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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...
 

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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. Red Tide is Peg's first novel. Her second will be released in late 2012.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Bark Publishing, LLC (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985363819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985363819
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,746,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By SChamblee on 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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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Kate George on March 30, 2012
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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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85 of 93 people found the following review helpful By YeOldeBookLady on 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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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 13, 2013
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This book was an easy read. in fact to quickly done. I reread it because I couldn't believe it was only 190 pages. mystery not solved. murders not solved. it looked like the author just ran out of time in the middle of her book so she slammed th K version out on Amazon. not at all happy with this ebook
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Rushtmama on April 19, 2012
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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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