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The Rat Machine

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Set in 1980, The Rat Machine travels to Los Angeles, Palermo, London and Mexico with Alex Law and Butch Nickels (The Good Physician, The American Boys) in their first assignment as newly-minted CIA officers and partners.

The two are sent into the Los Angeles underworld to pose as heroin dealers for reasons that are, at first, unclear to them. What they discover is a highly
Paperback, 600 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Market Street Books
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Apr 30, 2016 Karl marked it as to-read
This copy is signed by the author Kent Harrington.
Jun 03, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it
Someone needs to make an HBO or Showtime or AMC TV series out of this book! This is one book that screams for such treatment.

Kent Harrington's previous novel DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS is one of my top five or ten favorite novels ever. Nonetheless, I approached his new book THE RAT MACHINE with some trepidation, because I'm not really accustomed to genre crime/spy thrillers running nearly 600 pages. But the only length problem I ended up having with this book was that it was too short. It's not on a par
Nancy Steinle gummel
The rat Machine by Kent Harrington is a first reads win and I'm giving my honest opinion. This is an excellent voice but it goes all over the place. It starts after World War II when the Germans with their Nazis are being picked over at the trials. Some Nazis and Germans knew too much info to waste away in prison. They were dispursed from Germany to the US, GB, and the Soviets. One such German was Hauphman. He warned OSofficer Malcolm Law of a conspiracy. The soviets got Hauphman. He sent word ...more
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Jun 13, 2013 Rory Costello rated it it was amazing
I am an established Kent Harrington fan, going all the way back to Dark Ride. I've really enjoyed everything else I've read of his, with its hallmarks of seaminess and black humor. He keeps on getting more ambitious and setting his stories on a more epic scale...but that doesn't mean they're getting too weighty or anything. It's just plain hilarious to read about the adventures of young Butch Nickels (who is *out of control* here) and Alex Law, and extra enjoyable if you know them from other ...more
Jul 30, 2014 Karen rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway for reviewing purposes.

Gruesome, striaght out sick and twisted. Kind of like a wreck that regardless of how disturbing it is you can't help but watch things unfold I continued reading through this book even when got overly crazy. I just couldn't stop myself from reading more. So, I must start by pointing out that this book is not for the faint of heart. Especially seeing as some of this book is supposedly based on historical facts. Which i
Jan 17, 2014 Frank rated it it was amazing
Another exciting, no holds barred, read by Kent Harrington that brings into play the entire international drug scene participants including the CIA, FBI, DEA, KGB, MI5, MI6, the Italian Mafia, the Mexican Cartels, the U.S. Motorcycle gangs, et al. The characters are many and each is unique in themselves. This is not a short read - 561 pages and meant to be the first of a three book series. It is a page-turner all the way to the end. This novel is not for the squeamish as there is an abundant ...more
Sandra Klinkhammer
This book was a little hard to follow at times as it skips around in time and with the different characters but was a good.
Aug 22, 2014 Dave rated it really liked it
If this was the first of a trilogy I can't imagine where #2&3 will take Butch & Alex!
Excellent characters to be drawn into. Thanks Goodreads this was a giveaway book!
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Strong beginning, then lots of violence. Does not appeal to the squeamish reader.
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Kent Harrington is a 4th generation San Franciscan, born to an Irish-Jewish father and Guatemalan mother. His early education was spent at the Palo Alto Military Academy, where he was sent at an early age. He attended San Francisco State University and received a degree in Spanish Literature. After living both in Spain and Latin America, he returned to the Bay Area and began his career as a ...more
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