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The Last Call (Bill Travis #1)

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  2,605 ratings  ·  228 reviews
The Last Call is the first of six completed novels in The Bill Travis Mysteries.
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Published March 7th 2011 by Smashwords (first published March 6th 2011)
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Barbara Mason
It was a fair story but I kept getting distracted by the over long sentences.

Example: I've seen men who have gone through some of the worst hells that men have ever experienced under fire who when they come face to face with a beautiful woman become slightly less articulate then your average garden squash, which is descriptive of how Lawrence White was acting.

Yikes. I learned that if you cannot say it in one breath, the sentence is too long. When they continue to be that way through out the book
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Andrea
When I first started reading this book, I was extremely disappointed by how very cliche' it was. I stopped reading it - and for me, it takes a LOT to get me to set aside a book. Which is exactly why I went back to it a few days later to give it a second chance. I'm glad I did. Although the book did remain a bit cliche', I found that I enjoyed the writing and the sense of humor that came through page after page. Living in North Texas and having a familiarity with the locations in the book helped ...more
J.W. Stephens
I found this book by accident. I try to give all Texas authors writing stories about Texas a shot whenever I find them and I was not disappointed this time. The Last Call is written in a slightly different voice/tone than most mass produced fiction and some folks out there may not find it appealing. I loved it - the characters spoke and acted in ways that felt very true to me - like men I've known or my Grandfather might have known in various parts of our great state. The action was crisp. The p ...more
Linda
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David Carus
A Great Page Turner By A Writer That Knows His Stuff

A Great Page Turner By A Writer That Knows His Stuff

I picked up this book from the recommendation of a friend and although I don't usually read mysteries and thrillers, this book hooked me in for an awesome ride as I found myself flipping through pages faster than usual and was entertained by Wier's writing style. The author knows how to tell a story, does it with just the right amount of description and keeps things moving. The main character
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Brandy Martin
It
Was free. That being said it started out strong with lots of potential and went down hill pretty fast. I wasn't miserable reading it but would not read it again. So basically if you have no money left in your emergency book fund it's free and will keep you from
Going through book withdrawals. If you have something else to read I would skip it.
Heather
This was okay - another free one from Amazon which supports my point about getting something for free that you are totally satisfied with, but that's another story.

This was predictable. I knew the plot before it unfolded. It was a fast read for the airplane.
Araka Schroeder
Quick read but very cliche. There were many overly long sentences, some of which didn't make any sense by the time you got the the end.

I wasn't find of the romance aspect of the book. The author made it a point to punctuate how short a time the two lovers had known each other multiple times, but then wrote about them as if they had been married for years. For example, there was a point where Bill (while narrating) said that Julie did something only Julie could do. My immediate reaction was to l
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doris garritt
Exciting mystery

This is a page turner,kept me engaged the whole way. I cared about the characters and the back story of 1920's Texas .I am looking forward to reading more by this author
Jim
Too choppy & not writing that I can take anymore. If there was some humor to it, I'd probably get through it. There isn't. Can't. I probably would have liked it 30 years ago, though.
Andrea
This was a great book for a Sunday afternoon, with a story that drew me in from the very first scene, when a gorgeous woman captures Bill’s attention when they’re both caught in a traffic jam. At first, I thought Bill was a private investigator, but it turns out that he’s an “investment counselor” who “helps” people who either have money that they don’t want to report, or who need money. When a young lady comes to Bill in need of his services, a lot of very wild adventures ensue.
The story is mo
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Adriene Cook
I reads the book the last call, written by George Wier. He was born and raised in east Texas then moved to Austin and still lives there today with his wife. Although writing is his main love he also enjoys playing music and painting.
In the book Bill a financial money man. Has a run in with a beautiful woman who turns out to be a future client. She has ran away from her mobster boyfriend after stealing a lot of money from him about two million dollars, but she lost the money. Bill decides to help
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Naila Moon
I picked up this book from Amazon thinking it would be a nice thriller book without all the blood and guts that I simply don't like. Well, it wasn't exactly thriller but certainly mystery as the book says on the cover.

I was a bit drawn in to this mystery girl, Julie. She seemed just like some people whom I have met before. She tells you just enough to intrigue you and keep you going but not enough to keep you out of getting into a mess. I was surprised to find out whom she was connected to at th
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Lawrence Brennan
It was better than free

I "bought" the book, if you consider a free book as "buying," with zero idea of what I was getting. I'm from the line of thought that the more pages the better it is. This book has made me doubt that thinking. Sure there were issues, not a lot of character building, not a lot of back story and those things. But just like with movies, after you watch a few summer type blockbusters that didn't really meet expectations you fall back on smaller, less heard of movies, as I did
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Tall Samm Lim
A Blow Shit Up, Guy, Girl, Summer Read!
Mix awesome imagery and memorable prose in with a middle-aged guy and a hot, messed up gal, and, oh, a bunch of missing money, and you got a good summer read. I love the old guy who keeps blowing shit up. I like the girl who's found a way to experience every sucky thing in life. I don't know why guy writers have their characters eating all the time, but this author is no different. It's all Texas style, so that's all right. Since I'm a romance reader, I wou
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Nancy
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Saylaveev
Reasonable mystery with a little action. I didn't get swept up in the story, but I was happy to share my lunch hour with it. I did feel that the characters were a bit bland and I would have actually liked to learn more about Hank, but seeing as this is the first in a series of stories with these characters, maybe it develops along the way.
Christine
Bill Travis is a financial counselor who helps people legally take care of financial problems (mostly problems relating to too much cash laying around). When a beautiful woman shows up in his office one day with a problem, he takes her on as a client. Their relationship quickly escalates into sex (as in literally a few hours after they meet) and things progress from there including shoot outs, murder and all sorts of mayhem. It's clear Bill's client/girlfriend Julie is not telling him the truth, ...more
Tim Clark
Like old home week

Like old home week

If you're from Texas, this book will send you back to the stories about the oil days in the Panhandle. If you're not a native, this book will start your education, if you're interested.
Lauren
Apr 19, 2013 Lauren rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Action was quick, but I felt a bit left out. It's more of a "Man's man" kind of book. Being a female reader I felt no real connection. But I can see how men would enjoy this book.
Carly Compass
With 1800+ reviews my words here seem redundant, but The Last Call was a great read with very good character development, awesome story plot line weaved with historical fiction and a love story to balance it all out. George Weir has an original voice and surprises you again and again with a unique description or turn of phrase. "The red and purple pulses were forming interesting tributaries around the movie theater screen my vision had become." I imagine this would make a great movie and I have ...more
Linda
Bill Travis helps people with money problems. In this case a woman comes to him with money problems because she has stolen $2m from a moonshiner/horse breeder and she fears for her life. In helping her Bill becomes a detective of sorts and falls into bed/in love with his client, which is a no-no but who cares?

This was an audio book that I received for free. It was somewhat interesting but not really exciting. It did not keep me on the edge of my seat. It kept me just interested enough to finish
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Joseph Rice
Rather simplistic tale that is more of a thriller in the vein of North by Northwest than a true mystery. To me, a mystery involves clues that will resolve a situation that is unknown. This book is more of a chase from point A to point B, with dribs and drabs of info dropped along the way.

I was entertained and finished this book in about 4 hours. Not horribly written but definitely on an 8th grade level. Characters are not well developed and some of the situations are hokey to say the least. Not
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Trschoenfelder
I found this painful to read. I should have just stopped.
Carol Piner
4.0 out of 5 stars Awww, Bill Travis, You Are Such a Treat, October 13, 2014

Since I am here I might as well speak my piece. It is obvious that George Wier's marvelous character Bill Travis is just barely able to get into more trouble than I do.

In The Last Call, he encounters a beautiful woman named Julie Simmons. This reminded me of a series of cat captions I did about the old "...she walked into my office and...". One had a gray cat flat of his back in a leather jacket (?, don't ask) looking u
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Kat Lebo
As this was my first time reading anything written by George Wier, and as I am fundamentally snoopy, I looked him up online. His own website is entertaining, but not particularly informative about his life. His bio on Amazon.com has more personal information, but still not as much as I wanted to know. Hey -- I said I was snoopy! Wier was born in Texas in 1964 and still lives there today. He has many youtube videos on the subject of writing and getting published, so if that's of interest to you, ...more
Kevintipple
Bill Travis first saw the beautiful woman while he was driving in heavy traffic on the loop near downtown Austin. The beautiful reddish blonde in the red roadster didn’t seem to mind that Bill Travis was staring at her. For a few minutes they played a cat and mouse game passing each other in the heavy morning traffic. After a smile his way and a couple of quick moves on her part in the stop and go traffic, she was gone down the interstate and out of his life. That left the nearly 40 year old Bil ...more
Douglas Cook

First paragraphs
CHAPTER ONE All the hell started on Monday morning while I was driving north to work along the Loop near the pulsing heart of Austin. Traffic was bumper-to-bumper— I could have made as much headway on foot. I kept seeing this red roadster. Flashy. One of those kit jobs that make no pretense at posing as original. One minute it was behind me and I could see it in my side view mirror, then in a flash past me, several cars ahead, then I passed it again. I wouldn't have cared too muc
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Frances Livingston
My Reveiw

This was well told story with good character development. The story contained plenty of drama and suspense. So the story does suck the reader into the plot. It was well worth reading and I may go on to read the next book in the series. This was a free read for me. I am not sure that I would want to pay full price for it. I gave it 4 stars because it was not a book that would claim valuable space on my book shelf as a keeper.
David Batterson
An intriguing start to what is likely to be a fast paced and enjoyable series. This first book got off to a slow start but you’ll be pleased with it’s direction in no time.

A high stakes thriller about an investment adviser named Bill and how hot young Julie has basically convinced him to go after some money she’d lost to an evil man. Well worth the read, just a little slow to get moving for me.

I haven’t read the rest of the series yet but its in my plans for the near future to get book two.
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I was born in East Texas and spent most of my life there, principally around the Bryan and College Station area. I moved to Austin, Texas, in 2002 and shortly thereafter began writing The Bill Travis Mystery series. I currently live in Austin with my lovely wife, Sallie, along with two cats and two dogs.

Writing is both my avocation and my vocation, but to add to these I play both classical violin
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