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- Print Length: 342 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692747400
- Publisher: River Ridge Press (July 20, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 20, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01IU86A2K
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,162 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Media Murders: a J.T. Ryan Thriller Kindle Edition
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Quite a wonderful, extremely readable vacation escape, for both my Hubby & I, surprisingly, as we very seldomly enjoy the same books. We both agree that this is our favorite to date of all of Lee’s tombs we’ve sampled, of the delightful dozen he’s penned.
The main theme is quite timely, to wit: The Media being controlled by the oligarchy… no kidding! Anemic Homeland Security… ditto? Lee always incorporates contemporary social issues adeptly, so the realism is palpable, and did yet another yeoman’s job thereof herein.
Who am I continuing to root for, as returning characters of Lee’s intriguing stable:
Main Character J.T. Ryan is a genuinely rough and tumble dude, but with a meltingly soft side. Reminds me of my son, a real Special Forces Vet, my second Hero, as my DH is always first (“As it should be”, quoting my wonderful Oral Surgeon of 26+ years, as he’s my number 3). Herein J.T. gets his heart smashed to smithereens, however he gets a consolation prize. Am sure rooting for him, thus can’t wait to see how this develops in the next of this series. Please do hurry up, Lee! Oh, Ryan must be an incredibly talented marksman, as aiming for shooting a bad guy in the leg while he’s moving and finding that target is a near miracle (even equipped with a laser sight). I’d surely want him for a bodyguard! Way to go, J.T.!
Erin Welch, heading the FBI Atlanta Field Office – uber determined, ultra-tough gal, in a man’s milieu. Deploying J.T. as her ‘off-books’ tool is brilliant, as he can get by with lots her staff can’t, as a Contractor “Operator”. Her courageous, tough as nails persistence makes all the difference in the plot. Have to cheer her on too, as she’s dedicated to what’s right, despite the possibly lethal threats if she doesn’t follow orders! A rare characteristic in this day & age when most career Civil Servants, and Government Wonks choose to go along to get along, as Mr. Gimenez poignantly relates.
A must be all but exhausted by now Rachael West (“Killing West” is yet another must read in Lee’s entertaining arsenal), my ultimate heroine, strategically pops up in this plot. She’s brilliantly amazing, talented, insightful, a great detective, plus she’s athletic and incredibly gorgeous – an aid in having to be necessarily disarming, literally, tho she too is an expert markswoman. I can really relate to her, having been in the trenches in business in my day, and even more so in my post-disability Advocacy role! She foments many vicarious thrills in overcoming the seemingly impossible odds via how Lee adroitly manages her essential contributions to the plot.
Who do I hope returns:
J.T., Rachael, and Erin, an effectively great Team indeed.
Also strategically socially relevant, Tom Parker, a Vet who has “PTSD”, thereby homeless, thus necessarily hangs out in a Library. As an Advocate for this MEDICAL issue at local, regional, national & international levels, for almost a quarter of a Century, I’ll appreciate future certification of the fact that these deliberately invalidated symptoms are proven to be MEDICALLY based. As a lay person, I describe it as Dysregulation of Body Systems which cause, as only one Symptom, the sensation of an elevator in free fall without brakes, especially exacerbated by either standing too long (POTS), &/or a trigger of Adrenaline. A TTT (Tilt Table Test), either a full blown in Hospital (it’s that dangerous, as the precipitous drop in Blood Pressure can be fatal, it’s NMH), else a ‘poor man’s version in a Doctor’s office can typically document that this is definitely NOT “All In Their Heads” = the deliberately misdirected Dx! As can proper lab tests via competent labs. The VA and CDC coopted? No kidding, yet again! It’s a continual war indeed, but an “Economic War” (to quote myself in my Testimony to the HHS CFSCC in Oct. 2000 in Washington DC). Coincidentally, am hoping to pen a similarly socially relevant book on this, as it’s the biggest tragedy of our time – the prevalence is overwhelming, and ever rising (it’s communicable if not aggressively treated, it is progressive and can be fatal), especially in children (Autism, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, et al.) however due to my disabilities via the same disease process, it’s painstakingly slow going.
But, Miracles, just as they do in Lee’s terrific plots, can happen in reality. Just this month, The Top Neuro Virologist in the world, Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, who now is The John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University [Lipkin also directs the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Diagnostics in Zoonotic and Emerging Infectious Diseases, the only academic center, and one of two in the US (the other is CDC), that participates in outbreak investigation for the WHO.] has, at last (after my pointing him to BDV in the mid ‘90s – where he did ground breaking work courtesy of courageous Dr. Susan M. Levine – because I noted the overwhelming prevalence of the proximity to animals of those felled by this Darn Disease, as I had been; plus continuing to implore him for ~20 years to help), placed solving this on his “Bucket List”. Check out his and other real heroes’ exploits, as courageously dedicated medical professionals, despite the quite powerful detractors, at his new initiative: http://microbediscovery.org/ Another Miracle would be both candidates for President to genuinely commit to resolving this, asap, or at least funding this new initiative asap. Lip service to support Military Families is woefully, tragically insufficient, and could be considered bordering on ‘criminal’.
Do hope that J.T. Ryan will proceed to actually apply his Heroism to doing more for his brethren Vets than sharing his pocket cash.
Who will I applaud being vanquished:
The mis-direction of “PTSD” and the deliberate invalidation and marginalization of our brave Veterans, and their families who suffer the ravages of this insidious disease plus the additional indignity of The Economic War being waged upon them.
“Scorpion”, the obligatory Villain in “The Media Murders…”, with tattoo thereof, is deliciously dastardly. He’s a megalomaniac who mercilessly uses/abuses women as means to his ends, and his end is entirely fitting via Lee’s vivid imagination.
Another bravo to Mr. Gimenez, may you live long & prosper, ever increasing your courage, via continuing to churn out lots more of these maximally enjoyable books with up to the minute, entirely relevant themes!
FBI agent Erin Welch has her hands full this time when she starts to poke around mysterious deaths and suicides of reporters after her longtime friend allegedly commits suicide. It looks like she’s not getting anywhere when the stuff hits the fan and everything turns nasty.
Can’t trust anyone when the media is control by a handful who want their way and only their way. Sounds familiar?
The true dynamic duo of Agent Erin Welch and her cohort J.T. Ryan take you on a white-knuckle rollercoaster ride around the world you won’t forget. This is my favorite in the series but I said the same about the last too. Pick it up and I dare you to put it down.
I write funny science fiction mysteries, (Sherlock Mars and chocolate Chocolate Moons) and this is a mystery at the other extreme that I enjoyed. It was also my first Lee Gimenez book. It won't be a last.