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Eye of the Burning Man: A Mick Callahan Novel (The Mick Callahan Series) [Kindle Edition]

Harry Shannon
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New Mystery Reader said of award-winning author Harry Shannon's series character Mick Callahan, "Mick is all we love to see in a fallen hero; vulnerable, insightful, and just simply a likable guy." Media psychologist Callahan is a failed Navy Seal, a recovering alcoholic and a loyal friend. He's also a man with a hot temper and a talent for getting himself into trouble. In "Eye of the Burning Man" he's on the trail of child pornographers.

"Mick Callahan is a man with a past, a mean right hook, and a radio talk show. He's pretty good at giving people advice - just not necessarily good at taking it. The strength of this series is in its central characters, flawed, human, often funny, sometimes tragic, and the relationships among them."
--Mystery Scene

"Callahan is a fresh new voice, a flawed Everyman hero who knows his own demons and his own limitations yet is strong enough to overcome. This series stands with some of the very best noir mystery fiction around."
--Horror World

"Mick Callahan is not only likeable (as deemed by Library Journal) but he manages to endear himself as a very realistic hero, with a strong sense of purpose and an equal dash of vulnerability."
--Cemetery Dance

"A flawed and edgy hero. Dark wit, excellent writing and action-packed pace."
-The Rap Sheet, January Magazine

"Mick's road to redemption is wry, bittersweet and altogether touching."
--New Mystery Reader

Synopsis

Psychologist Mick Callahan, flawed hero of Harry Shannon's taut thriller "Memorial Day", wants to escape his violent past. He's finally back in the game, with a successful radio show, a new girlfriend and money in the bank. And then along comes Mary, the young drug addict who saved his life in Dry Wells. Mick Callahan is the kind of man who pays his debts, even if that means putting everything on the line. When Mary is abducted from his home all hell breaks loose. Callahan gathers his eccentric friends, sets out to find her and ends up confronting a gang of vicious psychopaths at Nevada's bizarre Burning Man Festival.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harry Shannon (14 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DKK1HQ
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Publisher's Weekly has said of HARRY SHANNON "Suberb pacing and an eye for the terrifying will leave the reader shaken and unsettled. " Shannon has been an actor, a singer, an Emmy-nominated songwriter, a recording artist in Europe, a music publisher, a VP of Carolco Pictures ("Terminator 2," "Total Recall," "Rambo 3"), and worked as a free-lance Music Supervisor on films such as "Basic Instinct" and "Universal Soldier." He holds an MA in Psychology and is currently a counselor in private practice. Although primarily a novelist, Shannon has sold stories to a number of genre magazines including "Cemetery Dance," "Horror Garage," "City Slab," "Crime Spree" and "Gothic.net." He contributed a 25,000 word mystery/horror novella to a Cemetery Dance limited-edition called "Brimstone Turnpike," as well as short fiction to several anthologies including the highly praised "Dark Delicacies II," "Tales from the Gorezone," "Small Bites," "The Fear Within," "A Dark and Deadly Valley," "Holy Horrors," and "On Deadly Ground," a collection of western noir edited by veteran author Ed Gorman
Shannon's first signed limited edition short story collection "BAD SEED" debuted in June of 2001. His debut horror novel "NIGHT OF THE BEAST"--the first in a pulp trilogy set in northeastern Nevada--was released in 2002. The acclaimed "NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF" won the small-press Tombstone Award for Best Novel of 2003. The final book, a 2005 Delirium Books limited edition of "NIGHT OF THE DAEMON," sold out in pre-order. These 'Night" books are currently out of print in the US, but the third, under the title "Daemon," was released by Delirium Books in 2008.
Harry Shannon's first noir effort, "MEMORIAL DAY (A Mick Callahan Novel)," takes place in fictional Dry Wells, Nevada. It was a hardcover release from Five Star First Edition Mysteries in May of 2004. New Mystery Reader called it "brilliant," also "wry, bittersweet and altogether touching," Library Journal praised it as "memorable," and Booklist said of amateur sleuth Mick Callahan "Let's hope he's around for a long run." The sequel, "EYE OF THE BURNING MAN" came out in November, 2005 and was also well-reviewed. A third Mick Callahan novel "ONE OF THE WICKED" was released November, 2008. Shannon's solo thriller "THE PRESSURE OF DARKNESS" was released in November of 2006. His second collection of short fiction "A HOST OF SHADOWS" will be released by Dark Regions Press in August of 2010.
Harry scripted the horror film "DEAD AND GONE" for darkhaze.net fetish photographer/director Yossi Sasson, and played a bit part as the Sheriff. The film was released on DVD via Lions Gate in July of 2008. Shannon's novel version of "DEAD AND GONE" was published in August '08. "A Host of Shadows," a short fiction collection and the novella "PAIN" were released in 2010.
Shannon can be reached via his website at www.harryshannon.com or via Facebook.





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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mick Callahan returns to kick ass!!! 15 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
In Eye of the Burning Man, when child pornographers kidnap Mick's maid's young nephew, and a crack whore asks Mick for protection, he is happy to leave the studio to mix it up with the lowlifes---but what if he's being set up for a lethal case of revenge?

Here we have the 2nd "Mick Callahan" book, Mick is on the up and becoming very successful but trouble is not too far away for our Mick!
While leaving a radio studio late at night, Mick is attacked by a masked man and gets dumped by his girlfriend for his troubles. To add more misery his maids young nephew is abducted. Is that it? No, a girl called Mary asks Mick for help from her nasty pimp, of course it's time for Mick too kick some ass!

Along the way Mick requires help from Darlene (a cop) and not forgetting Jerry (a computer expert) and Hal (Mick's sponsor who has plenty of money)All the clues lead to Nevada's Burning Man Festival and a confrontation even Mick was not expecting.....

This 2nd Callahan novel is probably my favourite, Harry Shannon brings plenty scuffs and scrapes for Mick and I like it! This is a fast read because it is that good, mystery/noir is becoming something Harry Shannon is very good at. All the cool characters are here to enjoy, whether they be good or bad.

I only hope more people in the UK pick up some of Harry Shannon's books, he really deserves a bigger audience.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Rock City Goes Gritty 8 Feb 2006
By Jeremy Robert Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In Eye of the Burning Man, Harry Shannon's continuation of the Mick Callahan mystery series, we get all the elements that genre lovers could ask for. An ever-more-sympathetic hero who happens to be an ace in combat and mind games, multiple love interests, a fairly labyrinthine plot, drugs, the occasional bit of very gruesome action, intellectual pimps, sassy hookers, sad junkies, porno subplots, etc. Shannon has gone all out to make this a fun ride.

Past the exciting genre conventions he's also written a funny and touching novel that treats its character relationships seriously and serves up an underlying meditation on love. Love found, love lost, love violated. It makes for a rewarding (and very fast-paced) read. You'll crack this book and read straight through to the cataclysmic and satisfying end.

As a "Burner" and regular yearly citizen of Black Rock City, I was initially concerned about the portrayal of the Burn in the novel, but by the time Mick arrived at the Playa I was so involved in the mystery and the world Shannon had created that this version of the festival worked fine for me. In fact, I really enjoyed the guns and chaos and thuggery mixed in with familiar sights and beautiful madness of the Playa. Made me anxious to get back out to the desert.

Eye of the Burning Man is a thrilling episode from Mick Callahan's files, and leaves me excited for the next go `round.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed Read 14 July 2010
By Invisigoth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Psychologist Mick Callahan has a knack for getting into trouble. A recovering alcoholic, womanizer and fighter (as a child his stepfather forced him to fight for money), he's now on the straight and narrow after barely escaping his last scrape with his life (the events of Shannon's previous novel, Memorial Day). In fact, things are finally looking up; he's got a pretty young girlfriend and a new hit radio talk show.

But when Callahan and his date are mysteriously assaulted in the parking lot by a huge tattooed man wearing a black mask, and his housekeeper's adopted son is kidnapped, it seems that trouble has once again found him. Things quickly get worse: an old friend, drug addict and prostitute named Mary calls him with a plea for help, and he can't resist going after her.

The problem is, Mary has fallen in with a very bad group of people, and Callahan quickly finds himself swept up into a dangerous plot. Nothing is as it seems, and he must call in every favor and use every ounce of his strength and cunning to stay alive. Assault, prostitution and child pornography are par for the course as Shannon's taut thriller moves with lightning speed to a thrilling conclusion.

Shannon's prose is effortless as he propels the story along with the practiced ease of a master. There's enough intrigue and plot twists to keep any reader interested, but the real hook of this novel is Callahan himself.

Eye of the Burning Man is, in a word, astonishingly good. This novel is lean, dark and one hell of a lot of fun. Although it's not necessary to read Shannon's previous Callahan novel, Memorial Day, it's worth doing so, if only to see the character change and grow from one book to the next. Callahan is more than an echo of the hard-boiled sleuths from other standout detective series from Parker, Crais, MacDonald and Thompson; he is a fresh new voice, a flawed everyman hero who knows his own demons and his own limitations and is strong enough to overcome.

Put simply, Eye of the Burning Man stands with some of the very best noir mystery fiction around. Shannon deserves a much wider audience for this series, and one can only hope he will land a mass-market deal so that many more readers can become acquainted with Mick Callahan Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Shannon's Best 4 July 2010
By N. Kenyon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Psychologist Mick Callaghan has a knack for getting into trouble. A recovering alcoholic, womanizer and fighter (as a child his stepfather forced him to fight for money), he's now on the straight and narrow after barely escaping his last scrape with his life (the events of Shannon's previous novel, Memorial Day). In fact, things are finally looking up; he's got a pretty young girlfriend and a new hit radio talk show.

But when Callaghan and his date are mysteriously assaulted in the parking lot by a huge tattooed man wearing a black mask, and his housekeeper's adopted son is kidnapped, it seems that trouble has once again found him. Things quickly get worse: an old friend, drug addict and prostitute named Mary calls him with a plea for help, and he can't resist going after her.

The problem is, Mary has fallen in with a very bad group of people, and Callaghan quickly finds himself swept up into a dangerous plot. Nothing is as it seems, and he must call in every favor and use every ounce of his strength and cunning to stay alive. Assault, prostitution and child pornography are par for the course as Shannon's taught thriller moves with lightning speed to a thrilling conclusion.

Put simply, Eye of the Burning Man stands with some of the very best noir mystery fiction around. This is an astonishingly good book. Shannon deserves a much wider audience, and one can only hope he will land a mass-market deal so that many more readers can become acquainted with Mick Callaghan. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow start 8 Feb 2014
By Mary K Klicsu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the book but it did have a slow start and I kept putting it down. About two or three chapters in, it got my interest.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars i liked it 30 Aug 2013
By Shirley Carr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It left you wondering until the last page what would happened would read more of his books if he wrote more
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