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HUNTING SEASON (UNABR.) (11 CASS.) [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio Cassette]

P. T. Deutermann , Dick Hill
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Edwin Kreiss is a former FBI agent whose discovery of a Chinese espionage ring made him a lot of enemies and resulted in his early retirement. Now his daughter is missing, and nobody, least of all a junior G-woman named Janet Carter, is going to keep him from finding her. Browbeating the one clue to her disappearance out of a terrified college student, Kreiss follows his daughter's trail to a deactivated federal arsenal in southwestern Virginia, where a fanatic whose son was immolated at Waco is cooking up a plan to blow the ATF to bits.

Kreiss is uniquely qualified to play his role as hunter-in-chief. He's been trained as a "sweeper," a job title that refers to the cleanup of rogue agents and other enemies of the state, and he took a few high-tech search-and-destroy goodies with him when he was prematurely put out to pasture by his former employers. Now another sweeper wants to put him out of action, and Janet Carter's getting conflicting signals from her own superiors about just how much cooperation they're willing to give Kreiss as he sets out to rescue his daughter--and, incidentally, redeem his own troubled past.

P.T. Deutermann is a skillful writer who knows how to tell a story. This briskly paced thriller almost turns the pages by itself. Carter, the ostensible heroine of the novel, never quite extinguishes her ambivalence about either Kreiss or the agency she serves, an attempt at multidimensionality of character that's more confusing than revealing. The ending hints at a continued relationship between them, but it's Kreiss, rather than Carter, who engages the reader's attention and whose future we really care about. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Deutermann's latest blast at the FBI/ CIA establishment, read with muscular intelligence by Hill, begins with an extremely frightening and tense scene, as three teenagers hiking through an abandoned military site in West Virginia find themselves literally in over their heads--the two boys caught in deadly steel traps as rising flood waters threaten to drown them, and the smart, resourceful girl unable to do anything to save them. The girl, Lynn Kriess, is the daughter of a former CIA "sweeper"--catcher of rogue agents--named Edwin Kriess, and both she and a deceptively baby-faced FBI agent Janet Carter are quickly brought to credible life by Hill. (Disappointingly, he has more trouble with Misty, a female arch villain, but that may be because she is less clearly conceived by the author than the other two women.) While Kriess tries to find out what happened to his daughter, Janet is set up by her FBI bosses to spy on his activities--causing an inevitable duel of loyalties. Despite Hill's best efforts, the story bogs down a bit in the middle hours, as several sets of apparently interchangeable feds fight for dominance. But things pick up again toward the end, which can even be described as happy--especially for a story as fraught with devilry and paranoia as this one. Based on the St. Martin's hardcover.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

The author is a retired navy captain who worked as an arms-control specialist for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In his seventh novel, he introduces Edwin Kreiss, a one-time intelligence-agency "sweeper" who specialized in getting rid of rotten apples in the organizational barrel. After his daughter disappears while camping, Kreiss launches his own investigation but soon finds his progress impeded by characters from his past and by a pretty FBI agent named Janet Carter, who's bent on wrapping up the case all by herself. It doesn't take too long for Kreiss to realize not only that his daughter is at serious risk but also that he's being hunted by another "sweeper," and that it's up to him and Carter to prevent a Washington, D.C., bomb attack. The tale is loaded with political and bureaucratic skulduggery, and there are plenty of well-banked curves and clever twists. A solid read from an author whose own tradecraft is every bit as good as that of his characters. Budd Arthur
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

"[An] explosive tour de force...with a ripped-from-the-headlines plot."--Publishers Weekly

"Deutermann's best novel to date."--The Florida Times-Union

"Electrifying...One of the best by one of the best."--Telegraph (Macon, GA)
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

P. T. DEUTERMANN spent twenty-six years in military and government service before retiring to begin his writing career. He is the author of thirteen novels and lives with his wife in North Carolina.

From AudioFile

The hunt for an action-packed thriller coupled with a breathtaking reading is over. This author's latest release--not about the outdoor sport suggested in the title--but about a former FBI agent's search for his missing daughter and the coincidental discovery of a plot to bomb Washington is excitingly performed by veteral Deuterman-reader, Dick Hill. As the plot meticulously unfolds, Hill demonstrates his versatility scene-by-scene in his portrayal of multiple characters. He can be a strident FBI boss in one instant, and a red-neck mountain man in the next. Or, he can deftly portray Janet Carter, a fledgling agent, or Missy, a machine-like agency assassin. His masterly portrayal of Kriess is deftly understated as the ex-agent first hunts for his daughter, then the bombers, and then, in turn, is hunted by the CIA assassin. Deutermann's writing and Hill's reading provide the listener with intense, double-barreled entertainment. A.L.H. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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