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- Book 2 of 11 in A Vigilante Series (11 Book Series)
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Claude was born in Montreal, Canada, at a very young age, where he still resides with his spouse, Joanne, under the watchful eye of Krystalle and Midnight, two black females of the feline persuasion. In a former life, he completed his studies at McGill University and worked in various management capacities for a handful of firms over countless years. From there, considering his extensive background in human resources and finance, it was a logical leap in his career path to stay home and write crime thrillers.
His first stab at writing fiction was actually in 1995, the result being his first novel, Vigilante. Two others of the same series followed by 1997 but all three remained dormant until publication in 2009. Since, besides writing ASYLUM, a stand-alone, the Vigilante Series has grown to eleven thrilling installments including his latest release, Sins in the Sun. Two of his novels were included in the pair of blockbuster Killer Thriller anthologies, the second of which made the USA Today Bestsellers list in March 2014. Claude has also penned Something's Cooking, a faux-erotica parody and cookbook under the pseudonyms Réal E. Hotte and Dasha Sugah. His most recent work, released July 28, 2015, is Nasty in Nice, his contribution to Russell Blake's JET Kindle World.
Eight of his eleven books in the Vigilante Series have been #1 bestsellers in the Vigilante Justice category on Amazon while the remaining three came close in the #2 and #3 slots. Nasty in Nice made #3 on the Kindle World Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Bestseller List and sat comfortably at #1 for several days as a Hot New Release. Almost 600,000 copies of his books have been distributed to date.
An avid user of Twitter since launching his author career in 2009, Claude boasts a following of over half a million and has sent in excess of 265,000 tweets. He ranked #1 in Canada on Hubspot's now defunct Twitter.grader consistently for over a year in 2010-2011 and attained the #1 worldwide spot at least once, on May 20, 2011.
Claude's other interests include reading, playing guitar, painting, cooking, traveling and planning to exercise.
You can visit his website at claudebouchardbooks.com which has often been described as comparable to DisneyLand without the rides.
Top Customer Reviews
More character building with the main characters, with more depth. Suitably venial bad guys and the 'underground government group' scenario was handled with a light touch. Good pacing and the writing in this second book flowed better.
My only criticism of the characterization would be that the author has some difficulty writing well defined women characters, even when they are given a fairly important role in the storyline. They have the feel of a stock character to me still. I also felt that he depended on the main character dropping some of his extreme caution for the plot to work, which did not seem particularly plausible to me, after the emphasis on caution in the first book.
As I had figured out at the ending of first novel the actual identity of the Vigilante, it leaves me with the question of if it is OK to have a serial killer, probably known to the police, as the "Hero" regardless of his motives and the actions and the lifestyles of his victims.
I also question why this book is listed as in the "Barry/McCall" series. McCall is only a very minor character in this book and really has nothing to do with investigating or solving any crimes at all.
Technically the book is much better edited than the first one with only a couple of minor typos that didn't interfere with the reading but the same horrible formatting problems exist with the Kindle eBook edition as did in the first one. For some reason it took until the third Kindle eBook in Tom Lowe's Sean O'Brien series to straighten out the formatting so we'll have to wait and see what happens with the third one in this series!
And I most definitely intend to read "Mind Games" and probably the rest of the series.
In The Consultant, Chris Barry is back and better than ever. He has shucked his high-salaried position with CSS Inc., anxious to live out his early retirement. Before he can enjoy the perks though, Chris is approached with the offer of a contract position with a top secret government organization within the Ministry of Defense. Their leader, Jonathan Adley knows of Chris' past, but leaves the decision of whether to accept the position up to Chris. Of course, Chris accepts and delves right in to his new position and uses his special skills to reveal the mystery behind the death of one of the chief officers at Quality Imports.
The Consultant is a quick-read with some great new characters and the wonderful old ones. Without overwhelming the reader with description, Claude easily pulls the reader into Chris Barry's life. The short chapters help to build suspense, and made it easy for me to say, "okay, I'll read just one more chapter," over and over.
If you enjoy reading thrillers, check out The Consultant, but be sure to read Vigilante first.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book despite the feeling that sections got bogged down in a lot of details as the author tries to tie everything together. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mom3
I think it was better than the first and the first was excellent and should read first to avoid a spoiler. Going to start the next one now.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
With this second book in 'The Vigilante Series', Mr. Bouchard keeps up the pace and the story just grows! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sabrina Jean
Excellent characters and great twists throughout! I have to add fourteen more words before they will accept my review ... geez!Published 5 months ago by H. A. Erwin
Chris has retired after CSS was bought by a large computer company, making Chris worth over a hundred million dollars. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edward of Washington
From page one to the end, the action was believable and fast paced. The book painted a picture and it was exciting. You won't regret reading this book!Published 7 months ago by JSI
Good read will look forward to reading more of the series and would recommend it. Good book it was entertaining.Published 7 months ago by Mickell Smith
A Canadian thriller that would easily translate to a great action movie. I'm ready to read more by this author.Published 7 months ago by K. Donnelly
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