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Suicide Squeeze (The Fourth Outfielder Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

RW Bennett
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Divorced, missing his daughter, with a non-existent love life and on the verge of losing his position on the Boston Red Sox, Mark Mercer thought his life could get no worse.

He was wrong.

When he and Carlos, the rookie he coaches, stumble upon and thwart a hijacking, they find themselves in the middle of a vicious terror plot. Together with a beautiful FBI agent and Carlos, Mark now is in a race against time to save not just himself but tens of thousands of others targeted by the terrorists.



Tags: baseball, Red Sox, Boston, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, Boston Marathon, marathon, Johnny Mercer, terrorism, thriller, suspense, romance


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About the Author

RW Bennett has transitioned from a long business career to writing and composing. Bennett has been a Sales and Marketing VP, a financial systems consultant, a restaurateur, a day trader and a CPA but has always loved the written, spoken and sung word. Bennett majored in chemistry and business administration at Wartburg College in Iowa where he was a varsity wrestler and rugby player. He earned an MBA from University of Denver. Bennett’s interests in sports – he was a top-flight marathoner – as well as a better than average cyclist, tennis player, golfer and skier show through in his writing. He also has interests in vocal music, cooking, wine, politics and theology. Bennett lives in Denver with his wife Barbara and their Papillon dogs, Doodle and Dandy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 578 KB
  • Print Length: 313 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481202790
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RW Bennett Creative (December 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ANVU07E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Mark Mercer (Merc), a veteran outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, has been rehabbing a shoulder injury in the offseason. He is an experienced long distance runner and so he has been assigned a young outfielder, Carlos (Cinco), to mentor. Merc's job is to get the guy who is going to replace him in shape, so that on opening day Carlos will be playing his position in the outfield and Merc will be sitting on the bench. This might be a problem for some players, but Merc is a team player and knows that he will have plenty of chances to play, so everything is cool.

Merc is taking Carlos on a morning run in the mountains of West Virginia when they are surprised by an explosion not too far off the trail that they are running on. They take cover and are able to observe a hijacking of a truck carrying explosives to the nearby mine. Carlos tosses a large boulder though the windshield of one of the terrorist's vehicles which then runs off the road and down the mountainside. When the other SUV stops, Merc is able to bean the leader of the group with a rock, but the driver drags his boss back in the truck and they drive off.

From this point, Merc and Cinco have to get ready to play Spring ball and evade the terrorists, who are out for revenge. They also have to deal with the normal demands of Spring Training, while trying to figure out what the terrorists are planning.

This is a fun beginning to a new light-hearted mystery adventure series with a baseball backdrop. The tone and writing style reminds me of a cross between the "Elvis Cole" series by Robert Crais and the "Myron Bolitar" series by Harlan Coben, so if you like either of these, you are certain to enjoy this new series. I am looking forward to reading more about Merc, Cinco and the rest of the characters playing for the Boston Red Sox. I give this book a big thumbs up and 5 stars out of 5.

I received this book from the author. All he asked was that I read it and give it an honest review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read March 9, 2013
By Ken
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This was a fun and entertaining read. The right amount of drama, twists and turns. My wife hates baseball, but she enjoyed this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For all Red Sox lovers January 15, 2013
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If you love major league baseball, specifically the Boston Red Sox, add in a touch of romance, friendship, murder and a hijacking, then this is for you.

Professional player Mark Mercer was told to take Carlos Chavez under his wing to get him ready for a new career with the Red Sox. Little did they know they would be involved in a murder and hijacking of explosives prior to the start of spring training.

Unfortunately, the murder and hijacking take a back seat in the story. The majority of the book is focused on Mark Mercer and his passion for the Boston Red Sox. Mix in his personal life with a need for speed, no intimate relationships until he meets an FBI Special Agent determined to help solve the terrorist case and protect Mark, and add a budding friendship with his potential replacement on the team, Carlos.

While this is a great read for the love of baseball, starting with spring training in Florida, ending with the start of the regular season at Fenway Park in Boston, it could have had more about the suspense of those looking to silence Mark and Carlos for being a witness to their plot.

Easy to follow as it is written in date order, keeping the sequence of events easy, and a great mix of characters, from the owners to the players to the FBI agents and the others in Mark's life, it is a good read overall.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than Baseball ! February 2, 2013
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Suicide Squeeze by RW Bennett

What a great book to have ready for a winter snap (or anytime you want a fun mystery). I curled up on the couch and got lost in the world of baseball, cheering for the good guy and girl, and worrying about a terrorist plot on home turf. Suicide Squeeze brings forward the inner-workings of professional baseball from a players perspective but you don't have to be a sports fan to connect with the struggles of Mark Mercer - well except for the not so everyday struggles of fighting terrorist. I look forward to becoming good friends with Mark in the next book in the series, maybe his team will win the World Series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let Mark Mercer charm you July 22, 2013
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I almost titled this "Timing is Everything." I downloaded the book last March and it would have been a very different read before the recent Boston Marathon bombing. But that is hardly the writer's fault.

Overall, I really, really liked the book. I love baseball and I thoroughly enjoyed the player level observations of the game. Bennett gives Mark Mercer a charming personality and voice.

I am dinging the book one star for some really annoying and, in my mind, utterly unneccesary religious bits. They served nothing in moving the plot along. I may yet ding it another star for this but I'll sleep on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good seasonal read. May 10, 2013
By Bob
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Enjoyed the charters and the story development. Did not read the previous stories in the series so it stood well alone but I plan to follow up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! May 2, 2013
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Saving this book to read again! Have recommended it to several people. Very well written, fast paced and I couldn't put it down. FIVE BIG STARS!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read January 30, 2013
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This is a good book - even for those of us who aren't baseball fans! Merc Mercer - the main character - is a very likeable guy. He gets to show off his many talents both on and off the field but hasn't allowed all that talent to go to his head. Talented - but not perfect and we get to see his imperfection as well. I'm really hoping that Mr. Bennett brings Merc back for more!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a fun book!
Published 2 months ago by Tired of Graffiti
4.0 out of 5 stars Suicide Squeeze
I won this book on Goodreads and didn't get time to read it until now. What a well-written book it turned out to be. I really enjoyed everything about it . Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jackie Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Mercury Mercer is a Must!
It's been a while since I've read a fun, fast-paced and very entertaining book centered on one of my least favorite subjects: baseball. That should tell you how riveted I was by R. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Conchie Fernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
Suicide Squeeze captures your attention with true to life detail in the way government law enforcement works, accurate depictions of various parts of the country, and real life... Read more
Published 16 months ago by mainco
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, slow, quick
The first few chapters were a quick read and drew me in. The middle was a bit slow but by the last third of the story I couldn't put it down.
Published 16 months ago by wmbarbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Suicide Squeeze
That was a fantastic plot and story, where some part of it
became almost real in Boston... Can you believe it.?? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A well earned home run
Mercury Mercer is an example of what a sports professional needs to be, aware that his gifts make him extraordinary but still a human being with imperfections. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Paul B
5.0 out of 5 stars Good twist and turns
The first few pages I was not sure if I would enjoy this book. But, as I read further and further I was unable to anticipate what would happen next. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good action/thriller read in a baseball setting
I really enjoyed reading this book. Couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. Plenty of action. Good character development. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kurt
4.0 out of 5 stars ONE ADVENTURE AFTER ANOTHER
I liked this. It is the first of this series that I have read. I liked the little bits of baseball history thrown in and the clever way our hero and his buds always come out on... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sandra Henry
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RW Bennett has transitioned from a long business career to writing and composing. Bennett has been a Sales and Marketing VP, a financial systems consultant, a restaurateur, a day trader and a CPA but has always loved the written, spoken and sung word.

Bennett majored in chemistry and business administration at Wartburg College in Iowa where he was a varsity wrestler and rugby player. He earned an MBA from University of Denver. Bennett's interests in sports - he was a top-flight marathoner - as well as a better than average cyclist, tennis player, golfer and skier show through in his writing. He also has interests in vocal music, cooking, wine, politics and theology. Bennett lives in Denver with his wife Barbara and their Papillon dogs, Doodle and Dandy.

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