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The Kennedy Rifle [Kindle Edition]

JK Brandon
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Like JFK, Michael Cole's father was shot in Dealey Plaza that day, wounded by a shot from the Grassy Knoll...or so he said. His claim triggers years of research by his son. As a court-certified expert on firearms and ballistics, Michael Cole writes a book about a second Dallas assassin and the weapon likely used. Cole is ridiculed, his reputation nearly destroyed. Finally, with the death of his father and the passing of five decades, Cole abandons his search for the truth.  Meanwhile, his book attracts some unwanted attention from those originally involved.

One day a woman comes to his office with killer looks and an unbelievable story. Kate Marlowe says she has proof of a JFK assassination conspiracy, that her uncle was bodyguard and driver for the assassin on the Grassy Knoll. After JFK's murder in 1963, he drove to Arizona to lay low and hide the sniper rifle. Now near death, he confesses his crime and the rifle's location to her. Go get the rifle, he tells her. Show the world what really happened. Kate travels to Arizona to enlist the help of Michael Cole and locate the true assassin's rifle.

Before they can find it, rumors surface of the Kennedy Rifle and a mysterious auction on the fiftieth anniversary. Billionaire collectors, criminal arms-dealers, and coup d'etat participants join the hunt. Some want the truth, some want the truth buried, but all want the rifle...and Kate and Cole dead.
               


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"Brandon's saga features ballistics expert Michael Cole in an un-put-down-able thriller noir. Brilliantly developed characters, intriguing speculation and bombshell plot twists keep readers turning pages until the very end of this starkly realistic, desert-hot thrill ride.
Sexy, savvy and utterly satisfying." -- Kirkus Reviews

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The Kennedy Rifle has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012
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Cole knows Kate Marlowe is trouble.  Two thugs have already visited his office and beat him up, warning him to stay away from her or else.  But when the divorced legal secretary from Houston shows up shortly thereafter- "Blonde hair and long legs was all he could see. That was enough"- Cole decides to hear what she has to say; he's almost immediately hooked. He has an obsession with the JFK assassination-his father was in Dealey Plaza back on November 22, 1963, and was allegedly hit with a stray bullet. Cole even wrote a controversial book about the assassination. So when Marlowe tells him that she has the actual rifle that killed the president and she now wants nothing more than to prove there was a grand-scale conspiracy, Cole agrees to help. The weapon is hidden on a remote ranch in southern Arizona; all they have to do is find it. But there are those who will do anything to keep the truth from being revealed-even if it means mass murder. Although the duo's relentlessly paced quest is daunting, not to mention historically monumental, Brandon adds gritty humor to counterbalance the thematic gravity. A thug, for instance, is described as "an ethnic mix, maybe half-Asian and half-Rottweiler." Ultimately, this tightly plotted, action-packed thriller will appeal to crime-fiction aficionados, fans of mainstream thrillers and conspiracy theorists in particular. A cast of brilliantly developed characters, intriguing speculation and bombshell plot twists will keep readers turning the pages until the very end of this starkly realistic, desert-hot thrill ride.
 
Sexy, savvy and utterly satisfying.

Product Details

  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ballistic Press (January 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VY8I1M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,215 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised!! March 9, 2012
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Mr. Brandon has created some vivid characters, each with their own voice, which makes the story really jump off the page and come to life. I admired that. The plot is lively, but what I liked most is that it was not at all farfetched. What a concept: characters (both protagonists and antagonists) who act and react in logical and sensible fashion, given their various motivations. I relate to the story when I understand the choices the characters make. Mr. Brandon gets that, I feel.

I have two small criticisms. First, I won't go as far as to use the term "cliche," but the writing style seems somewhat familiar, and reminds me at times of Dan Brown, specifically The Da Vinci Code. But there's something successful about the way Brown writes, and I enjoy his books, too. So, maybe that's a plus for Brandon. My other criticism is that the ending is so abrupt, and leaves a lot unresolved. Not that a book is a failure unless it ties every plot angle up with a nice, neat bow on it, but I felt a little unsatisfied. Was Brandon just leaving me wanting more? Or did he give up on this story too early?

Overall, though, I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. I was glad to see that it was not a book about solving the mystery about who killed JFK. If that's your interest, there are plenty of books for you. (Personally, I would recommend: On the Trail of the Assassins by James Garrison). This is an action novel, a piece of fiction, and a successful one, at that. Looking forward to more of JK Brandon's work.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read February 3, 2012
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Just got my hands on a copy of "The Kennedy Rifle" By JK Brandon. While not having the luxury the past several years of being able to sit and do a lot of reading I soon found myself unable to put this book down. The author found a way to make the characters more than believable and the totally unexpected plot twists were a surprise. Upon finishing the book I found myself looking for more. Hats off to Mr. Brandon for a job well done. If you are a lover of thrillers you owe yourself the opportunity to enjoy this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was enjoying the book...and then.... April 26, 2012
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This book had potential and I was enjoying reading it when all of a sudden it ended.
It felt like the author gave up on it. There were so many possibilities for the ending and yet the ending left me with a void.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Finished but Enjoying... March 6, 2012
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I'm in the middle of this book and enjoying it immensely. I'll be reading it the rest of the day. The premise is intriguing- I was 16 at the time of the assassination and I've always doubted the accuracy of the Warren Report. To find a work of fiction that deals with this historic incident and the aftermath is remarkable - to find one that is a page-turner is even better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As Noted By Others, Great Story - Lousy Ending. May 13, 2012
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Hey folks,

It would seem that I share similar thoughts on this book with a bunch of others. Liked the story - Yes. Page turner - Yes. Interesting characters - Yes. Surprise ending - Yes, but the surprise was the abrupt ending that really was not an ending. As noted by a few others, it was like the author just decided to quit the story. As good as the story was up to the end, I would not expect to read any more stories from this author.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Premise May 12, 2012
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I am a history buff and this story kept me intrigued throughout. The tidbits about the assassination were very interesting, although I would've liked the author to clarify in an "author's note" what was true and what was fiction. "Spoiler" - The ending was sadly disappointing. I thought I was missing the last chapter or two, it ended so abruptly. I kept flipping forward and backwards thinking my download skipped something. The author could've ended this book much better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kennedy Rifle April 3, 2012
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A very exciting and intriguing book that kept you in suspense the whole time. I recommend this to anyone interested in the Kennedy Assination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Kennedy Rifle March 30, 2012
By Kathy H
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I finished this book in two days. It was a page-turner with a couple of real surprises. I love anything that is written about Arizona and, of course, anything about the Kennedy assassination. The book makes more sense to me than did the Warren Report. I like JK Brandon's fast-paced dialog . . . it reminds me a bit of Harlan Coben's style of writing. Now I'm going to give it to my husband to read. Then we'll have something to chat about!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good reading, I didn't like the ending.
Published 1 month ago by Charles Shank
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good
Published 2 months ago by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting as they look for the smoking gun.
I enjoyed this book, very fast read. Give it a try you won't be able to put it down. Worth the time.
Published 4 months ago by Jerry shadrick
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
and predictable. Not worth the time it took to read it. You could substitute any subject when Kennedy's rifle was mentioned and it would still make sense
Published 16 months ago by S. Metzger
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, light assassination reading
Over before I expected because I read the kindle version, I was caught by surprise and to keep checking to see if it was really the end... Read more
Published 19 months ago by David Lawler
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the story and concept of this book, I was left hanging at the end. The whole book was about "The Kennedy Rifle" and **spoilers** just because things... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Julie A. Kleiman
3.0 out of 5 stars The Kennedy Rifle
Once I got into the book, I enjoyed it, but didn't care for how the book ended - found it left you hanging on what did happen.
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interestiung theories.
I don'[t think anyone believes that Oswald acted alone. If he did, it was the biggest miracle of marksmanship in history.
Published 21 months ago by Lee O. Bryant
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading
Always good to find a worthwhile new writer.
Good story with plenty of action and suspense.
Cold be even plausible. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Guy Dombrowski
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay
For the most part I enjoyed this book until the ending. There were a couple of things that were never tied up that could have benefited from an extra fifty pages or so to explain. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Harv W
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JK Brandon writes mysteries and thrillers with Arizona-based protagonists. He lives in Scottsdale with one very-tolerant wife and two ill-mannered Black Labradors. His Michael Cole thriller website is www.jkbrandon.com, his Taser/Meatloaf mystery website is www.ahowlinthenight.com

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