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Rolling Thunder (John Ceepak Mystery #6)

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  714 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
There’s more fireworks down the Jersey Shore in Chris Grabenstein’s sixth fast-paced John Ceepak mystery.

A prominent citizen suffers a heart attack on the opening day of a brand-new boardwalk roller coaster in the seedy seaside resort town Sea Haven, New Jersey. Initially ruled a tragic accident, it isn’t long before there are suspicious hints of foul play—especially after
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Published May 1st 2012 by Pegasus Books (first published May 4th 2010)
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Jul 17, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better books in the series. Ceepak seemed to be secondary to Danny here, with the focus on Danny's feelings and observations, even though Danny's been Watson to his Holmes all along. I will say that after this one Sea Haven seems like a real danger magnet!

For those who listen to the audio versions, one thing struck me as rather odd, if not a bit grating. It seems the woman from the state cops whom they had been working with retired, soi now there's a new guy instead. I skipped Hell H
This installment kind of got off to a rough start for me, and never really got my attention. The wife of a wealthy local businessman dies when she has a heart attack while on the maiden trip around the track of the roller coaster her husband had built, and Officer Danny Boyle and his partner Officer John Ceepak immediately begin discussing foul play. The fact that the woman was an overweight smoker with a bad heart and was absolutely terrified of riding the roller coaster to begin with is never ...more
After a summer of audiobooks and a busy fall, I'm beginning to catch up on my reading and to get up to date on some of my favorite fictional characters. These would definitely include Danny Boyle and John Ceepak, local cops in "sunny, funderful" Sea Haven, NJ. Danny, who narrates the books, is a local boy who more or less drifted into police work. Under Ceepak's expert tutelage, Danny is becoming a better detective and a better man with every book in the series.

One thing that sets this series ap
Jul 23, 2010 Lesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks Chris Grabenstein... this was such a roller coaster of a read, lol! I really am glad the boys were back on the job at the Jersey Shore, Danny is funnier than ever and Ceepak is getting so lovable... married life has brought out the best in him! I listened to the audio version and I love the narrator, expecially doing the hip-hop slang of Sean, maybe my favorite side character in this book. This one is a winner!!!
Cathy Cole
Feb 05, 2016 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like wonderful characters, action sequences that can curl your hair, and a delicious sense of humor, you can't go wrong with Chris Grabenstein's Ceepak and Boyle mystery series. Ceepak is the straight arrow, "an ex-military man who looks like he could still jump out of a helicopter with a Humvee strapped to his back." Young Danny Boyle looks up to him as a father figure, and he's the older man's Watson-like sidekick who takes us through their investigations. Danny has been learning and ta ...more
Jan 20, 2014 Ralph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Another wonderful adventure with Danny Boyle, John Ceepak, and the rest of the regulars from Sea Haven. I have no idea why I picked my first Ceepak novel (Mind Scrambler) and when I first started reading it, I didn't know what to make of John and Danny. However, the characters and Sea Haven have quickly grown on me and I look forward to each new installment.

As always, the writing in "Rolling Thunder" is crisp and humorous while at the same time maintaining a high degree of suspense and thrills.
Mark Baker
Mar 20, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010
Ceepak and Danny are back on the beat in the resort town of Sea Haven, New Jersey! This go around, a woman dies on the first run of the town's new wooden roller coaster. It seems like nothing suspicious until a definitely murdered woman is found. Is there a connection? I love these characters, so it's always great to spend time with them. The story was entertaining with some nice twists and a nail bitter of an ending.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
May 15, 2015 Hobart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
This is an outtake from a blog post discussing John Ceepak Mysteries 6-8 over at The Irresponsible Reader. It probably works better in the context of the whole, but, you never know.

It infuriates me that I haven't written anything on this book -- Ceepak and Boyle (and, probably, Grabenstein) deserve better.'s something, at least.

The points I've had all along are still here -- I like Grabenstein's voice and tone. I like the subtle character growth. Ceepak is a super-hero. Danny, on
Jan 21, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#6 in the John Ceepak series. John Ceepak and his partner Danny Boyle bring their unique brand of law enforcement to the New Jersey shore. Some day author Chris Grabenstein will run out of carnival attraction names for his series' titles - but I hope that will not slow down the series.

John Ceepak and Danny Boyle begin to doubt whether Mrs. O'Malley died of natural causes after she suffers a fatal heart attack during the grand opening of her husband's roller coaster. Then the dismembered body of
May 24, 2010 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely terrific mystery/crime series for readers who enjoy some twists & turns and equal parts suspense and humor. I picked it up early on, when book 1 (Tilt A Whirl) was just out. The hook for me was the expertly-drawn Jersey Shore setting, but the packed, well-paced stories and - especially - the intriguing protagonists are the real attractions. By book 6 in the series, Grabenstein is definitely working a formula, but it's a really good one. I hope it is good for quite a few more books ...more
Elizabeth A.
May 01, 2010 Elizabeth A. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I used to round up shopping carts in the parking lot at Wal-Mart. Then I met Ceepak and life’s been one big roller coaster ride ever since.” – Danny Boyle

Officer Danny Boyle isn’t the only one going for a roller coaster ride in Rolling Thunder, the sixth entry in author Chris Grabenstein’s John Ceepak/Jersey Shore mystery series. Memorial Day weekend in Sea Haven, New Jersey finds Danny and his partner, John Ceepak, working crowd control at the grand opening of the Rolling Thunder roller coaste
Brianne Jaure
Sep 16, 2012 Brianne Jaure rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rolling Thunder, by Chris Grabenstein, is a mystery novel that constantly leaves the reader wondering what will happen next. This mystery is full of suspense and has many twists that will often surprise the audience. Rolling Thunder, a John Ceepak mystery, is the sixth book in the series, taking place in Sea Haven, New Jersey. Although the plot revolves around solving the crimes of two possible homicides, the author manages to incorporate the right amount of humor, making the story even more int ...more
Jul 03, 2010 Patty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is so much fun to fall back into the world of Ceepak and Boyle. The Jersey Shore is so vividly drawn that I would swear I've been there, except for the fact that I've never set foot in the state!

This time round Danny and Ceepak are at the grand opening of a new ride on the boardwalk, an old-fashioned wooden roller coaster called, you guessed it, Rolling Thunder. The owner and his family are taking the first ride and have just started into the second hill when the wife suffers a heart attack.
Mar 19, 2011 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#6 John Ceepak/Danny Boyle mystery set in fictional Sea Haven on the Jersey Shore. Ceepak and Danny are working at the opening of the new boardwalk amusement, the Rolling Thunder, a gigantic wooden roller coaster. Excitement ensues when the wife of the owner has a heart attack during the inaugural ride, and even Ceepak performing CPR after climbing up the roller coaster tracks can't save her. Although some members of the dysfunctional O'Malley family don't seem to be too grief-stricken, there's ...more
Jul 21, 2013 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 Stars. I so enjoy this series. This is another outing with John Ceepak and Danny Boyle, officers with the Sea Haven Police Department, a fictional Jersey shore town. Ceepak is a former marine back from Iraq, who has a moral code, takes his job seriously and quotes Springsteen. Boyle is his partner, who started as a summer auxiliary officer and is now a full-time officer. In this outing, the O'Malley's, who own a good chunk of the shore area, have rebuilt an amusement park which includes the ...more
Jan 31, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-finished
I love Danny Boyle, John Ceepak, and everybody in Sea Haven. Being a long-time vacationer at Sea Isle City, NJ, reading these books during the winter is a little taste of summer. Love this series and look forward to reading more. These always make me laugh out loud as I'm reading.
Sep 28, 2010 Viccy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
John Ceepak and Danny Boyle are back in Sea Haven, NJ. The Rolling Thunder rollercoaster is opening on Pier 4 in sunny, funderful Sea Haven. But a heart attack mars the opening and soon Danny and Ceepak figure out it might not have been a heart attack, especially after they find the dismembered body of a beautiful young girl at the local party house used by Sea Haven's business elite. And then there's Ceepak's dad, out of jail in Ohio and harassing everyone he can find to annoy. Danny and Ceepak ...more
Aug 05, 2014 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sheesh, I think I've said it before, but I'll say it again--no one is safe from being knocked off in this series. I enjoyed this one, and I like how Grabenstein tackles weightier matter with a good dose of humor.
Jan 16, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great little mystery with Danny Boyle and John Ceepak. Nice to see Ceepak keeping to "the code" and Danny starting to mature and grow as a character.
Nov 28, 2013 Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Ceepak mystery/thriller.
Sea Haven, NJ is center stage as a new roller coaster called "Rolling Thunder" opens in the town after a old boardwalk is torn down and rebuilt along with the roller coaster. A huge crowd has gathered for the opening day of the new roller coaster including Sea Haven's mayor and family. As the mayor, his wife, kids, and their friends take the first ride, the mayor's wife has a heart attack. Despite Ceepak'z best efforts, she dies. Although it is initially rul
Mar 23, 2011 LeeAnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books are just pure fun. This is the sixth in a series of mysteries featuring John Ceepak and his partner in fighting crime, Danny Boyle. Set in a seaside town on the Jersey Shore, you can smell the Coppertone and boardwalk food, and hear the sound of The Boss singing the soundtrack as Ceepak and Danny patrol the beaches and make the town safe for folks seeking fun, sun, and beer. The books are all very funny and I find the relationship between Ceepak and Danny to be quite touching. Don't ...more
Fran Gallo
Just a fun series of books! Love the series and look forward to all the John Ceepak books of mystery at the Jersey shore. Quick read.
Mar 24, 2016 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like reading Nelson DeMille, that same fun, almost snarky sense of humor.
Jul 16, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wisecracking narrator Danny Boyle and his straight-arrow partner John Ceepak try to save a locally prominent person who is dying on a new roller coaster. What a way to start the Memorial Day weekend! But things get worse when a local beauty is found very dead, and some Sea Haven bigwigs are implicated. Ceepak's ex-con father arrives in town, looking for his ex-wife, or more exactly her money, and harassing Ceepak's new family to get the information he wants. Things are going to get scarier befor ...more
May 26, 2010 Tinav rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Possibly the finest entry in the series so far. The growth of young Danny Boyle, as a cop and an adult male, is proceeding with perfect pitch and a genuine understanding of an American boy-man in his early 20s. And the way Grabenstein builds a genuinely interesting murder case while moving along the growth and relationships of his ongoing characters, is just great.

I love the way Seahaven continues to be portrayed; that we see the public front and behind the scenes of our sunny NJ shore town, and
Sep 09, 2015 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great Ceepak novel full of twists and turns to take your brain on it’s own Rolling Thunder ride. Quirky characters? Check! Funderful shop names which make you feel as if you’re down at the shore? Check. Big old plot twist? Check! Even though I knew it was coming and even saw it, I couldn’t see where it was taking me. This series is so much fun it’s a mental vacation every time I pick up one of these books. Also do yourself a favor and pick up the audio version. The narration is so good t ...more
Dec 13, 2010 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay. Now I've gone and finished the series. Poop!
I love how the books have become better, and better. Plus, getting to know Ceepak and Danny better with each book has been fun... like following along someone's life. Danny has really grown into a good police officer, and Ceepak is on the verge of becoming the department's first detective. I can't wait for the next one to see where they go next! Great series of books, if you like police mystery. A little on the adult side, tho... so be careful wi
Jan 17, 2016 Marian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm gonna be sad when I finish this series.
Apr 27, 2016 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
#6 in the John Ceepak mystery series.
Aug 14, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back to the Jersey shore and it's boardwalk roller coasters for book #6.

"There’s more fireworks down the Jersey shore in Chris Grabenstein’s sixth fast-paced John Ceepak mystery Rolling Thunder. A prominent citizen suffers a heart attack on opening day of a brand new boardwalk roller coaster in the seedy seaside resort town Sea Haven, New Jersey. Initially ruled a tragic accident, it isn’t long before there are suspicious hints of foul play—especially after another dead body is discovered: a stu
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CHRIS GRABENSTEIN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY, MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY OLYMPICS, THE ISLAND OF DR. LIBRIS, WELCOME TO WONDERLAND: HOME SWEET MOTEL and many other books, as well as the coauthor of numerous fun and funny page-turners with James Patterson, including I FUNNY, HOUSE OF ROBOTS, TREASURE HUNTERS, and JACKY HA-HA. Chris lives in New ...more
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John Ceepak Mystery (8 books)
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