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Blue Water Dead (Color It Dead Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Goodrum , Ruby J Design
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A lonely ex-Navy SEAL finds himself falling in love while battling terrorism in the Motor City.

Trying to make a little extra cash doing PI work, twin photographers Al and Cane Majors inadvertently discover a clandestine meeting that involves the covert pickup of two pallets delivered via the Detroit River. What the twins have seen—and recorded—puts them in the sights of agents from the Coast Guard and Homeland Security whose motives have little to do with “national security.” The Majors turn for help to their church mentor, Vince Hardesty, an outreach counselor and former Navy SEAL who once protected Detroit’s northern border from security leaks. Vince reaches out to two people he hopes can save his city from a conspiracy that has wormed its way into an alarming number of local institutions: his friend Pat “Sandy” Sandelen, the DPD’s Homeland Security liaison, and the Spanish beauty Lt. Grace Venusuela Sanchez of the Coast Guard. As the threat of terrorism looms, Vince finds himself haunted by past losses and
distracted by how quickly he’s falling for the alluring Lt. Venus.

Goodrum’s debut is noteworthy for the ease with which its characters interact and for its crisp, back-and-forth dialogue, which manages to be clever while moving the story along. The residents of Detroit come from believable molds, magnified for a slightly larger-than-life tale. The novel reflects a high attention to detail, especially as it concerns Detroit, a city that becomes as much of a character as Vince or Venus. It also makes fitting use of its thematic elements of pop music and Motown, with a story structure that mimics their spirit, keeping things fun and simple with an occasional twist.

A crime novel that’s exciting despite its unhurried pace. ~~ Kirkus Review

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Stephen Goodrum is a licensed social worker and an ordained minister. He has worked for an outreach program in Detroit for seventeen years. He lives with his wife and dog and cat in Holly, Michigan. He is the father to two sons and their wives, and a grandfather to two granddaughters. He is also the author of the romantic comedy "The Perfect Wedding Day... Disaster. Despite an entire year of meticulous planning, the unpredictable nature of Michigan weather made for a wedding no one will soon forget. Goodrum's wedding novella tells the story of what he says is the key to not only a perfect wedding, but also to a great marriage: "When it seems everything can go wrong, something good can go right."

Product Details

  • File Size: 465 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: SMGoodrum,plc (March 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Q1JKIO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,378,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New suspense novel lives up to name May 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
From the first page, this novel takes the reader on a suspenseful journey into international intrigue - it is a page-turner from start to finish. This is a work by an author who not only knows Detroit but more importantly, human nature.
Kathleen Frame, Instructor-Communication Arts, Schoolcraft College
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN TO MICHIGAN! May 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a GREAT read! I would recommend it to anyone who lives in, lived in, or just visited Michigan! The author went in to great detail and made me feel like I was THERE! Could place myself in the locations! Storyline was excellent! Loved it! Yea Steve!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read! April 22, 2012
By beaG
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
thoroughly enjoyed...has it all...intrigue, suspense, colorful characters and lots of interesting and fun facts....be careful...i made the mistake of reading the end at bedtime...could not stop reading....hard to function the next day with lack of sleep!...waiting for a sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Water Dead by Stephen M. Goodrum August 13, 2012
Format:Paperback
Two young men are just trying to deal with daily life when they get swept up into a situation they never dreamed could happen. Al and Cane Majors are fraternal twins who can communicate mentally. Their job is working weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and such filming and taking photos. Their boss decides to send them off on another assignment, one he usually does himself, following a potentially cheating married man. The boys figure it's a slam dunk. Get a few photos of the action and then skip home to get their money. Only it doesn't go quite as planned. They end up filming and photographing a drop by the Coast Guard. Thing is, the Coast Guard shouldn't be dropping anything where they are in the park. Suddenly things go from bad to worse. The situation becomes one they need more help with. The guys end up needing LOTS of help, the state, federal and presidential kind. The drop by the Coast Guard was only a small ripple of a storm yet to come. It just might be one of the biggest heists in history.

You're gonna think you've got this book all figured out right away, but you have no idea what's coming. I love this book. It's not normally my type of read, but WOW I'd so read this one again. The characters are lovable and could easily fill the real jobs they hold in the book. It was also scary to think something of this magnitude could happen. This is one for the TBR pile! I recommend this book and this author.

I found no issues.

I gave this one 5 out of 5 books because it opened my eyes and entertained me.
~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
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More About the Author

Stephen M. Goodrum is an ordained minister and a licensed social worker. He has worked for an outreach agency in Detroit, Michigan for the past seventeen years. He says when he retires; he could be a cab driver in the city, knowing all of the ins and outs of Detroit.

Not a native of S.E. Michigan, he grew up in Evansville, Indiana where he earned a B.A. degree in English and a Secondary Teaching Certificate from the University of Evansville where he met his wife, Donna. He taught English for several years before moving to Ohio where he received a Masters of Divinity degree in Theology and a Masters of Arts degree in education at Ashland Theological Seminary.

He ministered in churches for fifteen years in Ohio and Michigan, but desiring to outreach to people who were not in the church, he became the Director of a Young Fatherhood Mentoring program in Detroit for the next twelve years. He is currently the Director of Adult Education for "The Education Experience," St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center, having developed an individualized GED tutoring program for adults.

He's always enjoyed telling stories when he taught in the church and in the classroom setting. He says, I've always been an avid reader of all genres of fiction and non-fiction, and have started books several times, but had not completed on until now. He is currently working on a sequel to Blue Water Dead entitled Red Dolphin Dead. He will be completing the first novella of a wedding series "Officiant Books." The first installment will be out in June: "The Perfect Wedding Day...Disaster."

He is the father to two married sons, a grandfather to two granddaughters, and he lives with his wife of forty years, with their dog and cat, in Holly, Michigan. They love the beaches of Lake Michigan on the west side of the state, and Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair on the east side of the state. He said he's become "Pure Michigan."

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