Hard Rain

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As a special investigator for the U.S. Air Force, Vin Cooper thought he’d seen it all. But even he can’t believe his eyes this time. Colonel Emmet Portman, U.S. air attaché to Turkey, wasn’t simply murdered in his Istanbul residence. He was carefully dismembered, his body parts laid out like an exploded diagram —
except for twelve missing bones, three of which show up later at another grisly murder scene. And when it turns out that the dead colonel happened to have the second ...

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Overview

As a special investigator for the U.S. Air Force, Vin Cooper thought he’d seen it all. But even he can’t believe his eyes this time. Colonel Emmet Portman, U.S. air attaché to Turkey, wasn’t simply murdered in his Istanbul residence. He was carefully dismembered, his body parts laid out like an exploded diagram —
except for twelve missing bones, three of which show up later at another grisly murder scene. And when it turns out that the dead colonel happened to have the second victim’s business card in his Rolodex, it looks as if there’s a serial killer at large.
But looks can be deceiving. As Vin and Special Agent Anna Masters investigate, inconsistencies crop up that cast doubt on their theory of the case — and hint at a shadowy plot even darker and more sinister than two grotesque connected slayings. Is someone trying to shatter fragile hopes for Middle East peace, topple governments by any means necessary, and eliminate anyone who gets in the way?
Onetime lovers, now the uneasiest of partners, Cooper and Masters struggle to put aside their personal baggage as they follow a trail of carefully concealed clues from Istanbul to the Iraqi desert and beyond. As evidence of a conspiracy snakes up the chain of command, these two seasoned special agents must dodge bullets, defuse bombs, and avoid being buried alive in their frantic effort to short-circuit a plan for world domination more audacious and far-
reaching than they could ever have imagined.

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Maj. Vin Cooper, a special agent, or “internal affairs cop,” for the United States Air Force office of special investigations, and special agent Anna Masters, who recently broke up with Vin and is now “swinging from the chandelier for some attorney from the JAG corps,” deal with one lethal threat after another in Rollins's rip-roaring third novel to feature the tough, wisecracking Cooper (after The Death Trust and A Knife Edge). Vin and Anna have come to Istanbul to investigate the murder of Col. Emmet Portman, the U.S. air attaché to Turkey, who's been chopped into small pieces and laid out like a model airplane kit that requires assembly. As the pair seek answers in Turkey and later Paris and Iraq, they leave behind a lot of bodies, both friend and foe. The convoluted trail leads them to a plot involving many countries, none of which has America's best interests at heart. The exciting, violent ending promises more thrills to come. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423332657
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 2/23/2010
  • Series: Vin Cooper Series , #3
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Rollins is a former advertising creative director who lives in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of The Death Trust and Knife Edge, both international bestsellers. Brilliance Audio and Bantam Books will publish Knife Edge in 2008.
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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    Nothing To Write Home About

    Book #2 in the Vin Cooper series. Definitely not as good as the first, but all in all entertaining. There were a few to many far fetched situations for this reader. David Rollins has a gift to tell a story and I will continue to read the Vin Cooper series, I'm hoping the next installment is a bit more believable. Read the book to keep up with the series, but don't expect to much from this one.

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    Gelati's Scoop

    I have to say right from the get go that I am a huge fan of David Rollin's work. You may want to read what I am going to write with a grain of salt. Vin Cooper is one of my favorite fictional characters. David Rollins doesn't have a dozen novels with the character under his belt like some in the genre, but that has been part of the ride for me; I got in on the ground floor. The other novels in the series are A Knife Edge, and The Death Trust, both excellent, just my opinion.
    David Rollins has put together another incredible ride in Hard Rain. Special Agent Vin Cooper is in all his glory and he is one amazingly crafty, savvy, smart ass. The wit and humor that flows through the novel is cutting, laugh out loud. If you are a lawyer (I am not spoiling anything),expect a few jokes at your occupation's expense. I personally loved them all; I wish there were a few more. Rollins has a gift of being able to inject the humor into the storyline not as a distraction , but a way of making his main character more human and believable , thus enhancing our experience. I guess what I am trying to say is that it all works and fits in the right places; nothing seem to be out of line.
    The plotline is a serious one and made me think more about the sacrifices made by those that defend us, and the way our government works to care for them afterward. The seed is planted, registered, and received without the overbearing sledgehammer. Hard Rain is a great ride. Once I got it in my hands and started to read it, I knew I didn't want to stop. Rollins crafts an excellent novel and executes it very well. The ride doesn't end till the very last word; I love it. He makes us care about his characters and their quest for justice for those wronged. Vin Cooper is worse than a dog with a new bone, he just won't let things go, and it takes him places that he didn't think he would be, wise cracking the whole time. If you enjoy this genre of novels in the least, you need to give this novel a go. At the minimum start with A Knifes Edge and begin the journey; Vin Cooper and David Rollins are that good. This novel comes out in paperback form at the end of the month, click on the Amazon box and enjoy the ride.
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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    entertaining thriller

    The U.S. Military Attache to Turkey, Colonel Emmet Portman vanishes for three days. When he is found dead in his home in Istanbul, alarm spreads amidst the American government. Whoever killed Portman tortured him before brutally murdering him.

    Air Force Office of Special Investigations Special Agents Vin Cooper and Anna Masters arrive in Istanbul to investigate the gruesome homicide; as Vin puts it they are USAF internal affairs cops. However, before they can begin their inquest, other associates of the late Colonel are also killed in horrific ways. The obvious response is a serial killer is on the loose. However, the victims are diverse and vary in what is left behind; the only commonality is the abduction and execution are done with military precision.. However, with Portman's email being erased, Vin and Anna wonder why a crazed killer would do something of this sort making them wonder if someone needed to conceal something, but what and who remain elusive. As the two agents investigate on non-verbal terms (one can say a lot with a one finger salute) while the body count rises, they begin to uncover a military conspiracy to encourage coups to topple Middle Eastern governments, but neither is sure how to expose it without harming American interest; that is if they live long enough to do so.

    This is an entertaining over the top thriller that has the audience accompanying the bickering lead couple (arguing when they rarely talk to each other) as they hop the globe starting in the Middle East going on to Africa and Tennessee. Fans will enjoy the action and the rapidity of the story line but what makes the tale fun is the lead couple working a deadly international case once again (see The Death Trust) while on non-speaking terms ever since she informed him she is "Dancing on the Ceiling" for JAG lawyer Col. Richard "Dick Wad" Wadding.

    Harriet Klausner

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