Lost Conscience: A Ben Baker Sniper Novel

Lost Conscience: A Ben Baker Sniper Novel

by Alain B Burrese


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After a tragic school shooting, former army sniper, turned attorney, Ben Baker must decide between what's legal and what's right. Together with long-time friend, and former sniper buddy, Frank Senich, the two seek justice against a child trafficking ring. The pair must draw on their military sniping skills and their expertise in hand-to-hand combat to see their mission to its end. A mission that includes meth addicts breaking into Baker's house; long range sniping; confrontations with the County Attorney and Attorney General; and battles with a former SEAL sniper, truck stop thugs, child abductors, and a pair of giants, one of whom was kicked out of professional wrestling for injuring too many wrestlers. Along the way, in order to succeed, and more importantly survive, Ben Baker must lose his conscience.

Advanced Praise for Lost Conscience:

"Alain Burrese's Lost Conscience is a fascinating and intricate thriller - the perfect read for anyone who thinks the criminal justice system needs a kick in the teeth and a swift backhand to the jaw for good measure."

- Andrew McAleer, author of Fatal Deeds

"A hardcore thriller extraordinaire."

- Lawrence Kane, author of The Little Black Book of Violence

"A riveting read!"

- Ed Kugler, author of Dead Center: A Marine Sniper's Two-Year Odyssey in the Vietnam War

"Action adventure at its best. Reminds me of Grisham with more action."

- Ken Farmer, Co-author of Black Eagle Force: Eye of the Storm

"Lost Conscious is a highly realistic, gritty, and in-your-face read for those craving an action-packed story torn from today's headlines. It doesn't get much better than this."

- Loren W. Christensen, author of nearly 50 books including On Combat and Dukkha - The Suffering: A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller

"Benjamin Baker isn't just another courtroom lawyer, he's ex-military and not afraid to get his hands dirty when it comes to sexual predators of children. Look out John Grisham, Michael Connelly and Andrew Vachss, Alain Burrese is in town."

- Marc "Animal" MacYoung, author of Taking it to the Streets: Making Your Martial Art Street Effective

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937872069
Publisher: TGW Books
Publication date: 08/02/2012
Pages: 434
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Alain Burrese, like his character Ben Baker, is a former Army sniper, attorney, and father of a beautiful little girl. He lives in Montana with his wife and daughter, where he speaks and writes about safety, self-defense and effective communication. Alain lived and trained in Japan and Korea and holds a 4th degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art with an emphasis on self-defense. He has starred in nine self-defense and martial art instructional DVDs, written one book on self-defense, and wrote the Tough Guy Wisdom movie quote and trivia series. Lost Conscience is his first novel. For more information please go to www.burrese.com.

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Lock On: Joint Locking Essentials vol. 2 Arm Bars & Elbow Locks
Lock On: Joint Locking Essentials vol. 3 Shoulder Locks
Lock On Joint Locking Essentials vol. 4 Finger Locks
Lock On Joint Locking Essentials vol. 5 Combining Locks & Lock Flow Drills
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Lost Conscience: A Ben Baker Sniper Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BertEdens More than 1 year ago
I have to confess the first thing that crossed my mind as I got into the first couple chapters of this book was: Does Burrese own a Dodge dealership? Right off the bat, we had two Grand Caravans and a Durango. Fortunately, there were plenty of other makes and models later in the book to offset that anomaly.  That said, I really enjoyed the story. Being acquainted with Burrese through various circles, I was already aware of the parallels between the author and his protagonist. The close proximity to his character's trains of thought really shows through in the scenes involving martial arts, military topics and even the law.  However, it does read as a first novel when it comes to scene setting that it outside the author's wheelhouse. Not to say it's bad; that's absolutely not the case. You can just see where his comfort level lies and where there is room for improvement. As a career martial artist, I'm sure Burrese is constantly striving for perfection, and I have no doubt he will reach it as he continues to produce fiction.  The story is very well-paced, not too fast, but also not dragging at any point. Being a martial artist myself, I really enjoyed the detailed level of those aspects of the book, and that gave the book a real edge I could appreciate. The characters are believable, but I would like to see more depth developed with Frank Senich, and as I hope there will be future Ben Baker novels, this could be accomplished over time. The same applies to Tanya and Coral, Ben's wife and daughter, respectively. Burrese takes a harsh topic, trafficking of women and children, as well as the associated pornography and sexual misconduct, and makes a believable story out of it. You find yourself hating the antagonists and pulling for the protagonists, which is what an author should set out to do. In that, Burrese succeeds magnificently. My only real beef with the book is that it really needed more thorough editing. Simple things that should not creep into a book, keeping it from flowing smoothly in a sharp, professional manner. At various times, I would encounter "scarred" instead of "scared", "were" instead of "where" and even, on subsequent pages, different spellings of the name of Baker's wife ("Tanya" / "Tonya"). While this doesn't detract from the quality of the story, it causes some re-reading of sentences and paragraphs to discern the meaning, disrupting the flow of the story. Overall, I wish I could give 4.5 stars, but I'll go with 4. I look forward to future books about Ben Baker, seeing where Burrese takes these characters.