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Night of the Bonfire (Michael Quinn #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  172 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Ex-Navy Seal Michael Quinn is called in by the CIA to investigate a key undercover operative's brutal murder. From the peaceful seaside town of Laguna Beach, the trail leads him across the globe, and into a world beyond anything he imagined.

Amidst violent twists and turns, Quinn's journey takes him from the crowded streets of Rome to a quiet cove off the Mexican coast. Al
Paperback, 250 pages
Published August 1st 2015 by Roseblood Publications
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Nov 07, 2015 Darren rated it it was amazing
I got this book from the author in exchange for a honest review. I enjoyed reading this book. It is a well written book.I hope that in the future that the author makes more novels about the Micheal Quinn character in this book.
Cezara Corbu
Dec 30, 2015 Cezara Corbu rated it really liked it
A good first novel by Kevin Scott Olson. If you enjoyed his short stories, you will most certainly like this book.
Pros: fast-paced thriller, with growing suspense. The storyline is very exciting and there is a lot of action involved. The story is usually unpredictable, things sometimes go wrong, but Quinn's wit and perspicacity always pay off. Also, Olson's writing style makes it very easy to picture the setting, although there aren't many descriptive passages involved.
Cons: all female characte
Betty Yoder
Dec 19, 2015 Betty Yoder rated it really liked it
A thrilling adventure with a lot of action! A spy novel that caught and kept my attention. Mr. Quinn moves from one assignment to another with flare. He is a former Navy Seal working for the CIA. Some of the story is quite predictable, but the part that is not is a surprise that is totally not predictable. The thrilling fast-paced adventure is about Michael Quinn finding and stealing back on old painting from an unscrupulous thug who will do anything to keep that piece of art. A hookup with ...more
Brian E. Spivey
Oct 21, 2016 Brian E. Spivey rated it really liked it
I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

Michael Quinn is an ex-Navy SEAL and now an operative for the CIA. He is called in to investigate the murder of another agent's death and is soon immersed in the world of thug turned socialite Marco Leone. Leone is believed to be in possession of a priceless painting that is sending shockwaves through the art world.

Quinn's investigation sends him around the world where he faces beautiful women and violent men at each turn. Leone has more irons
Nov 30, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing
Night of the Bonfire is the first novel in the Michael Quinn series by Kevin Scott Olson. Prior to this, I have also read one short story entitled "Breakout" by the same author, which also features Michael Quinn. I'll begin by explaining Michael a bit. He's an American special operative, formerly Navy SEAL and now doing various tasks for the CIA. In regards to his work, he's very smart; he doesn't take unnecessary risks and does his best to keep any operation professional. Night of the Bonfire, ...more
MacKenzie Willman
With his, “Use what you have available” twist on MacGyver; the righter-of-wrongs likeness of Rambo, and the suave debonair of James Bond, Kevin Scott Olson’s Michael Quinn is the new, “all things man against crime” hero.

From the, “In the copper glow of sunset, the Mexican desert seemed to know something was about to happen,” opening line of Night of the Bonfire, through California, USA, to Italy and back to America, Mr. Olson sets his readers up for a ride they won’t soon forget.

This author does
Sep 15, 2016 Sara rated it liked it
Shelves: adulting-fiction
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Jan 21, 2016 Serafina rated it really liked it
This easy-to-read spy novel features Michael Quinn, a little bit of an uptight, former NAVY SEAL who is now a CIA operative. He has the military mindset but is trying to get by in the laid-back beach community of Laguna Beach. His mission is to find and regain a stolen painting and investigate an undercover operative’s murder.

As anyone familiar with The Maltese Falcon story knows, people will do anything to obtain and keep a fabulous piece of art! Quinn must find the art but also keep it from th
Aug 25, 2016 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

It's the second time I read something about Michael Quinn.

The first time it was when I read Breakout and boy, I said it back then that a full novel would have been a total rollercoaster.
And it was.

It didn't take me much to read this book, even with work and personal life in between.
It's fast-paced and it's like you can't even breathe because you're literally living with Michael Quinn - you're with him every
John Purvis
Dec 12, 2015 John Purvis rated it really liked it
“Night of the Bonfire” eBook was published in 2015 (Dec) and was written by Kevin Scott Olson ( Mr. Olson has published 4 novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence. This Thriller novel is set mostly in California, USA, but it also touches on Rome, Italy and the Mexican coast.

The primary character is former Navy SEAL Michael Quinn. Quinn is now working
Joan Kundra
Dec 11, 2015 Joan Kundra rated it it was amazing
A great first novel by Kevin Olson!!

This book is about Michael Quinn, a former Navy Seal now doing special work for the CIA. Quinn is sent on a mission to find a piece of stolen artwork. There are two possible suspects. Quinn is very intelligent and carefully plans each step of his mission. This mission finds him going from Mexico...California...and Rome. Of course there is a beautiful woman involved and Quinn learns from her where he could possibly find the stolen art. Every step of the way the
Caitlyn Marsolek
Jan 22, 2016 Caitlyn Marsolek rated it liked it
The action right away wasn’t what got me hooked on this book. It was the new proposal in the second chapter that piqued my interests. It was possibly because we’re heard the story all before; gangs and criminal organizations sell drugs to get big money, but this book takes a step back for that and goes for the illegal art trade. We’ve all heard of it, but as far as black market sales go it takes a back seat to things like drugs, human trafficking, and the like. And the fact that this character ...more
Feb 01, 2016 Priscilla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, thriller
Well can I say that was a thrill to read Night of the Bonfire by Kevin Scott. I had a got to know Michael Quinn the main character when I read Breakout so was eagerly looking forward with anticipation to joining him again on his next mission and I was not disappointed. If you are like me and enjoy books of the sort by Andy McNab and Chris Ryan then Michael Quinn books are for you. Night of the Bonfire is another fast paced, high octane, tense, action adventure read with Michael Quinn on a ...more
Nicole Harmon
Jan 23, 2016 Nicole Harmon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bruce McNair
May 21, 2016 Bruce McNair rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Michael Quinn is a CIA special operative, which gives him some independence from the organisation. He is tasked with finding and securing a painting that had been assumed lost, but is not the target of Russian and Italian criminals. In addition, he must stop a criminal drug network from expanding in the US. For two thirds of the book, Quinn handles his tasks with consummate ease and minimal conflict. It is only when he makes his final play for the painting that the action heats up to thriller ...more
Dec 05, 2015 Thomas rated it really liked it
Kevin Scott Olson's novel, Night of the Bonfire is an entertaining spy novel with a technical and methodical manner of story telling which highlights its straightforward appeal. Michael Quinn is a detail oriented, logical former NAVY SEAL CIA operative existing in the laid back community of Laguna Beach. This dichotomy adds a new twist to the spy genre. Olson, similar to our protagonist, is level headed, open minded, and decisive which helped elevate this action filled book.

Perhaps I am biased b
Mike Siedschlag
Feb 29, 2016 Mike Siedschlag rated it really liked it
My print copy of Night of the Bonfire by Kevin Scott Olson was given to me as part of a giveaway done by the author.

Kevin Scott Olson has created an action/adventure in the truest sense with Michael Quinn. Night of the Bonfire is the second book I have read featuring this character and I am hooked. Great action/adventure, suspense, fast cars, fast women, sleazy bad guys; they're all here.

Quinn is the cool tough guy hero in the mold of James Bond, Dirk Pitt, Roland Deschain, Jason Bourne, Bernard
Michelle Mccormick
Dec 05, 2015 Michelle Mccormick rated it it was amazing
What a thrilling fast-paced adventure! Once I started reading Night of the Bonfire, I couldn't put it down. Michael Quinn is such an interesting and well written character. Kevin Scott Olson did an amazing job of taking this ex Navy Seal current CIA operative and making him incredibly hardcore and fierce at what he does, but he is also written to be smart and he doesn't take unnecessary risks like some of his colleagues. He really did an amazing job of developing all the characters and making ...more
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Mandy Wultsch
May 23, 2016 Mandy Wultsch rated it it was amazing
His name is Quinn, Michael Quinn.

If James Bond had been American and modern, this could have been his book. The villains and heroes are outrageous and larger than life, the action is made for the silver screen, and the women are all beautiful arm ornaments/ sex kittens.

There are cool high-tech gadgets and weapons, fast cars and motorcycles, and danger lurks around every corner. Explosions and firefights abound.

The one part I have an issue with (and this is the same issue I have with James Bond
Dannie Moffitt
Dec 04, 2015 Dannie Moffitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think that I've got about 4 hours of sleep this week and the reason is because I couldn't put this book down. I had heard great things about this and was eager to get my hands on it. I can honestly say that it lived up to my expectations and didn't disappoint. There are a number of things that I enjoyed about this book. My favorite part of the book was the "city hopping". I found it so interesting to follow Michael around to these different places. There were so many different atmospheres that ...more
Dec 17, 2015 Carleen rated it really liked it
Fast paced, thrilling "James Bond -esque" novel. Michael Quinn is a former Navy SEAL and is now doing special missions for the CIA. Though his mission of obtaining a stolen piece of art may seem boring, it is anything but! The beginning of the novel and the end are extremely captivating. The middle is great, but with some slow areas that were a bit confusing to myself at times at the moment, but were definitely needed to tie into the ending. Quinn is after this art as well as attempting to ...more
Aug 15, 2016 Susan rated it liked it
This book gets 3.5 stars which is pretty good for a debut novel. Since this is the first novel by Kevin Scott Olson, I wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was a thriller that I really enjoyed and had a hard time putting down. Night of the Bonfire is the first book in a new series. It is a standalone with no cliffhanger, though it is open-ended for future books in the series. There is violence.

The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat that all of that info
Traci Hamm
Dec 20, 2015 Traci Hamm rated it really liked it

I love a good intrigue, but I tend to steer towards the romance because the mystery/adventure novels and movies are simply too violent for my taste. Not the case with Night of the Bonfire. Michael Quinn is a smart, sly, and reserved character that knows just what to do in a myriad of different situations thanks to his Navy SEAL and CIA experiences. In this adventure, we get to travel around the world with Michael Quinn as he hunts down an international art thief. I really enjoyed this story and
Nov 24, 2015 Booklover rated it it was amazing
**I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.**

I'm really loving Kevin Scott Olson's Michael Quinn series. I love cop books, movies, and tv shows and this series gives me all of the same things I love from say, Numb3rs, for example.

Michael Quinn is an amazing character. Yes, he's a normal guy, but he's also a smart guy. Michael gets himself into dangerous situations when he does his job, but he always finds a way to make it through, relatively unscathed.

I like that Kevin Scott Olso
Meg Murray
Jan 26, 2016 Meg Murray rated it it was amazing
Night of the Bonfire by Kevin Scott Olson is a fictional secret op action-packed adventure with amazing characters, a compelling plot and a Jason Bourne vibe that made me very happy when I saw the word "series" after the title. What an impressive debut novel by Mr. Olson! The book opens with a very intense nail-biter of a situation, segues so nicely into the backstory, and then leads the reader very seamlessly into the plot. I love the lure of a mystery behind some potentially never-found ...more
Heather Eason-Pilkington
Jan 21, 2016 Heather Eason-Pilkington rated it really liked it
Kevin Scott Olson is now on my most follow author list! Night of the Bonfire was a thrilling spy novel that had me holding my breath and tensing with suspense. He did a great job sticking to the genre without the book being a total spy book cliche. The book is filled with the perfect balance of peaks and valleys...Keeping the flow of the book at the perfect pace.

The characters are well developed and remain relatable. I love the beginning of the book stating that Quinn, a former SEAL develops a k
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
While not quite 'amazing', this book is a solid bit of genre fiction in the international spy-thriller vein. In this book an international art thief is selling a fabled painting, one which is supposed to bewitch any man who sees it, much the way the Mona Lisa seems to, only more powerfully. Cheesy? Yup. Cheap cliche? Sure. But then again, so is a private contractor in a tux navigating the moneyed world of Italian villas and sexy nearly-dressed women that is the Italian drug-distribution scene. ...more
Jan 21, 2016 Catherine rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This has been the best new book that I have read in awhile. There was just the right amount of action, well-balanced with the thoughts of the main character, Quinn. Quinn is good at what he does without seeming over the top or cocky. He is well developed as a character and could easily hold his own in a series.

The only thing that did not come off as developed was the Orlov storyline. Orlov's character appeared only briefly, bu
C. Stuchl
Dec 11, 2015 C. Stuchl rated it it was amazing
Night of the Bonfire
by Kevin Scott Olson

First off look at the cover. It is sooo perfect for the
story inside. The dark clouds, the raging bonfire on the cliff top, the long drop to the sea.

Quinn is up against two very degenerate men. One is a Russian who will stop at nothing to possess a long lost painting. The other is an Itialian drug dealer who will stop at nothing to keep that same painting.
Move over Bond the Seal is taking over. All this book needs is the soundtrack and it would be perfec
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A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, Kevin Scott Olson also attended Georgetown University, and holds professional degrees from The American College. In his career, specializing in insurance and retirement plans for closely-held businesses, he has received numerous industry awards.

Kevin lives in southern California, where his past-times include travel, outdoor sports, and chro
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