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About the Author

Bob McCarty is the author of two nonfiction books, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier's Fight For Military Justice and The Clapper Memo, and one crime-fiction novel, The National Bet.

A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional.

Bob's first nonfiction book, Three Days In August (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. Learn more at ThreeDaysInAugust.com.

Bob's second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo (May 2013), offers irrefutable evidence of an unconventional war being waged by polygraph loyalists against all challengers to their century-old credibility assessment technology. Best described as a "turf war," this conflict has been raging silently for 40 years, shows no signs of easing, and impacts Americans around the world. Among those involved in the turf war is Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. Learn more about it at TheClapperMemo.com.

In Bob's third book and first fiction novel, The National Bet (November 2014), readers follow Special Agent "Joe-L" Wilson as he leads the FBI's investigation into the mysterious deaths of thousands of Americans during the Fourth of July weekend. The biggest challenge of his career, the investigation becomes personal after Wilson realizes he shares one thing in common with those who died: The National Bet.

Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pump Lamp Press (November 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692245308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692245309
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,503,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've just finished the National Bet and really enjoyed it from start to finish. Right from the start, gripping details about minor characters pips your interest while never giving so much detail as to bog you down and get off track from the main story line as it slowly weaves itself together. The author shows a well researched knowledge of government organizations and law enforcement techniques as well as an awareness of the story's locations in different cities and states. This is highly commendable for a fiction novel. I normally take quite a while to read a book but finished this one in no time because it held my interest so well. I couldn't seem to put it down for the last three quarters of the book. I look forward to further books from the author and perhaps a further story of Joe L, the hero of this book.
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I like McCarty's writing style when he is wearing his journalist hat. He is tenacious if nothing else. Usually concise and on point, Bob believes strongly in his subject and is a confident writer. One of challenges I see facing writers who write as journalists and as novelists is scaling writing for news and opinion pieces for their day job and allowing themselves the freedom to write as a novelist at their kitchen table at night. I give McCarty high marks for an intriguing plot. The sinister introduction of a toxin into the population through such an innocuous means was clever. The story kept me engaged. Mostly. Portions felt rushed and at times a bit wooden but he does develop a good story.
I did strongly identify with Kastens and his frustration in dealing with his congressional representatives.
In short: good story but could stand more character development. Keep at Mr. McCarty.
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The first 12 of the 42 chapters largely revolve around the ills and near-future near demise of the nation and the removal of Obama from office. I almost gave up, expecting more of a mystery/thriller.

I think the book would have been better if it had moved more quickly into the actual thriller part, which is pretty good. Good writing, no typos to speak of, and good word usage. Decent character development. A bit incredulous here and there in the thriller part, but overall a good and original plot. It would have gotten four stars from me if not for what seemed like political pontificating at the start. Some degree of a Washington shake up made sense as part of the plot - it just seemed to me that part got a little carried away.
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Thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Carty's book which I can, and will, heartily recommend. He weaves an intriguing story which several times I thought I had figured out - well, I didn't. From the initial crime to the time and effort that goes into the selection and questioning of suspects to the sinister plots of those bent on revenge, this book will keep you turning the pages to get to the answer of who, what, where, how and why. Because the characters are so well developed I'm hoping there will be a follow up book(s).
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McCarty ingeniously builds a plot involving a national mass murder and takes you deep into the FBI investigation. He weaves a keen knowledge of changing technology, current political turmoil and real past events to nudge you into a possible future with his star character, Special Agent Joe-L Wilson. I hope to see more of Special Agent Wilson and I will be back if McCarty decides to make this a series. Exciting from beginning to end, I highly recommend this novel!
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