To Benjamin Roan, the secret mission seems simple: save the life of the President of the United States. The president is dying of leukemia. With no close relatives, a bone marrow donor cannot be found. He is doomed. Then--a confession--He has a secret daughter, the result of a liaison when he was in college. He has had no contact with her since. His only hope is for Roan to find his daughter and bring her to Washington. But the mission must be kept secret. If she is not a match, the scandal of having an ...
To Benjamin Roan, the secret mission seems simple: save the life of the President of the United States. The president is dying of leukemia. With no close relatives, a bone marrow donor cannot be found. He is doomed. Then--a confession--He has a secret daughter, the result of a liaison when he was in college. He has had no contact with her since. His only hope is for Roan to find his daughter and bring her to Washington. But the mission must be kept secret. If she is not a match, the scandal of having an illegitimate child can be kept quiet. Also, there are people who want the President dead. if they knew Roan's mission, they would try to kill the girl. Roan is dumfounded. "You want me to find a twenty-five year old girl, whose name you don't even know, without anybody finding out? Then talk her into coming to Washington without knowing why? And if the bad guys find out, they'll try to kill her? You think I'm crazy?" So why does Roan take the mission? His regrets begin the minute he meets the girl. She is gorgeous--and opinionated and suspicious. The regrets escalate when bad people begin trying to kill her--and him. And the regrets really get out of hand when he discovers he is falling in love. Now he not only has to save her life, he has to find a way to make her change her fear and resentment to love. It's won't be easy. She told him: "I hate you. I hate your mother. I hate your father. I hate your dog. I even hate your cat, and I love cats." Can he change her mind? Can he save the President? All he has to do is keep her--and himself--alive. [Cover art by Dirk A. Wolf]
Murder by Proxy is a gripping tale of intrigue, murder and fight for survival. I found myself rooting for Roan on more than one occasion and fearing that there wasn't a possible chance that he could get out of yet another sticky situation. As well as keeping Benjamin Roan on his toes, Robert Hecker does a terrific job of sustaining interest and concern for all of the lives uprooted in this battle of endurance.
So often a follow up book containing the same characters goes downhill and is extremely disappointing. Such is definitely not the case with Robert Hecker's new Benjamin Roan novel, Murder by Proxy. Instead, Ben is back and bigger and better than ever! The characterizations remain superb, with a male protagonist who remains an unlikely hero with a heart and a brand new female protagonist who is beautiful, strong, and sassy.
Jeannine Van Eperen
Author Robert L. Hecker has done it again! He has written a masterful action-packed thriller that keeps the reader turning pages. In my opinion he ranks up there with Ken Follett, Nelson De Mille, and Robert Ludlum in telling a convincing story of intrigue with wonderful, well-drawn characters, and details that keep the reader captivated. I found it a 5 star read.
Robert Hecker writes yummy action novels, and Murder by Proxy is no exception. He strings death-defying moments together so that the reader can't stop turning pages. His locations are exotic; his plot is full of action and conflict; the characters are steeped in sex appeal; and the tale is full of details that Hecker imparts due to his own varied experiences. Murder by Proxy is a barnstormer of a novel that is impossible to put down.
Dr. Phil Rhyne
Murder By Proxy is fast-paced with witty and believable dialog. There are no James Bond-ish rescues and the plot is well thought out, although one bad guy is accursedly hard to defeat. Unlike many current novels, the man and the woman continue to allow sexual tension to build and it is not graphically consummated. I give Murder By Proxy a four (4) star rating and am waiting for the next novel from Mr. Hecker.