Or do you have your own MacGuffin?
Author: Paul Sekulich
Publication: July 10, 2014
Jacket design: Paul Sekulich
Author photographer: His wife Joyce
"This book was provided by Paul Sekulich in exchange for my honest review alongside my proffered thank-you for asking."
Eddie mentions his uncle Bartel Vandermeer.
Bartel runs a restaurant and the legit business Vandermeer Diamond Brokers of Manhattan. And imports a few high-end cars here and there.
At twenty-three Coll finds himself in NY as anyone else would coming back from the Vietnam War decorated out the ass (hell, the Navy could've used him as an anchor) feeling love and respect only from close friends and family. As for the rest of the hoi polloi, they weren't interested in hearing sob stories of the war. No job and future looking bleak, Coll decides to give Vandermeer a try.
Coll and Eddie worked for almost two years for Vandermeer. Eddie was right, Bartell paid his help well. Coll drove the high-end cars to their customers and Eddie worked the diamond side. Coll would sock some money away and when the time was right to head west to Vegas he'd have enough to last him.
Getting out west was a bitch.
Being one of those true-blue up-standing all-American contributing members of society yadda yadda yadda - hell, being a moral human-being he had to get into the Witness Protection program because he had to set things straight. All he wanted to do was get out of the war and get a respectable job for a few bucks and then head to Vegas and ... take 'em.
Eddie, well, Eddie might be all right.
Off Collin goes to save his own skin for a moment. Goes in as Robert "Bob" Smith to Montana and do some quite living. Maybe some fishing?
The Big Sky country was not quite like the blinking lights of Vegas, yet, he was breathing and still, he was holding on to that dream of taking Vegas - Ha! at baseball.
After some bad guys go to prison from the NY episodes, Paul brings in a Native-American by the name of Amachee. Here I was trying to figure out the significance. He plays (according to his character) well with the setting of Montana, yet, I wonder if the 'luck' that it itself plays in this novel has bearing.
Well, hell, he'll need it arriving in Vegas thirteen years later from the witness protection game he was playing with the government. Taking with him the necklace Amachee gave.
Meets Jim Creeger and his wife Dina. Jim is an ex-cop and his lovely wife works at a bank as a Teller who is also a person that believes her friend Connie Hannigan would be a match for lonely 'ole Coll. These guys all become great characters and the chemistry radiates between them. Dinners, laughs, a few kisses, ahh....
As time moves on and Coll places his bets across the casino's of Vegas, some of the bad guys get paroled.
Big Al Marko, Two Ton Teddy and Kyler Rotermund who also worked for Vandermeer were introduced as major characters a few pages ago and their presence in this tale are colorful to so say the least, are out and about again.
Hell breaks out in Vegas - get outta Dodge. Collin makes last minute arrangements, some with conditions and leaves knowing he's got some money to look forward to and off to meet the girl. Doesn't the good guy always get the girl in the end?
Arriving in Zurich, Switzerland he checks on his money. What money?! He asks the teller who withdrew it and she simply tells him, 'Why, you did sir.'
The account needed a picture as well as number identification for any transactions. After printing out the picture the Teller mentions that passport photos aren't all that flattering. Lo and behold his dear friend Jim Creeger.
After exiting the bank dumbfounded, what does his eye see?! His dear friend Jim and Kyler Rotermund sitting in a cafe right across the street! Oh, how the story ends ...
There's a few more chapters from here on out with action from a man set on a mission ~ you'll love how it all comes together. And who and with who. The ending was satisfying as it was a Grand Slam, field included. Amachee was satisfied too, I could tell from his smile as he read that card. Amen.
Highly recommended folks. Dynamite read.
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About the author ~
In Hollywood, he worked as a script doctor and contributor for two, prime time television sitcoms.
He has completed his first three thriller novels, The Omega Formula, and A Killer Season. His third book, another Detective Frank Dugan thriller, Resort Isle, is complete and available now. In the spring of 2017, he plans to debut Murder Comes to Paradise, another in the Frank Dugan detective series.
He has written, acted in, produced and directed films, commercials and stage productions since he was eighteen and has won awards for his work. He owned and operated The Limestone Dinner Theatre for several years and now teaches college seminars on novel writing, self-publishing, and scriptwriting for television and the movies.