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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1 edition (March 27 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765328925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765328922
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 16 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #945,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A great thriller and great literature March 31 2012
By Jim Metzler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Great thrillers are fairly commonplace. Built for speed, these thrillers are generally very well-plotted but are stripped of all other elements that might slow the rush to the climax. "Sailor" elevates to the level of great literature because Mr.Epperson is unafraid to add true dimension to the characters while he exhibits a love and respect for the written word. And "Sailor" is no less thrilling for the inclusions!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A GREAT read... March 29 2012
By Champ Clark - Published on Amazon.com
I've just finished reading Tom Epperson's exciting and compelling "Sailor." Wow! This modern-day noir thriller grabs you on the very first page and never lets go. Like Hitchcock's "Psycho," Epperson's "Sailor" plays a bit with the reader in its early pages, leaving one guessing just who is the protagonist here--and, without giving too much away, let's just say the body count is high in its first few chapters. But, once things settle in, a real and affecting story of cautious relationship and love plays out in the shadow of evil and the constant threat of violence. Epperson's grasp of human nature and his knowledge of the dark side of sunny Southern California is perceptive, moving and...always entertaining. Chandler, Macdonald...move over. Meet Tom Epperson.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Mysterious Sailor Protects a Mom and Her Son from Ruthless Hit Men in Tom Epperson's Bloody California Noir! July 1 2012
By J. B. Hoyos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Gina's testimony imprisoned her ex-husband Joey Cicala for life. Now she and her ten-year-old son Luke are in the witness protection program in Brady, Oklahoma. A traitorous U.S. marshal, Frank terHorst, is determined to kill Gina and take the diamonds she's stolen from Joey. TerHorst has enlisted the help of uncouth, redneck hit men, Mac Lingo and his sons Ronnie and Steve. New York City mobster, Pat the Cat Cicala, also wants Gina dead. He enlists the help of the System, which hires two ruthless, sophisticated European hit men, Markus Groh and Dima Bulgakov. A bloodbath ensues as the contract killers surround Gina. Her only salvation lies with a mysterious drifter, Gray, who claims he was once a sailor.

Bullets fly and blood flows freely in Tom Epperson's brilliant, ultraviolent California noir, "Sailor." Action thrillers don't get much better than this one. Along with cruel, sadistic violence, there is plenty of mystery, drama, suspense, romance and humor. A cute, neglected boy and an ugly, abused dog are thrown in for good measure. The main mystery concerns the identity of Gray, the stranger who protects Gina and Luke. Who is he? Everything he tells Gina about his background is a lie. The reader doesn't begin to learn his true history (an extremely violent, depressing one) until over half-way through the novel. Gray's true identity (and why he refers to himself as a sailor) is gradually, and shockingly, learned piece by piece.

In my opinion, there is nothing more romantic than a handsome man protecting a beautiful woman from being killed by a relentless assassin. I thought Michael Biehn and Linda Hamilton of "The Terminator" (The Terminator [Blu-ray Book]) were at their sexiest when they were being pursued by Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg. Coincidentally, in "Eraser" (Eraser [Blu-ray]), Schwarzenegger portrayed a U.S. marshal who was protecting Vanessa Williams from a rogue agent and his team of professional hit men. This film had the potential to be extremely sensual; alas, if only Schwarzenegger and Williams had made love in front of that cabin's fireplace.

In "Sailor," Gina and Gray have great chemistry. They, along with Luke and the ugly dog, become a family in peril. A loving person with a painful background, Gray will do anything, no matter how risky, in order to protect Gina and Luke. Also, in one of the novel's many subplots, there is some romance between terHorst's pudgy daughter Dee and the man in a black ski mask, DeWitt Smith, who is holding her captive while Groh and Bulgakov join forces with terHorst and the Lingos.

The sun-dappled, tourist paradise of Southern California and blazing, out-of-control brush fires provide the background for this fast-paced, high body count noir that is nearly impossible to put down. (Four people are brutally slain within the first thirty pages.) There are some gruesome scenes, especially those involving war-torn Kangari, that are not for the squeamish. Also, the overgrown, country hick Lingo brothers tell some racist jokes that might offend African-American readers. Some devout Christians might also be offended by the Bible-quoting terHorst who warns of God's coming judgment while brutally slaying innocent bystanders. A vile villain, Frank terHorst is the ultimate hypocrite.

Shocking, gruesome violence permeates Tom Epperson's "Sailor" from beginning to end. No one appears safe. The tension grows unbearable as the lives of all characters, both good and bad, are jeopardized. TerHorst was experiencing minor heart attacks throughout the novel and I thought I'd have one too as the violence intensified towards the end and the shocks appeared to be never ending. This is one bloody crime noir that fans will not want to miss. Furthermore, the ending is a highly emotional one that will pluck at the reader's heartstrings for a long time.

Joseph B. Hoyos
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bring Extra Body Bags June 21 2012
By Gary Griffiths - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Tom Epperson grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go in "Sailor," a neo-noir crime novel that is as taut as James Sallis' iconic "Drive," but not as bleak; a good old-fashioned tale of the mob with biting dark humor that would make Charlie Stella ("Shakedown," "Charlie Opera," "Johnny Porno"...) proud. This is high-octane entertainment that boasts a lean plot, a rapid pace, and an intriguing cast.

Start that cast with "Gray," a shadowy drifter with a quiet demeanor; a vegetarian, a student of qigong martial arts. And a self-proclaimed Navy vet of the engine room of an amphibious landing ship. By chance, Gray's path crosses with sexy Gina, a refugee of a blown witness protection program cover - a program she "joined" after ratting out her mobster husband. There seems no end to the colorful stream of thugs and assassins, including a rogue US Marshall, sent to hunt down and murder Gina, fetching her 10 year old son Luke on the lam with her for return to his grandfather, "Pat the Cat" Cicala, top goomba of a Staten Island crime syndicate. As Gina and Luke narrowly escape their predators, the mysterious Gray of turns out to have skills beyond a good tofu stir-fry recipe and kindness to animals. The sexual tension predictably but effectively builds, while the relationship between Gray and young Luke stays on the right side of maudlin. From the vicious Eastern European hit man pair to the oafish Mac Longo and his Neanderthal sons, Epperson spins a harrowing and gritty thriller flush with brutality, suspense, vengeance, and redemption, back-dropped with suitably harsh landscapes running from the desert's unlikely Salton Sea to the rundown hotels and ramshackle bars dotting southern California's coast and Interstate 10. While Epperson is apparently best know for his screen writing, this is crime fiction of the highest caliber - one of those rare novels that you can't wait to see how it turns out, while at the same time not wanting it to end.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
amazing April 21 2012
By Devorah A. Crupar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
`i find this book to be so satisfying.~that is why I read!!!!! ~I want to be Gina in my next life. Adventure is what it is all about. Thank you Tom.


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