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Hunting Season Hardcover – Feb 20 2001

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (Feb. 20 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031226979X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312269791
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.6 x 24.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,860,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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Part action novel, part spy thriller, this explosive tour de force follows the adventures of aging superspy Edwin Kreiss, retired under a cloud, who sets Agency blood boiling when he steps out on his own to find his kidnapped college student daughter, Lynn, after the FBI stops looking. Rookie agent Janet Carter is informed of the spy's dark past, warned off when she digs for info, then ordered by creepy Agency and Justice drones with ulterior motives to keep tabs on Kreiss. Kreiss finds Lynn's cap near the Ramsey Arsenal, a dangerous mothballed toxic chemical complex in dense woods near Roanoke, and it's just a matter of time until he locates her captor, a fanatic who is making a bomb at the complex, intending to blow up ATF HQ in D.C. and avenge his son's death at Waco. Janet leads agents to the complex, but an explosion sends her to the hospital along with Lynn, who is pulled out of the rubble. The women flee the hospital, barely eluding Misty, a deadly female CIA assassin bent on grabbing Lynn in an attempt to settle an Agency score with Kreiss. The author exceeds his near-perfect Train Man with this ripped-from-the-headlines plot pitting a middle-aged Rambo with a small but deadly arsenal of spy gadgets against spine-chilling villains, corrupt Agency brass and powerful political forces. Deutermann never sounds a wrong note in this nonstop page-turner. (Mar. 19) Forecast: An excerpt from Hunting Season in the mass market edition of Train Man (St. Martin's, Mar.) will alert Deutermann's fans to the new book, while the novel's anti-government slant should satisfy their and other readers' seemingly insatiable appetite for tales of Washington corrupton. Expect vigorous sales; audio rights have been sold to Brilliance.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A ripping yarn, but it is clear the author has an agenda which might at first be budget problems or turf wars for the Feds. Or maybe he justed hated Janet Reno. He doesn't let political facts stand in the way of his imagination, which is okay.
His FBI is bunch of incompentent fumblers. His heroine has seven years experience with the Fibbies, but sure is dense when it comes to being briefed by "horse holders."
Then again, there is the problem of basic procedure which regard to the baddies. Uh, wouldn't one imagine that some law enforcement agency would be able to call up background check on ol' Jared and know pretty quickly that his Daddy died in WACO.
I think so....and I think life you love male oriented adventure fiction with a hard right wing skrew, the logic and procedural problems will not bother the reader too much.
I am fussy about accuracy in police precedurals, but Deutermann has an instinctive understanding of plotting, and a pretty good handle on pacing and dialogue.
Perfect for that long plane ride to nowhere. And lot better than Tom Clancy hack jobs.
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By A Customer on Aug. 2 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a great read. A page turner thriller on the surface, which delivers entertainment in spades, it is also corrosively critical of the federal government.
No book can be published in contemporary America which champions the bad guys, especially 'terrorists'. But here the heroes are two FBI agents who are literally targeted by an alphabet soup of federal agencies.
The author exhibits clear sympathies with hillbillies who hate and do not hesitate to cause the deaths of 'revenuers'. And these are the good guys, who help the heroes. Even the bad guys, also dumb mountain folk, are coloured in with legitimate grievances against the military and federal government.
All in all this adds a welcome element [depth would be too strong a word in what is after all only a cheap thriller] to a genre which all too often lionizes FBI agents without looking into how badly agents with scruples are treated, not to mention how ordinary citizens are victimized.
Action packed and riveting, this book deserves closer reading than most such thrillers. And is consequently far more rewarding.
Whether this complexity and implicit cynicism is accidental or due to authorial intention I cannot determine.
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Format: Hardcover
When I first saw this book I thought it looked like a typical "rogue agent vs. Washington establishment" suspense thriller, so I took a pass. However, after looking it up at and reading all the five-star reviews, I decided to take a chance. I knew I had made the correct decision while reading the first page! This is an absorbing novel with intriguing, well-developed characters, especially the female sweeper, Daniella Morganavicz, ex- FBI agent Edwin Kreiss, and disillusioned agent Janet Carter. The plot is believable and is written as if it really happenned. The secret deals, inter-agency competition, and dislike and mistrust each of the characters have for each other are themes interwoven throughout the story. The author takes the reader behind the headlines and takes full advantage of the public's naivete and ignorance about what actually takes place at the higher levels of the CIA, FBI, and BATF. He has created characters with the traits the public suspects and fears most. The positions of power are held by people who are power-hungry, immoral and self-serving and guided by the belief that the end always justifies the means. One of the advantages of fiction though, is the author can get the results he wants and in this case the conclusion is very satisfying.
This book is highly recommended with one caveat: you must remind yourself it is a work of fiction.
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Format: Hardcover
I have had the pleasure of reading four P. T. Deutermann novels to date. Mr. Deutermann's story telling is like a fine wine, it seems to improve with age. I have totally enjoyed every Deutermann offering that I have read.
I was first introduced to author Deutermann when I read Sweepers, then I read Scorpion in the Sea, and finally Zero Option. I write in the military genre myself, primarily Navy, and noticed that while Mr. Deutermann has gotten away from writing about his roots, the Navy, that he is still not opposed to attacking the establishment. Our federal government, bless their hearts, are such an easy target, don't you think?
In Hunting Season, Deutermann returns to using a woman, Janet Carter, as one of his primary protagonists. Remember Karen from Sweepers? Janet, a rookie Fed, reminded me of Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. And, like Sweepers, he has introduced to us to yet another sweeper. This time he writes about a good sweeper. How could there be such a thing as a good sweeper I ask? The psychological profile of the beast spells psychopath.
Hunting Season is a thriller in every sense of the word; its plot is both quick in pace and quick in action. And with enough twists and turns to keep any thrill seeking reader happy. P. T. Deutermann has a winner again so go hunting for and find Hunting Season.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first of P.T.'s books that I read that I found in a bag of second-hand books. I was immediately drawn to the story because I lived near Roanoke and Blacksburg, VA many years ago, when the "Ramsey Arsenal" was still open. From "Hunting Season" I learned about "sweepers" and other specially trained agents and the technology that is available to them as well as the difficult politics of "staying alive" as a Fed (or ex-Fed).
Most of the book takes place in and around the old arsenal and is well described. The underground syphon chamber that was used to flush away bad batches of toxic chemicals was interesting but the various scenarios surrounding it were a bit much as was the constant vehicle switching. But the story is great, and I am reading it for the second time, after 9/11. This book has it all-FBI, CIA, ATF, mountain men, and all the "toys" Kreiss uses that makes a gun unecessary.
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