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The Devil's Pitchfork (Derek Stillwater thrillers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Terry
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Book Description

It is called Chimera M13.

It is the most dangerous biological weapon on the planet.

It is locked away in a vault.

Terrorists calling themselves The Fallen Angels steal it.

They intend to use it.

Only one man stands between The Fallen Angels and Armageddon.

Dr. Derek Stillwater, troubleshooter for the Department of Homeland Security is that man.

All hell is about to break loose...

Editorial Reviews


"A thrill ride in novel form, The Devil's Pitchfork is hands down one of the most gripping novels you'll read this year."


"A thrill ride in novel form, The Devil's Pitchfork is hands down one of the most gripping novels you'll read this year."

Product Details

  • File Size: 633 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B006NTV40M
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: OROX Books; Electronic 1 edition (May 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003LSTW3E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Moving, Action Packed July 27, 2012
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With The Devil's Pitchfork, author Mark Terry hits the ground running. The book opens during Iraq I, with the protagonist using laser guidance to target an air strike on an Iraqi weapons depot which contains chemical/biological weapons.

The story then moves to a bio lab near Baltimore where a group has overcome security and stolen a genetically created Bio weapon. Enter Derek Stillwater now a trouble shooter for Homeland Security and an expert on Bio weapons. Now the chase is on, and as the reader learns early on, the primary suspect is a former colleague of Stillwater's from his days in the army.

Very quick paced as the whole story takes place over just a couple of days, with a lot of bodies piling up.

Stillwater is unlike any thriller genre `hero' you have ever read about. Prior to the big action, he experiences panic attacks and gets physically ill. Writers in the thriller genre have a lot of competition and, for the most part, over worked plots. Kudos to the author who can make his characters stand out from the crowd. Mark Terry does that with Stillwater and his affliction.

On the negative side, while I am a fan of action thrillers, there is a point where there is too much action. As the story develops, this book has a cliff hanger at the end of every chapter. They involve different characters, but it still became annoying after a bit. But, that's just the way I look at it, your mileage may vary. Also, as with so many of the self published Ebooks, this one was in dire need of an editor. Twice, on the same page, Terry called his protag., Stillwater, Clearwater. How can an author do that?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great ride! December 10, 2006
I love a good techno-thriller, and I'm thrilled (pun intended) that there's a new writer who can match the talents of all my favorites. Terry obviously has in-depth knowledge of chemical-biological warfare, and he has us believing that the scenario in Pitchfork is real possibility. The hero, Derek Stillwater, is a step above other thriller heros because he has a human side, not the perfect world saving robot that other authors use. I highly recommend this book to any thriller fan. You may never open a can of Coke again!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action, Mystery, Great characters October 26, 2006
I loved this book! I was hooked from the start. There's a lot of action and also a lot of mystery. The thing that sets this book apart from others is that there is always a surprise waiting around the corner.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a great biological techno-thriller. April 1, 2010
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It deserves four and a half stars. I can't give it five, because it has two instances of an important character's last name showing up with the wrong first name, and I find that annoying. It means the author was writing at high speed, and the editor was not doing his or her job very well. The plot was good and kept me wanting to keep reading instead of turning in for the night. The characters were a wee bit thin, but the good guys were clearly good, and you hated the bad guys. I'll be buying and reading the rest of Mr. Terry's output, and if you like suspenseful techno-thrillers, I can recommend The Devil's Pitchfork to you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is the first book in the series that I've read. The action is non-stop and unfortunately, the plot is all too realistic. It would make a good story for an action movie. The ending was predictable, but that's what you get with a series. My only criticism is the poor editing job someone did. If not for that, I would have given it a 5 star rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced Action December 17, 2013
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THE DEVIL'S PITCHFORK is an action-packed thriller that delves into bio-terrorism. Although some of the occurrences are somewhat far-fetched, the over-all plot crisis is rather sobering.

The best part of the book was the protagonist, Derek Stillwater. A retired Army colonel now working for the Department of Homeland Security, he is a good but flawed man. Unlike in many thrillers, he is not superman, able to take out 20 enemy agents without even mussing up his hair. His main attributes are a native intelligence and a dogged determination to succeed. Without going into spoiler detail, in once instance, when faced with a dire situation, he was able to get out of it by not only a clever move, but an extremely reasonable and realistic one.

The weaknesses of the novel did detract somewhat, though, from the overall enjoyment. Editing was not too bad, but not great. For example, in a span of about 500 words, the country and the people of the Philippines were written in three different ways, all three being misspelled. The military aspects of the book were weak, to be blunt. Given the time frame of the book, military equipment and weapons were often anachronistic with things no longer in use. The entire "feel" of the military was off. Another example was when Derek, a retired colonel, kept referring to a lieutenant colonel as "sir," and the lieutenant colonel kept referring to him as "doctor." That just wouldn't happen. "Colonel," retired or not, trumps both lieutenant colonels and Ph.D. doctors.

Given the author's educational background, I was more disturbed by some issues with microbiology.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Exciting and fast paced, looking forward to more books from Mark Terry . . . . . . . .
Published 1 month ago by FranciscoB
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Mark Terry's first thriller featuring bioterrorism expert and "troubleshooter" Derek Stillwater is an engaging, fast-moving, and entertaining read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J.D. Rhoades
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a deep breath and fasten your seat belt before you start reading.
The action starts on the first page and doesn't end till the Epilogue. A madman bent on killing off the majority of the human race to start the world over and a troubleshooter for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carol Lanter
5.0 out of 5 stars Derek Stillwater thriler
Last week we were under the cover of snow and ice, unable to go out, I was looking for a good book and was lucky enough to discover Mark Terry's Derek Stillwater thrillers! Read more
Published 5 months ago by ZiZi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
Finished reading this last night and really enjoyed it. Great cast of characters and an interesting plot. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Anna Dobritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good series of books
We have read the entire series of Derek Stillwater books and have enjoyed them all. I would recommend reading them in order but if you don't have them all they still are good books... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Donna
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Fairly fast paced, but predictable ending. This was worth the time however. A book that can grab you from the beginning and keep your interest.
Published 15 months ago by PBMaxx
5.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Pitchfork
What a great read! I am hooked on Derek Stillwater novels. The author, Mark Terry, grabs you at the start, and, by the end, you don't want him to let go. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ann Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
The characters were believable; the dialog solid; the plot fairly exciting, and the pace was good. Clearly a lot of research was done by the author on containment protocols and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by T. Lamont
3.0 out of 5 stars The Devil's Pitchfork
I have not completed this book and have read at least 7 other books. But this book is about a virus, and it reminds me of a movie I saw before. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Thankful
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Mark Terry is the author of the Derek Stillwater thrillers, THE DEVIL'S PITCHFORK, THE SERPENT'S KISS, and THE FALLEN, as well as several standalone thrillers, including DIRTY DEEDS, CATFISH GURU, and DANCING IN THE DARK. Born in Flint, Michigan in 1964, he graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in microbiology and public health, which has informed his Derek Stillwater thrillers and other fiction. After spending 18 years working in clinical genetics, he turned to writing full time. When not writing or reading, Mark Terry is a gym rat, lifting weights, biking, running, kayaking, studying Sanchin-Ryu karate, and playing the guitar. Otherwise he spends his time with his wife and two sons in Michigan.

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