The Bomb Maker

The Bomb Maker

by Thomas Perry


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ISBN-13: 9780802129239
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/08/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 134,912
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Thomas Perry is the author of many critically acclaimed novels, including the Edgar Award-winning The Butcher's Boy and the national bestsellers Death Benefits and Pursuit.

Joe Barrett has been a working stage, screen, and recording booth actor since 1974 and an award-winning and eight-time Audie Award-nominated audiobook narrator since 1999. He also practiced law for five years-but don't hold that against him. Joe is married to actress Andrea Wright, and together they have four children.

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As he walked, he congratulated himself on his success. He made weapons, but didn’t consider himself a warrior. He was a bomb maker, a person who killed unseen and from a safe distance. All bombs came from a small, scheming, self-protective part of the mind. No bomb came from bravery. At most they were cunning or imaginative, cleverly disguised as something harmless—or even appealing. The Russians used to use helicopters to drop small delayed bombs designed to look like toys so Afghan children would try to pick them up. The monumental cynicism that led to the design of those devices still excited and amazed him.

One of his specialties was making bombs that came from his observations about human impulses and temptations. He liked small, routine-looking bombs that would beguile a bomb technician and tempt him to try to defuse it. The technician’s efforts would then set off a bigger bomb he hadn’t seen or imagined was hidden nearby.

He loved the power. He had the ability to obliterate anything he wanted. And he liked the perversity of bombs, the way he could make his enemies use their own skill and intelligence and selflessness and bravery—especially bravery—to kill themselves. When he wanted to be, he was death.

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The Bomb Maker 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way too much bomb talk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an exciting book from the first to the last page. The only think I didn't like about it was the book had to end some time. Excellent read. (And hopefully a few sequels, too???). Great character's as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every Perry book, and this new thriller competes with his very best. The research, plotting, and very satisfying final showdown make for a read I can recommend to all my reader friends and patients. Thanks Thomas. Dr. John
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
This masterful novel is told primarily from the p.o.v. of Stahl and the eponymous killer himself, and the reader sees through the eyes of the latter in a very unsettling manner. His hatred of the Bomb Squad and its members, and of Stahl in particular, is clear, and his brilliance at what he does is also clear. He thinks of himself, rightly, as a “person who killed unseen and from a safe distance. All bombs came from a small, scheming, self-protective part of the mind. . . No bomb came from bravery. At most, bombs were cunning or imaginative, cleverly disguised as something harmless – or even appealing. . . Bombs were acts of murder, but they were also jokes on you, riddles the bomber hoped were too tough for you, chances for you to pick wrong when it was almost impossible to pick right. . . Only one day ago he had killed half the LA Bomb Squad. He’d accomplished the largest police kill-off in history.” That alone is the biggest part of his motivation. And he keeps getting closer to his major target: Stahl and anyone close to him. Other than that, there seems to be no pattern to the placement of his fiendishly clever devices, which one must admit, with a shudder, are brilliant. As Stahl says, “Bombs are crude, brutal weapons. What’s complex is the deception, using people’s mental habits against them.” And we see just how accurate is that assumption on Stahl’s part It was also upsetting that Stahl gets a text giving the final score of a baseball game in which the Dodgers beat the Mets – but that’s probably just me. The reader gets to know much more than one would perhaps want to know about the bomb maker – married but now divorced [something he has in common with Stahl], with parents who didn’t like him much and “were not enthusiastic supporters of the marriage.” Stahl, and his squad, seem to be equally brilliant, all with over a decade working with bombs, with most of them having been LA cops or federal agents before that. In an eerily prescient plot line, there is some question about the propriety of the relationship between Stahl and a female sergeant on his team. Equally prescient is the plot line about background checks on people buying guns and rifles, and the ease with which they are purchased by members of the public from licensed dealers across the country. The suspense grows steadily as the book nears its end, and that end is very satisfactorily wrapped up by this author. The book is highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan--love *every* other book that Perry has written, and have read all of them! This was unreadable fanboyfic and would probably appeal to Clive Cussler readers. Very disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whether it's a new book in a series or a book with completely unique characters, Mr Perry continues to delight and amaze us. Without giving anything away, this one is different but as good as the rest of his work. Like all his books, I finished it in 3 days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Thomas Perry's work. This had an Interesting plot, great characters, was fast moving. Extremely satisfying read.