Praise for The Travelers

 

The Computer Heist Amazon Reviews

By Einadneye 5 stars

Had me from the first chapter. Great author.

This book is one that will keep you turning pages and leave you begging for more. The characters are so real and the storyline of a failed product that needs tweaking and the steps that Samantha takes along with crooks Tess and many others take to make money off it will leave you believing it could happen . I was given a copoy of this book free by Reading deals to read and give a fair review. Best book I have read this year so far.

By Eva M. Silverfine Ott 5 Stars

Read it too quickly!

The Computer Heist is an equal opportunity caper–even the most benevolent of characters is trying to get something over on someone else. A fast-paced plot with a cast of morally challenged but realistic characters, I read it too quickly! Although The Computer Heist is a stand-alone work, I recommend reading The Traveling Man first to gain a more in-depth look at the grifter couple at the core of these stories.

By Kathy 5 Stars

Excellent page turner

This book really moved and was difficult to put down. The characters were memorable and the plot had many twists with an ending that I did not expect- as good as Harlan Coben’s novels.

By James Robert Smith 5 Stars

A good one!

With most self-published books I can tell within a few lines (sometimes just one!) whether or not the author knows what he’s doing and if the book is going to justify me dedicating several precious hours of my leisure time to processing the material. THE COMPUTER HEIST grabbed me from the first paragraph and so, of course, I read on. The entire chapter was good stuff and I continued to read, waiting for the inevitable moment when I realized the self-publisher was not a true writer and that I was just wasting my time.

That never happened.

King introduces the readers to “the Traveling Man and his wife” currently going by the names Joe and Tess. Joe and Tess are a married couple (not sure if they’re legally married, but with this pair that’s not a problem) who are not just grifters, but criminals without the problem of moral ambiguities or feelings of real guilt. We meet them at the point where they are being interviewed by a prospective employer (Samantha Bartel) who wants them to run a scam against her software corporation employers.

Joe and Tess are similar to some archetypal characters of the anti-hero from older works, but without the glow of a heart of gold seen in most of their literary predecessors. These guys are not Leslie Chateris’ Simon Temlar, and they’re not even Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter Morgan. If you had to compare them to a modern pop criminal, it would be Walter White from the “Breaking Bad” TV series. Yeah, they’re bad guys, but not quite as bad as some of the people around them.

The scam in this well-built novel concerns wrecking a computer program in the development stage at a software company, while stealing a copy after the source material is fried. As we who read crime novels know, the situation is all not quite what it seems even when it’s a criminal act. Many and varied characters are eventually tied into the plot and their actions end up weaving a sticky web of spaghetti code that would give pause to even the most brilliant of hackers. The straightforward task begins to go awry very quickly and soon all involved find themselves stuck in a nasty situation.

Can even a pair of grifters like Joe and Tess, free from the weight of conscience, work their ways clear of the grasping tendrils of criminal fate? As they try to massage the situation and tinker with the outcome and babysit the amateurs around them, we are left wondering what will happen and who will end up with the nasty end of the stick.

Pick up the novel. If you like crime fiction, if you enjoy excellent characterization, then you will get a kick out of THE COMPUTER HEIST.

The Traveling Man Amazon Reviews

By Don Sloan 5 stars

Traveling Man Travels Well!
Not since The Sting paired Redford and Newman has there been a more perfect con artist story than Traveling Man. It’s got everything: high-stakes swindles, smooth-talking operators, clueless marks, corrupt county officials, plenty of sex — The Sting didn’t have that, unfortunately — and a mobster ready to make everyone go away if need be.

Who could ask for more in the plot of a first-rate thriller? Oh, I forgot to mention the doublecrosses — plenty of those are on tap, too, in this well-written debut novel by Michael P. King.

Tom and Patty Brown partner up with fellow con artist Buddy Ray to construct a land development deal that should net them big bucks, even after giving the current landowners, kindly old Mr. and Mrs. Yost, their share, which, according to the original deal, is half the proceeds from sale of the lakefront property to a big developer.

Problem is, the U.S. Air Force, which leased the land a decade earlier, supposedly left it contaminated, thus making it unsalable without a blue ribbon rating from the county. How do the Browns make that happen? Old story. County official videotaped with his pants down. He’s bought and paid for, and the 40 core samples drilled on the land suddenly are Grade A.

Are you with me so far?

Things are proceeding nicely. Local down-on-her-luck real estate agent Marcie Tolliver is roped in to give the deal legitimacy, but she succumbs to Buddy Ray’s charms — she’s married, by the way — and suddenly a commission prospect becomes an ultimatum to play along.

Wait. There’s more. Patty, not content with her share of the prospective pie, sets up the first of several doublecrosses with Buddy, who is thinking he’s got it pretty sweet, sampling the favors of two lovely ladies and turning a drug deal on the side. Only problem is, he failed to check to see who was behind the adjoining motel room door when the money was dragged out of the duffel bag.

OK. If I tell you much more, I’ll have to kill you, as the old saying goes. But, really, I haven’t given everything away. What I’ve described just takes up the first 23 percent of this fast-moving tale. Trust me, there’s plenty more and it’s not all G-rated highjinks.

To find out the rest of the story — as Paul Harvey used to say — you’re going to have to download the ebook and find out just how twisted a plot can get.

You’ll get more than your money’s worth and find out if these cool, calculating characters get their comeuppance. Stay tuned!

By ALY 5 stars

This book was great. I was caught up in the book and I didn’t want to put it down. It was a wonderful surprise for me. I think if you like thrillers, you should check this book out! * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

By Wolfgang Kliemann 5 stars

I read a lot of thrillers and The Traveling Man is as good as any I’ve read this year. I’m not going to reveal any of the plot because I want the next reader to be as surprised as I was. Fast-paced action. Interesting characters whom you’ll love and hate. I can’t wait for the next one to come out.

By Kindle Customer 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book! I was at the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. It was so fun rooting for the “bad” guy.

By michelle premo 5 stars

Loved the book. Complex, descriptive held your attention. Didn’t want to put it down

By Jayme Condra 5 stars

this book is worth the read it keeps you guessing and it is a lot of fun to read

By Alicia Carriquiry 5 stars

I had a long flight and I’m glad this was on my iPad. Totally absorbing.

By Dennis L. Goodrich 4 stars

My interest was piqued right away and it did not diminish.

By Eva M. Silverfine Ott  5 stars

This is a page turning, stay up way-too-late sort of book. A fun read that twists this way and that as the unexpected happens because, well, people in this world are deceivious. The characters are rich and well fleshed out, and despite the main characters being violent criminals, you end up rooting for their team. Looking forward to the next installment

By Howard  5 stars

Con Man wins the girl. Quite a page turner. Author keeps you on edge with a continual stream of plot twists and turns. Characters are not wholesale but still you wish them success

By Kathy  5 stars

Fast paced, quick read. If you want a book to read that is a true page turner, this is it. The plot moved quickly with great character analysis. Can’t wait for the next one.

 

 

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