Sunday, April 7, 2013

Chain of Command by Colby Marshall

The road to the Oval Office is paved in blood…

The simultaneous assassinations of the President and Vice President catapults the Speaker of the House into the White House as the first female President of the United States. Evidence points to a former Navy SEAL as one of the assassins.

Relegated to writing sidebar stories instead of headlines, journalist McKenzie McClendon composes a scathing story about the Navy training killers.

Former Navy SEAL Noah Hutchins doesn’t believe his partner could have committed the heinous crime. They’d endured the horrors of Afghanistan together. His buddy was a hero, not a murderer.

Thrown together in a search for the truth—and a career-making story—McKenzie and Noah must unravel a dangerous web of lies that includes a radical foreign faction, a violent ultra-feminist group, and corrupt politicians willing to kill to keep their secrets.

And an assassin who is still on the loose.

He already has his next targets in his crosshairs...

As I’ve said before, it’s difficult to fool me.  I usually predict the ending of books.  Chain of Command was a great page burner with a wonderful twist at the ending.  I predicted part of it, but I suspect most people will be thoroughly shocked.  As I said, I was only half right.  I fell for part of the trap and it takes talent to get me to fall for a trap.  Furthermore, I thought this book was written by a man because the military details were presented so perfectly.  Who’s a female veteran?  DOH!  I realize that’s an old-fashioned, sexist attitude on my part.  Ms. Marshall did her homework, as evidenced by the list of people who helped her keep the book believable in the acknowledgments at the end.  Anyone who follows this blog knows how important believability is to this reviewer.  Bravo Ms. Marshall.  Or should I say “Hoo Yah!”?  I definitely recommend Chain of Command.

Length:  312 Pages
Paperback:  $10.35
E-Book:  6.99

You’ll notice I always include the publisher’s buy link.  That’s because authors usually receive 40% of the book price from the publisher.  Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%.  When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left.  So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40.  If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $0.83.

Downloading the file from your computer to your Kindle is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive.  Plug the USB end of your chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from your “Downloads” box to your Kindle/Documents/Books directory.  I actually download my books using “Save As” to a “Books” file I created on my computer that’s sorted by my publisher, friends, and books “to review,” and then transfer them to my Kindle from there.  That way, if there’s a glitch with my Kindle, the books are on my computer.  Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

Thanks for visiting.  RIW

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