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A FALSE DAWN (Sean O'Brien Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Lowe
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Book Description

Before the death of his wife, Sean O’Brien makes a promise to her that he has no plans to break until he starts building a new life in an old cabin on a remote stretch of a tropical river in the heart of Florida. It’s there that he discovers an injured young woman who whispers a cryptic message into his ear. As she fights for her life, Sean makes a promise to her, but to fulfill it he’ll have to end the vow he made to his dead wife, and he’ll have to face a criminal mind that has a tap root into his previous life. For O’Brien to begin to live a new life, he must revisit the past where a brilliant criminal mind lies waiting to write a dark future.

“A darkly suspenseful, atmospheric thriller. Absolutely relentless. I refuse to believe that this is a first novel. It’s just too damned good.”
- Steve Hamilton, Award-Winning Author of the Lock Artist

“A False Dawn makes good reading for anyone longing to stumble upon an unpublished John D. MacDonald Florida mystery.”
- Steve Glassman (Booklist)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lowe's debut offers little suspense or surprise, though well-crafted prose suggests he's capable of better. Ex-Miami homicide cop Sean O'Brien, who's retreated to a house on Florida's St. Johns River, carries the usual baggage for a reluctant hero. His wife died from cancer six months earlier, and his policeman father was shot dead in the line of duty when he was a child. O'Brien calls in the Volusia County police after discovering a severely beaten, dying young woman on the river bank. O'Brien soon finds himself attracted to one investigating officer, Det. Leslie Moore, and at odds with another, Det. Mitchell Slater, who he believes may be covering up for the killer. Predictably, the unidentified woman's slaying may be connected with an unsolved serial murder case O'Brien worked on in Miami. Suspects include some powerful locals possibly involved in sex trafficking. O'Brien could sustain a series if he's attached to less by-the-numbers story lines in the future. Author tour. (Apr.)
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From Booklist

Sean O’Brien’s lifestyle seems at first glance to be the envy of us all. Though barely on the shady side of 40, he has a riverfront cabin home on one of Florida’s (and America’s) signature wilderness waterways, the Saint John’s River. He is also proud possessor of a cabin cruiser birthed practically in the shadow of Ponce Inlet lighthouse. And if that isn’t enough, he has chick-magnet charisma, but he prefers as a companion a gator-bait dachshund by the name of Max. O’Brien is not a moneyed ne’er-do-well. He is instead a widower and a “retired” Miami homicide detective, and, according to Volusia County sheriff’s investigator, he’s a good prospect to take the fall for a string of sex murders, a situation that forces him back to crime solving. Though a bit light on the reality quotient here and there, A False Dawn makes good reading for anyone longing to stumble upon an unpublished John D. MacDonald Florida mystery. This isn’t quite that, but it will do nicely. --Steve Glassman

Product Details

  • File Size: 4522 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147013490X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kingsbridge; 2nd edition (March 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked. March 13, 2012
By Tx Rose
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Very good mystery/thriller, featuring a retired cop determined to stop a pathologically evil villain. Action and violence a-plenty, but there are enough peaceful scenes to balance. The author creates a world that involves all the reader's senses - you feel, see, smell all that is going on in the story line. I only wish the 2nd book in the series were available for Kindle! I will go to the trouble to find a paper copy, because I'm that interested in the further development of this hero.

There were some typos and minor flaws with the e-book version, but I read right over them and didn't let it bother me.
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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A False Dawn review June 11, 2009
Tom Lowe's debut novel A False Dawn is taking the world of mystery fiction by storm. I consider myself a very objective critic but I respectfully disagree with Publishers Weekly's review suggesting that there is "little suspense or surprise." When reading this novel you'll find that Lowe really did his homework. It is my opinion that all the characters he created were assigned quality traits and the story line is anything but austere. That fact is Lowe is a gifted writer; once I picked up the book it was hard to put down and I normally don't enjoy reading fiction. Lowe may lack experience, but he's certainly got no lack of talent; A False Dawn will not disappoint!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars False Dawn April 7, 2012
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Tight and compelling tale, a real page turner. With the success of this novel, however, perhaps he'll be able to hire some competent proof readers for his future endeavers. The story hums along and then you start hitting speed bumps like "conscious" vs "conscience", "laugh tract" vs "laugh track", Dan Grant becomes Dan Gant, "liminol" vs "lumimol"... - to name a few. All is rectified in The Butterfly Forest though!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars false dawn January 24, 2013
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unoriginal story, written in a rush and poorly edited : the right to BARE arms ? to VACANT the premises ? to be ADAPT at profanities ?
No talent there, just application of the principles learnt at "Book Writing 101"

This is the second book I have read by this author and my last.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story but ruined November 18, 2012
By Bazza
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Dreadfully written - at a guess dictated to somebody with poor literacy skills, and not proof-read. Not just spelling mistakes, but sometimes completely the wrong word used and bad syntax thrown in.
A pity because the story would have been interesting but the errors kept interrupting the flow of the story and became extremely irritating and causing loss of concentration. Unfortunately the bonus first chapter of the next book included similar errors, so will not be ordered.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A False Dawn April 21, 2009
The unexpected twists and turns in Lowe's first crime novel, A False Dawn, are indeed reminiscent of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee series. But then the scene shifts and the plot delves into a Florida Noir nightmare of terrifyingly plausible acts of human trafficking, sexual slavery and body part harvesting. The likeable, widowed, former homicide detective Sean O'Brien, reluctantly tackles some of the most twisted, yet believable evil doers imaginable.

With his appealing daschund sidekick, Max, at his side, O'Brien relentlessly unravels the case of a lifetime, bringing him back from a long period of mourning to new dawn.

Margot Gould, Librarian
Cocoa Beach Public Library
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story; Incredibly horrible proofreading September 28, 2012
By bdubya
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I'm in the middle of this book and it has definitely kept my attention. But, I just can't believe the grammatical and spelling errors. The more I come across, the less I'm enjoying the read. Would suggest this author have the book re-edited and release a cleaner version.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Kindle Book ever... February 4, 2013
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This was without a doubt, the worst digital book I have ever purchased. There didn't seem to be a paragraph that didn't have a typo, wrong word or mispelling. Whether or not the story was any good, it was almost impossible to read the book and enjoy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice read
Loved it and I've already started on The 24th Letter:)
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The first in the Sean O'Brien series and the one that got me hooked.
Published 2 days ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT AUTHOR !!
Very well written. Unpredictable.
Published 2 days ago by Consejero
5.0 out of 5 stars Very compelling, but....
I greatly enjoyed the book, this is the second Sean O'Brien book I've read and they're really good. However, the one thing that bothered me with the book was the editing. Read more
Published 2 days ago by B. Dungey
4.0 out of 5 stars Not in order....
I have read several of these, I wish I had read them in order! This gives all the back ground needed for the others I love this series... Just read them in order!
Published 3 days ago by C. Eutsler
3.0 out of 5 stars Good characterizations.
Plot is too predictable. Ending is disappointing and unrealistic. Characterizations and settings are good. Average mystery but kept me reading.
Published 7 days ago by Nodnyl
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Hard to put down.
Really enjoyed this thrilling mystery. His characters are well drawn, and the beauty of natural settings described so one can really visualize them. A thoroughly engrossing read. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Priscilla141
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very enjoyable!
Published 17 days ago by Rhonda L. Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars I read book four first
simply, the books are good simple reads. The author is not a Clancy or a Ludlum but the adventure is fun. now the bad part. Read more
Published 18 days ago by nealsong
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible first book
Author's usually get better the longer they write. Tom Lowe has no place to go but down, because this book was fantastic. This is one of the best first books I've ever read.
Published 28 days ago by Bill Swann
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More About the Author

Tom Lowe's latest mystery/thriller novel is BLOOD OF CAIN. It marks the fifth book in the Sean O'Brien series.

A FALSE DAWN was Tom's first published novel. It was followed by THE 24TH LETTER. The third book in the series was THE BUTTERFLY FOREST. The fourth book released was THE BLACK BULLET.

The next book to be published featuring Sean O'Brien is BLACK RIVER. It will be released in 2014. A stand-alone novel, DESTINY, will be released in 2014.

Tom is an award-winning documentary writer/director whose films air nationwide on PBS. As he writes his books, Tom draws from his travels around the world and his background as a print and broadcast journalist. Tom is a sailor and SCUBA diver. He lives in Florida.

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