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It's 1972, but the Neanderthal editors of reporter Bev Wikowski's newspaper don't have a clue. They've assigned her to the Women's Pages and put her desk near the door so she can greet newsroom visitors. It's a wonder they haven't asked her to make coffee. Then Bev meets a buddy of the infamous hijacker DB Cooper. Cooper has sent him to gather a posse to find and dig up th ...more
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Published September 4th 2019 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc
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Carolyn Vandine West
I really wanted to give up on this book by the 15-20 % mark. I was not enjoying any part of it. I felt like all the characters were a bunch of dopers and drunks.
It turns out they were all a bunch of greedy liars.
I did persist and thereby the book earned 3 stars instead of 2.
A fascinating theory for a book and I was very interested in the storyline, but it just failed to ever really grab me. Yes there was death and I should have cared but with the exception of just 2 I really didn’t. It might
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Andd Becker
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This masterpiece is perfect in every way. Its crisp, clear writing is like a sparkling giftwrapped package that you open, and then -- BANG! It explodes!
Caught in the intense drama is a young woman whose adventurous spirit has placed her in harm's way. Every minute is suspense.
The author achieves excellence through descriptions of the environment, dialogue that differentiates one character from another, masterful use of simile and personification, and an exciting storyline whose events are unpred
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Jenny
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I recieved a free copy of theis book from Voracious Readers Only in return for a review.

Set in the early 1970's in the Era of Nixon and Vietnam, the book follows young widowed reporter, Bev, as she joins a bunch of strangers searching for the money paid to infamous hijacker DB Cooper. What starts as an illadvised treasure hunt turns into a fight for survival as Bev battles against both mother nature and human nature.

Reading this book, I think it would really help to be an American and to know ab
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Deb Quinn
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Cooper's Loot" is an interesting concept, where a group of strangers go after D. B. Cooper's bag of $200,000 following his infamous leap from a plane after hijacking the jet in 1971. As I began reading I wondered how many readers under the age of 50 would be interested in this, since Cooper is not current, nor has anything been said about it in national media in decades. I found it difficult to get into the story until about a quarter of the way through, and did not actually get interested in t ...more
Damian
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having received Cooper's Loot as a review copy from Voracious Readers Only, I approached this new novel with dubiety. Several pages into this superbly written story all doubts as to the authors abilities vanished, replaced by the need to read the next chapter. Then the next, and then the one after that until I was unable to put it down until the end.

After the protagonist's serendipitous falling into the adventure, the author economically introduces the fleshed-out characters and an amazing physi
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Lisa
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers Only. Bev Wikowski, a reporter for the Portland Morning Chronicle, is in a small town covering a story and before leaving town stops at a bar. After hearing a tale a stranger was telling about DB Coopers buried treasure and how he knew exactly where it was buried, six people including the stranger agreed to meet up the day after Thanksgiving to go retrieve the money hidden in the mountains. Of course a blizzard is ...more
Becca
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read! I'm not often reading thriller/mystery novels, but this book had me thinking, 'why not??' It definitely kept my interest. Lots of twists and turns, and an ending you may or may not have been expecting. Makes you wonder how far/capable the human psyche is able to go, and what lengths people will go for the sake of greed. Very good. ...more
Amanda Hallam-Taillon
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this through Voracious Readers Only.

This was an INTENSE read! Lots of twists and turns, and falliable characters. I enjoyed this read and feel it was well written.
Kate
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, book-sirens
This was a fantastically paced thriller. An interesting idea of what may have happened during and after a famous unsolved mystery in the late 20th century. The author's use of setting and weather made the story ring true and dangerous. The character development could have been better executed, but overall a captivating read.

I know a little bit about D.B. Cooper's crime. It happened before I was born, so I was decades removed from the crime before I heard about it. I am surprised I haven't come
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Robert
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
The premise of this book caught my attention straight away. A group of people head off into the wilderness to find buried treasure - the backbone of more bad books than good, probably. Thankfully , this book fell into the good pile. I absolutely loved it.

Set in the 1970's, around the time of the Vietnam war and the end of the free-love era, a group of strangers meet a mysterious adventurer in a pub (or saloon, as the Americans call them). Gathered around a corner table, the man regales them wit
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Kathy
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s the 70’s, and Bev, widow of a soldier killed in combat, struggling to make ends meet for her and her young daughter, finds herself in a situation many would envy. Just about everyone is fascinated in some way by the tale of D, B. Cooper, who famously parachuted from a plane, a with bundle of money, never to be seen or heard of again. In this story, Bev and bunch of others, are invited to join Andy, who says he is a friend of DB, to look for the loot D.B. carried with him when he parachuted ...more
Buttercupp77
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
In spite of taking place largely in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, this novel is a claustrophobic read. At it's heart, it's the story of a group of strangers, for all intents and purposes up to no good, who become trapped in inclement weather. Given the penchant of some characters to consume mood-altering substances, it is no surprise when they fall prey to paranoia and mistrust. This is couched in the still-unsolved hijacking of a plane by the mysterious D B Cooper.

The setting was cle
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Christina
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
How far will people go for money? Cooper's Loot will give you an inside look at just how greed can change people. This book is the story of an outlaw who stole a large (for the time) amount of money and hid it somewhere in the dense Washington forest. But the book isn't about the outlaw really, its about the money. A stranger shows up in a town pub and talks of his grand plan to go back and find the loot with the help of a few volunteers. Their journey is seemingly ill-fated from the start when ...more
Denice Langley
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DB Cooper and his airplane hijack for ransom have been the subject of many a book and/or television show. Everyone has a theory of how he managed to get away or did he die and someone else take the money? Rick George has taken this story and given it a twist...one that could be possible. Enter our journalist. She's working hard against a good old boy system designed to keep her at the bottom of the ladder when she's offered a chance to go along with a group to recover the hijacking loot. As the ...more
Genevieve  Paquette
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.
Wow, this was an intense read! I have a love/hste relationship with protagonist versus nature stories. I love them, but they stress me out. This was no exception, and it was made even more stressful because it involved the additional conflict of being trapped with an unknown killer. The tension was high throughout, and I read it at a breakneck pace. I needed to know how it was going to turn out. I wasn't disappointed
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Gwen A.
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really like this book. Mostly, I like the way the plot line twisted and turned and I was trying to constantly figure out where is the rider was going to take the characters or change the scenery. I really felt the characters were well defined, but only after a few chapters. I really wish that the introduction of the characters were more than just a physical description but even just a little touch point of what the character was like before just placing them in the microcosm of the story.

The
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Diane Secchiaroli
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Leigh Farina
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this book through voracious readers and I will say this right off the bat... I would highly recommend this to anyone. When I first read the synopsis I wasn’t sure what to expect or if I would even end up getting into a book about a subject I know so much about, but my mind was quickly put to rest the second I started reading the story. The story was fast paced, the characters richly developed and had depth and the final ending really completed the story I felt. Would highly recommend ...more
Kath Mardle
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book via voracious readers. A well written, faced paced story about a group of strangers getting together to search for a hijackers loot. Honestly, I found it hard work to read but only because it differed from the type of book that normally appeals to me. I didn't gel with the characters or find any of them likeable apart from maybe Will. However; it has to be said it was a very good action book which people who like this type of story would enjoy. Plenty ...more
Elle
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from Voracious Readers Only in exchange for my review.
I couldn’t put this book down. I’m a sucker for And Then There Were None styled plot lines and unsolved mysteries, so this book was right up my ally. I thought it was an interesting take on the DB Cooper mystery that still left a lot of questions up in the air and didn’t end in a way that takes away from the real life mystery at all.
I thought the pacing of the book was spot on. It didn’t rush through even
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Annemarie
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cooper's Loot sees seven people from different walks of life come together in search of money that was buried after a heist and which the authorities never recovered, despite a massive search.
They find the money but also find themselves in a lot of trouble when the forecast blizzard arrives early, hindering their attempts to leave.
The first death is an accident but the rest?
Only two people will survive this ordeal but which two and were either, or both of them, murderers? You'll need to read Coo
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Julie Rhinehart
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What would you do for a share of $200,000? Bev is a columnist at the local paper when she learns of the excursion to go and file the money DB Cooper buried and those who go will get a share of what is recovered. The honking like a reporter Bev wonders if she should go and if they will make it back before the big blizzard they are expecting. Fast paced, exciting and adventure packed this book keeps you guessing who you can trust and what will happen next until the very end.
Thank you BookSirens,
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Jennifer Mullins
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I typically read young/new adult books or ones with a paranormal aspect, so this was a pleasant change from that. At times, the story line was a bit dull, particularly in the beginning. I wish there was a little more background on what DB Cooper did (apparently it was based on an actual event??), but it didn’t necessarily detract from the story. It got interesting towards the end of the story with a couple of plot twists I didn’t see coming! It was an enjoyable read!

Thank you to Voracious Reader
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Karl
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Newspaper reporter Bev Wikowski hooks up with an eclectic group to go in search of the money stolen by the infamous D B Cooper. The group is soon trapped in the mountains by a snowstorm. Then, of course, people start dying mysterious deaths. The story relentlessly pushes forward, much like the storm. Bev’s original intent was to write a newspaper story about the adventure and win a Pulitzer Prize, but now she is having second thoughts. Plot twists abound and alliances shift. This is a first clas ...more
Christine
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I recieved a copy of this book from the Author through Vercious Readers Only in exchange for a review. This review is my own opinion.
Coopers Loot a somewhat disturbing story of the way money can change peoples behaviour and how they react to situations. Icant say l felt a connection with any of the characters infact l found myself disliking them immensly as the story unfolded. I liked the book but was left feeling like the conclusion was a little underdone.
Paula Ptomey
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Coopers Loot is a great read. Just as you think you have started to figure out what is going on and who is who, another curveball is thrown. Following Bev and her adventure in this story, you see what truly motivates someone to keep on going. This story will keep you guessing until the end. Great story!
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Linda
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An action packed thriller based on D.B. Cooper's lost treasure. Six strangers leave on an expedition to find Cooper's loot. You won't believe what happens along the way. I loved it, but I didn't expect the ending.I would recommend this book. I received this book as an ARC and this is my honest review. ...more
Christie
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given a complimentary copy of Cooper's Loot from Voracious Readers Only. It was a fast paced novel that had my heart racing hoping they would make it out. Bev is an amazingly strong woman. Her character had me cheering and hoping for her to get back to her daughter. I also liked Andy's character. I wish there was an epilogue telling us what happened to the money ...more
steph
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I started this book I was unsure if it was going to be my kind of book. The story starts with a group of people who don't know each other agreeing to 'trust' a group of dubious strangers in suspicious circumstances, why? Money. From then the story moves fast and I could not put the book down. Thank you for a good read. I was given a copy of this book via Voracious Readers Only, thank you. ...more
Pamzen
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and imaginative reinterpretation of DB Cooper’s Caper

I enjoyed the quirky story, interesting characters, and references to Washington places and flora. These outweighed the more than occasional questionable metaphor.
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Rick E. George writes suspense novels with substance. His debut novel, Vengeance Burns Hot, was published in May 2019 by Unsolicited Press. Cooper's Loot will be published September 4, 2019, by The Wild Rose Press.

He has worked as a wildland firefighter, a sportswriter, and an educator. He lives in the Cascade Mountains of Washington with his wife April.
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