Hunting Season Hardcover – Feb 20 2001
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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
From Publishers Weekly
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
This book is highly recommended with one caveat: you must remind yourself it is a work of fiction.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
There is definitely curious value in this thriller. As it was published pre 911, in early 2001, the disgruntled militia-type villains seem almost quaint now. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jeffrey Swystun
Terrific read,couldn't put it down..moved along keeping one's attention to the end, liked the character...good
mystery....would recommend "Hunting Season" to everyone.
This time out Deutermann has crafted absorbing story of a father's search for his missing daughter.
Three college students are hiking around an abandoned military complex when... Read more
This is a spectacular book. From the opening scene until the conclusion, this book held my attention like few others have. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2003 by M R Lindner
Lose the paranoid bs, and you've got a readable adventure. This is way too wordy. How come a highly trained hero has to be saved by a novice, bumbling amateur?Published on Aug. 1 2002 by John Bowes
I'm not exactly sure what I expected to get when I started this novel. However, what I got was far beyond any standard I have ever set on this particular genre. Read morePublished on July 19 2002
Mr. Deutermann has become a master storyteller. The plot, the writing, the whole structure of this book is so good that only gave you a rare satisfying feeling after you finished... Read morePublished on March 19 2002 by justareader
This is an exciting book about contemporary problems and one that is difficult to put down. I recommend it!Published on Nov. 9 2001 by Charles T. Higgins