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Product Details

  • Paperback: 474 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478217944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478217947
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,182,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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- "A must read political thriller" - B.B. Kahn, author of Seven Society

- "Debut political thriller you can't put down"- Douglas Dorow, author of The Ninth District

- "Readers who enjoy the thrillers of BerensonSilvaFlynn and Thor have another author to add to the list" - Anne, Amazon Vine Voice reviewer

About the Author

Allen Mitchum is a thriller author living in the Washington, D.C. area. An avid reader of fiction from a young age, he has written for the past 20+ years. When not writing or reading, Allen enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and traveling. Influences vary, ranging from authors J.R.R. Tolkien, Clive Cussler, Michael Crichton, and John Grisham, to the Hardy Boys series, filmmaker Sergio Leone, classicist Victor Davis Hanson and the television series South Park. Allen's first novel, 28 Pages, was born out of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The failure of the U.S. government to hold the primary supporters of the terrorists accountable, the Saudi Arabian government, and the U.S. government's irresponsibility in protecting the Saudi Royal Family, provided an opportunity to combine Allen's long burgeoning desire to write a commercial novel combined with controversial political themes. He set out to demonstrate through a work of fiction, though inspired by true events, the threats posed to the United States by the Saudis and their various allies. 28 Pages is the result of that goal. In 2014, Allen created the Lethal Solutions series which features missions of Fadi Khaldun, the world's top mercenary and who first appeared in 28 Pages. The first full length novel in the series is titled Trophy Target, scheduled for release in April 2014. The first short story in the Lethal Solutions Short Story Series is The Reprisal, also scheduled for release in April 2014. Allen's first published novel, 28 Pages, was selected as a semifinalist in the in The Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of 2012 Contest and is an Amazon kindle best seller.

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Allen Mitchum is a thriller author from the Washington, D.C. area.

Allen's first published novel, 28 Pages, was selected as a semifinalist in the in The Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books of 2012 Contest and is an Amazon kindle best seller. In 2014, Allen created the Lethal Solutions series which features missions of Fadi Khaldun, the world's top mercenary and who first appeared in 28 Pages. The first full length novel in the series is titled Trophy Target, scheduled for release in April 2014. The first short story in the Lethal Solutions Short Story Series is The Reprisal, also scheduled for release in April 2014.

Influences vary, ranging from authors J.R.R. Tolkien, Clive Cussler, Michael Crichton, and John Grisham, to the Hardy Boys series, filmmaker Sergio Leone, classicist Victor Davis Hanson and the television series South Park.

Customer Reviews

This is an excellent first novel and I look forward to reading his next one.
Anne
Overall, though, Mitchum keeps these passages short and sweet, all the while developing the book's characters and increasing the tension level.
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I have to say that I truly enjoyed reading this fast paced, well written book.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John J. Strauchs on December 30, 2011
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28 Pages held me hostage by page three and I didn't escape until several hours after the last page was turned. It is a literary thriller, at least as good as any Grisham novel and better than most, especially those spawned in ghost-writer factories. I spent time in the Kingdom and worked in Intel. Mitchum's novel resonates like a Stradivarious. Don't believe in Wahhabism? Drive your rental car into Medina and see how long you last. I highly recommend this eye-opening novel.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 11, 2012
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I am an avid reader of thrillers having read all of the books by Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Daniel Silva, and Alex Berenson. While Allen Mitchum is not yet in their class, his first thriller is a great read. I read it through in one sitting. The main characters are well-drawn and you root for them to succeed. The "bad guys" are credibly threatening. My only criticism is that I was not quite sure of the motivation of "Fadi". I may have just missed it due to my anxiety to find out what happened next. I eagerly await his second book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Meunier on November 28, 2011
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In an edge-of-your-seat political thriller, author Allen Mitchum catapults you through a conspiracy so provocative and timely, you'll never see Saudi Arabia in the same light again. Could the U.S. government be hiding the truth about the Kingdom from us? In 28 Pages, apparently they are. While investigating her sister's gruesome murder, Washington, D.C. lawyer, Heather Grahl, discovers a shocking connection to a Saudi secret concealed from the American public in 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 Commission Report. If Heather doesn't find the incriminating evidence hidden by her sister, her career and her life will be over, too. If you enjoy page-turning thrillers, then read Allen Mitchum's 28 Pages.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ned May on August 12, 2012
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This is an enjoyable book for a number of reasons.

The introduction takes you back to the 1700s and Abdul Wahhab - founder of the Saudi family's beloved and VERY fundamentalist Wahhabism. The decisionto put this information up front was a good idea. It saves intruding on the plot line with exposition that many readers may not need, but it's there for those who didn't know.

The plot devices used to build tension are effective - e.g., the protagonist's bugged phones. These keep the plot popping.

Since I'm a free lance editor I tend to find glitches where others might not, so any changes I'd have made would be matters of taste and open to debate.

I'll admit I like the black/white characterization with a few grey areas thrown in. A thriller shouldn't spend time on subtlety and the author avoids mixing genres. What's a grey area? The best and earliest example is the protagonist's relationships with Jonathan the Ambitious and Uptight. This delineation of his character is nicely done: he starts out with no charisma and goes downhill from there. Kind of like Anthony Weiner without the camera.

BTW, the feel of the Washington environment evoked old memories. If you've spent any time there...

This author has talent. I hope this is only a *first* effort; we'd like to see more of him.

My litmus test: Yes, I *would* recommend it to a friend. But not those of my friends who are so utterly sure that Islamophobia is a disorder when in actuality it's a reality check. Don't forget that it was the Iranians who created that term for those in the West who caught on early.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anne on May 17, 2012
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Readers who enjoy the thrillers of Berenson, Silva, Flynn and Thor have another author to add to the list, Allen Mitchum. His debut novel is a quick read with characters that are well drawn and believable and his writing is precise. The story is credible in today's world as is his description of the Wahhabism and its beginning. I read the novel in a few hours but found that I could not get it out of my mind, so I read it again. The story both scared me and made me think. It is a book that for people who believe conspiracies exist everywhere. I agree with another reviewer who said that just a good debut, it a good book. This is an excellent first novel and I look forward to reading his next one.

Attorney Heather Grahl is involved in a case with that involves an employee of the Saudi Embassy in DC. When she is notified that her sister has been murdered she travels to the Bahamas to handle things there and discovers her sister was murdered in a very unusual way. There are few leads and the detective in charge is told by his superiors to close the case saying she was murdered because of drugs. When Heather returns home after the funeral she interrupts to men ransacking her apartment and after knocking her down they escape. The next day she goes to her sisters apartment and there is more damage there than at her place. She calls her mother who mentions that things seem out of place there also. Returning home, she finds a billfold that one of the burglars may have dropped. The name on the ID in the card shows the man is also connected to the Saud Embassy. Heather believes they may have killed her sister to make her drop the case and she is determined to find out why her sister was murdered.
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