Review: Midnight Taxi Tango by Daniel Jose Older

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Publisher: Roc

Publishing Date: January 2016

ISBN:9780425275993

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 2.5/5

Publishers Description: Carlos Delacruz straddles the line between the living and the not-so alive. As an
agent for the Council of the Dead, he eliminates New York’s ghostlier problems. This time it’s a string of gruesome paranormal accidents in Brooklyn’s Von King Park that has already taken the lives of several locals—and is bound to take more. 

Review: This writer must have a problem with old people as every referent to the aged has malignant commentary.  Not that I really care, just seemed odd. He also seems to be hung up on skin color because you just cant get away from the “white skin bad/ brown skin good ” shtick that plagues this book.  Racist? Maybe. He sure brushes at the edge of racial poignancy veiled as cultural diversity.  But he makes it ok with a white manly lesbian masquerading as a competent assassin.

“So why you give 2.5 stars!?” Despite the racial bias the story line was interesting up to a point. The characters developed nicely with the movement yet some of the scenes and chapters lacked logical progression. Chapters didn’t flow very well into the next in some instances and it didn’t help that the character perspectives changed with each new chapter.  The ending just didn’t fit with the overall theme. The fight scene was even more contrived and it seemed like it was a rush to an ending. Overall, ‘meh’.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Review: Midnight Taxi Tango by Daniel Jose Older

  1. Great review, as ever, but don’t this will go on my TBR list. Guess the author ain’t planning on a long life themselves?

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