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My First Frank Luca Mystery

The Grandpa Killer (A Luca Mystery, Book 10)

Two eighty-year-old victims … had roofies in their system. Why would someone give the victims a date-rape drug?

Luca has heard the rumors, and now there’s an official complaint. A high-end assisted-living community’s ownership has been accused of abuse. It seems like a straightforward matter to investigate, but is there something more sinister going on? Is this about euthanasia or greed? Luca thinks there may be a third option.

With a plate full of burglary investigations, one of which led to the victims being pistol-whipped, Luca is swamped. Will he be able to unravel the clues and get to the truth?

His gut says there’s a connection … but who is behind it? Is it only about a payday?

About the author …

Dan gets his story ideas by exploring the question, What if? In almost every situation, he starts thinking, what if this happened? What if this person died, was hurt, or did something wrong or illegal. It provides him with plenty of material to weave into exciting stories. Dan is a fan of books and films that have twists and turn and are difficult to predict. He crafts his stories to keep the reader from guessing the outcome correctly.

Dan passionately believes people can realize their dreams if they focus and act, and he encourages just that.

His favorite saying is – ‘The price of discipline is always less than the cost of regret’

Dan also reminds people to get negativity out of their lives. He feels it is contagious and advises people to steer clear of negative people.

Married, and with two daughters and a needy Maltese, Dan lives in Southwest Florida. A New York native, Dan teaches at local colleges, writes novels, and plays tenor saxophone in several jazz bands. He also drinks way too much wine.

My thoughts …

The Grandpa Killer is the first book by Dan Pertosini that I have read. It is #10 in his Frank Luca detective series. In the story, there seems to be an inordinate number of deaths occurring in a retirement home. While on the surface, everything seems reasonable, one concerned relative thinks there is something sinister going on and demands the police investigate. The case falls into the lap of a homicide detective named Frank Luca.

The author did a great job conveying what it must be like to be a police officer working on a problematic homicide case while dealing with unique challenges at home. Luca has an exciting job hunting down killers, an amazing wife, and a daughter, of which he is very proud. But, when his wife receives some bad news, Luca has to balance his family issues and an increasingly intriguing conspiracy theory that leads Luca down a twisting, murderous rabbit hole. And it is a theory that is viable enough to make readers think.

I found the plot to be well-developed and the characters interesting. I also found the book stands very well on its own, which is great since I have read none of the previous books in the series. Some interesting twists and turns will keep readers guessing, and the ending is very satisfying. The Grandpa Killer is a compelling mystery story that readers will enjoy—definitely recommended.

And, if you enjoy reading a good action-adventure story, check out my new novel, Montagnard, on Amazon.com! It’s getting really great reviews.

Wow! A Wonderful Readers’ Response to Montagnard!

I am absolutely humbled by the positive response to Montagnard! I wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have purchased it and then took a minute to let me know what you thought after reading it. I have gotten feedback via reviews, emails, text messages, Twitter, Instagram, Parler, and even in-person.

I thought I would share a few of the comments from some of my readers so far:

“Great, great, great, great, great book!”

The original Joe Palazzolo

“The Bangkok bar, Obsession, is a hoot.”

Lee Boyland, Award Winning Author

“Every time you described Ajax and “a thump of his tail” it made me grin.”

Eric Ewald

“I enjoyed how he brought to life the Montagnard people and how they existed after the Vietnam war.”

Glyn Haynie, Author of Return To The Madness

“I was more taken with a couple of threads of the story that hinted toward redemptive outcomes after such scenes of human despair left behind after the Americans pulled out of SE Asia.”

Joy Neal Kidney, Author of Leora’s Letters

“Congratulations! It’s an excellent read!”

Carol Piser

“Action thriller lovers will hate to miss this one.”

The Prairies Book Review

“The book is fantastic!”

Beth Kallman Werner, AuthorThat iConnections

“Enjoying the book, very much.”

Martha Knapp

Highly recommended. Not only compelling and well-written, but also chock-full of really interesting stuff.

B V Miller

“Started reading today. 5 chapters in. As I expected … I am enjoying it.”

Danny S. Smith, Attorney

Anyway, you get the drift. Much more would be shameless self-promotion, right?

And just a quick reminder for those who have read Montagnard and enjoyed it. Reviews are essential to a new author like me. Please take a minute to give Montagnard a review on Amazon.com. Just please be honest. Here is the link to the book. Just scroll down until you see the button to Write a customer review.

If you have not read it yet, I really think you will love it!

While it is is undoubtedly an action and adventure tale, it is so much more than that. Montagnard is a story that begins in the highlands of Vietnam, circles through Africa, the Middle East, and Thailand before returning to Vietnam. Threads of bravery, valor, honor, comradeship, revenge, and love wind through its pages, interspersed with realistic combat and martial arts scenes. But it is also a tale of love, family, and perhaps, even redemption.

I will say thank you in advance.

And, I hope you will take a few minutes and check out some of my other blog posts by clicking here! And please, if you haven’t already, check out my new novel, Montagnard, on Amazon.com!

Montagnard receives a second 5-Star review!

I was very humbled and honored to receive another 5-star review for my new release, Montagnard. This review is especially meaningful to me because it is from a fellow author who is also a Vietnam War veteran.

And Glyn Haynie is not just any veteran. During his 20-year career, he was awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, French Commando Badge, Drill Instructor Badge, and Army Recruiting Badge.

I would bet that he probably has seen or had dealings with the Montagnard people while serving in Vietnam.

In full disclosure, I have read most of his books, and if you are even remotely interested in the Vietnam War and its veterans, I highly recommend them. His works include both memoirs and works of fiction.

Here is an excerpt from his review …

A must-read for anyone that read Gilbert’s first book, “Serpents Underfoot.”

I was happy that the author decided to write a second book about JD Cordell. The trip back to Vietnam was surreal. The characters were well developed and believable. The story centers on JD’s mother, Mai, returning to Vietnam to find her adopted brother, Dish, and she is kidnapped. JD and Ajax, with members of his SEAL team, head to Vietnam to find them.

Glyn Haynie

If interested, you can read this and other reviews here!

I hope you will check Montagnard out! The Kindle version is now available, the paperback will be in stock any day now, and the hardcover will be available July 1st! Click here to visit Montagnard on Amazon.com

Return to the Madness

Return To The Madness: A Vietnam War Novel (Promises To The Fallen Book 2

He returned to Vietnam for one last tour. But the war wasn’t done with him yet…

The year is 1970, and the war in Vietnam rages on. Sergeant Eddie Henderson returned home from his first tour of duty a broken man, haunted by the promises he made to his fallen brothers. Promises he failed to keep…

Now, he’s going back.

Leaving his new wife behind, Eddie returns to the war-torn jungles, where he is handpicked for a special recon-and-rescue squad. Again and again, Eddie and his team pull off the impossible, recovering downed aircraft, stranded pilots, and vital equipment. But the war takes an even darker turn for Eddie when his squad defends a hot landing zone, and he finds himself facing a brutal VC officer named Dang.

This savage killer has massacred hundreds of local villagers as punishment for helping American soldiers. As the conflict rages on, Dang and Eddie develop a personal feud that goes beyond the jungles of Vietnam. A private war that will leave Eddie haunted once more by a broken promise.

For the first time, will Eddie find himself putting vengeance before duty?

My thoughts …

This book is very much an emotional roller-coaster ride. It will take you through the complete spectrum of human emotion, and I am not ashamed to say that there were several points in this book where tears came to my eye.

I enjoyed reading this sequel to Promises to the Fallen very much. The Vietnam War is a fascinating topic for me from several angles. The author’s characters are authentic, and you cannot help but become immersed in their situation, You feel what they feel and become part of their experience.

While a work of fiction, Return to Madness places the reader in the middle of the American soldier’s experience in Vietnam. All of Glyn Haynie’s books give the interested reader a real glimpse of what the War in Vietnam was like for those who served.

I have enjoyed all of this author’s books and have seen his growth as a writer. Return to Madness is Glyn Haynie’s best work so far. I look forward to his next. This book is a definite 5 stars and I highly recommend it.

And if this book is your cup of tea, you might want to also check out Montagnard on Amazon.com.

A MAGICAL TALE OF TRUE FRIENDSHIP

Can you imagine if there was no longer a Spring, Summer, or Autumn? And, there was only Winter? Well, winter is what the North Wind wants, and why he tries to come between two wonderful friends; the Moon and the Sun.

friendship

Children will love this delightful tale of friendship and magic by Oscar Malenar called The Sun and the Moon Friendship Tale.

In this wonderful story, the North Wind is unhappy. He does not like warm, sunny days, and green grass and trees. The North Wind longs for a cold, snowy winter that lasts forever. Therefore, he is determined to end the friendship between the Moon and the Sun that keeps the seasons of Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn in place. The North Wind has finally hatched a plan to get rid of the Sun!

Will the Moon and Sun fall victim to the North Wind’s plan? Or, is their friendship strong enough to save the day? If the Earth turns cold and stays covered in snow, all the Earth’s people, animals, and birds will suffer. Everyone will become sad and depressed.

But, there is hope. And, that hope lies in a special gift the Sun has given the Moon. Can the Moon come to understand how special that gift is before it is too late?

Read this beautiful story and learn how sometimes even the smallest and most ordinary of things can still be big enough to save the day!

This is a wonderful bedtime tale for children. A story of true friendship and magic with a beautiful ending. Highly recommended for parents with small children they love to read to.