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The Last Track: A Mike Brody Novel Kindle Edition
After an asthmatic boy witnesses a murder and goes missing in the Montana wilderness, police turn to Mike Brody, a former Special Forces operative and master tracker with psychic abilities. But as Mike and a local officer follow their elusive quarry deeper into the woods, the killer begins a hunt of his own…
Some say his gift is supernatural, others consider it a curse. To Mike Brody, it’s a penance.
From the back cover:
“A good mix of mystery and adventure, The Last Track will appeal to any thriller reader. A good yarn, not to be missed . . . highly entertaining and extremely difficult to put down.”
~John A. Dunay, Police Lieutenant (Ret. ‘06)
~Police Advisor to Department of Justice, Dinwanyah and Kurdistan, Iraq ‘08
“The Last Track, by Sam Hilliard, is full of mystery and suspense to intrigue the mind. The story captures the thrill of the chase and the fear of the unknown. What kept my interest was the struggle for that we desire most in the form of love, success, money, and complete control. This book will keep your reading lamp on in the wee hours of the night!” ~Spc Amanda Daigle, Jan-Dec 09, Kirkuk, Iraq.
~Purple Heart, Feb 09
“The Last Track is one of the best thrillers our book club has ever read. Chock full of unexpected twists and turns, this well-crafted mystery kept us guessing up until the very last page. A natural storyteller, Hilliard knows how to build suspense and create compelling characters. We can’t wait to go on another adventure with Mike Brody!”~Revolution Reading Club
"The ability to find people is a powerful one, but not without its pitfalls. The Last Track tells the story of Mike Brody, master tracker and former Special Services operative. Charged with hunting for a lost young man through the wilderness of Montana, Mike is faced with his toughest challenge yet, as a killer is on the loose as well, and everything lies on Mike's talents. "The Last Track" is an exciting adventure and mystery, highly recommended." --The Midwest Book Review, The Fiction Shelf, July 2010
"Hilliard's style reminds me a bit of James Patterson, both intriguing and creative." --Amanda Goossen --Lit Fest Magazine, New Authors, June 5, 2010
"Debut author Sam Hilliard has created an immensely likable reluctant hero in Mike Brody, and he's only scratched the surface of the character's potential. Though we know Brody's ability to track people borders on the supernatural, how he first discovered his talent and the inner demons that compel him to answer every request for help are only hinted at. Given the undoubtedly rich backstory available for Hilliard to mine, it's exciting to know that a second book featuring Brody is already in the works. It's clear that both Sam Hilliard and Mike Brody have very bright futures ahead of them." --Savannah Now, Book Review, July 26, 2010 --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Publisher
". . . tightly scripted, fast paced . . . with enough technical insights and plot twists to please the most ardent and critical fans of this genre. Mike Brody is an enigmatic character well worth following on future tracks!" --Wayne E. Martin, RCMP Superintendent, (Retired 2009)
"My only problem . . . I have to wait for the next one to be published.
"I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any and all who love suspense novels with a bit of the unusual and a lot of tension combined." --Susan Pettrone, books.Google.com
"Hilliard has an ability to keep you guessing throughout, not knowing who you can trust as a reader, always keeping the pages turning.
"Brings to mind the works of James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell. The story draws you in and keeps your attention through the twists and turns as you try to figure out who is behind the events taking place.
"The end of this one came together nicely. I was satisfied that this story was closed out, while leaving room for future books.
". . . flows well and offers up just enough plot twists to delight any mystery thriller fan.
"Gripping mystery with a paranormal twist." --E.J. Stevens, author of From the Shadows
". . . starts off with a bang and never lets up.
"Mystery buffs will especially appreciate the detailed tracking and unexpected surprises.
". . . just enough detail about the art of tracking to keep my interest without making the author look like a know-it-all.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B0037KM1O8
- Publisher : Buddhapuss Ink LLC (February 7, 2010)
- Publication date : February 7, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1162 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 291 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,284 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #1,758 in Psychic Mysteries
- #4,603 in Hard-Boiled Mysteries (Kindle Store)
- #5,019 in Mystery Action Fiction (Kindle Store)
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Mike Brody is a former Special Forces operative and a master tracker, with psychic abilities that enhance his tracking talents. When he learns an asthmatic, young boy is lost in the woods, maybe being chased by those who he saw commit a murder, he knew he had to find him.
Mike has his own demons, nightmares from his past that haunt him. And it is a horrid past that no child should have to go through. That is what motivates him.
A murder, sure, but a mystery that goes so far much farther than the loss of one life. I had my sites on several as the villain, but Sam Hilliard does not make it easy to commit to one or eliminate another. Danger surrounds Mike Brody and his family. Threatening phone calls, people creeping in their rooms, makes ME nervous, so why doesn’t Jessica hold her cards closer to her vest. They have traveled together, even though Jessica and Mike are separated. They still have a good relationship and a child that they love. She is an investigative reporter, with resources that will come into play, but I worry that she isn’t more careful about her person, her room, her child.
As we track the boy, the murder starts to take a backseat to the complex mystery of what is really going on in the town and who is behind it. I love that I had the villain(s) in site, but could never make up my mind if it was them or not. There are so many of them and some others that could be and could not be ruled out..until Sam made it official. I love when I say yeah, its him, no, it’s not…..
I love a story with a lot of surprises, but "The Last Track" surpassed my expectations of suspense. Much of the time, I felt like I was walking on the edge of a precipice, holding my breath for fear that at any moment, it would crumble beneath me and land in a ruin of uncertainty. But like his character Erich, Hilliard steps in at the right moments to redirect the story. I found myself eagerly anticipating what would come next, and in tandem, fearing it.
One of the most engaging talents Hilliard possesses as an author is his rich character development. He was able to help me get inside his main character Mike Brody's head. His descriptions of the way Mike was feeling were so thorough that I felt great compassion and concern for him. And every time I was away from the book, I was worrying about Sean, the poor young soul at the center of this twisting and turning rollercoaster. Hilliard excelled at creating mistrust within the reader for all of the surrounding characters in the heart of the mystery. And the reader remains ultimately intrigued by the suspicious cast - even if they don't like them! Each possessed great depth, from their backstories to the minutest detail.
Amidst so many events happening simultaneously, the way Hilliard guides the reader through the story doesn't create any confusion. I love the fact that Hilliard was able to pull me along with him until the very last page. At no point did the story ever lag, it progressed at a good clip - not so fast that you cant keep up, but not so slow that there was any room for boredom. The momentum built and built and built until the last page; and the ending is satisfying, but begs for another Mike Brody adventure. Hilliard is an excellent writer and his debut novel is a great sign of what this author is capable of in the future.
I had a hard time getting behind a psychic, paranormal tracker for one thing. Getting picture images from just touching a footprint? If that was the case why didn't Mike Brody do that all along the book and find Sean three days earlier? It didn't make sense.
Mike's wife Jessica was always complaining about Mike working too much and not taking time for her and their son Andy. But she does the same thing as he does. She refused several times to leave the dude ranch even putting their son in danger even after Mike asked her to leave. She is just as bad as he is.
Okay, you are in the woods and there is a convoy (4) of Humvees and no one notices them except for Mike and Daggett? And the police detective tells them to forget about them and continue on to the search after she is told about them? If there are roads in the mountains why not set out searchers in vehicles instead of on foot or at least start from the road. Just didn't make sense to me but then again, that would leave out a good portion of the Mike and Daggett hiking through the woods.
Another part was the GPS sending out false locations because they were being altered by a special machine? Sorry, but that part was just plain silly even when the command post knows they are in the wrong area and no one can seem to find them because the locations are wrong. Wouldn't that throw up a red flag?
I could go on and on about this book and the different unbelievable scenarios in the story line. At some points in the book I got bored and almost didn't finish reading it but I always finish a book no matter how much I dislike it.
And the ending on who was the Partner and the main bad guy? I laughed! Sorry, this book was not a good read for me. If you like 5 story lines going at the same time in different directions and then somehow coming together in the end, well, then this book is for you, but not for me.
Top reviews from other countries
The plot is well thought out and has a lot of twists and turns, all of which are believable and make for a story where the reader is constantly trying to second guess what is happening. The sub plots blend neatly into the main story, adding interest without getting in the way. Where this novel excels is in the great characters that populate it. Even the minor characters are fleshed out and feel real without the annoying habit of some authors to provide copious back story.
The writing is good and engaging, though one more edit would have seen the very few (count on one hand) typos and confusing sentences smoothed out.
My one (tiny) gripe is the ending. The main story ends one chapter in from the end of the book. That ending is tense and exciting and all essential elements are there. The last chapter is a mop up, filling in the missing pieces, providing the end to some story arcs and with a couple of interesting reveals (which I didn't guess). My problem with this is that I want a second Mike Brody novel and I think the author missed a trick by not leaving some of these threads unanswered.
Its been five years since this book hit the virtual book shelf - time for a sequel Sam.
Mike is an interesting character. He is an expert tracker on holiday at a Dude Ranch with his 8 year old
son and his ex-wife, Jessica, who is a journalist. The police have found a murdered man, and a boy
has disappeared from the Ranch, so they ask Mike to track him.
The police don't know the boy (Sean) witnessed the murder and became lost whilst running from the killer.
We know who the killer is (Crotty). He is an FBI -type - though how his colleagues didn't suspect him of being a
crook with the amount of time he spent on his criminal business is a mystery!
Crotty has a mystery partner and between them, they threaten Mike's family if he doesn't let them know
when he finds Sean. Jessica refuses Mike's requests to flee the Ranch - even when she and her son are put in
danger (strange mother!). I felt the book dragged a little in the second half and I would have liked more
details about Mike's tracking ability.
There were a few twists towards the end - one I guessed and one was a surprise. Overall, an enjoyable read
and I give this book 3.5 stars.