Book Review: N.H.I: No Humans Involved

25 Apr

Fear and violence threatens to destroy the city Half of Treasure City is controlled by a violent street gang. The other half is controlled by fear. A rookie detective, Nate Richards, is thrust between the two. Abyss, a mysterious street gang moves into the valley and people have started dying. Nate’s girlfriend suddenly disappears and the gang is being targeted as the cause. With his partner fighting for her life—the result of a vigilante’s bullet, political pressure from above, and time running out to find his missing girlfriend, Nate has to overcome the darkness that has taken over the city and threatening to consume his soul? Forced to fight to stay on the case, he has to work against his command and the elements of the streets while trying to hold on to his faith that seems to make less and less sense as details unfold. With darkness growing and evil seeming to swell, will Nate have enough time to solve the murder and discover the identity of the new gang leader before his girlfriend becomes the latest victim in the growing violent total. Will he succumb to the pressure to get the job done by any means necessary, or will he become part of the problem and prove that there are No Humans Involved.

From the author’s website — Ray Ellis  —  A twenty-two year veteran of law enforcement and an ordained minister, NHI is my first published book. As an author, I attempt to relate the common man’s struggle to live in a gritty world and remain clean.

My Impressions:

N.H.I.: No Humans Involved is Ray Ellis’ debut novel, and it shows.  Now before you think I am criticizing, let me explain.  Ellis’ suspense filled, action packed novel is a look into the gritty world of police work and the criminal world of a large city.  Ellis’ book doesn’t hold anything back — his characters are realistic, the crimes portrayed are not prettied up, and the emotions expressed are raw.  The writing is a little raw too, but that is what I mean by it being obviously a debut.  Minor characters are not really fleshed out, but the main character, Detective Nate Richards, is complex and well-developed. I am confident that Ellis will file off the edges a bit with each successive book.

N.H.I. begins with a supposed gang killing, but the violence escalates with the horrific killing of a police officer and a massacre of a rival gang.  There is a new, mysterious gang in the city.  And Abyss is dedicated to chaos and mayhem.  There is also some conflict within the police force.  Nate Richards, a Christian and detective, has to fight those on the police force antagonistic to his faith as well as his own nature as he seeks to solve the crimes. As the body count continues to mount, Nate struggles with the case and his own feelings.

I enjoyed this book very much.  It is a departure from what I normally read.  I like suspense and read quite a bit of that genre, but N.H.I’s urban and edgy feel is a step out from the usual christian suspense I enjoy.  I look forward to reading more from Ray Ellis.  His next book is D.R.T.: Dead Right There, a continuation of the Nate Richards series.


(I received N.H.I. from the author.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

For more information on Ray Ellis check out the author interview at Christian Bookshelf Reviews.

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