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The Black Bullet (Sean O'Brien Book 4) by [Lowe, Tom]
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Glenda Lawson believes her husband was the only U.S. serviceman shot and killed on American soil during World War II. But in 1945, investigators ruled that Billy Lawson died in a “mugging turned ugly.”

Sean O’Brien is learning the ropes of commercial fishing when he gets his anchor caught on something underwater. He discovers a German U-boat partially buried in sand, and inside is a frightening cargo. The media pick up the story, and a 35-year-old woman who has a haunting tale, visits O’Brien. Her grandfather, Billy Lawson, was fishing one night on a Florida beach when he saw something very disturbing.

THE BLACK BULLET is a thriller that combines an unsolved murder from 1945 to a modern-day discovery connected to America’s entry into nuclear weapons, the Manhattan Project.

The last thing Sean O’Brien wants is to investigate a sixty-seven-year-old murder. But Billy Lawson’s granddaughter and his cancer-stricken widow are desperate for closure. For O’Brien to bring it to them he has to pry the lid off a secret buried with the Manhattan Project. It’s information that got Billy Lawson killed, and O’Brien soon learns the old murder and his new discovery at the bottom of the sea are inextricably knotted. O’Brien is thrust into a world where nothing is as it appears, and everything is riding on a secret Billy Lawson took to his grave.

About the Author

Tom Lowe's first published novel was A FALSE DAWN. It was followed by THE 24TH LETTER and THE BUTTERFLY FOREST. The next book published in the Sean O'Brien series is THE BLACK BULLET. A stand-alone novel, GRAVITY, will be published March 2013. All of the novels in the Sean O'Brien mystery/thriller series are available in ebook from Amazon's Kindle, or paperback editions from Amazon or bookstores. Tom is an award-winning documentary writer/director whose films air nationwide on PBS. As he writes his books, Tom draws from his travels around the world and his background as a print and broadcast journalist. Tom is a sailor and SCUBA diver. He lives in Florida.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2476 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479143707
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kingsbridge; First edition (Dec 18 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,191 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm a Jack Reacher fan, so I enjoy this hero's no nonsense justice. Amazing backdrop in Florida and non stop action. Be prepared to finish it in one sitting.
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A great read! These just keep getting better and better. This is much the best of the Sean O'Brien series which, I guess, is to be expected as Tom has developed the recurring characters into much more fully rounded and, perhaps, more real and believable people. It is great to finally learn about Dave's past thus explaining his present expertise! Nick is sure something else - possibly my favorite character in the series except, of course, for the real hero - Max!
This story has a bit of everything and even the ending is not too bad as the ending is often quite weak in many crime and mystery thrillers.
The only thing possibly wrong with the ending, here, is the final shot. It's kind of hard to accept the accuracy of a handgun at any distance beyond a few feet but through a window of a Learjet approaching takeoff speed and hitting only the intended target is stretching my imagination just a tad!!!! I don't care what kind of a handgun or what kind of a bullet it was!
That small quibble aside it's a great book. To me this would make a helluva action movie!
Only hope Tom can get the next one published a lot quicker than it took with this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Sean O'Brien Novel so far Dec 27 2012
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Downloaded the new Tom Lowe book and could not stop reading it until the end. WOW! Not the first time a Tom Lowe's Sean O'Brien book has kept this lady from sleep.

Sean O'Brien is an ex-Miami homicide detective and widower. He is now living near the St. Johns River in Florida with sweet female miniature dachshund named Max. Sean has mostly finished the renovations on his old house and he has his boat fixed up and is ready to start his charter fishing business.

Sean keeps his boat at a nearby marina; Nick the Greek also has his fishing boat near Sean's. Nick and Sean are out in the Atlantic with Sean's summer college-student hire, Jason. Nick is helping Sean learn the finer points of deep sea fishing when the anchor gets caught on something underwater.

Sean and Nick dive down to free the anchor. It is caught on a German WWII U-Boat and they see skeletons inside the boat and possible dangerous cargo. Sean is off on another adventure; he will drag you into his world and when you reach the end of the book, you wish there was more of it.

As in his other Sean O'Brien books, Tom Lowe describes the flora and fauna and smells of each area in Florida he visits. His characters seem so real and so well described that I would recognize them if I saw them in my area.

If you haven't read a book in the Sean O'Brien series, this is a good time to start. Let the phone callers leave messages, record your favorite TV shows, and be prepared to spend some time with Sean and his friends and foes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's a stretch... Jan. 21 2013
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It was nice to to see Tom Lowe move away from the damsel-in-distress theme that has been Sean O'Brien's mainstay. This novel starts with a reasonable premise, three guys out fishing and their anchor gets hung up. They've gotten their anchor tangled up in the wreckage of a WWII German U-boat. From there things drift into the strongly improbable - good-guy O'Brien lying to the Coast Guard - and then the plot goes to the ridiculous. The reader is asked to believe that the CIA doesn't "have time to immediately neutralize the area and remove the material". Really? The CIA has better things to do than to retrieve canisters of U-235 - highly enriched, weapons grade, uranium? Whatever. At any rate Sean O'Brien, his dufus Greek sidekick Nick and a teenager are handed the task of retrieving the uranium and dealing with the Hezbollah bad guys. Just another day in the life of a retired Miami homicide dick.

I haven't finished the book yet, but there had to be a way to have developed the plot in a more believable manner. If there wasn't then perhaps Mr. Lowe should come up with more credible plots. I've mildly enjoyed this series. I've read four of them but this may be the last.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ILLEGIBLE March 6 2013
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Had this book been published in longhand equivalent to its contents, it would have been classified as "illegible". A rambling plot full of a multitude of characters most of whom add little to the story except confusion. To further hinder the reader there are multiple errors in context. Apparently, little editing was done once the draft was completed. Those characters who are fleshed out are mostly stereotypes. The last straw for me occurred when the hero was shot at by a baddie in a Lear Jet who hit its propeller!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Totally unrealistic Jan. 6 2013
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Again this is another entertaining book from Lowe, but completely implausible. A uboat containing u235 is left in the hands of a civilian to deal with? An ex military sniper and ex cia man don't call authorities? Too many tall tales that are so far from reality to make this book one that I would recommend. Lowe has a vivid imagination, I only wish he would keep it in perspective and keep his stories even remotely believable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars lost it when they bring they brought the psychic in March 5 2013
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Started out very good but quickly deteriorated. You find canisters of uranium at the bottom of the ocean from WWII, the reporters find out blab it on TV the hero denies it and the Dept of Homeland Security doesn't land on our hero's neck??? Then because of this stupidity the bad guys get it and I'm still supposed to believe in our hero? When I really gave up was page 60 on my Kindle when they brought the psychic in. Oh excuse me "the remote viewer" . I became so disgusted I had to write the review straight from my Kindle. There was so much wrong with this book I 'm sorry I downloaded for free!