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No Return [Paperback]

Brett Battles
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17 Jan 2013
An F-18 Navy fighter careens out of the blue sky above the Mojave desert. A TV cameraman, who grew up in a small town just miles away, can see what is going to happen next. Frantically, Wes Stewart races to the downed jet and tries to save the pilot's life. When the plane explodes, Wes escapes without harm - and plunges into a murderous conspiracy. It's been fifteen years since Wes has been back to the desolate landscape of his childhood. Now, he finds himself up against the US military, the local police and someone who is tracking his every move. In the moments he spent with the dying pilot, Wes discovered something that could get him killed. But while he tries to untangle a web of lies and secrets surrounding the crash, another danger is stalking him. And this one he will never see coming.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (17 Jan 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0099553392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099553397
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 887,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Battles keeps layering on the suspense until you can hardly breathe" (Linwood Barclay)

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A departure from Brett Battles' Jonathan Quinn novels. A stand-alone military conspiracy thriller.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Money, Congress and everything in between 27 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A stand alone thriller but still in the similar style to the stories featuring Quinn. However, Wes Stewart is no Jonathan Quinn which is just as well; two Quinns would be one and half too many.

Stewart is just a cameraman caught up in the sudden appearance of a Navy F-18 on its last moments before it crashes into the Mojave desert, just where the film crew is in action. The story centres around the dead pilot in the aircraft who is not the same man seen by Wes and caught on film as he tries to effect a rescue before the aircraft explodes, compared to the pilot shown in the official Navy press release.

And so begins a stop-at-all-costs attempt to cover up the reasons behind the accident bringing Wes and his friends into a deathly conflict with the Navy hardmen. At the same time, because Wes is filming near his home town, a place he hasn't returned to for seventeen years, there are old scores to be settled, though, for a while, Wes is blissfully unaware that there is more than one person after his hide.

The first part of the book is a bit of a bore. Wes is too innocent, too trusting for his own good even as circumstances tell him he's going down the wrong path. Once he cottons on, however, the story picks up a pace and the action begins.

There are flashbacks to Wes's earlier life in town, where an event at that time plays a significant role in the whole story. I had the perpetrator twigged fairly early but certainly not the reasons why Wes was the target. As the story unfolds, the author keeps up the speed and the book fairly rattles along.

The denouement at the end is interesting. All the loose ends are tied up which makes for a clear-cut finale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real pageturner... 22 Jan 2013
Format:Perfect Paperback
Brett Battles is a new author for me and I'm always keen to discover new thriller writers, so was delighted to receive a copy of this gripping stand alone. Centring on the character of Wes Stewart, who finds himself embroiled in a military conspiracy, I fairly raced through this one, with its clipped chapters and cleverly measured twists in the plot to keep you thinking just one more chapter, just one more chapter...

I loved the cinematic set-up of the plot, with the story revolving around the desolate and sinister beauty of the Mojave desert, and the initial, seemingly foolhardy, approach by Wes, to the crashed fighter plane is edge of the seat stuff indeed. On his discovery that there is a conspiracy to conceal the pilot's true identity, Wes not only has to negotiate the threats to him and his fellow film crew, with his refusal to let things lie, but also finds some nasty secrets from his past life come to the surface as he retreads the familiar territory of his youth. The whole plot centres around the themes of trust and loyalty, as Wes hooks up with his former buddy Lars, now a naval officer himself, to uncover the conspiracy, but how far can Lars be trusted and who is seeking retribution on them both? As the net tightens in both strands of the plot, Wes faces some uncomfortable truths about his past as well as finding himself in increasing physical danger. It's a thrilling ride!

The characters are nicely drawn as the tale brings into juxtaposition the flighty world of Wes' TV crew and the diva antics of their presenter Monroe Banks, with the discipline and regimentation of the military protagonists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent thriller 16 Mar 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read all the quinn books this is a totally different character in wes stewart, who is just an ordinary guy as opposed to a cleaner.This book has it all suspence ,action ,car /bike chase and final twist at the end that you will never guess. This guy brett battles is a superb author of the taut thriller and it shows in this book, just go buy it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thriller 22 Sep 2013
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I bought it for someone else, who enjoyed it. would not be interested in purchasing more of his stories myself.
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