Saturday, July 14, 2007

Pg. 69: J.D. Rhoades's "Safe and Sound"

The current feature at the Page 69 Test: J.D. Rhoades's Safe and Sound.

About the book, from the publisher:
Jack Keller works in fugitive apprehension, and never feels more alive than when he’s hunting down a skip. But when a young girl goes missing, and Keller finds out that the father is an AWOL member of the army’s elite Delta Force, he knows immediately that this case will be anything but fun and games.

Keller is a Gulf War vet who knows his way around the Army’s red tape, but the psychological scars from his experiences in the gulf have only just started to recede enough for him to live and love again. No one is sure how taking on the kidnapping case will affect him, least of all his girlfriend Marie, who’s counting on Jack’s recovery if they are going to have any future together. But a young girl’s life hangs in the balance, and a shadowy group of missing Delta commandos seems to be the key to finding her. For Jack Keller, it’s not an easy decision, but it’s the only one he can make: consequences be damned, he’s going after the girl.
Among the praise for Safe and Sound:
"[T]his book demands to be read. Safe and Sound is a tour-de-force, diabolical thriller. Rhoades is courageous, and he navigates this black passage with considerable skill. It paints how real evil in the world works -- when things that go bump in the night stare you in the face. You might be surprised at how you react, and what you are capable of doing."
Anthony Rainone, January Magazine

"JD Rhoades kicks ass. Jack Keller kicks ass. You'll read it in one sitting, and be breathless by the finish. Rhoades writes with wit, style, and adrenalin. I can't wait for the next Keller adventure."
—J.A. Konrath, author of Rusty Nail

“Rhoades seems to have observed and remembered all the seedy details of life outside the centers of urban and suburban life as we know it. Nobody could totally invent this stuff."
Chicago Tribune

“Rhoades portrays unrepentant, psychotic killers but manages to make us feel, almost against our will, the human hearts that beat within their violent souls."

"Rhoades has really hit his stride with his third book. I really loved the first two books by this new author but this third outing kicked my ass.... Rhoades writes incredibly human characters with a real flair for the way people really act. He also has pacing that moves the story like a finely tuned nascar racing machine, hugging the twists and turns and racing to a finish that left me out of breath."
Jon Jordan

"Crisp dialogue and the author's deft use of local color support a narrative driven as effectively by characters as by events."
Publishers Weekly
Read more about Safe and Sound, including an excerpt, at the publisher's website. Check out J.D. Rhoades's website, his blog, his MySpace page, and his Crimespace page.

The Page 69 Test: Safe and Sound.

--Marshal Zeringue