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All the Wrong Moves (A Samantha Spade Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – November 3, 2009
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"Samantha is great--sassy and indomitable and believable... The action never stops." -- Joanna Carl
"A 21 -gun salute for All the Wrong Moves, a fast-paced, original, authentic military mystery that builds to a pulse-pounding finale." -- Carolyn Hart
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Lovelace is a retired USAF colonel herself, with all kinds of postings in exotic (and not so exotic) hot spots around the globe. She has a great knowledge of the military, technology, and people. All of that shows on the pages of this novel.
I also really love the background Lieutenant Spade is played again. South Texas is near a lot of trouble, so her budding relationship with Border Patrol Agent Jeff Mitchell feels natural. The fact that Fort Bliss is so close, complete with inter-military problem potential, is another facet that I expect will be explored. We get a touch of it here, and it ups the ante for Spade's investigations.
Most of all, though, I love the fact that Spade is part of a DARPA program that tests new technology designed for military use. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency isn't quite as hush-hush these days as it has been, but lots of folks are still fascinated by all the technology and cutting-edge science those people play with. Lovelace hangs enough of it out there to whet the appetites of geeks everywhere and send them scrambling for the Internet to find out more.
The story is twisted in several places and I had to pay close attention to who was doing what, which is fair in a mystery novel.Read more ›
While outside the town of Dry Springs, Sam steps on two bodies melted into the desert. One of the deceased turns out to be mercenary arms seller James Hucker, who was involved in an incident in Columbia in which three marines died. EEEEK downloads crime site data locating a fingerprint that identifies the killer as the father of one of the dead marines. An anonymous cell phone call led to Hucker's homicide and the team using one of the gadgets locates the throw away cell. In the meantime someone blows up Sam's lab. The outraged Sam after filling out a quadrillion forms Techno Diva Sam teams up with Border Patrol Agent Jeff Mitchell; they hunt for the deadly dealer.
Although at times the heroine feel isolated from the air force as she works in the beyond even with Fort Bliss being an army growth activity, she and her eccentric crew feel they are doing important work; as "Inspector Gadget" seeking inventions that will make the military safer and more effective. She also knows the alternative to the blissful heat of the Tex-Mex border is HQ FST-One above the Arctic Circle. Merline Lovelace once again affirms her position as a five star author with this strong look at military testing inside a wonderfully drawn investigative thriller.
Samantha Spade is the head of a team out in the middle of the desert, living in a bunch of trailers that have been modified to make up a complete lab and living quarters. The team tests inventions to see if they might be of use to the army. The one they have now is an exo-skeleton, nicknamed by them EEEK, which greatly enhances someone's endurance and power, has perfect night vision, and sends reports to the lab on what it is seeing. After spending several days being taught by the company's rep, she decides to go out at night as it's too hot in the day. Everything is going smoothly until she tries to jump over what she thinks is, perhaps, a dead coyote. Turns out that it's two dead bodies, and EEEK steps on them!
One had been murdered, the other shot and left to die, both in the desert sun.
The story becomes more complex as investigators look into the whole thing.
Although this sounds grim, there is a lot of humor and some romance in the book.
Recommend it highly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed the characters and humor. Samantha Spade is the perfect mix of sassy girl and military grit. The plot was confusing.Published 11 months ago by Chris Matos
I have read the whole Samantha Spade series by Merline Lovelace and have enjoyed it very much. Would like to see more of this series.Published 22 months ago by Lois L. Harry
I enjoy Samantha Space mysteries, and wish there were more of them, but I could do without the "cussing". I know it's part of the real world, but...not something I enjoy.Published on January 23, 2014 by Casual Kat