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72 Hours (Ryan Archer #1) [Kindle Edition]

William Casey Moreton
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Book Description

For fans of Lee Child, Robert Crais, and Dean Koontz, here is white-knuckle suspense at its finest:
Having survived careers in both the Army and the FBI, Ryan Archer is now content to live a quiet life in a tiny apartment above a surf shop in Santa Cruz, California. He has few possessions and few friends. He works part-time in the little shop downstairs, and spends most of his free hours out on the open water with just his board and the waves. But he is about to be pulled back into action by a voice out of one of his former lives.

He is asked to keep a woman named Lindsay Hammond alive for the next 72 hours, as an army of street thugs, career criminals and professional assassins press in around them from every direction. As they go off the grid, surviving minute to minute, cutting off all contact with the outside world, Lindsay learns to trust Archer in a way she has never trusted anyone before. 

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Praise for the books of William Casey Moreton: 

"...Moreton keeps readers hooked." -- Kirkus Reviews 

"....Moreton is a superb and inspired storyteller and with so many mediocre books being published, this is a relatively rare feat." -- Deadly Pleasures 

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 732 KB
    • Print Length: 316 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004WLOGYE
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Gave up 8 Aug. 2012
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    After a gripping and explosive start to this book I was looking forward to a great read, however very shortly into the book the irritation began. I found the book poorly written and the characters though full of potential did not grip. However it was the, what I can only describe as 'teenage horror movie' actions which really annoyed me. The characters constantly did stupid things - akin to the girl going up to the attic, in the dark, to see if the ax murderer is there - which were unrealistic if you were to believe in any of the characters credentials. I plowed on until about half way through but when the women decides to give one of her protectors a call to pass on a telephone message when they are out stealthily tracking down a team of hit men that are circling I gave up in disgust. I have only once before not finished a book and vowed I wouldn't give up on a book again, however I had to break my rule as I was not prepared to waste anymore of my time on this nonsense. Unfortuantely my advice would be don't bother with this read.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars error prone reacher type hero 15 July 2012
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    The main character Archer is a Reacher type ex fed called upon to save a family in motal danger. He is dragged away from his surfboard for a romp accross south west USA.

    An easy read, but predictable. The introdution sets up a whole string of would be assassins targeting the family. A novel twist in an otherwise ok holiday read.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars 72 Hours 13 Sept. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Ryan Archer may work part-time in a surf shop and enjoy spending most of his free time out on the waves but he's no beach bum. Before settling down to a slower pace of life, Archer served in the army and then worked for the FBI. He planned to put his previous life of action and danger behind but a voice from his past drags him back in. Archer agrees to protect Lindsay Hammond for 72 hours as threats close in against her from all sides.

    72 Hours is a suspenseful thriller from William Casey Moreton. It's a quick read as there's plenty of action and danger keeping the plot whizzing on but the character of Ryan Archer is still well developed. Archer's meeting with Lindsay Hammond and agreeing to protect her from the rather dramatic dangers that she is facing makes for a gripping start to the story and promises intrigue ahead. Perhaps some of the situations that the two find themselves in (and definitely some of Lindsay Hammond's behaviour) are verging on the implausible but then 72 Hours is an action thriller so some over-the-top antics are to be expected.

    While the story is very good, it has to be said that 72 Hours could have done with some further proofreading. There were quite a few typos, especially in the middle of the book, that proved quite distracting. It's not enough to spoil the book of course but the reading experience would have been far better without them. William Casey Moreton is definitely good at crafting compelling stories and building interesting characters and so a bit more polish on the final production of his books would certainly be worthwhile.

    72 Hours is an exciting, engrossing read that should please thriller fans and those who enjoy action films. Ryan Archer is a believable hero who will hopefully feature in other books in the future. All in all, 72 Hours is a great way to while away a few hours.
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    this book is very very good at least I enjoyed it, a price is put on the head of Lindsey and every low life and bounty hunter is after her, Archer is assigned to protect her and to stop the low life and bounty hunters from cashing in, at times it is a bit silly and far fetched but If you can accept this then I feel the author carries this of very well, and In my mind this book is well worth considering if you like action thrillers, yes the plot is far fetched and implausible at times but the author keeps the pace going all the way to the end. I wont give the plot away, all I will say is you think ending is going to be something different than what actually occurs, I like the way the story rolls along all the way to the end, considering this was a freebee I was very surprised, I would recommend this author and will try another book by him sometime in the future, excellent read. 5 STAR
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best! 7 April 2013
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    Quite simply this is one of the best thrillers I have read in a very long time...I read it in only a couple of sittings and found it very hard to put down.
    This is a new author to me but I've already downloaded another couple of his books. I'm slightly sorry that each one seems to be a stand alone, as there is no doubt that Ryan Archer, the hero of 72 Hours, justifies a series in the same way as Mitch Rapp or Jack Reacher, but I'm sure that the heroes of the other books will grip me in the same way.
    The plot is imaginatively devised and the action never lets up from start to finish. The ending was a tad predictable but, in all honesty, it was exactly the ending that I wanted and was hoping for.
    I can totally recommend this book but if you start it in the evening, be ready for a VERY late night.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Implausable, But. 24 Sept. 2012
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    As a realistic true to life story the whole consept is just to far fetched to believe.
    However, I'm of the generation that in their teenage years watched the Dirty Harry, Death Wish films ect.
    Their whole story lines were just as OTT.
    However with a litle imagination you can visualise this book as an action film, set in this period. Do so and you'll enjoy this as a fun read. I did.
    From a balistics and firearm point of view I would question the authors choice of a sidearm. A colt .45 would be a far better choice over a Barretta. As for a .22 round for a long distance snipper shot, umm.
    OK, thats my pedantic bit over. It's still fun.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
    More like a children's book
    No real story
    Great if you want to get yourself off to sleep
    Yawn. Yawn. Yawn
    Published 1 month ago by m dent
    5.0 out of 5 stars recommend it to everyone
    Action from the first sentence, couldn't put it down, had to know what was happening, recommend it to everyone.
    Published 4 months ago by Dorie Clifton
    1.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't give it a minus star
    Definitely one for a minus award. How I made it to 19% I do not know. It really is that bad! The plot is "Me smokum anything" in nature if you can even call it a plot and... Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Poppalong
    5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this book
    Would highly recommend this book. Fast-paced and keeps you enthralled throughout. Look forward to reading more Ryan Archer books, just when you think it s all over there's more!
    Published 11 months ago by ANGELA DUNNE
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
    A very good story well thought out and like the best stories the hero is left to come back another day.
    Published 11 months ago by peter johnson
    5.0 out of 5 stars 72 Hours
    A wonderful book that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. I highly recommend this book.
    Published 16 months ago by chrissy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
    Excellent book to have in your library. So good I can read it over and over again. Thoroughly recommend this.
    Published 18 months ago by Mr. Ronald S. Unsworth
    5.0 out of 5 stars TOP GUY
    as with all his books, you just don't want to put them down, and they would all make good films .(GIVE US A PART)
    Published 20 months ago by eric field
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
    Fantastic reading - would make a brilliant film! Very cleverly written and I couldn't put it down. Will be reading more of his books!
    Published 21 months ago by Sue Field
    3.0 out of 5 stars almost wet myself laughing when I read about the guy with a whelp on...
    Yet another decent read let down by a lack of proofreading. I assume the guy should have had a wheal or a welt on his head. Read more
    Published 22 months ago by Lee
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