Review: The Neighborhood by Matthew Betley

☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

About the Book:

It’s not such a beautiful day in the neighborhood …

For most of the citizens of Hidden Refuge, it’s an ordinary Friday night in an ordinary American town. But when men claiming to be police officers show up at their doorsteps in the middle of the night, ordering them to evacuate for their own safety, it’s only the beginning of a long, dark night that will prove to be anything but ordinary. Because, unbeknownst to most of its residents, Hidden Refuge contains something that very dangerous men want very, very badly. And those men are more than willing to kill to get what they want.

But Hidden Refuge contains another secret—Zack Chambers, a seemingly unassuming programmer and suburbanite family man who is far more than meets the eye. And while Zack dearly hoped that he’d never again need to use the deadly skills he’d acquired in his former life, when push comes to shove, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect himself and his neighbors. Even if it means taking on a small army of trained killers with only his wits and a ragtag group of allies.

Before the night is over, the blood of the innocent and the guilty alike will be shed, old scores will be settled, and shocking twists will finally be revealed. 

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-neighborhood-a-novel-by-matthew-betley

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60281820-the-neighborhood

My Thoughts:

The Neighborhood by Matthew Betley is a fast-paced, action thriller. Even if you think you’re not a fan of this genre, you’re going to get hooked on this book. Not only is the plot fast paced, it is also easy to follow.

When you move to a secluded, quiet suburb, you expect to live a quiet life. For most people this would be true, but unbeknownst to the inhabitants of Hidden Refuge (hmmm….that might have been a clue), not all their neighbors are ordinary citizens. The Neighborhood mostly features Zach Chambers, but he is joined by several brave and heroic neighbors who fight the good fight.

The characters are developed enough and the backstory is slowly revealed as the story reaches its zenith. This plot and action-driven story spans just over one day and includes some flashbacks to a few key characters’ past. I found the characters interesting and engaging and the plot riveting. It is easy to imagine this book becoming a big screen film. 

***

About the Author: Matthew Betley grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, which he considers home after his family moved there from New Jersey, where he was born and which also explains his affinity for the New York Yankees. He attended St. Xavier High School and then Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he graduated with a B.A. in psychology and minors in political science and sociology. He also spent the first semester of senior year investigating felony murder cases as an intern investigator in Washington, D.C., for the Public Defender’s Office, a formative experience that provided countless stories that could fill the pages of a non-fiction book. Upon graduation, he worked in corporate America for five years in Cincinnati before joining the Marine Corps in 1999.

Matt spent ten years as a Marine officer and was trained as a scout sniper platoon commander, an infantry officer, and a ground intelligence officer. His experiences include deployments to Djibouti after 9/11, and Fallujah, Iraq, prior to the surge, both in staff officer support billets.

Finally, and most importantly, Matt is a recovering alcoholic with nearly seven years of sobriety. He credits the Marine Corps with providing a foundation in discipline and personal accountability for his desire to initially seek help. Matt is open and direct about it and has spoken in front of large groups of people with one clear message – if he can get sober, so can anyone. He credits his recovery with providing the authenticity for Logan West’s struggle with his inner demons.

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