A Bridge To Treachery

A Bridge To Treachery

by Larry Crane

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936587353
Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Larry Crane is a West Point graduate who began a seven year Airborne Ranger Infantry career in the mud in Germany, commanded Basic Trainees at Fort Knox, and walked away from military service after a tour in Vietnam patrolling the Central Highlands as an ARVN Ranger battalion advisor. He made the transition to civilian life as a stock broker with Dean Witter & Company, and later commuted to New York for eighteen years at Manufacturers Hanover where he managed a department of the bank involved in providing information and investment evaluation services to large corporate pension funds. He earned an MBA in computer applications and information systems at NYU. He has written non-fiction articles for outdoors magazines, numerous plays, and some short fiction. He is currently at work on a sequel to “A Bridge to Treachery.” He has two grown children, and lives on the coast of Maine with his wife, Jan.

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Bridge To Treachery 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Beauty_in_Ruins More than 1 year ago
Despite being a book I wanted to enjoy, A Bridge to Treachery: From Extortion to Terror proved to be a somewhat uneven read. What could have been a strong thriller, a nostalgic throwback to the pulp action thrillers of the 80s, suffers from a lack of world-building to anchor it in the historical and political landscape. Without those details to anchor events, we're left to read it as a contemporary thriller, which creates some issues with the basic premise. Where the concept of coordinated terrorist attacks across the USA would have been mind-blowing in the 80s, the targets seem rather petty and small in a post-9/11 reality. That core issue aside, this is a rather enjoyable story, and one that builds upon its characters as well as its storyline. At first, I wasn't sure what kind of story Larry Crane was trying to tell, and found myself wondering where all this talk of investment brokering and auction hunting was headed. Somewhere along the line it all clicked, however, and I found myself invested in the lives of Lou and Meg. As such, by the time Lou receives the mysterious invite to his boss' office, soon finding himself the beneficiary of riches he didn't really earn, I felt the sense of dread that I'm sure the author intended. While the whole terrorist operation fell a bit flat for me, as I mentioned above, the conspiracy behind it is quite entertaining. I think the story could have benefited from some transparency on the narrator's part, allowing to reader to understand more of the 'who' and the 'why' behind everything, but that's a personal preference. While I feel it would have lent more credence (or, perhaps, significance) to Lou's plight, it would admittedly have taken away from the central mystery of who to trust . . . and how far. The actions scenes were very well done, carefully choreographed, but never weighted down with the the kind of gritty technical detail that so often turns similar thrillers into glorified gun-porn. I felt myself being carried along by the action, never quite sure from where the next blow would come, and honestly fearing for the safety of those involved. There were a few twists, especially later on, that I saw coming, but that didn't detract from the impact. The ending itself seemed a bit forced, with Meg playing a far bigger role than I felt we'd been set up to expect, but I liked that she got to be more than just the once-jilted, twice-suspicious wife. Similarly, things seemed to work out a bit too easily for Lou, but that's the case with any action-hero. There were definitely some lingering questions for me regarding the overall conspiracy, but sometimes it's best to leave the reader guessing, rather than tying up every loose thread.
BookwormReflects More than 1 year ago
A Bridge to Treachery: From Extortion to Terror By Larry Crane Ex-Army Ranger Colonel Lou Christopher is getting used to life in the civilian world and is working for a New York investment broker when he is assigned more lucrative accounts he begins living the lap of luxury. When he is approached to use his former military training and is coerced into leading a team on a domestic terrorist mission, he goes through with the mission only to find out that all along his team was never supposed to survive. Now he vows to bring all the ones responsible to justice one way or another. I wasn’t impressed by the main character in the beginning, he seemed pompous and annoying, but when it came down to it and he was knocked off his high horse he turned into a highly exciting character. Then you have the relationship between Lou and his wife though it seems tenuous at first as he is indeed keeping secrets from her and she believes that he is cheating on her as he has done it in the past, but as the novel goes on the relationship takes a turn and I found myself really enjoying it. Lou and Mag end up having a much stronger connection than you would think and though Lou is the main character it reminds me of the saying, “Behind every great man is an even greater woman.” Though it starts off slow and doesn’t actually pick up for until after a hundred pages or so the novel does turn around in the end making it an interesting read. I was sent afree copy of this book for an honest review.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Larry pens "A Bridge to Treachery" a good paced, action thriller with highly developed characters in a well written plot that didn't kicked in until around a quarter of the way into the book....but keep reading it will hook you right in. Recommended for all action packed thriller fans. *4 Stars* This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.