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Operator Paperback – August 10, 2012
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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.
"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.
I always give indie writers a little more leeway than traditionally published authors because I am very familiar with the limited resources and the struggle to wear the many hats involved in do-it-yourself publishing. Mr. Vinjamuri pulls it off exceptionally well. No need for allowances or excuses.
Mr. Vinjamuri has a story with three interesting elements on which I will elaborate: 1) First person present tense; 2) Specifics to the Nth degree; and 3) Thrilling action.
First Person Present Tense: Personally, I think all thrillers and mysteries should be told from this vantage point. I wrote my first (shelved) novel in FPPT. It's the only way a writer can truly unfold a story without resorting to tricks like withholding clues and solving problems. It keeps the writer honest and the reader in real-time. It also keeps the writer's form on track and makes the story easy to follow.
However, I noticed early on that readers hate it. ...Well, at least the way I write it. But, I've also noticed that there are darn few FPPT books that reach blockbuster status. A few years back there were several of them. I think Patricia Cornwell and Sue Grafton wrote a book or two in FPPT. The most recent books from those authors are standard 3rd Person Past Tense.
Mr. Vinjamuri handles the format better than anyone I've read.Read more ›
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Herne Rocks...fast paced...well written, compelling story all the way to the end!Published 1 month ago by Templeton Peck
Enjoyable despite some of the details you have to slog through. This was a Binge Read book at our local library.Published 4 months ago by Lauren Inabnit
Solid thriller, for the first in a series. And attractive main character with some actual human attributes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Operator is a great debut mystery/thriller by David Vinjamuri. The lead character, Michael Herne, is a former operator from a top secret and elite Army unit. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Elias Jay Kahn
This is a very good action book. It is incredibly easy to pick up and just sort of mindlessly read and go along for the ride - and have trouble putting down. Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. Friederich
This book drove me crazy - with all the detail about guns, ammo, psyching out the enemy and remaining cool, calm and collected under pressure. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Susie
I really enjoyed this book. Bought book number 2 as. Soon as I finishef book number 1.Published 14 months ago by 7&7 Ranch