Title: M-9 (Chelmin & Spaulding CID Mysteries Book 1)
Author: Marvin Wolf
Stars: 5 1\2
This is the first, in a new series, and the first time for my reading of a book by this author. I was more than pleased with the characters and story line. He was able to get my attention in the first few pages of the book and retain it until the last page. There is action from the beginnings to the last page. I felt there was literary license taken in some parts but it did not detract from the overall story or prevent me from enjoying the story immensely. I read the teaser for the second book, in the series, and look forward to reading it when it comes out. If you are a fan of action adventures stories you will not want to pass this one by.
I am a retired military Special Agent and I would purchase this book for myself and friends. I have rated this book 4.5 stars.
I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.
Thank You Frank
Who killed Kendra Farrell and left her bound, dehydrated body on a boxcar loaded with Army boots?
Army CID agents Rudy Chelmin and his rookie partner, Will Spaulding, trace the train’s route back to Barstow, CA, and the Marine Corps Supply Depot. Before they can begin a joint-service investigation, they come under attack by a determined and heavily armed international gang. As they try to unwrap the mystery of Kendra’s death they must take out a sniper, escape from an RPG attack that levels a city block, and dodge a car bomb—and that’s just the first few days.
To find Kendra’s killer they must learn why she was killed. As they unravel a mind-twisting snarl of nefarious, intertwined networks, they must also battle the bureaucracy—The FBI, Homeland Security, and the Barstow police want their share of the case.
Then Chelmin vanishes and Spaulding has only three days to learn if his partner will suffer Kendra’s agonizing fate.
Kindle Edition, 425 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Rambam Press
About The Author:
I began my media career in the media as a U.S. Army combat photographer in Vietnam. Assigned to a public information section, it took a week escorting Nobel laureate John Steinbeck before I realized that writing was an important adjunct to my photo work. In Vietnam I had the great good fortune to meet and become friends with some of the world's greatest reporters and photographers, including Nobel laureate author John Steinbeck, Jonathan Fenby, Peter Arnett, Horst Faas, and many others. These men were generous with their time and wisdom and helped put me on the path to becoming a writer.
As I made the transition from magazine writing to longer forms, I was encouraged to specialize but found that I was interested in so many things that I found it impossible to choose only one. Instead I became a frequent collaborator, helping such notables as Native American leader Russell Means and former South Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Cao Ky with their autobiographies. I also developed an appreciation for suspense and intrigue that inevitably led me to write about crime. About 2001 I took a segue into film, and had a short but interesting career writing for television. That helped me to create a character that I've put into the Rabbi Ben Mysteries. The first of these books, "For Whom The Shofar Blows," debuted on Amazon.com in November 2011.
My second series is "Chelmen and Spaulding CID Mysteries." Chelmin is loosely based on A CID agent whom I knew while serving as a US Army company commander in South Korea. He is conservative in dress, content to eat that which he has always eaten rather than try new things, and in general a guy who resists change. All that goes out the window when he meets Chelmin, a civilian police detective before he enliste. Together as a team, they are constantly challenging and changing each other.
My book M-9 chronicles their first adventure as a team--and how they barely survive it.
Book two, Papa Two-Niner, will be published in 2020. Look for it in late winter.