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The Savannah Project (Book 1 in the Action-Packed Jake Pendleton Political Thriller series) [Kindle Edition]

Chuck Barrett , Arlene Robinson , Emily Carmain , Debi Barrett
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Book Description

The truth can be a dangerous thing.

Terrorism, duty, and personal safety collide when Jake Pendleton, an investigator for the NTSB, is called to investigate an aircraft accident in Savannah, Georgia during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The accident, which at first appears to be quite run-of-the-mill, turns out to be anything but. Since Jake is not willing to pretend there are no suspicious circumstances and more than the usual share of rather unlikely “coincidences,” he sets off a veritable avalanche of secrets, violence and treachery. Aided by an unlikely partner, Gregg Kaplan, the air traffic controller who was the last person in contact with the airplane that crashed, Jake sets out to untangle the webs of deceit and to find a vicious killer.

Nothing is as it seems, nobody is who you thought them to be.
Nothing is sacred.
Nobody is safe.


The Savannah Project is an action packed political thriller with a twist around every corner. If you like thrillers by great authors like David Baldacci, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and others, then you'll enjoys this book as the author incorporates his 3M formula for his novels: Murder, Mystery, & Mayhem.


His books have reached Amazon Bestseller status in the following categories:
• Espionage & Spy Thrillers
• Political Thrillers
• Political Thriller & Suspense
• Action & Adventure
• Terrorism Thriller


Praise about Barrett's books from New York Times Best Selling authors:

“The Savannah Project signals the arrival of a new member to the thriller genre. Chuck Barrett. The tale contains all of the danger, treachery, and action a reader could wish for. The intrigue comes from all directions, slicing and stitching with precision. A worthy debut from an exciting talent.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

“The Toymaker is a fun, fast moving thriller with plenty of gadgets and a lot of action.”
—Phillip Margolin
New York Times bestselling author of Capitol Murder

Praise from the media:

Lee Scott
Florida Times Union
March 10, 2013

"Maybe we have Steve Berry to thank. Or it’s because our area happens to be a haven for literary-inclined retirees. Or it could just be the changing book publishing environment. Whatever the reason, Northeast Florida writers these days are producing some pretty darn good independent thrillers.

Best-selling Berry (his latest “The King’s Deception” will be out in June), who grew up in Georgia, lived just over the line in St. Marys for a number of years and a while ago moved to World Golf Village in St. Augustine, maintains a high profile in our books community as a speaker and proponent of things literary. He is also a good judge of talent. His cover blurb on retired air traffic controller Chuck Barrett’s first novel “The Savannah Project” gave the Fernandina author’s initial indie publishing effort a nice boost.

Following last year’s “The Toymaker,” Barrett’s third Jake Pendleton adventure, “Breach of Power,” has Jake and his partner Francesca Catanzaro settled in with an “off the books” private intelligence firm and the President of the United States needs their help.

“Breach of Power” opens the superlatives spigot. Its plot is as fast and solid as anything on the market. The good guys have all the right stuff and the bad guys will bring nightmares…it’s guaranteed you will lose sleep with this one."


Mystery Suspense Thriller Book Categories:
> Thriller Best Seller
> Action Adventure Thriller
> Men's Adventure Fiction
> Mystery Thriller Political
> Thrillers with Unexpected Twists
>Spy Thrillers Espionage

Don't miss the latest news on Barrett's upcoming action packed political thrillers. Sign up for Chuck Barrett's newsletter… http://chuckbarrettbooks.com/mailing-list/


Editorial Reviews

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"The Savannah Project signals the arrival of a new member to the thriller genre. Chuck Barrett. The tale contains all of the danger, treachery, and action a reader could wish for. The intrigue comes from all directions, slicing and stitching with precision. A worthy debut from an exciting talent."
--Steve Berry, NYT bestselling author

"From the tree-lined streets of Savannah to the mossy stones of an ancient Irish castle, The Savannah Project weaves a fast moving tale of murder, mystery and suspense. Chuck Barrett has written a winner here. A must-read novel for thriller lovers."
--William Rawlings, bestselling author of The Mile High Club


"The Savannah Project is a bona fide suspense thriller. Rife with abundant mystery and intrigue, author Chuck Barrett's standout tale takes the reader on a tortuous path of all-engrossing action and adventure. A highly recommended instant classic."
--Apex Reviews 

"Guaranteed to hold you at rapt attention until the very end."
--Renee Washburn/Apex Reviews

"The Savannah Project is an exciting thriller that will prove hard to put down."
--The Midwest Book Review 


"The Savannah Project represents a superior effort for this newly minted novelist."
--ForeWord
Clarion Reviews

"A taut, pulse-pounding thriller."
--ForeWord Clarion Reviews

"A riveting plot, and near constant suspense..."
--Jill Allen/Foreword Clarion Reviews

About the Author

Chuck Barrett is the bestselling author of the Award-Winning Jake Pendleton series. Breach of Power--Winner of the 2013 Indie Excellence Award in Political Thrillers and Finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards Thriller/Adventure category, The Toymaker--Finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards Thriller/Adventure & Mystery/Suspense categories, and The Savannah Project--Finalist in the 2011 International Book Awards Thriller/Adventure category, Second Place in the 2011 Reviewers Choice Awards Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror category, and Honorable Mention in the 2011 ForeWord Reviews Book-Of-The-Year Awards Thriller/Suspense category.

 Barrett is a Florida native and a graduate of Auburn University. He is a retired air traffic controller with over 26 years experience and veteran commercial pilot & flight instructor spanning over three decades of flight experience.

Chuck also holds Dive Master and Rescue Diver certifications. He enjoys hiking in the Rockies with his wife, Debi and currently resides in Northeast Florida.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1317 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Switchback Press; 2 edition (March 9, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IPDM72
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
No worries; this is NOT the old same old! An airplane crash starts off as a crash site "CSI" investigation, which is fascinating in itself. It then morphs into a Special Forces/CIA thriller set in the context of Sein Fein and the modern Ireland struggles. Of course there is an Arab terrorist aspect.

No one is who they appear to be, and there are lots of well developed fascinating characters. There are evil unbelievably cruel villains you feel sorry for, complex bad guys who have soft spots that are their undoing, and flawed heroes. Everyone in the book is "real" meaning that the Special Ops good guys get hurt and stay hurt, make mistakes, and only have human abilities.

The plot twists and turns, everytime I thought it was over and the obligatory wrap-up/epilogue would start, the plot began anew!

So why 4 stars! I reserve five stars for true works of art and literacy, transcendent masterpieces.

I have no doubt this author will write such a book. However brilliant Savannah Project is, it is ragged at times, sputters instead of roaring full throttle, and the writing can be distractingly choppy. Please don't misunderstand me, this book is better than most five star thrillers and I agree with the above reviews. However this is hardly the best book this author will write. When he gets the kinks out of his style, he will be one of the greats in his genre.

Melvin Morse
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Started good, but . . . October 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Started of believable and *somewhat* interesting and devolved into the realm of ridiculous. Another reviewer called the latter half of the book, "improbable." That's being VERY kind. 3/4 of the way through the book, I found myself wondering how we got to this plot line. I also found myself feeling that this was TWO stories in which the characters are the same in name only. I know it's a first effort, but to the author: It feels like you got carried away and lost control of the story.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars GOOD START, THEN DOWNHILL July 29, 2011
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A very good start, unique, tension filled. Then beliveable characters turned into unbelievable super agents, plot became run of the mill and improbable. Amazing that Irish security forces could miss "secret" entrance only known to villain, especially when entrance is a drainage culvert. Very disappointing finish.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Leaden July 4, 2012
By RickRS
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As an action story, the author drops the ball, repeatedly. There's a scene involving our hero avoiding a bad guy during a parade. It becomes a ridiculous series of chases from one side of the parade to the other, one side of town to the other that just doesn't work as actions scenes. Two big standoff scenes have equally ridiculous series of characters, one by one, getting the upper hand, as if it was a "Pink Panther" movie. He's supposed to have a military background but our hero turns into a Rambo type for the second half in a way that just doesn't ring true. Somewhere in the second half I became aware the author had a tin ear for dialogue.

By the time I got to the end, I was just so relieved it was finally over.

I picked this up when the second of the series was offered as a Kindle freebie, intending to start the series at the beginning. I'm now avoiding Mr. Barrett's next book of the series sitting in my library, in spite of good reviews from Amazon reader, because I dread finding the same leaden plot and writing that "Savannah Project" became.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars duller than dirt December 1, 2011
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Dull and duller. While procedurals can be interesting. this one wallows in red tape. unneccesary details and artlessly created charaters. still for the price it will at least help fill up your archive.
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars couldn't wait to put it down March 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Juvenile. Improbable. Boring. Lousy character development and a plodding plot. I can't believe the number of 5 star reviews this turkey received. Am I at twenty words yet?
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
An airplane crash investigation goes terrifyingly wrong - leading to murders, a chase through the colorful streets of Savannah, one of the most fascinating and memorable cities I know, and an international hunt for the secrets of a former IRA official and the assassin trailing him. This thriller has everything you could want -- great characters, nonstop action, wonderful settings and a complex plot that builds to a smashing finale. Jake and Gregg make a well-matched pair of comrades, and I hope they'll appear in many more Barrett books.
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34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Non Talent Writer May 17, 2012
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I got as far as the 5th chapter and decided that I had 8th grade students with better writing skills. Not many words over three syllables in the first four chapters!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great book! I just couldn't put it down. It was intense and fast pace thriller. Read this book. You will enjoy it.
Published 2 hours ago by Sweet
4.0 out of 5 stars The Savannah project
A real thriller and action galore with lots of suspense and surprises. It was very realistic and made one think of what war is really like.
Published 5 hours ago by judy glover
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the ending I expected.....
Enjoyed the book until the ending.... left me without closure. Is there a sequel? Would definitely read and hope to have a better closure. Just my 2 cents worth!
Published 8 hours ago by Jo Ann
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of bad reviews but I actually enjoyed it mostly
Lots of bad reviews but I actually enjoyed it mostly. It was kinda far out, but it is fiction. I didnt get much feel for the personalties of the characters and there were a lot... Read more
Published 9 hours ago by luci
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
I just couldn't get into this book. I read 10% of it and didn't want to read any more. Maybe it was because I had so many more books wanted to start that I couldn't keep going... Read more
Published 18 hours ago by KC
5.0 out of 5 stars edge of your seat
Couldn't put this book down! On the edge of your seat page turner! Recommend to persons who like thrillers! Awesome
Published 1 day ago by fitzrey
4.0 out of 5 stars savannah twist and turns
This has potential for the start of a good series with the CIA team of 2 guys and one girl. Plus, the really bad guy is still alive, although a little hard to believe he could move... Read more
Published 1 day ago by D. S. Walker
3.0 out of 5 stars The bad gun won.
Okay, except for the ending. Ending was too predictable. The best plot went south at the end of the book.
Published 1 day ago by Joe
2.0 out of 5 stars where was the ending?
Flow, cadence was off. Great storyline book probably needed to be150 pages longer for better character development. The sequencing when the foot pursuit happened was weak.
Published 1 day ago by georgiaann ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good and kept me interested
Published 1 day ago by Robert
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More About the Author

Chuck Barrett is an Amazon bestselling author of the Award-Winning Jake Pendleton series--Breach of Power, The Toymaker, and The Savannah Project. In addition to thrillers, Barrett conducts seminars and classes on the art of self publishing based on his book--Publishing Unchained: An Off-Beat Guide To Independent Publishing.

Barrett is a Florida native and a graduate of Auburn University. He is a retired air traffic controller with over 26 years experience and veteran commercial pilot & flight instructor spanning over three decades of flight experience.

Chuck also holds Dive Master and Rescue Diver certifications. He enjoys hiking in the Rockies with his wife, Debi and currently resides in Northeast Florida.

Awards:
--Breach of Power
Winner of the 2013 Indie Excellence Award in Political Thrillers
Finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards Thriller/Adventure category
--The Toymaker
Finalist in the 2013 International Book Awards Thriller/Adventure & Mystery/Suspense categories
--The Savannah Project
Finalist in the 2011 International Book Awards Thriller/Adventure category
Second Place in the 2011 Reviewers Choice Awards Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror category
Honorable Mention in the 2011 ForeWord Reviews Book-Of-The-Year Awards Thriller/Suspense category


http://chuckbarrettbooks.com

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