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Blood Betrayal

Blood Betrayal

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by Mike Thompson

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The first installment of the Wolf Magnussen series--

Set in the peculiar Anderson Valley town of Booneville, nestled against the foothills of Northern California's Coastal Range -- a mystery unfolds as a series of family tragedies is revealed when Wolf Magnussen's nephew is found slain in the midst of a family hunting trip.

The boy's own father, Dimitri, a

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Blood Betrayal 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
shmoore75 More than 1 year ago
There are certain elements that, for me, create an especially compelling piece of dramatic fiction. If the book features episodes of violence or fear that are just as powerful for their psychological effect as they are for the acts themselves, I'm going to be drawn to the story. I have a great appreciation for writing that really explores what is occurring in a person's mind, no matter how twisted. When this complicated sense of terror is found within the context of family relationships, the plot becomes even more captivating. First-time author Mike Thompson captures both of these features with his gripping new release Blood Betrayal. Blood Betrayal details the story of Dimitri Magnussen, a veteran who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following seven years in the Special Forces, and the murder spree that he embarks upon while on a family hunting trip with his brother and son. As the story unfolds through the eyes of his brother Wolf, the progression of Dimtri's violent rage and his terrifying crimes makes him into a character with seemingly no conscience or hesitation to spill blood. However, revelations that are left unknown to the reader until the closing chapters of the book will complicate the situation and, at least for this reader, create an uncomfortable sense of ambiguity. Mike Thompson does a wonderful job of using language to create a dark and suspenseful environment. As I turned each page of Blood Betrayal, I began to sense each dark corner and mysterious noise that existed in the comfort of my home. Even when the mood is a frightening one, I love getting lost in a book that transplants me into every emotion and experience in the story. From the terror that Wolf feels when he does not know who or what is stalking him in the mountains to the climatic moments during which Dmitri becomes the hunted and shocking family secrets are revealed, Thompson makes sure that every word contributes to the growing suspense. I believe the impact of Blood Betrayal was multiplied for me by the current events that we see on the news every evening. The record number of PTSD cases stemming from the military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq has made many Americans more aware of this frightening reality. It is apparent that Thompson uses his own experience as a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and as a Close Quarters Combat instructor to develop the characters in this book and that makes their personalities even more riveting. While the character of Dmitri Magnussen is certainly an extreme case, I know that shedding light on this emotional topic will continue to be important for years to come. With Blood Betrayal, Mike Thompson has crafted a novel that will attract fans of suspense and those who appreciate the successful efforts of the author to bring his own expertise into a fictional format. The plot is unique and undoubtedly will have the readers guessing until the very last page, with a conclusion that warranted an audible gasp from me as I sat alone in my living room. On the back cover of his book, Thompson shares that Blood Betrayal is just the first release in the Wolf Magnussen series and I look forward to discovering what Thompson has in store for us next.
Hunter_NV More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time putting this well-told story down. Compelling, suspenseful and disturbing. Dedicated to military veterans, and written for another good cause too - preventing child abuse. I can't wait for this new authors next work!
Readit-byPam More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this one down. The plot was well set from the first pages, well defined characters without the surplus many new writers use to fill pages. Not the typical who dun it of todays mysteries, yet filled with action and suspense. I highly recommend! A great read. Looking forward to the next.
Bennykat More than 1 year ago
Classic....can't wait for the next one in the series! Truly a Killer Tale!
1man More than 1 year ago
Very suspenseful, and I never figured out what was gonna happen. By the time I did know what was going on and thought it was over, I realized I only knew half the story in the last couple pages. Fun and easy read. Very exciting, but emotional and touching too. Pretty wicked psychological drama.
thomas15 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book, fast paced, lots of action, interesting dialouges. You'll love this book, a great book at a great price. Looking forward to the second installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, suspense that's not boring!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally original story. Great suspense and surprises!
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sandystarr28 More than 1 year ago
The main character, Wolf, sounds like a "good 'ole boy" as he tells his story. I can almost see him standing around a burning fire with a bunch of his buddies, telling his tale. For the first few chapters, I felt like he was talking directly to me. Then it just sort of fizzled out toward the end, almost like the author was bored with it and just wanted to wrap it up. Still a good read. Look forward to the sequels.
catmom324 More than 1 year ago
This was written by a guy I went to high school with and not a book I would have picked out of a line up, but I am very glad I had the opportunity to read it after seeing him talk about it on Facebook. The book has you wondering from the first few pages and even when you think all the questions are answered, another twist is right around the corner. After reading the preview at the end for the next book, I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for Wolf! This will be a series I will keep up with. Keep em comin Mike!
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I can't believe I waited so long to read this book. The plot is totally intense and unlike anything I've heard, seen, or read before. It's almost so crazy you'd think it was a true story. The story telling is so natural and flowing it's like the author is talking to you. Really unique! I miss the characters already and can't wait to read the next one...
ALRP More than 1 year ago
Besides being filled with major and minor characters that are intriguing, complicated, interesting and vulnerable, this book take you through so many turns that you want to re-read it with your new perspective after you've uncovered new truths. Full of humor and a first-hand knowledge of combat and military strategy and language, this story takes you through a surprising and suspense-filled journey to uncover one family's darkest buried skeleton. I hope to see a lot more from this author. This book was a lot of fun to read!
Nanzy More than 1 year ago
"Blood Betrayal's" cover shows, but contains a book entitled "The Hunt."