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"Falbey offers a bold, gritty spy thriller... conjures memories of Lawrence Sanders and his hero Edward X. Delaney...."
- Kirkus Indie Review


Tremendous first effort. It is hard to believe that Falbey is not a veteran of the literary business. Unlike many writers of Thriller genre, Falbey develops six distinct and unique characters and personalities that despite their diversity work together on the execution of a not to implausible situation.
-Jim McGowan


" . . . reads like a novel written by a master craftsman. Thoroughly researched, and fast paced, this political thriller will provide more than a few wry smiles, as you recognize people and scenarios drawn from today's headlines and political theatre.
-Suzanne Anderson, author of
Mrs. Tuesday Departure


What an exciting, thrilling ride it will be. Falbey develops his characters with care, has them interact realistically, and builds suspense from the get-go. While the book reads well throughout, the last several chapters kept me up long after my flight had landed.
- RE Prof, Amazon Reviewer


John's book made me feel like I stepped into a CSI episode with Tom Clancy as the director.
- Andrea Kurian, Orangeberry Book Tours

From the Author

This book and the two that will follow it in the Sleeping Dogs trilogy present a frightening, but plausible scenario. The Soviet Union spent decades and enormous capital trying to subvert and destroy America's social structure and cultural values. The USSR is gone, but has another interest with similar goals succeeded to the assets it implanted? Is the current political turmoil and systemic upheaval a result of such continuing efforts? Sleeping Dogs explores this frightening possibility with relentless action and thought provoking plot twists.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: John Wayne Falbey (June 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985518715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985518714
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,603,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Wayne Falbey writes techno-political spy thrillers and action/adventure novels. His debut novel, Sleeping Dogs: The Awakening, has reached #1 in Amazon genres and is selling internationally. It also has been endorsed by Compulsory Reads. It's the first in a planned trilogy about a deadly black ops unit being hunted to extinction by its own government. But these hunter/killers are fighting back! He also is the author of The Quixotics, a tale of gunrunning, guerilla warfare, and treachery in the Caribbean.
The writers currently at the top of his reading list include Brad Thor, Alex Berenson, Lee Child, and David Baldacci.
A native Floridian and former transactional attorney, Falbey is a real estate investor and developer in Southwest Florida. He invites you to visit him at www.sleepingdogs.biz. Readers can sign up at the site for a not-so-regular newsletter about new publications, signings, and other information concerning his writing efforts. All questions will be answered.

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Can humans really rewired? Are we that complex or are we that simple? John's book made me feel like I stepped into a CSI episode with Tom Clancy as the director. There are bits that come at you like rapid fire and then there are the slow bits where he takes all the time in the world to explain a scene or character.

One thing you can be sure of is that A LOT of research has been put into the book. Are the theories plausible? I don't know, I haven't checked. But his writing style and presentation makes you confident that they are bound to happen at some point or another. Or have they happened already?

The ending comes as a surprise and I'm assuming will be further developed in the next part of the trilogy. Still, if you would like a non-series book, I think this book can stand by itself as well.

Would I recommend this book? Yes, to anyone who like action / adventure.

Overall assessment:
Content: 4/5
Editing: 4/5
Formatting: 3.5/5
Pacing: 4/5
Offensive content?: R, language and adult themes.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author through Orangeberry Book Tours. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.
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What an exciting, thrilling ride it will be. Falbey develops his characters with care, has them interact realistically, and builds suspense from the get-go. While the book reads well throughout, the last several chapters kept me up long after my flight had landed.

As an aside, I have been to many of the locations Falbey uses and his descriptions are so realistic. While I never saw the characters he describes at any of the sites, Falbey clearly did his homework. Next time I go to any of these locations, you can bet your bottom dollar that I'll keep my eyes more wide open and won't turn my back--even for an instant.
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I read some of the reviews about this book that were not quite stellar but decided to read it anyway and I am glad I did. My mom always told me that no matter how good you were at doing something, there were always people that would come along that were better, faster, smarter, etc. That statement alone makes the plot in this book plausible to me. Good book. I'd recommend it.
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I was encouraged by a friend to give this book a go. It is definitely one of the better recent action/thriller books I have read in a long time. The book moved a bit slow for me in the beginning while the author developed the personalities and idiosyncrasies of the several principal characters. Very soon after that, however, Falbey unfolds a very plausible and engaging scenario of the book that combines science(or science fiction?), geopolitics, and internal government agency conflict. Falbey has done his homework with this book, describing in great detail international locales, scientific principles, weapons, aircraft, and tactics of the martial arts. I'm looking forward to the sequel now that I have come to know the cast of characters.
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For someone who enjoys history, military, intelligence and political thrillers, Sleeping Dogs: The Awakening fulfills my seemingly insatiable appetite for these genres. From the first couple of pages you are hooked by the initial action and kept wondering; who is this Brendan Whelan and wow is he an effective weapon. Falbey's research and description combine for a page turning thriller that a reader cannot put down. Being the first in a trilogy certainly gives me something to look forward to over the next couple of years. Do not hesitate to purchase this book...enjoy!
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Sleeping Dogs is in the same vein as the works of Baldacci, Ludlum, Flynn and Griffin. There is much mystery, lots of violence, a good story line, the CIA imprint, and an ending allowing future editions! I very much enjoyed reading it and am looking forward to the next version.
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A fascinating and very well written political thriller with great characters and a thought provoking plot. It will keep you in suspense until the end and leave you wanting more. I am looking forward to the next "Awakening of the Sleeping Dogs".

Gary
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Sleeping Dogs is excellent. The fascinating details in the descritions of all the elements of the political technical thrillers we have come to expect and enjoy are often as educational as they are entertaining. Perhaps Falbey is the next master.
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