Once a Soldier Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Benjamin Blackmore is a pen name for bestselling author Boo Walker. Boo is theauthor of The Red Mountain Chronicles. He initially tapped his creativemuse as a songwriter and banjoist in Nashville before working his waywest to Washington State, where he bought a gentleman's farm on theYakima River. It was there among the grapevines that he fell in love with telling stories. A wanderer at heart, Boo currently lives in St.Petersburg, Florida with his wife and son. He also writes thrillersunder the pen name Benjamin Blackmore. You can find him at boowalker.com and benjaminblackmore.com.
- ASIN : B07TC6MTGN
- Publisher : Sandy Run Press (July 12, 2019)
- Publication date : July 12, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3193 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 286 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #101,453 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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A wonderful, surprising part of the story is the relationship between Knox and Francesca. They find something together that is healing and rare. To call this story thread a romance is a misnomer, but, as the two fight to save lives, they grow closer and closer. The dialogue is crisp and funny, and it’s impossible to know if Knox and Francesca will live through the violence. Is their closeness just brought on by the adrenaline rush of near death? This is a well developed, complex storyline that will keep you reading into the night.
A bit of swearing, including J.... C....., and some descriptive sex scenes, which I skipped over.
Soon , his military buddy shows up with a contract job and Harper takes it hoping that he is as good a soldier as before! Of course, all is not as expected which leads to a war between those interested in combining computers and man against a maniac religious sect!
The descriptions of Washington state are real and adds to the story. I loved the vineyard and Red Mountain! Interesting , fast paced read!
During the melee, the friend, who recruited them, was executed before his partners, so Knox and Francesca take it upon themselves to find those responsible and get retribution. Innocent bodies start to pile up, but it always seemed like the killers were one step ahead of them and the police weren't sharing information or leads.
The hunt for the killers was filled with ambushes, torture, lovemaking, and a deadline, that if missed, would result in many innocents dying. Who wins this battle of good vs. evil? Will Knox and Fran live long enough to get retribution for the death of their friend? Don't start this book late at night...you'll miss many hours of sleep to see what happens next.
Nice Job Mr. Walker! Thank you!
Harper and Ted’s cousin, Italian mercenary, Francesca Daly, seeking answers, stumble into a plot that threatens more loss of life, including their own, while dealing with the sparks that fly between them.
Turn or Burn by Boo Walker is a chilling thriller that looks at domestic terrorism and dangerous religious fundamentalism in our midst, a phenomenon that is every bit as deadly as international terrorism, but often not acknowledged. Compelling, and believable, characters and spine-tingling action on every page. You can’t put it down.
Top reviews from other countries
An extremist cult is threatening Seattle. Can an ex-soldier put aside his own demons to stop them?
Ex-military contractor Harper Knox has taken over his family’s farm in eastern Washington, ripped up the cherry trees and planted grape vines, hoping that the wine life will ease his PTSD-riddled soul. But he still has nightmares, and he’s still diving into the dirt every time a kid sets off a firework.
Desperate to taste battle again, he accepts a bodyguard gig in Seattle protecting a doctor involved with controversial AI research. Sometimes the only way to deal with the fire is by jumping back into the flame.
Things go bad quickly, and Harper and Italian mercenary Francesca Daly join forces to make things right. Technology and religion collide as the two vigilantes race through Seattle on a hunt for a madman.
Harper Knox is a great character. He’s a Jack Reacher with a sense of humour. The woman he joins forces with (Francesca) isn’t quite so well drawn but their interaction makes her a valuable character in the story.
Don’t expect twists and turns but do expect a cracking plot that moves at a cracking pace – once you get past the first chapter and into the story. I almost gave up straight away, bored by Knox’s ordinary world of a vinyard and the visiting old colleague, but am so glad I didn’t.
Five Black Daggers from me and an expectation that I’ll read another book featuring Knox and Francesca.
The story gathers pace half way through and becomes more interesting.