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Demon's Bluff - A World War II Espionage Thriller by [Driskell, Chuck]
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Praise for Chuck Driskell
 
"Driskell's narrative is crisp with innovation." - Kirkus Reviews
 
"Driskell always brings everything together in a successful climax." - IndieReader
 
"He makes you feel like you're right in the middle of the scene." - LitScene
 
"Chuck Driskell is a promising young author." - Don McKale, author and Hitler expert
 
 
Praise for DEMON'S BLUFF
 
"Driskell's newest action thriller is like a high-speed ride, veering seamlessly between action, romance and espionage.  As U.S. and Nazi agents battle for the ultimate secret, one thing is for certain:  the reader wins!" - Kelly Durham, author of Berlin Calling
 
"Demon's Bluff hit me squarely between the eyes.  As Driskell usually does, he draws me in with his characters and holds me with a tight, complex plot." - Scott Golden
 
"This is a first rate espionage thriller which I thoroughly enjoyed. The plot is well crafted as are the characters." - Dr. Mark M. Rubenstein
 
"Demon's Bluff is a fast-moving, entertaining, and thrilling yarn of deadly betrayal set in Panama during World War II.  It's an enjoyable novel that keeps the reader guessing." - Joe Epley

From the Author

When I decided to write Demon's Bluff, my primary goal was to create an action thriller that was a nod to the great books and movies of the 1940s.  I wanted a strong main character.  I wanted a ruthless villain.  And, most of all, I wanted a memorable heroine.  Also, rather than the book taking place in Europe or some other overused setting, I wanted to set it someplace different.  My research led me to Panama, a tiny sliver of a country that, during World War II, was overrun by spies and operatives.  In the end, I'm satisfied with the story I created.  I truly hope you'll enjoy Demon's Bluff.

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  • File Size: 3022 KB
  • Print Length: 411 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Autobahn Books (January 17, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BIP67Q2
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I'm a sucker for World War 2 literature, both fiction and non-fiction, and Demon's Bluff hit me squarely between the eyes.  As Driskell usually does, he draws me in with his characters and holds me with a tight, complex plot.

His main character, Rollie, was interesting and upright, but with enough humanity to make him seem quite real.  I enjoyed his struggles and his want of female companionship.  His back story was intriguing too.

For me, Driskell's antagonists are usually his most interesting characters.  Here, Bernd is one of his best ever.  Refined and handsome (and Prussian...an interesting touch) the guy is a true sicko with a wicked sense of humor.  He made me laugh aloud several times.

Vivien was quite memorable too.  But Maria, the conflicted female nearly stole the show.  She was a tad over the top at times but added spice to the story.  I really liked both women.

Driskell added in the requisite amount of sex and violence I've come to expect from his books, and enough tertiary characters to make this big read go very quickly.

My only criticisms would be the lack of much World War 2 side-story.  He sprinkled in mentions here and there (his research and time period details were very good) and with the setting of Panama I guess there wasn't much more he could tell us.  I also felt the plot was a bit complex in points.  I had to reread a few pages but who knows, I might just not be smart enough to keep up.  I'd call these criticisms minor as this is a tantalizing read.

The book itself was slightly similar to The Rhinemann Exchange by Robert Ludlum.  Driskell's writing is easier and more "conversational" than Ludlum's.  In fact, I'm not quite sure what other authors I would compare Driskell with.
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This epistle spins are reasonably tight tale - although; perhaps I should have concentrated more around the middle as I tended to lose track of the plethora of involved characters.
The incessant use of an apostrophe in MP's did begin to annoy me...
In common with many novels today, the story tends to run off on an independent tangent every now and then where the reader can either 'go with the flow' and keep reading, or skip pages to get back to the story.
Still - it's an above average read and should hold your interest...?
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Well written exciting and fast pasted World War II thriller! Leads you from the Great Lakes and Chicago to Havana, Cuba and Panama City with the canal in the background then back to the United States. The historical accuracy is excellent and the development of each character is played so smooth you feel as if you know each of them.
I hope Rollie is continued in a future story since this time in history is wide open as our intelligence agencies are just being their growth into modern day monsters with a vast number of untold, behind closed doors, under the counter deals created in these agencies uncontrolled by agents from all levels approved and otherwise.
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I doubt if I've read another WWII thriller taking place in Panama, so this was a fun read from that aspect. The plot-line, involving spies, counterspies, and atomic secrets was interesting and rather engrossing. Initially, I was rather caught up in the story. That flagged for reasons I will describe, but it picked up again in the end.

The author presents us with a wide variety of characters, some quite different in thought and actions to the others. My one complaint is that the baddies are rather one-dimensional and even cartoonish. There is no depth to them despite the author's attempt to flesh them out. The protagonist, Rollie, is rather complex with both good and bad sides, even if his reactions to his scarring was rather overwrought, in my opinion, with one scene in Panama way over-the-top. I still liked him and was invested in his story.

Bringing in the Chaco War was something very unique. The author took some literary license with it (there were no real numbers of US mercenaries, and with the US oil company, Standard Oil, backing the losing side and the Royal Dutch Shell backing the winning side, things would not have unfolded as they did in the story), it was still appreciated that the author wove in such a forgotten piece of history (not forgotten in Paraguay and Bolivia, though.)

The action scenes were well written, and given the genre where derring do is expected, while not exactly realistic in total, each scene could have transpired as they did. There was a nicely written scene at the end where literary tension was high.

My biggest issue with the book was the sex. I thought it was unrealistic, there was way too much of it, and worst of all, it was boring.
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This started okay, and would probably be a good read for many who aren't bothered by brutal torture scenes, but I lost interest not far into the story. I decided I didn't want to read any further when the bad guy graphically tortured one of his own people just so he could be the person with the information.

I don't enjoy reading about cold blooded brutality, whether it's real or imaginary.
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