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A Plunder By Pilgrims: An Oregon Coast Mystery (Garrison Gage Series Book 0) [Kindle Edition]

Scott William Carter , Jack Nolte
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It starts with a knock at the door, something reclusive ex-detective Garrison Gage hates. When it's his teenage neighbor, whose girlfriend has gone missing just before Thanksgiving, Gage gets reluctantly pulled back into his old line of work—and ends up facing some fears of his own in Oregon's dark woods.

A short story introducing Garrison Gage, who also appears in THE GRAY AND GUILTY SEA.


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EXCERPT:

IT WAS A KID, sixteen or seventeen by the looks of him, painfully thin and soaked to the bone. His short-cropped brown hair, made nearly black by the rain, was plastered against his forehead. His Stanford sweatshirt and acid wash jeans clung to his bony frame. The skin on his neck was cratered like a moonscape, the survival scars of a nasty bout with acne.

The pounding rain made tiny white explosions on the gravel driveway, and crackled on the overgrown ferns surrounding his house. "Well?" Gage said. "Candy bars for the track team? A subscription to Good Housekeeping so the band can go to Disneyland?"

"No, sir," the kid said.

"You look familiar."

"I'm your neighbor, sir. Marty Kleppington. I live--um, just on the other side of that hedge."

That explained it. The kid had just been a runt when Gage moved in five years earlier, hardly recognizable in the young man before him, but he remembered a few terse exchanges when the kid's basketball bounced through the arbor vitae.

"Well, congratulations," Gage said. "Now if you'll excuse me--"

"I'd like to hire you, sir."

It was such a wholly unexpected thing to say that Gage actually froze--door cracked open, frigid air snaking past him into the house. "I think you're confused," Gage said.

He didn't open the door. He couldn't see the kid's face, but there was a long pause.

"I know what you do, sir," the kid said. "I know--I know you were once a great detective. Garrison Gage. That's you."


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The Garrison Gage Mystery Series:
  • A Plunder By Pilgrims (short story prequel)
  • The Gray and Guilty Sea
  • A Desperate Place for Dying
  • The Lovey Wicked Rain

Product Details

  • File Size: 245 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Flying Raven Press (December 9, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV54TW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,250 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I don't usually like ebook downloads that contain a short story and a longer promo; I usually find them to be a tactless way of pushing the reader to go buy something else by the author. However, the short story included in this download was actually a very nice length, and I surprisingly thought that the promo fit well into the download, almost continuing the short story in a way.

The short story follows Garrison Gage as he is asked by a teenage neighbor he doesn't really know to investigate the disappearance of this teen neighbor's girlfriend. Mr. Gage unwillingly agrees and starts to get back into investigation, something he had given up long before.
It's a really nice intro to the Garrison Gage series, and it was so well-written that it didn't feel rushed or too short at all. I loved the persona of Garrison, as he is a crippled man with a full sense of sarcasm, which was quite witty and humorous at times.

The short story only takes up about 1/3 of the download, though; the other 2/3 is the first few chapters of the official Book 1 of the series. It gives you more insight into Garrison's past and how he ended up in the town he is currently living in. It also really does draw you in and makes you want to keep reading, something that I may just do by buying the official book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this short story so much that I wanted more; and the fact that the promo for the first book was included satiated that desire. I think this shows promise as a mystery series, and I can't wait to see what the author does next! I highly recommend checking out this short story, because I really enjoyed the mystery.

Warnings - Language, Mild Sexual Violence References; Mild Violence
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great new mystery character June 7, 2011
By shira46
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Very entertaining short story and an intro to an intriguing new mystery character. Gage is a former PI who is damaged, physically (not too bad or depressing) and emotionally, but still uses his analytical skills to work on the mystery of a missing girl. Very well written with engaging characters.

The short story is 542 locations (no idea how many pages that is)so it's not too short. Yes, the rest of the download is the beginning of the full length mystery novel featuring Garrison Gage. That's okay, I appreciated getting a good long look at a book before buying it and reading more about Gage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Punder by Pilgrims March 30, 2012
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A Plunder by Pilgrims is a short story about a boy of 16 who asks his neighbor, a retired private investigator, to help him find his girl friend. His neighbor, very reluctanly, agrees to help. This is a very interesting mystery; it has a simple plot, but the main character isn't some young hansome wise-cracking guy but a retired old guy that needs a cane to walk. The author thereby made the character, with his handicap, more believeable. The story holds your attention from start to finish. The only thing wrong with it is...IT IS TOO SHORT! If that is the only thing wrong with the story, then it's not too bad, is it. Forget about the promo at the end of the Kindle book; they do that often obviously to sell other books. Read the promo if you like, it is by the same author, or don't read it. It doesn't take away that "A Plunder by Pilgrims" is a fine piece of work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the lower rated reviews deter you... June 18, 2012
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Don't let the lower rated reviews deter you from this title! Yes, this is a (very) short shory, not even a novella, followed by a longer preview of a full length novel. Maybe the description failed to mention that when it was originally published and offered for Kindle, but the product description clearly states this now.

Both the short story and the preview are written extremely well, and capture a reader's interest from the first few paragraphs. The short story could have been fleshed out a bit more, but it is perfect if you're looking to kill some time while waiting at the doctor's office. The real gem here is the longer preview. The characters are well written, the scene descriptions are vivid without being overdone or needlessly wordy, and the plot is solid. The preview is also longer than many I have read from other author's, and concludes with an enticing cliff hanger that will leave a reader scrambling to buy the full length book.

Not only are they both well written, but they are both well edited. You won't find the plague of poor grammar, spelling errors, and glaring plot problems that are common with many "free" titles. I DID however find ONE error in the preview. In one scene, the main character (Garrison Gage) is in a hospital room and the initial description of the scene indicates the hospital bedspread is tan. Later in the same scene, the bedspread is described as blue. Not a big deal, minor oversight in the editing process. As well written as the book is, many people would probably not notice it.

Bottom line, this is a GREAT read, and I can't wait to finish the full book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read February 28, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The author is a word craftsman. His mechanics are good. He is not verbose. I rate the short story four stars. A prequel to a novel was just as good as the short story, but I was reading in a short story frame of mind, and the chopped off ending of the prequel was a little annoying. Annoying because I did not take the time to read the author's explanatory notes. Over all, I enjoyed the read and look forward to reading more from this author.

Thank you, Mr. Nolte, for a good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read book
Keep um coming is all I can say.. Easy read book. Great Story !!
Published 10 days ago by Diane Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Short
Good story. Wished it had been longer. I had not realized it was a short story until the end.Just wanted more!
Published 11 days ago by MARY L GILL
2.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete book.
Only realized that this was a partial book after downloading. I definitely enjoy this author, but I can read the synopsis to find out the main idea of a book without reading the... Read more
Published 25 days ago by jdmckn
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very good read! Looking forward to reading more in the series.
Published 1 month ago by G. Hodges
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
A short introduction to Garrison Gage. I will look for the next book in the series.
Looks good so far.
Published 1 month ago by Mary L
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a Quick Short Story
This is evidently the short story introduction into the Oregon Coast Series. It lacked a lot of what the author portrays in the first book, which I read previous to this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great New Character
This is a short story that introduces you to Garrison Gage. I actually read The Gray and Guilty Sea first and really liked it. This short story was free on my kindle. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jayxthree
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is the second book I've read by Scott William Carter. His characters are well developed and plots are exciting. I look forward to reading more by him.
Published 1 month ago by Rick Davenport
3.0 out of 5 stars The only thing I did not enjoy was that you did not find out who...
This was an ok book. It kept me wanting to read. The only thing I did not enjoy was that you did not find out who killed the person. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diane McIntosh
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Very good introduction to a riveting character. Just finished the first full book in the series and can highly recommend this mystery series
Published 1 month ago by SharonDee
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