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Mad Mouse: A John Ceepak Mystery Paperback – Bargain Price, May 28, 2007
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This year, things turn serious when someone tags them with paintballs. One of the paintballs hits Becca's eye, turning a yearly tradition into a serious night.
Sea Haven is planning a huge bash for Labor Day. Naturally, this incident doesn't sit well with everyone in the business community whose survival during the next nine months rests on the huge business they expect this one weekend of the summer. Danny and his partner, John Ceepak, are assigned the case; with the implication that Danny's application to be a full time cop is riding on a quick solution.
They think they are on the right track when another attack happens. Again, Danny and a friend are the target. Only this time, the paintballs are followed by a bullet.
I'm not normally a thriller fan, but I just couldn't pass up the setting of a resort town. I loved the first one, and enjoyed this one even more. The plot starts quickly. It seems to be moving along fine, but when the second attack comes, things pick up into high gear and the pace never slows down. Since Danny is our narrator, this gives us more of a stake in the outcome, and I must admit to cheating ahead to see who lived until the end.
The only real drawback to the story involves Ceepak. Ceepak lives by a code. Actually, I like his code and respect the character because of it. However, it is mentioned so often I got tired of hearing about it. A few mentions to establish the character were fine, but it should have been dropped by the second half of the story.
Still, this is a minor complaint in an otherwise outstanding story. Give yourself plenty of time to read it because you will be hooked.
Grabenstein is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I only wish he could write his stories faster.
They're basically CSI-like, but on a small scale and a bit more realistic.
They're all quite light, and maybe funny if you like the style.
I was very happy that after the 1st book the author doesn't keep on indirectly inserting summaries about what happened in the previous books.
What I did not like at all was the lack of protagonist's character development - it was alright for the 2nd book, but in the 3rd I got sick of his attitude, so I kind of stopped reading this series for the time being, especially because currently the 4th book is very expensive (~15$) and for me it wouldn't be worth the money - I might continue this series once the remaining books become cheaper.
When a paintball incident appears to cause a disturbing injury to Danny Boyle's friend during a beach outing, the town fathers want the incident hushed up. When it is discovered that not only paintballs were being fired, but bullets too, the demand to clear it all up and take care of any loose ends is made perfectly clear.
Unfortunately, this does not seem to be possible as repeat incidents occur.
Our heroes enter the picture, John Ceepak, an Iraq war vet who lives by a strict code of honor and Danny Boyle, a care-free guy who lives by the seat of his pants, are partnered in the police force and delve into the case looking for answers, but all they seem to get are more questions. Suddenly it seems that maybe Danny and his friends are in the crosshairs of some deranged individual but the motive for the attacks remains elusive, as does the shooter.
The story is a wild ride, fast paced with unexpected twists and turns that are put together with a deft hand!! Chris Grabenstein is a truly skilled author, creating dialogue that is both clever and sidesplittingly funny!! His characters are witty and entertaining. His story line is unexpected and captivating!!! His cast of characters, while witty and clever, range the gamut from serious cop, care-free kid, mail order brides,goth kids, beach bums to stereotypical town fathers and wealthy overbearing parents. Chris Grabenstein raises the bar to a new standard with Mad Mouse!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am now on Book 5 of this series. VERY good writer. Same main people in all of them. I will read all of them. You should too.!Published 1 month ago by vegasjerry
Love the series and particularly love this book because not only is it a well told story with a vivid setting and characters that sound authentic but this one has an emotional... Read morePublished 2 months ago by BJG
Stumbled across this series by chance and I love it. Great writing and great stories. Novel having the story narrated by the "support" character. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Wayne Thornton
Second book in this series that I have read, and I liked it just as much as the first. Well written with great characters!Published 7 months ago by An Amazon Customer
A very pleasant read. The characters are likeable and there are some interesting plot twists. Enjoyable. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.Published 9 months ago by Grandma of seven