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The Downside Paperback – September 5, 2017
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“I fell in love with this crooked tale of hardhat heisters in the modern world. Couldn’t put it down, can’t wait for the next one. Please, Mike Cooper, tell me there’s a next one!” —Nick Petrie, bestselling author of The Drifter
“Fans of Donald Westlake’ s Dortmunder novels will find a lot to like.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The inevitable complications, missteps, and double crosses are met with ever more ingenious and desperate workarounds, many involving fresh felonies, side deals, and triple crosses, till you won’t know whom to root for or what difference it makes. A taut caper whose high-tech trappings neatly complement its old-fashioned formula.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A high-tech version of Donald E. Westlake: a caper novel with a comic touch.” —Booklist
Praise for the Silas Cade Thrillers
“A blistering pace, lots of action, and some over-the-top derring-do that may attract Hollywood.” —Booklist, starred review, on Full Ratchet
“A frenetic, no-holds-barred thriller.” —The Boston Globe on Clawback
“Action, sleuthing, clever tricks . . .and far-out chase scenes . . . A fast-moving thriller leavened by wit.” —Library Journal on Clawback
“An action-packed and thrilling journey . . . Definitely worth the investment.” —The Associated Press on Clawback
“Fantastic . . . Action, suspense, and tons of insider information. This is my kind of thriller and I can’t wait for the next one. If you like Nelson DeMille, you’ll love Mike Cooper.” —Brad Thor, New York Times–bestselling author of Full Black, on Clawback
“Vivid but convincing action, a sympathetic protagonist with a specialty we haven’t seen before, and plentiful antagonists we all have reason to despise. Buy it.” —Thomas Perry, Edgar Award–winning author of The Butcher’s Boy, on Clawback
“Smart and savvy, and paced like a bull market rally! Silas Cade is part Jack Reacher, part Seal Team Six in the Madoffian canyons of power and greed.” —Andrew Gross, bestselling author of Reckless, on Clawback
Praise for Mike Cooper writing as Michael Wiecek
“As smart as a whip, as fast as a bullet, as serious as a heart attack. Read it now.” —Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels, on Exit Strategy
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Is easy except for several terms that need many explanations, and severval mixed in Atlanta with county names and sites. The workcrew created many well good side line explaining.
On the plus side, this is a slam-bang action yarn, with some clever twists thrown in. And the idea is pretty original as well. There are several major players, and you can never be too sure whether each one is really on the team, or just maybe working their own agenda.
But the character development is a bit thin. Other than Finn, we get to know the other characters about as well as somebody you’d meet at a cocktail party. Even Finn’s background is sketchy. The ending wraps things up nicely – while leaving room for a return of Finn in the future – but it seems pretty abrupt.
Enjoying the book requires a rather large suspension of disbelief. The plot depends on an amazingly huge coincidence. As in, where two unconnected, somewhat possible, yet highly unlikely, events happen in the *exact* same time and *exact* same place. Get past that, though, and you’re home free.
If you’re a fan of the old Mission Impossible TV series, this will have a familiar feel for you. The team leader gets an assignment, puts together a team, and performs seemingly miraculous tasks to get the job done. Overall, there are a couple of warts, but the book is an awful lot of fun and very hard to put down. I haven’t read any of Cooper’s other books yet, but I certainly will before long.
The average reader will probably need to look up images and information for some of the equipment described by the author in order to help understand the story. The author does not go into detail to educate the reader on such items as tunnel drills. The author provides enough information to enjoy the story, but the curious reader may wish to know more. The author also introduces us to a few super hackers. These are people who can take over your cell phone or any of your electronic devices that have connectivity to the internet and make your toys dance to the hacker's tune, often without your knowledge that you have been hacked. These are fascinating characters. Mike Cooper mixes some homicidal types, SWAT teams, paramilitary security forces, and cyber geniuses into the stew that makes this novel hard to put down. And, just to round things out, there are some incidents of sex and mayhem strung throughout the tale. The reader should enjoy a compelling crime story, a complex robbery of hardware and funds, and a whole lot of surprises along the way. The reader will look differently at railroad yards, ports, and hardened buildings after reading this novel. Hop aboard and hang on for a wild ride with some outlandish characters.
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