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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: ThirdWay, Inc. (August 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985775602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985775605
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,263,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Vinjamuri's elaborate plot moves smoothly through all the intricacies with powerful and persuasive details that hold the reader captive in this riveting thriller."  - Indie Reader: indiereader.com/2012/10/operator/


"While many novels have dealt with elite military training, spy games and cover ups, Vinjamuri's work brings a fresh look at all three genres.  Tight pacing offers plenty of suspense and surprise, and while the protagonist occasionally seems more superhero than mortal, it's also clear why his superiors chose him for his line of work.  Michael provides a satisfyingly complex character struggling with shades of gray even as he knows exactly what to do.  Though Michael Herne laments his return to the life of an operator, readers may hail a new breed of hero."  - Kirkus Indie Reviews

About the Author

After a brief stint as an intelligence analyst, David spent nearly 20 years working with corporate brands. He writes for Forbes, teaches at New York University and loves reading and the outdoors.

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After a brief stint as an intelligence analyst, David spent nearly 20 years working with corporate brands. He writes for Forbes, teaches at New York University and loves reading and the outdoors.

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This book kept me reading well into the night when I should have been sleeping.
F. J. Goslin
Great storyline, well-written, well-developed characters, loved the special ops details, and am anxious to read more by this author.
Marianne Cherry
Both have very quick moving twist and turn plots that keep propelling you along, providing top notch entertainment.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 3, 2012
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Returning to the home town from which he escaped years ago, Special Operations veteran, Michael Hearnes, must solve a friend's mysterious "suicide," and thwart a vicious criminal syndicate before he and his friends and family are marked for execution.

David Vinjamuri's "Operator" vividly tells the story of a moralistic yet reluctant hero drawn into a web of mystery in a small town that is no longer what it appears. "Operator" weaves engaging characterization and an intriguing multi-layered mystery with breathtaking action to create an engrossing tale. Vinjamuri's powerful debut leaves the reader eagerly anticipating sequels.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Art Keller on September 10, 2012
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Operator is a remarkably strong showing for a first novel. The writing has a clean simplicity that quickly moves the narrative along to a surprising conclusion. Although the Mike Herne character is clearly a formidable person, the reader doesn't come away with the impression of a cookie-cutter super-soldier, but rather an extraordinary person all the more genuine for his flaws. The book also includes a wealth of fine details that will ring true to members of the special operations and intelligence communities. Altogether a fine read and I definitely look forward to Mike Herne's next adventure. Write fast, Mr. Vinjamuri!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By W. D. Harris on August 28, 2012
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David Vinjamuri's Michael Herne isn't a self described beach bum like John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee, but he shares a shadowy Army history and a strong moral compass. Both have "retired" from the service, and have a rather laconic view of the world. Both former football stars are deadly at close range, too, though they prefer not to prove it.

"Operator" draws us into different worlds, however, than MacDonald's older series. Vinjamuri's is one of gritty northern towns and young women with pearls just passing through, of hunters turned sharpshooters, and a girlfriend left behind. Herne knows his tools, too, from cars though weaponry, and we are treated to a show.

In keeping with the finest of the genre, Herne is at his best (and we are engrossed) when he is reluctantly challenged. Read "Operator" and look for the big, calm Samoan bouncer who moves unexpectedly fast. Prepare for a quick dive over a hedge and the snarl of a 120 lb Rottweiler. Oh yes, and the crack of a 9mm... be careful.

The opponents get stronger and the action even more tightly woven from chapter to chapter. Hopefully, the end of this story won't be the last we hear of Michael Herne and from this author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By George M. Kiebler on October 5, 2012
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The writing style is a bit dfferent with the first-person narrative, but I fell into the story line quickly. The research in this one gets an A+. Right down to the clinkers in the abandoned cement plant. The story line is different than most novels and the main character is believable if somewhat in the super-hero category. Following some of the narrative on hand-to-hand combat scenes was a bit hard at times, but this is minor. I couldn't figure out where each scene would go while it is unfolding. I don't like predictable events when I am reading this type of novel. Good twists right down to the end. Could make a great movie. I want to encourage the author to write more and I will buy them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy Edelman on October 9, 2012
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Michael Herne is an Intelligence Analyst who left home after high school to make something of his life.

He returns to his hometown after the death of Mel, his High School girlfriend. After the memorial service, Michael rescues Veronica from a heated argument with a Russian man who claims to be Mel's boyfriend. After discovering some suspicious elements surrounding Mel's death, Michael joins forces with Veronica to investigate Mel's apparent suicide and uncover an entangled conspiracy of corruption that will test all of Michael's skills and self-fortitude.

Author David Vinjamuri writes an emotionally taut and fast-paced mystery thriller. The tone is a winning blend between deadpan, detective-noir narrative and modern, high tech lingo that is mysterious, understated and still edgy.

Vinjamuri's telling descriptions are unique and perfectly matched to Michael, the protagonist and narrator. For example, his observation of the argument between Veronica and the Russian, in which the latter begins muttering to himself, leads Michael to the observation: "self-narration in the middle of an argument is not a good sign." Or Michael's statement that: "Army discipline was a shade softer than the rule of law in my mother's house."

Intensely rich and palpable descriptions and narrative also make Vinjamuri's characters and settings come to life: "Soil gets in your blood and the smells of my hometown - that mixture of red earth and river - have finally caught up with me." Also, "When a small town buries one of its children, it is a communal enterprise."

Vinjamuri's elaborate plot moves smoothly through all the intricacies with powerful and persuasive details that hold the reader captive in this riveting thriller.

Reviewed by Maya Fleischmann for IndieReader
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brad Hurley on September 9, 2012
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What a treat! I was drawn in by the first paragraph, and didn't come up for air until it was all over.

Vinjamuri crafts a meticulously researched world full of suspense, filled with vividly nuanced characters that smack of authenticity, and a gratifyingly unexpected ending. Protagonist Michael Herne delivers top-notch fighting abilities and split-second analytical skills that are reminiscent of Jason Bourne, thanks to elite military training that elevate him beyond Seal Team Six (featured in current best-seller "No Easy Day"). At the same time, I found that his strained relationship with his family gives him a relatable human side.

I'm eager for more by this author.
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