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Marc Niven is a radio host, working the switchboard at nights, providing clever banter and well-practiced camaraderie to the airways and his nightly callers, and flirting with the women who work the switchboards with him. One night, just before midnight on Valentine's Day, a strange caller rings in to wish happy Valentines to his beloved wife...soon to be his widow. A distracted and harried Marc fails to notice the dark implications of that call, and - much later in the evening - he witness what appears to be a kidnapping, but is too tired, and a bit too sloshed to do much more than watch and remember.
What sets this excerpt apart is the superb characterization, tight writing, and truly delightful sense of setting. Marc is not the easiest person for the reader to like - his dogged flirting with his staff and hints of a somewhat self-absorbed personality would normally put me off, but this characterization is done so vividly and with such a careful touch, that the reader cannot help but warm to Marc. The pacing is fantastic, with detailed characterization, careful foreshadowing, and intense action occuring in the space of only a few pages, and yet at such an even pace that the reader can keep up easily without feeling either bored or rushed.
Were the full version of this novel to be published, I would definitely buy it now. To the author - if you do publish this work, I would be most grateful if you would let me know.
~ Ana Mardoll
I also have to add that there are plenty of humorous touches and Marc is someone we think of as a regular guy. He likes to do the right thing--if it's convenient for him.
I enjoyed this read!
From here, the action is non-stop. Marc is thrown into a series of mysterious events which he tries, sometimes reluctantly, to solve. The supporting characters are wonderful, loveable and well-developed. I felt as if I were watching a dark, tense mystery movie unfold as I read this book. The action is intense and well-paced and kept me rivited to the story. There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing! And I loved the UK setting with the local color and language.
This is a top notch mystery. I highly recommend it to all mystery lovers!
This is a wonderful, often lyrical thriller. The plot is sufficiently twisty to pull you in. The characters are well-drawn and engaging. You'll care about these people.
And when you think it's ended, it comes back for more.
I can't believe I got this wonderful book for free. Whatever you paid, it's a bargain. I will look for other works by this author!
Marc is a cool guy with a heart who just happens to have misbehaved of late and caused his personal life some trouble. Now, this caller, slips the word 'widow' into his call and all hell breaks loose in his professional life too. He wants to fix it, not for himself but for the poor bloke he let slip by. He intends only to find out if the guy is okay...but ends up involved in a dark and dangerous world of pimps, sex trafficing, and terrorism.
It's one thing after another for poor Marc - for he only intends to do the "right" thing which just gets him in deeper and deeper. Luckily he has unasked-for help arriving on the scene. First, an avid fan of the show, Oliver, a kid who's a little wacky, a little different, bur most certainly devoted. Second, his true life love, Sam whom he had badly wronged but who is back to make amends.
Really most impressive was how 'on track' the author kept the reader. All of the thought processes that went into Marc's adventures were perfectly drawn out so that there was not one time that I could not make sense of his actions (even if they weren't always very bright!). There was a lot involved in this story & it could easily have gotten very confusing. Great writing, GREAT character development & truly likeable (however wonderfully imperfect they may be!) main characters.
Truly enjoyable read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am thru reading the first chapter that is an enticment to buy the book. I am thinking about it.Published 10 months ago by Satisfied customer
This was an interesting but average reading experience, yet it kept my attention & it WAS an experience. I'll read other David Williams writing offerings gladly.Published on April 18, 2014 by Shari
I read a lot of reviews for this one that said it was a page tuner and keep put their attention. I struggled to read it and eventually gave up 1/2 way through. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by callailly112
Very hard to get interested in this novel the premise may have been good but just did not interest me as there were too many story lines woven around the main story. Read morePublished on November 14, 2012 by Senior
I read many, many Kindle thrillers. This one stands above the rest. The author success in creating a narrator's character and worldview that is absorbing, all the more so because... Read morePublished on October 31, 2012 by TT WPB FL
To be honest, I wasn't sure through half the book if I wanted to read it or not... but I couldn't stop. Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by M. Deese
I bought this book on a whim and I'm very happy with the book. It starts off fast and never gives up.Published on October 2, 2012 by chad
I found myself hooked from the first pages of the book. The call that Mark Niven, insufferable late night radio host, receives just before midnight on Valentine's Day is riveting. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by Aaron Lindsey
Very good book, easy to read and the characters were very well done. I felt like i knew them. It really was one of those books that you get sucked into and don't notice what is... Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by ferri