Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Bridge to Treachery by Larry Crane

Welcome to A Review by Bill Dold of the Bridge to Treachery by Larry Crane.
Book Blurb:

Former Colonel Lou Christopher is an ex-Army Ranger retired from the military and contentedly working as a New York investment broker. After being assigned a number of lucrative accounts and becoming accustomed to living the good life, he discovers there is a pay back. His former military skills are requested under a threat of losing everything he has.

Handed a group of misfits to assemble into a military strike team, he is coerced into leading the team on a mission of domestic terrorism. At the center of a bridge outside of Manhattan, his strike team is caught in the act and unexpectedly becomes engaged in a deadly firefight. It's then that he learns the mission was a political maneuver from the highest levels of the U.S. Government-and ultimately realizes he has been betrayed by his superiors. Learning his team was considered nothing more than collateral damage and intended to be killed and left as scapegoats, he uses his unique military expertise and engages in a fight for his life.

As the strike team is decimated, he and a female teammate elude the opposition forces to survive and escape, turning the tables on his superiors. Using his distinctive set of military skills, he now becomes the hunter and vows to extract his revenge and bring them all down. 

Bill's Review:

"A Bridge to Treachery" is well paced once you get past the first quarter of the book so hang in there.
This is an action thriller with well developed characters. The dialogue prose were very good and Lou’s inner thoughts were realistic which helped to develop the mindset of the character.  Lou's character is likable,  intelligent and a family man.

In the story Lou finds himself being blackmailed into helping "stage" a fake terrorist attack. If he doesn't cooperate, he'll lose his livelihood.  Against his better judgment he agrees to go along with the blackmailers plan. Lou has a ragtag team without military training thrust upon him and they find themselves double crossed and expendable. You will have to read the book to find out who lives and exactly who is behind the blackmail.  The story takes several twists and turns which leads to a ending that surprised me.  I look forward to a sequel Mr. Crane.

Transplanted to Maine mid-westerner Larry Crane brings an Illinois sensibility to his writing. Larry graduated from West Point and served in the Army before starting 
a business career on Wall Street. His writing includes articles for outdoor magazines, plays, short fiction, and his most recent thriller novel, A Bridge to Treachery. In his spare time, Crane is a hobbyist videographer for his local Public Access Television Station and is a volunteer at his local historical society. Larry and wife Jan live in splendid isolation on the coast of Maine. 
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