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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (June 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781593350529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593350529
  • ASIN: 159335052X
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,151,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former pilot who knows his way around the corridors of power on Capitol Hill as well as the Pentagon, Patrick Davis spins a believable yarn about the murder of an Air Force safety officer just before she was about to blow the whistle on a fatal defect in a popular airplane. Originally built for the Air Force, the G-626 accounts for nearly a quarter of the world's passenger fleet, but Colonel Margaret Wildman's evidence would have grounded it and destroyed a billion-dollar merger between Boeing and Global, the flawed plane's manufacturer. Martin Collins, a retired Air Force investigator who consults on military homicides, doesn't want to believe his service was involved in the death of the colonel and her two young children, but everything points to Wildman's immediate superior, Marcus Holland, who may have been acting on orders from higher up in the chain of command.

With a young special investigator who's got her own score to settle with Holland, and Simon Santos, an enigmatic detective whose wealth gives him entrée to the highest levels of military and political influence, Martin finds himself in a world of deals and deal makers even Simon can't access. Davis's skillful pacing drives the narrative to a surprising and explosive denouement, but long before that his complex and well-developed protagonists engage the reader's interest and empathy. Simon's past holds a secret that's the clue to his determination to solve this cloudy and complicated case, and Martin is still grieving his dead wife and trying to find his way as a single parent. The Colonel is a strong, muscular thriller that confirms Davis's promise as a writer to watch. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Set in a Washington, D.C., seething with politicos and lobbyists, Davis's third political thriller (after The Passenger) pits three unusual cops against a murderous conspiracy. When a female air force colonel and her two children are brutally tortured and murdered, a D.C. detective, an air force investigator and a rural Virginia police chief find themselves up to their handcuffs in suspects, motives, high-level obstruction, coverups and more bodies. It turns out that the colonel's death may be linked to a secret report she was preparing to present to Congress that would disclose the facts behind recent fatal airplane crashes, with implications for the entire U.S. transportation system. A series of gripping twists and turns and the revelation of a top-level conspiracy will keep readers on edge, and Davis adds ballast with well-drawn characters. Lt. Simon Santos, the D.C. detective, is a wealthy bachelor who does not shake hands, has a dark family past and takes some dubious investigative shortcuts. Capt. Amanda Gardner, the air force investigator, is a hard-boiled pro with a quick trigger who knows a bit too much about the leading suspect. Rural cop and former government agent Martin Collins, who narrates, is the steady influence who tries to keep the three from getting killed, fired, arrested by the FBI or crucified by the press. Refreshingly, Davis (an air force veteran) does not use technology or electronic gimmicks to solve the crime; instead, his protagonists rely on interrogation, legwork and old-fashioned cop intuition. We can only hope for more crime-busting drama from these gumshoes. Agent, Karen Solem at Writers House. (July 9) Forecast: The government conspiracy coverup at the heart of this story is a sure-fire element to attract readers. Davis's writing has improved with each outing, and this third thriller will undoubtedly establish his reputation.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The characters were likable and well drawn out, the story very interesting.
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It was a great read, had me on the edge of my seat, and captivated from beginning until end.
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I've read a number of books by Patrick A. Davis and this one doesn't disappoint!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Career military Martin Collins retired as an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel following twenty years of active duty mostly with the Office of Special Investigations. Shortly after leaving the service, Martin's wife dies from cancer. Martin raises their twelve-year-old daughter by himself even as he serves as Chief of police of Warrenton, Virginia. Occasionally, he performs investigative services for the Air Force, working as a liaison between civilian authorities and the military police.
His current case centers on the professional murder of Colonel Margaret Wildman and her two children. Martin soon concludes that the children were murdered to get their mother to talk. Her refusal led to their death, her torture, and ultimately her death too. It appears as if the killers obtained what they sought. On the contrary, the victim worked in the Air Force Safety Office with no access to top-secret information, making the scenario painted by the physical evidence seems unreasonable. This leaves Martin and the other investigators shaking their heads as nothing makes sense.
Patrick A. Davis has written an action packed thriller that will keep readers' interest until the final page is turned. THE COLONEL is a terrific novel because besides being well written the events appear plausible, which adds to airplane passengers playing Russian Roulette every time they fly. Martin is a wonderful person who gains reader empathy early and never loses it as his actions turn him into a real American hero. Mr. Davis is deservedly making quite a name for himself within the thriller genre.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L Burke on October 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I read this book and one of the author's other books, "The Passenger." Davis writes well and obviously intimately knows the kinds of characters, places, scenes, etc, that background his novel. Perhaps it is me and not Davis who is at fault for not awarding this book five stars, but I feel it is missing something. You are whisked along, helter-skelter, through a plot with the requisite twists, turns, and roller coaster plunges... but I want more. I want it to MEAN something. This book is solid entertainment, so maybe I am wrong to want it to snare me at gut level as well as taking me for a damn good carnival ride.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Vitale on August 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A suspensful thriller that begins with the murder of Colonel Margaret Wildman and both of her children. Colonel Wildman was a military investigator who had discovered a cover-up involving safety certifications on the G-626, one of the most popular civilian aircrafts flying today. The evidence she had accumulated would have crippled a proposed merger between Boeing and Global, the manufacturer of the G-626.
The detective assigned to the case is Simon Santos with a mystery past and a lot of money of his own. His own personal wealth and philosophy enable him to cut a few corners in his investigations. He brings in Martin Collins (Marty) who is a retired Air Force investigator who consults on military related homicides. Martin is still recovering from the death of his wife and trying to cope with a young teenage daughter. He sees the law, the crimes, the cover ups and the investigations in black and white and supposes that they will solve the mystery, expose the coverups and right all the wrongs.
The character development adds to the suspense which builds and continues to the final pages of the book. If there is a flaw, it's that there are too many characters to follow. Altogether a good read, however.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Konrad Kern VINE VOICE on August 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Martin Collins, a retired Air Force investigator who is currently the police chief of Warrentown, a small town in Virginia, is on occasion called upon by the military to help in criminal investigations. This time around they would like his help in solving a multiple murder. An Air Force Colonel and her 2 children have been slaughtered. Lieutenent Simon Santos, chief homicide investigator of the Arlington County PD, who requested Collins, is working it from the civilian side. As Collins and Simon work together, they find that the government and the military seem to be covering up a defect in a popular aircraft.
Character development and a steady pace with many twists and turns makes this a good read. Secret files, misleading clues and many suspicious characters, will keep you guessing. Beware the power of bureaucracy.
Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By clifford on November 25, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I started this book with great trepidation. Any book with the title 'The Colonel' had to be lacking in some department or another. At least thats how my thinking went until I became engrossed in these pages. The plot surrounds the brutal murder of an investigator of air force planes. Her job was to look into air-craft and see if they were sound. As the story progresses, we learn more and more about this situation and it really is both at the same time compelling as far as pushing the story along and ever more outlandish as far as conspiracy wise. I think that this aspect of the story both intrigued me and caused for my review to get notched down to just four stars.

The main character is Marty, an investigator who works as a consultant on military homicides. We follow him as he interrogates an ever more elaborate set of characters. You are never sure just who is in the wrong here or where the story is going. A couple of characters that help Marty along are also important. One is Simon Santos who is a character that mightily reminds me of the slick genius from Douglas Preston and Licoln Child's series of books. Simon knows everything, is wealthy, and a mysterious character to say the least. Also, Patrick Davis gives us an assistant to Marty, a young officer who prides herself in her ability and prowess.

All in all, this is a very fun book if just to see where it might be leading. Its worth reading.
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