- File Size: 972 KB
- Print Length: 291 pages
- Publication Date: May 15, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0083HRISE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Two Shots (Tony Leach Book 1) Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
* "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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Started with promise, but about half way through it's as if Albert got bored and just wanted to finish his story and get on with something else. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Don Entenman
Loved reading this book. It was fun & relaxing reading such an interesting book that was hard to put down.
Plan to read more in this series soon
A good read. Kept me interested all the way through. I'll be reading more by this author and have just began book two.Published 5 months ago by Deborah S.
Leach is a game warden who become embroiled in political intrigue, murder and new friendships all while being hunted by mysterious entities. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
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