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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 11 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Audible.com Release Date: May 4, 2010
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  • Language: English
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Format: Hardcover
"I used to round up shopping carts in the parking lot at Wal-Mart. Then I met Ceepak and life's been one big roller coaster ride ever since." - Danny Boyle

Officer Danny Boyle isn't the only one going for a roller coaster ride in Rolling Thunder, the sixth entry in author Chris Grabenstein's John Ceepak/Jersey Shore mystery series. Memorial Day weekend in Sea Haven, New Jersey finds Danny and his partner, John Ceepak, working crowd control at the grand opening of the Rolling Thunder roller coaster. "Big Paddy" O'Malley, owner of the Rolling Thunder, his family, and assorted town dignitaries are also on hand to be the first to experience the seaside town's newest attraction.

They get more than they bargained for when Mrs. O'Malley has a heart attack and dies during the coaster's initial run. Though the death appears on the surface to be nothing more than an unfortunate tragedy, Ceepak and Boyle are bothered by the lack of distress exhibited by several members of the family and begin looking into the workings of the O'Malley clan. As they are doing so another death, this one unquestionably a murder, confirms their suspicion that something is fishy in Sea Haven.

As with all previous entries in this outstanding series, Grabenstein serves up a wonderfully complex mystery for Ceepak and Danny to tackle. Along the way they must deal with a jealous, potentially criminally complicit colleague, prominent members of the community engaging in organized activities of questionable legality, a mayor who wants nothing more than to not upset the tourists, and a family with Shakespearean levels of dysfunction.
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If you like wonderful characters, action sequences that can curl your hair, and a delicious sense of humor, you can't go wrong with Chris Grabenstein's Ceepak and Boyle mystery series. Ceepak is the straight arrow, "an ex-military man who looks like he could still jump out of a helicopter with a Humvee strapped to his back." Young Danny Boyle looks up to him as a father figure, and he's the older man's Watson-like sidekick who takes us through their investigations. Danny has been learning and taking on more responsibility with each book, and it's a pleasure to watch him grow. Even Ceepak the Magnificent is slowly being revealed-- mostly through the presence of his no-good father, Joe. Once you learn about Joe, you know why straight-and-narrow Ceepak doesn't contradict people when they denigrate their parents.

Grabenstein is an expert with his fast-paced stories, and Rolling Thunder is no exception. The problem in this installment is the O'Malley clan. Most of the O'Malleys are unpleasant (starting with the father), most of them have a motive for committing the crimes, but it takes time for Ceepak and Boyle to work their way through them-- and that clock is ticking away precious minutes.

New Jersey seems to have its own special breed of mystery writers with a wonderful sense of humor. Chris Grabenstein, Brad Parks, and Jeffrey Cohen immediately spring to mind. Whenever I need a break from the psychologically dark crime fiction that I read, I know I can journey to Sea Haven to experience a fun and exciting investigation with two of my favorite policemen: John Ceepak and Danny Boyle.
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Rolling Thunder is the sixth book about John Ceepak and Danny Boyle written by Chris Grabenstein. John and Danny are police officers in Sea Haven, New Jersey. The town is your typical tourist town on an island just off the Jersey Shore that survives based on its summer tourist season. Unfortunately, it seems to have a propensity for rather gruesome murders. Fortunately, Ceepak is there to solve them, with the growing assistance of Danny.

This book opens on Memorial Day Weekend as Ceepak and Danny are working security for a new wooden roller coaster. Rolling Thunder has been built on one of the abandoned piers in Sea Haven. The first car is filled with the owner, Paddy O'Malley, and his family. But the car never makes it completely around the track because Mrs. O'Malley has a heart attack and dies.

Only one of the O'Malley kids seem broken up about dear mom's death, which raises Ceepak's suspicions. They are just about to rule it a death by natural causes when a second body turns up, chopped into pieces and left in some luggage. With a definite murder in town, Ceepak and Danny are out to find the killer. Is there a connection between the two deaths? Where will the trail lead?

I was only a few pages into the story before I remembered just how much I love these characters. I was grinning like an idiot as I watched Ceepak and Danny keep people in line for a roller coaster, for pete's sake. As other series regulars like Ceepak's wife showed up, I would find myself grinning again. Amazingly, the characters continue to grow in this book. While Ceepak is still the star, Danny really grows here. He provides several vital clues and takes center stage in the gripping climax.
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