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Murder on the Naval Base
by Behcet Kaya   

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Books by Behcet Kaya
· Road to Siran, Erin's Story
· Voice of Conscience
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Mystery/Suspense

Publisher:  Bookbaby ISBN-10:  B006MIJ8B6 Type: 
Pages: 

254

Copyright:  Dec 15, 2011
Fiction

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A young navy lieutenant is falsley accused with the murder of his wife and former best friend.

Beginning with a blurry account of a cold-blooded shooting of a couple, singled out while having dinner at an Officer’s Club, the prime suspect is apprehended hours later while apparently attempting to flee the state. With over a dozen eye-witnesses collaborating the incident, little was left in the puzzle for the military investigators to piece together; especially once it was determined the two victims were in fact the perpetrator’s wife and the man she was having an on-going affair with.

After the shocking beginning of the novel, the reader in taken on a journey throughout the life and career of the characters while interlacing the technical jargon and vernacular of naval flight training and the nuances of the military lifestyle. Combined with a steamy undercurrent of lust, love, sexual fulfillment, jealousy and primordial desires of the cast of characters, the human condition of married life versus the structure and demands of military careers are juxtaposed against the strength and will of personal upbringing and ethical behavior.

Excerpt
THE HEAVY DOUBLE DOORS of the Murat Officers’ Club flew open.

Fringe winds from Hurricane Lori rushed in, carrying dust and debris. It blew through the high-ceilinged, chandeliered lobby and back into the wide open doors of the elegant and intimate dining room. White linen tablecloths fluttered and napkins flew in the air, sending plates and silverware crashing to the floor.

A solitary khaki-clad figure wearing tan combat boots, dark sunglasses, and a cap slung low over the face entered the lobby with a Beretta clutched in one hand. The shooter stood for only a moment, then trudged forward and entered the dining room.

The figure took a few steps forward into the room, found the intended targets and stepped backward without turning. With legs spread, the shooter raised the weapon with both hands and without hesitation pointed at a table occupied by a beautiful brunette and her male companion.

Two rapid shots were fired; the first shot directed at the woman, and the other shot to her companion.

In an instant, it was over.

The woman slumped against the back of her chair. The male officer, in the midst of jumping to his feet at seeing the danger, fell to the floor. Blood spurted from their fatal wounds.

A moment of eerie silence descended upon the room, and then chaos erupted, as the few remaining diners scrambled to get out of the way.

The dead officer lay on his right side with both hands balled up into tight fists. His eyes were wide open and took on the appearance of terror, as if he had been aware of his own death.

The woman’s body tilted to the side, as if suspended in mid-air. Her French-manicured fingernails were bloodied, and even more red liquid ran down her legs, pooling below her chair.

The stench of copper and gun powder filled the air.

With complete calmness, the murderer turned and walked out of the dining room; out of the heavy double doors.




Professional Reviews

Pacific Book Review
Laced together as tightly as a pair of military combat boots, the impeccably written story Murder on the Naval Base, by author Behcet Kaya, transports the reader from zero to Mach 2 as fast as an F-18 Hornet catapulted off the flight deck of a carrier. Beginning with a blurry account of a cold-blooded shooting of a couple, singled out while having dinner at an Officer’s Club, the prime suspect is apprehended hours later while apparently attempting to flee the state. With over a dozen eye-witnesses collaborating the incident, little was left in the puzzle for the military investigators to piece together; especially once it was determined the two victims were in fact the perpetrator’s wife and the man she was having an on-going affair with.

After the shocking beginning of the novel, Behcet Kaya stylishly brings the reader back on a journey throughout the life and career of the characters while interlacing the technical jargon and vernacular of naval flight training and the nuances of the military lifestyle. Behcet Kaya, in a seamless scenario of terse chapters, creates realistic visual images in the readers’ mind of grey painted ships and planes, officers in pressed-perfect uniforms, military discipline with all its pomp and circumstance, and the unfaltering code of honor upheld by our country’s finest fighting forces. Combined with a steamy undercurrent of lust, love, sexual fulfillment, jealousy and primordial desires of the cast of characters, the human condition of married life versus the structure and demands of military careers are juxtaposed against the strength and will of personal upbringing and ethical behavior.

The story circles back to the opening scene mid-way through the book, as Behcet Kaya revealed a style and acumen of writing with his plot machination bringing to my thoughts a “wow factor;” totally creating a partition to his story for what becomes a series of court scenes, laden with wonderfully intense exchanges of dialogue and offering inexhaustible stimulation of thought. The cool part of this half of the book is the reader has “just lived through” all of the stories being examined and cross-examined by the JAG and private attorney. So confidently is the story told, that Behcet Kaya actually tells the reader of the ending prior to the finale, then executes the action creating what becomes a “play within a novel culminating to a climax.” It is very rare to see such mastery of writing as contained within Murder on the Naval Base, as I definitely believe it will receive accolades from many book contests, publishers’ recognition awards, reviewers’ praise and certainly the public opinion. I feel very privileged to have had an introductory release for this review.

Easily adaptable for a screenplay and an excellent choice for a Hollywood blockbuster, Murder on the Naval Base has elements of other excellent stories and movies within its sub-structure. I found my mind drifting to scenes from Top Gun with the pilots finesse doing carrier landings at night and their fiercely competitive and confrontational personalities; and the court scene had the bold clarity of dialogue reminiscent in A Few Good Men. Although possessing elements of excellence brought out in other various forms of media, Murder on the Naval Base floats on its own keel of originality; offering the reader a page-turner of excitement, legal intrigue, psychologically thrilling moments, steamy sex and military honor - complete with a surprise that is foreshadowed so brilliantly, even the most seasoned reader will raise an eyebrow at the end with humble acknowledgement of the literary mastery contained herein. All this within the galley text of the second major work of Behcet Kaya suggests to me we have much more to see from the keyboard of this very interesting and skilled author.


Murder on the Naval Base offers Chilling Tale of Jealousy & Revenge
This novel is the second work of fiction by Behcet Kaya that I have had the pleasure of reviewing and it is easy to see that this author has improved greatly, both in character development, plot, word usage and overall writing skills.


In Murder on the Naval Base, he offers up an intriguing tale of jealousy and revenge. The story follows the life and career of Lieutenant Anderson Garrett Belguzar, who learns that his wife of only a few years is having an affair with his best friend and a fellow officer.

"The heavy double doors of the Murat Officers' Club flew open... A solitary khaki-clad figure wearing tan combat boots, dark sunglasses, and a cap slung low over the face entered the lobby with a Beretta clutched in one hand."

By the time it's all over, "The dead officer lay on his right side with both hands balled up into tight fists. His eyes were wide open and took on the appearance of terror, as if he had been aware of his own death. The woman's body tilted to the side, as if suspended in mid-air. Her French-manicured fingernails were bloodied, and even more red liquid ran down her legs, pooling below her chair."

Kaya takes the reader along as he is arrested, charged and faces a jury for the execution-style murder of both of them in military court. As the defense and prosecution each present their cases, it seems that Belguzar is headed to jail for a very long time.

This wonderfully written work also offers insights into military life and the fast-paced world of Navy pilots of F-18 Hornets. It also includes some hot and steamy sexual liaisons, making this work a captivating read.

But did Belguzar really commit the heinous act of murdering his wife and best friend? Well, you'll have to read this murder mystery to find out.

Murder on the Naval Base is available as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, Apple i-tunes and Sony Reader on Amazon.com

Previous novel: Voice of Conscience.

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Reader Reviews for "Murder on the Naval Base"

Reviewed by Brittany Walters-Bearden 4/16/2012
Murder on the Naval Base by Behcet Kaya, the author of Voice of Conscience, is a spellbinding thrill-ride that hooks readers from the very first page and keeps them at the edge of their seats until the very last page as Kaya unveils plot twist after plot twist. The page-turning story of honor, love, and lust literally starts with a bang when a khaki-clad man clutching a Beretta enters the Murat Officers’ Club, leaving a woman and her companion dead.

Bringing film-writing style to the world of literature, Kaya then rewinds twelve hours, revealing the story that led up to the murders. Lieutenant Anderson Garrett Belguzar has discovered that his wife, Bevin, is having an affair with his best friend, Lieutenant Charles McPhearson III, leaving him feeling humiliated and betrayed.
Moving forward in time again, Anderson is apprehended as a suspect in the murder of his wife and her lover. Kaya moves seamlessly through time, using it to reveal the characters’ history together and the investigation of the murders piece by piece, simultaneously giving the readers crucial background information and leaving them hanging as certain events are obscured and blurred.

The investigation and trial will keep readers riveted as they are skillfully led through the plot to a denouement that will leave them stunned. The story has a cinematic feel to it that plays vividly in its readers’ imaginations and the military backdrop is one that is uncommon in murder mysteries, making it truly unique.

Kaya deftly fuses a wide range of genres together for this fast-paced page-turner, appealing to a broad audience. Readers will undoubtedly become fans of Kaya’s work after reading Murder on the Naval Base, leaving them anxious for the release of his next novel, Erin’s Story, a planned sequel to his first novel, Voice of Conscience.

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