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Signature Wounds

(Paul Grale #1)

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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  3,438 ratings  ·  239 reviews
While in Las Vegas on his way to a family Fourth of July celebration, FBI bomb expert Paul Grale hears a deep blast and sees the smoke rising. In an unfolding nightmare, Grale discovers his sister, brother-in-law, and many friends were caught up in the explosion. Grief stricken, he is pulled from the main bomb investigation to sift orphan leads. Quietly he begins a relentl ...more
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Published March 1st 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
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Kirk Russell Debra, my apologies for the delay. I'm sixty-two. Mine was the last draft year of Viet Nam. I had a high number so went to college but took time off…moreDebra, my apologies for the delay. I'm sixty-two. Mine was the last draft year of Viet Nam. I had a high number so went to college but took time off to help build a friend's family's house. I started to learn carpentry along with two friends. Who taught us was also young but had ten years on us and was scarred by Nam. His stories were out the helicopter low in darkness into the Mekong. Things haunted him, a lot was unreconciled. I'd say that's the word, unreconciled. Yet here he was this very true human every morning embarking on being normal. Really, just being. I learned a lot of things about that from measuring wood, measuring again to be certain, marking cleanly, cutting, nailing with no edges hanging, nothing twisted, accurate and right, one thing done well. That was his way of moving forward I think. Do it well Do it again. I learned from Larry. All best to him wherever he is. (less)
Marian Not tons, but there are some F-words. That's my most disliked swear word. I didnt' find them throughout the book, but rather interspersed when used by…moreNot tons, but there are some F-words. That's my most disliked swear word. I didnt' find them throughout the book, but rather interspersed when used by nasty characters. I'd like to see even fewer. I am glad to report that the main character, Paul Grale didn't seem to use them in his dialog. (less)

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Nazanin
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, suspense
2 Stars

DNF @ 44%

Paul is a special agent bomb tech. He works with the Critical Incident Response Group. He is on the FBI Domestic Terrorism Squad. One night, when he was on his way to his sister’s party he heard a bomb explosion. When he arrived at the party, he found his sister, brother-in-law, nephew and other people dead. So now he works on this case to find the group or the people who did this to his only family.

Fist of all, there were too much names both characters and government institution
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Tulay
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting read.

Very good, very detailed thriller. FBI agent Paul Grale is on way to his sister's 4th July party in Vegas. Stops by on ex-drone pilot suffering PTSD, he was late to the party, that saved his life. But lost his sister, brother-in-law and nephew, niece is alive, injured badly. He vow to find the killers. Terrorist being trained to operate drones, stolen explosives and people train them. Good, exciting thriller, very detailed parts at times lost my interest. This was February, Kindle
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Gail Abramowicz
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
INTENSE

This story is so believable it's scary. My first read by Mr. Russell and I liked his style. Big five.
Kathy Martin
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FBI bomb expert Paul Grale is one his way to his sister and brother-in-law's Fourth of July party when the unthinkable happens. A bomb goes off using stolen C-4 and killing his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. It also leaves his sixteen-year-old niece grieving and fighting for her life.

Paul is immediately immersed in the investigation while grieving himself and worrying about his niece. The case gets complicated very quickly when agents from a variety of Federal agencies get involved. Paul f
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Lena
Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, kindle-first
If you missed the old 24 then you'll love this tale of two lone wolves fighting terrorist to save the day. The high points are a fair amount of action and a nuanced procedural for those who really want that extra fifty pages to lay out a strong, intricate, plausible, terrorist plot. Me:


The Debbie Downers of this book are many. Venuti, the adulterous brown-noser and boss of MC Grale, does everything he can to impede the investigation, implicate the MCs trying to stop the threat, and constantly p
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Cheryl
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Among the definitions of a signature wound is moral injury. Grief plays in. Guilt. But not necessarily fear."

FBI Special Agent Paul Grale is a bomb tech and works on finding bomb makers.

He is on his way go his sister's annual 4th of July festivities. He makes a stop along the way to talk with a friend who has PTSD and kill inhibition after being an Air Force drone pilot. Heading to the party, the venue blows up, killing most of Grale's family plus a number of drone pilots.

He works the peripher
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Sandra
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Gold Stars!

"Signature Wounds" just zoomed to the top of the list of My Best Reads for the past year, or 2 or maybe 3 years. For me, this book has it all; a great plot, thrilling action-packed drama, suspense, and true-to-life characters. A terrific page turner that held me from start to finish. I will definitely be checking out more of Kirk Russell's work.
Carol
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I never finished it. I wanted to like this. The storyline looked very interesting, and I made it through half the book and then gave up.

There were way too many characters. I felt as though the story kept switching around and I had to closely follow what was going on while trying to remember all the names.

It was also a bit technical, and I could skip paragraphs and still figure out what was happening. Sadly, I just had to put it down.
Jim A
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Signature Wounds was made available to me through Amazon First Look program.

It has been several years since I read a novel by Kirk Russell and all I could do was ask myself 'why so long?' His writing is smooth and while there is a lot of dialogue that really isn't needed to keep the story moving, it doesn't bog down the reader.

The story itself centers around a FBI bomb specialist and his search for the person(s) responsible for the bombing of a Las Vegas bar. The bomb killed the agent's sister
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Corey Thibodeaux
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
These Kindle First books are bumming me out. I haven't read one in more than a year, but I don't know if I can do another one.

I will preface by saying this book was not bad. I thought I was picking a one-off crime thriller, but instead picked an inevitable series about a chill FBI agent who knows a lot about bombs. Not my thing, but that's on me.

This book exceed in one area in particular, which kept me reading: It never went overboard or completely against the grain. The characters were rational
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Don Gorman
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
(2 1/2). I don't know why, but this book really stayed in my head until I finished it. I don't know if it was the uber-contemporary theme that was so believable, or the old tried and true thread of the good guys being distrusted by the bureaucratic powers that be and being made out to be something else. I really liked Paul Grale, and how could you not like his hideout old acquaintance, Jeremy. A wild ride, with very soft twists and turns that get more action packed as they are unearthed. A good ...more
Samantha
Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 20%.

The writing in this book is so bad and over the top that I wish I could give it negative stars. It's basically like if Michael Bay decided to start writing novels.

I am infinitely glad this was free, and would not suggest reading it unless someone is paying you to do so.
Ray Milligan
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Read.

I had not read any books by Kirk before this one, but will be getting some others real soon. An exciting book.
Alan
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very well done. Characters developed,and a good storyline.i'll read more books by this author.
Tracey
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Great page turner with characters you can't help but care for and enough twists and turns to hide the ending.
Melissa Merry
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping suspense.

This is the first book I have read from this author. I must say it kept me up well past my bedtime. The writing was superb. The world building had drawn me in then kept me on the edge of my chair. I know this is a story, but it makes you wonder if this could happen here or anywhere for that matter. The hero, Paul, works in the FBI, is driving to a Fourth of July party, which his sister, her family and their friends were killed from a bomb exploding. The author takes us through
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Suze
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SIGNATURE WOUNDS

Kindle First book for February is listed as a thriller- and it is. FBI agent Paul Grale is on his way to a fourth of July party in Vegas, delayed because he stopped to check on an ex-air force drone pilot with PTSD- he lives when the bomb explodes and kills most of his family. Grale vows to find the bomber.

No spoilers here- this is an exciting read. Paul Grale is a very honorable man, not always respected by his boss who thinks he goes off on tangents not related to the case. Fr
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Debra Riggs
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OUTSTANDING

This novel is a true work of art. The characters were intriguing and believable. As a former nurse with PTSD his account of Jeremy and his struggles made me weep with the knowledge that he brings awareness to those who don't get it!
Doreen Dalesandro
Genre: thriller
Rating: 3.0
I listened to this book.

Could not get into it.

James Foster does an OK job narrating.
Kip Gochenour
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A story about tragedy, loss, and a challenged friendship. FBI bomb tech Grale refuses to give up on his friend even when everyone else thinks he is guilty.
Dee
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone that loves action!
Recommended to Dee by: Amazon Kindle First
Signature Wounds by Kirk Russell Review 3/6/17
Bombs and more bombs, how do we stop them?

While in Las Vegas on his way to a family Fourth of July celebration, FBI bomb expert Paul Grale hears a deep blast and sees the smoke rising. In an unfolding nightmare, Grale discovers his sister, brother-in-law, and many friends were caught up in the explosion. Grief stricken, he is pulled from the main bomb investigation to sift orphan leads. Quietly he begins a relentless search for the bomb maker. When t
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James Sorensen
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A small plane lands at farm somewhere in the Imperial Valley of California. After unloading a stranger the pilot takes off and as he nears crusing altitude the plane explodes. Thus begins "Signature Wounds" by Kirk Russell. A book I chose as my February Kindle First Read choice. The book is set in and around Las Vegas and having grown up there I wanted to see how accurate Mr. Russell was in his description of the cities Geography, He doe a very good job and has written a very good book.



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Tania
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tense tale of patriotism and warfare

Signature Wounds follows the investigation of a terrorist attack on American soil. FBI Agent Paul Grale is the top bomb specialist on the case. His methods are not popular, but his gut feelings yield results. Though he is pressured to tow the agency line and target an old friend as a suspect, Paul is convinced that reality is differwnt from appearances.

Twisting and turning from the start, the reader is 99% with Paul the whole story. There is just a fraction of
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Kathy
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Cheryl
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, SIGNATURE WOUNDS was a captivating and interesting read - as much as a book can be involving terrorists. It gets it 4 stars because I needed to go back and reread a couple passages to track lengthy dialog; a lot of characters were introduced, as well. The author went into great detail about character though, at times, it seemed excessive and left more questions than answers. As a voracious reader, I take pride in my reading skills so it was slightly frustrating to have to flip back a pa ...more
Rachit N Parikh
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A bit slow to start but ends with a bang!

This book gives a very detailed account of a FBI investigation, which is great to read. Due to so many details it felt like it took a long time to build up the momentum and by around a third into the book I felt somewhat disinterested. However I am glad I continued on because it picks up pace in the second half and gets very interesting. The author ties up all the loose ends quite nicely in the end. The one downside, which is a matter of personal prefere
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Arthur
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Signature Wounds by Kirk Russell

This one will tear your heart out. Two men, one a former Air Force pilot and a drone pilot who ended the lives of terrorists until the last one involved an American teacher who was termed collateral damage. Jeremy Beatty was that drone pilot, who was medically discharged from the Air Force, constantly trying to expose the official cover-up and dealing with his PTSD, titled "trigger inhibition." The other, FBI Agent Grape, who was trained as a bomb tech, and went t
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Randee
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book well enough. There were many, many, many pages and chapters that didn't have a lot of action - and resolution to the story literally happened in 1.5 pages. The narrative could have been tightened up quite a bit and a little more action and less exposition would have made this reader a bit more engaged.

I'll try the second in the series because I'm curious.

Also, am I the only one wondering why the main character (Paul Grale) doesn't have the nickname, code name, nom de plume of
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Lynn O
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
expansive novel

The threads of this novel cover a wide expanse of setting, characters (terrorists, drug dealers, hackers, various law enforcement agencies) and a twisting, suspenseful plot. The main character's development is fairly predictable, but determining the secondary character's guilt or innocence adds interest to what might otherwise have been just another action/adventure story.
Elaine Onstad
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrorism and drones. Totally, scarily possible

Solid writing, though I could do with a few less auxiliary characters to wrap my head around. Realistically, I have a hard time believing FBI agent Grale would have been allowed to work this case due to his personal involvement with both victims and suspects in the investigation, or that he would be able to do so competently. If you can get past that, it's a good story that is all too possible.
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