This was a terrible book, probably written over lunch. I should get my money back. Definitely the last Dan Ames book I buy. Lee Child should be made aware of the books being published with the name Jack Reacher as a drawcard.
Two men shot. Another knifed. Woman raped, slaughtered. Military cyber security force penetrated. Vultures enjoy human body. Lady sheriff wonders if there's more than one killer. Jogger finds two more bodies in desert ravine.
What's going on? Is Reacher involved?
Sheriff questions Michael Tallon, meets visiting Lauren Pauling.
Now a marauder's face is bashed in. But wait, how come the footprints are all the same size, but they're from different people? And why did the crime lab find Tallon's fingerprint on evidence from the first murder scene but not the second! Sheriff arrests Tallon for murder. Pauling kills a marauder, but who’s the skinny guy with a knife at her throat? No, it’s not Reacher.
You wanted intrique and mystery? Both are yours – in large doses – in this engaging, quick reading puzzler.
I have read many novellas by Dan Ames and usually wish that they were full-length novels. In this case, the book seemed just right. It was short, but told a tight, well-crafted story. There were no sub-plots, hordes of superfluous characters, or mental meanderings away from the meat of the plot, but the plot itself was clever and nuanced and there was enough description of characters and setting so that the writing didn’t seem abrupt or choppy. A very enjoyable quick read.
On a side note, I suffer from “grammar-police-syndrome.” It’s not admirable except in a classroom, but I just can’t stop myself from critiquing reading material with eyes open to errors. It is such a pleasure when I come across published material which is so free of errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and typos.
I received an ARC from the author at my request and this is my honest opinion. (Yes, I know I'm late getting this read and reviewed, but if you knew my life you would understand.) I have read all of the "Reacher" novels written by Mr. Ames and he very rarely disappoints. This is another in a long line of great books. There is one caveat to that on this one: the main premise is a little "out there" for my tastes. However, Mr. Ames handles it so well that it doesn't detract from the suspense and action. I found myself just going along with it. And even though this is a fairly quick read, there is plenty of action, suspense, and mystery wrapped up in it. Several other reviewers have commented that there were threads that were not completely resolved and I guess to a certain point that is true. They were not sewed up in neat little bows, but they were for the most part resolved; just maybe not in the detail that some would like. I really like the characters of Pauling and Tallon as they begin to explore and develop their relationship. I think they make a great team and I can't wait to see where Mr. Ames takes them next. And for those reviewers who complain that this is not a "Jack Reacher" book; it doesn't claim to be. It is a series written in the Jack Reacher world with characters from that series. Check these books out and I think you will find they can hold their own. I definitely recommend them.
Tension captures you of the mission they are getting ready for from the first page. With a loose cannon on his team to keep control over, to a female they didn’t know would be there, a massacre, the mission was a bust. Talon getting ready for Pauling to come.hoping it would be permanent. This was a test run, with her company.sold, she had no commitments. The dialog is sharp, with non stop action, murder, romance. Another winner in this series. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion
This book , as all the others in this series , is a great read. It is a fast paced thriller, well written, tight, intriguing storyline with unexpected twists. Tallon and Pauling are fabulous together. Shadowy military entities, mystery, murders, mayhem, what's not to like? I also appreciate, as a female reader, that the author really treats Pauling as Tallon's equal, every bit as capable and intelligent as he is. that they are truly a team that work together both professionally and personally. I am an ARC reader and I can honestly say this book was well worth my time. I recommend this book and this author.
This action thriller is underpinned by quite an interesting premise. Of course, giving that away would be a crime itself. Butthe following is not doing so. A number of people got shot in a remote house in Death Valley and from the evidence gathered at the crime scene, it would appear that some military personnel might be involved. The sherriff is a newbie and.keen to solve the case. And she soon has Talon in sight as a suspect. Though things are not what they seem. Though only approx. 116 pages long it certainly does not take too long to read. In fact, subjectively, very little time indeed and you reach the end with a sense of unbelief and.a feeling the end was rushed. All of which also conveys the fact that the story is really attention grabbing. Enjoy!
This book has an intricate plot and is well written . The main characters Pauling and Fallon have a good relationship. They have been in all of the books in this series. I was unable to figure out the mystery until the very end. Jack Reacher does not appear in this book.