Glenda Lawson believes her husband was the only US serviceman shot and killed on American soil during World War II. But in 1945, investigators ruled that Billy Lawson died in a "mugging turned ugly." Sean O'Brien is learning the ropes of commercial fishing when he gets his anchor caught on something underwater. He discovers a German U-boat partially buried in sand, and inside is a frightening cargo. The media pick up the story, and a 35-year-old woman who has a haunting tale visits O'Brien. Her grandfather, Billy Lawson, was fishing one night on a Florida beach when he saw something very disturbing. The Black Bullet is a thriller that combines an unsolved murder from 1945 and a modern-day discovery connected to America's entry into nuclear weapons, the Manhattan Project. The last thing Sean O'Brien wants is to investigate a 67-year-old murder. But Billy Lawson's granddaughter and his cancer-stricken widow are desperate for closure. For O'Brien to bring it to them he has to pry the lid off a secret buried with the Manhattan Project. It's information that got Billy Lawson killed, and O'Brien soon learns the old murder and his new discovery at the bottom of the sea are inextricably knotted. O'Brien is thrust into a world where nothing is as it appears, and everything is riding on a secret Billy Lawson took to his grave.
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We listened to this book while on a road trip… The story was engaging, and the narrator was excellent at telling the story and performing the many roles. Well done!
"Really did not work for me."
I barely made it through this book. The logic failures and writers conveniences for advancing the story were rough. The train wreck in progress aspect of the book is what made it painful enough for me to consider not finishing the book. I can see why Audible reviews for further books in the series drop way off.
To sum up the story without spoilers. Scooby-Doo and his Mystery Machine friends stumble on an odd situation which triggers a chain of events that gets a lot of decent people killed, but we can expect our bungling heroes to prevail in the end. Eliminate the humorous aspect of the cartoon and you get pretty close to the slow motion train wreck of this book.
Tom Lowe might do better as a fantasy author (Though he keeps selling books in this series, so what do I know?). Real world events are not his forte in my opinion.
"Great Story, Beware A Bit Graphic"
Yes as reader brings all the characters to life. This is my 2nd book in this series, got Butterfly Forest on a daily deal, and loved the reader and went looking for more. That book had the opening teaser of this book. This is a very creative author and reader brings out all that the author wanted.
Ms Max was my fave. Loved the way author brings her in at just the right time. Our hero, of course and David's role was significant.
This READER is EXCELLENT
All the times Ms Max is talked about. This character soften some of the hard core facts of real life and some of the graphic scenes in this story.
This author had my heart racing when the 2 college kids had dialogue and both took action in their own selfish way. This author has a way with a story to evoke great emotions and feelings. I am not sure I want to feel all that this author wants to expose. I will have to consider if I want more reads from this author as it was as stimulating as one could ask for in a good mystery.
If you love a good long tale and mystery, this author is for you.
Note: I am a core Romance listener and not yet fully ready for real graphic scenes.
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