Chasing the Lost

Chasing the Lost

by Bob Mayer




A Kidnapped boy. Extortion. The Russian Mob. And two former Green Berets. Nothing is ever as it appears.

Horace Chase arrives on Hilton Head Island to pay his last respects at the Intracoastal Waterway where his late mother's ashes were spread and to inspect the home his mother left him in her will. He's been recently forced into retirement, his divorce is officially final, and now he's standing in the middle of the front yard of his 'new' house where a tree has crashed right through the center of it.

What could possibly go wrong?

Within six hours of arriving on Hilton Head, Chase is exchanging gunfire with men who've kidnapped a young boy and tried to grab the boy's mother, Sarah Briggs. Soon he's waist deep in an extortion plot to funnel a hundred million dollars of Superbowl on-line gambling money into an offshore bank account or else the boy dies.

Dave Riley has long retired from the military and living peacefully on sleepy Dafuskie Island off the coast of South Carolina. Sort of. Actually he's bored, feeling old, and just a bit cranky running his deceased uncle's small-time bookie operation.

Chase and Riley assemble a team of misfits and eccentrics as they take on the powerful Russian mob in the lawless tidal lands of the Low Country to get the boy back.

It adds up to a fiery confrontation to rescue the young boy, and settle some old scores.

But Riley and Chase need to remember a basic tenet from their days in covert operations: Nothing is ever as it appears.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621250685
Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Bob Mayer is a New York Times bestselling author, a graduate of West Point, a former Green Beret (including commanding an A-Team), and the feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He's had over seventy books published, including the #1 bestselling series Area 51, Atlantis, and the Green Berets. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world (usually not the tourist spots), he now lives peacefully with his wife and his Labs. His web site is

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Bob Mayer's new book Chasing the Lost and the bottom line is: get it, read it, recover, and read it again. Bob Mayer brought his "A" game in crafting this story, the reader better bring theirs. Chase retires from Special Forces life to South Carolina where he quickly comes to the aid of a woman being shot at whose son was just kidnapped by the Russian Mob. Chase puts together an eccentric team of locals for a rescue op, including Riley, a fellow retired Special Forces character who stars in other Bob Mayer books (shout out to Synbat, a great 5 star military bio-thriller). Bob Mayer's background in Special Forces is an asset in his ability to subtly weave military and tactical reality with story without turning it into a technical manual. The result is a credibility extending beyond weapon jargon to vivid imagery of how characters move under fire, size each other up or break a wrist (which you wouldn’t think was funny but in this case it was). But Bob's characters are not just one dimensional shooters. They believably come to life with their own blind spots and backstories. Main and supporting characters all have their own quirks and reasons to become part of Chase's team. Bringing together two alpha male Special Ops characters from his different books in Chase and Riley was a bold choice, one that is handled perfectly where the story payoff is more than the just the sum of the two characters. For me, the book was hard to put down. Bob Mayer writes with an easy style, easy to visualize with pacing building steadily upon itself throughout the book in a way you don’t notice it but feel it. And then there are the twists. Multiple twists. And the ending. This book may start out sounding like a straight forward military thriller but it's not. The end blows your perception of everything in a very satisfying way, placing the whole story in new perspective. I came into reading this hearing there were big twists, so I was intent on not being fooled and I still never saw things coming. Without these twists, this book would have been a satisfying 3-4 star read. With the twists it’s a 5 and one I need to re-read to appreciate more.
Gina_Danna More than 1 year ago
Retirement – the time to unwind, forget the daily grind of work and now do what we want. But for Horace Chase, his former career never leaves him. In Bob Mayer’s latest of the Green Beret series, Chasing the Lost, Chase’s attempt to move beyond his time in the Army refuses to take hold. He arrives in Hilton Head, SC, to the house he inherited from his mother and right away, has a confrontation, at gunpoint, with his neighbor because Chase’s dog couldn’t follow property lines. The rather public scene attracts a few people, one is a jogger, a woman named Sarah Briggs. With the confrontation over, he goes inside his house, his mind thinking how after all he’d been through in his life, he had little in possessions, a house with a tree jetting through it’s roof with crazy neighbors that threatened his dog with a gun. But his dismal assessment of his life stops when Sarah appears at his door, begging for his help to save her son who was kidnapped by the Russian mob. Wrapped in a tale of scandal and intrigue, Chase discovers the woman’s husband deals in on-line gambling and the Russians want him to funnel Super Bowl bets to them in exchange for the boy. Chase’s background slams into play, assembling a team similar to his Army career in the Special Forces. And whom does he find in the vicinity but another retired, and bored, Special Ops soldier, Dave Riley. Each player in this rag-tag team has their own reasons to take on the Russians in a covert mission to save Sarah’s son from the violent Russian mob. Their story is an action-packed thriller in which Mayer weaves his Green Beret background, knowledge of military maneuvers and details of South Carolina islands to bring us there. And in true Bob Mayer-style of story, trust nothing for he has the wonderful ability to twist his story, making you not want to put it down and its ending blows you away! A truly fantastic tale, to be on everyone’s reading list!