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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2004
This is author's second novel about Dev Shannon, the Santa Barbara based bounty hunter. But this time, some of 'ol Dev's pick up operations have been sidelined due to the unfortunate fact that somebody is trying to whack him. In fact, for about half the book, Dev is spinning his wheels to regain traction. A big chunk of his time has been eaten up dodging bullets, double checking the safety of his boat and vehicles, and sparing with the SBPD, ATF, and, of course, the know-it-all guys in the suits, the FBI. But he does get out for a couple of rough and tumble ops. One in Idaho, where he is assisted by a local "chapter" of a mysterious nationwide web of retired cops and federal agents called the Renegade Pigs. (Is there such a group? If not, it should be invented -- for laughs if for no other reason.) Another recovery operation takes place outside the country, this time in Jamaica. Dev faces down some cooly intimidating characters on their turf to make this pick up. He even gets the curse of impotence placed on him. (Doesn't work.) These two incidents will show you that bounty hunter Dev Shannon does not just recover fugitives. Also, Dev finally gets on the trail of the guys who want to kill him. The reader is also taken on a spooky hunt in the caves semi-submerged in the channel islands off Dev's home turf of Santa Barbara. If you read the first Dev Shannon novel, "Crimson Hit", you will be gratified to meet up once again with Dev's support team: his Dad "Pug", a retired SBPD cop: Cedric, the pedantic computer whiz; the stolid black guy, Iver; and Dev's best friend, Futa, his Siamese cat and boat mate, scourge of the marina wharf rats.

Bob Burton is the leading authority on bounty hunting in America. He knows more about bail recovery than anyone else in the country including that upstart publicity hound, Dog Chapman. Once again, the author paints in Tom Clancy like technical detail what bounty hunters really do against the backdrop of Elmore Leonard genre characters. The only disappointment in the book is the non-reappearance of Sonja Johnson, the Swedish chick featured in "Crimson Hit". I wonder if she's still around Santa Barbara. If so, I hope she shows up in Bob's next novel on Dev.
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VINE VOICEon February 4, 2013
Another great book by Bob Burton. Dev Shannon is high priced bounty hounter. He is the best of the best. He loves his job and loves to put the bad guys away. When his own friend is murdered, that is when Dev seeks revenge and no one will get in his way. A real page turner and lots of action.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2012
I, too, missed the Swedish chick in this book after reading "Crimson Hit", which was the stellar first episode that had me enthralled from beginning to end.

I liked how fast the story moved, it kept me spellbound in both episodes. Shannon is almost like James Bond instead of what I think of when I think 'bounty hunter'. Very entertaining read, full of action and travel outside the US, and it seemed like wherever Burton puts his character, the descriptions are so accurate it's like you're really there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2014
Love the Dev Shannon character and this is my kind of read e.
I love action filled books with international intrigue.
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on April 5, 2014
My only complaint about Bullet Blues is that there is not a whole series of these novels. I have only been able to find two with the same characters, characters I really liked and enjoyed and looked forward to their next entanglement.
These books are for the light hearted who want to have fun with a very good read. Once I started I didn't want to put it down as it was a great read.

Mr Martin and Mr Burton need to write more of these books.
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on March 19, 2014
If spelling mistakes and poor editing drive you nuts then this book will annoy you. A real pity as the storyline and characters are sound. Examples of errors, faxed instead of fazed, dawn instead of don, dinning instead of dining. This seems to be a constant theme across the three books I have read. Would have given 4 stars if no errors.
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on March 1, 2014
Seems to have been edited by a 6th grader. Bad grammar. Bad spelling. Is there an editor involved?? Probably won't buy more of Martin's stuff. All that time in the boardrooms must not have required basic phonics skills. Takes away from the stories.
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on February 8, 2014
Was a very. good read. Was light and fast paced. Characters were believable and consistent as the story line developed.
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on January 4, 2014
This was a new author for me and I was not disappointed. Read the first one and bought the other two. The story went right along with no dead spots and the people were real. Will look for this author again.
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on April 4, 2013
it was well written with a believable story. the characters were just like real people down the street that you knew of but were not really acquainted with. enjoyed this story and the next! i like series
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