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Silent Victor (The Clarke Lantham Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

J. Daniel Sawyer
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Book Description

An alien hunter?
A Chinese assassin?
A missing meteorite?
Clarke Lantham is gonna need a Vicodin

The California Academy of Sciences, a bastion of integrity in scientific public relations, has agreed to play host to one of the most valuable traveling exhibits in the world: a Mars rock with microbial alien life. But the attention it's drawing isn't just international, it's interstellar. When a commando team of gray aliens steals the rock and abducts a security guard, in full view of the cameras, the head of the security contractor has only one place to turn: Clarke Lantham Investigations.

Clarke Lantham already turned down an alien-related job earlier in the week, and has had his fill of kooks, cranks, and crooks of all kinds. Unfortunately, with an old client suing him, a employee to pay for, and a new ward chewing through his finances, he needs the paycheck. This time, though, he's not the only one looking for a missing person: the FBI, Lloyd's of London, and the Chinese Ministry of State Security are all breathing down his neck.

From the dark underbelly of the Tongs slave trade to the shark-infested waters of Bolinas Bay to the skies far above the concerns of mere mortals, Lantham races against spies, assassins, and conspiracy theorists to find the missing man--and the treasure that went with him--before the theft becomes a diplomatic incident between the world's most fearsome superpowers and the alien overlords they allegedly support.

When the field gets that crowded, someone's bound to get hurt. But even that might be okay for Lantham...if he didn't have to sleep on the couch.


Product Details

  • File Size: 590 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475130589
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AWP Mystery (February 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00752J1OW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great blend of genres! June 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Every once in a while, I read a book that leaks through the walls we build as fans, writers, and publishers. Then there are books like Silent Victor: A Clarke Lantham Mystery by J. Daniel Sawyer (Smashwords / Amazon) that kick through those walls and do mean things to them while they're down.

At its core, this book continues in the vein of the other Lantham stories. That is to say, it's as close to a traditional noir as anything Dan does is close to anything "traditional". A long time genre blender, Dan takes this story and infuses science fiction into its warp and weft. Lantham is handed perhaps the strangest case in a long line of strange cases. A meteorite has been stolen from the California Academy of Sciences. If that's not SF enough, it was taken by a commando team of gray aliens who also abduct and ostensibly probe a security guard, in full view of the cameras. Okay so the probing doesn't happen in view of the cameras, but there's evidence.
Like his other cases, Lantham must get at the reality behind the appearances. Sometimes, and this case is no different, the truth he uncovers is stranger than the fiction. There's also a good deal of science laced throughout the book, so I'm okay with hosting the review here, however tenuous calling this science fiction may be.

This is the longest book in the series and as such it does move more slowly. Dan has more time to weave the complex plot threads he loves with the rich characters he always develops. The risk there is that we as the audience have time to breathe. In past stories the pace has always been breakneck and that provided a great source of tension. That's not to say this book is lacking in that department.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller December 26, 2012
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Great Clarke Lantham story ! This thriller kept me on the edge of my seat with all its action and mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SO. GOOD. OMG. June 20, 2012
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I stayed up irresponsibly late last night to finish this one. The beginning grabbed me and didn't let me go until the end! This is my favorite Lantham book so far! The character development in incredible, the story has so many twists and turns I ended up dizzy by the end, and I probably have whiplash but I loved every second of it. The research base was huge, and explanations of all the techy stuff made it easy for a Luddite like me to understand! I'm definitely falling in love with these characters, and can see some of them as my friends! Keep writing! I can't wait for the next one!
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More About the Author

J. Daniel Sawyer is a hat-wearing, obsessive-compulsive nutcase attempting to write his way out of the loony bin. He's the author of numerous fiction podcasts including Sculpting God, Down From Ten, and The Antithesis Progression (which earned him a spot as a 2009 Parsec Finalist). Lacking in personal qualities things that make for respectable character (such as the ability to sit still and shut up), he's forced to channel his lack of decorum into the fields of photography, a/v production, and writing for outfits like LinuxJournal and the occasional speculative fiction anthology.

When not working on his new secret steampunk fantasy adventure or getting into other mischief, he can be heard hosting the skeptical salon The Polyschizmatic Reprobates Hour, and as the narrator of Free Will, book two of The Antithesis Progression, both available through http://www.jdsawyer.net.

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