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Red Tide [Kindle Edition]

Peg Brantley
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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See Peg Brantley's author page for a video trailer of RED TIDE.

“For fans of the serial killer genre, Red Tide is an engaging, well-plotted story with characters you won’t forget.”
— L.J. Sellers, author of the bestseller Detective Jackson mysteries

"The characters were engaging and as the stakes kept rising, I worried about them as if they were old friends….Brantley manages to cover a lot of ground and gives her characters depth and complexity."
—Jaden Terrell, author of RACING THE DEVIL

"This book will go a long way in introducing Brantley to readers as a force to be reckoned with in the thriller/mystery niche."
—The Dirty Lowdown, Blogcritics.org


When both old and new secrets are uncovered at a burial site, the timetable of a madman moves up…

Jamie Taylor and her human remains detection dog set out to find some bodies buried for more than a decade. They found them—and some new surprises as well. Some families would find closure while others would have their lives ripped apart.

Agent Nicholas Grant becomes embroiled in the case while battling his own demons.

A madman watches from the distance while officials expose his clandestine playground, forcing him to speed up his plans for devastation.

Can a dog handler and a troubled FBI agent stop him before he kills thousands of innocent people?

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From the Author

When I tell a story what I want to do is provide a few hours of entertainment. Maybe inspire a little discussion about relationships or some other social issue of our time. But mostly? I want to give my readers an escape. Something with a little juice that makes them care and scares them at the same time.
 
The idea for RED TIDE was sparked by a little news article I read about a photograph that was found in the cell of a prisoner who had died. The photograph wasn't of a person or an event or anything that could readily be identified. It was just a place. Why would a man in prison keep a picture of something that couldn't have any meaning to him? Unless it did...
 

About the Author

A Colorado native, Peg Brantley is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime. She and her husband make their home southeast of Denver, and have shared it with the occasional pair of mallard ducks and their babies, snapping turtles, peacocks, assorted other birds, foxes, a deer named Cedric and a bichon named McKenzie. Red Tide is Peg's first novel. Her second will be released in late 2012.

Product Details

  • File Size: 399 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bark Publishing, LLC (March 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OWQ5F6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another All Nighter! March 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Yes, I stayed up much too late reading this book! It's a definite page turner. Well written, this is compelling story with complex characters. The details pushed the envelope of reality a little bit for me, but I think that most thrillers of this kind tend to be a little too high tech for my taste. I don't mean the concept, that is perfectly plausible, but the details such as the antagonist's home laboratory seemed a little far fetched for me.

The other element that bothered me was the lack of relationship development at the end of the story. We don't see the progression from mild attraction to full blown "I'm the one for you," and for me even a couple of paragraphs to show the maturation of feelings would have been welcome.

That said the story telling was excellent and totally pulled me in. As I said, I couldn't put Red Tide down and I'm suffering for lack of sleep at work today. That's one of my highest recommendations! I highly recommend Red Tide and not just because the protagonist has three dogs. (I have three dogs too.)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good writing, maybe needs a bit more May 10, 2012
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I would give this three stars because it's written well enough that I wanted to make it to the end of the story. I wanted to find out what happened. I didn't give it more stars because of the lack of real relationship between the heroine and the detective. It starts out well, with her being understandably annoyed by him - that scene is well written - the only problem is it's almost the only scene between them. There is no reason for her to be constantly in his mind - and no reason for her to ever be attracted to Nick at all.
Based on what I've seen of this author, I'd encourage her to keep trying and just add some more interactions between those who are supposed to wind up together. We have to believe that it's possible, and in this book I just didn't get there quite.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NEEDS MORE WORK May 5, 2012
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As much as I would like to be able to give a good review of this book, I cannot. I did read the whole story and I am at a loss to explain all of the four and even five-star reviews. I will say that the author does write well and that, despite the fact the plot seemed pretty far-fetched to me, I was prepared to give her the benefit of the doubt and suspend disbelief. Unfortunately, the characters, for the most part, were so flat that I found myself unable to really engage with them. The only ones that we really get to know in any detail are the heroine and the killer (who, by the way, I was able to recognize almost at his first appearance), and even those characters are lacking a back story. Agent Grant, whom I expected to be the hero, really doesn't do much of anything either heroic or important to the plot other than to find the burial site of the serial killer. He is not even very likeable beyond the fact that he is a decent man who wants to see justice done for the families of the murder victims. His drug and alcohol problems make his performance in the role of a federal agent problematical for me--and where the heck did he come by his millions of dollars? How did he sustain that back injury that seems to play such a big role in his life: line of duty? car accident? fall down the stairs? Without knowing these things about him, it isn't really possible for us to commiserate with his troubles.
Jamie's sister and her friends seem to be cardboard cutouts rather than characters in their own right. I found Jax, who is supposed to be an intelligent, highly-trained Medical Examiner, to be completely unbelievable--and, at times, not even very likeable.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Friendship, dogs and death April 2, 2012
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Very readable and really hard to put down. Despite the bleak subject matter, this is such a warm, heartfelt book you almost feel you are sitting in front of the fireplace with a steaming cup of tea and listen to your best friend. Perhaps the author doesn't have much of a personal experience with psychopathic killers (I hope) but she shares with us the wealth of emotional knowledge about friendship between women, about family and about relationship with dogs and men (in this order). My personal cons, and this is a purely subjective opinion: a bit too much of irrelevant detail that does not contribute to the plot (this is a mystery after all) and the epilog that comes rather out of a sudden, because nothing much led to it (but I am decidedly not a fan of romance injected into crime stories in disproportional doses). Other than that, I like it a great deal and will look forward to read more books from Ms Brantley.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Many questions left April 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have never reviewed a book before, but after reading this one, felt that I had to make some points because I was so bothered after reading the other positive reviews. As an avid reader of mystery and suspense novels, I enjoyed the plot (although it was a bit far-fetched). I liked the use of tracking dogs and the decriptions of how they find people and bodies. However, the character development was so shallow that I was left with so many questions I thought maybe half of my book was missing. SPOILER ALERT: What was the author's purpose in putting in Agent Grant's plane crash? It was so superfluous that it felt awkward. How did Agent Grant get so rich and what did his money have to do with anything? What happened after Agent Grant got attacked by the dog? Is that where the old back injury came from? Who saved him and what happened to his uncle and the friend who brought him to the dog fight? Why was the killer with Bonzer in the early days? Was he working with him, did he know him, or did he just happen to see him? How old was the killer when he saw Bonzer? He seemed awfully young to have killed all those people, including Star 10 years earlier. What in the world happened to the killer to make him the way he was? Did something happen to him as a child, or was he born that way? How did the killer seem to make his money from investments yet have the scientific knowledge to create the toxin? What happened to the killer? Did he get killed, go to jail, get sent to an institution? I would only recommend reading this book if you are looking for something superficial and don't mind being left with a handful of unanswered questions.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MYSTERY
Excellent read!! Would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.
Published 15 hours ago by cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
I enjoyed it for sure. I plan to check out her other titles. Would recommend for thriller readers and mystery fans.
Published 2 days ago by Jean Volpe
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Peg Brantley did an amazing job creating a piece of work that was mysterious, page turning, and clean. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Michelle Crowther
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read when captured by this artfully woven thriller with ...
Easy read when captured by this artfully woven thriller with mystery lurking in energy chapter if not on every other page. Highly recommended!
Published 4 days ago by John Keydash
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok read.
Published 15 days ago by kathleen mckinley
4.0 out of 5 stars good reading
It held my interest from the first chapter. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys murder/mysteries with a little romance involved.
Published 21 days ago by Linda T. Price
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great mystery! I loved every minute of my read ...
What a great mystery! I loved every minute of my read and couldn't put it down. This is a story of a family that has had brutal tragedies, friends, FBI agent with a fear of dogs,... Read more
Published 21 days ago by grammyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Rocky mountain high
Great serial killer mystery. Great detail on search and rescue dogs. Strong insight into psychopathic killers. I bet the authors husband sleeps with one eye open.
Published 23 days ago by Donald S. Weagle
3.0 out of 5 stars It kept me reading.
The plot and characters kept me interested. It's a light read. I enjoyed the location descriptions, as some were familiar. Maybe too many adjectives, not always a smooth flow. Read more
Published 29 days ago by nana beth
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
This was a good read. Kept you guessing for a little while but I had it figured out ahead of time.
Published 1 month ago by Susan
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A Colorado native, Peg Brantley is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime. She and her husband make their home southeast of Denver, and have shared it with the occasional pair of mallard ducks and their babies, snapping turtles, peacocks, assorted other birds, foxes, a deer named Cedric and a bichon named McKenzie.

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