Reviewer Marion M. Dollar: Marion was born in Mize, Mississippi and had spent twenty-two years in the United States Navy and another twenty years at Texas Instruments. He holds BSIT/MBA degrees. He is the author of Stories from Liars, Friends and the Innocent and has stories published in the anthology, Fireflies in Fruitjars by the Red Dog Writers. In addition, he has published numerous newspaper articles. Marion also mentors new writers and is active in church and in community activities as well as being moderator on Scribophile.
Author: Jerry Bayne
Author: Jerry Bayne
If you like a suspenseful novel, each page filled with action that trickles up to the highest office in the land, taking a road of destruction only a hero with seemingly supernatural abilities could transcend, then you will fall in love with Jerry Bayne’s hero.
Enter Bradley Cardiff. Former Navy Seal, Naval Intelligence, now in the CIA as a behind the scenes operative, highly skilled, intelligent and could write the book when it came to stealthy operations. He loves his work and has dedicated his life to his profession: no one is better at assassination, stealthy in and out ops, cheating security alarm systems, body disguises, and knowledge of weapons and explosives than he is. He is a one man killing machine who keeps himself in immaculate physical condition at all times, setting records at the CIA physical fitness training center. His reputation and abilities precedes him.
things go wrong with a Columbian drug deal where Cardiff and his best
friend Dave have been assigned to observe, Cardiff’s superiors
decide to make him the scapegoat. Big mistake. Cardiff takes offense
and lets it be known. In retaliation, a contract is placed on
Cardiff; but his wife and daughter are killed instead, along
with his buddy Dave.
Now the demon is unleashed and Cardiff goes on
the offensive while his adversaries think he is dead. Utilizing all
his skills, he starts at the bottom and works his way up by
killing a senator who Cardiff knows is involved. In order
to do this, Cardiff spends an inordinate amount of time hidden in the
bedsprings of the Senators bed. When the time is right, Cardiff
sticks an ice pick through the back of his skull. Since a
homicide has been committed, detective Mike Sams of the Boston Police
gets involved and now Cardiff must conduct business while contending
with Boston’s finest on his trail. Cardiff goes after the
second target and tortures him until he gives up the name of the man
who issued the order to have Cardiff killed. This second target
gets the FBI and the CIA involved. Now Cardiff has the Boston police,
FBI and the CIA after him as he heads to Washington D. C, for his
third target, the man who issued the order to have Cardiff
all the facts are shifted out and the chaff separated it becomes
clear who the third target is and why. It seems the cover up involved
some high officials, before they obtained the position they now
have. A visit to his office results in a
confession to the FBI and CIA security team and a very
worried President of the United States. Cardiff decides to play games
with the President by leaving notes in his limo. This works well in
that the President gets more nervous and increases his security, even
leaving town for a few days. Mike Sams gets put on the Presidents
security detail along with the FBI and the CIA but is not told
that the President ordered the hit on Cardiff.
Sams develops a rapport with Cardiff who repeatedly warns Sams to return to Boston. Sams refuses and ignores Cardiff’s warnings. Cardiff goes so far as to fire two shots at the President, an intentional miss, just to scare him. It does the trick. The President goes underground to a get-away. Doubles try to trick Cardiff. He lets the Secret Service know that will not work. The main question is, with all the training Cardiff has, will he kill the President of the United States? Will he succeed in his mission? I cannot give the surprise climax of this superb novel away, but I will guarantee you will be entertained and thrilled.
Jerry Bayne has written the ultimate in suspense novels with Kill Me Twice. It is full of action, unexpected twists and turns that make it a ‘page turner’ for readers. I found it to be the most entertaining, well penned and tension filled novel I’ve read this year. I had trouble putting it down.