Bullet in the Blue Sky, by Bill Larkin
Unrest is an expected result of a disaster in any big city. Unrest being an understatement. In Bullet in The Blue Sky, the disaster is a major earthquake. The location, Los Angeles.
Unimagined damage, many deaths, thousands of injuries, panicky residents and looting. Gangs trying to take advantage of the opportunity roam the streets. That is the scene a few police officers face when tasked with a single assignment: Find one man in nearby Seal Beach and bring him in. Normally a task that could be achieved in a couple of hours.
Without knowing why the officers go on search for Detective Gavin Shaw. Events happen that make them question their assignment and their commitment. Is Shaw that important? Why? Is there more to their search than finding a fellow law enforcement officer?
The trek takes the reader through the starkness of destroyed buildings, streets and bridges. If you have been in an earthquake you can imagine the danger–not just from aftershocks but from frightened and desperate people as well.
Finding him is just the beginning. To say more would take from the story. I will just let you know that the tension builds even further from there. What their search uncovers you must read for yourself. Let’s just say The assignment is much larger than they could have imagined and far more deadly.
The author does well describing the earthquake aftermath, especially as the team is on the road. While the loss of life and injury would probably be everywhere they turned it wasn’t dwelled upon. It is frightening enough to imagine. The twists in the story add urgency to the reader. You will want to turn every page to see what comes next.
You will find several lessons for consideration in the story. Any one can-anything–can be manipulated with the right bait. Even nations can be led to believe something way off base.
Another thought is that as a country we should not become so focused on one enemy that we fail to see the approach of others who might be hiding behind the scene.
Perhaps the most important lesson to remember is stay close to those you care about. Don’t let the every day minutiae interfere. When everything is at risk, it becomes clear what really matters. Far better to recognize that ahead of time.
Altogether Bullet in The Sky is both exciting and thoughtful. I would highly recommend it. Combine a natural disaster with adventure, conspiracy and terrorism, and it becomes a thrilling read.
We were pleased to be included in the book tour for Mr. Larkin’s new novel. Hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours, you will find the author at a number of sites for reviews, articles, and interviews. You can find the schedule below.
Bullet in the Blue Sky
by Bill Larkin
on Tour August 1- September 30, 2016
In the chaotic aftermath of a massive earthquake that leveled much of the Los Angeles region, a LAPD deputy chief sends an elite team of detectives on a rescue mission. They are ordered to set aside all law enforcement duties, to ignore the destruction and to focus on one task: Find LAPD Detective Gavin Shaw, who disappeared just before the earthquake.
Kevin “Schmitty” Schmidt of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department joins five others on the rescue team. With rioting, looting, attacks and homicides rampant in the streets, the six cops have to defend themselves while chasing down leads on the whereabouts of Shaw. The mission takes them through the dizzying war zone and the more they encounter, the more they wonder why they are searching for one man in these extreme circumstances. Why is this man so important to the deputy chief, and why now?
Schmitty discovers that others with high connections are also after Shaw. The questions pile even higher when they learn of a shadowy history between Shaw and the deputy chief. A history with deadly consequences for the team as they uncover a threat that elevates the mission to a race against time.
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Bill Larkin writes crime fiction and is the author of two highly-acclaimed books: Bullet in the Blue Sky and Detective Lessons. He has also written several short stories, including The Highlands and Shadow Truth, both Amazon category bestsellers. Bill previously served as a reserve with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, then the Los Angeles Police Department where he worked in four different divisions and a detective assignment. Bill is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.
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