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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2001

    Just wonderful!

    I don't know how I missed Stroud's first two books, but I couldn't be happier that I did find Black Water Transit. Stroud is an enormously gifted writer, with exceptional plotting skills, a fine gift for characterization, and a Damon Runyonesque sense of humor. It takes a lot to make me laugh, but some of the observations (placed in darker moments, which makes them all the more laudable) had me merrily, appreciatively chortling away. Nothing in this book is predictable; none of the characters are cliched, but are original and entirely memorable. There's not a wasted word; there's no unnecessary padding. The narrative takes off in high gear and never lets up for a moment. This is a book not to be missed! I'm now off to order Close Pursuit and Sniper's Moon. Most highly recommended.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Tremendous police procedural

    When Jack Vermillion returned home from serving his country as a marine in Viet Nam, he came back with titanium for a spine and the drive to become successful as a civilian. Jack takes a tiny shipping firm, Black Water Transit, and soon turns it into a multi-million dollar giant. Perhaps because he has always been a workaholic, Jack¿s only failure is his son, a resident of the Feds in Lompoc Correctional Facility. <P>Frantic to help his desperate son leave Lompoc where he is choice meat, Jack finds the avenue when US Army (R) Colonel Earl Pike hires Black Water to illegally ship a gun collection to Mexico. Jack cuts a deal with the Feds to move his son to a less secure facility in exchange for Pike and his collection. However, law enforcement organizations fail to communicate as New York State police officer Cassandra Spandau goes after Pike at the same time. The subsequent shoot-out between the AFT and NYPD leaves several cops dead and everyone blaming Jack. <P> BLACK WATER TRANSIT is an action-packed police procedural thriller written with intelligence and wit. The story line never allows the reader to blink as Carsten Stroud paints a strong but gloomy look at a government¿s dirty tricks and Lady Macbeth levels of ambition; no one in authority seems to mind whether an innocent is grinded into chopped meat. Dark humor adds to the edge yet also eases some of the tensions of this powerful plot. Mr. Stroud deserves sub-genre attention because this is one terrific novel. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2001

    A MUST read!

    Ex-Marine Jack Vermillion took a two truck shipping company and turned it into a multi-million dollar outfit, but as he was making his business his life, his son was running rampant and getting into trouble. Years later, serving a prison sentence for armed robbery, and after a failed suicide attempt, Danny calls his father Jack and begs him to get a federal deal to release him from prison. So when Jack is approached by Earl Pike to ship a private gun collection he decides to turn Pike in to the ATF for the release of his son. At the same time, Casey Spandau, a female cop working the sex crimes division, is dumped into the state police task force after an incident that leaves a public defender wounded and embarrassed. Casey, now touring a cop¿s hell, receives a phone call from a state cop searching for a blue Mercedes involved in a double homicide. The suspect? Earl Pike What at first appeared to be two separate cases are now becoming one, because as Casey begins her investigation she runs right into an ATF sting that erupts into gunfire, leaving officers dead and Jack Vermillion on his way to prison Now, nothing or nobody can stand in Jack¿s way as he battles to clear his name and save himself. `Black Water Transit¿ is a heart thumping page-turner that is filled with action, suspense, and excitement. Opening the cover of this book guarantees readers a night of thrills, twists, bloodshed, and tons of action-THIS BOOK CAN¿T BE PUT DOWN! Carsten Stroud has written an action packed police procedural that works on many levels, for it is not only a great suspense novel, but also the gripping story of a good man hell-bent on taking down the guys. Mr. Stroud does an exceptional job of developing his characters, and at the same time keeping his plot focused and fast-paced. A MUST read! Nick Gonnella

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