Recent Reviews for Richard A Nelson
Den of Deception (Book) - 7/2/2004 6:14:46 AM|
Den of Deception is a fast-paced story that reads like it was written with the big screen in mind. The scenes are all so visual and easy to picture being played out to the accompaniment of a dramatic score, sound effects, and lighting.
Jon Roman is definitely leading-man material. He's rich, good-looking, witty, and trained as a highly efficient killing machine by the Army's Special Forces. When he's hired by beautiful doctor Brianne Richard to help find her mother's killer, he soon discovers that he needs all his training for the job. He stumbles onto a decades-old conspiracy involving government agencies, organized crime, and Brianne's family.
Jon and Brianne are kidnapped as a warning to drop the investigation, and they barely manage to escape with their lives. When Brianne is hurt in the process, the case becomes personal for Jon, because he and Brianne have fallen in love.
Richard Alan Nelson writes with a voice that manages to be witty and engaging even when writing nail-biting, violent scenes, and his storyline never drags. He made me genuinely like his characters and I hope he'll let me visit them again in future books.
Den of Deception (Book) - 3/16/2003 7:18:57 PM
From Chapter 30 – Den of Deception
Jon pulled into the parking lot adjacent to the small police station. Hilton Head is barely above hamlet size, but does offer a great deal of security because of the resorts and the need to protect their lifeblood, the tourists. Jon got out of his car cautiously, looking around the area, seeing nothing suspicious. He went quickly into the station and approached the man behind the first desk.
“I want to report a shooting. We might need an ambulance right away.”
The officer looked at Jon, as if disinterested, and said, “Your name, sir?” as he pulled out his daily log.
“I’m Jon Roman, but you need to get someone out to that house right away. The man is dead, I’m sure, but . . .” he let the last trail off, thinking the officer understood the obvious.
The policeman said, “Just one minute, sir.” He then stood and yelled out, “Captain Roberts, Jon Roman is out here.”
Jon was totally stunned. The policeman sounded like he was announcing that Jon had arrived for an appointment. What was this?
My God, are these guys part of all this crap? . . . .
Mr. Nelson has masterly weaved a novel of suspense and romance that will keep his readers on the edge their seats until the very last page. Within the pages of Den of Deception is a twisting, turning plot that will constantly make the reader wonder who did the horrible deed and why. Were the police involved? The CIA? The FBI? You won’t know until you read all one hundred and seventy three pages of this action packed, fast paced book of intrigue and this is a must read novel!
Hiding Places (Book) - 12/27/2002 1:02:08 PM
A great review for a great book. Can't wait to read it!
Hiding Places (Book) - 5/26/2002 7:21:06 AM
by L.A. Johnson for Midwest Book Review:
Troubled heroes fascinate me, especially when they live by their own code of decency. Mr. Nelson's Andy Paul is my kind of hero! Andy is strong and capable, a loner who can't fully escape his past as a Navy SEAL. He travels the world as a photographer, capturing beauty and human pathos with the camera's eye, trying to live down what he considers failure as a SEAL commander.
The reader doesn't learn about the origin of Andy's nightmares straightaway. He thinks his solitary thoughts on a much anticipated fishing trip in the Ozark Mountains. Andy welcomes isolation, and seeks to refresh a world weary spirit with the rugged beauty of his surroundings. . His underlying decency and humor come to the fore when he meets Fran Whitler, a widowed mother who keeps a secret past to herself. Their attraction for each other is immediate, and then Fran's hidden past returns to haunt them both. Andy is drawn into Fran's nightmare, and in the process must relive his own shadowed past.
In this first book by Richard Alan Nelson, I found myself at first sharing Andy's love of nature's peace. Descriptive passages of mountain scenery served as a pleasing backdrop to the tension building rapidly around the ex-military hero. While reading, I struggled to "assist" Andy Paul and his top notch SEAL team pals in their unofficial covert rescue of a kidnapped child. It was a thrilling read, regardless of your preferred genre. I won't give any more of the story line away. This author has created an exciting story that proceeds at breakneck speed, with enough twists, turns and surprises to keep the reader guessing.