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Soul Survivor

(Leo Waterman #11)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  386 ratings  ·  36 reviews
PI Leo Waterman is back at it—investigating a very domestic crime that turns into a national nightmare in this upbeat page-turner of a mystery.

Why would a teenager with no prior record suddenly assassinate a city councilman? Retired PI Leo Waterman wouldn’t have bothered finding out if an old pal hadn’t asked. And after the man, who is also the boy’s grandfather, offs hims
Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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You know how there are crime series that you just love and adore? Well, GM Ford's Leo Waterman's series set in Seattle is one of those for me. I have got to know the offbeat characters over some time, and as soon as I start to read, they begin to come back to me as though they are well loved friends of long acquaintance. This latest offering is a real humdinger of an addition, with Leo finding himself out of his depth, way way out of his depth where the life he lives has a metaphorical earthquak ...more
Linda Strong

This is probably the most exciting chapter yet in the life of retired Private Investigator Leo Waterman.

A teenage boy suddenly assassinates a city councilman. He's had no other problems with the law .. so why would he suddenly turn violent to the point of killing someone?

Leo finds a link to a white-power retreat that's amassing an army for a far reaching endgame.

After being physically attacked, will this case be the one case that kills hundreds, maybe thousands, of people ... including Leo Water
Dee Arr
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective, thriller
With all the mystery writers crowding the bookstores nowadays, it is difficult to finish a story without some measure of disappointment when considering consider the time lost in reading a substandard tale. Thankfully, the few hours spent with “Soul Survivor” became an unexpected treat.

G. M. Ford has crafted an adventure/thriller, one that begins as a mystery and ends with multiple pulse-pounding climaxes. This book introduced me to former PI Leo Waterman, a man graced with fortune and, at times
First Sentence: Art Fowler came to me on the last day of January while I was sitting in my front parlor drinking coffee and watching a blizzard blow in the from south.

Retired PI Leo Waterman is asked by Art Taylor, an old friend, to help find answers as to why his grandson would suddenly kill a city councilman and then himself. No one can explain how Matthew got the gun, which belonged to his father, into the City Hall, and what he did during the nine minutes between when he entered and when he
Donna Davis
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those that love the genre and lean left.
Leo Waterman is one of my favorite fictional detectives. Lucky me, I scored this eleventh in the series free courtesy of Net Galley and Thomas and Mercer in exchange for this honest review.

Leo has changed, and yet he hasn’t. He came into his old man’s ill-gotten fortune awhile back, so he doesn’t have to work anymore, and since his knees are going, it’s just as well. But an old family friend comes calling on behalf of a grieving parent who wants to know how her boy, Matthew, turned into a mass
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Leo Waterman is back, living in his father's house that he inherited after the old man dropped dead. Leo also inherited a lot of money, but he can't openly use it since the old man was behind a lot of illegal and extra-legal shenanigans. One of his father's old cronies asks Leo to investigate how his grandson could have been responsible for the murder of an Hispanic city council member in a remote town in Washington state. Leo turns him down because he is no longer a PI and is not interested. Bu ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-drc, mystery
I have adored this series and have followed private detective Leo Waterman and his ragtag pack of characters since the first book, WHO IN HELL IS WANDA FUCA? I have to admit that I enjoyed most of this but poor Leo suffered so much that it was almost painful to read at times. However, the ending seemed to leave it optional to continue the series, but I hope it is continued and we see more of Leo Waterman.

These are perfect for Lee Child, Sue Grafton, and J. A. Jance fans, and anyone who likes a g
#11 in the Leo Waterman series. This 2018 series entry from author G.M. Ford raises the already high action threshold of this series. Leo reluctantly turns down a request for investigation into a shooting and when the requestor commits suicide a few days later, he thinks it unfortunate. He offers the widow his condolences and would have left the situation there except he noticed a clumsy tail on the old lady's car and idly following is ambushed and left for dead. Leo has a strange sense of honor ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action? Oh yeah. I am puzzled over why I awarded one of these books just two stars some years ago since I did not make any notes. Now that I have read this one I want to go back to book one and start plowing through all of the Leo Waterman books.
Leo is supposedly retired as a PI, but an old family friend comes to ask for his help over the loss of his grandson who supposedly killed himself after shooting a public figure. Leo drags his feet since the whole scenario seemed clear cut, but then he s
Darcey Tomasino
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars

This is a great another reviewer stated, it's dark, but for good reason. The subject matter cannot be presented with the typical Leo humor. There's nothing funny about hate.

I did not, as a different reviewer did, get any sense of the novel having an anti-gun message. It's more of an anti-a**hole message. Leo is, after all, a gun owner. Talking smack about irresponsible gun owners is not a condemnation of all gun owners.

I definitely didn't find any Zionist propagan
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
I'm a bit worried that we may be seeing, if not the end of our beloved Leo as we know him, then a new chapter for him in a startling new direction.

Leo's life has been inalterably changed in ways no one could have predicted in Soul Survivor then kept getting worse. Soul Survivor began in typical Leo fashion, guilt, a nagging sense to do what's right, and of course carelessness in doing so, but it certainly has a far different ending from that which we've come to expect. I can't imagine how G.M.
Andrew Langert
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
Though this is the 11th book in the author’s Leo Waterman mystery series, it is the first one I have read. The characters in this book appear to be regulars in the series, so I felt like I was missing something by not knowing any of their history.
This is much more a thriller than a mystery. Leo Waterman is a private investigator but he’s fighting for his life for most of this book, not getting very far with his investigation. He’s dealing with a white
Kathleen Gray
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't hesitate if you haven't read the earlier books in this excellent Seattle based series. Leo Waterman has gotten himself in deeper in what he thought was going to be a casual investigation than he could have imagined. An elderly friend asks him to look into the incongruous actions of his grandson= who killed a city councilman- and then the friend commits suicide. This leads Leo down the rabbit hole of white supremacy, conspiracy and lots of bad acts. He's got a good crew of people who work w ...more
Penny P Hammack
I've now read all the published Leo Waterman books. This is the first one that was disappointing. Lots of violence, both physical and political, but that's not the reason I didn't like it. In all the previous offerings the endings were satisfactory. In this edition the ending left a lot of loose ends and Waterman seems to ride off into the sunset without taking care of any of his imputed responsibilities. It's not that I expect every tiny thread to be tied off, that's what sequels are for. It's ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just recommended G.M. Ford's Leo Waterman series to three of my friends, triggered by seeing Soul Survivor downloaded to my Kindle last week. Soul Survivor was just as good as the previous 10 books, all 5 stars. I'm happy for my friends in that they can enjoy 11 books as soon as they want. As for me, I'm a little sad because I immediately pre-ordered the 12th book, only to learn that it won't be available until July 2019. Jerry, I'm reading your books in 3 to 7 days each, because I find them s ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, netgalley
It has been six years since the last Leo Waterman outing. A lot has changed. Leo is older, richer, retired from the P.I. business, and the series has gotten darker. Much darker. And old friend of Leo's dead asks him to look into why his grandson, a gentle boy on the autism spectrum, should suddenly assassinate a Latino councilman. Leo declines. The old man kills himself. And then the story gets really dark. This is likely to be the last in the series, but I hope not as it is also the very best o ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great action book.

I received this book for free. It was a giveaway with other authors. I really enjoyed this book. I sat up until 1am because I just had to finish it. If you like action in your books you will like this one. I hadn't read any of the Leo Waterman mysteries and now that I have I will need to find more. The main character, Leo Waterman, is a really great guy and I was completely involved with this story. The story is well written and keeps you on edge of your seat. I recommend this
David C Ward
Maybe the last of the long running Seattle series after Leo stumbles into a huge neo Nazi terrorist plot. Not bad - the problem is that Leo doesn’t really have a plan - in fact what he does is remarkably foolish - so the second half is basically a gunfight. Aside from general hatefulness, it’s not clear why he gets so savagely beaten in the first place triggering the plot. Or why the Feds aren’t paying any attention to a planning convention of domestic terrorists. But well done to the night cler ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
What can I say? It’s Leo Waterman and Gabe all the way this time, with Carl and the “reggae twins,” but very little if the Zoo crew. Leo is asked by an old associate of his father’s to look into why the man’s grandson would have snapped and assassinated a politician Leo turns him down, but when the old man kills himself, he has second thoughts and starts turning over rocks. He is very quickly in over his head.

Another exceptional novel by G. M. Ford. I was thrilled to get it from NetGalley, and
Jim A
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leo Waterman looks into the reason why a troubled teen goes to a city council meeting and kills one of the members of the council. It turns into an investigation of white supremacists. Not really the run of the mill alt right kind, but some do serious damage to the population terrorists.

Earlier in his writing career Ford wrote a number of Waterman novels and then just stopped. Several years later he returned to the series. The way this one ends, I had the feeling that he once again has ended th
Tom Burkholder
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book Soul Survivor, author G. M. Ford bring PI Leo Waterman back to discover why a teenager with no record would assassinate a city councilman during the council meeting. But Leo must be onto something as he investigates and is beaten almost to death. Thousands of lives could be affected by what Leo has found!
This was a good fast paced read. The narration from Leo’s point of view could be a bit snarky and bog the story down but it was a good book. I would recommend this book. I received a
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodreads-win
Goodreads Kindle Copy Win

PI Leo Waterman is back once again in all his glory. Things do not go quite as plan when investigating a domestic case of a teenage boy assassinating a city councilman. All is not what it appears as Leo finds himself being beat as his life is in peril.

What is really going? Can he find the answers before other lives are harmed? A quick paced read that fans of the series will enjoy.
Robert I. Davies
I have read all of the G.M. Ford books and I have enjoyed his writing and the characters he has created. Soul Survivor was not for me. Why the writer has to fall in with all of the other violent, gun crazy type stories doing the rounds in the USA these last few years is beyond me! he has far greater talent than to join this dreadful mix. Huge mistake on his part, I for one will not recommend this book.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick & Funny Read

I found this book to be fast paced and easy to read. The plot was well thought out, and the characters were colorful and complex. Never a dull moment in this mystery.

This was the first Leo Waterman book I have read, but I will certainly be reading more of them in the future.
John Stanley
I love this series (and the Frank Corso series as well. But where did my “old” Leo go? This just didn’t seem like the same sort of Leo Waterman adventure as usual. Did someone else write this one? A lot of action and a quick and entertaining enough read but somehow just didn’t seem like the same old Leo.
Amber Koplien
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner

I love Leo Waterman, the rag tag remnants of his father's political machine, and the other interesting characters Leo meets along the way. Ford makes Leo enduring through his imperfect yet good heart. This story along with all the others was funny and fast-paced. I can't wait for the next one. Ford is definitely one of my favorite authors.
Peter W
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spell Binding Adventure

This was, by accident, and by good fortune, my first Leo Waterman story...simply outstanding! I look forward to others! One of those books I found hard to put down...and didn't...
Mr D Brown
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very Good book, kept me engrossed. Handled the 'guns' and the 'race-hate' issues appropriately for a short novel. Have read lots of Leo Waterman books, have never been disappointed yet. Looking forward to completing the series in my usual haphazard order with my Kindle.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Goodreads, Thomas & Mercer, Kindle and Mr. Waterman for a really great read. This reminds me of those gritty noir novels. You could see Humphrey Bogart in the lead. Thanks so much for a really goodread. Great for a rainy day
Russell Ray
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great Leo Waterman read

A fun and engaging book in the Waterman series. Never know when the humor will crop up and what form it will take.
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