Chasing the Lost

Chasing the Lost

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by Bob Mayer

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From NY Times Bestselling Author, former Green Beret and West Point Graduate Bob Mayer.

"A pulsing technothriller. A nailbiter in the best tradition of adventure fiction." Publishers Weekly ref Bob Mayer

Horace Chase arrives on Hilton Head Island to pay his last respects at the Intracoastal Waterway where his late mother's ashes were spread and to…  See more details below


From NY Times Bestselling Author, former Green Beret and West Point Graduate Bob Mayer.

"A pulsing technothriller. A nailbiter in the best tradition of adventure fiction." Publishers Weekly ref Bob Mayer

Horace Chase arrives on Hilton Head Island to pay his last respects at the Intracoastal Waterway where his late mother's ashes were spread and to inspect the home his mother left him in her will. He's been recently forced into retirement, his divorce is officially final, and now he's standing in the middle of the front yard of his 'new' house where a tree has crashed right through the center of it.

What could possibly go wrong?

Within six hours of arriving on Hilton Head, Chase is exchanging gunfire with men who've kidnapped a young boy and tried to grab the boy's mother, Sarah Briggs. Soon he's waist deep in an extortion plot to funnel a hundred million dollars of Superbowl on-line gambling money into an offshore bank account or else the boy dies.

Dave Riley has long retired from the military and living peacefully on sleepy Dafuskie Island off the coast of South Carolina. Sort of. Actually he's bored, feeling old, and just a bit cranky running his deceased uncle's small-time bookie operation.

Horace Chase, meet Dave Riley. Riley-Chase.

Chase and Riley assemble a team of misfits and eccentrics as they take on the powerful Russian mob in the lawless tidal lands of the Low Country to get the boy back.

Meet Erin: Chase's long-ago summer fling, now a veterinarian and not interested in men any more, at least that way. But her suturing skills and her knowledge of the island bring assets the team needs. Especially after Chase's first visit with the Russian requires a bit of the former.

Meet Gator: an ex-Ranger, iron-pumping, fire-breathing hulk of a redneck, with a soft spot in his heart for Erin, and steroids burning in his muscles to hurt people. As long as Riley and Chase point him in the right direction, the rest of the populace should be all right.

Meet Kono: a Gullah, descendant of the free slaves who fled to the barrier islands in the 19th century and developed their own culture. He nurses his own pain and secrets, but heeds Chase's call to renew their childhood friendship. Especially when he learns the target is the Russians.

It adds up to a fiery confrontation to rescue the young boy, and settle some old scores.

But Riley and Chase need to remember a basic tenet from their days in covert operations: Nothing is ever as it appears.

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And Introducing Horace Chase in:
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Kirkus - Kirkus Reviews
Fascinating, imaginative and nerve-wracking."

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The Green Berets: A Horace Chase Novel , #2
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Meet the Author

NY Times bestselling author Bob Mayer has had over 50 books published. He has sold over four million books, and is in demand as a team-building, life-changing, and leadership speaker and consultant for his Who Dares Wins: The Green Beret Way concept, which he translated into Write It Forward: a holistic program teaching writers how to be authors. He is also the Co-Creator of Who Dares Wins Publishing, which does both eBooks and Print On Demand, so he has experience in both traditional and non-traditional publishing.

His books have hit the NY Times, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and numerous other bestseller lists. His book The Jefferson Allegiance, was released independently and reached #2 overall in sales on Nook.

Bob Mayer grew up in the Bronx. After high school, he entered West Point where he learned about the history of our military and our country. During his four years at the Academy and later in the Infantry, Mayer questioned the idea of “mission over men.” When he volunteered and passed selection for the Special Forces as a Green Beret, he felt more at ease where the men were more important than the mission.

Mayer’s obsession with mythology and his vast knowledge of the military and Special Forces, mixed with his strong desire to learn from history, is the foundation for his science fiction series Atlantis, Area 51 and Psychic Warrior. Mayer is a master at blending elements of truth into all of his thrillers, leaving the reader questioning what is real and what isn’t.

He took this same passion and created thrillers based in fact and riddled with possibilities. His unique background in the Special Forces gives the reader a sense of authenticity and creates a reality that makes the reader wonder where fact ends and fiction begins.

In his historical fiction novels, Mayer blends actual events with fictional characters. He doesn’t change history, but instead changes how history came into being.

Mayer’s military background, coupled with his deep desire to understand the past and how it affects our future, gives his writing a rich flavor not to be missed.

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Chasing the Lost 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Bob Mayer's new book Chasing the Lost and the bottom line is: get it, read it, recover, and read it again. Bob Mayer brought his "A" game in crafting this story, the reader better bring theirs. Chase retires from Special Forces life to South Carolina where he quickly comes to the aid of a woman being shot at whose son was just kidnapped by the Russian Mob. Chase puts together an eccentric team of locals for a rescue op, including Riley, a fellow retired Special Forces character who stars in other Bob Mayer books (shout out to Synbat, a great 5 star military bio-thriller). Bob Mayer's background in Special Forces is an asset in his ability to subtly weave military and tactical reality with story without turning it into a technical manual. The result is a credibility extending beyond weapon jargon to vivid imagery of how characters move under fire, size each other up or break a wrist (which you wouldn’t think was funny but in this case it was). But Bob's characters are not just one dimensional shooters. They believably come to life with their own blind spots and backstories. Main and supporting characters all have their own quirks and reasons to become part of Chase's team. Bringing together two alpha male Special Ops characters from his different books in Chase and Riley was a bold choice, one that is handled perfectly where the story payoff is more than the just the sum of the two characters. For me, the book was hard to put down. Bob Mayer writes with an easy style, easy to visualize with pacing building steadily upon itself throughout the book in a way you don’t notice it but feel it. And then there are the twists. Multiple twists. And the ending. This book may start out sounding like a straight forward military thriller but it's not. The end blows your perception of everything in a very satisfying way, placing the whole story in new perspective. I came into reading this hearing there were big twists, so I was intent on not being fooled and I still never saw things coming. Without these twists, this book would have been a satisfying 3-4 star read. With the twists it’s a 5 and one I need to re-read to appreciate more.
Gina_Danna More than 1 year ago
Retirement – the time to unwind, forget the daily grind of work and now do what we want. But for Horace Chase, his former career never leaves him. In Bob Mayer’s latest of the Green Beret series, Chasing the Lost, Chase’s attempt to move beyond his time in the Army refuses to take hold. He arrives in Hilton Head, SC, to the house he inherited from his mother and right away, has a confrontation, at gunpoint, with his neighbor because Chase’s dog couldn’t follow property lines. The rather public scene attracts a few people, one is a jogger, a woman named Sarah Briggs. With the confrontation over, he goes inside his house, his mind thinking how after all he’d been through in his life, he had little in possessions, a house with a tree jetting through it’s roof with crazy neighbors that threatened his dog with a gun. But his dismal assessment of his life stops when Sarah appears at his door, begging for his help to save her son who was kidnapped by the Russian mob. Wrapped in a tale of scandal and intrigue, Chase discovers the woman’s husband deals in on-line gambling and the Russians want him to funnel Super Bowl bets to them in exchange for the boy. Chase’s background slams into play, assembling a team similar to his Army career in the Special Forces. And whom does he find in the vicinity but another retired, and bored, Special Ops soldier, Dave Riley. Each player in this rag-tag team has their own reasons to take on the Russians in a covert mission to save Sarah’s son from the violent Russian mob. Their story is an action-packed thriller in which Mayer weaves his Green Beret background, knowledge of military maneuvers and details of South Carolina islands to bring us there. And in true Bob Mayer-style of story, trust nothing for he has the wonderful ability to twist his story, making you not want to put it down and its ending blows you away! A truly fantastic tale, to be on everyone’s reading list!