Genesis – Edward Johns – Book Review

by Edward Johns
Genres: Action, Crime & Detective Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Format: Paperback

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Harry Travers is an airline pilot who becomes a private detective while investigating the death and suspected murder of his uncle. In the … and loss, leading ultimately to revenge.


Genesis is the first in a series of fifteen books charting the adventures of one Captain Harry Travers: Travers is an airline captain, with over twelve years’ flying experience, flying the Airbus A320 for JaguAir, but who ends up deciding to try his hand at Private Investigating, as a side line, when he begins to investigate the disappearance of an uncle he didn’t know he had until he is informed of his being the beneficiary in the man’s will, which amounted to a sizeable piece of real estate in Tennessee. He quickly begins to believe, once he starts to deal with his late uncle’s lawyer, Anton Jeffries, that there is more to the man’s demise than meets the eye and along with one of his uncle’s friends, Tommy Shearen, they investigate leading Harry and Tommy getting involved in car chases, fist fights, shootouts and even an aerial dogfight. In this first book we see how Travers learns the initial, valuable skills to aid and abet him during further investigations and the subsequent cases he takes on to gain valuable experience, including finding a missing dog, which leads him into discovering a dog fighting ring and helping the brother of a work colleague, Sheila Wallace, who Harry has strong feelings for and finds a love reciprocated, and has lost heavily at cards in Nero’s Casino in rather dubious circumstances. The latter case ends up with Harry and Sheila participating in a high stakes Texas Holdem Poker game. Future books will see Harry add to his experience levels eventually becoming a kind of Philip Marlowe type character, but he discovers in Genesis a much darker side to his persona when having to deal with less than salubrious characters and an acceptance that danger will lurk around every corner: if it ever came down to him or them, and he could prove their guilt beyond all reasonable doubt, Travers has no compunction to use all means, legal or illegal, to bring them to justice. Harry though ultimately finds himself changed by the experiences of being a private detective for which he knows there can be no turning back: this is how his life will be from now on, good or bad, and he embraces it all with open arms.


Genesis by Edward Johns is a captivating crime thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seat in anticipation and suspense. It follows the story of Harry Travers, a thirty five year old airline captain.  He suddenly inherits some land in Tennessee, a house and some cash from an uncle that he didn’t know he had. Harry begins to suspect that there was foul play in his late uncle’s death. So he begins to investigate with the help of his uncle’s friend, Tommy Shearen, and the two begin to undercover the truth. But along the way they hit head on with danger, high speed car chases, shootouts and much more insane action. All the while on his adventure, Harry is learning much about detective work and is becoming an experienced private investigator – which will change his life forever.

Genesis is a fast paced, action packed, crime thriller that I couldn’t put down. Right from the very first chapter, I was drawn into the story and held on for the entire wild ride. There is so much going on in this suspenseful story. We have cars soaring down the road, bullets flying, dog fighting rings and even aerial dog fights.  Along the way, Harry finds romance and love in a beautiful woman, Sheila Wallace, his coworker. Harry’s investigation skills turn out to be quite good and it is the beginning of a new future.

The characters in Genesis are engrossing, with interesting personalities. They are fully developed and well fleshed out. Edward Johns has created compelling characters that drive the story forward. Harry pulls off many exciting and daring feats and miraculously lives through it all. He grows and evolves as the story unfolds and finds an unexpected darker, and much deeper side to himself.

The descriptive writing is engaging and outstanding, as author Edward Johns takes readers on an adventure full of scenes of intriguing places, unique people and, of course, the searing action scenes. The storyline, plot and narration are written with detail, skill and much forethought.

Genesis begs for a sequel starring Harry Travers as the exemplary, daring investigator that he has become. This is a thrilling story filled with intrigue and unique dangerous situations. Readers will revel in Genesis, with an unexpected tight ending that is fully satisfying and exciting. It’s the best book that I have read in a long time, a real page turner. Artisan Book Reviews highly recommends it to all crime, suspense and action lovers. I am anxiously looking forward to the next book in the series.

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