After taking a bullet for his commander-in-chief, Secret Service agent Joseph Reeder is a hero. But his outspoken criticism of the president he saved—who had stacked the Supreme Court with hard-right justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, amp up the Patriot Act, and shred the First Amendment—put Reeder at odds with the Service’s apolitical nature, making him an outcast.
This book was my June Kindle First read. The reason I picked this one was because I've always been a Max Allan Collins fan. The timing of the unfortunate Supreme Court decision a couple of weeks ago had nothing to do with my choice. However, I did notice Amazon taking full advantage of the subject matter by heavily promoting it recently.
Sadly, this book just was not up to Collins' usual standards in my opinion. Slightly preachy, a lot dull and boring with the ...more
Reeder now owns a p ...more
It is one thing to put an attitude or political philosophy in the words and mind of a character, but when such infuses the narrative and is clearly the author's then it gets in the way. Or at worse just aggravates the reader.
Second fault is the casual prose which too many of today's authors adopt. The use of contractions has no place in serious writing or even the text of garden variety p ...more
Supreme Justice is a good overall suspense mystery. Some dialog is kind of hokey and a somewhat predictable plot. The audio book is overall okay. The narrator had too deep of a voice to do female voices effectively.
This tale of Supreme Court Justices being assassinated started off pretty interesting but the plot got more shallow as the story progressed. Joe Reeder is kind of a Jack Reacher clone. The book even has a similar tone as the Reacher books. Rogers is a great character albeit a ...more
A Supreme Court justice is killed. It looks like a bungled robbery, but former Secret Service agent Joe Reeder spots something in the security tapes that tells him it was an assassination. He's an expert at kinesics, reading body language, and that ability gets him invited as a consultant on the investigation.
Reeder once took a bullet aimed for a President he didn't like and voicing that opinion caused his ...more
Joe Reeder, an former Secret Service agent who took a bullet for a president he despised is asked by the FBI to use his skill at reading people to assist the investigation.
Collins does a pretty good job of mixing up the political views of the characters. He takes aim at the far right wing n ...more
Excellent writing in a story in which a former Secret Security agent is brought into a task force by his friend to help search for the killer of 2 Supreme Court justices. As the agent.,Peeps,closes in on a conspiracy involving someone in the task force itself,his daughter is kidnapped,and he comes to realize his 'friend' is involved. Good storyline,great action,the story keeps you turning to the next page! Excellent book for all mystery/thriller lovers out there,I highly recommend i ...more
I found this story to be smoothly written, exciting, and meaningful.
When I read a story I look at about four broad areas. This is how the story rates, in my opinion, on these four areas:
Writing quality: excellent
Research: very good
Emotional content: good
Thematic content: good
The writing seemed excellent to me. It was very smoothly written and showed the care and experience of a master story teller. The plot, pacing, description, transitions, dialog, character development, and other aspects of wr ...more
Narrator: Dan John Miller
Warning: bound to upset those with strong political (American) views! I'm not interested in politics nor am I American but I enjoy listening to political thrillers provided they don't spend too much time talking about the politics - which this book does. Still, I found it interesting enough to keep listening, though that's likely due to Dan John Miller's excellent narration. He's great with female voices and his skill at giving differ ...more
This was a very good book. I really liked Joe Reeder aka Peep. I like a good mystery, conspiracy story and this was one for sure.
The story line and plot was very good. Who is assassinating the Supreme Court Justices? Joe Reeder found out! I liked that it kept me guessing until the end.
I won't give any spoilers but this was a good one, I liked the writing and the story flowed very well it didn't get confusing at all, it was f ...more
Don’t ask me why I read book three of this series then went back to one. Just goofy, I guess. However, I don’t think I really missed anything important so they can all be stand-alone stories.
This one was about Reeder and how he first met Patti but that’s about all that was different. Miggie and Fisk were in this one too but that’s all. There was Sloan, Cribbs and Eaton, and Nicky Blount from book 3 made and appearance. It was about a conspiracy to kill Chief Justices of the United States, and th ...more
Supreme Court Associate Justice Henry Venter, who successfully spearheaded the efforts, along with other government officials is out eating ...more
Some POV issues, but he mostly avoids the Dan Brown curse of short sentences and overly detailed BS we don't need. There is this AWFUL question right after the reveal of the big bad: "Had (view spoiler)[ been plotting supreme revenge?" For a book about the assassination ...more
I'm glad I'm not in an Indiana Jones movie. Because for the months of May & June, I chose poorly with my Kindle First books.
This one didn't irk me as much as my May choice, but it isn't on my re-read list either. The entire concept of the book was pretty unrealistic and unoriginal--both forgivable with above average characters and prose. Unfortunately, neither of those are in this book.
The politics were nauseatingly in your face ...more
Justices were being murdered. There is a conspiracy, and the brains behind it are always steps ahead of the government task force. In the end, it would come down to who'll survive to tell: the truth or the cover up. As with things government, I had to reread ...more
Secret Service agent Joseph Reeder should be a hero after taking a bullet for his neo—conservative commander-in-chief, but his outspoken criticism of the president he saved made him a pariah in the Service and short-circuited both his career and his marriage. After conservative Supreme Court Justice Henry Venter is killed in what appears to be a robbery gone wrong, Reeder – a body language expert whose skills ...more
I don't know where to start with this one! I actually started with the second book of this series and was feeling a title uneasy about the tone of the author's narrative. As a writer of fiction of course, the author is in full control of the story line. He can put impossible obstacles in the path of his hero simply to give equally impossible solutions that no normal human would be able to conjure up. The basic story line was good and kept me guessing about what he woul ...more
In this political thriller, former Secret Service agent Joseph "Peep" Reeder had once taken a bullet to protect the president. He was too critical of the president who had stacked the Supreme Court, and Peep became too outspoken and thus shunned. He left the Secret Service and formed his own security business. FBI Agent Patti Rogers has found herself paired with unpopular Reeder on a special investigative team where Reeder was added more as a consultant because of his unique ...more
The year, however, is not nearly as important as the societal changes. First, there is no First, as in First Amendment. Fr ...more
This book caused me to ignore every thing I should have been doing, as I was anxious to learn what was coming next. Collins kept me intriqued to the end. There is more killing than I prefer, but I'm sure this won't be the only Co!!ins book I'll read.
He has also published under the name Patrick Culhane. He and his wife, Barbara Collins, have written several books together. Some of them are published under the name Barbara Allan.
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1984) : True Detective
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1992) : Stolen Away
Shamus Awards Best Novel nom ...more