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Blown Away

Blown Away [Kindle Edition]

Shane Gericke
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A serial killer is playing a deadly game.
There are no rules except one:
The killer always wins.
The loser always dies.

Since joining the force, rookie cop Emily Thompson has had one ambition: to work homicide. Now she's got her chance. A twisted sociopath is turning her safe Chicago suburb into a brutal killing field, and every single one of his grisly clues leads directly to Emily. In 72 hours, on her fortieth birthday, he intends to make her his greatest trophy. If she doesn't stop him before then, Emily's first case will be her last.

In a city gripped by terror, and with little more to go on than her instincts, Emily must match wits with a madman bent on chilling revenge. It is an investigation that will lead her into a nightmare world of unimaginable crimes, the dark secrets of her own past--and to a final shocking discovery. . . "Real cops, terrific action, a twisted plot and a tough-gal detective who makes it all happen. More please!" --Roy Huntington, American Cop magazine

"Blown Away tightens the plot around detective Emily Thompson like a terrifying noose." --Thomas Frisbie, author of Victims of Justice

Shane Gericke is a former deputy financial editor of the Chicago Sun-Times. Winner of a dozen awards and Who's Who in America citations for his writing and design work, Gericke is a popular speaker at national conferences and community groups. Blown Away is his debut suspense thriller. He's also a writer and photographer for national magazines, a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Society of Midland Authors, and lives in Naperville, Illinois, with his wife, Jerrle.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0786018135
  • Publisher: Pinnacle Books; 1st edition (30 April 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #628,040 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable but entertaining 9 Aug 2012
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Whilst I was reading this book I enjoyed it immensely but when I came to think about the story I came to the conclusion that it was not very realistic. I think that the easy to read style of the book and the likeability of Emily caused me to engage completely with her story and to disengage my critical eye. In truth, for readability I would give this 4 stars but the far-fetched and holey plot caused me to downgrade it a bit.

I liked Emily and her fellow police officers a lot. I cared about what was happening to her and wanted her to find the killer (although it was staggeringly obvious who he was as soon as he entered the novel). I really hoped for a happy ever after ending.

On reflection, the killer's motivation was unlikely and the method by which he committed his crimes was completely improbable. There were a large number of plot holes.

I did enjoy this book, however, and I shall be interested to read others in the series to see if the author can create a better plot in future to match his excellent writing style and characterisation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 3 Mar 2012
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The open chapter of this book was really terrific so I thought I was going to have a really good read but unfortunately the rest was not up to that standard. The characters lacked depth, the dialogue at times was really poor. An OK book but disappointing after what was a superb beginning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well above average serial killer story! 22 Jan 2012
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Shane Gericke is a new author to me, but a very competent one none the less. Blown away is an above average serial killer story that I thought was very enjoyable. I thought the storyline was clever and all the pieces fitted together nicely in the end. I am not going to give a product description, as I think this often gives too much away. Suffice to say, I have read hundreds of books from this genre, and this one more than holds its own. It kept me very entertained, it runs along at a good pace and I liked it enough that I will be checking out the next book in the series "Cut to the bone. My only criticism is that in my opinion the killer's identity was a little telegaphed shall we say, however I stress that is only my opinion. All in all a book that I enjoyed and would recommend to anyone who likes the serial killer genre!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for the Strong of Stomach 30 July 2006
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I really would have enjoyed the book except the blood and gore were too upsetting. The novel was one you didn't want to put down but the images it left in my mind were very upsetting.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shows tons of promise for the author 9 April 2007
By Christopher C. Ferro - Published on
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I live in Naperville and the local Barnes & Noble had this book prominently displayed, since that is where the story takes place. I really enjoyed knowing first-hand all the locations mentioned in the book. I thought the plot, events, twists, and turns of the story were excellent, I didn't ever feel smarter than the characters in the book. I did, however, find a lot of the dialogue to be forced and not quite what I would actually imagine people saying. Everything got better as the story moved along - at the beginning of the book I was underwhelmed, but as I got farther into it I became more and more engrossed in the story. Even the weak point for me, the dialogue, because better towards the second half of the book. Given that this was the only real flaw in my mind and given that this was the author's first novel and I saw definite improvement even over the course of this one book, I am definitely going to check out his next title as soon as I can. He crafted a great, tense story and if his wording evolves like it appears to be, he will just get better and better.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absurd, farfetched, and bad character dialogue 29 April 2008
By Matt Gilmartin - Published on
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I bought this given all the hype in the Naperville Sun, and the glowing reviews from the other reviewers. I was totally disappointed, although I guess I could see where some people might find this a fun "beach read". The characters in this novel are not the slightest bit unique or interesting. The dialogue between the characters is written like a fiction 101 class, and the conversations between the younger characters are just plain dumb. The whole plot revolves around a serial killer being inspired by board games- my favorite line to laugh at is "You already did Boggle, you bastard!" LOL... Between the murders everywhere in quiant little Naperville and the nuclear bomb at Safety Town, I couldn't believe I wasted money on this book. While I'm sure the author is a nice guy, this book is awful.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Countdown to a hit 18 Dec 2006
By Lesa Holstine - Published on
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Rookie cop Emily Thompson's life hasn't been easy. Her parents were victims of a hit-and-run driver on her twentieth birthday. Her husband was killed by rocks thrown from an overpass on her thirtieth birthday. As her fortieth birthday approaches, she finds herself targeted by a killer who uses her own childhood games as devices to taunt her, while killing others.

Gericke's debut thriller introduces the slightly naive cop, who is forced to delve into her past to find the trail of a killer. Events move rapidly in the seventy-two hours before Emily's projected death at the hands of a madman. Hour by hour, the tension builds as Emily and the reader race toward a confrontation with a killer.

You can't go wrong with this first novel. You'll truly be "blown away" by an exciting story that leaves you hungering for the next book by Gericke.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Silly nonsense 25 Feb 2012
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The characters are all a mess...Psycho time. The heroine cop and sudden detective is so foolish an immature it is laughable. A stupid romance is in the works. The villain is a retread of many other evil villains and the plot is silly beyond belief. Kid events makes a snubbed boy set on a decades long journey of revenge by killing a humungous number of people following the rules of kid games like monopoly and Boggle. The heroine is of course captured and suffers what should have been disabling injuries many times (but she pluckily goes on unfortunately...the book needed more chapters) until the bitter end and boy was it bitter. Skip this piece of nonsense. It starts off like it should have been a good book but a bullet shot in a floor suddenly shoves the author in la la land. The book is pretty unreadable after that. I really shouldn't complain because this was a freebie; all I did was waste some time.
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