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Mark for Blood: A Mason Dixon Tropical Adventure Thriller (Mason Dixon Thrillers Book 1) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B071CWFR42
- Publisher : Turtleshell Press; 2nd edition (June 17, 2017)
- Publication date : June 17, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2652 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 372 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #217,844 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is the launch of Thacker's new Mason Dixon Thrillers, and I can't wait to see where the series goes from here. In Mason Dixon, we have an antihero protagonist who is clever and bright, and who pulls the reader in through a personable and highly entertaining narrative. He's a character comparable to Jack Reacher and Dirk Pitt—a thrill to follow, from his best to his worst and back again.
I'm looking forward to a long and heart-pounding series.
This is the first in what I hope is a long line of Mason Dixon Thrillers (see, it says #1 in the parenthetical part of the title--I can read goodly).
Mason Dixon owns a bar. And has a side job. While the bar serves as a good meeting place within the story, kind of home base, the story is more about the side job. Much more interesting, much more dangerous, much more deadly. Suffice to say, trouble ensues after that opening line.
The first 10-20 pages are a little confusing to read. Said confusion clears enough after that, but mysteries abound and deepen. There is a woman (there's always a woman, right?) that captures Dixon's attention. She and her male companion are passing through to her father's funeral.
This feels like a modern-day noir. The main characters are well drawn and sympathetic(ish). Mason Dixon himself is capable of inflicting damage, but he's nowhere near impervious. Settings are always dark, even in the middle of the day. Plot is reasonably complex, though there are some open questions at the end of the story that will (hopefully) be addressed in Book 2. (At least Mr. Thacker indicated to me they would be.)
Excellent introduction to a new series. Highly recommended.
A bartender cum assassin, with a minimum-wage helper (mwh), half his age, who excels at frying catfish and disposing of dead bodies.
The assassination part works like so: the “mark” comes in the bar, sent by the “boss”. The mark is immediately identified by the bartender/protagonist and must put the “token” on the bar or table wherever he sits. Then, in due time, the mark is killed, and the mwh successfully delivers the body to the sea. Then, the complication starts.
A stunning female client, a suspicious suicide of the client’s father, a brother who is there or not there. A mysterious “group” involved with international trafficking in child porn and sex, attacking the bartender for no apparent reason. The starting mark killed turns to be a screwup for which the protagonist is not paid as punishment, and the revelation of the client is the mark.
When on or about page 125 revealed that there is another “group” (for god’s sake what group?) and the boss is no other than the bartender’s father, who is the one who screwed up, I declared victory and quit reading. My confusion reached its pinnacle.
The story-line, if you can call it that, is richly interspersed with how to make outstanding cocktails, the different types of whiskey that deserve the name, how to “educate” an American lady to appreciate cognac, and the role of bitters in a good old fashioned. The rest of the book (up until page 125) is a collection of clichés and shopworn phrases, like “they play this game,” “I don’t play games,” “I do play games,” “father, you played enough games with me while I grew up, so I had a good teacher.” All this put in a blender and assembled in the book by a three-year-old.
The rewarding value of this read might be to the benefit of a bartender wannabe where the author seems to have his expertise and experience. But I cannot be farther from the profession, so my opinion shouldn't count.
Mason's 'day job' is as owner/manager of a downtown, waterfront bar/diner, which has covered his less-orthodox career as an assassin/fixer. An ex-Army veteran, he teams up when necessary with his chef/barman, who also has a Semper Fi Marines tattoo and knows just what to do, when it comes to 'taking out the trash' of Mason's retributions.
What happens when a grieving brother and sister arrive at the bar, on the way to their father's funeral? How does Mason target the wrong 'mark'?
What is the family's interest in the 'suicide' of the deceased? Who is the real target? How is Mason's father involved?
A tense, gritty drama that will lead you down many twisty, dark alleyways on the path to the truth, Nick Thacker's Mark For Blood is a must for your bookshelves!
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Joey will prove his worth once again I am sure.