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The Third Coincidence [Kindle Edition]

David Bishop
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Book Description

Headlines scream across the nation as a country in near panic pleads for the capture of the killers. With little progress, U.S. President Samuel Schroeder asks Jack McCall, a veteran of the CIA and Defense Intelligence, to head up a special multi-agency task force to find the killers. A frustrated and unhappy FBI designates, as its representative, Rachel Johnstone, an agent with whom Jack has had some personal history. The Third Coincidence unfolds amidst continued assassinations, accusations that the president is attempting to form his own secret police, and confirmation hearings for reluctant nominees to fill the vacant positions while the Supreme Court struggles to sustain a quorum. Will a terrorist group or a mad assassin succeed in destroying these revered intuitions? In the spirit of The Day of the Jackal and The Manchurian Candidate, this story is juxta-posed through the eyes of both the hunter and the hunted as the devious plot to change America hurdles forward.

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A madman with a thirst for vengeance against the U.S. government compels the president to have CIA agent Jack McCall create a special task force to stop the killings. With a Federal Reserve Board member and two Supreme Court justices assassinated, the entire country is in a panic. Nominees to fill the positions become targets as well, so the entire government shuts down until the murderer can be apprehended. The story line fluctuates between McCall on a manhunt and the killer with McCall in his crosshairs. Unfortunately, what should have been a gripping story actually reads like a rushed outline. The characters are shallow, the suspense lacking, and the dialogue is not convincing at all. The great premise may still draw a few readers, but this could have been so much better than it is. --Jeff Ayers

About the Author

Bishop is a business man who has owned and operated numerous diverse businesses. He has been a featured speaker before leading business and government executives in the US and throughout the world. Bishop has published technical articles in leading valuation, legal, accounting and financial journals. For the last several years he has focused on writing fiction.

Product Details

  • File Size: 588 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1608090345
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 1 edition (February 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006N77EUS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,660 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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131 of 146 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable plot, unbelievably dull February 2, 2012
A Justice of the Supreme Court is murdered. Inexplicably, the Supreme Court Police fail to enhance their protection of the remaining Justices, making it easy for a second Justice to be assassinated. Then a Federal Reserve Governor is killed, followed by more targets from the Court and the Fed. Despite the absence of evidence that a foreign power is responsible for the assassination, the president asks a CIA agent to assemble a task force to find the killer. In the real world, every available FBI and Secret Service agent would be investigating the murders, plus the local police, the U.S. Marshal's Office, the Supreme Court Police, and any other law enforcement agency that could reasonably justify sharing in the glory of finding the killer. In the world of The Third Coincidence, the crime is solved by Jack McCall and a handful of people who spend most of their time eating meals together and thinking lustful thoughts about each other.

Finding the killer should take all of thirty seconds given that he's a crackpot whose political grievances are inconsistent and laughable, but the novel posits this loony toon as a serious threat to governmental institutions. Frankly, if it were that easy for deranged individuals with screwy political beliefs to kill important members of government, we wouldn't have a government. That murders of highly placed officials would continue to occur when those officials are under constant surveillance requires more credulity than I was able to muster.

I'm tired of thrillers that imagine the hero to be a personal friend of the president, particularly when they lead to inane dialog like this: "`I often think about those nights we spent in embassy kitchens eating your homemade ice cream,' the president said ....
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lame June 22, 2012
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A good overall plot spoiled by lack of attention to detail, silly sensationalism, and cardboard characters. Maybe the author will get better; I hope so, because there is a kernel of promise to his writing.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth $9.99 January 1, 2013
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Plot is a bit outlandish but somewhat engaging nonetheless. The books may move a bit too quickly, leaving some holes in details. If you want an easy and fast read, and can get this book for free or a couple of bucks, then give it a try.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Staccato August 17, 2012
By Bex
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There are a lot of chapters - 54 plus an epilogue in 292 pages. Consequently, the story is a bit staccato. The tale would be considered implausible by most. The characters aren't original. There were sections of the book that sagged and dragged. I cannot get over the author using "yoke" instead of "yolk" for the yellow part of the egg.
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Animal lovers beware September 3, 2012
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There is a lot of violence in this book, some of it directed towrards animals. So if you like animals I would skip this book. You won't be missing much anyway. The story plods along in tabloid style, with trite character dialogue. I think the author can do better than this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One more coincidence ... July 5, 2012
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The Third Coincidence by David Bishop is about a veteran who is asked by the President to find the person responsible for murdering two Supreme Court justices and one Federal Reserve economist. Jack McCall has been serving in the CIA slot "special assistant for strategy and planning" to the Director of the CIA. Yes, he is a bit over inflated. When important judicial and economic people start being murdered, the President tells Jack he can have anyone he wants on his team from CIA, FBI, DIA and any military service and all equipment he needs. Jack selects a good-looking FBI agent, Rachel, with whom he has worked before, a nerdy computer hacker, a spy satellite coordinator from CIA and two local DC detectives who are good at interviewing witnesses. The bad guy starts using a sniper rifle as well as a poison injector and some disguises. He travels around the country to find his targets. Jack should have chartered a small jet to get his people out to interview people. The author seems to ignore the extra time wasted using commercial air transportation. At first they don't know if they have just one bad guy or a bunch of them. They finally decide it is one lone nut and they figure who he is. He kills two FBI agents before they get him. He almost gets Jack. Guess who saves him? There is good action. It sounded like Jack and Rachel might start a new mystery series. I'll pass. Maybe 3.5 stars for this.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme Court Serial killer! April 11, 2012
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Jack McCall has a great love for his country as he has proved many times before and will prove one more time, as he accepts a special assignment form the President to find out who is killing the Supreme Court justices. Jack puts together a team of agents he trust, which includes Rachael Johnstone, a former love interest. This is a story of mystery, murder and investigations, it makes you think you are involved in a real special ops investigation. This author has done a superb job of making the characters life-like and the story almost real. Congratulations on a wonderful book Mr. Bishop!
Thanks to Net Galley and Oceanview Publishing for giving me the chance to read a great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding January 14, 2014
By pattin
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Best ever it kept you on edge right toll the end. What a thriller would like more of the same.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
OK read!
Published 5 days ago by Janis Packard
3.0 out of 5 stars May it never happen!
It was an above average story and I could not help but feel and hope it is just a story.
Published 12 days ago by Sandra Heflin
4.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend it.
I am almost done and I found it intriging. Would recommend it.
Published 13 days ago by billie anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense with a capital S.
The weaving of plot in a suspense thriller is very demanding. Bishop skillfully weaves an ever-increasing tension as he unfolds his story. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Kathy Biesheuvel
3.0 out of 5 stars A book for when you just want something to pass the time
I found this book to be a bit boring, not too interesting
Published 22 days ago by Doreen Werner
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book with few errors
Nice suspense but pretty predictable. I few spelling and misused words but overall very good.
First book I've read of his but I think there will be more in my future.
Published 1 month ago by KSF
4.0 out of 5 stars ... if the author new hownto given his work a great finish.
his would be 5 stars if the author new hownto given his work a great finish.
Published 1 month ago by goliva46
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the book
This is the first time I've read this author. Really enjoyed the book. It was a fast read. Am now reading his Matthew Kile series
Published 1 month ago by Kim Pursell
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the character development and the climax/ending of the...
Interesting and compelling premise/story line. Really enjoyed the character development and the climax/ending of the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jerry Walters
4.0 out of 5 stars The Third Coincidence
I thought that this book was very good. It kept you reading all the way through. I wish the ending would have lasted longer though.
Published 1 month ago by John Riexinger
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More About the Author

David Bishop stuck his author nose under the edge of the mystery tent with his first novel in October 2011. Since then his mysteries have maintained a constant presence on Amazon Best Selling Lists in multiple categories of mystery novels. He has also been listed numerous times among the 100 best selling authors of mysteries, including appearances among the top 10.

He writes several series characters:

MATT KILE MYSTERIES (in the order of release): Who Murdered Garson Talmadge, The Original Alibi, Money & Murder, and his newest release (Feb 1, 2014) Find My Little Sister.
MADDIE RICHARDS MYSTERIES (in order of release): The Beholder, and Death of a Bankster.
JACK McCALL MYSTERIES (in order of release): The Third Coincidence, and The Blackmail Club.
The stories within these series are independent, not continuing. They can be read in any order.

Some personal comments from David:

I was born in Washington, D.C. From there my life likely mirrored that of a lot of my readers. We moved around. I got some education. Played some sports, and got some more education. Prior to becoming a novelist, I worked as a financial analyst determining the value of companies. But let's talk about my current and final career, writing mystery novels.

As a writer, I conjure up occurrences designed to quickly bring the story to a roiling boil. Along the way, I invent people. Victims and villains and heroes are needed, as well as a supporting cast. I make these people fun and interesting so you will welcome them and introduce them to your friends. Primary characters need habits and tics and talents, the qualities that bring them to life and make you love them or hate them. You'll want to see them humiliated or hunted down, be sucessful or seduced.

My mysteries offer you the opportunity to be challenged to find the villain from among the suspects. Clues as large as a log or as tiny as a bump thereon are salted throughout the stories. There are distractions in the form of false clues, called red herrings, which point to someone other than the real villain.

Take a journey with me. Laugh. Hold your breath. Cheer. Boo. The characters are rich and the plots are grabbers. I promise that you'll be glad you came along. Some people don't like golf or chocolate or even a hearty laugh. But I'll bet you like some of those things and I'll bet you'll like my mysteries. Yours very truly, David Bishop

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