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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: TotalRecall Publications, Inc.; First Edition edition (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590958276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590958278
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,486,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Advance Praise for Child Finder

VERDICT:
This compelling debut novel, the first in a trilogy, features a memorable protagonist who is a combination of devoted father and mystic.
For fans of supernatural thrillers and those who enjoy the TV show Medium, this is a real find.
The author is a retired U.S. Air Force agent whose real-life experiences inspired this novel.
[Coming in 2010 are the second and third novels in the trilogy, Child Finder: Resurrection and Child Finder: Revelation. Ed.]
--Library Journal 6/1/2009

Slick....Mike has done a terrific job of transitioning from running counterintelligence operations and writing reports to creative fiction....his passion for writing coupled with years of experience in law enforcement has produced a wonderful read for mystery enthusiasts!
--Dick Law, Colonel, USAF (Retired),
Managing Editor, Global Alliance Magazine
Former Vice Commander, OSI

Child Finder is a gripping, intriguing, rare and accurate look into the U.S. Intelligence Community. Angley uses his long government career to weave a believable fiction tale that is as current as today s news.
--Gerald E. Pratt,
Operations Officer, National Security Agency (Retired)

Mike has created a page turner I didn't want to put down with a plot twist I never saw coming! Angley s imagination combined with his in-depth knowledge of the OSI, Interagency, and military working environments quickly and realistically took me back to my time at the Pentagon in the Fall of 2001. Can t wait for the next books in the series to see what exploits are in store for USAF OSI Agent Patrick O'Donnell and his extraordinary gift!
--Jack Holt

Action Officer, Joint Staff USAF (Retired)

I loved this book! This is a book for anyone who loves political suspense, secret government agencies, and uniquely gifted heroes! A former Military Intelligence Officer, the author s background adds credibility to this fascinating look into covert operations. But just because he knows what he is talking about does not mean he can tell a good story or especially write one! Luckily for those of us who love secret undercover organizations, paranormal stories, and great intriguing suspense filled tales, Mike Angley has it all together. I can t wait to read the next two books in the series!
----Stephanie Boyd,
Armchair Interviews


VERDICT:
This compelling debut novel, the first in a trilogy, features a memorable protagonist who is a combination of devoted father and mystic. For fans of supernatural thrillers and those who enjoy the TV show Medium, this is a real find.
The author is a retired U.S. Air Force agent whose real-life experiences inspired this novel.
[Coming in 2010 are the second and third novels in the trilogy, Child Finder: Resurrection and Child Finder: Revelation. Ed.] ----Library Journal 6/1/2009

Child Finder is a gripping, intriguing, rare and accurate look into the U.S. Intelligence Community. Angley uses his long government career to weave a believable fiction tale that is as current as today s news.
Gerald E. Pratt,
Operations Officer, National Security Agency (Retired)
--Gerald E. Pratt, Operations Officer, National Security Agency (Retired)

About the Author

Colonel Michael Mike Angley, USAF (ret) enjoyed a rewarding 25-year career as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI). He is a seasoned criminal investigator and a counterintelligence and counterterrorism specialist. He received extensive training in Undercover Operations and Informant Management, and early in his career performed undercover work for the Air Force. Mike explains how this background has shaped his writing:

Child Finder gets its inspiration from my life s experiences. In particular, every single crime I investigated involving child victims literally broke my heart. The Child Finder Trilogy in some respects has given me an outlet to express that emotion, while weaving a few intriguing suspense tales along the way!


More About the Author

Mike Angley is the multi award-winning author of the Child Finder Trilogy. He retired as a Colonel from the Air Force in 2007 following a 25-year career as a Special Agent with the Office of Special Investigations (OSI). He held 13 different assignments throughout the world, among which were five tours as a Commander of various units, to include two Air Force Squadrons and a Wing. He is a seasoned criminal investigator and a counterintelligence and counterterrorism specialist. In his last assignment, he was Commander of OSI Region 8 with responsibility for all of Air Force Space Command. Among other things, he was the chief architect of all space-related counterintelligence programs where he exercised responsibility over anything entering or exiting the Earth's atmosphere. Much of what he experienced in those heady, esoteric days, to include what he calls "sexy technology," informed his writing and inspired his trilogy.

His debut novel, Child Finder, received the Silver Medal for Fiction in the 2009 Military Writers Society of America's (MWSA) Annual Awards program. When it debuted in June 2009, it earned placement on Library Journal's Summer Reads List. His second novel, Child Finder: Resurrection, received a fiction award in the 2010 Annual Awards Contest of the Public Safety Writers Association, and it also won a Silver Medal for Fiction from the MWSA in the 2010 Annual Awards Program!

Mike writes thrillers with a paranormal twist. His protagonist is a man whose deep faith guides him through his page-turning perils. The Child Finder Trilogy is a hot thriller series with a light, somewhat edgy spiritual theme...it is not typical Christian fiction. But fans of that genre as well as suspense and thriller enthusiasts thoroughly enjoy it!

About his military career: Following the 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia, Angley was dispatched to command all OSI units throughout the Middle East, with responsibility for 23 countries. During his tenure, he and his teams effectively neutralized numerous terrorist threats to U.S. forces in the region, to include an imminent threat to senior Department of Defense officials. In 2004, he commanded all OSI units in South Korea where he and his teams countered a classified target in Seoul. For his efforts, the President of South Korea presented him with a Presidential Citation and medal, and the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) Commissioner decorated him with the KNPA Medal of Cooperation.

Earlier, while commanding an OSI unit in northern Japan, Angley conducted an operation that effectively blocked a KGB agent's efforts to steal critical U.S. technology, and thereby stymied Soviet military advances for years. In 1999, he was the Chief of counterintelligence within the Directorate of Intelligence, U.S. Strategic Command. His office competed for the prestigious Killian Award, a White House level honor that annually recognizes the very best intelligence unit in the entire U.S. government. His unit came in as first runner-up for this significant honor.

Michael Angley has an M.A. in National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, and a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Psychology from King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA. In 2001, he served as a National Defense Fellow and Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Florida International University, Miami, FL.

Mike and Evelyn, his wife of 25 years, make their home in Colorado Springs, CO. They have three children, and they can usually be found chasing their rambunctious beagle, Brynn.

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I look forward to the follow-up in the series.
John M. Wills
Like most people said, "I couldn't put it down, when I started reading it." It was a very good book and I'm glad to see, that there are more from Mike.
Tazmiamor
Fast paced action with an excellent twist at the end.
Bob Doerr

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on May 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Child Finder is the first book of a new suspense thriller series featuring Air Force Special Agent Patrick O'Donnell.

Patrick discovers he has a psychic gift as he begins to experience very vivid and sensory detailed dreams about children that are missing. Not wanting to risk his military career he approaches a trusted former commander who is rumored to run a Top Secret program that includes anything in the paranormal realm. Patrick is quickly pulled into the program and proves he can locate these missing children under the right conditions. But Patrick is worried about how the program is affecting his family life and he is also very concerned about some of the government's methods to ensure this program remains a secret. Murderers are being caught-but are innocent people's rights also being violated?

I loved this book! A former Military Intelligence Officer, the author's background adds credibility to this fascinating look into covert operations. But just because he knows what he is talking about doesn't mean he can tell a good story or especially write one! Luckily for those of us who love secret undercover organizations, paranormal stories, and great intriguing suspense filled tales, Mike Angley has it all together.

Patrick is a remarkable character, honorable, moral, patriotic, and a devoted Catholic. It does not matter what your religious beliefs are, Patrick's conflict between his religious beliefs and his psychic gift makes for a fascinating contrast. You'll but love the character of this dedicated and truly caring man. I would not say this is a "Christian book" as that puts limitations on it that are not really valid.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on June 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
An absolute number one summer read!!This book should come with the WARNING:Once you meet Patrick O'Donnell and his family and travel with him through his suspenseful work you will be captivated! I could not set this one down! An exciting, easy read that was over all too soon....anxiously awaiting Child Finder:Resurrection so I can continue this wonderful escape into a reading pleasure! One can identify easily with the characters even through the government's interwining suspense and intrigue. My advice is pick it up, you won't want to put it down, and most importantly you won't be disappointed...bonus is the opportunity you will now have to be able to participate in the conversations of what everyone will soon be talking about...let the trilogy begin...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John M. Wills on June 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Child Finder is a gripping tale that combines the psychic world with the oft-times political world in which law enforcement agencies battle over turf at the expense of innocents. Angley's ability to give the reader a behind the scenes look at what happens behind closed government doors is an eye opener. His character development is superb, from the protagonist to the most obscure bit player. I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller. He had me on the edge of my seat at several junctures, causing me to read on and on. I look forward to the follow-up in the series.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John D. Pope on July 31, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading Child Finder and found it to be a riveting first novel. The first in a trilogy, this book held my attention and toward the end I was really getting concerned that it would not have a break point that would satisfy me, leaving me frustrated waiting for the next volume. However, Mr Angley masterfully wove the story to a point that simultaneously left me satisfied but thoroughly tantalized and waiting for the next volume.
If you want to see an author just beginning his way up, this is an excellent bet.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Moran on June 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I received a tip about Mike Angley's new book Child Finder. I contacted the Author and received a signed and numbered book.

I started reading and could not put it down! Thrilling, entertaining, and mistery are all built into this story. I was not be dissipointed. If anything I was amazed at how quick it caught me and didn't let go.

I am on the look out for the next release. It was a thrill ride from the beginning and I expect the ride to continue.
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By Tazmiamor on August 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Great book!!! Like most people said, "I couldn't put it down, when I started reading it." It was a very good book and I'm glad to see, that there are more from Mike. I first met him, when I was working at Borders (Chapel Hills) and he was in to sign his books for those who purchased them. Well, I bought one, he signed it and we took a picture together (with me in my cafe uniform). Anyway, very nice guy and great writer. Hope to see him again at another book signing!
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By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Enjoyed the book very much. It moved at a nice pace and kept my interest peaked. Made me want to keep reading. Have not read the rest of the trilogy yet but will be next on the list. A very good read!
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By Beary on May 11, 2012
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This is the first book that I have paid more than $5 for and I don't regret it. The story is very interesting! I read all three titles in this trilogy in 2 days. I couldn't put them down. They are great books with mystery, a little of the paranormal, and action. I don't think anyone who buys them would be disappointed.
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