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Perfect Killer [Kindle Edition]

Lewis Perdue
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From Publishers Weekly

Not many thrillers end with a bibliography of several dozen actual nonfiction books, but Perdue's prodigious and intriguing new novel (after 2004's Slatewiper) has one—plus appendixes that are probably fiction because they include quotes from the novel's star players. Dr. Bradford Stone, "legendary Marine recon operative turned healer and scientist," makes it his business to find out who's behind a massive secret plan to turn the drug Xantaeus loose on a reduced but much more effective army in places like Iraq—especially after the love of his life, a black activist in the Mississippi Delta country, is killed by a female sniper involved in the conspiracy. Stone and the murdered activist's daughter are credible characters; the plot's premise stands up to scrutiny; and Perdue brings the Delta geography to vivid life. Even though the writing occasionally slips into some awkward phrasing ("Gabriel had paid scant attention and given no real thought to those critics, preferring to believe the day of the nondepleting neurotrop would never come"), this is an exciting novel.
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"Packed with action and controversy, Perfect Killer is that rarity among thrillers-it sets your pulse racing while it makes you think."--David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Brotherhood of the Rose on Perfect Killer

"Brilliance that only Perdue could master."--Mark Burnett, creator of the television series Survivor on Perfect Killer

"Fast as a hollow-point bullet, Perfect Killer by Lewis Perdue explodes across decades and continents in a titanic and memorable adventure story. From national politics to war, quantum physics to racism, Perdue peels back the complex layers of today's world with scalpel-like surety."--Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Coil on Perfect Killer

"A smart, entertaining, and fast-paced thriller."--Lisa See, author of Dragon Bones on Perfect Killer

"Perdue has written a book that deserves wide attention, not only for its literary excellence, but for the important ethical questions it raises for today's soldier. The book well deserves to be in the running for one of the best books of the year."--Richard A. Gabriel, author of No More Heroes: Madness and Psychiatry in War on Perfect Killer

"Once again Perdue comes through again with a credible plot that makes us wonder whether this is a thriller or a documentary."--Craig Dirgo, author of The Einstein Papers on Perfect Killer

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 693 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1452802297
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sudden Pacific Publishing (Nov. 17 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00303H0NO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #554,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Killer, But Why? Feb. 18 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lewis Perdue's Perfect Killer is a good read, but appeals to a particularly patient audience.

The characters are believeable for the most part and the protagonist is easy to attach to. The general premise of the storyline and largest conflict is something that skeptical readers should shy away from.

Perdue's employment background as an aide in the US government and physics/biology studies (all as listed in his own bio) provide plenty of background to help authenticate this idea.

After reflecting on the book once done, I thought that I might have re-worked the general concept at the drawing-board for this book.

SPOILER:********************

The novel suggests that an ex-US Military leader goes insane after being treated for decades with a personality-altering drug manufactured by a secret faction of the government to create super-soldiers by improving their shooting accuracy during combat-stress.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun if you ignore what irritated me Oct. 18 2007
By Mark Alfred - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a fun, fast read, obviously with the intent to force mass-market readers to think about Perdue's issues of free will, pharmaceutically-enhanced soldiers, and such.

But, TWO things got in the way of my "total experience."

1) It is very disconcerting for the reader when the story jumps back and forth between first-person and third-person narrative like a volley ball on Spring Break. There's no discernable reason to have a first-person POV when so much of the story has to be told by an omniscient narrator. There's not even the pretense of "this is what I found out later about this."

2) After the FOURTH repetition of describing the female lead as having "a Mona Lisa smile," I was starting to want to time-travel and kill da Vinci before he could paint the thing! The fact that Jasmine has a "Mona Lisa smile" is shorthand for "as the author, I'm too untalented to describe what I mean." I mean, come on! This UNDESCRIPTIVE description appears probably TEN TIMES in this book. For heck's sake, just say, "her mysterious smile made me wonder what she was really thinking," or "her expression drove me crazy trying to figure her out," or SOMETHING that's not repeated over and over.

Other than that, this is a pretty involving, fun read. I would have enjoyed it more had these two things not slapped me (metaphorically) in the face, jolting me out of the story and back to "Oh, yeah, I'm reading a book."

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise, but story falls flat April 27 2007
By Orion1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The premise of the chemical soldier was really promising for this novel. But the story just really didn't go anywhere. There were a lot of great descriptions of life in the south, but how did that tie in with the story? And the love story between Stone and Jasmine... completely unbelieveable. The last 50 pages started to pick up but then the story ended abruptly. Overall, disappointing.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Sept. 22 2005
By Konrad Kern - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The action and suspense in Lewis Perdue's latest revolves around some powerful figures who want to dope Americas military soldiers with an new drug called Xantaeus. It "robs a soldier of free will without their knowledge, overides their sense of compassion and neutralizes the fear of injury".

The well researched sciences (psychological, biological, cosmological, etc) involved in the writing of this novel made it both highly entertaining and educational.

A fascinating thriller well worth your time.

From inside: "The human mind is a strange amalgam of deep-seated, foundational Darwinian impulses and rational centers of higher control. The first govern basic animal survival and land people in prison when the second doesn't take control."

"Our quest for the truth begins with three important steps:

"One, free will derives from consciousness. Two, consciousness is our perception of reality. Three, reality is weird."
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Read, A Perfect Thriller Sept. 20 2005
By LA King - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Purdue has done it again: a perfect read, a perfect thriller. This is the book to take to the beach or the airport. The action is non-stop with some quirky plot turns that make it fun. I like getting to know Purdue's characters because every one of them is intriguing. Now I'm going to go back and read it again, and this time I'm going to cast the movie while I do it!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mind and heart-racing thriller not to be missed March 8 2006
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
PERFECT KILLER, the latest in an exemplary series of thrillers by Lewis Perdue, is one of those rare novels that succeeds on so many levels that it is difficult to list all of them. It certainly has the requisite number of explosions --- more so, actually --- and fisticuffs, cliffhanging situations, and a grand concept that such a book needs to make it stand head and shoulders on the shelf with its fellows. But when the dust settles and the smoke clears, Perdue's book has more than that going for it. It is a historical treatise, in its way, wherein redemption is attainable in the present for the sins of the past; there is some (chaste, almost courtly) romance; and, perhaps most interestingly, there are extended discussions dealing with the very essence of who and what we are, individually and collectively.

The primary protagonist of PERFECT KILLER is Dr. Brad Stone, a heavily decorated combat veteran who has transformed himself into one of the most famous neurosurgeons in the country, all the while retaining his combat knowledge and skills. Wholly dedicated to his medical practice, his quiet if melancholy life takes a bizarre turn when he is contacted by Vanessa Thompson, a woman from his distant past. Now a brilliant and controversial civil rights lawyer, Thompson is seeking Stone's help in incongruously defending white racist Daryl Tallmadge, a convicted murderer who is sitting on Mississippi's death row. It develops that Tallmadge has information concerning a secret military research program known as Project Enduring Valor, which seeks to turn ordinary soldiers into totally efficient killing machines.

Several decades in the making, the program is ready to be test marketed, so to speak. Its main proponent is Clark Braxton, a military hero and the apparent favorite to be the next President of the United States. Braxton is himself a product of Enduring Valor --- and the very dangerous side effects that were manifested in the test stages of the program are showing in Braxton's behavior as well. He is driven to implement the program, no matter what the cost and regardless of who gets in his way.

While the basic good guy/bad guy lines are pretty starkly delineated in PERFECT KILLER, Perdue, through Stone, examines some fairly weighty concepts, including those related to God, free will, and the influence that quantum physics may or may not have over human behavior. The discussion goes deep enough to be interesting without diverting from the main storyline. Perdue, in fact, makes these discussions a shadowy but nonetheless visible part of the story, giving the reader plenty to think about in the midst of the action, which is practically non-stop.

The result is a work that causes the mind, as well as the heart, to race; or, to put it in the form of an equation, PERFECT KILLER = Perfect Thriller. This is a work, and an author, not to be missed.

--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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