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Blood Pact (Kirk McGarvey Novels) [Hardcover]

David Hagberg

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25 Mar 2014 Kirk McGarvey Novels (Book 17)
David Hagber's "New York Times "bestselling Kirk McGarvey series continues with a deadly mission to find a long-lost treasure map in "Blood Pact. "A large portion of the fabulous treasure originally stolen by conquistadors of the eighteenth century was buried in the desert of southern New Mexico by Spanish monks. Jacob Ambli, a Catholic priest, was sent as a spy on a Spanish military mission to find seven caches left for the Church. He kept a diary showing the locations, but was murdered trying to get back to Rome, and the journal was lost. Now, a century and a half later, the diary has come to light, and the Spanish government, Cuban intelligence agency, and the Catholic Church are racing to be the first to claim it. Kirk McGarvey is approached by a shadowy organization that wants to beat all of them to the book--the Voltaire Society, a mysterious group whose purpose is shrouded in the history of the United States. The chase takes Mac from Washington to Malta and finally to Seville, where he comes up against a fifth foe--one of the most ruthless assassins he has ever confronted--who has made a blood pact with the agents of the devil to find the lost treasure no matter what the cost.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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DAVID HAGBERG is a former Air Force cryptographer who has traveled extensively in Europe, the Arctic, and the Caribbean, and has spoken at CIA functions. He has published more than twenty novels of suspense, including the bestselling "Allah's Scorpion," "Dance with the Dragon," and "The Expediter." He makes his home in Sarasota, Florida. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  32 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's kill everybody! 4 May 2014
By David Turrentine - Published on Amazon.com
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Really! Did you have to have 27 murder/kills in this book. Did I count wrong? Were there only 26? Maybe there were 28 or even 30. One loses count after awhile. Many of the people (women and children included) were just killed for convenience or because they were just in the way, not necessary. It's like author Hagberg just wanted to kill people. A lot of the killings just didn't make sense. I still gave it four stars because I really like the McGarvey character. I've read all the Hagberg books, but this one disappointed me with the extreme senseless killing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Historical Novel! 18 April 2014
By Melvin Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
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Kirk McGarvey is teaching at a college in Florida called New College. He has a visitor from the Voltaire Society. He wants McGarvey's help in locating a diary and key. McGarvey tells the man that he is retired and does not want to participate. The man from the Voltaire starts his car and it explodes and
kills the man. Two college students are killed as well.McGarvey becomes involved in a gunfight with members of the CNI and the Hospitallers. There are many
deaths as a result of the gunfight. The next person to make an entrance is Maria Leon. She is hunting for the diary as well. You also have the appearance of
some skilled professional assassins. One's name is al-Rashid and Derostos. This makes for an exciting read. This book also has a unique ending. Be sure to read it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Blood Pact: Seeing Red 3 April 2014
By John - Published on Amazon.com
One of the techniques writers use is to just get that first draft down. Regurgitate the words, just let them splash on the page. Then once you've expelled everything, you can go back and clean up.

Blood Pact reads like the vomit version. Didn't he have an editor vet this? Someone who said, "Y'know, maybe having the plane engines spool down, the man have a soccer player's build, an Englishman's fair complexion and rich Oxford accent, say goodbye to the flight crew, pick up a single Louis Vuitton leather bag, go down the plane's stairs and then walk to a waiting Bentley coupe all in the same sentence, might not be the easiest way to tell a story.

The bad guys -- and there are plenty of them -- from the Vatican, their Knights of Malta assassins, Fidel Castro's illegitimate daugther(who?), the Voltaire Society(who've been dispatching their enemies since the 1850s), a Mexican cartel and an international Saudi oil coalition headed by a, gasp!, evil prince -- are written pretty much as blockheads or as conveniences to advance the plot. For example a wily spy sees another spy that he can't really identify in a car. So what does he do? He honks his horn. And what does the other spy do? Why she spins all the way around and looks out her rear window. Thus giving him a ideally framed photo op to not only capture her face but her license plate as well. D'oh. If you were on a stake-out, wouldn't you be hunkered down? And if you heard a horn behind you wouldn't you look in your side view or rear view mirrors? Instead of spinning all the way around and possibly being garrotted by your seat belt?

The bad guy, Dorestos is nearly seven feet tall and he moves so fast, we are reminded of it constantly. I counted six different times before I stopped -- "..in a blur..." "..his speed incredible.." "..superhuman speed..." We get it. Usain Bolt wuld finish a distant second to this guy. So when McGarvey takes him out, Dorestos dashes from the bathroom, trying to make it to the front door. He's fast, but ain't nobody outrunning a bullet. And Dorestos had a gun, why not have a shoot-out? Because, as Hagberg, explains, he wanted McGarvey to know that he(Dorestos) wasn't lying, so committed suicide by agent.

The plot is of such complexity that just about every time McGarvey or other characters meet, they explain it. And explain it. There's lots of gun "porn" -- telling the exact model weapon with silencer and ammunition and the size of each man's piece.

Thugs die. So do innocent people. Necks get snapped, so do arms and legs. And the verbal crashes are eyeball-jarring: "He was in a suit and tie, his hair white." (Does that mean he changes his hair color to match his outfit?).

The old story goes that a sculptor was asked how he cut such a massive and beautiful elephant from a solid block of granite. "I just cut away everything that wasn't elephant."

That's my feeling about Blood Pact. Only Hagberg stopped cutting away. And the elephant isn't in the room, it's in the book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story a bit stretched but a real page turner 17 July 2014
By Seagees - Published on Amazon.com
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Action from page one to page 330. Very typical David Hagberg. Good story a bit stretched but a real page turner. Some reviewers don't like the killings, but its a part of life in the covert arena, no different than collateral life loss in war. If you're in the game, expect casualties. I'm not sure if the Church will be happy with the storyline, but it is very plausible and a very quick read. Well worth the money spent to buy the book.
2.0 out of 5 stars It was ok but not one of his best. Kept getting bogged down with inconsequental happenings and ... 3 July 2014
By APinsk - Published on Amazon.com
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It was ok but not one of his best. Kept getting bogged down with inconsequental happenings and seemed repetative thruout.
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