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Set in Miami, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Ohio, Detroit, Pensacola and New Orleans, this action-packed US thriller is a killer!
Pensacola-born, Vietnam Veteran, Brendan O’Brannigan is a first-class sniper.
And he has a few scores to settle for old times’ sake.
And as he delves into the past, O’Brannigan suddenly finds himself entangled in a whirlwind of tenacious trouble.
But sniper O’Brannigan is no stranger to trouble. He’s seen it all before in the dense, hazardous jungles of the 60s Vietnam.
And if those suckers reckon they’re gonna take him for a ride, they’re in for a shocking surprise. If he’s going down, he’s taking the suckers with him.
Then the real action starts!
Set in Miami, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Ohio, Detroit, Pensacola and New Orleans, this action-packed US thriller is a killer!
Must Read This Summer! By Kimberly K. Fisher
"Diamonds for a Dollar" by David Snowdon is a must-read for any thriller enthusiast this summer. Packed full of revenge, action, passion and drama, you won't want to put this book down for a second.
In this action packed read from the very beginning, you follow main character Brendan O'Brannigan as he has just spend the last 39 years of his life in jail, and is now out for revenge. Snowdon paints such a clear picture of the people and places that you actually feel like you have been there or know the person.
Don't miss this! By Jill Sodafsky
I love when a book gets right into the drama without the all-to-subtle buildup that usually bores me before the book gets good! That's just how author David Snowdon does it! He grabs your attention from the get-go and doesn't let up until the very end! If you like revenge, snipers, settling the score, serial killers, all mixed up with ingenuity and thrills, this is the perfect must-read for you! A Vietnam vet with a score to settle, the main character Brendan O'Brannigan takes us from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other and back again. Diamonds for a Dollar is fast paced and exciting! Don't miss out!
World-Class Thriller-Writing At Its Very Best! By Edward Johansson
Ex-Vietnam, Brendan O'Brannigan is extremely acrimonious after spending 39 years of his precious life in a dumb penitentiary. And again, Snowdon is absolutely unputdownable as O'Brannigan travels from one state to another in search of poetic justice. Then all of a sudden, amid his travels, he stumbles across mobster Pat Petrocelli and things take a sinister twist. But at 73, O'Brannigan is solid as a rock! And if Petrocelli fancies a showdown, it's okay with him. Snowdon strikes gold again with Diamonds for a Dollar as this astonishing tale twists, turns and unravels with the velocity of a 45 automatic!
Reviews for "Diamonds For A Dollar"
|Reviewed by Ana Victor (Reader)
|Diamonds for a Dollar, is a good suspense thriller of a senior citizen Brendan O’Brannigan. He gets released from the jail after 39 long years and he starts travelling to all his familiar cities in US. Author David Snowdon had done an excellent job in holding the untold story of his imprisonment till the climax, the pace of the story keeps us guessing what would happen next...the narration of the story gives a sensation like watching it live, author had managed to bring the characters live before our eyes. The end chapter is excellent work.
A chapter about the Vietnam War is such a heart thumping one, presenting the War veterans life and their sacrifices. To conclude, Diamonds for a Dollar is a suspense drive and heart touching.
|Reviewed by Valerie Strawmier (Reader)
|A great niche book! Some authors have the ability to reach their specific audience perfectly and this is an example of that. Diamonds for a Dollar clearly is written for a specific group and it does so with a lot of action, thrilling excitement and surprises until the very end. Don't miss this new addition from David Snowden!|
|Reviewed by zoya s (Reader)
|A tale of vengeance
At 73, a cool headed war veteran Brendan Oâ€™ Brannigan is released after spending 39 years of his life in prison. He makes a pact with himself to lead a beautiful life, no matter what comes up his way and he surely has a grand chance at it. But before he embark on it, he has to deal with some unfinished business. He finishes it all right. But does he get lucky this time? Well, that up to you to find out. This book definitely provides you with a nerve-fraying experience and keeps you on the seatâ€™s edge till the very last page. And you are guaranteed to complete it in one sitting. The protagonist puts every last possibility presented to him to lead the life he had dreamt in prison. And with every year behind the bars, his urge to live had only deepened. Read the book and you will learn that it is only the story of a man of vengeance treading the face of earth but also a man yearning to live life to the fullest he possibly can, a life that was snatched from him. Check this book out and you will know.
|Reviewed by Trina Lee (Reader)
|David Snowden’s Diamonds for a Dollar is a thrilling read about 73 year old Vietnam war veteran Brendan O’Brannigan and his quest to seek revenge on those who let him go to prison for 39 years for a crime he did not commit. The story gives you glimpses into Brendan’s past and keeps you turning the pages as he finds those who have done him wrong and extracts his revenge on them.
You also get to see the human side of Brendan as he is faced with the realities of life outside of prison and trying to rebuild some past relationships.
As with David Snowden’s previous books, this one is a real page turner full of excitement and drama. The descriptive words give you a great sense of what Brendan is seeing and feeling as the tale is told through his point of view. A thrilling read!
|Reviewed by Hillary Marshall (Reader)
|This is not my first time reading a book by David Snowden, so I wasn’t surprised that I was instantly transfixed once I started reading Diamonds for Dollars. The story follows convict and veteran Brenden O’Brannigan as he seeks revenge against those who have wronged him.
Wrongfully convicted, Brenden is now in his seventies and struggling to adjust to his new life as a free man. Brenden goes on a quest to get justice for himself. Which leads to a lot of suspenseful situations.
Diamonds for Dollars is an action packed adventure. It left me wanting to know more about the main character. Brenden was ruthless in his pursuit of justice, yet he was still relatable and likable in many ways. I read this book so fast I almost felt like I missed something and found myself going back to the beginning to reread certain sections.
|Reviewed by Trisha Smith (Reader)
|David Snowdon was an author that was new to me, but is now one that I will be reading more of. Having now read Diamonds for a Dollar I am a fan! From the very beginning I was drawn in to the story and found I was unable to put it down. It is a rare treat for me to find a book that engages my mind in a way that makes me dwell on the story long after I put it down and drives me to distraction until I pick it up again. This was one of those stories for me. Normally I am not a big fan of thrillers, but the style of the writing and the plot pulled me in before I knew what was happening. I was intrigued by the main character, Brenden O’Brannigan, Vietnam War vet with a serious chip on his shoulder, and wanted to know what Snowdon would do with him next. I was impressed with the depth of the character and creativity of the writing, as well as the style in this work. It was unique in its own sense, a standalone work of art, not a knockoff clone of the run of the mill thrillers on the market today. Well done, Mr. Snowdon. A real treat for readers, whether those who enjoy thrillers or those like me who will be pleasantly surprised by this gem.|
|Reviewed by Jane Jones (Reader)
|Diamonds for a Dollar is a story based on a few weeks of the life of Brenden O’Brannigan’s. He spends his first few weeks after being released from prison after 39 years of hard labor, traveling around the United States, visiting his old buddies. The same buddies he served in Viet Nam with in the ‘60’s.
His flashbacks to combat in Viet Nam, where he served in the swamps as a sniper bring realism to his character as he goes about the revenge that he has planned against those who betrayed him. He visits family and meets nice people that he quickly forms friendship with, as he enjoys each beautiful day of freedom.
David Snowdon gave this thriller a main character that could be a very bad guy but still one easy to understand and relate to with a great twist at the end to explain all of O’Brannigan’s reasons for everything that he did in Diamonds for a Dollar. If you love thrillers, this one is excellent and if you are not a fan of thrillers it is still a beautiful story and worth reading to better understand betrayal, revenge and justice.
|Reviewed by Henry Richards (Reader)
|An Old soldier life.
The author David Snowdon expressed his writing with a classic touch and characterized about Brendan O’ Brannigan in a phenomenal sophistication. The story represent about the soldier who spent his life time in the jail for 39 years. After release, he meets his old friends & family with delightful memories. The character of the Comrade Burt Gibney who is very competent and the friend of Brendan lost his life in Vietnam 1967. The writer gives a little glimpse about the character Sydney O’ Callahan who was fishing at a site and the expression between Brendan and O’ Callahan on the spot was narrated genuinely.
Meeting between Hank and Brendan in Boca Raton shows the expression of Hank’s eyes by the surprise visit of Brendan. The visit in Coconut Grove and the emotional meeting with his daughter Stacey brings the tears for the readers. Brendan almost spent his valuable life in the jail and meets her daughter where he broke's down ashamed for not being a proper dad. Harry Kontkowski & Brendan unification in Ohio where he reads the bible scripture with emotions. Well narrated story from David with rapid pace and emotions and can feel Heartily touch of Promising characters.
|Reviewed by Steven R (Reader)
|POETIC JUSTICE AT ITS BEST
David Snowdon’s Diamonds for A Dollar is a scintillating story of a Vietnam war-veteran’s crusade against his former mates in Army who let him down leading to his unfair incarcerated for 39 long years. Brendan o’ Brannigan returns from a traumatic life imprisonment only to find his friends turned foes who betrayed him for a few dollars leading a luxurious life. No wonder, Brendan bays for rightful revenge for what he calls as acrimonious arrest in dumb penitentiary.
Written in first person narrative technique author David Snowdon carries his readers along with him till the fag end of the story. This technique provides an aura of involvement and subjectivity so much so that readers identify themselves with the protagonist.
Well, if you think that this is a merely hit and run story of a wronged man, you are terribly wrong, because there is no dearth for primeval emotions of love, romance and loyalty to friend. David Snowdon’s “Diamonds for A Dollar” is a real treat for action-bugs, as the author gives a vivid description of Brendan's various physical encounters.
Diamonds for A Dollar is indeed a fabulous novel one should never miss.
|Reviewed by Distant Echo (Reader)
|Worthy of Diamonds
Snowdon had come up with yet another thriller, Diamonds for a dollar is a treat for suspense lovers. One can easily attune to the central character Brendan O'Brannigan, when we read the book. It is a tale of about being a victim, by no fault of his and later taking a revenge on the people who made his life hell. The narration was excellent and David Snowdon managed to create a thrill in the minds of the readers. His natural story telling skills helped the readers to read in at one go, overall it is a nice page turner with ample emotions...
|Reviewed by Lisa Lee (Reader)
|Intense - An outstanding read!
"Diamonds for a Dollar" is an outstanding work of fiction to be enjoyed immensely by the readers. There are several elements to the story, and the author integrates them gradually.
The hero is not a young man, he is a vietnam veteran released from prison. He has had a tough life and has spent most of his life in prison for no mistake of his. So, when he is back, obviously he wants to take revenge. There are no destructive car chases, elaborate explosions, or extended hand-to-hand fights. The hero is not a belligerent risk taker who thrives on violence as he delivers pithy one-liners. It is not football. There is thought, preparation, deceptiveness, detective work, and tension throughout the story.
The joy in reading such a book is not so much the mystery. It is all about how much a man goes through, both physically and emotionally in such situations. The aura is deep but intense.
If you want a really good read in terms of styling and plot then this is a timeless masterpiece of a thriller.
|Reviewed by Avlokita Tiwari (Reader)
|Imagine being an innocent casual citizen, living your own life, in your own world. And then the sky;s come crashing down. You are jailed for a crime you did not commit. And you spend 39 years behind the bars knowing that. I doubt if an average human being can retain their sanity after that. Brendan O'Brannigan is one such story. "Diamonds for a Dollar" is a tale of anger and revenge, fight and tears. When the world refuses to believe you, and family and friends turn away. And when Brendan gets out, he is spurred into a mode of bringing his mind at peace again. There is love, there is hate.
A novel much worth reading. Snowdon has not disappointed after his last book.
|Reviewed by Nicole Alder (Reader)
|Timeless - the genre's best!
A 73 year old Vietnam veteran is released from prison. He has spent 39 years in jail for no fault of his. One can imagine what his state of mind would be once released. Yes, he comes to take revenge on all those who spoilt his life. But what one cannot imagine is the intensity of the action involved in the book.
After reading "Coin for a killer" by David Snowdon, i decided i will not miss this book. The protagonist is tough, smart, and clever, but very realistic. He does not make stupid mistakes but when hit or shot, he suffers as much as any of us would. There are also issues with loyalty and personal loss. Even in the extreme distress of the situation, the character is able to dig for deeper meaning, in people's eyes, and in their hearts. It isn't all guns and politics. Of course, there is the standard fair share of shooting and running and all-round suspense.
You won't be able to stop reading this book, and you will find yourself asking aloud to nobody in particular "what started this whole mess"?. All in all, I highly recommend this book to those who appreciate a good thriller, and to those who don't usually read this kind of book but are open to new experiences.
|Reviewed by Emma Wilden (Reader)
|I was eagerly awaiting the release of David Snowdon’s ‘Diamonds for a Dollar because he is one of my favorite authors. After reading his thrillers ‘A Crime to be Rich’, ‘A Mind of a Genius’ and ‘Coin for a Killer’, I was quite sure that his ‘Diamonds for a Dollar’ would also be equally engaging and full of thrill. I was not let down even for a moment as I turned the pages of this book one after the other. Snowdon’s storytelling is seamless, transcending you from one scenario to the other effortlessly. Every emotion that the protagonist Brendan O’Brannigan feels seems to touch the heart because of his realistic storytelling skills. It is as if the story is taking place real-time.
The tale is woven around a man, Brenden O’Brannigan who has been wrongly condemned and put into jail for as long as 39 years. Upon being released he is full of anger and retribution towards those who betrayed him and were responsible for his pains. He decides to seek his revenge and sets out to pull out one culprit after the other. Being a Vietnamese war veteran, he handles the sniper quite well and once you get into reading his personality, the story moves at a swift pace, never letting you rest. Crisp humor and few sensitive moments further make it enticing. I enjoyed this novel immensely and again David Snowdon has managed to surprise me with his creativity. For anyone who wishes to get lost in a story, ‘Diamonds for a Dollar’ is the book to be chosen.
|Reviewed by Mary Edwin (Reader)
|An Action-Packed Thriller
Brendan Oâ€™Brannigan, the protagonist of the book â€śDiamonds for a Dollarâ€ť by David Snowdon, spent 39 years of his precious life in jail. He was born in Pensacola and served in Vietnam in the 60s as a first-class marksman. When he comes out of jail, there is only one thing on his mind and that is to seek revenge on those responsible for making his life a living hell.
Unfortunately, the culprits were once very close to him and he trusted them whole-heartedly. But they broke his trust and made him leave his beloved ones. Even his daughter Stacy failed to recognize him and did not want him back in her life. Brendan saw raw hatred in her eyes and was not able to forgive himself for not being a proper dad.
His actions put his own life in possible danger, with Pat Petrocelli, the hard-core goon, chasing him everywhere he goes. Besides being packed full of mind-blowing action, the book also boasts of heart-stopping, passionate love moments. A must read for action lovers.
|Reviewed by Rachel Moore (Reader)
|When Brendan O'Brannigan is released back into society after spending 39 years in prison, he has one thing on his mind and author David Snowdon wastes not a single page getting straight to the drama. No need to wait for the suspense to build, the reader finds O'Brannigan using his Vietnam sniping skills to settle the reason he was sent to prison. During his travels, his need to "get even" propels him to become the States next serial killer. Coupled with romance and light humor, this thriller will leave you mesmerized while you try to figure out what the ex-con has up his sleeve next. Buckle in, because you're about to go on a wild ride with this novel!|
|Reviewed by Sandra Parker (Reader)
|Diamonds for a Dollar is a fast –paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page. Brenden O’Brannigan is a Vietnam War veteran with a few serious scores to settle. His military training and experience as a sniper serves him well as he twists and turns his way through this sometimes harrowing tale. I love the author’s ability to create such lifelike settings and character interactions...it made me feel as though I was truly a part of the action. Thriller lovers everywhere will fall in love with Mr. Snowdon’s latest masterpiece.|
|Reviewed by Brooke Williams
|If you enjoy thrillers, you are in for a treat with Diamonds for a Dollar. One of the things I always wonder when I read books like this is where did the hero come from and what made him who he is? This book helps to answer that question as Brendan O’Brannigan dives into the past. The setting of the book is filled with variety and the descriptions are vivid so it is easy to picture the locations even if you have never been there. One of the things that is really hard to do in a novel is carry on good conversations between characters. This book makes the conversations seem normal and fits them into the story line without any bumps. Thrillers are one of my favorite genres but there are few authors that do it right. I can honestly say that David Snowden definitely knows what he’s doing in the thriller department.|
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