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Terminal Departure: A Cleo Matts Novel

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In the first of an exciting new series, hotshot covert agent Cleo Matts goes to war against an international cabal of the influential elite.

While working desperately to thwart the assassination of a highbrowed microbiologist, Matts runs into scorned Hollywood actress Julia McMichaels. Romantic sparks fly, but there's a bomb on the plane, aliens outside their window, and a
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Published July 4th 2011 (first published May 5th 2011)
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Henry Brown
Crubaugh has written a page-turning gigglefest involving competing secret and pseudo-secret government agencies, germ warfare conspiracies and alien abduction. This is one of those indie books that overcomes the stigma of poor editing, amateurish prose, etc. It's quirky and laugh-out-loud funny as Crubaugh weaves his eclectic tale, with a political outlook in synch with the entertainment industry as a whole. Were the publishing industry not in such a crisis now, I can easily imagine this being p ...more
Red Haircrow
The majority of the time, I do not read other reviews about a book I am in the processing of reviewing, but in this case, I wanted to gain as much objectivity as possible. I personally found many of the descriptions odd for the character or situation being described, and this distracted me often throughout the book. I would have preferred more of a streamlined version especially during crucial scenes or when action was taking place. The author does have a distinctive, dialogue-heavy style that m ...more
Pax Rolfe
Sep 23, 2011 Pax Rolfe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fan's of Elmore Leonard and John Ringo.
Something truly original and laugh out loud funny. This is an impressive debut. Normally i get bored with descriptive sentences, but Crubaugh's are so pointed and witty I actually read them. Won't find me doing that with a King or Rice novel.

Being a self-published novel, let me vouch for the editing, I didn't notice any blatant typos, spello's or grammatical errors. The prose flows well and the plot is tight. The dialogue is where he really lets loose. The conversations between the characters ar
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Bonnie Lamer
Cleo’s job was to protect the man in the seat in front of him. Simple enough. All he had to do was foil the attempt of the CIA to blow up the plane. Which turns out to be anything but simple. Aliens, CIA cleaners and assassins, and one of the most famous actresses in the nation seem to be conspiring to make his covert operation as complicated as possible.
Government conspiracy at its best, Joe Crubaugh creates an all too possible world in Terminal Departure. A world where some of the most powerfu
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Nancy Silk
This starts off as a science-fiction satire that reminds me of the old '60s TV series, "Get Smart" starring Don Adams. It's a hilarious story with funny characters and plots which include aliens. Aboard the commercial 737 aircraft is a famous female actress, a notable scientist, CIA assassins, and funny agent-incognito, Cleo Matts. There are lots of weird events while the airline is in the air, mostly unbelievable. But, later in the novel, it becomes more of a realistic CIA hunt for witnesses wh ...more
Amanda Alberson
Terminal Departure is a wild ride through a twisted and unique cast of characters. If you love aliens, CIA, Super secret CIA and complete madness then this is the book for you.
Cleo Matts, secret agent or complete lunatic? Hollywood starlet Julia will have to decide quickly after a series of events lead to Cleo breaking her husband’s nose then threatening to blow up the plane they are all riding in.
Well written and full of action and adventure you won’t want to put it down because you have no i
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Frederick Brooke
This book takes you on a wild 737 roller-coaster ride with the CIA, aliens, a movie star and a secret agent named Cleo Matts who works for a deep cover agency embedded within the CIA. Get ready for interplanetary action and lots of hilarious interdisplinary dialogue. I was reminded at times of the classic Hitchhiker's Ride to the Galaxy while reading Terminal Departure, with smaller doses of Get Smart. Cleo Matts is an eminently likable and capable spy, but can one man save the world? I liked th ...more
Raymond Embrack

Can one man really save the world? Cleo Matts must find out. The laughs, chases, and shoot-outs come fast and furious as he and a crew of unlikely characters take on ruthless assassins, men in black, and an international cabal of the influential elite that has infiltrated the nation all the way to the Oval Office.

From here the plot takes off like a Bruce Willis thriller. Cleo and Julia spend the novel together and they make fun company. They are caught between CIA goons and the alien Watchers wh
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David Brown
Terminal Departure is a conspiracy-thriller with a sense of humor. Reading it reminds me of Orson Scott Card’s, Empire, mixed with Men in Black.

The lead character, Cleo Matts, works for a government agency so secret that secret agencies don’t know about it. Which is important since most of the planet has been duped by aliens.

The dialogue includes gems like this (between Matts and the starlet sitting beside him on a plane he’s trying to keep from blowing up):

“That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever he
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Easily Mused
Terminal Departure: A Cleo Matts Novel is a fast-paced read, covering multiple genres. I found each element refreshing and gave high points for Style/Technique. Not only was the writing clever and fun, but Joe Crubaugh smoothly transitioned between Thriller, Sci-Fi, and Espionage, infusing humor along the way.

There are a handful of well-written and strangely addictive main characters, my favorite played more of a minor role—the President of the United States of America, Jim Bennett. His scenes
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David King
The best way that I can find to describe "Terminal Departure: A Cleo Matts Novel" is quite simply insane! It was one of the fasted paced novels I have read recently and it included elements from many different genres such as thriller, sci-fi and conspiracy. Then for an added bit of fun, Joe Crubaugh infuses the entire thing with enough humour to make even the grumpiest reader smile the odd time.

The plot basically follows Cleo Matts, a sort of secret agent that is trying to take on an internation
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Joe Crubaugh is the author of action-packed balls-to-the-walls Cleo Matts thrillers. His first novel, Terminal Departure, debuted in July 2011. Narco Moolah followed in October 2012.

When he's not writing about himself in the third person, Joe spends weekdays masquerading as a software consultant in the ship, plant, and offshore industry.

Joe was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and currently resides in
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