The Lucky Man

An Act of Malice

Fiction - Crime
346 Pages
Reviewed on 12/17/2021
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

Bio: Monika R. Martyn is a nomadic minimalist, married to her high school sweetheart, and interested in the dynamics of leaving the tiniest footprint behind. Her debut novel, The Lucky Man-An Act of Malice, was released in March 2021. Publishing credits: Mused Literary, Vine Leaves Press, Awakened Voices, Confluence, Scene & Heard, Scarlet Leaf Review, East of the Web, Literally Stories, The Moon Magazine, Soft Cartel, Adelaide Literary (2020 Shortlisted in Anthology), and Honeyguide Pushcart Nominee. She is the Canadian Culture Editor at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

The Lucky Man: An Act of Malice is an engrossing novel by Monika R. Martyn, a gripping story. Jack Spencer is an attractive man who also knows how to mess up with beautiful young women. But having an affair with a woman about to marry a best friend is a mistake that comes with dire consequences—even if it is the woman who made the first move. He wakes up in the middle of the Pacific, far from his hotel room, on a canoe. His mother, Myra Spencer, knows something is wrong when her son goes missing, even if people don’t believe that he has completely disappeared. Can she uncover the truth and bring her son home? Meanwhile, Jack is headed for a destiny he never dreamed of; an exotic island where everything seems to be waiting for his arrival.

Wonderfully written characters, a compelling plot, intense action, and plot twists that make for a page-turning adventure — you’ll find them all in The Lucky Man: An Act of Malice. From the moment that Jack wakes up from his stupor and finds himself on a canoe, struggling to recall what happened, the story becomes compelling, and the descriptions of his state of mind, the anxiety, and the abandonment are just gorgeous. The premise is strong and the characters elaborately developed, from Myra to Kai Hale to Jack. I love Monika R. Martyn’s writing and her unique storytelling skills, blending the art of exciting narrative with good dialogue and bringing the psychological turmoil alive through streams of consciousness. This is a novel that will keep anyone awake until the last page is turned.

K.C. Finn

The Lucky Man: An Act Of Malice is a work of fiction in the crime, suspense, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Monika R. Martyn. The work is intended for the general reading audience and contains some scenes of peril and tense situations that may not be suitable for less mature readers. The protagonists of the novel take different roles that interweave as the story becomes more intense, centering on the disappearance of Jack Spencer. Though he’s a man who knows he’s done wrong, being stranded doesn’t seem to warrant the gravity of his crimes. His mother Myra knows better, and so begins the search.

Author Monika R. Martyn has crafted a tense, adventurous, and well-plotted work of fiction with plenty of excitement, thrills, and great characterization to offer its readers. I found the presentation of the Spencers and the utterly charming Kai Hale to be authentic and distinct, creating varied and richer atmospheres between all the different participants in the tale. The dialogue was also very effective, serving to display the unique traits of the characters whilst moving the plot forward in a natural way. And just when I thought I could see where the novel was headed, Jack’s thread in particular opened up a whole new incredible revelation and really kicked the story into top gear as it raced towards its conclusion. Overall, I would highly recommend The Lucky Man: An Act Of Malice to fans of emotional and dramatic characters, clever multi-stranded plots, and crime and suspense enthusiasts everywhere.

Rabia Tanveer

The Lucky Man: An Act of Malice by Monika R. Martyn is a story of survival and making peace with past mistakes. After a night of drinking, Jack anticipates a massive hangover, but he finds himself lost in the Pacific Ocean on a canoe without a paddle and any hope of someone coming to his rescue. Back on dry land, everyone thinks he is up to his usual shenanigans, but not his mother. When Jack doesn't appear at his best friend's wedding, Myra knows her son is in serious trouble. And so, the search for Jack begins. While the search party looks for clues, one particular hotel staff member is missing his family canoe. Could it be that Jack went on the same canoe without the paddle? Or has something worse happened to Jack?

Divided into eight parts, the story moves forward at a fast pace that keeps the reader's attention on the novel and nowhere else. The narrative flows surprisingly well, supports the story's pace, and overall makes sure readers are engrossed in the plot. While you may think Jack is the protagonist of the story, for me, it was Myra. She is determined to find her son, rescue him, and make sure he is safe. She puts in the maximum effort, even when the rest of their friends and family are determined that Jack is somewhere with a woman, just being Jack. The emotional highs and lows are well-handled; Monika R. Martyn does justice to each character and allows the mystery to build before explaining what happened. The descriptions of the Pacific Ocean are out of this world. The author left no stone unturned to make reading The Lucky Man: An Act of Malice a one-of-a-kind experience for readers.