Out of Hell’s Kitchen has received both the Editor’s Choice award and the Publisher’s Choice award from the publisher. And here’s what the reviewers have to say…
WRITER’S DIGEST writes:
Mr. Hanzl does an excellent job of weaving several subplots around the main plot for a fast-paces, page-turning journey with characters who come to life almost immediately.
Kay Trout of MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW writes:
Genre: Fiction/Adventure Mystery Rating: Very Good Out of Hell’s Kitchen is a story about a new pop drug on the scene – Rave N. What is this drug, what does it do, and who are the people who make and distribute it? Rave N is the key in this fast-paced ,intrigue-oriented, action adventure for Luke Hawthorn as his friends begin to disappear.
John Hanzl’s writing style and story are similar in some ways to Robert Ludlum’s earlier novels – a definite plus. John has an exciting style which draws you in and keeps you turning the pages. In addition he has a rich vocabulary and is masterful at description and depth which add a distinct richness for his readers. There’s lots of action and intrigue here, and the conclusion may surprise you.
Yes, I can highly recommend Out of Hell’s Kitchen to readers who enjoy mystery, action, intrigue and a well-written novel.
KIRKUS Discoveries writes:
The Hunt for Red October meets Patriot Games meets Jacob’s Ladder… Hanzl’s debt to genre-thrillers is evident, but this debut novel offers an interesting twist on the formula.
Stephen Weir of Diver Magazine writes:
Whew! Fast paced isn’t a strong enough adjective.
Luke smashes uncontrollably through the plotline like a diver caught in a Cozumel rip current! The main character has all the tools of a Dirk Pitt in training. He is a trick motorcycle rider, an urban mountaineer, a computer whiz, and, when investigating an uncharted erupting Caribbean island during a Force Five hurricane, learns how to be a rebreather diver after a night of study.
“I formulated the rebreather sequence while diving in the shark tank”, Hanzl told Diver Magazine. “I am the Diving Safety Officer, which means I dive in the tank five times a day and feed the inhabitants, including the sharks (the largest which is over 2 meters long).”
Although much of the action takes place on land, the climax to the dive thriller takes place underwater…in the eye of an Ivan style blow.