Friday, May 6, 2011

Book Review for 'The End of Marking Time' by C.J. West

The End of Marking Time was written by C.J. West and published by 22 West Books in 2010. It is available for purchase at

Michael O'Connor is the best at what he does--always has been. After being raised in a terrible home and venturing out to live on the streets at a young age, Michael quickly hones his criminal skills and takes on the role of an elite housebreaker. There isn't a house or a car that Michael can't break into and his skill has enabled him to elude the police for years. But, when a careless move during a robbery slings Michael onto the cops radar, all the years of breaking the law, soon catch up.

An injury hurls Michael into a three-year coma and when he awakens, things are drastically different. The federal and state penal systems have been eradicated and criminals have been weeded out and either re-educated or sentence to death. As Michael gets deeper and deeper into his re-education, learning to be a productive member of society, he discovers things are not what they seem and no one can be trusted. Michael has one chance left to prove himself worthy to live amongst chance to plead his case or be exterminated!

From the very first line of The End of Marking Time, I was absolutely absorbed in the story. I found myself rooting for Michael as he made his way through this new world. C.J. West has written a book so original, fast-paced and believable, I found myself forgetting it was a work of fiction. The dialogue between characters is excellent and the descriptions of events and places are incredible. Readers will not want to put this one down until they know the verdict. Will Michael be spared? Is he worth another chance? Or will all he has worked for be for naught as he pleads his case?

I am giving The End of Marking Time a 4 spider rating. I would recommend this book to any fans of the thriller/suspense genre and I, myself, will be picking up more books from C.J. West. The End of Marking Time is one wild ride you won't want to miss!!

CK Webb

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