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Awful Intent: A Frank Shaw Action Thriller (Book 2) Kindle Edition
Frank is an Army Special Forces veteran who screwed up, went to prison, and is now out, trying to go straight. He's traveling through Southeastern Utah, enjoying the miles and miles of red-rock desert and wilderness when a man is murdered where nobody is supposed to see.
Except Frank does see.
He could turn his back, but turning isn't in Frank's nature. Not when the murderous crew begins to hunt him. Not when the sheriff seems to be helping them. And especially not when he discovers the plot is far bigger and more deadly than he could have imagined.
Another fast-moving, action-packed, roller-coaster of suspense from John D. Brown. Fans of Lee Child, Robert Crais, and Burn Notice will be delighted by the action, characters, and high-stakes twists.
Over 50,000 Frank Shaw books sold. Awful Intent has consistently hit various top Amazon paid bestseller lists in the Crime Thriller Fiction category. Here's what folks are saying.
"WOW! Brown has outdone himself on this one. His books are always interesting and entertaining, but this one added a current twist to a captivating plot."
- ASIN : B01D1P5P3W
- Publisher : Blacksword Books (March 15, 2016)
- Publication date : March 15, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1470 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 342 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #552,791 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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'Awful Intent' continues the story of Frank Shaw, the main character from 'Bad Penny'. While this book is the second in a series, it works very well as a stand alone story without a need for any boring re-hash or info-dump of the previous book. Frank is traveling through Southern Utah when he witnesses a brutal assault/murder in the middle of the desert and attempts to be a good citizen by tailing the murder's truck until the local county sheriff can arrive. What follows is a humorous and fast paced thriller involving a hot sheriff, Knitters of Death, polygamous sheep, and some very dangerous bad guys.
I found the book to be well edited, the pace was fast, the dialog was great, and I loved the humorous insight that Frank has about various characters and events.
I will be recommending this book to family and friends, and my only regret is that Mr. Brown is not yet able to write full time to provide great stories like this one more often.
Brown's Shaw is kind of the anti-hero to Child's Reacher, each just as potent but for different reasons.
In the writing there is the same no-waste economy of language but Brown writes entertainingly as well, where Child - like Reacher - is all business.
Already written to a high standard in book 1, book 2 is even better with more focus and confident pacing. Both bring in extra dimensions as well, such as little philosophical diversions, quirky characters and witty one-liners to balance the tension induced by extreme skills and courage matched by extreme tests.
Both were compulsively readable. When the pages fly by as they do here - words not getting in the way of the ratcheting tension - it's a sure sign of gifted writing.
I have nothing but the highest expectations for what I hope will be many more adventures with the deadly yet utterly engaging Shaw.
The plot of this book depends on Frank, the male protagonist, making an unscheduled layover in a small town. This is the only major problem in the story. I don't think that Mr. Brown really "sells" Frank's motivation for his decision. I called it temporary insanity and kept reading. The high stakes and well written action were my reward.
Thankfully, the ending is less Jane Austin and more "Big Trouble in Little China."
There are a couple of negatives - things that were meant to be mysterious weren't, and Mr. Brown falls into a 5 or 6 page lecture about politics, geopolitics, and religion at one point. But these don't detract from an action-packed story that pulls you along at breakneck speed.
If you enjoy books like the Reacher series where one or two people go up against overwhelming odds, you should enjoy this book. Mr. Brown makes an effort to see both sides of an issue. If you are uncomfortable with that, this may not be the book for you.
Top reviews from other countries
The plot was very much out of the terrorist playbook and the villains also out of the same book. That's the bad part.
The good part--- it was an enjoyable read. The style of writing suited the at times implausible scenario's ( the Amazon Queen also being an accomplished microlight pilot) and Frank certainly has some great lines.
All in all a pleasant read for a couple of wet March afternoons.