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Narco Moolah: A Cleo Matts Novel [Kindle Edition]

Joe Crubaugh
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Book Description

“U.S. banks laundered a trillion dollars of drug money last year. The economy depends on it.”

A heinous terrorist attack in Honolulu cuts vacation short for burned-out Trapdoor agent Cleo Matts. With the streets of Waikiki in chaos and his own agency compromised, Matts turns fugitive. Wanted dead or alive by the police, the Japanese mafia, the CIA, and Trapdoor, Matts finds an unlikely ally in Sid Bidwell, the mysterious leader of Unit R—an international clique of anarchist computer hackers.

With Bidwell’s help, Matts resolves to take down the elite powerbrokers in the fascist Ministry of Streunberg who are proceeding with a ruthless scheme to rescue the teetering empires of corrupt Wall Street billionaires—a plan that will leave urban centers decimated and lay waste to a generation of Americans.

Determined to derail the impending cataclysm, Matts journeys from Honolulu to Basra and Istanbul, plunging headlong into a global web of opium lords, CIA cleaners, billionaire media moguls, psychic spies, and Islamic militants.

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  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009Z5UI9E
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5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting read, despite the goofy title. December 17, 2012
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I read fiction for many reasons, but I read genre fiction only for entertainment. Scared, thrilled, dazed, impressed, horrified, or just plain happily whisked away from life's everyday problems--it's all entertainment to me.

NARCO MOOLAH: A CLEO MATTS NOVEL, written by Joe Crubaugh, is a quirky and highly entertaining piece of genre fiction.

My wife leaves for work at about 7:15 a.m., so I usually have my breakfast alone. Whether it's oatmeal or cold cereal or yogurt or bacon and eggs, I have my breakfast at the counter while catching up on the news on my iPad. Crubaugh's novel interrupted my routine: I read it instead of the news while eating my breakfast. I haven't done that for a while.

Good guy spy Cleo Matts is no James Bond, but he's got enough going for him to make him an interesting character. While he's a bit too silly for my taste, too much of a cut-up, he's got a didactic memory and is a natural linguist--very cool skills. He's an okay fighter, but does get his butt kicked a time or two. Ever heard of a spy who's afraid of guns? You have one here. He gets to have a couple of love interests, but don't worry, he's not settling down anytime soon.

Crubaugh keeps the novel's pace moving along admirably and takes us to foreign and exotic places most of us have never been. The scenery, natives, customs, and societies are convincingly written; I'd be shocked if the author had not been to all these places himself.

The bad guys are, well, bad, very bad, and we are introduced to new characters, both good and bad, throughout the novel, but at an acceptable pace. There are plenty of explosions, fights, chases, gun battles, and computer hackers to satisfy any action or tech junkie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, yet probing. January 2, 2013
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An engaging book with humor and thrills balanced perfectly with a compelling cast of characters.

Joe Crubaugh sets the stage for a political thriller that is sure to grip readers whose souls are focused on helping others, especially when they read about some of the events unfolding in Narco Moolah as political powers want nothing more than to destroy the less fortunate among us. I'd definitely read other titles by this author who has a wonderful way of telling a story with the written word.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Read May 9, 2013
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Packed with action that twists through many international venues, this book will surprise you even though the main character is diluted by the volume of supporting characters who are skillfully integrated yet lack breadth.
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More About the Author

Joe Crubaugh is the author of agent Cleo Matts thrillers and many intriguing articles posted on his blog at

When he's not writing about himself in the third person, Joe spends weekdays masquerading as a software consultant in the ship, plant, and offshore industry.

Joe was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama with his wife, three children, and a couple of dogs. At this very instant, he's working on the next Cleo Matts novel and sliding around the kitchen floor in his socks.


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