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A Mighty Fortress (Milo Porter Mystery Series Book 1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  34 reviews
In Tampa, the only thing more crooked than the mob is the police…

Milo Porter leads a happy life in Tampa, Florida. The Iraq war veteran runs routine private investigations by day and coaches powerlifting at night. When Chad Scalzo, the grandson of a rumored mob boss, goes missing, Milo takes the seemingly easy case. After Chad turns up dead, Milo goes from investigator t

Kindle Edition, 458 pages
Published July 1st 2016
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Clabe Polk
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Milo Porter Private Investigation and Process” his business card said. Milo is an ex-military power-lifter who normally functions as a process server in the Tampa Bay area. Milo is not prepared for the results when attorney Mattie Wilcox convinces him to serve a civil complaint on Chad Scalzo, the son of a well-known Tampa mobster. What follows is an entertaining brouhaha involving networks of mobsters, pornographers, prostitutes, dirty cops, gutless lawyers and guardian angels stretching from ...more
Charles Ray
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Iraq War veteran Milo Porter is a PI in Tampa, Florida. He does routine process serving work by day and coaches a powerlifting team for his girlfriend’s brother at night. One Sunday, a local lawyer asks him to deliver a summons to the grandson of a powerful mobster. He doesn’t normally work on Sunday, but for $6,000 he’s willing to make an exception.
The summons isn’t easy to deliver, but Milo manages. And then, the mobster’s kin is found dead, and his grandfather wants someone’s head—Milo’s will
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not know why I have not read any of this author's books before. I have been deprived of an excellent writing personality. I never would have dreamed how you could work a little bit of faith into a mystery about sex and murder. He did a fantastic job and I didn't even know it til the very last.

I could just see this ex-military giant dead lifter walking around the city of Tampa and trying to find out why on earth this murder happened and who did it. The plot went every way it could go and it
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two crooked investigations mean double trouble for Milo
This is an undemanding read – ideal for taking on holiday. Milo Porter is a private investigator by day and powerlifting coach by night. The action in this story – the first in the series - concerns two crooked investigations into murder; one by the police and one by the mob. Milo is caught in the crossfire and has to work quickly to find out who has murdered Chad Scalzo, the grandson of a rumoured mafia boss. Milo has to try to find out who
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good ending.

I have been reading this series, when this last part 7 came had to buy it. Milo Porter got himself between two crooked investigations. Cop and underground porn, and election of Florida State Attorney General. Learned about true love, faith and justice with the help of friends.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. It cleverly goes from a simple task to uncovering layers of what is really going on. It goes from normal business to whatever-it-takes. Dreams become something more. I really hope this is the start of a series with Milo with Gus! Oooh, the cover says it is part one of the Milo Porter mystery series! I cannot wait!
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very short story.

This is the second part of the Milo Porter story. He is investigator, likeable character I will be following. If you didn't read Foreclosure form this author, please take time to read it.
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book.

Love these short stories, can't wait for the fourth part of Milo's adventures. After 9/11, he signed up for service. Still suffering and has nightmares. He is a good investors.
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait for the next part.

Reading about Milo Porter for awhile, can't wait for the book he is going to write one day. Again this part is full of action and emotional feelings of Milo. I'm big fan of S. D. Thames, read everything he wrote and can't wait for the next part.
Leslie Francis
I liked the book... but then it went in a direction I wasn't expecting, and I'm not sure that's a good thing...

The overall storyline was good, I liked the characters... I just wish they hadn't added that other world aspect to it.
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, netgalley, arc
I received this arc from Netgalley.

This got off to an interesting start. Unfortunately it goes downhill from there. Way too much detail and then it becomes completely unbelievable. I found myself not caring about what happened to any of the characters. Not for me.

Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very short story.

Read part two of seven, wanted to know the beginning. Glad I did. Milo and characters around him so likeable, will be following their adventures.
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Milo Porter a former specials ops veteran is living in Tampa Bay because of a psychiatrist named DR J. He works serving summons and he gets hired to deliver a subpoena and the fun begins. Enjoy!
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great read that weaves a bit of religion in with mystery and romance. That is a fine line to accomplish, but S.D. Thames has done it and done it very well.

Milo is an Iraq war veteran turned private investigator that is living in Tampa, Florida now. When Milo is not busy at night he is a coach for his girlfriends brothers power lifting team. His girlfriend is into power lifting and can life more than Milo can!

Milo usually does big jobs, but when he is asked to deliver a summons to the g
Tracy Drane
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very good Christian mystery that doesn't read like a Christian mystery. Milo Porter is a war veteran serving warrants for a job. He gets in the middle of a murder and he's suddenly a private detective. That transition was a bit unclear. The rest of the story read like a gritty cop drama, but with sprinkles of messages of faith thrown in. Milo's no Christian, but God is working on him. Only a handful of curse words, and no sex scenes (although it is insinuated). Minor plot holes but nothing that ...more
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was going to be a review full of fulsome praise for an excellent book and to some extent it will be. Against my usual practice I am going to give spoilers, so please stop reading now if you don't want the book spoiled for you.

I was really enjoying this book. It was described as "gritty" and "noir," and it is, and I enjoy the genre very much. Then, at 93 percent, the author pulls a cheap trick which ruined the book for me. In fact, if I had not had this book as an ARC I would have stopped re
Phil Bolos
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Mighty Fortress by S. D. Thames follows Milo Porter as he serves subpoenas around the Tampa Bay area. As a tall, powerful, former service member, Milo is the perfect man for taking on the challenging job of finding the people who need to be in court and making sure they show up when they are supposed to. At the start of the story, we find Milo waking up from a rough week only to find out that now he has to work on a Sunday. This particular job is going to be a bit of a challenge since not only ...more
W.H. Lock
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review Remix!

So, I really liked this story. The characters are interesting and strong. Well, except the Judge. He's clearly the eccentric mentor figure that both challenges and guides the protagonist through a significant life change. Imagine a less pervert Master Roshi from Dragon Ball Z. bleh. I just can't accept wildly inappropriate characters also being establishment professionals. It doesn't work for me.

The narrative writing is strong and interesting. The flow of the story and the slow dr
Susan Carpenter
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing

In Tampa, Florida, Milo Porter, investigator and process server, accepts a heavy fee to serve a subpoena on Chad Scalzo regarding a suit which revolves around the sex industry. Although his father and his late grandfather had connections to the mob, Chad is reputed to have severed all ties with their businesses. S.D.Thames has constructed an intricate dance performed by his well-choreographed characters making it difficult to distinguish the good guys from the bad. Their motives and connections
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book seemed like it was going to be a typical noir thriller, filled with corrupt and unpleasant people and damaged characters who have good hearts. I did find it a bit difficult to keep the different bad guys straight (a little bit more character development all the way around might have helped) but overall I found the mystery and its conclusion satisfying.

What deeply disappointed me was the twist at the end of the book that others have mentioned. It felt like it belonged in a completely d
The ‘mighty fortress’ of the title is not a building but a person; he is Milo Porter, the star of this book and others to follow in the Milo Porter Mystery Series. He is an interesting character on whom to hang a whole series. As an Iraqi war veteran and body building coach, he can certainly take care of himself and he needs all his physical and mental attributes for his current job is as a server of warrants and subpoenas. The story opens with Milo getting caught up with more than he bargained ...more
Carol Keen
Excellent! I loved the title, and this book was a strong one. Milo has PTSD. Many of us can relate to that, I know I can. Now Milo spend his days serving legal papers for court summons and trying his skills as a PI out.

Pretty soon he is sucked into something big, very big. Milo will need God's help to make it though this. It winds up with twists and some turns. The ending is a big surprise, which will also lead to more books in this series.

My copy came from Net Galley. I have left this review
Milo Porter is an investigator and process server in Tampa, FL, He was in the Navy and decided to use some of those skills in his present job.He is to serve a summons to Chad Scalzio the grandson of a big time mob boss. He serves the summons but then Chad turns up dead. His next assignment is to find out who did it. Between not being able to trust the police and to have other bodies dropping as he thinks he is getting close, the story does take many twists and turns.
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review in exchange for book at no charge

The book is written around the Tampa setting. The author uses real locations and adds in some history. Since I work in Tampa this was of interest to me. Book was very easy to read and fast pace. At times less than real as the main character faces death several times and always comes through.
Don Gorman
(1 1/2) I am rounding this up to two stars only because Milo Porter is such an interesting character. He carries the whole book. The story is strained and contrived, with too many confusing twists and turns trying for some artificial excitement. A little surge of energy near the end but I will not look for this author again anytime soon.
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good series.

I have been reading these books for months. Milo Porter suffers PTSD, trying cope with his nightmares. Just wants to make a living, but finds himself involved in two investigations.
Jay Williams
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great murder mystery, augmented by a little Christian mythology. The characters are interesting but verge on stereotypical. The mystery and the character development come to separate closure, leaving the door open to another story.
Bonny Millard
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Best Is Yet To Come

I like detective stories, and particularly this detective story-otr should I say Private Investigator. This book is one of the few I have read that is actually book length. I am impressed with all of the various scenarios, twists and turns!
Sandra Sanders
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Author and This Seriesp Have Strong Possibilities for Great Success

Strong characters, especially Milo Porter. Reminds me strongly of a Jack Reacher novel, but with a different slant. I'm interested in reading more of this author's work.
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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