Fragile Brilliance: A Ronan McCullough Novel

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Title: Fragile Brilliance: A Ronan McCullough Novel
Author: Eliot Parker
Publisher: Roundfire Books
Release Date: November 27, 2015
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
Page Count: 304
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Charleston police sergeant Ronan McCullough is pushed to the limit when a deadly drug ring threatens the very core of the city.
When off-duty Charleston police sergeant Ronan McCullough responds to the assault of a college student outside a downtown sports bar, he is brutally attacked and nearly killed by the assailants. As he struggles with the physical and emotional damage and doggedly pursues the perpetrators, his personal and professional relationships are strained to the limit; and what he uncovers in his investigation takes him to heart of a deadly drug ring threatening the very core of the city.

Ronan McCullough against the world.


Well, Fragile Brilliance is a book that my hubby could pretty enjoy if it were a movie. Because it falls in the category of action thrillers, his favorite genre, where a strong stand-alone hero fights the battle against Evil and wins it at the end. Applause.

Ronan McCullough is our good guy here, even if not all his colleges cops got it.

One night Ronan occurred to be in the wrong place at the wrong time or, quite the opposite – who could save Charleston from this dangerous new synthetic drug krok(a very disgusting thing) instead of?!- and after that night Ronan happened to be ALWAYS at the right place at the right time- because if he wouldn’t, then who could save the city from its bad destiny?!

But not only Ronan occurred to be in the right/wrong place at the right/wrong time- depends on- but all other members of his family seemed to have a special talent to be in the r/w place at the r/w time: his life partner Ty, who works as a nurse in the Charleston Area Mercy Hospital, his nephew Nick who run away from home to join his uncle, his homophobic sister Melissa who came for his son from Miami. They all suddenly occurred to be in the middle of local drugs war, because they continuously crossed the paths of bad guys.

Unfortunately there was a whole baggage of them here. But luckily they had a discrepancy in regard of money and loyalty, it is why they unintentionally made the job of the police easier killing each other. But don’t be pleased too early: OF COURSE there were unsympathetic cops that put obstacles in Ronan-our-stand-alone-man’s way.

Though as it should – our hero and all his family members would survive and at the end all big and small conflicts would be solved.


It was an entertaining read, but I think this book could have been much better if it had been a bit shorter, hadn’t been overcrowded with secondary characters and if the author hadn’t payed too much attention to unnecessary details. Too many details were annoying, too many secondary characters were distracted, and superfluous descriptions of action scenes, that were too long for my taste were rather confusing.

    Conclusion: Fragile Brilliance is a kind of book that is better to watch than to read.

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, Eliot Parker, Mystery/ Thriller, Roundfire Books

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