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

Scott William Carter , Jack Nolte
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 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.



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: 728 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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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

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29 of 29 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good short story January 5, 2015
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A good short story. This sets up the character of Garrison Gage and his life in a small Oregon coast town. I really did like the story and wished there were more to it. But, after all, it is a "short" story. Naturally it lead me to read "The Gray and Guilty Sea", the first novel in this series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Truth in advertising would require this book NOT be labeled a novel!
Finishing my first Carter mystery, I "kindled" up this one, only to discover an unremarkable short story followed by a long intro to the novel I'd just read. Read more
Published 4 days ago by P. J. Patton
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't make it through many pages
It is funny to see the reviews on this book. Personally, I couldn't read it, I found it sophomoric. No accounting for taste. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Thea Childs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent short story. Keeps me wide awake
Published 15 days ago by Claire
4.0 out of 5 stars Practice run
A good practice run to try out the character and locale
Published 17 days ago by jdp
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
I liked this book because I keep moving and the characters were well defined. It stuck with me after I put it down.
Published 20 days ago by mary schrecengost
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine writer of this kind of genre
A very believable hero with lots of baggage to carry while trying to help solve other peoples problems. A fine writer of this kind of genre.
Published 1 month ago by Jerry Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
Published 1 month ago by Linda Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Ending, Intriguing Read
Short but intriguing, "A Plunder by Pilgrims" introduces crusty, retired detective Garrison Gage. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anne
4.0 out of 5 stars oObe really gets to know this writers characters a and the locations
Short strory and to the point.
Published 2 months ago by peg
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT A BOOK
I had already read the first book in the series and the sample before finding and reading this. Was disappointing as I thought it was part of the series if I'd known it was just a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sue LaRose
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