The first thing I would say about this series is that from the very beginning I wasn’t sure why it was called the “Ollie Chandler” collection. Yes, Ollie Chandler was in all three books, but he really didn’t play the role of main character until the last book. In the first two books, he played a fairly minor role, while the main characters dealt with their own issues.
One thing I found distracting was the frequent back-and-forth between Earth and Heaven (and sometimes Hell). This was the most noticeable in the the first book, Deadline. I felt these “side-trips” really distracted from the main story. While I did enjoy reading these parts, they tended to drag on for way too long, leaving me with the desire to get back to the main story.
Other than those two issues, I really enjoyed this series. Not only was in enjoyable from a crime-suspense perspective, but it also got me thinking about the real life issues each character is forced to tackle – AIDS, abortion, racism, gang violence, etc. I really enjoyed reading about these issues through the eyes of each of the characters. All of this helped me to better reflect on my own thoughts of these issues and how I continue to see all of them through the eyes of my own culture and experience – which definitely is not “all of the story.”
Overall, a great read that I would recommend to anybody.Rating: