Title: All the King’s Men
Author: RJ Scott
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Characters: Nathan Richardson, Ryan Ortiz
POV: 3rd person
Setting: Los Angeles
Cover Rating: 4
Ryan Ortiz and Nathan Richardson are estranged lovers who shouldn’t be apart. When Ryan decides to go direct to LA to fight for a second chance he is caught up in the biggest earthquake to hit the city since records began.
LA is destroyed, burning, people homeless, and fires are ignited high in the LA hills above Nathan’s apartment. Nathan is trapped and Ryan is his only hope.
It is a race against time and the powerful all consuming destruction of nature for Ryan to find Nathan, trapped in the ruins of his home in the hills, and to get both of them to help before the fire reaches them.
Fans of disaster films, especially, will find a lot to love about RJ Scott’s All the King’s Men, a taut, terrifying action thriller, chronicling the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that rocks contemporary Los Angeles and sends it crashing and burning into a post-apocalyptic dystopia the likes of which I hope to never witness.
The fear and horror are palpable as Nathan Richardson lays trapped beneath the rubble that was once his home, death a very real prospect as the city and the surrounding hillsides succumb to the flames that consume the landscape.
Ryan Ortiz, Nathan’s ex-lover, hopeful for reconciliation with the man he hurt but still loves, comes to Nathan’s rescue, risking his life and everything he is to ensure they will both live long enough to discover whether they have a future together.
Disaster and tragedy make heroes of ordinary men and women, taking both an emotional and physical toll on the heroic. The strength and will to succeed and survive can sometimes be found in the smallest of miracles, proving life will somehow find a way, even against the most impossible of odds.
All the King’s Men is a perilous journey that’ll take your breath away as you turn the pages. Often poignant, endlessly entertaining, it will leave you with the faith that hope, perseverance, and the promise of love will always work its magic.
Reviewed By: Lisa