The Last Track

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Imagine if being late meant a child disappeared forever. That is the fear that drives Mike Brody: the man you want, when the one you love is missing. Mike is more than just a master tracker. An ex-Special Forces operative, Smoke jumper, and now extreme adventure tour guide, he also possesses a unique ability to tap into the memory and emotional state of those he pursues. In The Last Track, a police detective recruits Mike to help find an asthmatic boy lost in the dense woods surrounding a dude ranch in Montana. ...
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Overview

Imagine if being late meant a child disappeared forever. That is the fear that drives Mike Brody: the man you want, when the one you love is missing. Mike is more than just a master tracker. An ex-Special Forces operative, Smoke jumper, and now extreme adventure tour guide, he also possesses a unique ability to tap into the memory and emotional state of those he pursues. In The Last Track, a police detective recruits Mike to help find an asthmatic boy lost in the dense woods surrounding a dude ranch in Montana. An unwitting murder witness, the boy burrows ever deeper into the rugged terrain, fearful of being found. As Mike and a local officer search for the boy, the killer follows them. While the investigation expands, his ex-wife, a well-connected journalist, uses her contacts to unravel the truth behind the murder. Her discoveries threaten to snare them all in a treacherous conspiracy . . .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984203512
  • Publisher: Buddhapuss Ink LLC
  • Publication date: 2/13/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,024,321
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam lives outside of NYC with his girlfriend and an army of four cats-one feline under the legal limit. Working at an all-girls boarding school, he knows world-class drama firsthand. It's also the reason he studies Krav Maga and Tai Chi.
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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    Sixth Sense Guides Tracker

    Sam Hilliard needs to quit his day job and write full time. He's a born writer of the first caliber. "Get out of prep school," as my preppie, grown children say, Sam, and go for your true profession. You have what it takes.

    In "The Last Track," Mr. Hilliard introduces us to a cast of unforgettable characters. If he isn't writing a series of books about his main character, Mike Brody, the infamous tracker in question, I'm liable to send out a posse to track him!

    With all the panache of a seasoned, gripping suspense writer, new author Sam Hilliard scores a direct hit with this book. Character development and His creation of an environment for them is at it's height. I actually saw myself there and felt the angst.

    His tracker, Mike Brody, is a complex, infinitely intriguing man displaying a keen ability to track the lost in wilderness situations. He also is an apparent student of how to handle people, include those in positions of authority. His military background lends itself to his tracker abilities.

    Using a sort of sixth sense that guides him, comes from an unknown source, and that he keeps close to the vest, Mike Brody is a quietly capable, and virtually unknown man. Personally, I loved this twist on an otherwise familiar protagonist. One not necessarily psychic, but just the right amount of odd. We never quite get a bead on this ability and I'm thinking that leads to another book.

    Much could be said about the insights we gain into advanced computer espionage, wilderness survival and law enforcement cooperation, but these things play in accompaniment to the human story of the lost boy and Mike's connection to his family. His spicey ex-wife is an asset to Mike and the story overall. This balance of story lines renders a wealth of knowledge that keeps the entire piece flowing. "The Last Track" is a page-turner.

    Self discovery, coming of age, awareness of womens' issues, and loyalty are themes, as well, in this book. It is a mark of excellence that Sam Hilliard manages to get so much value into his novel without spoiling it. What an accomplishment, particularly for a first time writer.

    If I were to give a black-eyed critique of the book, I would say this one thing: it starts off too slowly to capture the average reader. Having said that, I can only encourage readers to persevere. Believe me when I say that this book is worth the effort. And, I trust Mr. Hilliard will have that base covered from now on in spades. He's a brilliant author.

    Given Sam's astuteness and his obvious writing skills, we can only believe there are more Mike Brody tracker books in the wings.

    I highly recommend this novel to those who love Jeffrey Deaver, Patricia Cornwell, Michael Connelly, and James Patterson.

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  • Posted June 15, 2010

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    A Gripping Story

    Mike Brody is driving to Montana for a dude ranch vacation with his ex-wife and their son, something promised before the divorce, and is looking forward to a fun trip. Not long after arriving at the ranch, Mike is enlisted to help search for a missing boy who witnessed a murder and, while running away from the perpetrator, got lost in the woods. Mike is ex-special forces and a current adventure tour guide who has an expertise in tracking so he is the best man for the job. It doesn't take long for Mike to realize that this is no ordinary tracking job, the murder the boy witnessed is just a small piece of a larger crime and soon Mike isn't sure who to trust.

    "The Last Track" by Sam Hilliard is a gripping mystery with so many twists and turns that I didn't know who was a criminal and who was on Mike's side. The author not only kept me engrossed in the story but he kept me interested in the characters as well. Mr. Hilliard tells the story from the point of view of several characters over a span of 4 days, which made the narrative more suspenseful and allowed the characters to develop at a more reasonable pace . Characters should evolve throughout the story just like people evolve throughout their lives; it gives the story a sense of realism and keeps me, as a reader, more involved.

    This novel is an excellent first installment in what I hope will be a long running series of stories featuring Mike Brody. I would recommend it to mystery lovers, those who enjoy outdoor adventure, book clubs or for those who enjoy a good read while on vacation. My only problem with this book is, now that I am finished, I have to wait for the next one to be published so I can see what is next for Mike Brody.

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  • Posted June 5, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    Mike is the perfect person to have on your side during a crisis. He has Special Forces training and is a tour guide for adventure. When he is tracking someone he has special abilities that aid him in his tracking endeavors which saves lives. A boy who has watched a murder take place is now lost in the woods. A police detective turns to Mike for help. But when the two start their search for the missing boy, they learn that they are not the only ones following a trail in the woods.

    This book is full of suspense and thrills that grab you from cover to cover. Sam is a very talented writer who delivers.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    A Great Read

    Mike Brody has a knack for tracking the lost. In The Last Track, Brody gets tangled with murder and unknown enemies, as he races against time and nature to save a missing boy. The characters are well-developed and Brody is a likable and imperfect hero. This story has a good pace and will keep you guessing right up to the twist at the end.

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

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    A mystery read with a few twists while looking for a lost child.

    Mike is on a vacation at a modern-day dude ranch with his ex-wife and eight year old son, as promised some time ago (before divorce) - the family vacation. When they arrive at the ranch something is going on, with all the red and blue flashing lights around. Detective Lisbeth MaCarthy recognizes Mike and tells him she would like to talk to him after he has checked in. Mike has a record of being able to find lost people. His special ability is what makes him an amazing tracker for lost loved ones. And there is a boy missing from the ranch, now lost in the woods. Mike who can't pass on helping lost people agrees to track the boy, even at the disappointment and hurt of his own family.

    I found myself liking this read. This book was a good mystery read for me. It did take me about eighty pages to figure out what had happened and what was going on, but once on the right track liked the read. I found myself liking the characters and even when questioning the characters as to why they acted the way they did, I thought at the same time - I could see people actually saying these things to their family members or each other.

    The book did have a few twists in it I was not expecting, in the end of the book when the truth played out. But, through the mystery and the hints dropped I found I figured out most of the mystery. What helps give you all the clues is the story telling is from different view points. You get a section of the read from the lost boy, from Mike, from Jessica (Mike's ex-wife), and even from the killer.

    I did find at times the story started to drag for me. In this meaning, I remember one part where we are being explained the way Homeland Security has surveillance on all the computers phones and knows everything everyone is doing at all times, yet there is one computer that does not have the surveillance on it. I started to stray with all the details of the surveillance in Homeland Security. I understand the author is sharing the details to let us know the setup and how that person had to do things to get around being seen, but I just started to lose interest with all the details. There were just a few areas with the same issue for me.

    But, over all I enjoyed the read and had to see what the author had in store for me in the end. After I read the ending and who was who I thought back to all the clues that where dropped through the book, yes the clues where all there for me.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

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    A Great Read

    I gave The Last Track a chance, and I'm glad I did. Hilliard is new on the mystery/thriller scene but he writes like a well-practiced pro. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing right to the end.

    His characters, including Mike Brody, are believable and well thought out. In fact, Hilliard gives you just enough background to suck you in, but not quite enough to completely slack your thirst for Brody. (NOTE: I am a major Robert Parker fan and love Spenser.) This book demands a sequel.

    The dialogue throughout keeps the story moving and the "24" style time breaks that the author used in place of chapter breaks adds to the suspense. This is made for book groups (I'm recommending it to mine), plane trips, beach reading, or anytime you just want to curl up with a great read.

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    Posted February 13, 2010

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