All the Wrong Moves

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USAF Lieutenant Samantha Spade and her techies try out the latest gizmos for the military. On a test run with the Ergonomic Exoskeletal Extension (EEEK), Sam stumbles over two dead bodies in the desert. With the help of handsome Border Patrol Agent Jeff Mitchell, Sam must unravel a cover-up involving an illegal arms deal.

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Overview

USAF Lieutenant Samantha Spade and her techies try out the latest gizmos for the military. On a test run with the Ergonomic Exoskeletal Extension (EEEK), Sam stumbles over two dead bodies in the desert. With the help of handsome Border Patrol Agent Jeff Mitchell, Sam must unravel a cover-up involving an illegal arms deal.

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The first in prolific author Lovelace's Samantha Spade mystery series draws on the author's former career as a U.S.A.F. colonel. Samantha, a smart-mouthed air force lieutenant, tests gadgets for the military at a Texas desert facility. On an early morning hike, Samantha finds two badly decomposed bodies, soon identified as a weapons dealer and a smuggler of illegal aliens. After an arsonist burns her test lab, Samantha ratchets up her involvement in the investigation, with handsome border patrol agent Jeff “Mitch” Mitchell keeping her heart racing as they search for the killer. Well paced, this chatty first-person narrative develops the character of the not-so-military-type heroine who doesn't deal well with authority figures but does the best she can because she knows her job's important. Crime fans will look forward to Lt. Spade's next adventure. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425231180
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Series: Samantha Spade Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 812,644
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Merline Lovelace spent twenty-three years in the United States Air Force, serving tours of duty in Vietnam, the Pentagon, and as commander of Eglin Air Force Base. She graduated magna cum laude from Ripon College and has attended Middlebury College and Princeton, Troy State, and Harvard universities. Merline Lovelace lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, who is also a retired Air Force colonel.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    super thriller

    USAF Lieutenant Samantha Spade is detached to DARPA as the head of FST-Three testing innovative inventions to see if any military applications apply. She and her unit are stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas where they are testing EEEEK (Ergonomic Exoskeletal Extension); a gizmo that is supposed to make the wearer, stronger, faster and enhance the senses.

    While outside the town of Dry Springs, Sam steps on two bodies melted into the desert. One of the deceased turns out to be mercenary arms seller James Hucker, who was involved in an incident in Columbia in which three marines died. EEEEK downloads crime site data locating a fingerprint that identifies the killer as the father of one of the dead marines. An anonymous cell phone call led to Hucker's homicide and the team using one of the gadgets locates the throw away cell. In the meantime someone blows up Sam's lab. The outraged Sam after filling out a quadrillion forms Techno Diva Sam teams up with Border Patrol Agent Jeff Mitchell; they hunt for the deadly dealer.

    Although at times the heroine feel isolated from the air force as she works in the beyond even with Fort Bliss being an army growth activity, she and her eccentric crew feel they are doing important work; as "Inspector Gadget" seeking inventions that will make the military safer and more effective. She also knows the alternative to the blissful heat of the Tex-Mex border is HQ FST-One above the Arctic Circle. Merline Lovelace once again affirms her position as a five star author with this strong look at military testing inside a wonderfully drawn investigative thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Not bad

    Some aspects of the story like EEEK were really entertaining. I personally didn't like the way the story flowed or how it was written. Sometimes felt like acronyms were thrown in just to make the reader know that the author did their research. I would give it 3.5 stars if I could, since it was a decent enough book to keep me reading.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    Not a bad read

    I enjoyed this book, but am turned off from the rest of the series by the love interest being so much older than her.

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  • Posted January 13, 2010

    Fast easy reading

    A quirky, entertaining read.A mystery that flows smoothly at a fast pace. Can be easily read in an afternoon.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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