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The Last Track: A Mike Brody Novel [Kindle Edition]

Sam Hilliard
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 288 pages
  • Series: Mike Brody (Book 1)
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Book Description

Mike Brody, the man you want when the one you love is missing.


After an asthmatic boy witnesses a murder and goes missing in the Montana wilderness, police turn to Mike Brody, a former Special Forces operative and master tracker with psychic abilities. But as Mike and a local officer follow their elusive quarry deeper into the woods, the killer begins a hunt of his own…


Some say his gift is supernatural, others consider it a curse. To Mike Brody, it’s a penance.


From the back cover:
“A good mix of mystery and adventure, The Last Track will appeal to any thriller reader. A good yarn, not to be missed . . . highly entertaining and extremely difficult to put down.”
~John A. Dunay, Police Lieutenant (Ret. ‘06)
~Police Advisor to Department of Justice, Dinwanyah and Kurdistan, Iraq ‘08

“The Last Track, by Sam Hilliard, is full of mystery and suspense to intrigue the mind. The story captures the thrill of the chase and the fear of the unknown. What kept my interest was the struggle for that we desire most in the form of love, success, money, and complete control. This book will keep your reading lamp on in the wee hours of the night!” ~Spc Amanda Daigle, Jan-Dec 09, Kirkuk, Iraq.
~Purple Heart, Feb 09

“The Last Track is one of the best thrillers our book club has ever read. Chock full of unexpected twists and turns, this well-crafted mystery kept us guessing up until the very last page. A natural storyteller, Hilliard knows how to build suspense and create compelling characters. We can’t wait to go on another adventure with Mike Brody!” ~Revolution Reading Club


Editorial Reviews

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"If you like thrillers set in the great outdoors, Sam Hilliard's The Last Track might light your campfire . . . Brody's search takes us deep into the Montana woods, which the author describes in such beautiful detail that we can almost smell the pines. Hints about Brody's own tragic background ratchet up the tension, which spikes further when his own son is threatened . . . Brody is such a riveting character that he could easily anchor an entire series." --Mystery Scene Magazine, Summer 2010 #115

"The ability to find people is a powerful one, but not without its pitfalls. The Last Track tells the story of Mike Brody, master tracker and former Special Services operative. Charged with hunting for a lost young man through the wilderness of Montana, Mike is faced with his toughest challenge yet, as a killer is on the loose as well, and everything lies on Mike's talents. "The Last Track" is an exciting adventure and mystery, highly recommended." --The Midwest Book Review, The Fiction Shelf, July 2010

"Hilliard's style reminds me a bit of James Patterson, both intriguing and creative." --Amanda Goossen --Lit Fest Magazine, New Authors, June 5, 2010

"Debut author Sam Hilliard has created an immensely likable reluctant hero in Mike Brody, and he's only scratched the surface of the character's potential. Though we know Brody's ability to track people borders on the supernatural, how he first discovered his talent and the inner demons that compel him to answer every request for help are only hinted at. Given the undoubtedly rich backstory available for Hilliard to mine, it's exciting to know that a second book featuring Brody is already in the works. It's clear that both Sam Hilliard and Mike Brody have very bright futures ahead of them." --Savannah Now, Book Review, July 26, 2010

From the Publisher

Readers, book bloggers, and reviewers all agree--Mike Brody is a character they want to read more about, and soon!

". . . tightly scripted, fast paced . . . with enough technical insights and plot twists to please the most ardent and critical fans of this genre. Mike Brody is an enigmatic character well worth following on future tracks!" --Wayne E. Martin, RCMP Superintendent, (Retired 2009)

"My only problem . . . I have to wait for the next one to be published.

"I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any and all who love suspense novels with a bit of the unusual and a lot of tension combined." --Susan Pettrone, books.Google.com

"Hilliard has an ability to keep you guessing throughout, not knowing who you can trust as a reader, always keeping the pages turning.

"Brings to mind the works of James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell. The story draws you in and keeps your attention through the twists and turns as you try to figure out who is behind the events taking place.

"The end of this one came together nicely. I was satisfied that this story was closed out, while leaving room for future books.

". . . flows well and offers up just enough plot twists to delight any mystery thriller fan.

"Gripping mystery with a paranormal twist." --E.J. Stevens, author of From the Shadows

". . . starts off with a bang and never lets up.

"Mystery buffs will especially appreciate the detailed tracking and unexpected surprises.

". . . just enough detail about the art of tracking to keep my interest without making the author look like a know-it-all.


Product Details

  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Buddhapuss Ink LLC (February 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037KM1O8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,009 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read February 22, 2010
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Based on a strong buyer review here, I gave The Last Track a chance, and I'm glad I did. Hilliard is new on the mystery/thriller scene but he writes like a well-practiced pro. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing right to the end.

His characters, including Mike Brody, are believable and well thought out. In fact, Hilliard gives you just enough background to suck you in, but not quite enough to completely slack your thirst for Brody. (NOTE: I am a major Robert Parker fan and love Spenser.) This book demands a sequel.

The dialogue throughout keeps the story moving and the "24" style time breaks that the author used in place of chapter breaks adds to the suspense. This is made for book groups (I'm recommending it to mine), plane trips, beach reading, or anytime you just want to curl up with a great read.
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48 of 59 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A thrown together mess . . . . January 18, 2013
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I hate to be so harsh on a book, especially since others found "The Last Track" to their liking, but I found it just the opposite for numerous reasons.

Spoilers ahead!!

I had a hard time getting behind a psychic, paranormal tracker for one thing. Getting picture images from just touching a footprint? If that was the case why didn't Mike Brody do that all along the book and find Sean three days earlier? It didn't make sense.

Mike's wife Jessica was always complaining about Mike working too much and not taking time for her and their son Andy. But she does the same thing as he does. She refused several times to leave the dude ranch even putting their son in danger even after Mike asked her to leave. She is just as bad as he is.

Okay, you are in the woods and there is a convoy (4) of Humvees and no one notices them except for Mike and Daggett? And the police detective tells them to forget about them and continue on to the search after she is told about them? If there are roads in the mountains why not set out searchers in vehicles instead of on foot or at least start from the road. Just didn't make sense to me but then again, that would leave out a good portion of the Mike and Daggett hiking through the woods.

Another part was the GPS sending out false locations because they were being altered by a special machine? Sorry, but that part was just plain silly even when the command post knows they are in the wrong area and no one can seem to find them because the locations are wrong. Wouldn't that throw up a red flag?

I could go on and on about this book and the different unbelievable scenarios in the story line.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By MelHay
Format:Paperback
Mike is on a vacation at a modern-day dude ranch with his ex-wife and eight year old son, as promised some time ago (before divorce) - the family vacation. When they arrive at the ranch something is going on, with all the red and blue flashing lights around. Detective Lisbeth MaCarthy recognizes Mike and tells him she would like to talk to him after he has checked in. Mike has a record of being able to find lost people. His special ability is what makes him an amazing tracker for lost loved ones. And there is a boy missing from the ranch, now lost in the woods. Mike who can't pass on helping lost people agrees to track the boy, even at the disappointment and hurt of his own family.

I found myself liking this read. This book was a good mystery read for me. It did take me about eighty pages to figure out what had happened and what was going on, but once on the right track liked the read. I found myself liking the characters and even when questioning the characters as to why they acted the way they did, I thought at the same time - I could see people actually saying these things to their family members or each other.

The book did have a few twists in it I was not expecting, in the end of the book when the truth played out. But, through the mystery and the hints dropped I found I figured out most of the mystery. What helps give you all the clues is the story telling is from different view points. You get a section of the read from the lost boy, from Mike, from Jessica (Mike's ex-wife), and even from the killer.

I did find at times the story started to drag for me.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A captivating and fast-paced thriller! February 13, 2010
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Mike Brody, the expert tracker, is enlisted to search for a missing teenage murder witness lost in the woods of Montana. Aside from his vast skill set, Brody also possesses a unique ability to see beyond physical evidence left behind from those he's searching for. But those responsible for the murder counter his actions at every end, threatening the safety of his loved ones while an asthmatic boy's life lies in the balance,

From the very start "The Last Track" captivates with a frenetic pace, keeping the reader engaged in a series of suspenseful events. The story itself spans across four days and rather than use traditional chapters, the author chronicles each section by the incremental passage of time much like an episode of "24". As time itself is the enemy, every moment proves important and each event becomes crucial in some manner. It's a different and unique approach and serves to push the suspense aspect of the mystery as the reader is often even more aware of the passage of time than the characters. Hilliard's true skill is definitely in the details because even though quite a lot happens in a very short amount of time, none of it feels rushed or forced thanks to a stunning narrative that is easy to follow and richly descriptive.

By extension the characters are easy to empathize with, appearing as three-dimensional and wholly realized entities. As the main protagonist, Brody is primarily focused on and much is learned throughout the novel of him, in particular his specific motivations for the life he has chosen. Hilliard vividly explores the sacrifices Brody has made and how these choices have impacted his family. A good portion of the novel is also given to fleshing out the villains and weaving an intricate network of nefarious subplots.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Track
Good book
Published 8 days ago by Patricia G. Raburn
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 21 days ago by Ed Hess
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like the fast action of the book. Held my interest
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Harney
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I want to say this was a fun read, but that may be misleading. I enjoyed the relationship between Mike and his ex-wife, Jessica. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Juanita M. Orlick
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book, never lost imterest
Published 1 month ago by Wayne
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Track was a real page turner!
I enjoyed the fast pace and the twists and turns the author threw in to intrigue the reader. I would recommend this book to readers who like action. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
Loved the suspense and Brody. Could stay with this book until the end. And I did, and you will too,
Published 1 month ago by DorothyBardsley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller - but where is Mike now.
Sam Hilliard has created a great character in Mike Brody and placed him in an exciting, tense and engaging story. A runaway boy witnesses a murder and disappears into a dense wood. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Hills
2.0 out of 5 stars Book was too long and drawn out. Very boring until the end which was a...
Book was very boring and too long and drawn out. Would not recommend it. Only the ending was a surprise.
Published 1 month ago by Linda LaPointe
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Track
The Last Track is a good book. Suspenseful, but not "holding your breath" suspense. More like "keep reading fast" suspense.
Published 2 months ago by Anata Mc
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More About the Author

Born near the center of the United States, Sam Hilliard arrived during a very scary period of the 1970s. According to many noted historians, that included nearly every moment between 1970 and 1979. After being baptized five times, he spent childhood changing residences every two years-or less-until high school. The moves were so frequent some speculated that his parents were in the witness protection program. During college he worked at a convenience store and once sold Kevin Smith cigarettes. He knew then exactly what kind of writer he wanted to be: The sort who never admitted he lived in New Jersey. Thanks to the Jersey Shore, he has another reason.

Currently he lives with his girlfriend and an army of four cats-one under the legal limit. By day he's the Director of Technology at an all girls' boarding school, where he witnesses world class drama first hand. It's also the reason he studies Krav Maga and Tai Chi. A sequel to The Last Track is scheduled for Holidays 2011.

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