I just want this for the record: J.A. Konrath’s Fuzzy Naval was one of the best books that came out last year in my opinion. The pacing in that was incredible and had all the right elements that I’ve enjoyed in the previous Jack Daniel novels. Cherry Bomb, much like Casino Royale’s Quantum of Solace, is the first real sequel in the series. Also much like Quantum, I was underwhelmed by this entry.
After the death of….somebody (This was the cliffhanger to Naval; I don’t wish to ruin it here.), Daniels races after Alex as she continues her streak of evil. This streak has become exhausting for the reader for this is now the third book to feature Alex and her acts have come to the point where they can no longer shock anyone. We want resolution with her, but I didn’t want another chase. Especially a chase that, for the first time in the series, really made me dislike Daniels. That is a rather ballsy move of Konrath and it did make me think about her circumstances. It wasn’t until the introduction of a monkey around the halfway point did the book rejuvenate itself. Ultimately I was satisfied where all the characters ended up and especially where the series could be going. So although this could have used a fresher plot, I’m still heavily anticipating the next entry. (Again, much like Quantum.)