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Wrath (A John Reeves Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Kirkus MacGowan
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Book Description

"An expertly crafted murder mystery that will delight readers with compelling characters, smart dialogue and some truly unexpected supernatural elements." -Kirkus Reviews

The John Reeves Creed: "Kill them with kindness. Unless you have a gun."

John Reeves moves back to his childhood home and takes an easy job as a Private Investigator with an old high school friend. A grieving widow asks for help when the medical examiner unofficially labels her husband's bizarre death a suicide. John joins his brother Alan, a local police officer, to learn why the town's residents keep dying horrific deaths at a breakneck pace.

What Readers are Saying:
"Wrath will stick with you for days after you finish reading. It's a chilling and wonderfully-crafted story with living, breathing characters."
- Jack Sheppard
Author, The Marlowe Transmissions: Scavenger's War

Editorial Reviews


Kirkus Reviews
MacGowan's fast-paced thriller blends crime procedural with interpersonal drama and supernatural elements.

The novel opens dramatically, with the ghastly death of a local farmer, seemingly caused by a mysterious voice on the telephone. The farmer had convulsed, turned purple and bled to death from long gashes down his arms. From there, things get even stranger for private detective John Reeves, who has agreed to help the recently deceased man's wife find answers about what exactly happened to her husband. However, a second murder quickly follows the first, then a third, each more gruesome than the last. Sinister forces flood the town, and John, along with his brother Alan who works at the local police department, decides to figure out who (or what) is behind these crimes, no matter the personal cost. The tale speeds along and thrills from start to finish. The risks only increase, especially as Alan discovers he has a more personal stake in this case than he thought. In fact, personal drama escalates along with the book's central mystery. Some crime-focused novels get mired in procedural elements, but MacGowan weaves emotional sequences with hard, procedural drama in a realistic (despite some of the book's more fantastical elements), satisfying fashion. Characters come alive, which also helps the novel's authenticity. This is the second book in MacGowan's John Reeves series; we can expect much more from this author, which is a treat indeed for readers who enjoy thriller, supernatural or crime genres.

An expertly crafted murder mystery that will delight readers with compelling characters, smart dialogue and some truly unexpected supernatural elements.

From the Author

This is the second standalone novel in the John Reeves series. Reading the series in order isn't necessary.

Product Details

  • File Size: 790 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kirkus MacGowan (December 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00928LJVA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! Keep it up Mr. MacGowan November 17, 2012
By J.
Format:Kindle Edition
My first experience with a book by Kirkus MacGowan was his first novel release, The Fall of Billy Hitchings. I loved that book and found it impossible to put down. I loved the characters and the impossible situation that they found themselves in. I knew that Mr. MacGowan was writing another book and I wondered if he could pull it off. Could he write a book that rivaled "The Fall of Billy Hitchings?" Well, he not only can, but has in his new book "Wrath."

John Reeves is back! The smart-ass ex-marine returns, this time with a vengeance. He has taken work with a friend when he is plunged straight into a mystery in which people in his hometown are dying mysterious and gruesome deaths. He teams up with his brother and his childhood best-friend to solve the mystery.

Let's get into what I liked and didn't like about Wrath:


A strong suit for Mr. MacGowan. I liked John Reeves in the first novel, but felt that he played a smaller part in the novel so didn't get the best feel for him. In this book, the things that made him such a strong character in the first, came to the forefront. He is a very trustworthy and stand-up guy with a way that makes ladies swoon. Even his brother knows that he is a stand-up person. So that was enough for me.

However, I really like Alan, his brother. Also a solid man who has a good upbringing and a moral sense of right and wrong. I felt that he was a believeable character and that is tought to do when you are introducing new characters to a series. I believe that anyone who reads this book will like Alan too.

Character dynamics:

Mr. MacGowan is so so so great at building relationships that you can believe in.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner! August 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Another first rate hit from Kirkus MacGowan! Love the characters. The Reeves brothers are so believable and captivating and this story keeps you guessing from one page to the next. I had the bad guy figured out but man, was I blown away by the reason and methods! I was going to compare Kirkus to James Patterson but I think he is going to surpass even that guy! I encourage anyone who loves a good whodunnit to read this book! A good whodunnit and more. I think they could make a good movie from this book for sure!
The only problem that I have with Kirkus MacGowan books is that they are so good I can't put them
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best action and suspense since The DaVinci Code September 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
After cruising through The Fall of Billy Hitchings and Wrath in about 24 hours, I'm on an adrenaline high. Cliché as it may be, I could not put them down! Reading Wrath was like indulging in a guilty pleasure. It was chock full of excitement, intrigue, suspense, and intellect. Kirkus has created the baby I imagine would come from a union between Stephen King and Dan Brown. I cannot say enough good things about this book.

I'm a HUGE stickler for good spelling and grammar, and I noticed a few typos along the way. Normally this would irritate and distract me, but let me tell you, there was just no way I could tear my attention away for even a nanosecond. I really hope we have not seen the last of John Reeves. I cannot wait to read what comes next!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a decent read February 23, 2013
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This story was enough to keep me reading to the end and was somewhat exciting in parts. I did feel that the writing wasn't as polished as with more experienced writers. The story was a little far fetched and not quite believable but then again it is a fictional story.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too pat March 18, 2013
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There was very little attempt to explain how the murders were performed, and the finale had an unlikely event which screamed "deus ex machina" at me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SOOOO Bad May 2, 2014
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Aside from reading it, I doubt I convey how bad this book is. Climax of stupid is when the gun nozzle comes into play. I would say hire an actual editor but it would not have saved this smoldering dog dropping.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another page-turner from MacGowan! February 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Following John Reeves' first outing in "The Fall of Billy Hitchings", I was looking forward to reading WRATH when it came out. It took a little while before I got to it in my reading queue, but once I started I could barely stand to put it down. It's one of those books where you tell yourself you'll just read one more chapter, but you end up reading another two or three (or then!) -- particularly at the end when the tension ramps up exponentially and you just HAVE to keep going.

Kirkus has created characters around John that are so finely crafted that there is no question they've known each other for years; but more than that, you feel like you already know them as well. I also loved the small-town feel of the setting, where almost everyone knows each other and the unfolding mystery affects them all to one degree or another. This reminded me, in a complimentary way, a little of Craig Johnson's 'Longmire' novels.

There's the old rule in writing that says things should get worse for your hero before they get better, and the hopelessness that continually soaks John Reeves never seems to let up, particularly in the second half, compelling you to continue reading to find out how it all plays out. The crime scenes and the horror of the finale were so vivid I felt like I was there, experiencing sights, smells and aggravation along with the characters. I could almost hear Howard Shore's creepy, atmospheric score for "Seven" playing during my reading of these sequences!

All in all, WRATH is another success for Kirkus MacGowan and I look forward to what's in store for John in the future. In the meantime, Hollywood, this is a novel that needs a movie adaptation right now!
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Published 5 months ago by Carlton Blair
5.0 out of 5 stars very well written book!
Very well written. Has a lot of twists and turns, but not so many you get lost. Enjoyed very much
Published 14 months ago by Susan C
5.0 out of 5 stars KEPT READER INTERESTED
Published 14 months ago by Patty Kramer
1.0 out of 5 stars Too violent and totally implausible
There seems to be a trend to make horror stories about torture. If any of the reviews had mentioned that the victims were killed by tortuous means I would never have bought this... Read more
Published 16 months ago by T. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars no different
This book is the same formula as dozens of others I have read. In fact, I kept thinking I had read it before.
Published 20 months ago by dena smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Silly Book
I found the story to be melodramatic and the plot hopelessly contrived. The characters introspected and raged and wept and often vomited. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Great job Kirk on your second book in the John Reeves series. Very interesting and loaded with suspense. Can't wait to read where John ends up next. Keep up the great stories.
Published 21 months ago by KK Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really very interestin.
I didn't finish it because I was bored to sobbing tears. The writer is trying too hard or not trying hard enough, I admire the effort of writing his ideas down but some how it just... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Calderdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it ... Love it !!!
Have never read a book by Kirkus MacGowen, but that will certainly change !!!

Once I started reading this book, I just couldn't let myself put it down. Great book... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Spirited2001
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better books Ive ever read
Once I got into it I couldn't put it down literally I had to sit and finish it Im going to order the other John Reeves novel now. Really like Macgowan's writing!
Published 23 months ago by patrice mccarthy
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More About the Author

Amazon bestselling author Kirkus MacGowan wrote his first book at age eight about traveling to Mars to find the cure for cancer. He put his writing dreams on hold for twenty-five years and focused his energies on playing baseball. He moved on when he found playing softball with his friends more enjoyable than his pipe dream.

Since then, he graduated with a B.S. in Psychology, married a woman too good to be true, and moved back to his hometown. He gave up an amazing career waiting tables and now stays at home with his two crazy children. He spends his time writing thrillers and fantasy, playing softball with friends, enjoying the occasional computer game, and wrestling with his kids.


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