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The Strategist (Grisham/Sullivan Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Hardy Bell
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Book Description

After her decorated career as an FBI agent comes to an unexpected end, Camille Grisham leaves the chaos of Washington D.C. for her hometown of Denver, hopeful that the security of a familiar environment can heal the wounds that time could not. But hope quickly turns into tragedy when her best friend Julia is brutally murdered in an apparent home invasion.

Faced with mounting evidence that the crime is not at all what it seems, Camille becomes a reluctant participant in an investigation that leads to a startling aspect of Julia's life - a dark secret that may have ultimately led to her death. All the while a killer whose sole purpose is to preserve that secret waits in the shadows, watching Camille's every move.

With the help of a rookie homicide detective whose doubts about her department's case increase by the second, Camille races to uncover the true motives behind Julia's murder. In doing so she will not only expose a dangerous conspiracy involving political and financial corruption, she will also be forced to confront the demons of a deadly past that she desperately wants to leave behind.


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Set against the frightening, and all-to-plausible backdrop of a win-at-all-cost political environment, THE STRATEGIST is a gripping, fast-paced read filled with crackling dialogue, a truly memorable cast of characters, and dizzying plot twists. It also introduces the world to former FBI agent Camille Grisham and Denver P.D. Homicide Detective Chloe Sullivan, two fascinating new heroines who are destined to take the genre by storm. 
If you are a fan of heady, character-driven thrillers, then this is the read for you! 


 

About the Author

A long-surviving refugee from the world of politics, John now spends his time with his wife and five-year-old son, binge-watching full seasons of his favorite television shows, and writing thrillers. He lives in Denver, CO.

Product Details

  • File Size: 726 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Second Sight Publishing (September 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EZGEV6Y
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,341 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Idea December 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Strategist, by John Hardy Bell, is a story that started with an interesting premise. Camille Grisham, an FBI agent who having quit the force after a traumatic incident, has returned home only to have her best friend murdered within a day of her arrival. Though she, at first, resists, Camille begins her own investigation into the murder. The story was fairly well developed with the back story of Camille's last FBI case used to make us understand where she is, emotionally, during the time frame of the novel. The story was interesting, however, there were issues that detracted from the overall experience. To start with were the stereotypical characters - the old, jaded, has-been veteran police officer, the young police officer who has incredible insight and a father who is obviously wise yet isn't listened to by his child. There were typos throughout the book that, while not egregious, were distracting. The overly excessive use of the word 'But' at the beginning of sentences, in fact too often during the reading of the novel, became tiresome and, for me, hindered my enjoyment of the book. Finally, the denouement, was a disappointment in how it played out. I cannot be specific without giving away too much information but I will say that the rule of distance is something anyone in law enforcement knows. That one, basic, mistake by the author took away significantly from what was a good story. Overall I did enjoy the story but was disappointed by the climax. For those reasons, I give 'The Strategist' 3*
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think About the Consequences of Your Actions September 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I give this book 4 1/2 stars

The Strategists is a story about the consequences of actions. They can make you lose everything you hold dear, even your life.

Camille Graham is a former FBI agent, suffering from anxiety attacks, she leaves Washington, and seemingly, all of her troubles to head home to family and friends. Julia Leeds is one of those friends waiting for her at home. Her best friend. But the day after Camille arrives, Julia is murdered.

In his debut novel, Bell weaves a very good story of murder, the far reaching hand of those in power, facing your problems and making decisions that can bring harsh consequences. Everyone in this book suffers from their choice of action. Camille in not getting help with her emotional problems, Julia for delving into uncharacteristic territory, as well as all those that participate in the crime and it's cover-up. The book is about learning from your actions, unfortunately, the author offers, sometimes you learn too late. The characters are real and relatable. The opening chapter pulls you right in, it is suspenseful and enticing. The book has a good pace and even though you know early on who is responsible for Julia's death, you won't want to put the book down. It is that good and well-written. The Strategist is one of those books that gets inside of your head and stays with you even after you have finished it.

For me, hence the 4 1/2 stars, there were logic gaps. Police detectives remiss on Constitutional law, killers pulling up to their mark's front door in the middle of the day to do a hit. And a trained criminal investigator who has trouble recognizing faces. I think that there was too much direction around the dialogue instead of letting the dialogue set the emotion.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars where do I start.... November 20, 2013
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Aside from the numerous typos *throughout* the book, I could've done without the whiny, never ending pity party Camille does the whole way through! There was a lot of eye-rolling; I did not feel sorry for her--I couldn't empathize. I wanted to slap her silly for always cowering instead of being a take charge HERO as she should be! She kept acting the victim instead of an unstoppable force her reputation preceded her to be (at least that's what everyone keeps saying in the book, but I've yet to see!). I think I had very high expectations for this book b/c (1) the past few books I read for same genre were amazing, (2) it was so well reviewed. so disappointed in this book, i dont even know that 2 stars is apt. More like 1 star. I read it allll the way through even though I should've stopped at the 3rd chapter just so I can justify the rating and review. I was right. -__-
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read April 6, 2014
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Although not as well written As the likes of the Jack Reacher series, it was entertaining and the plot was totally imaginable. I think if he were to continue writing and turning the characters into a series, it would be an interesting series to get into.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half of a Good Thriller July 15, 2014
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Camille Grisham, a former FBI profiler whose best friend is brutally murdered, supposedly is the protagonist of John Hardy Bell's thriller, "The Strategist." Unfortunately, Camille winds up getting upstaged repeatedly by the book's secondary characters and the result is a novel that reads much better when its main character is not around.

The setup of "The Strategist" is very promising. Camille has retired from the FBI after a badly botched last case in which a serial killer killed her partner in large part because she had a panic attack. She's gone home to Denver to recuperate mentally, with her cop father and best friend Julia Leeds to lend moral support. She doesn't get much of a chance to recuperate because on her first night back in town, Julia is brutally murdered. Again, Camille blames herself for not seeing that Julia had something on her mind before her death and she winds up in an even deeper funk as a result.

Julia's killer is a trained professional, but the police investigation soon focuses on a co-worker whose car was seen in front of Julia's house shortly before the murder. Actually, the killer stole the car as part of an elaborate plan to frame the co-worker. Only one of the investigators, Chloe Sullivan, who just made detective, doesn't fall for the frame-up, leading to a number of clashes with her veteran partner, Walter Graham, who is anxious to put the co-worker behind bars and close the case.

Experienced thriller readers would expect, at this point in the book, that Camille would get off her rear end and throw herself into the investigation with vigor, spotting clues beyond the capabilities of the detectives on the case.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful page turner with a well developed cast of characters ...
Suspenseful page turner with a well developed cast of characters. I'm looking forward to reading more cases of Grisham and Sullivan.
Published 5 days ago by Michael Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very intresting book. I bought the ...
This is a very intresting book. I bought the kindle edition. The storry line was very intresting and the development was well paced. I wasn't board at any point of the book. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Sharon Faber
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This book was a great read. I was o. the edge of seat the entire time! I felt as if I was watching a movie. Very entertaining.
Published 27 days ago by Gomillionaire
4.0 out of 5 stars Definite Page Turner
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Pulled me in and kept my attention throughout. I'd you like suspense I definitely recommend reading The Strategist.
Published 29 days ago by Christina M
3.0 out of 5 stars A page turner!
Very good plot.
Published 2 months ago by Mamajean
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This was very suspenseful and I didn't want to put it down.
Published 2 months ago by giraffesgalore
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Could not put this book down. Great writing, story, characters, and plot twists.
A true mystery lover's tale. Highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by amazon fan
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed reading the adventures of Grisham and Sullivan
I really enjoyed reading the adventures of Grisham and Sullivan. I look forward to reading more such adventures. John Hardy Bell did an excellent job wring this book.
Published 2 months ago by Lorraine Woloszyn
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so good
At first the story captivated me, but then i felt like it was being dragged on. I could not even finish the book because it lost my interest.
Published 3 months ago by Diana Gualpa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Excellent story. Compelling and interesting characters. I would read more stories about Camille and Chloe. A prequel about Camille and the FBI would be great
Published 3 months ago by Cristine M. Scott
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More About the Author

A proud Colorado native, John currently lives in Denver with his wife and son. His stories feature cops and robbers, FBI agents and serial killers. But beyond the archetypes, he writes about people. "There is darkness in the most heroic among us, and good in the most corrupt. My job as a novelist is to not only tell an entertaining story, but also to cultivate the truth of the characters who drive that story."

To learn more, visit http://jhardybell.com

Twitter: @johnbellwrites

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Author.John.Hardy.Bell

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