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Empty Places (The Peter Brandt Thrillers Book 1) by [Hill, Martin Roy]
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About the Author

Martin Roy Hill is the author of the military mystery thriller, "The Killing Depths," and the award-winning short story collection, "DUTY: Suspense and Mystery Stories from the Cold War and Beyond." Martin spent more than 20 years as a staff reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines, before becoming a military analyst specializing in battlefield medical operations for the Navy. His freelance credits include Reader's Digest, LIFE, Newsweek, Omni, American History, Coast Guard Magazine, Retired Officer Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section, and many more. Much of Martin's freelance work involves historical topics, especially military history. He was a lead contributor to the 1995 WWII anthology, "From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki: America at War," published by the Retired Officer Association (now called the Military Officer Association. He was also a contributor to the 2013 Civil War anthology, "Gettysburg: Three Days that Saved the United States." Martin's short stories have appeared in such publications as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Plan B Mystery Anthology, San Diego Magazine, and San Diego Writer's Monthly. His first book, "DUTY," was named the Best Short Story Anthology/Collection during the 2013 San Diego Book Awards (SDBA). "The Killing Depths" was also named a finalist for the SDBA Sisters In Crime Mystery Award.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1581 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Publisher: M. R. Hill Publishing (11 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FUAPAH8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #465,646 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Was my kindle edition a pirated version? There were so many typos that at times it was difficult to follow the rambling, over long, obvious plot.
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I was given this book by the author for review and enjoyed it.

Within the darkened world we follow Peter Brandt, already weary of the human condition, who must investigate his ex-wife's death, he the only one its seems that takes it seriously.

I don't give spoilers so will say that this story is fast-paced, gritty (if somewhat despondent about the lives we lead and the powers that take advantage) and well written.

Worth reading if you enjoy crime novels with extra dimension.
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...a cracking mixture of angst, anger, and regrets for a lost relationship compose the main character, Pete Brandt, a jaded sometime investigative journalist who carries the physical and emotional marks of a life that could have been better lived... when his ex-wife is murdered, a message from a former pal brings him back to clear up her personal effects... the good and bad guys loom large across the pages, and it's a tease trying to solve who's at the nub of all the criminality... the dialogue is entertainingly droll... throw in a web of politics, cops and ex-cops operating on and over the edge of legality and Hill serves up a great crime story... the tension is well-handled... the denouement is particularly satisfying... enjoyable, excellently crafted novel..well done, Mister Hill...
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This book is a page turner. It has everything a good thriller needs: a suspenseful plot, interesting characters, actions, twists, emotional events and an unpredictable ending. The book is well written and well-structured. I read it over a period of three evenings and found it hard to put it aside.

It starts with the murder of a woman in mysterious circumstances. The twists and challenges which the dead woman’s ex-husband encounters whilst unraveling what had happened kept me turning the pages. At times the story is fast-paced, at times it is told in a slightly more reflective tone, which is a good mix. To come back to the ending, I had my suspicions, and yet, the way the ending unfolded was brilliantly plotted and written.

This is a novel I highly recommend. Readers who love crime novels and thrillers will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder and Mystery in the Desert 31 Dec. 2013
By Jay Allan Storey - Published on Amazon.com
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Martin Roy Hill's latest novel, 'Empty Places', is masterfully written, with tension on every page. Hill has an amazing ability make us feel like we’ve been magically dropped into a place and time, whether it’s the stifling closeness of the interior of a nuclear sub in ‘The Killing Depths’ or the surreal emptiness of the desert in ‘Empty Places’.

In 1987, world-weary journalist Peter Brandt returns from a devastating assignment in Central America to his old beat in Palm Springs, to attend the funeral of his ex-wife, Robin. When the police stonewall his inquiries into her brutal murder, he finds himself drawn into his own investigation. In the process he crosses swords with the super-rich, corrupt cops and politicians, and a wealthy Cuban ultra-patriot whose past is suspect.

The novel has some great characters, both big and small, some poignant insights into relationships, and enough twists and turns to keep us guessing until the last page. A great read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime writing at its best 25 Nov. 2013
By Liam Saville - Published on Amazon.com
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Every so often you come across an author whose work you just connect with—Martin Roy Hill is one such author.

Empty Places is Hill’s second full length novel, his first, The Killing Depths, was published in 2012. On this occasion Hill has chosen to write in the first person, and his prose is excellent. His sentences flow naturally, his dialogue is compelling, and he has an easy style that ensures that the writing doesn’t get in the way of the story.

It’s 1987, and Peter Brandt, an investigative reporter with an international news agency, returns to his former home in the desert city of Palm Springs, to bury his ex-wife, television reporter Robin Anderson. What Brandt discovers upon his return is that Anderson has been brutally murdered, and that the local cops are less than enthusiastic about investigating the crime. Teaming up with his old friend, retired cop, Matt Banyon, Brandt sets about conducting his own investigation, and soon the two of them are drawn into a complex web of violence, lies, and corruption. The twists and turns are many, and Hill cleverly keeps you guessing until the very end.

Martin Roy Hill has done a fantastic job of telling this well-crafted and very compelling story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves good crime fiction.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hill's brilliant descriptive writing immediately engages the reader & brings you ... 13 April 2017
By Russell (The Author) - Published on Amazon.com
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Such a fast-paced thriller that will leave you on the edge of your seat! Hill's brilliant descriptive writing immediately engages the reader & brings you into the very heart of the story. As the novel unfolds, the pace quickens and the plot thickens. What a great read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Peter Brandt as a character and hope that there ... 18 April 2016
By Terrie L. Relf - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this in one sitting and then immediately ordered the next in the series. I love Peter Brandt as a character and hope that there is a third, fourth, and fifth book. . .Hill's writing style is engaging and his characters are intriguing, multi-layered individuals. He also has a keen eye for setting and action, of course.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the Mystery Chooses You 24 Dec. 2015
By Joe Dacy - Published on Amazon.com
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Down-on-his-luck reporter Peter Brandt is called back from 1987 Central America to bury his ex-wife, who was found murdered in the desert near Palm Springs, CA.

With the help of his PI friend, Peter is drawn into a mystery that just won't let go. The author, a former journalist, brings that experience to his well-crafted pages, creating a super-realistic crime thriller with a can't-put-it-down plot and a solid psychological back story.

This isn't the often-corny film noir type of book with stereotypical characters or overdone themes. Budget some time, because it's not the kind of novel to read in snatches.

It left me wanting more, and, fortunately, a second book in the series, called The Last Refuge, is due out in March!

--- Joe Dacy II (Author or Esquelle and the Tesla Protocol)

Note: I employed my Kindle Unlimited subscription to obtain and read a copy of this work.
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