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Leave it to Thomas Perry to write himself out of the ball park again! One thing about this author is you can count on consistency. His plots are very realistic, his characters are believable and likable and the situations are human.
This book has a bomb maker who for reasons of his own has hired out his services to the highest paying to completely destroy the bomb squad in LA.
His first bomb takes out 14 people (half of the bomb squad). With a madman reigning terror over the city, former commander of the bomb unit (Dick Stahl) is recruited to fill in until a permanent replacement can be found. Stahl has no idea who the bomber is but he has a knack for diffusing the bombs and circumventing the failsafe switches rendering the bomb useless.
Meanwhile , he begins a relationship with one of the women he is working along side of. This only gives the media more fodder for the benefit of their own careers. Then someone in the media is bombed and Stahl becomes a suspect.
Super book with a great ending.
Joe Barrett is one of my favorite narrators. He does an outstanding job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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I've been a fan of author Thomas Perry since the 1982 release of his first novel titled The Butcher's Boy. Since 1982 he has released 24 more novels all worthwhile but only half earning 5 stars. After one of his weakest efforts with the release of Forty Thieves in 2016 Perry followed up with the outstanding The Old Man in 2017 and now with another 5 star winner titled The Bomb Maker in 2018. The Bomb Maker may be as good as The Butcher's Boy! I definitely recommend The Bomb Maker! With The Old Man and The Bomb Maker he does his best job of character development in a stand alone novel since The Butchers Boy (The Butcher's Boy became a 3 novel series but with Books 2 and 3 written more than a decade later). His timing with action and suspense are near perfect. Perry has a PhD in English and has been a professor of creative writing for most of his adult life. Now that he is 70 years old and retired his productivity has increased and the quality of his novels with it.
Joe Barrett narrates The Bomb Maker superbly.
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