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Broken Wings [Mass Market Paperback]

John E.; Olshaker, Mark Douglas
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whoops, I bought a novel! Sept. 26 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love true crime and of course, know John Douglas' name well. I ordered this, not realizing until I was running out the door with it in hand to read on the subway that it was a novel. I was a little disappointed, because I generally am more interested in true stories. I did read the whole book and I enjoyed it. I am guessing that there is probably a lot of John Douglas in the main character (Jake Donovan - same initials, even). The idea of the Flying Squad on which the book is based, is fascinating. And, of course, solving the mystery is half the fun. Well written, a good story, believable characters and even a few good chuckles.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What a Pity Jan. 9 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
John E. Douglas, one of the best known FBI Profilers and originators of the technique, has a number of non-fiction works in different forms detailing the years of his experience in the FBI dealing with violent crimes, particularly those perpetrated by serial offenders. "Broken Wings" is essentially a rehash of his non-fictional work in the guise of "fiction." But it is hard to call much of the book "fiction". Douglas inserts many of his non-fictional accounts with which many of his readers will be familiar, some of them a little rambling and awkward in the fictional setting. The work often appears embarassingly self-serving. One of the best examples of this is a scene in "Broken Wings" in which Douglas mentions one of his own books in real life, "Journey Into Darkness." Talk about product placement.
I have high regard for the wealth of knowledge that Mr. Douglas has brought us in relation to the study of the criminal mind, but in bringing himself and his experiences so transparently into a work that is supposed to be fiction but barely is that, I think he has somewhat cheapened both the process of writing fiction and his reputation as a professional and criminology expert. What a pity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ready for the next one Aug. 15 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While I have not read any of the authors previous non-fiction works, I completely enjoyed this novel. Hopefully there willbe additional installments with Jake Donovan pursuing the elusive J.P. Napoleon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doc Savage Lives Again! March 10 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is basically an updated version of the old Doc Savage stories; a brilliant hero leads a group of outstanding experts who will all fly anywhere at a moments notice to solve baffling cases of homicide. Since, however, most readers of today do not remember Doc Savage, the authors are on firm ground. This is obviously the first of a series of novels (again, like Doc) and we may even see a TV series or a movies for the authors. Not a bad plot; the writing is good too. But original? Uh-uh. It's all been done before and at least as good as this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! July 5 2000
Jake Crawford, longtime FBI agent and serial killer profiler, has been forced into retirement after a hostage-type standoff goes south, even though Crawford's not to blame. So ends a brilliant career. Even a tempting, if a bit ill timed, offer from an eccentric widow fails to pique Jake's interest. Discredited, divorced and dejected, Jake crawls into a self-imposed banishment and alcoholic stupor. Just a day or two after Jake's retirement party, agents are at his banging at his door, demanding his presence at Quantico, and not even leaving him enough time to brush his teeth. It seems his former boss, FBI Director Thomas Jefferson Boyd has just eaten the wrong end of a bullet at his home in San Francisco. His old nemeses, now in charge of a real public relations nightmare, plead with Jake to take a look at the crime scene before the local cops foul it up. Jake is immediately dispatched to the crime scene. Even when all the evidence points to suicide and even when delicate photos of the Director and a woman not his wife are found at the scene, Jake can't bring himself to believe the man would end his life this way. Sensing something is terribly wrong, and that whatever it is just might be found within the walls of the FBI, Jake returns to the rich widow, accepts her challenge to put together a team of experts and sets about to crack the case of Director Boyd's suspicious demise. From his long list of contacts, Jake recruits former professors, fellow officers and some disgraced agents, each of them a 'broken wing' (a term for someone no longer able to handle active duty) in one way or the other. With no budgetary or supervisory restraints, Jake and his group are free to look more closely at the events leading up to the Director's death. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, at best... June 27 2000
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If you've read any of Douglas's non fiction work, you will be really let down by this book. I almost hate to admit that, but it's true. He covers all of the bases and the story isn't too bad, but all of it is way too predictable. There's no mystery in this book at all! The reader has if figured from the beginning. If you are a fan of Douglas's previous works, you probably won't like this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Count me a BROKEN WING groupie! June 24 2000
This was my first Douglas/Olshaker book. It won't be my last.
I can't remember reading anything since john case's THE GENESIS CODE that rang so absolutely true.
Douglas' time at Quantico permeates every page and each plot twist is presented with such authority...I never doubted the story line at all.
I'll be checking out more Douglas/Olshaker stories and I look forward to more missions by Millicent's mavericks -- the Broken Wings.
If you liked a good action story, well told, with people you'll come to like, read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mindhunter's Finest Hour
As a true John Douglas-Mark Olshaker fan, I was a little concerned when I first heard of their venture into fiction. Read more
Published on May 18 2000 by Vicky Morris
2.0 out of 5 stars How big can Douglas' ego possibly get?
For an author's first piece of fiction this book was probably better than most. But if you've read any of Douglas' earlier, nonfiction pieces you will recognize John Douglas... Read more
Published on March 21 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars FICTION OR FACT?
If you have read all of Douglas' nonfiction works like I have then you will love this book. Douglas and Olshaker's first ficticious collaberation is a can't put down, page turning... Read more
Published on March 15 2000 by Gerard T. McGuire
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, well written - you're hooked immediately!
Having read everything John Douglas has written, I knew this would be a good book, but it is incredible! Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2000 by Lora L. Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and Uninventive
In this highly touted collaboration between author Mark Olshaker and former FBI profiler John Douglas, the storyline seems secondary to the ruminations of a former career-focused... Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2000 by Christian
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start...Builds momentum...Great set-up for a sequel.
The Prologue is an unnecessary, unhelpful ploy that serves to confuse the plot. The First Chapter is slow-reading but the pace begins to accelerate in the Second Chapter. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2000 by Jacqueline Bryan
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