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Open Carry

(Arliss Cutter #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,212 ratings  ·  162 reviews
“Cameron’s books are riveting page-turners.”
—Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling author
Law enforcement veteran Marc Cameron brings an explosive authenticity to this powerful new U.S. Marshal series. Arliss Cutter is a hero for our times. And his hunt for justice cuts straight to the bone. . . .
U.S. Marshal Arliss Cutter is a born tracker. Raised in the Flor
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Kensington
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David Putnam
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Open Carry, the first in a series is a great book. It’s a cross between Lee Child and CJ Box. You don’t see many these out there. Great protagonist without being over the top. Cutter, (the main character) comes alive on the page because of the backstory that is so skillfully layered in and gives pause to the forward motion of the story—just enough for a breather. His grandfather Grumpy, never appears in the story but I came to know him, vivid and real because Cutter so often reverts to Grump's p ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Marc Cameron, and Kensington Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Established author Marc Cameron has branched out to create a new series, full of all the excitement his fans have come to expect, but with a few new twists to lure in more followers. Arliss Cutter is proud to work for the US Marshals, though being assigned to Alaska has come to be less exciting than he’d ho
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, tbr-soon
Whoa and wonderful. A new favourite author for me. Featuring Arlis Cutter US Marshall. I loved the writing: providing a mental visual of the action and the beautiful Alaskan scenery. Realistic characters, deft plotting and a strong sense of authenticity.
Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Books for this arc.

I really enjoyed this one. Non-stop action, multiple story lines, lots of interesting characters and a badass superman leading the way! Wonderful escapist reading, but now I'm too tired to make dinner. I do hope to see more of Arliss in the future.
LInda L
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Arliss Cutter and hope to love him for many more books. This was a great mystery/thriller, which I could NOT put down for more than 10 minutes. I love reading about Alaska and even though there was some stuff I could have done without, I still loved it. OK -- could have done without the diving stuff. Again -- claustrophobia. Also, there was too much torture to suit me. Getting beaten up is one form of cruelty -- burning someone with a cigar is beyond my understanding. And yes, I know it h ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had this on my virtual shelf for over a year. I finally read it when I saw that it had a second book releasing in March. This may seem an odd thing to do when I did not actually manage to sit and read the first one quickly. The fact of the matter was that I did like the writing and the story I just was not in the right headspace for it. Of late, most of the good police procedurals/Thrillers that I work my way through happen to be on audio, and that makes it easier to get more of them unde ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm going with a 4, though if based on the middle of the book, it'd be a 3.

This is a series with promise. I like the main character Arliss Cutter, I look forward to more about him. But in this book, there were maybe too many strong characters and plot lines.

I did enjoy Cutter's "Grumpy's rules" which he shares with his nephews. Grumpy was Cutter's grandpa who raised him. Interesting also that Cutter ended up in Alaska after spending time in the miitary in Afghanistan, then as a lawman in Florid
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New author for me. Saw the book on the new arrivals shelf at the library and after reading the description of the story line decided to give it a try. The author introduces a lot of characters into the story in the first 100 pages or so which made me wonder if I could keep them straight or not but things seemed to start making more sense after I continued reading further. The story flowed well after the 100 page mark and I didn't want to put it down. My favorite characters were Arliss Cutter and ...more
Fred Rayworth
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Open Carry is my second Marc Cameron novel and it was an excellent read.

Written in solid third-person limited and past-tense, while the story had nothing at all to do with the title, that I could see, that didn’t much matter. It was still a good story.

The characters were interesting as well as the location, and the plot was full of interesting twists and turns. The bad guys, which was only one particular sub-plot, were a bit over the top, but otherwise, there was nothing much to complain about.
Chris Conley
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a good start to a new series. Arliss Cutter should prove to be an intriguing hero.
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. My thanks to Adrienne for her review that made me want to read this book. The setting is Prince of Wales Island, Alaska.

Supervisory Deputy US Marshall Arliss Cutter hunts men for a living. Hailing from Florida, Alaska is far from home but he transferred here to help out his widowed sister-in-law and her three children. Arliss is 6 ft, 3 inches and 240 lbs. He's done several tours in Afghanistan, been married 4 times, and he's not afraid of anything. He's a true leader.

A reality show i
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book took awhile to get into with all the different tales coming together to meet in Alaska. I had some issues with "auntie" and I don't like reality TV so the FISHWIVES irked me the wrong way. I'll have to read another Arliss book and see if I like him better. I have to remind myself I did not become a Joe Pickett fan after one book! I loved have the story take place in Alaska. Too bad he had to go home.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
The first half of the book was very slow. The issue with the drug dealers was a real stretch for a plot and very unpleasant reading. The Alaskan portion (Prince of Wales Island) shows the artist knowledge of the state, impact of reality television, and interaction of federal and state. Once the characters and mystery (shows some of the author's propensity for thriller writing) the book moved steadily forward. The author should decide what type of author he wants to be, the mystery had few well-d ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marc Cameron, a native Texan, is a retired Chief Deputy US Marshal with over two decades in law enforcement. His assignments have taken him from rural Alaska to Manhattan, from Canada to Mexico and points in between. He has a second-degree black belt in jujitsu, and often teaches defensive tactics to other law enforcement agencies and civilian groups. He lives in Alaska with his wife and BMW motorcycle.

Marc Cameron is not the hero of the “Open Carry.” He’s the author. But the main character, Arl
Stanley McShane
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This new Alaska based series promises to be a humdinger! Arliss Cutter recently transferred from Florida to the Alaska U.S. Marshalls Fugitive Task Force to be able to help his sister-in-law with his twin nephews and niece after the death of his brother. Arliss is smart, experienced, capable. He exudes competence and more than commands a situation.

This series is full of a number of well developed and delightful charismatic characters, most of which will pull engagement. In this narrative, a str
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

The book opens with Millie Burkett, a Tlingit Indian girl running for her life through the woodsy forest. She is also the first murder victim…

In an exciting and action-packed first chapter, opening in Alaska, we have US Marshall Arliss Cutter and his team of DEA, Marshalls and Alaska police officers taking down a drug dealer named “Donut.” Wow! Arliss is new to Alaska; from his Florida home. So the town and most of his teammates are new to him. With his background in Afghanistan and the s
Cathy Geha
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Open Carry by Marc Cameron
Arliss Cutter #1

Last night when I finished this book I wrote to tell my sister I thought Arliss Cutter was perhaps an even better hero than Jack Reacher and in her return email to me my sister said that was high praise and she would definitely be on the lookout for it. Why did I like Arliss better? He seemed to be warmer and more caring though just as smart and lethal. Given an opportunity I can see liking him and wanting to get to know him better. I guess that is just
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marc Cameron has done it again. This is a great story told by someone who knows his stuff. The only thing missing is a motorcycle. This is the first book in a new series and it will be interesting to see where it will lead. Without telling to much I really liked the mystery of the person who tried on the druglords mistress wardrobe. Marc is great at descibing scenery and you can tell he's been there and done that. I must thank #netgalley and #kensington for giving me the opportunity to read this ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I debated between 3 and 4 stars for this one, so gave it the benefit of the doubt and gave it a 4 star. It is the first Marc Cameron book I have read and it came highly recommended. I love Alaska so that was a big plus. I quite liked the main character, Cutter, but was not really attached to any of the others. I found the first half of the book slow going. Thankfully the action picked up as the story progressed.
Joann Casiano
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting plot, believable characters and action!

This is a departure from Cameron's Jericho Quinn books and just as good. US Deputy Mashal Cutter is an interesting character and so relatable. This story has everything that fans of Cameron's are used to with just a bit more everyday happenings. This thriller has action, murder, drug cartels, reality TV and it's all set in a small village in Alaska. Worth the read!!
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good mystery and this was one for sure. It was fast paced and kept me interested till the end . The setting was almost like a character itself
Loved his writing style.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this book
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the storyline and the characters. Seemed a bit short, I felt slightly disappointed it was over already because I wanted to know what happened with Cutter, the main character. Hopefully this turns out to be a series where that character is more developed and readers are more satisfied.
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I read this after having read Stone Cross which is the 2nd Arliss Cutter novel. Each novel can stand on its own. No need to read one before the other.
In Open Carry Marc Cameron vividly brings to life the harsh reality of life in the Alaskan wilderness. Arliss Cutter, a federal Marshal, is a sympathetic 40ish man who has been married and divorced at least 4 times and currently is living with his deceased brother's wife and her 2 children in their Alaskan home. He is very much his Grandfather's (G

I'd only heard of Marc Cameron as one of the ghost writers within the Tom Clancy Universe, and I read a couple of his novels under that umbrella and liked em well enough to take a chance on Marc Cameron in a 'not official cover' role--on his own in other words. 'Open Carry' is the first in the Arliss Cutter series, and Cutter's a Supervisory Deputy US Marshal who's fractured enough to like. Every time he thinks he's attracted to a woman, he re
Darth Dragonetti
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Open Carry is a 2019 publication by Marc Cameron. It is book one of the Arliss Cutter series.

Arliss Cutter, U.S. Marshal recently transplanted to Alaska from Florida, is put on the case of a murdered Alaskan native girl. Shortly thereafter, two members of a local reality television show go missing, their whereabouts unknown. Marshal Cutter must work to solve both cases, figure out if they're related, and survive the dangerous perpetrators.

There is a lot to like in Open Carry. I enjoy books/movie
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
UPDATE: Just finished re-reading this first book in the Arliss Cutter series on March 30, 2020 before diving in to book two STONE CROSS. I enjoyed it this time through too.

Grumpy's Man-Rule twenty—“ Let no guilty man go free.”

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Arliss Cutter requested a move from Florida to Alaska to be near his brother's widow and children. The countryside is totally new to him but he's been in some form of law enforcement for years.

This first book in a new series by this author ab
Clif Bradley
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't do story reviews. If you want to know what the story is about, read the description.
If you like Marc Cameron then you will like this book. It has the familiar tropes seen in the Jericho Quinn series. The duty bound hero, the Pacific Islander voluptuous temptress/partner, the Alaskan themed and history lessons about native culture. All families ground and perhaps used too much again and again. But this is what we expect in a Marc Cameron story. The action and intrigue were set up very ni
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a fan of author Cameron's Jericho Quinn series, I was pleased to receive this first book in a new series from NetGalley for review. Like the author himself, Arliss Cutter is a US Marshal and recently deployed to a new position in Alaska. On the hunt for a fugitive predator he and junior Marshall, Lola Fontaine find themselves caught up with local law enforcement in the search for a missing native girl followed quickly by the disappearance of a reality TV producer and her cameraman from what a ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed Marc Cameron's forays into the Tom Clancy world and found him to be an excellent "legacy author' for that genre...I also enjoy his Jericho Quinn series, so when I saw this on the "new shelf," at my local library, I picked it up without any hesitation...Cameron just has that knack of pulling me into the lives of his protagonists as well as the supporting cast, like a soap opera...This a 1st of a series, featuring a US Marshall, relocated from Florida to Alaska to be near his late bro ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very good new series. Set in Alaska.
Law enforcement veteran Marc Cameron brings an explosive authenticity to this powerful new U.S. Marshal series. Arliss Cutter is a hero for our times. And his hunt for justice cuts straight to the bone. . . .

U.S. Marshal Arliss Cutter is a born tracker. Raised in the Florida swamplands, he honed his skills in the military, fought in the Middle East, and worked three field positions for Marshal Services. When it comes to tracking someone down—or taking some
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A native of Texas, Marc Cameron is a retired Chief Deputy US Marshal who spent nearly thirty years in law enforcement. His assignments have taken him from rural Alaska to Manhattan, from Canada to Mexico and points in between. A second degree black belt in jujitsu, he often teaches defensive tactics to other law enforcement agencies and civilian groups. Cameron lives in Alaska with his wife and BM ...more

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