The Big Wheel

The Big Wheel

by Scott Archer Jones


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ISBN-13: 9781940869339
Publisher: Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) Publishing LLC
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Scott Archer Jones is currently living and working on his sixth novel in northern New Mexico, after stints in the Netherlands, Scotland, and Norway plus less exotic locations. He’s worked for a power company, grocers, a lumberyard, an energy company (for a very long time), and a winery. Now he’s on the masthead of the Prague Revue, and launched a novel last year with Southern Yellow Pine, Jupiter and Gilgamesh, a Novel of Sumeria and Texas. The book was a finalist in four categories in the New Mexico – Arizona Book Awards

Scott cuts all his own firewood, lives a mile from his nearest neighbor and writes grant applications for the community. He is the Treasurer of Shuter Library of Angel Fire, a private 501.C3, and he desperately needs your money to keep the doors open.

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The Big Wheel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Robko had been in the building and the Gray Man had just got the power off for the first of four times to give Robko a chance to do what he had to do to pull the theft off. The day before he had been in the apartment with the Gray Man going over everything one last time. Stealing something so big from Governor O'Brien was both lucrative and and dangerous. The Gray man had told Robko that has been a year long job with months of surveillance. They have to bypass four levels of security to get in O'Brien's office. Then Robko while in the vault finds a box with a lot of crystals that he figures he can keep that the Gray Man does not have to know about. This could get Robko killed by the Gray Man or O’Brien but he decides to chance it. Thomas had a call from the Governor assistant 10:00 AM . Thomas was was at his job working with another company when he said something came up and they would have to meet again at another time. When he got to O'Brien's empire his secretary told Thomas there had been a big robbery the night before. The had lost some intelligence of great value. It was another round of problem solving for the Governor. Then the CEO had Thomas go to the table to sit. Dan the head of security was there and Lefarge who had handled some tricky stuff for the Governor before was there. Don showed Thomas the list of stolen items.Then Thomas was asked by O’Brien what he thought. Thomas told him to follow the trail of the money. Thomas said he knew of a firm that can follow disappearing money through the banks and determine who owns the accounts. The company moves fast and had some not so legal contacts. Don was to call the company but Thomas added to let them know it’s Thomas Stewart on behalf of Dennis O’Brien. Thomas also said if they don’t have names they do have characteristics and that will make the thieves more predictable. Lefarge went over what they could already figure out about the thieves. There was a limited number of people who would be able to do this. This tells them the mastermind is known in the business. Also the mastermind is willing to take on anything. O'Brien said he wanted a name, a location, and his date back all of it. Then they told O’Brien he had to decide whether to hand the answers over to the cops or have his own extraction team. O’Brien told Thomas the had all the data . but also the memory device with O’Brien’s total finances on it. The rest of the memory devices were political . they document who O’Brien owns and how much he paid. There was another thing stolen and O’Brien wanted Thomas and only Thomas to take personal responsibility for getting back. The device stolen was the greatest artifact ever produced and there was only three made until last night O’Brien had controlled all three. It was a new form of data storage . it can be used to store all the things that make up a man.It can download into new computers to form artificial intelligence based upon man. It can be used to archive and search the greatest minds of the world. It can be used to download a man’s mind into another human host. The Governor had the stored device in him. Thomas said he would give it his best shot. Thomas says he needs access to O’Brien and reports from both teams day and night, also he needed any resource he asked for. He also said he wanted Ryan Heavers to come behind him and take over the acquisition Thomas had been working on. O’Brien agreed. Robko figured O’Brien didn’t report the theft when he seen or heard nothing ab
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Valerie Rouse for Readers' Favorite The Big Wheel by Scott Archer Jones is a fast paced novel centered on Robko Zlata, an eccentric thief. The story begins with Robko in the middle of a heist. His objective is to break into the office building of Governor O’Brien and relieve the vault of its contents. He smoothly carries out his operation and informs his boss of his success. He later passes on the memory devices he stole to his boss. He kept the twelfth device. It resembled a box of crystals which he felt had immense value. Governor O’Brien pulls out all the stops to recover the items Robko stole from his safe. O’Brien hires a hit man plus an operative to hunt down Robko. Robko is on the run... The Big Wheel is an intriguing novel. The book begins at a rapid pace. Scott Archer Jones engages his readers from the get go. I was enthralled with the incessant action unfolding in the plot. I felt as though I was actually watching a movie. I could not put the book down. The plot is that enticing! The cat and mouse feature of the plot played an important role in the attractiveness of the storyline. I loved the detailed description of the main character’s line of work. It really makes you wonder whether the author is also a pro in this field. The language used is colloquial and it is quite easy to understand. The introduction of a romantic relationship between the main character and his female accomplice was an added bonus. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Big Wheel. I recommend it to all lovers of books packed with action.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite The Big Wheel by Scott Archer Jones is the story of Robko Zlata who has a reputation as a high-level thief and is retained for a high-tech theft by the Gray Man. All goes according to a well-rehearsed plan until Robko discovers something neither of them had been expecting. His decision to keep his find a secret, in the hope of making more money, results in his becoming the prey of the renowned Thomas Steward, a brilliant expert in seeking out those who do not wish to be found. So follows a cat and mouse journey of deceit and intrigue as Robko tries to escape from his determined hunter. Thomas is not the only one following Robko as he finds himself fleeing for his life and entering a world even he had not imagined. This is a fast-paced crime thriller with a twist at every turn. Unpredictable and engrossing, the world Robko finds himself in is far worse than he had ever imagined. The author, Scott Archer Jones, has woven an amazing story with a plot and sub-plots that leave the reader reeling. Well written with a breathless pace and nail-biting twists, The Big Wheel makes an incredible read. The detail of the heist and the descriptive scenes, together with believable and somewhat awesome characters, make this a memorable book and will certainly have me seeking out other works by this author. This is one of the rare books that had me page-turning to the end and unable to put it down. A credit to the author and his imagination. I hope the scenario he created is purely of his imagination or the world is no longer a safe place to live.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite The Big Wheel by Scott Archer Jones is set in the year 2020. The Big Wheel starts with a robbery. It's an excellently described piece of corporate burglary by a likable thief named Robko Zlata. Robko is the first of a host of great characters that Scott Archer Jones scatters throughout The Big Wheel. Robko's heist is what brings these characters out of the woodwork and on a collision course with each other. This is science fiction in the Cyber Punk vein, but you could run into any of these characters in a boardroom or back alley in any major city today. I think this is what I liked most about The Big Wheel. We go from corridors of nearly unimaginable wealth and power to places where the dregs of society hang out and the characters and dialogue always ring true. The Big Wheel is a very entertaining story, but it also made me wonder if we are ready for some of the wonders technology is about to hand us. I really liked The Big Wheel. It's a great book. I can't say that for every book I review. Sometimes I just don't really get into a book, even if it is well written and doesn't have many flaws. I picked it up on a weekend when I had some time and it really worked out for me because I couldn't put it down. It is a quick, quirky little piece of literature and I will be looking for Scott Archer Jones' name any time I'm in a bookstore from now on.