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A Single Deadly Truth (A Steve Decatur Thriller) by [Urban, John]
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  • File Size: 623 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publication Date: December 28, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HILPLO
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"A Single Deadly Truth" is a five-star read that puts debut author John Urban on the same thriller list as Lee Child and Harlan Coben - and Urban's central character, harbormaster Steve Decatur, on the same list as Jack Reacher and Myron Bolitar. (OK, more Bolitar than Reacher, but very similar.) Set on the New England coast, "Single Deadly" is a fast read that blends sunken treasure, deep-sea diving, fast boats and a cast of characters that run from bad guys to real bad guys to really really bad guys. (And that doesn't even count the shark.) I don't know anything about sailing and still found this to be a great read. Those who are sailors would probably find it even better. Consider me a fan.
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I struggled to get through this book; I didn't enjoy it at all. It started out good enough, but it just seemed to drag on painfully. I thought the main character lacked clarity and the story line shallow. When I read the sample my first impression was that it may not hold my interest, but the reviews were so good I gave it a try. I should have gone with my initial impression; I finished it only because I paid for the book. I'm glad it's over!

All stories don't appeal to all readers and this one didn't appeal to me.
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A Single Deadly Truth, e-book by John Urban is a mystery with Buzzards Bay and surrounding New England territory as its setting.
Steve Decatur is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and local college professor who is serving as Assistant Harbormaster at Harbor Point, Massachusetts during the summer. He lives in an old sailboat docked in the harbor and has a local girlfriend, Susan, who is a New York lawyer. He had missed a call from Chris Blanchard, a young lobsterman who works out of the area and is the nephew of his good friend, Marty Daponte, a former Boston Bruin's player of great repute.
Returning from a tour of the harbor to check on a reported large shark in the area Steve is called by Dan Fawcette, the harbormaster, to tell him that Chris is missing. Steve returns and finds the police with questions about Chris, who has a reputation for drug abuse and trouble. From here, the story begins to unfold with introduction of a number of characters of importance to the story. Emil Ducharme, the 60 year old French captain of the 175 foot treasury recovery ship, Oceanus. He is of dubious scruples and has a rogue crew with at least two members of a seemingly similar bent. Adalino Alviera, owner of the dock in New Bedford that Chris rented. Khoumaris, an arms dealer with a 70 foot power boat capable of doing 70 knots. Barstow, an old school FBI agent, and his partners. James Stafford, an old, mentally unstable, retired naval captain and his daughter Jane. Steve's old emeritus professor of Naval History, FP, and close friends Jim and Billy.
The plot evolves with several murders, finding an unreported lost ship, discovery, and use of, equipment from much earlier days in naval history, and daring action by the protagonist. The author is knowledgeable of his subject and, although containing some moderate stretches of credibility, has provided a moderately enjoyable read. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award-winning fiction/non-fiction author.
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I couldn't put it down. It moves very quickly. As an ex-Navy person I devoured the depictions on the water. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspence. Urban takes us on a hunt for sunken treasure and leaves us satisfied.
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"FROG WATER" IS A TERM USED BY DRIFT BOAT GUIDES ON THE ROGUE RIVER TO DESCRIBE SLOW MOVING SECTIONS OF THE RIVER THAT HOLD NO FISH. YOU TRUDGE THROUGH THESE AREAS ADDING NOTHING TO YOUR ENJOYMENT OR CATCH. READING "A SINGLE DEADLY TRUTH" IS A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE. DESPITE THE FACT YOU DO GET TO SOME GOOD PROSE THAT MOVES THE STORY ALONG AND DEFINES CHARACTERS THERE IS JUST A AWFUL LOT OF "FROG WATER". I'LL STILL GIVE IT THREE STARS, HOWEVER.
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A thriller suggests a page-turning suspense-filled experience. Though here the author gives us some accurate Cape Cod locations, nothing else is satisfying. This is a boring thriller. More talk than action. No real suspense. Major disappointment.
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A Single Deadly Truth is fast paced and engaging from the first introduction to the final explosion. Urban creates a thrilling world of danger and discovery. His descriptions of the waters in and around Buzzard's Bay and Cape Cod will ring true to anyone who's been there. Reading them transports you to a boat at Steve Decatur's side! Looking forward to more like this and the next one in the series.
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I was looking for a thriller and end with something to put a baby to sleep with. About as plausable as a sub with screen doors and that just the first 15% of the book. I think most exciting thing is the title. I didn't even finish the book, it was such a boring and poorly written story.
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