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A Single Deadly Truth (A Steve Decatur Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

John Urban
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Single Deadly Truth -- Amazon Top-5 Hardboiled Best Seller for more than eight weeks.

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"Single Deadly is a fast read that blends sunken treasure, deep-sea diving, fast boats and a cast of characters that run from bad guys to real bad guys to really really bad guys. (And that doesn't even count the shark.)" Author Frank Cook.

Urban sets the story on the waters of Cape Cod and Buzzards Bay and gives the reader a rewarding blend of adventure, seaside escapism, and maritime history. Fans of Clive Cussler, Peter Benchley, and Randy Wayne White will find a new hero in Steve Decatur.


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  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HILPLO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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74 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add Steve Decatur to Jack Reacher and Myron Bolitar January 25, 2011
By F. Cook
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"A Single Deadly Truth" is a five-star read that puts debut author John Urban on the same thriller list as Lee Child and Harlan Coben - and Urban's central character, harbormaster Steve Decatur, on the same list as Jack Reacher and Myron Bolitar. (OK, more Bolitar than Reacher, but very similar.) Set on the New England coast, "Single Deadly" is a fast read that blends sunken treasure, deep-sea diving, fast boats and a cast of characters that run from bad guys to real bad guys to really really bad guys. (And that doesn't even count the shark.) I don't know anything about sailing and still found this to be a great read. Those who are sailors would probably find it even better. Consider me a fan.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Single Deadly Truth January 4, 2011
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I couldn't put it down. It moves very quickly. As an ex-Navy person I devoured the depictions on the water. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspence. Urban takes us on a hunt for sunken treasure and leaves us satisfied.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Exhausting December 17, 2011
By Bea
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I struggled to get through this book; I didn't enjoy it at all. It started out good enough, but it just seemed to drag on painfully. I thought the main character lacked clarity and the story line shallow. When I read the sample my first impression was that it may not hold my interest, but the reviews were so good I gave it a try. I should have gone with my initial impression; I finished it only because I paid for the book. I'm glad it's over!

All stories don't appeal to all readers and this one didn't appeal to me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable New England sea story December 30, 2011
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A Single Deadly Truth, e-book by John Urban is a mystery with Buzzards Bay and surrounding New England territory as its setting.
Steve Decatur is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and local college professor who is serving as Assistant Harbormaster at Harbor Point, Massachusetts during the summer. He lives in an old sailboat docked in the harbor and has a local girlfriend, Susan, who is a New York lawyer. He had missed a call from Chris Blanchard, a young lobsterman who works out of the area and is the nephew of his good friend, Marty Daponte, a former Boston Bruin's player of great repute.
Returning from a tour of the harbor to check on a reported large shark in the area Steve is called by Dan Fawcette, the harbormaster, to tell him that Chris is missing. Steve returns and finds the police with questions about Chris, who has a reputation for drug abuse and trouble. From here, the story begins to unfold with introduction of a number of characters of importance to the story. Emil Ducharme, the 60 year old French captain of the 175 foot treasury recovery ship, Oceanus. He is of dubious scruples and has a rogue crew with at least two members of a seemingly similar bent. Adalino Alviera, owner of the dock in New Bedford that Chris rented. Khoumaris, an arms dealer with a 70 foot power boat capable of doing 70 knots. Barstow, an old school FBI agent, and his partners. James Stafford, an old, mentally unstable, retired naval captain and his daughter Jane. Steve's old emeritus professor of Naval History, FP, and close friends Jim and Billy.
The plot evolves with several murders, finding an unreported lost ship, discovery, and use of, equipment from much earlier days in naval history, and daring action by the protagonist. The author is knowledgeable of his subject and, although containing some moderate stretches of credibility, has provided a moderately enjoyable read. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award-winning fiction/non-fiction author.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FROG WATER December 21, 2011
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"FROG WATER" IS A TERM USED BY DRIFT BOAT GUIDES ON THE ROGUE RIVER TO DESCRIBE SLOW MOVING SECTIONS OF THE RIVER THAT HOLD NO FISH. YOU TRUDGE THROUGH THESE AREAS ADDING NOTHING TO YOUR ENJOYMENT OR CATCH. READING "A SINGLE DEADLY TRUTH" IS A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE. DESPITE THE FACT YOU DO GET TO SOME GOOD PROSE THAT MOVES THE STORY ALONG AND DEFINES CHARACTERS THERE IS JUST A AWFUL LOT OF "FROG WATER". I'LL STILL GIVE IT THREE STARS, HOWEVER.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read of Non-stop Action January 30, 2011
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A Single Deadly Truth is fast paced and engaging from the first introduction to the final explosion. Urban creates a thrilling world of danger and discovery. His descriptions of the waters in and around Buzzard's Bay and Cape Cod will ring true to anyone who's been there. Reading them transports you to a boat at Steve Decatur's side! Looking forward to more like this and the next one in the series.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a thriller December 18, 2011
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A thriller suggests a page-turning suspense-filled experience. Though here the author gives us some accurate Cape Cod locations, nothing else is satisfying. This is a boring thriller. More talk than action. No real suspense. Major disappointment.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a sleeper January 9, 2012
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I was looking for a thriller and end with something to put a baby to sleep with. About as plausable as a sub with screen doors and that just the first 15% of the book. I think most exciting thing is the title. I didn't even finish the book, it was such a boring and poorly written story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked the book
vert suspenseful. the story kept me wanting to not put the book down. I liked it very much. the story line was very good.
Published 1 month ago by Avid reader
4.0 out of 5 stars A gift
The book was given as a holiday gift to a friend that is a Steve Decatur fan. He reported the book was a fun read.
Published 7 months ago by Boudreaux
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It starts off with suspense and the suspense continues to build throughout the novel and makes for a very good book to read.
Published 8 months ago by Eileen Plante
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A good read.......not great.....was "sort-of-predictable"
Nice description of characters and locations.
Read this book in two days. Read more
Published 14 months ago by HOWARD JENKINS
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Entertaining, Concise
This was my first Steve Decatur mystery and I was pleasantly pleased. This novel is well put together and has strong character development from the beginning that makes the reader... Read more
Published 18 months ago by MLH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This debut novel by John Urban is a very pleasant surprise. From the opening chapter until the dramtic conclussion, readers will be pulling for Steve Decatur, part overachiever,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bill G
4.0 out of 5 stars water logged
normally i dont even read books on such topics but something about this one had me from the beginning. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Lk3
4.0 out of 5 stars A Single Deadly Truth
I have the Kindle version of a "Single Deadly Truth." I found it off to a slow start, but it picked up speed slowly and by the last half or third of the book, the story raced and... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Linda Allison
2.0 out of 5 stars great read
First time reading this author, book very well written and would recommend toreaders who like action novels. I enjoyed from start to finish and will add him to my list.
Published 23 months ago by bigsurf
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much to recommend
This is a pretty simplistic tale that seems as if it were written for teens or young adults
However the descriptions and narrative regarding Nantucket and the Cape Cod area... Read more
Published 23 months ago by R. E. Brantley
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More About the Author

Like his protagonist, John Urban has worked as a college professor and he sails the waters of Southern New England on an old wooden sailboat that he restored. He is a regular contributor to the blog Write On The Water, and his short stories have appeared in the anthologies Seasmoke and Deadfall.

The ocean was his desired destination from an early age. As a boy living a landlocked life in Western Massachusetts, nights were dedicated to reading about boats and watching Flipper and weekends were spent boating and fishing, April-to-October, on Long Island Sound. Thoughts of a career at sea ended early after a stint at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but the circle of life has come around some years later in the form of the fictional world of Steve Decatur. Urban lives just outside Boston and spends his summers near the waters edge of Buzzards Bay and Rhode Island Sound. A Single Deadly Truth, published on Amazon Kindle, is Urban's debut novel. As second Steve Decatur mystery is due out in 2011. For more information: www.johnmurban.com



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