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Playing With Fire Paperback – August 27, 2014
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David is a former U.S. Navy Corpsman who spent time attached to the Marine Corps. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern College and Master's degree from Western Illinois University. He currently resides in Port St. Lucie, Florida, with his wife and three dogs.
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A gripping story, set in the wilds - not for the faint hearted.
Vietnam veteran Matt found while escaping the Vietcong 40 years ago that he had outdoors skills allied to powers of deduction.
We learn he has tracked down a killer in the past, but are given no details (maybe presaging a prequel?), and the victim's widower calls on Matt again to trace his brother, who is missing on the Appalachian Trail.
It transpires that the missing hiker has stumbled across a horrendous crime scene, and barely escaped the murderer, but has been badly injured in the course of the flight.
Matt's takes up the pursuit of the killer - a gargantuan former librarian who discovers a bloodlust after robbing a store for boots he craved. Matt's insights lead him to catch up with the killer, and later pick up his trail following another killing at a campsite they shared, having become friendly after the huge killer steps in to help Matt when he is cornered by a gang intent on revenge for foiling a mugging attempt by their cohorts.
He succeeds where the routine police methods fail, and, eventually, there is the inevitable face-off between the two.
Watch out, though, for a wholly unexpected final twist.
Matt's life is lived on the open road, camping and fishing. He is spending what time he has left enjoying all life has to offer. However, when a friend's brother goes missing, Matt is the first to help. What he uncovers is more than he has bargained for. A veteran and ex-special forces, Matt has been in sticky situations before, but when he encounters a madman whose killing innocent people he fears his end could be near. Can Matt catch a killer before it's too late?
Playing with Fire is well written and rich with detail. The author does a wonderful job creating his main character, Matt. I found him to be an upstanding respectable guy, who is easily likable. I like his ingenious ways of defeating his foes, not matter who they may be. Playing with Fire is extremely captivating and I read the entire story in one afternoon.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.