Bad Penny

Bad Penny

by John D. Brown

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Bad Penny by John D. Brown

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Frank, an Army Special Forces veteran, screwed up, went to prison, and is now out, living in small-town Wyoming and trying to go straight.

But then some old "friends" from the big house come to collect on a favor, and everything goes totally nuts, forcing Frank to go outside the law to save the one thing he cherishes most.

Bad Penny is the first in the Frank Shaw series of action thrillers which combine action, mystery, and a healthy dose of humor.

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"A nonstop page turner!" --LARRY CORRIEA, New York Times Bestselling Author

"John Brown understands trouble makers and misfits. A Green Beret against a drug cartel, hardly a fair fight. Bad Penny will keep your attention and raise your pulse rate." --LIEUTENANT COLONEL MARCUS CUSTER, US Army Special Forces

"An excellent attempt-at-redemption story set in a hard land with a cast of characters from all along the good-guy/bad-guy continuum." --DEPUTY SHERIFF MARK LEE

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149034741
Publisher: Blacksword Books
Publication date: 12/22/2013
Series: Frank Shaw , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 44,223
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

JOHN D. BROWN is an award-winning short story writer and novelist. He lives with his wife and four daughters in the hinterlands of Utah where one encounters much fresh air, many good-hearted ranchers, and the occasional wolf. More at

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Bad Penny 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Nappy912 More than 1 year ago
I bought Bad Penny for a whopping 99-cents, figuring it was time to try another new author out for size.  My favorite reads usually center around Brad Thor, Lee Child, Stephen Hunter, Dale Brown, Brad Taylor, and Patrick Robinson.  John D. Brown has me eagerly awaiting his next effort.  It took me four nights to read 20% of the book, and 1 day to read the other 80%.  I hate to have two books partially read at the same time, and the new Brad Thor book popped up on my nook "Home" screen, so something had to give.  Let me just say the pages flew by in a most pleasurable manner.  I enjoyed the novel  tremendously.  The Army ruined me by assigning me to proofread the Fort Knox phone book a hundred years ago, so grammatical, syntax, spelling, and other errors jump off the pages at me, and the nook edition of Bad Penny had it's share of those.  However, Mr. Brown made up for those with his style, detail, and rich character creation.  My imagination filled in all the detail that a good book inspires.  And while a movie never seems to do a book justice, I'd still pay to see Bad Penny on the big screen.  Thank you, Mr. Brown for a rich read, great descriptive passages of Wyoming, and a thrill ride with Frank Shaw, whom I hope to see in the next adventure. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read, mystery with a heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book.  It cost me a night of sleep as I could not put it down   
RayneDraven More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down!!!  Fast paced from start to finish.  Nicely done, Mr. Brown!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding!  A very simple, down to earth, no high tech g-whiz special ops crap. Just a  man and his mind. This page turner gives Stuart Woods'  "White Cargo" a run for its' money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book did it all for me! I could not put it down. If you want almost continuous action, a hero who doesn't stop coming, and a story that grabs right from the beginning, then this is it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced action with a sense of humor. No bad language or explicit sex, yea! Hoping for a follow up book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started this book I had trouble stopping to sleep or to do anything else. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and particularly liked the simple wit in the interactions of Frank, the main character, and Sam, his neighbor. Now that I've finished, I can get some sleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good read - lots of action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fast-paced story that while fiction, does provide a glimpse into the world of human trafficking, drugs, gangs, illegal immigration and other problems facing modern day America. I never thought I would find myself cheering on an ex-con, but the author has created a believable character (Frank), that while still causing havoc, is developed in such a way that he can be cheered on. Entertaining read; certainly not for younger readers though. Recommend this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.  Funny and thrilling!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read can't wait till you have another book out with Frank Shaw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, great book. Page turner to the end. The author describes scenes so well i was transported into his world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, a little silly for no bad language, but enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were well developed. The story was well written with a good plot. However, observations of the main character seemed a bit feminine and the language used to discribe his surroundings just did not match well. I liked the humor and banter between the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brings more awareness to child slavery (GREAT!). Story line so so. Writen like by a young teenager or for a teenager (NOT SO GREAT!!)
NookloverNM More than 1 year ago
This book is a smooth read and good to take on vacation, if you like action with a lot of religious undertones. I did not care for it that much because too much "god-talk" and references to religion (one of the protagonists is a mormon) annoy me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A page-turner from start to finish. Very original plot. Being familiar with the areas covered in the book I appreciated the fact that the author had obviously been to the area he wrote about. His humor is spread throughout the novel and I was personally glad to see someone treat the members of the LDS faith as just real people and not some members of a cult. Through this novel he also sheds light on one of the greatest travesties being carried out on a daily basis in this nation. This is for adult action oriented people and I am looking forward to more of his novels.
OldPawPaw More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Mormon bakers assist an ex-Green Beret felon track his nephew and a mystery women who were kidnapped by his former cellmate and a cartel thug. The ensuing chase compels you to turn the page. Author Brown laces a dose of humor and exposition into the action but does not impede the pace. I especially appreciated the reality check resolution where the good deeds face punishment via the legal system. A Frank Shaw sequel is due in 2014 per the author's web site and I am watching for its release.
Alaska-Kath More than 1 year ago
Boring. impossible chase scene goes on and on. Couldn't stay interested enough to finish the book. This is rare for me. Sometime I will go back and try to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a real page turner it kept me reading i could put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and fun! I hope to see more of this author's work soon! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the main characters. I thought the dialog was well written and it moved fast. I would read this author again for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! Fast paced, full of action.  Well written.