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Diamondback (A Tom Sloane Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

James Reasoner , Bill Crider
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A disgraced cop who's quick to kill. A truckload of dead bodies (literally). An army of violent radicals. A beautiful woman who can't be trusted. And oh, yeah . . . snakes.

Written in the 1980s for a line of men's adventure novels that was cancelled before any of the books ever saw print, DIAMONDBACK has never been available until now. This novel by acclaimed mystery author James Reasoner is full of gritty action, and its plot still resonates today. This edition includes an introduction by Bill Crider and a new afterword by the author.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 420 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Book Place (February 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MPRE9O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,863 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Texas Hero January 6, 2012
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James Reasoner's book, Diamondback, reads like a throwback to the old cop shows of the 1980s and the men's action adventure series of the 1970s. But there's a reason for that. The book was actually written back then, but the action adventure market dried up before the author could sell the book. With the advent of ebooks, he put it up for sale.

I remember haunting used book stories for books like this one while I was growing up. The racks were filled with lurid covers of strong men, half-dressed women, exotic guns, and big explosions. I had a strong appetite for those back then, and have to admit that I still have a sweet tooth for them now and again even though I've supposedly matured.

I still believe in tough guy heroes, and Tom Sloane, the hero of this novel, has all the earmarks of one. Even though this is a new character, I settled into him at once. I've seen him around a thousand times in various incarnations, even told his story myself a few dozen times, so I had an instant familiarity with Sloane and his story.

The thing that sets this book apart from several action adventure novels of the day is the Texas background. Reasoner lives in Texas and loves his state. It shows in the book, even though he doesn't mind pointing out some of the failing Texas has as well. Most of the novels back then were exotic in some fashion, rambling metropolitan places, areas of international intrigue, and the villains were people and organizations that menaced the world.

Sloane's world is smaller than that, but it's up on a big canvas. Reasoner kicks the ball into motion on the first page and doesn't really let up much.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure's a Wench February 16, 2011
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Tom Sloane is a dedicated cop, until his dedication leads him into an action that costs him his job and puts him at the wrong end of some hit men. That might sound bad enough, but it's nothing compared to what happens when he runs afoul of human traffickers and a murderous paramilitary army led by an insane mother and son. Fortunately for Sloane, he's hell on wheels with a gun or his fists, and there are a couple of lovely ladies willing to help him out of more than just the predicaments he gets into.

Men's adventure with a Texas Twist. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Action Novel May 18, 2011
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The writing is taut, the plot action-packed, the characters believable and bigger than Texas itself. You don't want to miss this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An action packed book... February 14, 2013
By jdb
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This is something like a Chuck Norris movie from the eighties. Somebody is shot, beaten up, or screwed about once per chapter. It was fun. The book was set up to be a series but never went any further. Too bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diamondback November 21, 2012
By grant
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Great read, keeps the action going ,it is hard to put down, I think any grown man would enjoy this fast mover .
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More About the Author

A lifelong Texan, Reasoner has been a professional writer for more than thirty years. In that time, he has authored several hundred novels and short stories in numerous genres. Best known for his Westerns, historical novels, and war novels, he is also the author of two mystery novels that have achieved cult classic status, Texas Wind and Dust Devils. Writing under his own name and various pseudonyms, his novels have garnered praise from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as appearing on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He lives in a small town in Texas with his wife, award-winning fellow author Livia J. Washburn.

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