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Cached Out: A Cliff Knowles Mystery Paperback – September 22, 2012
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[O]ften very witty. ...A really excellent read. -- Bassocantor, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer
The Cliff Knowles Mystery series is no longer a mystery to thousands of people who've read the books. - The Los Altos Town Crier
The second half of the book was fantastic, ... all that plot building from the first half payed off. ...action, action, action! -- Audiobookreviewer.com
Cached Out ... has me on the edge of my seat. -- the Geocaching blog
[T]wists will surely keep you at the edge of your seat throughout this wonderful fast-paced book. The Cryptogram
Cached Out has one of the most chilling endings of any mystery novel I have ever read.... I highly recommend -- Tim Mayer
"Very well written...hard to put down. Makes you want to keep reading" -- Sandy, co-host Podcacher.com.
"I loved this. I'm going to read all the rest." Gary, Geocachetalk.com podcast.
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Praise for Held for Ransom by Russell Atkinson (Book 1 in the Cliff Knowles series)
"Thoroughly engrossing from start to finish." -- Michael J. T. O'Kelly
"Although cryptography is not a main component of the story, it does have an almost Dan Brown inspired role during a critical part of the story." -- The Cryptogram
"This is a fascinating book. Once I started it I could not put it down until I got to the end." -- Jerry Webb, retired FBI agent
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Regardless of whether one is a geocacher or not, this novel stands on its own. The story is fast paced, the situations plausible, and the characters are interesting. It is a real page turner. It is, truth be told, one of the few books I have read (and I read a lot) that I did not want to put down. When I got to the end, I wanted more. If it was a TV show I'd already be checking the schedules waiting for the next season to start.
Geocaching does play a central part in the story, and it is intricately woven into both the plot and the character development. However, the geocaching is explained enough that I believe someone who is not familiar with geocaching would have no problem following the story, in the same vein as one does not have to be a lawyer to understand or enjoy a John Grisham novel.
That leaves us with the question of the accuracy of the geocaching. I am an avid geocacher, and I am also rather pedantic. Inaccuracies in caching descriptions quickly cause me forget about the story and concentrate on the errors. As a result, accuracy is vital for my enjoyment of a geocaching themed book. Fortunately there is good news on this front.
The author of Cached Out is a geocacher himself, and it shows. His depictions of geocaching are, essentially, perfect. Both descriptions of geocaching itself, and how the geocachers think, are exactly what I expect based on my extensive experience with geocaching and the geocaching community. Many times during the story, and especially during the climax, I thought "yep, that is *exactly* how a geocacher would react." As a result I found that the geocaching in the novel allowed me to get more enjoyment out of the story. Think of it like a delicious gravy spread over Thanksgiving dinner.
So, in summary, as a murder mystery novel it is a good read, fun, quick paced, and enjoyable. As a geocaching themed novel it is even better. It would make a fantastic stocking stuffer for the geocacher on your Christmas list.
BTW, if you do want to do the puzzles, DON'T read further in the book until you have solved them as they do get explained, usually in rather short order.
Cliff has retired from the FBI, but that doesn't mean his investigatory skills are retired--they are as sharp as ever. The story unfolds in a logical fashion, as Cliff Knowles, main character (but also main suspect) gathers evidence to help the investigating team (and get them off his back!) Along the way, we meet with some bunglers, but also some capable agents and rangers. This book seems to have fewer bunglers.
Readers who are geocachers will especially like the various caching puzzles that are introduced, as well as the hiking locales on the San Francisco peninsula. This was especially interesting for me, since I am a regular hiker/geocacher in the Open Space Preserves, near where the crimes take place. On several occasions, I opened up a satellite view of the area to spot the various trails and roads mentioned in the book. (What the heck is Saratoga Toll Road Trail? Do they charge hikers a toll?)
The last 100 pages are really excellent. I deliberately slowed down my reading, so as to fully appreciate the story.
As with the first novel, the writing style is excellent. The author has obviously spent a large amount of time perfecting the writing craft--especially the dialogue, which is no mean feat. f you've ever read an early novel, where the author struggles with dialogue, you will know what I mean. There's none of this, "He said," then "She said," then "Bob replied," etc. The author smoothly blends the conversation so that you know who is talking. I suspect readers don't realize how difficult a task that is for a writer. This cannot possibly be only the author's second book. I am willing to bet there are a ton of short stories out there, in which he perfected the writer's craft. (Or some outstanding editor.) On a minor note, I appreciate the wide-margin formatting, so that the reader doesn't have to yank the book wide open to see the words near the inside margins.
Atkinson's descriptions are often very witty. Here's my favorite line in the book: "She took a leap of faith--and a corporeal one also." (Is this the lawyer in Atkinson coming out?)
A really excellent read. I look forward to reading Cliff's next adventure. Back with the FBI, or maybe a P.I.? The author isn't saying, but I have my suspicions.