A Crimson Set of Silver

A Crimson Set of Silver

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by Alan Meyers Starkey
     
 

During a flight one day, Jake Snow discovers a pilot friend dead at the controls of his plane. He had been shot down, but lived long enough to land the plane in a swamp. Jake finds clues on the downed plane, including a vial of liquid which appears to be narcotic. The clues lead him to investigate the crime, uncovering another murder on the way.


Jake has a

Overview

During a flight one day, Jake Snow discovers a pilot friend dead at the controls of his plane. He had been shot down, but lived long enough to land the plane in a swamp. Jake finds clues on the downed plane, including a vial of liquid which appears to be narcotic. The clues lead him to investigate the crime, uncovering another murder on the way.


Jake has a knack for figuring out how thing

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940032826545
Publisher:
Alan Meyers Starkey
Publication date:
10/23/2011
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
560,906
File size:
610 KB

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Meet the Author

I really was born in Pennsylvania in the early sixties. My mother was always my best friend and was really the best writer in the family. She left this world much too soon. My father was an insurance man, then a car dealer for thirty-some years, and then found the desire to try his hand at fiction and poetry writing, without much success. He is still living. I have a brother and a sister, six and eleven years older. My sister has the special ability to shed the light on the things that shouldn’t be included in my books and slice them out with her editing knife. Some of which have been reinserted in the Blurbs section of my upcoming website. You may find some humor there.


As I wrote in the Jake Series, I was raised in the farmland settings of south central Pennsylvania. There really was a one hundred and eighty acre farm. There really was an old path carved by the trolley cars from years before, and there really was an amusement park from the eighteen-nineties, complete with that special, hand carved carousel which now resides in the Smithsonian. All of the land is now suburban housing tracts. I think the old buildings in the park may still be there, though I haven’t been back there for more than a decade.


I grew up racing go-karts and mini-bikes and motorcycles on the trails and in the clay pits, and rambling through the raspberry patch that was along the trail to old McClintock’s automobile junkyard. We always found ways to explore the creeks with makeshift rafts, and build tree forts in the woods with borrowed items. And… always being in that Tom and Huck mode, finding trouble was often easier to do than not.


In those early years, I found a knack for performing in country club kitchens and fine restaurants. Cooking fancy dinners for hundreds every night. When I saw no clear path to success in the culinary arts, I dropped back and punted, to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Initially, as a radio operator in a Hawk missile battalion when they found that I was color blind and then as a maintenance data analyst in the helicopter side of the air wing. There was a total of seven years, five months and ten days in service with the Marines, not one of which I have ever regretted. I have been to most parts of the world where Marines were found when I was with them.


As the years went by I wound up in the maintenance field, and yes… I really am a conveyor guy and have been for decades. In fact, I worked for many years with the company that invented barcode sortation. I can claim to have all the abilities and knowledge of a mechanical engineer, without the degree. I have a strong affinity for classic rock music and have fronted bands in years gone by. And… I really am a Light Sport pilot, albeit a bandit, which means I am not licensed.


Now… I really do live in Central Florida and know all of the places and people Jake talks about. Most of the fictional characters are based on real persons. I’ve learned that the most successful writers either spin yarns about what they know, or have endless resources to research what they don’t. I live in the former reality.


I am married to a wonderful Colombian girl, Maria, who has a beautiful, seventeen year old that I am proud to call my daughter, Licci. And… about four years ago, we were blessed with the birth of a boy, Henri Diamond Blue.


There are some more works planned in and outside of the Jake Series. Maybe some of that will be a sharing of all those childhood adventures. I hope you enjoy my work and care enough to pass the word, if you do. Thanks to all of you who have spawned the inspiration and encouraged me. And…thanks have to go out to Tom Sawyer, Indian Jones, Popeye and Clark Kent. Without them, there would be no Jake.


A.

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A Crimson Set of Silver 3.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 96 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot. There was never a dull moment in the suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellant story. Do not let the authors attenton to detail put you off on this book, you will very quickly realize that the main charactor is telling the story. By the end of the book I was riding in that plane with him and felt like I could have landed it for him if need be!! I couldn't put the book down and will read more from this author, whom was unknown to me prior. Free read really made this a bonus!!! Don't miss out.
Tunerlady More than 1 year ago
Excellent tale...exciting, intriguing, however, WAY TOO MANY TYPOS, misspellings, poor grammar, poor sentence construction! That was distracting, but I kept reading, because, basically the story was great. If this author writes more books, he needs to get them proof-read and edited better in the future. But I do love the setting, since I live in Central Florida and could relate to the area being described.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This well writen and is a fine mystery,something different from most mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of this series are a must read. Can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read, deleted, nough said. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems the author is more concerned about showing off his knowledge of flying than he is on writing a murder mystery. The grammar and typos were so bad that I called it quits after reading just two chapters. Also disturbing was how the author described Rush as being one of the greatest rock bands ever and how each of the three members are the best musicians with their respective instruments. I have no qualms about this assessment as I have a similar opinion, but if you are going to write about this in your book you would think you would spell the lead singers name correctly. The lead singer is Geddy Lee, not Getty Lee. The author should get a decent proofreader and/or editor to reduce or eliminate the poor grammar, typos and errors. Even though this book was free I feel that I overpaid for it with my time lost.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the fact that the author used his own background to create Jake's character. As I neared the end, I didn't want to put my Nook down - I enjoyed the story. Perhaps an additional editor (or another set of eyes) can catch more typos before the books / stories are made available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line but the song lyrics were unnecessary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the author had his book on planes rejected so he tossed in a half baked mystery and sold it. Could have been 200 pages less and accomplished the same story. Wish he would have spent as much time detailing characters as he did planes. Trite storyline, flat characters except main guy, very predictable, cliched lines. Pretty much like reading a very long, bad script of CSI Miami.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well i learned a lot about airplanes and lyrics to songs. Wait a minute...wasnt there susposed to be a story somewhere in the middle of all that needless info?
BIGMAC73 More than 1 year ago
Well written, A few typos, but not a problem. The musical portions add nothing to the story & should be omitted.
BigDon1 More than 1 year ago
good idea for a book but the writing was over detailed and monotonous.writer seemed like he stretched a short story into a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to finish but could not go beyond 230 pages. Author seemed more concerned with musical lyrics which I skipped over. Able to overlook grammatical errors if the reading is good. There was too much unnecessary detail. Get on with the story. Some points in the story dwelled so much on flying that I forgot that there was a murder to solve. I usually can finish a book no matter how bad, but this is one I could not. I have no idea how it ended. Wish I could rate this a zero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of tedious descriptions and music lyrics with a little murder thrown in between. Added nothing to the story-line, and you find yourself skipping a lot of it. You just want to tell the author "get on with it". The girlfriend's murder is avenged rather well though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good story. To much detail in spots but all in all i'll probably read more of his books. Sorry about barbie,glad about red!
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Hero makes foolish choices
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Said it all and not all that much more to read it myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While there were some exciting parts to the novel, much of it was overshadowed by the tedious, endlessly descriptive details that did little to forward the storyline. A professional editor could have shaved 100 to 200 pages off the total length of the 500+ page novel and made the plot race. Instead I found myself flipping forward to find out when the endless (and useless) details about how to repair an Ultralight/pack gear into a plane/set the table/etc... would end. Sometimes extraneous details are a red herring to distract the reader from the final outcome, in this case they just frustrated/bored the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story and characters; a bit verbose at times. A lot of flying and direction/location and airplane detail.
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