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4.67  ·  Rating details ·  6 ratings  ·  6 reviews
That's them, walking down a long, empty road in Arizona or Colorado, Texas or New Mexico: Pauley and the Captain. They're two war-damaged, life-saddened buddies looking for nothing more than a cool place to rest and earn a few bucks. They only move on when a murder occurs. One of them is a vicious, knife-wielding serial killer, who's ended eight lives in the last ten years ...more
Published September 30th 2019 by BookBaby
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Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Buddies by Kip Cassino is a psychological suspense thriller that follows along the trail of two men, as they traverse through the United States, mostly on foot. Pauley and the Captain are a pair of companions who have a history together; a history that includes all of the terrors of war and sacrifice during their time serving their country in the Marine Corps. Both survived, but only in the sense that they are alive. Let down by the Department of Veteran Affairs, Pauley and the Captain have inju ...more
Ariel G
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The premise is simple: two men trekking across America, leaving a string of violent outbursts in their wake, and the story of their tracking and takedown by the FBI. But BUDDIES is more than its surface description. The story follows not just murder but the men behind each crime, from the ones committing it to every human cog in the wheel that turns towards their identification. The result is a macro-lens exploration of damaged psyches and the ripple effect they have throughout the lives of othe ...more
Gordon Borrell
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great author with an uncomplicated style. He puts the reader in the scene with sights, sounds, and smell and paints vivid pictures of characters that I felt like I knew or had met them once before. I've read other stories by Mr. Cassino, and they all qualify as "take me away, thrill me" works.
Mrs Rj
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Violent serial killers are on the loose, but they have an intriguing and traumatising back story that would twist all my emotions inside out as I read. I was quickly drawn into the novel and found it difficult to put the book down. Unlike many thrillers, I found the story gripping, emotional and believable.

The links with PSTD made it a deeply painful read at times and will serve as a reminder of the great cost of armed conflict on those who take part. It doesn’t read as a protest book, but I fo
Corrine Cassels
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a heartbreakingly fascinating story. It's suspenseful, original and filled with the real life consequences of PTSD. It was uncomfortable to read the majority of the time, but I still couldn't put it down. That's the power of a well written book I suppose. The narrative is confusing at time, since you don't always know who's thoughts you're reading, but it just adds to overall suspense of the story. It's a very clever premise, filled with the real consequences of war. Highly reccomend.
Toby R. Gouker
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A window for us all into PTSD

Through Kip Cassino's writing we can now take a look through a window at the price we all have to pay long after the in-theater battle is over. I knew to think twice about the decision to put our soldiers into harm's way, now I know to think thrice.
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