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Two Shots [Kindle Edition]

Joe Albert
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When state game warden Tony Leach responds to an emergency call about a hunter who has been shot and killed at a deer camp in the woods of northern Minnesota, there's no way he can be prepared for the twisted web into which he's been thrust.

Five years removed from a stint with the Minneapolis Police Department, Tony Leach is a game warden for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Content to spend his days in the woods and on the water enforcing fishing and hunting laws, he thought he'd left violent crime behind when he left the city. But a single call from dispatch two days before the deer-hunting season opens changes that.

Now, he's pushed into working a case he really shouldn't be involved with, and digging for the truth in the death of a noted political operative that some high-powered people would prefer remain buried in the northern Minnesota woods. As Leach pursues those responsible, he finds people and things aren't exactly what they seem. And as the investigation goes on and the web unravels, it becomes increasingly clear the only way for it to end is with a killer's - or his - demise.


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  • File Size: 470 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083HRISE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,072 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Find May 22, 2012
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I just finished reading Two Shots and definitely enjoyed it. The fast paced plot with plenty of turns and a variety of likable characters had me hooked from the beginning. You could tell Joe knows a thing or two about life up in Northern Minnesota and it really comes off in his story telling and adds to the experience. I'll be looking forward to the next book!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Next Coen Brothers' Movie? May 29, 2012
By Apollo
Format:Kindle Edition
Two Shots was highly recommended to me. I haven't read a book in quite some time, but couldn't put this captivating crime drama down. Albert paints a vivid picture with his words and keeps you guessing until the last page. I was thoroughly entertained by the story and would compare it to the award-winning movie Fargo. I can't wait for the next book!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bemidji! July 10, 2012
By Rhonda
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Bemidji is a place I want to see. I really liked the descriptions of a more rural lifestyle and I wouldn't mind a visit to Bemidji. Two Shots is very well written and the plot is great.

I liked the game warden concept. It was a nice change from the typical PI, FBI agent, etc. The characters are well developed, both good and bad. I couldn't help but like Tony. He's pretty much a regular guy, but he has a tendency to be more dramatic than most men. While his dramatics are irritating at times, this personality trait makes him believable and human. How many people do you know that don't have some little irritating trait?

There is plenty of action and intrigue. I didn't find any "slow" or boring areas. The pace is pretty quick.

There was some coarse language, but it seemed appropriate and wasn't off-putting or overused. There was a small amount of sexual content; it wasn't what I would consider graphic and it was brief. There was violence.

I really enjoyed Two Shots and would recommend it. I would read this author again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good old fashioned crime novel August 13, 2012
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Sometimes a book is just a good read. Something to guiltily pass the waning days of summer with instead of doing all the things one you had planned to do in May and June. If you are in need to spend the time reading instead facing the routine of facing the real world, Two Shots is perfect for you.
It is writing at it traditional finest. Joe Albert, the author found a way to rediscover the art of writing a novel without undue violence, sex or even crude language. It is as refreshing as the wintery Minnesota hunting town that all the action takes place. In this book the town is as much of a character in the story as the actual people. It brings most of us to an America we never knew existed. People know each other's names, hunting is done with respect for the animals that are offered up for sport every year and even the weather plays a role in this. Mr. Albert does not merely write about the town, he paints it, with fine details.
This of course should not take away from the story itself. The story's protagonist , a former Minneapolis cop who has a few issues of his own turned wildlife conservation officer, is happily enjoying hunting season. Making sure people play by the rules, don't get drunk and shoot each other and the usual duties of the start of hunting season , when he answers a call for shots being fired (not unusual during hunting season) and ends up stumbling on a murder scene. The victim is a political strategist involved in a brutal runoff election after a particularly Pyrrhic election.
The beauty of this book, part of what makes it well worth staying indoors or taking your office phone on the hook is the slow, steady build up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will This Be A Series? July 21, 2012
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No more books by this author! O stink!

I loved this! Love it!

I appreciate no explicit sex scenes.

As a favor, Conservation Officer Leach is asked to look into the death of a man who was with a group of his friends before deer-hunting season officially began. For no apparent reason, Jennings (not Waylon) was shot in the back while sitting around a campfire. This turns out to be more and more complicated as evidence comes to light and facts are established.

Leach is not portrayed as a macho hunk whom women swoon over but as a real man with real issues that will have the reader upset with him at times and wondering just what he's doing. Leach makes mistakes in his relationships and in his boss' eyes. He's not the best looking or the best at what he does. He listens to Waylon Jennings and other sappy cowboy music. His life consists mostly of eating, drinking, and working. He's not a man whom you'd wish in your life and that's what sets Joe Albert's "Two Shots" apart.

Probably not a page-turner but definitely not prosaic in any sense of the word.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Plot; Shoddy Execution July 30, 2012
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"Two Shots" has a catchy story line about a young former city cop turned state conservation officer for the state of Minnesota. The story grabs the reader straight away from the opening page as we wait with the sniper/killer, preparing himself to commit murder in the cold North woods. The writer moves the reader along at a fast pace, keeping the action flowing. Albert did a good job of location and atmosphere description.

Then bam! In Chapter 18, the hiccups began. Misuse of pronouns, misspellings, use of incorrect words, moving from present tense to past tense and then back again in the same paragraph, poor punctuation.
Examples include:
* "Leach he"
* "looked at this watch" instead of "his watch"
* Referred to a state government podium as a "pulpit"
* "your" for "you're"
* "beats" for sugar "beets"
* "let's just say it were me" - do I even need to explain that one?

Regarding characterization, Albert started well, building the premise as to why Leach left the big city for a life in the woods. But then Leach meets Sarah, who shares her story of an bad guy ex-boyfriend who was a mean drunk and took it out on her. Albert then has Leach getting drunk around Sarah during all their dates. What?? Apparently the author thinks Leach is just too dumb to really listen and learn what not to do - or that this is perfectly acceptable behavior when one is trying to impress a new love interest. Hey, but that didn't really stop Sarah who behaved just as stupidly which led to a predictable conclusion. While Albert does a good job of building tension throughout the book, he inserts some fake outs with Sarah's character, which felt like cheap shots at the reader.

Overall, I could only give this book 1 star.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better mystery stories I have read lately
One of the better mystery stories I have read lately. It kept my interest right up until the end with an unsuspecting climax. Read more
Published 4 days ago by bassboy
5.0 out of 5 stars It was good
When I first start the book off I did not like it but the more I read it the more I did not won't to put it down
Published 9 days ago by kenyatta foster
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I really liked this book. I read it in one day. I'd recommend it to anyone. This is a very good read.
Published 1 month ago by Neal Whorf
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Shots Spellbinding good read
Well written suspense and plot that carries throughout the entire book. Enjoyed the political spin on the plot also. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ronald E Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Real good read!
Great book. A real page turner. Love the way he set it all up. Can't wait to see more from Joe!
Published 2 months ago by James C. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense
good read. kept me reading way past when I should have put it down.
would recommend this book to friends.
Published 2 months ago by GinnyW
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Shots, Two Stars
This was a VERY slow story that rarely gained altitude. It was as slow life in the New Mexico Posadas County... as described by the author. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Randy Gonzales
3.0 out of 5 stars good read
Story about a cop turned game warden performing cop duties in rural Minnesota. Good read. Lots of characters to keep up with.
Published 3 months ago by jjjj2012
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
First book by Joe Albert I've read. Hope to read more. Leach seems to be a pretty normal guy that I've met up north a hundred times.
Published 4 months ago by box
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This story was wonderful!! The characters were well developed and I could not put it down. The pace was perfect & riveting as the story slowly unfolded in tantalizing step by... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sherri Miller
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More About the Author

Joe Albert is the author of TWO SHOTS, a novel about game warden Tony Leach's investigation of the killing of a noted political operative in Minnesota's North Woods.

An award-winning journalist for the Outdoor News publications, which publishes newspapers in seven states, including Minnesota, Joe has been an outdoors writer for more than a decade. He graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and lives in Bloomington, Minn., with his wife and two children.

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