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The Lost Spyder [Kindle Edition]

C. S. Michael
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“I was initially dubious that a novel about cars could hold my attention. How wrong I was; by the middle of this text I found myself fascinated by Porsches not only as a plot device, but as a general source of interest as well. The parallel between the quest for a “lost” car and human ambition – for money, power, fame, or immortality – works nicely.” - G.H.

"The author has accomplished something of which many people only dream. Overall, I'd say that this is a remarkable novel." - M.G.

"Michael has a great imagination - I love the premise - and he's a good writer. I thought the dialogue was fine, the characters well-crafted, and the plot well-conceived." - J.K.

"Reading this book is a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon." - C.W.

"It's a rip-roaring mystery. The guy can write!" - J.C.

"Great descriptions with all the twists and turns. Ending was surprising! Can't wait for the next one." - J.H.

"I purchased THE LOST SPYDER and absolutely could not put it down until I finished it! You have quite a talent for writing. You have a rip-roarin’ suspense-filled best seller here, IMHO!" - K.T.

"I love this book!" - R.L.

John Christian (J.C.) Callahan was once an influential figure in Birmingham, Alabama -- a brash entrepreneur known as much for his hard-edged personality as his business success. Now Callahan is living out his golden years in self-imposed isolation, a tough old man withdrawn from the community and seemingly obsessed with mechanical acquisitions. When he mysteriously disappears with a horde of cash, his estranged daughter Kristen is notified.

Kristen Callahan is the sole remaining family that the old man can claim. But she's the mirror image of her father. Instead of embracing his militaristic sense of order, Kristen is a free spirit who seeks wisdom in unexpected places - like palm readings and astrology charts. To locate her father, she contacts a low rent detective and second tier law student named Charlie Byrd. Together they discover that J.C. Callahan has disappeared on a quest. He is searching for a legend.

The Porsche 550 Spyder. One of the rarest cars ever built, 550 Spyders are prized by wealthy collectors as valuable works of automotive art. For years, rumors whispered that one such car was stolen and lost forever. Now, after more than five decades, the mythical lost Spyder has finally been found. J.C. Callahan has the Spyder in his grasp, and its shocking secrets will not only change his life -- they also may end it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 782 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Walkabout Production Group; 1 edition (January 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K6MJ9K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner! January 24, 2011
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The Lost Spyder

If you enjoy a fast-moving story involving suspense, romance, interesting and likable characters, and surprising twists and turns, you will love this book! Mr. Michael immediately draws the reader in and makes it difficult to stop reading until the last page. He makes the characters both memorable and believable. But don't take my word for the book and enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A White Knuckle Ride! March 19, 2013
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This book was a surprise to me. Having read Sean Michael's excellent book on Airstream travel trailer lifestyle, 'Long Long Honeymoon - Living Large in a Small Tin Can', I was blindsided to see this book, a mystery and adventure novel! I assumed this was going to be of limited interest, only because I am one who generally views vehicles as a means of getting from here to there. I knew from his book on Airstreams, that Sean is a 'car guy' and a fan of Porsches. That was the part that made this so inviting. I wondered if and how, this guy writing in a totally different genre could do justice to such a novel. Sean very successfully lures his readers into the world of rare and exotic sports cars. You will begin to understand.

You have heard about 'page turners', yes? You start and you can't stop; you know it is late and you have to get up early, but heck, it's just a little ways to the end of the chapter. Damn! At the end of the chapter, you are left on the edge of a cliff. What is Charlie Byrd going to do now? OK, one more chapter!

The word pictures a novelist can paint are critical to being an effective storyteller. Sean not only takes the reader there, but he puts you in the car, in the room, on the road, and everywhere else you don't expect to go. You can just about smell the gas, and feel the heat and humidity.

This is a relatively fast and easy read; totally entertaining, and a great book for a weekend. Sean, if you see this, let's have some more of Charlie Byrd! Good job!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense September 6, 2012
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Very descriptive writing and a couple of twists. I would like to read another story by this author. Description of places were right on; some I have visited and some I will definitely visit in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling adventure July 11, 2011
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This book won me over right away. Without getting bogged down in Clancy-esque tech details and avoiding Elizabethan-style character and setting descriptions, the author accurately communciated both the tangible elements as well as the more metaphysical bits of being a car ethusiast. Anyone who likes history, travel, and a good mystery will like this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!! April 18, 2011
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I have never been to Birmingham and I don't own a Porsche, but this is absolutely the best book I have read in a long time! I am a prodigious reader and this is the best mystery I have read in ages. I cannot wait for his next book, or for Hollywood to grab the rights to this book! What an awesome movie this would make!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could Not Put It Down April 1, 2011
By Kathy C
Sean Michael has penned a real page-turner! I'm a self-avowed Porsche nut, so that's what prompted my interest in this book. I'm also a sucker for a good mystery/thriller, and this story did not disappoint. Birmingham, Alabama, forms the backdrop for parts of the story, from Southside to Barber Motorsports Park. Local folks will enjoy glimpses of familiar places and characters. But by the end of the book, you'll have traversed the globe with private eye Charlie Byrd in search of a rich man who doesn't want to be found. Turns out millionaire JC Callahan is on a mission of his own - to find the "holy grail" of Porsche racing history. Callahan's estranged daughter ends up bringing them all together, with a few detours that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Once I started reading, I literally couldn't put it down until I got to the last page. Two thumbs up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good escape reading January 10, 2013
By DickL
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Good story line.
Author would "wander" around a topic for a page or two and finally make a point.
Enjoyed the protagonist and his approach to some of his problems.
Some actions were quite unrealistic, ie., driving as fast as possible in fear of his life, then suddenly he "would floor the gas and rapidly accelerate".
I would say it is the authors first book and he was trying to insert all the little tips he had read about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just For Car Guys October 13, 2014
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Take one eccentric multi-millionaire, missing along with his most coveted Holy Grail of cars, add one intrepid but guarded daughter that claims to hate him yet hires a notable detective that's down on his luck and wants to be something else to find him, and you get a darn good mystery novel, which The Lost Spyder is. Too bad it seems vastly underrated, according to its sales figures. But forget the sales figures; this is a great read, and I enjoyed it immensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me reading loved it
When l was a young man I remember going to Vineland N.J. watching a spider run around the track and it was wonderful I was a mechanic and new what it was. The best....
Published 1 month ago by Tom Kruze
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Published 7 months ago by DAD
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice book for a Porsche or sports car enthusiast to read
Published 7 months ago by Andrew Dickens
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a paper back book and I had no ...
This was a paper back book and I had no trouble opening it up and start reading. I could even turn the page in order to access the next one.
Published 7 months ago by John Allred
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!
Couldn't put it down, loved every moment. Being a Porsche fanatic made me buy it, but will be great reading for anyone.
Published 8 months ago by Jaap
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun novel for Porsche Pushers! The author has done some serious...
I don't usually read novels but this was a fun break from my normal faire. It's obvious he's from Birmingham or spent a bunch of time there, hey, take a copy out to Barber and get... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Walden Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams can come true
This was a riveting read. I couldn't put it down. That's saying a lot considering I'm not a car buff. Read more
Published 9 months ago by The Silver Lady
1.0 out of 5 stars Simple
Too sophomoric for me. Wanted more P'Car stuff. The Man with the Scar and Gringo!! Jesus, come on man! Drivel
Published 13 months ago by James R Breeden
3.0 out of 5 stars No prizes for this one
Story is not a prize winner. My husband liked the Porsche-related history and the factory tour. He sent the book off to one of his 356 friends. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kathleen Kubota
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and quick read!
If you like vintage Porsche sports cars and a little pulp fiction, then take this book in! Really, it wasn't fancy but was a whole lot of fun! Went quick!
Published 16 months ago by C. R. Ramsey Potts
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More About the Author

C.S. (Sean) Michael is a traveler, writer, and filmmaker. He has visited more than 30 different countries (including an early-90s teaching stint in the former Czechoslovakia) and 49 states. Over the years he has pursued a variety of unique experiences, from scooping ice cream in Yellowstone National Park, to directing films at Universal Studios, to drinking cognac in the former Soviet republic of Transdniestria. He attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (learning "just enough to be dangerous") before leaving to help start one of the world's first Internet content companies. In an odd twist of fate, he was once somehow named a "Small Business Innovator of the Year." But he's much more proud of hosting a party at the Playboy Mansion, sitting behind Dave Letterman's desk, and meeting Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto. Recently, he hauled his Airstream travel trailer to Alaska and back. At the end of the day, he can often be found sipping a glass of wine, watching the sunset and plotting his next walkabout. He hopes that his books will help others in their own pursuit of happiness.

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