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The Savannah Project (Jake Pendleton #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  462 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
The truth can be a dangerous thing.

Terrorism, duty, and personal safety collide when Jake Pendleton, an investigator for the NTSB, is called to investigate an aircraft accident in Savannah, Georgia during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The accident, which at first appears to be quite run-of-the-mill, turns out to be anything but. Since Jake is not willing to pretend t
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published (first published March 9th 2010)
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Chuck Barrett
Apr 22, 2011 Chuck Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The truth can be a dangerous thing.

Terrorism, duty, and personal safety collide when Jake Pendleton, an investigator for the NTSB, is called to investigate an aircraft accident in Savannah, Georgia during the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The accident, which at first appears to be quite run-of-the-mill, turns out to be anything but. Since Jake is not willing to pretend there are no suspicious circumstances and more than the usual share of rather unlikely “coincidences,” he sets off a veritable
Kathy LeJeune
Jan 24, 2011 Kathy LeJeune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Savannah Project is a must read and one to keep on the book shelf. I met Chuck at the Decatur Book Festival in Georgia and bought the book. I stopped by a chocolate bar in Decatur to get a glass of wine. I started reading this book and after two glasses of wine I decided to come home and finish his book. I could not put it down. I read it in less than two days. I love books about Aviation and this is one gives you all thrills you can handle. Chuck is a FW Pilot and an Air Traffic Controller ...more
Sep 13, 2014 Sean rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
this was a good book to get your teeth into.

It was an action packed story right from the beginning and did not let up until the final page.

Chuck has written a very good book and it was well thought out and well written.

This is the 2nd book I have read from Chuck and I was not disappointed, even although I should have read this one first for continuity, it did not detract in any way.

Really enjoyable read.
Feb 14, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action packed from the first page,thriller, adventure,action, international spy's,suspense, etc. all here. Takes place in Savannah, GA. and Northern Ireland. A bit gory in spots describing injuries, gunshots, accidents, death but a good fast paced hold your attention read.
Douglas Cook
Oct 15, 2012 Douglas Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, thriller, spy
First sentences. "St. Patrick’s Day Savannah, Georgia Jake cradled her head in his lap, hand cramped from applying pressure to stem the fountain gushing from her neck. Warm, sticky blood oozed through his fingers, pooling on the floor beneath his legs. He brushed his thumb across her cheek wiping away a tear. “Hang on. Help is on the way, just hang on.” The historic old house reeked of burnt gunpowder. Its acrid tang stung his nose, his eyes filled with water. Water that threatened to turn to te ...more
Feb 15, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it
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Courtney Cooper
May 08, 2012 Courtney Cooper rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Savannah Project is not written like a good thriller, it's more like reading a police report - very methodical. There is no eloquence to it at all. Jake went down this street then turned right on that street and then he looked behind him for exactly three seconds then he walked across this street then he lowered his hand to his left pocket and pulled out his cell phone and then he got on such and such plane, which is x number of feet long with a some number engine and lots of horsepower..... ...more
Oct 07, 2014 beth rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, adventure
2.5 stars. first of all, i do not like the cover at all. doesn't seem to fit with the story and it's creepy lookin'. secondly, the story started (around the second chapter) with a rape scene that almost made me stop reading. i persevered since i had bought the e-book (one of those bookbub deals), and i had bought the sequel. so, i gave it another chance. glad to say that was the only rape scene and it got better. i enjoyed the characters for the most part and the story was good, but i had some i ...more
Jun 06, 2011 Jim rated it it was ok
I understand the need for action in the "thriller" genre. But, here we are presented with one improbable event after another. Grisham does this well. He moves the action along and it is only after the fact that you say to yourself "Why would they do that?" Here, I found myself constantly asking this question even as I was reading the novel.

While I don't want to reveal plot details you are confronted with characters that show up at critical points in the story in scene after scene. there are "cha
Jan 07, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it
Great debut novel for Chuck Barrett, whom I found via Twitter. I'm not sure whether he followed me or I followed him first, but when I saw he was once an air traffic controller and had worked at the same location my dad had (at different times), I had to read his book. I started with this one, the first and though I found it a little overwhelming at first with a brutal scene, I kept reading and am so glad I did. Jake Pendleton, the protagonist is a likable character and a somewhat unlikely hero. ...more
Although many books I read have "thrilling" aspects, I've never considered myself a fan of the "thriller genre". This work is definitely a thriller but unique in that the heroes are an NTSB investigator and air traffic controller. Barrett has woven an intricate web of terrorists, spies, and (mostly) regular guys into an exciting story that moves rapidly along. I will definitely recommend this series to two of my cousins, one of whom himself used to investigate aircraft accidents. I miss strong, ...more
Dorothy Gagnon
Sep 21, 2014 Dorothy Gagnon rated it it was amazing
Captivating and Intriguing Mystery

Suspense and mystery begins with a Bombardier Challenger airplane's arrival at Dallas airport carrying a VIP. The Captain calls in and shows up on the Controllers' screen and just as quickly flashes off into a missing blimp and ends up in an airplane crash.Aviation investigators are called in to examine every aspect to determine the cause of this horrific accident. Investigation begins with interviews at the Control Center, along with locating and finding the re
Nov 21, 2014 Steve rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Mr. Barrett spoke at our club last spring. He is a retired air traffic controller who took up fiction writing. This is his first book, self published. It's a decent first attempt with an ok plot containing lots of twists and turns plus interesting characters. It has a cliff hanger ending which makes one want to buy his next book which will continue to follow the adventures of Jake Pendleton. Missing is well crafted prose. It's kind of stilted, perfunctory and repetitive in some paragraphs. Also ...more
Nov 11, 2014 Vicky rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
I received afree copy of this ebook in return for a review

I definitely enjoyed this book. It had a lot in it - the action went across cities in the US and then later to Ireland; it had technical aircrash investigation and political intrigue. I have never been to Savannah, so the parts set there during the St Patrick's day celebrations were also interesting. It was somewhat unrealistic in what the key guys managed to do and in the ties between everyone, but as an action thriller, that is kind of
Ginger Weirich
Dec 22, 2015 Ginger Weirich rated it it was amazing
A plane crash on approach to the Savannah airport starts this tale of intrigue. Enter Gregg Kaplan, air traffic control, Jake Peldleton, NTSB, and various and sundry characters with ties to the IRA. The many twists in this story keep it going at breakneck speed to an ending that we find isn’t an ending at all. So far as cliff hangers go, this one is mild, but it leaves you wanting to continue on to the next episode. Fantastic ride. 5 stars.
Aug 09, 2014 Joan rated it it was ok
The reason for my low rating is simply that I am not a fan of the genre. Since I am a Georgian, I did enjoy the settings of the action. The book seemed to be well-written and well-edited, and the plot was sufficiently complex; I just had trouble keeping the characters straight, and the technical terminology related to the military and flight was off-putting to me. I skim read most of the last half of the book and couldn't really tell you how it ended.
A good first attempt.. The first 68% of the book was a nightmare to read, very boring and bounced from here to there, but went nowhere. However the last 32% I thoroughly enjoyed, the tale was spun at a very nice pace with good character development. I will read this authors next book with the hope of 68% enjoyment. Thank you Chuck for a nice tale, I know all of the work that goes into the process. Overall a solid 3.5 Stars.. Give it a shot
Jul 24, 2014 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Savannah Project' pulled me in from the beginning and did not let go. An amazing thriller/action that was so captivating, I could not put it down. The storyline was flawless. The sequence of events were extremely thrilling. I loved how the author described places and events with such great detail. The characters were awesome. Quite a few surprised me as the story played out. Very well written. I look forward to reading more in this series. A must add to your tbr list. Highly recommended.
Dan Dobler
Jan 21, 2016 Dan Dobler rated it it was amazing
A complex but satisfying read!

It must take a great deal of research and homework to write a political thriller of this caliber. It's not my normal reading, but I'm glad I read this! The details, background, action, and plot was fantastic! I personally really appreciated the interpersonal relationships the author developed. I'll move on to the next one and see how the last scene is resolved (I hated that development! :) )
Dori Gehling
Sep 18, 2012 Dori Gehling rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's a yawnfest! Clearly a lot of work went into the writing of this book so I really dislike giving a bad review. However, I think the problem was more in the lack of editing. There was so much content that neither moved the plot forward or assisted with character development. I just couldn't take it seeing the gears grind in neutral any longer. Had to shut it down about a third of the way into the book.
Gar Wiggs
Apr 26, 2015 Gar Wiggs rated it it was amazing
A First-rate Thriller!

As a fan of political thrillers, Barrett's work meets my personal criteria for being a "winner!" His descriptions of highly technical procedures, actual places, and recent political happenings makes this an intellectual spellbinder! Once I began reading, I couldn't wait to see what's Jake and Kaplan getting into next.

I rate this first effort an "A-plus" and look forward to Chuck Barrett's next contribution to my reading enjoyment.
Jim Czech
Aug 10, 2014 Jim Czech rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced and well written, especially considering it's a 'first novel'. The author's background in aviation and ATC, as well as the local Savannah area, help to blur the lines between real life and the author's imagination. It really keeps you engrossed in the story and wanting more. There were a couple of times I even went to Google for more information (try "KSAV graveyard tour" for an interesting tidbit...)
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Debut novel. Setting for most of the story is a town I enjoy spending time in. Quick pacing, read it in a day while hanging out in airports and on planes. Uneven, but kept me entertained. Indicated as first of a series, and I expect I would consider the next, especially if the same sidekick is included. Solidly in my "brain candy" category.
Jul 26, 2014 CNickerson rated it it was amazing
Good thriller, nice and complex

Good thriller, nice and complex

Wonderful settings with Savannah and Ireland. Good characters, intertwined plot and surprises. I thought justice was served except for the very last. Grrr
Aug 26, 2015 Dorothy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the first book I read by Chuck Barrett. Good plot, kept my interest. I would want to read more about Jake Pendleton. Just wish the book had a different ending, I can just imagine what book will be about.
I recommend this to anyone who likes mystery books.
Sharon Morris Marks
Oct 04, 2014 Sharon Morris Marks rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. It moves at a fast pace, and keeps you at the edge of your seat. The story did drag for a little while, but it picked back up. I did not care for the way it ended...I love happy endings. This is a must read for anyone who likes fast paced, edge of your seat thrillers.
Jul 31, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Revenge, betrayal and secrets combine on a very bloody St. Patrick's day in Savannah, GA. The IRA and al-Qaeda are strange bedfellows but money and arms blur old boundaries.

Some of the dialog is wooden

No sex
Lots of non graphic violence
May 16, 2012 Cindi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was ok....but i struggled with it a bit.. liked the two main characters a lot.. but the rest of the gazillion folks in and out and all the history.. could've done with half of that...
Mavis Mather
Feb 23, 2014 Mavis Mather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had the good fortune to run into this author and picked up his books.
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Award-winning author of the Jake Pendleton series—Breach of Power, The Toymaker, The Savannah Project, and his latest 2016 release, DISRUPTION, as well as his 2015 award-winning blockbuster, BLOWN, the first book in his new Gregg Kaplan series, Chuck Barrett also speaks and conducts workshops at book festivals, book clubs, reading groups, writers conferences, and writers groups. Some of his topics ...more
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