Than I throw some vodka in the lemonade I have made and forge ahead.
Needless to say, I am back to blogging baby!
(If anything I said above makes no sense or sounds weird... blame the vodka)
I have a HUGE reading list lined up, and hope to get through it in the next few weeks. (I think I can, I think I can, I think I can......) So you will have to keep coming back or check the Facebook Fan Page for more information and books!!
Speaking of books and trying to take control of sudden craziness.... it could always be worse... you could be Lou Christopher.
Who is he? Keep reading.....
This next novel I am blogging about is a suspense novel (Never fear Mommy Porn lovers... I'll get to you soon....) called 'A Bridge To Treachery' by Larry Crane.
Here is the synopsis from Amazon:
Former Colonel Lou Christopher is an ex-Army Ranger retired from the military and contentedly working as a New York investment broker. After being assigned a number of lucrative accounts and becoming accustomed to living the good life, he discovers there is a pay back. His former military skills are requested under a threat of losing everything he has.
Handed a group of misfits to assemble into a military strike team, he is coerced into leading the team on a mission of domestic terrorism. At the center of a bridge outside of Manhattan, his strike team is caught in the act and unexpectedly becomes engaged in a deadly firefight. It’s then that he learns the mission was a political maneuver from the highest levels of the U.S. Government—and ultimately realizes he has been betrayed by his superiors. Learning his team was considered nothing more than collateral damage and intended to be killed and left as a scapegoats, he uses his unique military expertise and engages in a fight for his life.
As the strike team is decimated, he and a female teammate elude the opposition forces to survive and escape, turning the tables on his superiors. Using his distinctive set of military skills, he now becomes the hunter and vows to extract his revenge and bring them all down.
Not gonna lie.... I liked the concept. (well duh... or I wouldn't be blogging about it!)
The story is told from two different perspectives. That of the lead character Lou and his wife Maggie (aka 'Mag') I'm actually going to not really tell you much about Maggie, because I don't think I could do her justice in my description. I will tell you she is remarkably strong, courageous, and has tremendous love for her husband. The way the novel unfolds, it is best to leave her as a mystery. I enjoyed her side of things and the small journey she takes to help Lou.
Now for the lead character......
Lou Christopher is not your average hero. He's an older gentleman, grandfather, working as a civilian after life in the army. He's always been a bit of a rebel, as you will learn throughout the book. Lou sometimes makes decisions without fully considering the consequences, only later to regret and try to make things right.
His job as an investment broker seems ho-hum, and when the big boss hands him a dream account on a silver platter, he takes it. (And who wouldn't? Anyone want to throw me an account that could make me millions? No? Anyone just want to hand me a million 'just cause?'... No?? Pfffttt Tough crowd!)
When it's time to pay his dues, he's backed into a corner and coerced into joining a team of shady people to pull of a domestic terror plot. It boggles my mind how anyone, even a character like Lou agree to be bribed to even participate in something so extreme, especially against their own country.
As you meet characters along the way (friends, coworkers, co-conspirators) you can never quite figure out who can be trusted, or really figure them out completely.
I was interested to see how this would play out in the novel and turned out to be pleasantly surprised by where the story took me.
The book starts off slow. It took me a bit to get used to how the story is delivered mainly in dialogue, but eventually I found a rhythm. I felt the book read like someone was sitting across from me in a chair, sharing with me the wildest story of their life. It was a gruff and straightforward telling. My one complaint was there was a lot of broker talk, but given the nature of the characters job, I can let it slide.
It says at the end of the book that there is a sequel in the works, I am interested to see how the story will continue!
One word to describe 'A Bridge To Treachery': Original
Would I read this novel again? I would and I will!
Who do I recommend this to? If you are interested in thrillers, military, conspiracy theories etc.... than I think you should give it a read.
I'm also going to lend my copy to my dad. I think this is a book for him!
Do I have a copy to GIVEAWAY?? YES!
Kelly M from B.C won an autographed copy of A Bridge To Treachery!
I'm no Barbara Walters, but sometimes I have questions that I love to ask authors. Here is my brief interview with Author Larry Crane.
Me: You have a lot in common with your lead character Lou Christopher, the army, broker, and initials.... is Lou Christopher a fictional version of you?
Larry Crane: You mean the part where this flawed-floundering-fiftyish guy turns into a closet lech? Or where this eternal optimist, day lily loving Mick Jagger wannabe gets his dream car? Family members
see things in the book they think they recognize—places—situations—
Me: What made you decide to become an author?
Me: Where did the concept for A Bridge To Treachery come from?
Me: Which Authors Inspire You? Who are your favorites?
Me: You seem to have lived an interesting life thus far, what stands out in your mind as your greatest achievement?