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Wyatt's Revenge: A Matt Royal Mystery (Matt Royal Mysteries Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

H. Terrell Griffin
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On balance, retired trial lawyer turned-beach bum Matt Royal is a pretty laid-back fellow. But when Laurence Wyatt, one of Matt's best friends, is murdered, Matt trades in his easygoing ways for a hard-hitting quest for revenge. Matt knows the Longboat Key police will do their job in investigating. But for Matt, finding Wyatt's killer isn't a job; it's personal. Determined to do whatever it takes to solve Wyatt's murder, Matt takes matters into his own hands and embarks on a clandestine investigation. Soon, Matt finds himself in hot pursuit of a cadre of remorseless criminals and trained killers, but the tables turn and Matt becomes the pursued. Faced with mounting danger, Matt calls for backup from his buddies Jock Algren and Logan Hamilton. Matt Royal would go to the ends of the earth to exact revenge for Wyatt's murder, but will he go outside the law?Expect the unexpected in this wild and dangerous ride from Longboat Key, Florida, to Frankfurt, Germany, because hell hath no fury like Matt Royal scorned.

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Matt Royal displays an amusing gift for understatement—whether intended by the author or not—in Griffin's fourth mystery to feature the retired trial lawyer and Vietnam vet who makes Florida's Longboat Key his home (after 2008's Blood Island). When the book's love interest asks Royal what's going on after his car has been firebombed and, in another violent incident, shots fired at him, Royal responds, I'm not sure. Someone's trying to kill me, I think. Someone is indeed trying to stop Royal from pursuing the hit man who blew out the brains of a close friend, history professor Laurence Wyatt. Wyatt and a fellow Florida academic, who was gunned down on the same day, had been researching the Nazis and Vichy France. Amid the predictable shootouts and hostage takings, readers should be prepared for some awkward prose (e.g., The death of a friend impales you with a barbed javelin of despair). (Nov.)
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[i]Publisher's Weekly[/i] says Griffin's last novel, [i]Blood Island[/i],

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Griffin's last novel [i]Blood Island[/i] was a finalist in the National Best Books Award 2008, Fiction & Literature: Mystery/Suspense

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  • File Size: 2331 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 1 edition (November 16, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YFJ5DG
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt swaps his easygoing life for Wyatt's Revenge October 28, 2009
Hi Readers,

Matt Royal is a very relaxed guy. He is a retired lawyer and ex Green Beret living a life of ease on Longboat Key in Florida. Matt's best friend, Laurence Wyatt, is assassinated by a professional hit man and, as a result, Matt swaps his easygoing life to go on a quest for wyatt's Revenge.

Matt is good friends with the police Chief of Longboat Key and is aware that Chief Lester will do everything necessary to solve this case but, to Matt, this is personal and he is determined to find Wyatt's killer. The only thing missing from Wyatt's place is his laptop. It's hard to figure out who would have wanted Wyatt dead as he is now a professor. Although, he was once a savage Green Beret. Matt takes matters into his own hands and starts on a secret investigation of his own helped by Logan Hamilton and Jock Algren who are old friends from his Army days. Soon, he finds a group of trained killers that he knows had something to do with Wyatt's death and soon the hunter becomes the hunted. As Matt and his buddies learn the truth about Wyatt's death they find treachery and danger that was larger than any of them expected. And, from an unlikely source. Matt and his friends travel from Longboat Key to Europe and everywhere in between to run down clues that Wyatt had left behind. I'll give you a hint. The year is 1945, the end of the war in Europe. Nazis are involved, along with a Captain in the OSS and an Arab that owns a bank. It just gets better and better. Expect the unexpected and I can guarantee that this is a real page turning mystery that will keep you guessing until the last page.

I heartedly recommend this to myster fiction readers, WWII fans and anyone in between.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Revenge Driven Thrill Ride March 22, 2012
By Ethan
H. Terrell Griffin begins the fourth installment in his Matt Royal Mystery Series with a bang. Literally. Laurence Wyatt is enjoying the cool Florida breeze from his balcony when a bullet travels through his skull. Just like that, Wyatt is dead.

Retired lawyer and soldier Matt Royal is completely shocked at the news of the sudden death of his dear friend Wyatt. Along with his friends Logan and Jock, Matt served with Wyatt during the war in Vietnam, forging a lifelong bond that has stayed with the men. All are present at Wyatt's funeral, but the murder seems to weigh especially heavy on the mind of Royal. Never one to shy away from a mystery, Matt vows revenge on whoever is responsible for the death of Wyatt.

Acting on a tip from a local waitress, Royal tracks down the man who shot Wyatt and discovers that the shooter was merely a pawn in a much larger game. Enlisting the help of Jock, who conveniently works for a secret government agency that is alway willing to lend resources, and Dr. Jessica Connors, an expert on WWII, Matt embarks on a transcontinental quest to serve justice to the people responsible for his friends death.

Griffin definitely knows how to draw a reader in and keep them guessing until the end. I really appreciate the way he adds bits of historical truth to serve his fiction. As in the other novels in this series, it is the fascinating protagonist, Matt Royal, who drives the drama of this story. In this novel, Royal is forced to grapple with seeking revenge and the consequences of his search for justice. Thrust into a situation of violence, Matt evaluates his own use of violence, both during the war and in his investigation.

A Florida native, Griffin gives a vivid portrayal of the Florida setting, and the people who live there.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed Mystery April 8, 2010
Matt Royal is a retired trial attorney enjoying the relaxed life on Longboat Key, Florida when his best friend and Vietnam War mentor, Laurence Wyatt, is murdered execution style. Though Matt has full faith in local law enforcement, this is personal so he sets out to find those responsible and bring them to justice. What he finds takes him to Germany to solve a mystery that goes back decades and will lead him where he never expected. He enlists his friends, Jock Algren and Logan Hamilton, to help unravel the mystery and get the revenge that Wyatt deserves.

"Wyatt's Revenge" is the fourth installment in the Matt Royal series, written by author H. Terrell Griffin, but is the first book I have ever read by this author. He does a very good job of introducing the reader to characters that, no doubt, were part of the previous books and I really didn't feel like I was missing any information regarding the main characters or their relationship to one another. The story moved quickly and, while I did figure out part of the mystery rather early, I think that was intentional as the reader is privy to some information that the characters are not. In this testosterone fueled, action packed mystery, knowing that little piece of information doesn't matter as you will still be turning the pages furiously to find out what happens next.

My only complaint, now I have to go buy the other 3 books in the series to find out what kind of trouble Matt Royal was previously involved in. If it was even half as exciting as "Wyatt's Revenge", it will be well worth the expense.
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Wyatts Revenge was a little more intense story that included details around war war 2. I found myself unable to rest till the details were uncovered. Book 5 is next.
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It's been a while since I have found his books...but I did like them
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I am hooked on the Gulf coast mysteries. easy read. great discriptions. I love the way he has built up his characters over the course of the various books. Read more
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While I like The Matt Royal series very much I find the length of the plot a little long. While the author's writing ability is awesome, his descriptions interesting, I'going to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Little Britches
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I love all of H. Terrell Griffin's novels. I may visit Longboat Key this Winter.
Published 3 months ago by Donald E Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars justice served in the end.
Matt Royal is a formidable obstacle to contend with as he seeks to find those individuals responsible for the death of his good friend. Read more
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I grew up in Waycross, Georgia and Sanford, Florida, and enlisted in the U.S. Army when I was seventeen years old. After three years of active duty, most of it in Europe, I began my studies at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and received degrees in history and law. I became a board certified trial lawyer and practiced law in Orlando, Florida for thirty-eight years. I wrote my first book, "Longboat Blues," the first of the Matt Royal series, in 2005. Since then, six more books in the series have been published, and the eighth one, "Found," will be released on November 13, 2013. I have just finished my ninth book, "The Assassin's Game," which is not part of the Matt Royal series, but introduces another protagonist named Ethan Fitzgerald.

I'm married to the former Jean Higgins of Macon, Georgia, and we have three sons and two grandchildren. We live in Maitland, a suburb of Orlando, and Longboat Key, Florida, where the Matt Royal series takes place. I invite you to visit my website at

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