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James Edgerly
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SPLINTERED DOORS (second edition 6/1/14):

During a routine computer installation for the Department of Defense, Jim Egan was plucked from a job as a computer technician, and trust into the world of secret agents working for the NSA. It's a new life style for him, where everybody important to him, even his wife and children, don't know exactly where he works, or even who he really is. His entire world is turned upside down as he tries to balance a life of being a special agent with a home life full of deception and keeping his true identity a secret from his family. After a particularly dangerous mission outside of Paris on a weapons bust gone horribly wrong that nearly cost Jim his life he decides it's time to reveal all to his wife.

There are now almost 6500 copies of my book distributed. I want to thank everybody who has taken the time to download my story and read it. Thank you.

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  • File Size: 891 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3V6ZOA
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong premise - needs work February 20, 2014
By cori67
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Jim Egan, an ordinary man, is plucked out of his workplace and into the secret world the NSA. While still working at Digital, he undergoes training with other soon-to-be-agents, so that he can be ready a moment's notice to go. As with all people in this field, he has to keep his 'other life' a secret from his wife and kids. After a particularly dangerous mission he decides its time to 'reveal all' to Laurie, his wife.

I picked this up through my Kindle because the title caught my attention. The books started off with a good premise, but I think there was extraneous detail. There is a difference between moving a story along with salient points, and getting bogged down with details that do little to further the plot line. But the story does start to move along later in the book; and has a satisfying ending.

The book needs work - there are numerous spelling mistakes (since rectified by the author as I discovered I was reading an older Kindle version of the book) and clunky sentences. I believe if sentences could be tightened up, the book would flow better and faster. Tense changes was an issue too; but with some work, that could be easily fixed.

As a confessional it seems to lack detail in areas that I think the wife would have pressed for. For example, when he tells her about his time with the psychologist and the ethical questions that he had to answer, he says that some of his answers surprised even him. If I were his wife, I'd be asking what those answers were. If they surprised him and he lives with himself, how much more would she be surprised?

All in all, it was a solid read; and if the author were to tighten it up, could be an excellent book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story about a Real Life Agent! April 17, 2013
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If you are looking for a non-stop 007 type adventure story, then don't buy this book. If you want a good and interesting story about a real life agent and his adventures, then this is WELL worth the price.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! August 10, 2013
By Bill M.
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This book held my attention and was hard to put down. I like the way we were introduced to Jim and his world...slowly growing to a riveting read! Different and more enjoyable than some of the traditional spy thrillers where there are bodies everywhere. It seemed I was getting a glimpse into a world that is too often sensationalized. Thank you James for your, unsung, service to our country!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down July 19, 2013
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This book is a great read for anyone interested international security issues. I had to tear myself away at bed time Or I would not have had enough time to sleep before going to work. The details pull you in. I felt like I was in training right along with Jim Egan. If you like spy novels, you will like this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Portrayal of a Clandestine Agent ***** May 9, 2014
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This novel is about Jim Egan a common young man who worked for Digital as a computer technician. His story begins with a unique assignment to set up a new computer system with the Department of Defence which requires a security clearance to allow access to the premises for installation. This job initiates a turning point in Jim's life. This novel is a poignant memoir in which a computer technician is transformed into an international spy! I was so enthralled with the story line, I could see every training room, behold every team member, and engage in surveillance. The content of the story line is realistic. You follow Jim's career with him. I could not put the book down! I highly recommend this novel. If you like true-to-life biographys, you will throughly enjoy this book. It has plenty of secrets and intrigue. The author has impeccable style! Thank you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Held my attention all the way through! April 28, 2014
By Nancy
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This story line held my interest all the way through! I had trouble putting it down. I particularly enjoyed the New England touches as I lived in the area for many years.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, enjoyable, entertaining August 11, 2013
By Babba
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Took it with me on my vacation, kept me entertained during a long flight and during leisure times throughout the week. I felt as though I was reading a true story of a friends life. Had me thinking and wondering... Interesting, easy to read, educational and leaves you wanting and hoping for the story to continue...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spy that came out of the heat and into the fire July 9, 2014
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Great story about the early days of the CSS/NSA and how DEC played a role as a cover for agents of this federal agency.Jim Egans training time and later expirences as an agent made for an enjoyable read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
was a good read, could have been better.
Published 10 months ago by Larry Wayne Parlier
4.0 out of 5 stars PREETY GOOD
Published 11 months ago by can of energy
4.0 out of 5 stars So many books
This is in my Kindle Library and as I have so many books, do not know when I will get it read. But read it I will.
Published 11 months ago by Beverly Hagerman
5.0 out of 5 stars What an eye opener!
I believe everything about this book, but at the same time it really spooked me. I know this sort of thing happens but I don't know if I want all the details. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Diane Coshun
5.0 out of 5 stars read like you mean it
Heck of a good read, kept me on my toes. I love that kind of read. Keep up the good work.
Published 12 months ago by lynn
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I enjoy espionage thrillers very much, and even though this book was not what I expected, it was so much more interesting! Read more
Published 12 months ago by kindler1973
3.0 out of 5 stars Good work, not great, kept me reading
Entertaining story for sure, enjoyed the book as a whole. There seemed to be odd inclusion or exclusions about back stories but it didn't affect the read. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ryan Bishop
4.0 out of 5 stars Splinter Doors review
Read this in one sitting. Story unfolded at a nice reading pace and I had look up a Scottish cow. This interesting info. I cannot imagine that sandwich as being tasty.
Published 14 months ago by Huzzi Laframboise
4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough
Easy and quick to read! Some suspense and surprises. It was a rather short novel overall. Good vocabulary. I like the author's style
Published 15 months ago by Jamie Finch
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In 1949 I began life as the son of a vegetable farmer, just like my father before me. When I graduated high school I went to New Hampshire Technical Institute where I received my degree in Electronic Engineering, then soon after began working for Digital Equipment Corporation. I worked exclusively in a Digital facility, many of them, with a fair amount of domestic and international travel, for the next 30+ years before retiring in 1999.

Since retirement I have dabbled successfully in a number of different ventures including photography and building my own Teardrop Camper. Then a little over three years ago I started writing SPLINTERED DOORS. I believe everybody has at least one good story in them just waiting to come out, and SPLINTERED DOORS was mine. Off and on for the next three years I would write, rewrite, and edit my story many dozens of times, using the Internet to confirm and verify information drawn upon from numerous sources.

After three years, almost to the day, from typing my first letter I finished SPLINTERED DOORS. It has been quite the labor of love, and I have loved every minute of the process. There were times I began my day typing at 5:00 AM, and many times still banging away at the keyboard well after midnight, wanting to get that last thought on paper before calling it a day. SPLINTERED DOORS started out as a gift to my wife, a school teacher of 25+ years, who told me it was too good not to share. A short time later it was available on the Internet as an ebook. And the rest is history still waiting to be written...

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