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Lost Girls (The Cellar Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Mayer
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West Point Graduate, former Green Beret and NY Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Bob Mayer

Over four million books sold. Translated into over a dozen languages.

Praise for Lost Girls: “ . . .delivers top-notch action and adventure, creating a full cast of lethal operatives armed with all the latest weaponry. Excellent writing and well-drawn, appealing characters help make this another taut, crackling read.” Publishers Weekly

This terrific follow-up to Bodyguard of Lies continues to track the Cellar, a government organization whose task is to police rogue agents in the CIA, FBI and other U.S. bureaus. Maj. Jack Gant is called in from his South Carolina island home to oversee an investigation involving the abduction of Emily Cranston, daughter of Fort Bragg Special Warfare Center commander Col. Samuel Cranston. The motive for the abduction is revenge, and the perpetrators have been highly trained in how to carry it out—by the U.S. government. As related crimes pile up, Mayer delivers top-notch action and adventure, creating a full cast of lethal operatives armed with all the latest weaponry. Excellent writing and well-drawn, appealing characters help make this another taut, crackling read from Mayer. (Aug.)

Considered for option by Smokehouse, George Clooney’s production company.

Who polices the world of covert operations? Enter the Cellar, the most secret spy organization hiding deep within the United States.

Deep in the forests of Kentucky, a girl is held captive.

In Oklahoma, a young preschool teacher is murdered in front of her students.

In the Panhandle of Florida, a college undergrad is kidnapped from a nightclub.

These seemingly unrelated crimes catch the eye of the Cellar, the ultrasecret cell of operatives set up to police all other government agencies. Cellar operatives Gant and Neeley, along with profiler Susan Golden, must track down those responsible. But these are not ordinary criminals. They are a highly trained Special Forces sniper team. Crisscrossing the United States as new Cellar head Hannah Masterson calls the shots from up high, the Cellar operatives soon find themselves being targeted. Whoever is behind this knows the ultra top-secret Cellar's tactics all to well.

Underneath this web of death, deceit, and revenge lies an even more shocking crime . . . a conspiracy that powerful men will sacrifice their lives -- and the lives of their families -- to protect.

Check out Bob Mayer's newest series: Nightstalkers where the Cellar makes an appearance.

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About the Author

Bob Mayer is a West Point Graduate, Former Green Beret, CEO of Cool Gus Publishing and a NY Times Bestselling Author. He has had over 50 books published. He has sold over four million books, and is in demand as a team-building, life-changing, and leadership speaker and consultant for his Who Dares Wins: The Green Beret Way concept, which he translated into Write It Forward: a holistic program teaching writers how to be authors. He is also the Co-Creator of Cool Gus Publishing, which does both eBooks and Print On Demand, so he has experience in both traditional and non-traditional publishing. His books have hit the NY Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and numerous other bestseller lists. His book The Jefferson Allegiance, was released independently and reached #2 overall in sales on Nook. Bob Mayer grew up in the Bronx. After high school, he entered West Point where he learned about the history of our military and our country. During his four years at the Academy and later in the Infantry, Mayer questioned the idea of "mission over men." When he volunteered and passed selection for the Special Forces as a Green Beret, he felt more at ease where the men were more important than the mission. Mayer's obsession with mythology and his vast knowledge of the military and Special Forces, mixed with his strong desire to learn from history, is the foundation for his science fiction series Atlantis, Area 51 and Psychic Warrior. Mayer is a master at blending elements of truth into all of his thrillers, leaving the reader questioning what is real and what isn't. He took this same passion and created thrillers based in fact and riddled with possibilities. His unique background in the Special Forces gives the reader a sense of authenticity and creates a reality that makes the reader wonder where fact ends and fiction begins. In his historical fiction novels, Mayer blends actual events with fictional characters. He doesn't change history, but instead changes how history came into being. Mayer's military background, coupled with his deep desire to understand the past and how it affects our future, gives his writing a rich flavor not to be missed.

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  • File Size: 4659 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing (August 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,528 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really great novel ... needs a proof-reader. July 22, 2011
By CC10
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This is my first exposure to Bob Mayer ... and I am now a fan!

This ebook surprised me with the strong story and just enough technical details to keep me interested without entering the domain of Clancy level technical minutiae. I loved the characters and the character development. But, the plot and developing story line is what kept me glued to my Kindle for hours on end.

I'm absolutely hooked on this author now and will read everything he's written.

The only negative, and I believe it's a significant one, is the need for a proof reader. I could barely go a few pages without coming across missing or mis-used words. No spelling errors (so spell check must work:-)), but the need for human review is obvious as you find the wrong use of "too" vs "to", "of" vs "off", missing words, and mis-used words. It became really distracting in the second half of the novel.

Please, Mr. Mayer, pay someone to proof-read your work in the future. (This is a 5-star book without these careless errors.)
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - Poor editing August 23, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed the content of this book but was constantly distracted by the numerous (over 50) editing errors I found - extra or missing words, improper tenses, extraneous character names, misspellings etc. Over the past two years I have read over 120 kindle books, both fiction and non-fiction, and have yet to read a book without editing errors but the average is around 5 per book. I thought this book had excessive errors that should have been corrected before its release in digital format. This is the first book I have read by this author and I look forward to reading more of his work when I can be assured that the editing has improved - kind of like reading high school essays before we had spell and grammar check.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing October 24, 2011
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Having first been introduced to Bob Mayer through The Line, I had high expectations for this book. To be succinct, I was disappointed. As one reviewer noted there were many, many editing errors - which was distracting. More than that, the story was very convoluted. It started good, but Mayer wove another aspect, upon another aspect, upon yet another aspect. Instead of making the story richer, it only made it more confusing.

The characters were two dimensional. And there were a lot of background characters that did not enrich this story, but only added to the confusion, making much of the story seem contrived.

It's possible Lost Girls would have been better had I read Bodyguard of Lies first, but I doubt it.

The only reason this wasn't 1 star is because the story was action-packed and written well enough to make me wonder what was coming next. It was fast-paced and gripping. Mayer could have focused on the main characters, introduced more aspects of the conspirators sooner, and thereby stream-lining the story and it would have been better.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great read October 21, 2011
By ilbob
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I enjoyed the story. As some other reviewers noted, there are a fair number of editing mistakes. But, not so many that they ruined the story for me. Just minor annoyances here and there. There are some oddly placed hyphens here and there, including line break hyphens in the middle of the words "writte-n" and "bri-ef" on the copyright page. I am guessing these are artifacts from some kind of conversion program.

This is book 2 of the Black Ops series. It focuses on John Gant, brother of Anthony Gant who died in book 1 from cancer. The first book focused on Neeley, Anthony Gant's lover and student, and Hannah, wife of a former cellar operative as they try to protect themselves from assassins as they run around trying to solve a mystery.

Hannah (believe it or not) has taken over as the new head of "The Cellar", kind of a star chamber for covert ops types. It really stretches the imagination that someone with no experience would be chosen for such a role. But Hannah is very much a bit player in this volume, so the reader does not have to dwell on that a whole lot, probably a good choice by the author. No amount of logic can make that choice reasonable. Better not to waste a lot of time trying.

This volume is about John Gant's efforts to investigate some mysterious crimes with the help of a psychologist who has been studying special ops soldiers and profiling them in an attempt to improve selection means. Eventually he finds that some special ops soldiers thought long dead are behind the crimes. Later he finds the crimes extend up the food chain and has to deal with that problem as well.

Like the first book, you really just have to suspend belief to enjoy the story. If you want it to be Clancy-like and have everything be plausible, you will be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cellar series, "Lost Girls" February 10, 2013
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This was the second book I have read written by Mr. Mayer. I breezed through it. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Much like the first book of his I read "Bodyguard of Lies" in the "Cellar Series" it was full of suspense and excitement. I found the author's style and military background brought everything together. Much like WEB Griffin, it seems the fact that the author has done his homework. He also understands what the characters are going through or their mindset based on the fact he was a Special Forces Operator himself. Mr. Mayer also attended the Military Academy off the Hudson. I enjoy books where the Authors do their homework or are writing about things they know intimately because they have been there and done that. I recommend this Author to anyone who is a fan of WEB Griffin. You will get the same sense of knowing the characters. You feel as if you knew them. You will openly laugh out loud, feel a range of emotions based on what the characters are dealing with. At the end of the book(s), especially those from a series and immediately do a Google search for the release date of the next book in the series. I am in that situation right now. I thought I would stop by and leave a review first.

I did find several grammatical errors in the book version I read. I use Kindle. I also noted an error in the name of the Colonel at the end of the book where they were heading back on the aircraft. The Colonel's name was Cranston, yet, for some reason the name of Nero's replacement was used. Calling him Colonel Masterson instead of Cranston. Although those errors did break the flow, they were far and few between. As a former member of the same unit as the Author C-2-10, I will be suggesting this author to all of my friends and book clubs I am a member of.

I have found a back-up author. I normally read WEB Griffin's books. Now, I no longer have to wait for his next release date. I can simply jump to Bob Mayer's list of books.
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Really enjoy this series
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Enjoyed very much, held my interest.
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Good reading book, looking for #3
Published 20 days ago by Paul M Novak
5.0 out of 5 stars If The Cellar doesn't exist, it should!
In the two books of the "Cellar" series, Bob Mayer has created an agency that, if it doesn't really exist, it should. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard D. Haas
4.0 out of 5 stars great and fast read
it is non stop action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
for me a real page turner as have been all of the books by bob mayer
Published 1 month ago by packrat
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Fast-paced, good characters, and lots of plot twists. Almost got too cute on the twists but overall great book. Will look for others.
Published 1 month ago by Jeri E
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
It really captured my attention. Enjoyed reading it.
Makes you wonder,if there is a Cellar in our government. Hard to put book down.
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen King
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced
I never read "The Cellar Book 1", but that didn't stop me from liking this book. A missing girl has been found dead, and another girl has been kidnapped. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mother of 9
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I enjoyed the book and seeing how the characters moved into this 2nd book. I think maybe I liked the 1st book better but not by a lot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by FredBeMe
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Bob Mayer is a NY Times Bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret (including commanding an A-Team) and the feeder of two Yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He's had over 60 books published including the #1 series Area 51, Atlantis and The Green Berets. Born in the Bronx, having traveled the world (usually not tourist spots), he now lives peacefully with his wife, and said labs, at Write on the River, TN.

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