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The October Five (A Military Murder Mystery of Crime and Suspense) [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Fincham
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Book Description

A Plumber, an Electrician, a Caretaker, a Locksmith, and a Butcher.

What do these men have in common?


Veteran Detective Karl Whaler is thrown into an investigation that may be the strangest and most dangerous of his career, involving the brutal murder of a young man. Unknown to him, five individuals have secretly met in a room for decades. When another victim is found, Whaler is forced to make a decision that will change his life forever.


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About the Author

THOMAS FINCHAM holds a graduate degree in Economics.  His travels throughout the world have given him an appreciation for other cultures and beliefs.  He has lived in Africa, Asia, and North America. An avid reader of mysteries and thrillers, he decided to give writing a try.  Several novels later, he can honestly say he has found his calling.  He is married and lives in a hundred-year-old house.  He is the author of THE PAPERBOYS CLUB, THE OCTOBER FIVE, THE BLUE HORNET, KILLING THEM GENTLY, and the HYDER ALI SERIES.

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  • File Size: 880 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HO5XMA
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Mystery Thriller March 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Qureshi's second book, this is a dark murder mystery with a compelling buddy-theme to it. Carefully plotted and filled with interesting characters the plot moves along smoothly and leads in unexpected direction at it's climax. Definitely more sombre than his first novel but still shows strong glimpses of Qureshi's brilliant humour.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By FHG
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was not pleased with this novel. Qureshi really missed the mark with this particular story. The plot was lacking and never really seemed to come together. The protagonists were weak and not very believable. The antagonist seemed to have been an add in at the end of the story. I really did not enjoy the flashback sequences, they brought nothing to the story. The novel description make it sound like the story would take you on an enjoyable ride, yet fell flat on all fronts. Do not bother with this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully boring February 7, 2012
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I tried to hang in with this book because of the other reviews, but after reading 30% of this tedious story, I gave up. Good writing pulls you in to the story to partake in the images and feelings, but this book fails to fascinate. The characters are flat and uninteresting, and the text is filled with stupid details that I suppose are meant to give the characters personality, except that they don't. In addition, clumsy misspellings and repetitive sentence structure contribute to this fiction's failure. I wanted to like it; I just couldn't.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The October Five-Star that is... November 6, 2011
By EXA
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading Qureshi's RACE and The Paperboys Club I decided to read The October Five. Well, i'm sure glad I did, because like the title, its definately a five out of five. The concept is fresh and original, and like his other 2 novels it has a good mix of action, humour and suspense. What makes this novel different is that Qureshi is able to show a difefrent side of his literary prowess and deliver a darker read, but one that flows with the story. As in his other novels, he also does an excellent job of character development which helps the reader really get into the story. Great read. Time to read another Qureshi novel...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The October Five March 15, 2011
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
Some might call this book a mystery. I'm inclined not to because whodunit, the key element in a typical mystery, is apparent early in the book. Yet there is still plenty of mystery. The questions of why the murders were committed, will the police catch the culprits, even whether the reader wants the murderers caught are unanswered questions - mysteries in a way. Then, near the end, some additional mysteries crop up.

The above is a part of what I liked about this book. It is also an example of what I was thinking of when I discuss indie authors in the "why Indies" page of this blog. Something that is different from the typical formula and takes risks is much more likely found among Indies. What this book does differently is take a couple different formulas and combines elements from each. In most books who you should root for is obvious. It might be the criminal trying to pull off the bank robbery or it might be the detective trying to catch him. In "The October Five," it isn't clear. The author doesn't try swaying the reader toward any of the choices, nor while reading, did I ever decide. The ending has no clear winner either although there are some definite losers. Yet, somehow, the ending was still satisfying. Maybe because real life is seldom clear cut and unambiguous either.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for mystery readers July 15, 2011
Format:Paperback
Mobashar Qureshi's October Five is a very interesting a refreshing mystery. It is interesting the way he weaves in the characters' Vietnam experiences into the telling of the story so that it might take a while for one to figure out what had driven these very disparate men into the secret activities that has even been kept from their families. It is this desire to find out what led to their behavior that keeps the book moving and the reader interested.

A little more character development would help in the development of the story but what Qureshi had done is extremely good and interesting. It is a quick read and one that will make people think about our justice system and the ones that fall between the cracks. It also brings up the though of modern vigilantes. I believe it will be of interest to anyone interested in murder mysteries.

I would highly recommend this book to all who are mystery fans. It will keep you interested and wondering until the final pages. ( )
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Viet Nam Flashback Thriller WIth A Modern Twist January 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed Mr. Qureshi's previous book 'R.A.C.E.' and once again with 'The October Five' he has created a compelling mystery which has layers of complexity, characterization and intrigue; while still, maintaining a sense of humour. The vigilante group of the title are unique in that they are made up of the folks we pass on the street every day...but he keeps us guessing till the final few pages as to what their motivation is and who is trying to stop them. A superbly crafted mystery that makes me want to keep reading more from this talented author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good plot, details sub par November 15, 2012
By bob5150
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The plot was definitely good & held my interest. However, the author and/ or editor let several errors slip through. Additionally, soldiers & marines are two different servicemen. The author repeatedly interchanges those terms when referring to the characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Even though their style of justice may be considered by a court of law to be wrong, I could see their side of things as well.
Published 1 month ago by c bar
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Book
I couldn't put the book down Jerry
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 3 months ago by Josie
5.0 out of 5 stars The October Five
Wow, what a great story. Five men on a mission for justice that takes them through Vietnam, past their youth into their late Middle Ages. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marilyn Morin
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, good storyline
An excellent book, good storyline. If you're looking for a good mystery this is the one. Very different than his "Reporter Books". Read more
Published 5 months ago by Barbara A. Jin
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book
I enjoyed this book. Kept my interest and was well written
Published 10 months ago by hmock
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This book was much better than some of these reviews indicate. Good, believable characters, and doesn't give away the ending too soon. Worth your time!
Published 11 months ago by gpip
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting plot
This book kept my interest and was good story with a twist. It is a unique concept for a murder mystery, too. I would recommend it!
Published on May 14, 2013 by Cookie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Interesting story. The characters were all woven together wonderfully. Tough to put it down towards the end. Look forward to reading his other books
Published on April 7, 2013 by Wats57
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this one
Good story line. It kept me interested through the whole book. No real surprises, but it was fun to read.
Published on February 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

THOMAS FINCHAM holds a degree in Economics. His travels throughout the world have given him an appreciation for other cultures and beliefs. He has lived in Africa, Asia, and North America. An avid reader of mysteries and thrillers, he decided to give writing a try. Several novels later, he can honestly say he has found his calling. He is married and lives in a hundred-year-old house. He is the author of THE PAPERBOYS CLUB, THE OCTOBER FIVE, THE BLUE HORNET, and the HYDER ALI SERIES.

He loves to hear from his readers. You can e-mail him at finchambooks@gmail.com

Visit his website finchambooks.blogspot.com

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