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The Naked Edge: A Balenger/Protector Novel [Kindle Edition]

David Morrell
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the bestselling author of the classic Brotherhood of the Rose espionage saga comes a high-action thriller about the meaning of friendship and the naked edge between love and hate.

He calls himself Cavanaugh. No first name, and even “Cavanaugh” isn’t his actual last name. He’s a protector. Once he had a boyhood best friend. They played in the woods near their homes, pretending to be soldiers surviving behind enemy lines. Grownup, they belonged to Delta Force and later worked for the world’s best security company.

Now their lives have taken drastically different paths, pitting them against each other, forcing them to play their boyhood game again, this time to learn who dies.
The survival of a great city hangs in the balance as two friends-turned-enemies hunt each other and discover that there’s a line between predators and prey, a line that’s called The Naked Edge.

Note for the e-book version:

This e-book version of The Naked Edge contains numerous photographs of the classic knives described in the novel. These include the legendary knife that Warner Bros designed for Alan Ladd’s 1952 film about Jim Bowie, The Iron Mistress. Another of the many photographs depicts the most expensive knife in the world: a solid-gold replica of King Tut’s dagger.

Praise for David Morrell

“David Morrell is, to me, the finest thriller writer living today, bar none.”
—Steve Berry New York Times bestselling author of The King’s Deception

“David Morrell is a master of suspense. He wields it like a stiletto—knows just where to stick it and how to turn it.”
—Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Gods of Guilt

“Morrell, an absolute master of the thriller, plays by his own rules and leaves you dazzled.”
—Dean Koontz, New York Times bestselling author of Innocence


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About the Author

David Morrell is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books, including his award-winning Creepers. Co-founder of the International Thrillers Writers Organization, he is considered by many to be the father of the modern action novel. To learn more, go to www.davidmorrell.net.

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  • File Size: 1208 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937760227
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057AZWQA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story from the Grand Master... September 17, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
David Morrell is in many ways the father of the modern thriller; he brought us his the archetypal character John Rambo in FIRST BLOOD, and in his 38 years at the top of the game, he never fails to deliver a hard hitting and often emotionally wrenching tale. One of the things that distinguishes Morrell from other thriller/action writers is the attention he pays to the nuance of emotion in his characters; he often goes where other thriller/action writers fear to go. He does that here, in the exploration of male friendship gone wrong, in the nuances of relationship between Cavanaugh, the protagonist, and his adversary.

Another thing that distinguishes David Morrell is his attention to detail in the fine points of tradecraft and, in this book in particular, the fine points (and edge)of the knives involved. What he does is explore the knife as a metaphor, not just as a tool, but again as an almost archetypal talisman -- the oldest weapon (next to a rock or club), and one that captures the very essence of close combat.

This is the first thriller e-book with such beautiful illustrations; it reminds me, in some ways, of the old school hardbacks of the first thriller writers: Edgar Rice Burroughs and so on, with the beautiful engravings and line drawings to illustrate the stories. I remember reading JOHN CARTER OF MARS and looking at the beautiful drawings...Morrell does this with the knives he mentions in the text, and I look forward to seeing how many other ways technology can be bent to the writer's vision.

An excellent novel, a brilliant story, an exploration and push at the boundaries of electronic publishing -- one of the best investments of $9.99 you're likely to find, and you can read it on any electronic platform!

Enjoy it. I did.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrell Delivers September 18, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If the opening to THE NAKED EDGE doesn't leave you breathless, check your pulse. Morrell delivers non-stop action in this sequel to THE PROTECTOR.

This time Cavanaugh must go after a highly trained operative whose skills are nearly as good as his. An old friend from his past who initiates a blood feud to divert attention from a far more insidious agenda.

This richly crafted story delivers action as much as it delivers a precise and detailed history of knives which play a major role in the story.

Many writers fall into the trap of writing the same thing over and over, Morrell is one of those who steps out of his comfort zone and writes novels that you want to read because you know that each story is unique and well told with an accuracy that lets you know that Morrell does his research.

Morrell as always been on the 'bleeding edge' (pun intended) of publishing, pushing the boundaries and leading the pack; and he does so again with THE NAKED EDGE. A Kindle exclusive, this book provides not only thrills but a detailed appendix of color photos, an extra that you don't see in novels anymore.

Well worth the $9.99 price tag!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Energetic story, pointed, and nervous March 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Having read every Morrell book and being a fan and collector, I downloaded this Kindle edition onto my iPad for a long flight. The story begins with a bang, lots of fighting, running, shooting, explosions, and chasing. He writes action scenes with the best of them that's for sure. Our hero Cavanaugh, retired protector, comes out of retirement to head up the Protection Organization and find the culprit killing agents throughout the world.

Careful investigation reveals the killer as a long-term friend from childhood who is bitter over being released from the organization. An expert in knives, explosions, and remote death, the killer is always a step ahead of the law as he wreaks havoc over the entire intelligence industry. With the aim of the destruction of thousands of people through several well-placed gas bombs, the killer carefully and effectively eludes all law enforcement efforts. Cavanaugh with the help of his wife eventually ferrets out the killer and ends up in the area known from their childhood where they battle to the end. This kind of rounded binary ending gives the story a solid wrap-up and a tight construction.

The action scenes are amazing and written so that the reader is in the middle of the events. Readers can almost taste the violence being perpetrated and the vivid writing jumps out of the page into reality. In addition, the educational value of the history of knives and knife-making gives the story a plausibility and a significance not often found in thrillers. Morrell's writing is thorough, accurate, descriptive, and highly energetic.

On the down-side, the relationships in the book seem rather shallow, with further vapidity exemplified in stilted dialog and silly quips.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner From Morrell! November 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Cavanaugh has retired to his home in Wyoming. He was formerly an employee of Global Protective Services and a Delta Force warrior. He lives there with his wife Jamie. One day they start coming under fire from a sniper in the hills on his home place. The sniper manages to cause some casaulties and eventually blows his hmoe off the face of the earth. William the lead counsel for Global Protective srevices
is there to inform Cavanaugh that he has inheritedGlobal Services. Cavanaugh's real
name is Aaron Stoddard. After escaping fron the withering sniper fire he uses his new company to find out who is after him.It turns out to be a man named "Bowie" or
Carl Duran. He was a childhood friend of Cavanaugh. They played soldier games when
they were children. They also served in Delta Force and also worked for Global
Protective Services together. Duran was fired for his violent tendencies. Duran is also a knife expert. "Bowie" has been hired to disrupt the World Trade Organization
(WTO) that is being held in New Orleans. This leads to a pitched battle between the two warriors. They have a grand finale at their boyhood home. This is definitelt an action packed book. Be sure to read it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Naked Edge
Excellent book with well developed characters. Although the book seemed long, the story line was compelling and well worth the read.
Published 1 month ago by John Boozer
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
I do not know what is next for our heroes. A good fight between equals but ended by a soft accurate hand. Sit back and enjoy the tale
Published 1 month ago by willie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fast Paced Action Read That Educates the Reader a Bit on Knives As...
This is a sequel to 2003's The Protector but you can easily follow the events on these pages as if it was a standalone. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James N Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars David Morrell does it again!
David Morrell is one of my favorite authors. I began reading his books over 15 years ago in high school and this book lived up to the action and suspense I have grown to love from... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adam Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Morrell page turner
Morrell doesn't disappoint in this action thriller. Could not put it down. Loved the characters. Hope there will be another Protector novel soon.
Published 3 months ago by Lisa Oppenheimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing
This book was so entertaining an d interesting I could not put it down! I have enjoyed all of David Morrells books but this was especially entertaining.
Published 3 months ago by Carole Bognar
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that could be read over and over
The script is refreshing , bringing a whole new type of drama / thriller script with intricate but exciting detail to the party. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Johan Gregory Hattingh
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing for a Best-Selling Author
I bought this book for the pleasure of reading a good story and also to try to understand why David Morrell has become a best-selling author. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Friendship That Went Bad
The Naked Edge by David Morell is a high octane thriller in Lee Child mode. It explodes into action from page one and never lets up. Read more
Published 4 months ago by professor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and Great Extras In the Kindle Edition!
As usual I loved this David Morrell book! I've been along for the ride since I read The Fifth Profession and David Morrell has been my teacher for the past 25 years since I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. Maziarz
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More About the Author

David Morrell is the author of FIRST BLOOD, the award-winning novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy trilogy that begins with THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE, the basis for the only television mini-series to premier after a Super Bowl. The other books in the trilogy are THE FRATERNITY OF THE STONE and THE LEAGUE OF NIGHT AND FOG. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is the recipient of three Bram Stoker awards and the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His writing book, THE SUCCESSFUL NOVELIST, discusses what he has learned in his four decades as an author. His latest novel is the highly praised Victorian mystery/thriller, MURDER AS A FINE ART.

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