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Red Tide [Kindle Edition]

Peg Brantley
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 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.

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  • 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: #90,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 52 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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25 of 25 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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25 of 25 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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33 of 37 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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rescue dogs, murder, terrorists and love September 3, 2012
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I like reading about, and watching working dogs in any field, so, by the end of the first paragraph, I was hooked. Then came the story, and the problem became putting the book down to do necessary things, like eat. This is a thriller that starts out fast and gets faster until the reader is being carried at breakneck speed with clenched hands and held breath. Along the way, though, you get to know some wonderful characters (some even human), and you get to see how search and rescue dogs work, how they find bodies under ground, and how a team of forensic experts deals with them. You also find yourself bonding with 4 friends, each different, though 2 are sisters, and when tragedy strikes, you feel it. I didn't see the villain coming ...even though we saw him throughout the book, both in his role of innocent and through his mental processes. the characterizations (both, in his case) were so well done that when his identity smacked me, my first thought was: "I should have seen that! Of course it's him!".

the writing is tight, and even in the less frenetic scenes, the prose is spare yet robust and enjoyable. the author sets her scenes beautifully, and brings her landscapes to vibrant life.

There is only one scene, near the end that left me with a question, but I'll admit that I might have missed something, because, by that time, I was practically inhaling the action. However, if I didn't, let me just say that I find fortuitous events that "save the day" cheating. Still, this is such a good book that I don't care!

When I read that this is a debut novel, my mouth flew open in amazement. This being so, and this book being as well crafted as it is ...I can't wait for the next book from this author. Her research seems impeccable, her prose is more than readable, her characters practically step off the page and say hi, and she handles a multi-element plot with mastery. I think I've just added a new author to my "author watch list"!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic Peg Brantley book!
This is the 3rd book of her's I have read. Lots of action, anyone with dogs will like this Search & Rescue dogs. Love her main character, Jamie Taylor. Read more
Published 7 days ago by June Myers
4.0 out of 5 stars good reads
I love dogs and this is an excellent presentation of the value of well-trained body search dogs and the closure they bring to victims' families. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Juanita F.
5.0 out of 5 stars nonstop read
Perfectly exacuted story.From beginning to end I was turning pages and did not finish until noon time. Read more
Published 14 days ago by sharon cronin
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Another book by Peg Brantley that I liked. Think this was as good as the missing. Maybe a better plot. Will have to look for anymore books by her.
Published 16 days ago by Diana K. Wiele
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Really enjoyable with a great story line. Loved the characters and it kept me reading more when I should have shut my light off and went to sleep. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Tide
Kept my interest, couldn't stop till I read it to the end! Good characters , interesting, believable! Enjoy Peg Brantley's writing.
Published 23 days ago by Diane Pennington Stepp
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK
The concept was interesting but the story was too simplistic at times. It was too close to a romance novel for my tastes. Read more
Published 27 days ago by 9 elephants
2.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable
I divide books into two primary categories: readable and unreadable, and this one falls into the latter area, being hard to follow.
Published 28 days ago by J. Gallen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first book.
I made short work of this page turner as I could not put it down. Well worth the read as well as this authors 2 subsequent novels.
Published 29 days ago by Ron F
3.0 out of 5 stars Great, almost to the end.
Loved this book and couldn't put it down, and then "boom" it ended. The hero gets the heroine with no relationship developement whatsoever. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sophies pride
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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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