Andrew CookeI’ve probably read cozies that were faster to get the story off the ground. Over the top prose, descriptive verbiage up the wazoo, has you crossing your eyes and emitting a groan or two. Then you get to a particularly beautiful passage or dialogue and relent–keep reading–and that’s what happened here.

The author paints a picture of an old world mature couple surprised with a baby girl they name Zephyr. They have an older son, Pedro, who is not happy with the interloper and the “family business” is not one that can easily be inherited by a kid neither born with the heart nor afforded the grooming to inherit. We are introduced to the grandmother and some time is spent cementing her matriarchal position.

The initial main characters, Luis and Rosa, are strong and well-developed. They exude either the machismo or the grace the author is striving to convey. They project a love for each other and an almost fairytale account of their lives around their newborn. Fantasies born of her aura. She is born with unnerving eyes, those irises, devoid of color, silver, almost white. Worse, at even the youngest age she appears to be able to discern the emotions of her parents as well as her older brother. She reads between the lines, understands nuances to the point of scary, and progresses well in her formative years. Don Luis would like to retire. He just wants to live a quiet, peaceful life with his “new” family, one in which he takes particular delight, but thanks to Pedro, that will not happen.

Then, what…

We are introduced to Rebecca. WHOA! Now the story has made a 90-degree turn; not a twist, not a red herring. Rebecca will figure prominently in the storyline very well and slaps you back to attention.

Then, what…

Now it’s seventeen years later and Zephyr has come into her own, She has been well groomed. Stunningly beautiful, commands attention (I mean, just look at those eyes). She’s strong, intelligent, on a mission, and she is unstoppable.

The plot is very well laid out. I really loved Rebecca. And after the author introduces Rebecca to Zephyr? Oh yeah, I was writing his story for him to the conclusion. I had it all in my head. I just knew where this was going and I couldn’t wait to get there! And for the most part, it doesn’t disappoint. The conclusion takes a little patience, but includes a twist you won’t see coming (hey, it’s fiction), and will definitely create an interesting component in any further entries.

Now if only it had the benefit of the sharp eye of an editor; maybe three. There are so many edit misses, missing words, extra words, misspellings, grammar problems, repeated scenes two paragraphs later (slightly reworded). Melodic prose gradually giving way. This novel would have greatly profited from a ruthless cut and slash, maybe a quarter of the book.

I received this ebook download by the publisher and greatly appreciate the opportunity to read and review. This was a new one for me, and I’m quite confident could be a departure for you as well. I’m interested in where the next installment may take Zephyr and Rebecca–these two will make a unique team. Recommended for those interested in contemporary crime.

Add to Goodreads

Book Blurb:

Zephyr Estrada was never a normal little girl. First, she was born with a terrifying pair of silver eyes. Then, it was discovered that she was the daughter of the leader of a feared criminal organization. Not only that, she had a power-hungry older brother who murdered his own father and usurped the throne, forcing young Zephyr and her mother to flee the country and preserve their lives. 
Not a normal childhood indeed.
Years later, Zephyr casts aside her innocence and emerges from exile a cold, soulless woman. Believing herself to be the true heir to her father’s empire, she uses her uncanny powers of strategy to exact hellish vengeance on those responsible for his untimely demise. But how can she accomplish all of this when she made a solemn promise not to kill her older sibling?
Sometimes, punishment is worse than death.

About the Author:

I’ve always been passionate about storytelling and impressed by the influence it has on people of all creeds. To say that I am a curious author is an understatement; I am obsessed with the creation of a new world conjured by imagination and ink.

I was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut with a penchant for classical literature. Books such as The Count of Monte Cristo and A Tale of Two Cities accompanied me on many a lazy Saturday afternoon. These classics lived up to their titles for a reason – they were impervious to time.

My interest in preserving the foundations set by classical literature is everlasting. Adapting them to modern themes and trends is my personal mission, as such beauty of literary expression cannot remain in the past. I endeavor to always maintain the spirit of this immortal style of writing.

Allow me to share my stories with you…

©2018 V Williams V Williams

Author: Rosepoint Publishing

I am the granddaughter of Patrick John "Stanley McShane" Rose whose books including "Cocos Island Treasure" I've recently published. My time is now spent in reading, reviewing, and writing bookish articles. I'm looking forward to sharing this social media odyssey with you!

8 thoughts on “Zephyr by Andrew Cooke – a #BookReview”

I love comments, ideas, and sharing. I will respond to you shortly!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

pandit kapil Sharma complaints and review

Read Here About pandit kapil Sharma complaints and review

Roars and Echoes

Where the power of my thoughts comes from the craft of writing.

Sareh Lovasen

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Historical Fiction

Prady On The Beat

Jack of all trades, master of few

Medicina, Cultura, e Legge.

Articoli su Medicina, Legge e Diritto, ma anche Aforismi, Riflessioni e Poesie.

Kiran ✨

Reading And Writing is the best Investment of Time ✨ ( Motivational Thoughts) "LIFE IS A JOURNEY"

Taking On a World of Words

Homepage for fledgling writer Sam A. Stevens

Reading Is My SuperPower



Посмотрите, какой сегодня!

Barb Taub

Writing & Coffee. Especially coffee.

Reading On A Star

Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. 

Learning with Life

A learner for life….wants to live fully….destination matter so does the journey…every movement to feel alive…and die with peace in eyes…being me…

Premier Tech Digital Studios

Your Partner In Online Success

Enoble Asuquo

Truth to Light

Reading with My Eyes

lots of tales from the spine, your place for book reviews of all kinds

Oma's Minute

The heart and thoughts of man is broad. I share reasonings that alot of people out there needs to hear and hopefully adds value to their world***


Short Story Blogger

Emma's Writing Things

A place to share the things that I write

An Amyzing Journey

A spiritual journey with adventures & side quests


memories and musings

Scribbles 'n Bits

Original poetry, short stories, and other bits.



Let's talk

Vibe alone for a while

Barbara Crane Navarro

Rainforest Art Project - Pas de Cartier !

RealStuff by RealMe

Before, After, Then, Now and NEVER!

Islamic Dua and Wazifa For Love back and Solve All problems

Love problem Solution in just 2 Days: Lost love back, ex love back, ex husband back, ex boyfriend and other all love problem Solution. Call and Whatsapp +91 9571300113

Poetic reflections

Poetry and expression of ideas

Julia's Bookshelves

Book Reviews and Book Adventures


Book Reviews, Tags, Vlogs, & More.


I read, rant and write ;)

Beneath The Bones

seeking inspiration

Learning Thursdays

It is hard to fail, but worse to have never tried - Abraham Lincoln


arbindkumar475151597. wordpress.com

Bhuvana Chakra

The Power of Living God Ministries

The Wild Coach

You are an important nexus of energy


Blog do jornalista e professor Solon Saldanha

Happiness for a moment with you....

I'm glad I learned to express my thoughts clearly and everyone loves to read them. Sometimes it takes a lot of thinking power to think about the surroundings. Someone who likes it, someone who enjoys it, appreciates that he is writing very well. Reading and commenting on the post I wrote would give me a lot of bullshit and I would get new ideas to write new ones. I'm really glad I got your response.

Brian Cook's Blog

When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers. - Oscar Wilde

Writing Roses

Welcome to the Roses

%d bloggers like this: