- File Size: 1500 KB
- Print Length: 213 pages
- Publisher: Renegade Publishing (July 5, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 5, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073GN4XDK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,193 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
False Signs (John Taylor Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Travis wisely opens his book in his well known Texas (before moving the story to Florida) and introduces the manner of communication and jargon that suit the story well – ‘Outside Lubbock: The small, one-story building stood out as notable, compared to the miles of empty West Texas plains that surrounded it. A few green, canvas covered trucks sat parked in a row in a dimly lit parking lot and a pole stood in front. At its top, a flag was flapping lightly in a gentle breeze. Anyone who drove past the small building would think very little of it. Although a car driving by would be notable to the people in the building since cars rarely drove down the quiet country road that eventually leads out to the interstate four miles away or to the college town of Lubbock almost fifteen miles in the other direction. The short driveway that led through a single opening in the chain-link fence that stretched around the building was blocked by a small guard post, whose current guard was slowly nodding off, his brownish digi-pattern cap pulled low on his head. He would be in a world of hurt if his Sergeant found him sleeping on duty, but that typically only happened when they rotated in new non-coms. This was a posting where nothing ever happened, and even those in charge tended to fall into complacency. The Private was almost asleep when he felt the ground rumble. The man jerked awake, and for half a second wondered why Texas would be having an earthquake, when it seemed like the entire world ripped apart.’
For those who have read REBIRTH, the first volume of this series, the main character is well known. For others, the synopsis outlines the action to come: ‘Retired Special Forces Sergeant John Taylor is hiding from the world. Still dealing with his captivity by terrorists and a near fatal collaboration with Federal law enforcement, Taylor has sworn off any future heroics. A call from a friend inside the FBI and the pleas of a desperate mother force Taylor to change his mind and end his self-imposed exile. A National Guard armory has been destroyed in west Texas, and all eyes have turned to a possible terrorist attack by a missing corporal. The agents in charge of the investigation refuse to listen to claims of innocence by the soldier’s mother, forcing her to turn to Taylor and hope his first-hand experience with terrorists and past success with the Bureau can help clear her son’s name. Granted access to the case but saddled with a beautiful yet stern Bureau baby-sitter, Taylor runs head first into the FBI’s refusal to look beyond their preferred theory of the crime. As he digs up clues of a frame-up and hints of a much more sinister motive behind the explosion, Taylor races to stop a dark conspiracy hiding in small-town America.’
Action, suspense, and some acutely visualized insight into the realm of terrorism make this a timely as well as a very entertaining read. Grady Harp, July 17
Taylor’s Pentagon connections get him FBI clearance and access to those leading the investigation. This is where he connects with Special Agent Loretta Whitaker, a career FBI agent with aspirations of moving up the ranks within the Bureau. Whitaker is assigned to work with Taylor, but also to keep him on a leash and out of the way.
Tension mounts between Taylor and FBI agents working the case. The agents don’t appreciate Taylor looking over their shoulders. The FBI is convinced Abbas had been radicalized and was responsible for the bombing. Taylor disagrees and is equally convinced Abbas didn’t have the motive to bomb the military installation. He believes much larger forces with future deadly intentions are behind the Lubbock bombing.
Taylor eventually wins the confidence and the affection of Whitaker. The duo breaks ranks from the FBI and pursues their own leads, risking Whitaker’s career. I will stop here in describing the action, only to add that it ramps up in the second half of the book.
The author demonstrates sufficient knowledge of the FBI and its investigative processes, making the story believable, and hence, suspenseful. Taylor is a compelling main character. I felt the tension between him and those leading the FBI investigation. The romance between Taylor and Whitaker also added to the story and was done in a way not to detract from the fast-moving plot. After reading False Signs, I’ll definitely check out other novels by Travis Starnes Starks.