“Have you ever been accused of something you know you did not do and needed to find a way to prove your innocence? Well, that is exactly where our main character, Vincent Taylor, finds himself. With a mother who believes in him, a girlfriend who visits him in prison and says she will help, a best friend he cannot locate and an identical twin who is a defense attorney that detests him, Vincent takes a journey of behind close doors dealings and perpetrations that question even his own character and commitments. Two wrongs never make it right; and right is only a turn. So strap yourselves in a roller coaster ride that will take you on a trip with no promise of where you be let off.”
Before I begin, I’d like to mention that I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Anthony in person at a recent event here in Arkansas. (His dad too, actually.) Not only was he super friendly, but talking to him for even a moment is enough to show he’s a natural born story-teller. Needless to say, I was already eager to read his book yet I still wasn’t prepared for just how amazing it was going to be.
I was forewarned that the story had many twists and somehow was still surprised each time a new one was revealed. Some writers want so badly to surprise their audience that they forgo realism with suddenly flipping a scenario without much (if any) thought to if it would a) make sense and b) feel drawn out of thin air. Anthony L. Baker is NOT one of these authors.
Down to the very end, every single thing fits in to the story without interrupting its flow. It’s apparent that it was all extremely well thought out and planned. It was also perfectly excited with great character development and well-written. With all this being said, I’m finding difficulty talking without spoiling anything! So let me just say what Mr. Anthony told me.
Vincent and Victor are two identical twin brothers. While Vincent (or V) has gotten into a little bit of trouble before, he is a kind, intelligent, and compassionate man. Nonetheless, he finds himself in prison after being framed for the murder of a judge. Meanwhile, Victor may be smart and highly successful, but he is narcissistic and power hungry. He resents his brother for a minor amount of grief due to his past shenanigans as well as their mother’s love for the son he deems as a failure, having made ‘nothing’ out of his life. (‘Moms,’ by the way, is my favorite character.)
Despite being the number one attorney in New York, possibly the country, Victor refuses to help Vincent. This leaves V having to concoct a plan to get out of prison and prove his innocence before his death sentence can be carried out. With seemingly no contacts who can help and a brother who has the means, but refuses to do so…what better way than to forcefully switch places with that brother who looks just like him?
Intriguing setup, right? Well, that is just the beginning of this roller coaster of thrills, mystery, and twists and I can honestly say that I haven’t a clue what the sequel has in store.
Thank you for reading and please stay tuned for future reviews.
~Sahreth ‘Baphy’ Bowden