Justified Action

Justified Action

by Earl Staggs


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ISBN-13: 9781482372397
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Earl Staggs earned a long list of Five Star reviews for his novel MEMORY OF A MURDER and has twice received a Derringer Award for Best Short Story of the Year. He served as Managing Editor of Futures Mystery Magazine, as President of the Short Mystery Fiction Society, is a contributing blog member of Murderous Musings and Make Mine Mystery and a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars. Email: earlstaggs@sbcglobal.net Website: http://earlwstaggs.wordpress.com

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Justified Action 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
Meet Tallmadge McAllister (“Tall”) Chambers, whose resume would include Special Services officer, Army intel, and black ops, having enlisted in the Army at 18 and rising to the rank of Captain by age thirty, before being busted back to Lieutenant for striking a superior officer. Now, at age 38, relegated to desk duty at the Pentagon and straining at the bit before he can retire in three months time, he is persuaded to join a secret unit which works with the alphabet agencies of the U.S. government (CIA, NSA, FBI et al) but without any of their legal constraints. The author describes the group as “a crew of trained and dedicated killers” whose targets are terrorist bombers wherever they may be, in the US and abroad, and doing whatever was necessary to eliminate the threats they pose. The limitations? “Sometimes it’s justified to take action before they can carry out their plans.” The mantra: “Kill one terrorist, save a hundred lives.” At one point, however, it all becomes much more personal for Tall, and objectivity takes a back seat. The novel is immediately engaging, and the smooth plotting and fine prose keep the pages turning swiftly, despite a growing a suspicion as to the outcome. I had to stop reading, very briefly, in a moment of delayed gratification, as the conclusion drew near. A thoroughly enjoyable book, and one which is highly recommended. Can’t wait till the next “Tall” book!
Richie1 More than 1 year ago
Tallmadge McAllister Chambers (Tall) was three months from retiring from the Army when he got a call from an old friend, Stephen Winslow, that changed his life forever. He was recruited into an elite and secret agency that took care of the business no one else could by the General. Tall who excelled at his job, saved the General's daughter from thugs trying to rob a bank. She thanked him by becoming his wife, much to the chagrin of her father. When she died in a car accident, Tall's world was shattered. He threw himself into his work which led him to find a network of twisted, ruthless people and lies. He found that the person he trusted the most had betrayed him for political gain. Action packed and riveting, Staggs delivered a story you won't want to put down
TdeV More than 1 year ago
Military spy thrillers aren’t my cup of tea, so you’d think I wouldn’t enjoy JUSTIFIED ACTION by Earl Staggs. I might have given up, but I kept on as I had faith in Earl’s storytelling, and halfway through emerged a traditional mystery with rich characters, several with complex motivations. Tall Chambers is an ex-Special Services officer whose job is to eliminate terrorists before they perform the terrorism for which they would then be imprisioned. Tall is strongly motivated to protect the innocent. The dichotomy in the former two sentences is not debated in this patriotic thriller as the guilty usually are guilty. Usually. And the innocent—er, they are sometimes guilty too. The plot has some amusing twists, both tender and clever. Tall Chambers is tough, altruistic and suprisingly lucky. I’ve enjoyed shadowing him from the depths of my armchair.