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Sphere of Influence (Mark Beamon #4)

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After years of putting truth ahead of protocol, Mark Beamon is languishing in a dead-end job in the Bureau's Phoenix office. But before he can officially be put out to pasture, he's called in for one final assignment.

It was supposed to have been fun—a quick undercover job that would temporarily free Beamon from managerial hell. But now his young partner is dead and the FBI
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published September 30th 2002 by Putnam Adult (first published March 1st 2002)
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With a subtle but great sense of humor, Mills weaves a story of organized crime vs the CIA/FBI. Mark Beamon is a very smart man. How could someone so smart be so miserable in his new promotion as FBI SAC (agent in charge)? A rocket launcher finds it's way into the US. Mark's friend, Laura Vilechi has been given the responsibility to track it down and eliminate the problem, but she's running into one dead end after another. When she runs various scenarios by Mark, little does she or he know that ...more
***Three and half stars ****

I thought I like political genre but this one is a little too predictable for me? It's amalgam of movies I have seen before, although to be honest there is one twist that made me cheered! Kyle Mills is not a bad writer, but his character is sort of plain and not exciting. His plot has some fresh ideas into it with conspiracy element of CIA involvement in heroin trade in Afghanistan. But that's it; yet the book stretches that element till too far. The only character I
Kevin Fitch
One of a series featuring the character, Marc Beamon. While the timeline of the books is sequential, each book is its own story so you don't necessarily have to read them in order. The character ages from book to book and he makes vague references to the cases that each book covered but, other than that, you can read them in any order. This is the last, sniff(hopefully not), book in the Marc Beamon series. I have read this book 4 times. It's great! I would recommend this book to anyone who can r ...more

After years of putting truth ahead of protocol, Mark Beamon is languishing in a dead-end job in the Bureau's Phoenix office. But before he can officially be put out to pasture, he's called in for one final assignment.

It was supposed to have been fun—a quick undercover job that would temporarily free Beamon from managerial hell. But now his young partner is dead and the FBI is strangely reluctant to ask the questions that could bring his killers to justice.

Tom Tischler
Mark Beamon has been an unconventional FBI agent ever since
he joined. He has spent years putting the truth ahead of
everything else and this has resulted in his getting a dead
end job with the FBI in Phoenix. A brand new terrorist threat
though is about to bring him back. A videotape proves that a
terrorist cell in the U.S. has access to modern missile tech-
nology. The FBI also suspects that there is a connection
between the mob and the fanatics so they sent Beamon and
another agent undercover. Wh
Kyle Mills has made a lot of cash on Tom Clancy calling him a promising writer. I've now read three or four of his books, and he's getting progressively worse. I like his FBI agent, Mark Beamon, and this book is at its best when it is about him and a shady global crime boss. The first 50 to 100 pages are terrible, and I almost tossed this one aside, something I've only learned to do with books in the past couple of years. The last 350 pages are worth it only if you go for the sort of yarn where ...more
Peter Charleston
Plenty of action, lots of twists and turns.
This book was also disappointing. It was enjoyable to read and fairly entertaining, but it was still not very well written or anything that I would recommend to someone else. The trend of his books getting worse and worse seems to have continued, although I don't know that this was worse than the others, just not any better. The plot idea isn't bad and the character development isn't too bad, but he doesn't piece it together very well. My recommendation is still to read his first novel, "Rising ...more
The name of the main character is Mark Beamon, and I am sure that I have read one of the previous books about him. This is a convoluted tale involving FBI mostly, some CIA, a gangster and his crew, various crime figures in different parts of the world, plus money, drugs, and nuclear weapons. At times it is quite exciting. The Denver ost called it 'AN EXCELLENT TAUT THRILLER,' which rather sums it up.
This one is over the top........CIA is giving terrorist weapons in Afghanistan (again) to disrupt the flow of heroin, so they can cut funding of another terrorist group. The one CIA supported group smuggles some of these weapons into continental US..... Now the CIA start killing people to cover it up....Not all that implausible ....... I am have already started my next Kyle Mills novel
Mark Beamon is a Special Agent in Charge of an FBI office in Arizona. He becomes involved in a terrorist plot against the US which involves him with the mob, the CIA, an international crimelord, and significant others in other worldwide countries. The author does a good job entertaining and writing this political intrigue story without any major shocks to one's system.
Bill Donhiser
A Fine Thriller by Kyle Mills. I read this series a little out of order so for me this is the last book of the five in this series. I wish that I had read them in order as this spoiled the ending for me. Otherwise a good read. One of my reading goals for 2014 is to read the rest of the books by this author.
Excellent book. The Mob, the CIA, FBI, Afghans, Laotians, this book has it all. It took me a while to sort out who all the characters were, but it was well worth it. I would definitely read another in this series.
I love this book! Mark Beamon is one of my favorite characters and I particularly like watching him face his crossroads and deciding which path to go down. Michael Kramer, as always, is the perfect narrator.
Excellent read for the 2nd time...Mills' books are getting as bad as Dick Francis with the titles...You get home and get into the book when you realize you've already read the book
Ray Gehrig
This book started slowly, but quickly became one of the relatively few that I hated to put down and looked forward to picking back up.
A Mark Beaman case, it gets a little wild but still a great story and likable hero. Definitely a keeper, you will like it.
Tim Puyleart
I like the Mark Beamon stories by Kyle... The eccentric FBI character works in these books. A good escape...
Srinivas Iyer
Good complex plot and well defined characters. Mark really grows on you. A throughly enjoyable read.
The Single Greatest Beamon Novel...

Now if only Mills would write another book about him.
It never seemed to have a plot to follow. It just jumped around without any depth.
JD Rich
An amazing ride Mr Mills has put Mark Beamon on. A definite page turner!
Seemed realistic to certain extent and conflicts between FBI and CIA possible.
Toesnorth's mom
good but involved to the point of boring, so many plots and characters
Great story - I love Mark Beamon! Oh, and Kyle Mills...
FBI agents track terrorists who have RPGs in America.
Well written and keeps you flipping pages.
Bill Donhiser
Another goo thriller from Kyle Mills
This book was dumb and predictable.
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