Title: The Jagged Edge // Author: AJ Frazer
Date of publication: November 1st 2020 // Print length: ebook, 302
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A mercurial madman, hellbent on revenge.
An ex-war correspondent – once lauded – desperate to find his old edge. And the countdown to the end of the world as we know it begins.
The harrowing loss of a woman and child in a Californian wildfire. A clandestine meeting somewhere in the Austrian Alps. A devastating missile attack on an Italian steel mill. A nail-biting standoff in the Australian Outback. Merciless government agents willing to do anything to stop a weapon that has already been set in motion – a weapon that will send humanity back to the dark ages.
A thriller with a conscience, The Jagged Edge does for climate change what John Grisham has done for the law, cutting to the heart of the biggest threat to humanity the world has ever seen.
Action, technology and the might of Mother Nature come together in a heart-stopping thrill ride that you won’t be able to put down.
Writing Quality 5/5, Character Development 5/5, ‘Couldn’t put it down’ – ness 4/5, Intellectual Depth 5/5, Diversity 3/5, Originality 5/5, Overall 4.5/5.
The author contacted me a while back to request a review for The Jagged Edge. This book claimed itself to be a novel about climate change, and when I heard that fact, I was over the moon to give it a try. I finished it in just a couple days, and I’ll admit; The Jagged Edge is a thriller I won’t easily forget.
What was that they said about alcohol borrowing happiness from tomorrow?Chapter two
The story starts with Dominic while he’s in an expedition on Mont Blanc. While there, he experienced a near-death experience caused by climate change. I liked that the issue was introduced from the very first pages and that the book started with a lot of action; just enough to keep you engaged. Soon, we discover that Dominic is an amateur for nature expeditions and the founder of a media company; The Jagged Edge. Throughout these 300 pages of words, I have never found myself bored by the action, fact that let me finish the book in such a short time. The novel is a thriller for a reason, and I am all about it!
After what happened the day before, he didn’t need reminding that the landscape was changing. The entire planet was transitioning into a new phase.Chapter two
As we dive deeper into the book, the work becomes very informative and full of details. At first, I got a tad confused by all the technical terms, but after 20% I got the hang of them, and I flew through the book. I know it might seem like a lot of time, but you can’t feel the pages turn. The writing was impressive, and the inner monologues were even more interesting! I got a chance to get into Dominic’s mind, and it becomes fascinating because Dominic is a morally grey character. He knows that Victor Sagen killed innocent people, but at the same time, he does everything in his power to stop climate change. Does the end justify the means? It is fascinating to witness how Dominic sees the situation, and throughout the book, it becomes even more engaging. Also, there was a light touch of romance, which brought the book to a whole other level. The thing wasn’t too over the top, nor too light, and it really played out in the end.
Climate change had become so massive, so predetermined, that there really was nothing that could be done. To Dominic’s thinking, there was no stopping it now, only dealing with the tragic and terrifying consequences as best as possible.CHAPTER two
The biggest plus in this book, is by far, the way AJ Frazer portraits climate change. Even if you didn’t believe in climate change before reading this book, you definitely will by the end of it. Climate change is real, and The Jagged Edge shows that there is not much we can do about it now; we can only minimalise the impact of the destruction. We should wake the hell up, and this book is a cry for help! Climate change is happening as we speak, and if we do not change the way we treat the planet, there is a slight chance the future generations won’t experience life as we know it.
He’d seen more than his fair share of human suffering, but it was almost always caused by the hand of another human. War, conflict, terrorism- so many ways for humans to cause suffering.CHAPTER EIGHT
Despite all of these, there is one thing I found missing; and that was the representation of minorities. There was Zhen Daiyu which I assume is an Asian woman by the name, but there was nothing else. I do not think queer representation would have been relevant to the story, but some POC character would have been more than welcome.
“I have a higher purpose. Most people don’t. And so when they are confonted with someone who does, it can make them feel… inadequate.”Chapter nine
Overall, The Jagged Edge is a valid thriller about climate change, which I recommend you all to read. Also, the ending was unexpected, and I am waiting for the sequel!
“My demons gave up on me long ago. Apparently, I was bad for their health.“CHAPTER TWO
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised on New Zealand’s South Island, AJ experienced raw nature at its most sublime. Later, as a volunteer bush firefighter in Sydney, he saw firsthand nature at its most destructive. Something that too many people in Australia and California have had to endure.
His writing intent is simple: to bring thriller (non)sensibilities to the serious, though often dry, science of climate change.
He now lives on the Sapphire Coast of Australia with his wife and their two children. He admits to being a lazy activist who avoids confrontation. Writing is his form of environmental activism.
If you have any questions, drop him an email (email@example.com) and he will respond.