- Copertina flessibile: 246 pagine
- Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (9 gennaio 2011)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1456503790
- ISBN-13: 978-1456503796
- Peso di spedizione: 499 g
Martin Swans Diary: Black Water Crossing: Volume 1 (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 9 gen 2011
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Kyle Keyes other books include The Pandarus File and Quantum Roots, both of which have earned Five Star Reviews. These works can be found in the Amazon bookstore under Kyle Keys.com.
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Kyle is also showing his wry sense of humor throughout the story, with his characters unleashing sarcastic digs against each other in a form of playful banter.
Martin's diary entries at the end of most chapters show us the real man behind the spy facade, and I thoroughly enjoyed this story from the beginning to the end.
This is the type of story that I wish I could write. His comedy timing and presentation keep the reader locked in, and this book is hard to put down.
After speaking with Kyle, I am thrilled that this is NOT the last we will hear from Martin Swan.
If I had enough hands, I would say "three thumbs up!"
Agent Swan and Jodie leave her son Timmy with her sister. Jodie dons a wig and the couple race down Atlantic coast to a trailer park with a gated entrance. There, under cover, they await the arrival of the terrorists. Never mind that agent Swan blows his cover again and again. His fake mustache falls into his soup. He is arrested repeatedly by local authorities for traffic violations. Neighbors take Jodie to be Swan's daughter rather than his wife, an impression reinforced whenever she puts her wig on backwards.
Meanwhile, Santinio dispatches family member after family member to locate Swan and Jodie and bring his grandson back. All fail. Alfonso never thinks to check the home of Jodie's sister for the youngster, but then the old patriarch is obsessive and bent on impressing others by flashing about his 40 million in lottery winnings.
Swan's mission broadens when finds that he and his troop, the invisible six, must stop a nuclear threat to the country. The Arabs, it turns out, are also bringing in the components for an atomic bomb.
Santinio, meanwhile, rounds up an armada of vehicles - everything from an Oscar Meyer Hot Dog truck to a WWII vintage motorcycle - in a chase after Swan. The caravan charges down the interstate to the sound of a bugle blaring at every toll booth. For all this improbable, sometimes over-the-top hilarity, author Keyes takes his story very seriously.
In fact, Keyes writes so well that readers might be reminded of Robert B. Parker or San Alini or other author with a gift for snappy dialogue and the genius to capture a setting in a single sentence. Keyes story moves with at a terrific clip. The plot is tight. Not a wasted word or phrase anywhere. Keyes' imagination seems boundless; his sense of the comic ranges from ironic to satire to slapstick. He pokes great fun at the retirement culture in Florida. He knows that kids can be very funny. Yet, at the moment his story seems about to leave the tracks, the author pulls the reader back into the reality of what is really at stake. Swans' bumbling suddenly gives way to quick intuition, decisiveness, and forceful leadership. Credibility is further restored by the author's attention to detail and the thoroughness of his research.
Keyes is an accomplished writer with a deep understanding of the story-telling art. Martin Swan's Diary is executed so well that the book demands to be accepted on its own terms; namely, as a comedy.
Fact is, however, that comedy's universe is a small one. Standup comedians know this. Gags don't work forever. If Agent Swan's mustache dropped into his soup for the third time, it would not be funny. If Jodie kicked the backyard pet egret one more time, it would be mean-spirited. If the antics of Keyes' characters ever drift into poignancy, the laughter stops. Sympathy and compassion step in and the action launches into the infinitely larger universe of drama. Keyes goes to full flaps just in the nick of time again and again to keep things light, to avoid exciting compassion or fear or anger or any other emotion in his readers. Laughter, however, prevails.
Kyle Keyes must see himself first and foremost as a humorist, but readers may finish the book wishing that his artful novel was also real enough to stir more deeply into human emotions - as if, in other words, the comedy gave way drama. Kyle Keyes certainly has the mastery as a writer to do either.
Written for bookpleasures.com by John J. Hohn, author of Deadly Portfolio: A Killing in Hedge Funds.
Sound interesting yet? Trust me, we haven't even cut through the crust of this great tale. I have to say I am impressed with this book. It has adventure, crazy characters, and a really good story line. I actually didn't want to put it down once I got started on the read. I'm confident to say that you don't want to miss this one. I'm hoping they'll make a movie of it one day, yes, it's that good. Recommended. Well done, Mr. Keyes.
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
The book begins with Martin Swan posing as "Sweeney," an older, "silver-haired gentleman with bifocals" in order to rescue Jodie Santino from her power-hungry, mobster husband, Carlos Santino. Special Agent Martin Swan is on a mission that takes him to a playhouse in South Jersey, where he first encounters Jodie and her "blonde curls" and decisively falls in love with her--or so it seems.
Kyle Keyes has a special knack for timing and employing comedy relief during tense moments. For example, when Alfred Santino, the father of Carlos, finds out that his son is dead, he cries, "Carlos, our only son. Gone!" His children respond, "Why does Papa keep saying `only son?' asked Brutus, `There are thirteen of us.' `Papa was never very good at math,' replied Franco."
The Santinos set off to find their grandson, Timmy, who is with Jodie and Swan, targeting any connections linked to Jodie on the way (e.g. Jodie's sister, Sally). In a series of comedic events--which is inevitable as all of Alfred Santino's twelve remaining children are dimwitted--Franco and Brutus try to have Jodie to themselves instead of carrying out the mission to get Carlos' son back to Alfred.
The crux of the book revolves around lies and deception, setting the stage for a thrilling climax. Martin Swan lies to Jodie about who he really is and vice versa. Jodie admits she is not a governor's daughter and did not grow up in a mansion. However, Jodie and Timmy would be Martin Swan's cover for his mission in Florida. Swan reveals that he is an undercover federal agent from the F.I.C.
Essentially, the first eight chapters of the book set up the underlying conflict: Martin Swan's mission to lure the terrorists from Afghanistan. The terrorists' mission, led by double agent Ahmud Ben Mahmud is to, "Kill Martin Swan!"
Read Martin's Swan's Diary: Black Water Crossing to discover whether Martin and Jodie overcome their lying relationship, if the terrorist ring is busted, and whether the Santino clan is shown its place. It's nearly impossible to put this book down until the end. It's a must read and I highly recommend it.