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Amy Kellen thought her new job as a sign language interpreter would bring stability to her life - until she is used as the unwitting trigger for a political assassination. Can she save her code of silence, her daughter, and herself when the assassins come for her?

ebook, 256 pages
Published January 2nd 2011 by TJ Waters (first published November 30th 2010)
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Jan 30, 2012 Shomeret rated it liked it
I obtained this book as part of a giveaway by the author on Authorbuzz on the condition that I provide a review. This review is an honest one.

I respect the fact that the central character, Amy Kellen, is an ASL interpreter, that there is a diversity of deaf characters and that the book was published by Gallaudet Press. Gallaudet is a university for the deaf. Yet Gallaudet's support of the book should not be considered an imprimatur. There are disagreements in the deaf community about how their c
Jan 17, 2011 Bill rated it it was amazing
The liberal arts university for the Deaf, Gallaudet, published this book. The implicit acceptance in that act previews this tale's current picture of the Deaf's culture-in-culture. The Deaf live among us as coyotes live in housing tracts. Speaking it's own language, walking where it must for it's own survival, seeking out the opportunities where it finds it. Within this tale of whodunit complicity, we see this face of animal intensity ghosting over our own and blending with us, as the Deaf are i ...more
Aug 10, 2016 Linda rated it it was amazing
I'm hearing impaired, so when I realized that this was based on the deaf culture, curiosity got the best of me. Basically, this book is a who-dun-it, but the characters are either deaf, hard of hearing or hearing related to deaf relating to the hearing world. You get a good grasp of what it's like in the deaf culture, while you go through murders, break-ins and kidnappings. I got a better idea of the deaf culture, yet was caught up in the mystery. I really enjoyed the book, and hearing, or not, ...more
Nov 13, 2011 Chris rated it did not like it
There was very little to like about this book. I think inclusion of Deaf Culture was probably about it. The writing felt like it was trying to emulate Baldacci or Patterson. Unfortunately, it was not nearly as fast-paced or engaging. There were several inaccuracies about Deaf Culture, and most egregious - many plot issues. Chacracters were deaf in one instant and hearing in the next and vice versa. They didn't seem to have strong trait development, and the story was too preachy. I will not pick ...more
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Feb 04, 2012 Cindy Kerschner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves suspense. Anyone associated with the deaf community.
Secret Signs is on the mark with its depiction of the strides and struggles of the present day deaf community. I have studied sign and deaf culture and its evolution for many years and Walters has captured the nuances and successfully woven them into a well-conceived suspense tale. Walters sets the pace of this thriller from the start to keep you wanting more. Absolutely worth absorbing all the behind the scenes police and technology info this book has to offer as a bonus. I highly recommend tha ...more
Jul 22, 2014 Alissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2014
I found this disjointed in the beginning but I'm glad I stuck with it. The mystery was different and I understood Amy's frustration. Now I didn't realize she was a golf pro until late in the book - although I just re-read the book summary and it says that right away.

Since I am passionate about sign language I enjoyed this book for the aspects of Deaf culture I learned about and that Amy was a hearing person. I also liked that it incorporated a young child signing.

There were a lot of subplots t
Brian Tracey
Jul 22, 2011 Brian Tracey rated it it was amazing
This is a very enjoyable thriller from ThrillerFest 2011 Debut Author, TJ Waters. Waters' story creatively involves an interpreter for the deaf community and what can happen when someone is so honest against a backdrop of so many bastards. Well done. I read this as an ebook, digitally signed by the author using a very cool technology called Autography.
David Holtzclaw
Feb 15, 2012 David Holtzclaw rated it really liked it
Secret Signs in intriguing, & insightful, into the world of the Deaf community, as well as an interesting criminal study. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice work for a first novel indeed!

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Good story line. A totally different scenario.
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TJ Waters is a mystery-thriller writer in Central Florida.

His debut novel SECRET SIGNS won the International Book Award for multicultural fiction in 2011. His digital-only thriller series THE SUICIDE SQUAD, based on actual CIA case officers, is described as 'Mission Impossible meets Ocean's 11'.

TJ Waters spent four years as a co-team leader at US Special Operations Command. Prior to this he was i
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