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LETHAL GREED (Greed Series #2) [Kindle Edition]

John W. Mefford
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Book Description

Seduced by an insatiable urge to escape reality, North Texas teens are falling prey to the one weakness parents fear most—the use of illicit drugs. And North Texas is just the tip of the iceberg. With his city under siege by a series of drug deaths and a kidnapping, recently hired newspaper publisher Michael Doyle and those closest to him are sucked into a twister so toxic and destructive, no one will be the same in its wake.

From the jagged mountains and alluring beaches of Mexico to the suburban concrete jungle in North Texas, Michael defends an entire drug-ravaged generation against ruthless killers who attack on every front possible. And just when you think the dragon has been sleighed, a vile act of cruelty threatens to shred his own family.

LETHAL GREED can be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the Greed Series (#2).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 659 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sugar Hill Press (9 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LFNC5T0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, John W. Mefford has been writing his debut novel since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection to the characters.

When he's not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three curious kids, and a feisty fat cat.

Learn more about John at

Let's connect! Follow John on Twitter @jwmefford, or find him on Facebook at

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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Club Pick 10 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Cover - We loved it. The darkness it shows is exactly how the book turns out to be. Greed comes hidden in the cloaks of pleasure but what it actually does is destroy you.

Formatting / Appearance - We were given all three editions, Bob and I read the mobi / pdf editions and we had no complaints whatsoever.

Content - The manner in which John W. Mefford has brought back characters from the first book (Fatal Greed) into Lethal Greed is akin to Robert Ludlum's Bourne Series. Similar faces, different locations and different stories. The ins, outs and roundabout legal issues the characters in the book also reminded us of John Grisham's style and we loved it. John W. Mefford guides both reader and character on a tight rope. Do you keep your balance and stay on? Or do you fall and become consumed by greed?

Eliza's overall thoughts - Point. Shoot. Point. Shoot. This is exactly the writing style I like and I loved everything about this book. We've just finished the first two books and judging from how the author writes, he'll go far. The scene that grabbed me the most was the first scene. Talk about mind games.

Bob's overall thoughts - Sharp, dark and moody is the best way to describe Lethal Greed by John W. Mefford. The mental agony and torture the characters face is obvious to the reader, even the ones consumed by greed. Yet between drugs, money and pleasures of the flesh, who really cares?

Rating - 5/5 stars - Highly Recommended.

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads UK Book Club member, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my book review. This book review is based on my thoughts, opinion and understanding of the book. This book review does not reflect the opinion of other book club members.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lethal Greed by John W. Mefford 22 July 2014
By D-dre - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
How could a woman's abduction, a company and a rash of teen drug
overdoses be connected?

Smart and deadly, Lethal Greed grabs the reader right out of the gate
and doesn't let go. Mefford, clearly studied in the lives of those in
border states and cartel practices, spins a web of mystery, deceit,
crime and death you won't be able to put down until its bitter end.

You do not need to read the first book to appreciate the second but I
do recommend that you do so you have a clearer understanding and idea
of the characters.

Written in a straightforward, to-the-point style, the hits come quick
and you'll have to pay attention to keep up. Uncovering this mystery
is an enjoyable thrill ride with high stakes and drama that's true to

Disclosure - As a Quality Reads UK Book Club member, I received a free
copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no
monetary compensation for my book review. This book review is based on
my thoughts, opinion and understanding of the book. This book review
does not reflect the opinion of other book club members.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It kept me on the edge of my seat, not knowing if I was going to lose a friend or not. 5 July 2014
By Julie Baswell - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
While on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Arthur’s wife Trudy gets kidnapped by the cartel. He has to come back home and liquidate his assets to pay the one million dollars to get her back.

Meanwhile, his coworkers at The Times Herald are investigating a rash of teen drug overdoses. When the investigation leads to Puerto Vallarta, they realize that the kidnapping and the drugs are connected.

Having liked these characters in the first book, I was so glad that the author brought them back. I grew even closer to them in this story. It kept me on the edge of my seat, not knowing if I was going to lose a friend or not. Needless to say, I couldn’t put it down and had to read it in one sitting. I can’t wait for the next book to come out.
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Quotes "Hey 5 Jan. 2015
By C. gilleland - Published on
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Favorite Quotes
"Hey, baby." I tossed my keys in the bowl on the entry table. Marisa came up and gave me a big smooch. I held on longer than usual, appreciating her touch and her lips, as the news about Arthur's wife lingered in the back of my mind. I asked Marisa to sit on our old plaid couch, and I explained the bizarre, agonizing story from our friend. A worried crease formed between her watery eyes. "My God, Michael, what can we do to help? I'm really afraid for her, and I'm sure Arthur is a wreck, especially since he has no way of contacting her." Marisa ran her fingers through her thick locks of highlighted curls.
"You should have seen Stu and his family today. They were devastated. I think they believed Courtney was just like any other teenager, going through regular ups and downs, dating and maybe experimenting a bit. But in their worst nightmares they never imagined she could be drugged up and discarded." A lump formed in my throat as I recalled the depressing scene.
"Dear God, you're alive, you're alive!" Arthur said over and over again, holding Trudy's face and her naked body. She tried to speak, but her sobbing interrupted any possible verbal response. Distracted momentarily by the unforgettable reunion, I felt something hitting my knee. Francisco was moving his arm. Arthur still had water left in his bottle, so we poured it into Francisco's mouth. He became more lucid then held his hand up to his head. I hadn't noticed the bleeding until then. "Did you get shot in the head, Francisco?" I asked. "I think it just grazed me, unless you see a bigger hole than I feel," he said sarcastically. I looked back at Arthur, and the three of us let out grateful sighs amidst half smiles. "Did you rescue Trudy?" "No, Francisco, you did. You saved all of our lives." Trudy buried her head in Arthur's chest, her emotions gushing from infinite relief.

This book was given in exchange for an honest review.
This is the second book in the series. As with first one you are taken by surprise. This story is about parent’s worst fears. DRUGS and their children. In this North Texas town illicit drugs have been taking lives of their children. It wasn’t until Michael Doyle takes on the drug dealers and kidnappers to protect and defend the town and friends. But will he be too late to save his own family? Or will the drugs take over the whole town? Only by reading this story will you find out.

This story is a fast paced story that you start reading and don’t want to put it down. The author has made an exciting and compelling story showing that greed can take many forms. Each of these stories in this series can and do stand alone. The author has done a great job of developing the each and every character in this book. That is plenty of greed, kidnapping, murder, suspense, and twists and turns. From the first page to the last one you will not be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-written, complex thriller 4 Jan. 2015
By David - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Well this was an enjoyable read and a nice distraction from my usual reading and reviews. I would classify this genre as a mix of mystery/action and thriller all in one. The story is fast paced with multiple plot lines which intersect well. The author appears to have spent a lot of worthwhile time and effort developing this story line; and because of this the reader gets to enjoy a very well-woven thriller. I really enjoyed the complexity of this novel and how all of the sub-plots flow together seamlessly. I felt that there were 3 major characters that each had a different story line: Michael, Andi, & Emilia. Michael Doyle is the protagonist in this novel and works for a major newspaper; he manages investigative reporting. Brandon who works for Michael manages the people in his team; Andi being one of the foot soldiers and the investigative reporter that goes undercover. Emilia is Michael's mother-n-law and is involved with drug trafficking which she inherited from her husband. Michael's character suffers a little from a lack of depth; however, I did not feel that this detracted from the story line - further, I would not have extended the book to develop Michael further as it is a good length. There are numerous, enjoyable detours in this book which adds to the complexity; don't get me wrong, this is not the type of book you have to re-read to understand what just happened - rather it is a good type of complexity which keeps a reader interested. About 90% through I thought the story was over and the loose ends would be wrapped up; but...then I was pulled back in for another clever twist! The story ends with a narrative on the dangers and addiction of drugs. I personally am not a fan of this cover (too much yellow); this being my only criticism of this well written novel. This book is a sequel but can totally stand-alone without having to read the first book of the series. Lastly, the book includes the first chapter of the 3rd book in the series. Thanx for the read!

NOTE: This is not a YA novel by any stretch of the imagination...
4.0 out of 5 stars Once more Greed is at the very heart of story- emotional and tense thriller 22 Oct. 2014
By gpangel - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Lethal Greed by John W. Mefford is a 2014 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Once more the author uses greed, avarice, as the drive at the very heart of the actions which leads to the senseless deaths of young people who have not even started their lives yet and which will lead to much more heartache and broken lives before we are finished with our tale.

Michael and Marisa have tied the knot and Micheal is firmly ensconced in his new job working for the local newspaper. He quickly finds himself immersed in the drama unfolding with his friend Arthur whose wife has been kidnapped and is being held captive as well as the string of drug related deaths of young adults in their city. Marisa's mother, who is from San Antonio has also popped in for a visit.

I really enjoyed the characters in the first book and was looking forward to touching base with them again. The case involving Arthur and his wife Trudy will occupy most of Micheal's time and energy as he travels back to Puerto Vallarta, to rescue Trudy. But, there is also a new member to his staff, a young girl who has agreed to work undercover in order to bust the drug ring responsible for the heartbreaking overdoses, plus trouble in Marisa's personal family life also ties into the fray making for some really tense and action packed scenes.
The cautionary tale that warns against easy money and the dangers of drugs is an old one. It never fails to amaze how many people still fall under the spell of big money, somehow filing away the fact they are ruining countless lives by supplying drugs. The addiction to drugs is still very prevalent and knows no boundaries when it comes to class or money. Very good, otherwise law abiding citizens with stable, loving home lives can become addicted to illegal drugs just like anyone else. This story is a fine expose' of just that. No, it doesn't become preachy or anything but there were some ironical moments between Michael and Marisa, each affected personally in one way or the other.
However, some of these more poignant moments might fly under the radar as most readers will become caught up in the action and suspense elements in the story. The first chapter sets the pace and the action only slows down briefly here and there. The only complaint I had was the plausibility in some areas. I have said this countless times about thrillers.. I give this genre lots of leeway in that area, but I also like it to stay in a believable range. At times I felt things were about to get out of hand in that area. Thankfully, the story righted itself and continued on a more even pace.
There are some whopping emotional punches thrown out there and again the victims in this deadly game are many. Michael and Marisa seem like survivors to me and despite the differences in their upbringing, their lives are meshed together and I have the feeling they will work through all this and come out stronger in the end. Over all this one is a 3.5 rounded to 4
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