Twenty-six year old Jeri Halston is brilliant, with looks as stunning as her intellect. She should be killing it on Wall Street or speed-climbing the corporate ladder. But she isn't. Maybe her father's death the year before is to blame. Maybe it's a quarter-life crisis. Even Jeri doesn't know for sure. That's why she's pouring drinks for baby-faced co-eds and sullen old men at Joe's Last Stand Saloon. Tending bar at the ancient saloon on old Route 66 seems like the perfect way to sort things out.
At least, that was the plan. But then the letters started arriving. Funny, rambling confessions of love from an unknown admirer, postmarked from every corner of the world. A Polaroid photo in each letter reveals a tantalizing glimpse of their sender, but never his true identity. And always the same strange sign off - Don't order dog. Jeri can't help but be intrigued. But when an overzealous Homeland Security agent named Tom Coleman sees the letters and casually begins investigating the trail of Jeri's mysterious writer, a pattern starts to appear. A terrifying pattern. A pattern of murder and international terrorism that will throw Jeri's life into turmoil and force her to question everything she knows about the world, her country, and even her own past.
Please note: This novel has also been published under an alternate title: Ice Man Cometh.
©2013 Christopher Todd Wente (P)2014 Christopher Todd Wente
"Silly with a 'made for TV' sensibility"
This may end up being one of your favorite new series but it was just fluff to me. I really enjoyed the narrator and liked that it takes place in Flagstaff, AZ but that's about the extent of it. It reads like a light version of The Blacklist or some other TV show where a woman finds out how strong she really is under the guidance of a man who is not who he appears to be. Oh, and throw in the current but stale theme in screenplays, corporate greed, add a little romance, sprinkle with some between-girls banter and you've got Don't Order Dog. Yawn.
"Loved this story!"
Fantastic fun ride!
A slow starter that quickly picks up pace. Well developed characters and a plot that lured me in until I couldn't stop listening.
Great, highly-evocative scenes from around the world kept my interest throughout, but my favorite place was the warm, cozy bar in Flagstaff.
I listened to this book in just three sittings - a first for me.
Can't wait for the next book!
"Keeps you interested"
I liked the story line and look forward to more from this author. I really enjoy the narrator Paul Michael.
"epic thriller fail"
If the actions and dialogue made any sense in the real world, it could have been an interesting story.
The devil is in the details and there were so many details that just didn't add up. I simply can't believe that this story is possible unless I also believe the world is peopled with idiots. The characters act so contrary to reason. So many times I had to laugh out loud at the failed attempts to be dramatic.
I actually liked his work with another series but one of his characters (Male) sounded inexplicably like Mae West. The way he read another character sounded too urban for Flagstaff.
The scene when a person who had just been shot with a tranquilizer proceeds to question the shooter in detail about what she was shot with and their motive and he advised her shot her with a fast acting paralytic... not really fast if you're standing there talking about it. And every time a character fails to say the first thing that would come to anyone's mind to prolong the drama. It's a cheap trick and was used far too much. I could go on and on.
"Wonderful, intelligent, and thrilling novel!"
An absolute fantastic debut by C.T. Wente. This book kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through. I highly recommend giving it a listen!!
This book held my attention from the title to the last word! I cannot wait till the next one!
This is one of the best spy -thriller-espionage books I've read in many, many years. Some of the character's language is pretty raw but I decided to hang in as I was hooked! I can't wait for the 2nd in this new series.
It reminded me somewhat of Robert Galbraith novels - Cuckoo's Calling and The Silkworm. I can't think of any higher praise!
It seemed natural and real.
Loved this book! Many twists & turns. Good guys win. Can't wait for Wente's next book.
"do not order dog the book!"
I don't think anyone I know would enjoy this poorly written story. I kept hoping it would get better. But it never did.
It went on and on about how beautiful this young lady was and how smart she was . In fact she is just like so many young women, only she is a bar keeper who says smart remarks to the men who tell her she is beautiful. She is a rude person who is doing nothing but working in a bar.
He was not good!
DISAPPOINTMENT . Only the title was interesting , Down hill from there.
Don't order Dog the book.
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