Dead Line (for fans of Stieg Larsson, Lee Childs, John Sanford, and Sue Grafton)

Dead Line (for fans of Stieg Larsson, Lee Childs, John Sanford, and Sue Grafton)

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by Jack Patterson

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When aging NFL star quarterback Noah Larson finally makes it to the Super Bowl, his dreams -- and life -- is dashed when his son is kidnapped for a different kind of ransom: lose the game or his son dies. Sports writer Cal Murphy and photographer Kelly Mendoza get pulled into assist the FBI on a sting to rescue Larson's son in Mexico. But when everything falls apart,


When aging NFL star quarterback Noah Larson finally makes it to the Super Bowl, his dreams -- and life -- is dashed when his son is kidnapped for a different kind of ransom: lose the game or his son dies. Sports writer Cal Murphy and photographer Kelly Mendoza get pulled into assist the FBI on a sting to rescue Larson's son in Mexico. But when everything falls apart, Cal and Kelly are left on their own to save Noah's son -- and save the Super Bowl.

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A Cal Murphy Thriller , #2
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Jack Patterson is an award-winning journalist and best selling author who leads a quiet life with his wife and three children. He likes enjoying the great outdoors and watching sports.

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Dead Line (for fans of Dean Koontz, Harlan Coben, Gillian Flynn, and Nelson DeMille) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Mr. Patterson pens "Cross the Line" in a plot that flows smoothly with nice short chapters which makes it a fast read. His characters were well developed and believable enough that it doesn't matter if you know anything about football or not. With plenty of action and suspense this book will keep you turning the pages. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
wcs53 More than 1 year ago
Cross the Line by Jack Patterson is a fairly decent and enjoyable thriller, set in the world of the NFL. It is the author's second Cal Murphy thriller, but I didn't have to read the first one to understand this one. Having said that, though, I think I would like to read the earlier one now as well. The book starts at the beginning of Super Bowl week and centres around a kidnapping involving a family member of the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, who are due to play against the Miami Dolphins in the NFL Championship game. If he doesn't lose the game he is told that he will never see his loved one again.  The book takes us through the world of Mexican drug cartels and shows the lengths that people will go because of their greed for wealth and power. Cal Murphy, the main character in the book, is a reporter who gets caught up in what is going on, because of his relationship with the Seahawks' quarterback. Without getting too much into the plot, he gets in way deeper than he should have or would have liked to have. There are some great characters in this book, some are likable, whereas some are mean and nasty, as you would expect from someone involved in the business of a drug cartel. The plot moves well and at no time did I feel bored of what was going on. In fact near the end I had to stay up late and finish it, because I didn't want to go to bed before knowing how it all turned out. Another good thing about the book is that the end didn't turn out as predictable as I thought it would. There were some twists and turns, as well as a big surprise, which kept me intrigued right to the end. This is a great read. You don't have to be a football fan to enjoy it, but that added to the enjoyment I had of this book. I think that there could be few more Cal Murphy books, which is not a bad thing. I'm intrigued to see where his life goes next, and there is also a relationship developing that could be interesting. This book is a fairly short, but enjoyable read. If you are a football fan, the next time your favourite player has a bad game, cut him some slack. You never know what pressures he may be facing, but hopefully not the kind that the character in this book was placed under. I'd recommend this book for any fan of detective thrillers, whether or not you like football or not. The football part is a bonus and added another dimension to my enjoyment of it.
mmbear More than 1 year ago
Boy, this Quarterback is seriously screwed! Seems like no one really knows where his 6 year old son is and it's Wednesday and the game starts on Sunday. He has an interview with Cal Murphy, a reporter, and while Noah is answering some questions from several other reporters, a message comes thru on Noah's cell phone that he forgot that he laid down on the table. Cal sees the picture of the little boy tied up and gagged and the text says, lose the Super Bowl on Sunday or he dies. Cal knows in his gut just like the FBI does, that the chances of getting this boy back alive is slim to none. Why? Because the biggest drug cartel in Mexico has him and nobody crosses them and lives. They have tons of money so this is really just about messing with the American people and messing up their Super Bowl Sunday. The money is just an added bonus, I think. They had someone in Miami place huge bets against Noah's team, The Seahawks and so they stand to make alot of quick money. And of course, they tie up loose ends by killing the guy who placed the bets and his girlfriend, just in case he talked too much and told her, which he didn't, so she gets killed for nothing! Now, here is the part I don't like and I have said it before and it has stopped me from reading the rest of the book. I don't like reading about children being abused or beaten. There are 2 mexicans guarding the boy. The one on the night shift is mean as a snake and every day when the day man comes in, the boy has new marks on his face where he has been slapped. The day mexican wishes he would get the boy out of this but knows if he does, his whole family will be killed, including his own 6 year old boy. He tries his best to help the boy and control the mean one, but it does no good. Also, comes the chilling orders that as soon as the game is over on Sunday, they are to kill the boy and dump his body into the river. They really never had any intention of letting him go. What do you think the good mexican will do? I sure do hope he has enough self respect left to do the right thing. Meanwhile, Cal calls one of his FBI buddie's and tells him about Cal's situation. They knew something was up with all the high bets being placed against the Seahawks, they just didn't know how it was gonna be done or which player it would be. Noah is furious that Cal called them but he better be glad because they really have no intention of letting him go...... Cal and the FBI come up with a plan for Cal to do some big time fake story on this drug leader to get inside the hacienda and stake it out for the FBI. Yeah, he's nervous as all get out, but he keeps thinking, if I had a kid that had been taken like that, I would hope somebody would come and try to save his kid. He needs a photographer and he is hoping his sometime girlfriend will go with him, although, if you really love her, why would you put her at risk? Okay, guys, the rest I am leaving for you to find out if Cal is successful or not.
Diane_K More than 1 year ago
This was a fast read. I'm not too sure Cal Murphy would be my type of protagonist. I understand spilling what he knows to the FBI in the hopes that they could help but then to his editor and then to his friend, Kelly. I wouldn't want to tell him any secrets. I also felt Cal and Kelly were really connected, at least on the surface. Despite his feelings for her even after Kelly confessing at the end of the book she cared about him - the relationship didn't feel true. The Sea Hawks are going to the Super Bowl and are the favorite to win. Their quarterback's son is kidnapped. The ransom? Noah has to throw the game or his son dies. It was a fluke that Cal found out while interviewing Noah. Major bets are being placed on the Dolphins and this raises flags with the FBI. So an FBI friend of Cal's calls him to find out if he knows of any rumors about the game being fixed. What follows is an action packed ride to save Noah's son before the Super Bowl - in 4 days! I received this book free from the author.
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Tbkeith More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Cal Murphy series by Jake Patterson. Not having read the first book, we were pleased to find the book stands on its own. Having read this book about a month before the 2013 Super Bowl gave it a fun *real time* feel. We also found it fitting that the Seahawks were in the Super Bowl as they were possible contenders in the first week of January 2013. The chapters were short and fast paced which made for an enjoyable read. While the book centers on the Super Bowl, you do not have to be a sports fan to follow along with the story line. This book is about a veteran Seahawks NFL Quarterback, Noah Larson, who finally makes it to the Super Bowl in his 10th and final season, only to find his son, Jake, has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom in Mexico. Noah must lose the game of his life! You can feel the pain Noah and his wife are going through when they learn their only child has been abducted. They however realize the  show must go on in order to save his life. Cal Murphy is a sports writer for the Seattle Times. He has been awarded the honor of covering the Super Bowl between the Seahawks and the Dolphins. The Seahawks are the favorite to win. After stumbling on the abduction plot, Cal and his photographer friend Kelly Mendoza are persuaded by the FBI to help rescue Jake only to find themselves and Jake in need of rescue. We were a little disappointed with all of the information regarding the iPhone app that could look through walls up to 50 yards  away. Although we realized that it was stolen shortly after they arrived in Mexico, we hoped we would see it action. A few situations were not entirely plausible. These did not overly distract from the plot. Even with those  aspects, the book was an entertaining thriller and a fast read. This would be a great short book (195-page e-book) to read while stuck in an airport or just to liven up a Saturday afternoon reading in the park. Michelle & Tammy from The Nook Users Book Club.