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Martin McPhillips lives in New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449541887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449541880
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,419,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't wait for this author's next novel.
Mark Butterworth
Some interesting thoughts about the morality and law (or lack thereof) in dealing with terrorism are deeply entwined with the story.
Steven M. Lord
What starts out as a seemingly simple detective story unfolds into a well-crafted tale of murder, intrigue and terrorism.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Francis W. Porretto on September 3, 2010
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Many fiction writers claim to write for the sheer pleasure of it. Some claim they only write for the revenue -- "to buy groceries," as the late Robert A. Heinlein put it. But all of us, without exception, write to be read. Anyone who claims otherwise deserves no more of your time.

Thus, it is both heartbreaking and wildly exciting to encounter a self-published writer who deserves to be widely read, and to have a hand in publicizing his achievement:

"Can you tell me anything, Professor," Ryan asked, "about rogue KGB factions surviving the Soviet collapse?
"I can tell you two things," Wolfe said. "First, the KGB was for a long time in business for itself, before the collapse. Second, the KGB knew for twenty years that the collapse was coming and had long prepared for the transition to, what should I call it, the private sector."
"Where do they operate out of?" Ryan asked.
"Everywhere," Wolfe said. "They were everywhere and they stayed everywhere. Finding work is easy for them. When they can't find work, they make work. The cells are now autonomous, but they of course know each other. It's a brotherhood, a network. Dying out in some places, getting stronger in others, especially in the homeland."
"Russia?" Ryan asked.
"Yes, indeed. Look who's in charge there."

And a bit later in the same exchange:

"Have you pressed your case or published anything about this?" Ryan asked.
"If I did that," Wolfe said, "I would be pigeonholed as a Cold War obsessive."
"But it's your area of expertise," Ryan said.
"Ironies abound," Wolfe said. "I am the expert until I offer my conclusions. Then I'm still fighting the Cold War.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Butterworth on March 3, 2012
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The older I get, the more I tire of action/adventure thrillers, and yet McPhillips' Corpse in Armor grabbed me from the start and wouldn't let go. I could hardly put it down. It made me lose sleep for staying up and having to read just one more chapter; and then just one more.

The difference between this and Clancy, Vince Flynn, and Brad Thor type novels is that this feels more intelligent. It is vastly less expository, lacking long passages about weapons, calibers, feet per second, or how anything military works and the training involved. McPhillips wastes no time on filler or extraneous detail in order to pad the pages. He throws you in the back seat of his flying car and you're off.

The novel has numerous passing observations about society, civilization, corruption, and the moral order in no way didactic, but satisfying as when Mara Rains notes how the thing that most troubled her about people and daily life was the ambient noise of general corruption permeating things day to day, and that seemed most of what was wrong with the world, that endlessly frustrating encounter with stupidly self-absorbed, self-interested people with their active cupidity and indifference to the Good. She thought that was the error in our times until she was face to face with unalloyed, rational and yet insane evil.

The kind of evil that snatches children, outfits them as suicide bombers and sends them off to die blowing up innocent passersby; the kind of evil that takes glee in the destruction of a good moral order in order to enslave others in their will to power; the kind of pyschopathic and malignant narcissism we see in the radical Left and traitorous moles who infiltrate government, work for foreign agencies and nations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda Morgan on March 27, 2010
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If she hadn't been so meticulous an attorney and so protective of her client, Mara Rains might never have learned about her intended role as an incidental dupe in a mind-boggling terrorist plot. She'd almost certainly have become one of its hundreds of thousands of victims.

Instead, her unwitting threat to the deep cover of a conspirator marks both herself and the security people protecting her client for immediate dispatch -- before they can stumble onto and get in the way of the nefarious plans. The race is on, the hits keep coming and Mara's life is changed forever.

Soon this person for whom the law had been life and livelihood tells us: "I had been for days in the middle of a survival exercise so outside of the law that it was now just the raw state of nature itself with no structure but right and wrong... Things like warrants and due process were like lighting a match in the dark and inviting the enemy to blow your brains out."

She and the people who save her life - and use her talents to help save others - do what they have to do. It certainly takes everything they can do, which, fortunately for a blissfully oblivious America, is quite a lot.

To cut to the chase, this book is fantastic! Mr. McPhillips has drawn his characters in such a way that they assume distinct and memorable faces, demeanors and voices in your mind, most likely giving you, like me, pretty firm ideas about casting for the movie version that should be made. His plot quite excitingly spins along much farther and faster than you foresee, but - as is unfortunately not the case in way too many other authors' thrillers - at a plausible pace that fits the timeframe and minds the laws of physics.
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