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Revenge: (A Travis Mays Novel) by [Young, Mark]
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When a trained killer threatens ex-cop Travis Mays—and those Travis loves—he finds a skilled adversary and an unexpected fight.

After a high stakes gamble ends in personal tragedy, Travis walks away from years of training and a highly successful law enforcement career. Determined never to look back, he starts a new life and a new career, teaching criminology at the university and building a cabin in the idyllic Idaho Mountains. He hires a beautiful river guide, Jessie White Eagle from the Nez Perce tribe, to guide him safely down the Lochsa. The turbulence of the whitewater, however, is just the beginning of his troubles. Travis finds himself in the crosshairs of a killer—calling himself Creasy—bent on revenge.

This fast-paced thriller takes readers on a wild ride down Idaho’s whitewater rivers, along the historic Lolo Trails once tread by the Nez Perce nation, and onto the city streets of California. Tighten your helmet. This ride never stops until the last shot is fired and the final body falls.

About the Author

Mark Young is a former police officer with the Santa Rosa Police Department in California for twenty-six years; an award-winning journalist; and a Vietnam combat veteran. He served with several law enforcement task force operations, including the presidential Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force targeting major drug traffickers, and the federal Organized Crime Task Force charged with identifying and prosecuting prison gang leaders. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 834 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Clearwater Publishing; 1 edition (Feb. 11 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NIFD0C
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa2265ce4) out of 5 stars 108 reviews
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa27b18e8) out of 5 stars A strong setting and bad guys that keep you guessing make this a good read Nov. 27 2011
By Cathy G. Cole - Published on
Format: Paperback
First Line: Raindrops splattered the windshield as Travis Mays raised his binoculars.

When an investigation goes horribly wrong, Travis Mays walks away from a highly successful law enforcement career and builds a new life. Now a professor of criminology at a university in Washington state, he likes to spend time in the cabin he built in the mountains of Idaho. Travis is even learning the fine art of kayaking from river guide Jessie White Eagle of the Nez Perce tribe. But when Jessie's brother goes missing and Travis is asked to help with the investigation, he finds himself in the crosshairs of a killer bent on revenge.

Many of you may take a look at my rating and think that I didn't care for the book. You would be wrong. I did. Although the book really doesn't have anything new in terms of plot, writing or characterization, it did hold my interest throughout. How? Because author Mark Young has given us multiple perpetrators with multiple objectives. I had my mind set on one bad guy, but the more pages I turned, the more I thought, "Now, wait a second...." Once my curiosity was fully engaged, I was hooked.

"His stern struck a submerged rock, jamming the bow forward, burying him in a shallow grave of water. He fought to right himself, but the current corkscrewed him into its depths and he lost his balance. Roaring sheets of water buried him, pounding his head with icy fists. For what seemed like an eternity he remained trapped beneath the surface as near-freezing currents burned his skin."

A strong feature of the book is its setting in the mountains of Idaho, white water kayaking on its rivers, and the Nez Perce heritage of two secondary characters-- but I did feel that if the kayaking and Nez Perce heritage had been beefed up and had become more integral parts of the story, the book would have been even stronger.

Travis has a canine companion named Sam, which leads me to something that's almost becoming a pet peeve. Having had many canine companions of my own, I am attuned to how animals react to the people around me. When an animal in the book I'm reading reacts strangely to a new character, I immediately know that character is a bad guy. This undoubtedly isn't true for people who don't live with pets and aren't familiar with their ways, but it is to me and takes away some of the enjoyment of reading the book for me. On the other hand, Sam isn't portrayed as Super Dog, and that I do like.

When all is said and done, there is a lot to like about Revenge, and I'm looking forward to more stories about Travis Mays.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa27b193c) out of 5 stars Great Read!! Feb. 14 2011
By Avid Reader - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a great suspense book!! I am usually good at knowing who the bad guy is, and why they are bad in any given novel, yet this one kept me guessing until the very end. The technical information was fascinating and it kept me up at night, as I could not put it down. Great author! I can't wait until his next book comes out.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa27b1c18) out of 5 stars Amazing e-page turner! March 4 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Mark Young does an amazing job of spinning a story that keeps you from putting it down. Many mystery novels can be figured out quickly, but this one is not that way. You will keep guessing as you move through the story. The descriptions are so rich, you feel as though you are there along the river or on the trail. I highly recommend this book. I can't wait for the next Travis Mays novel by Mark Young!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa227f150) out of 5 stars Not a good book.....despite the generally good reviews Oct. 8 2012
By B. Coats - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just gave up on this book. Couldn't finish it. Kept hoping it would get better and it simply got worse. My eyes were getting tired from all the eye rolling I was doing and I decided it was time to quit (something I HATE to do). The characters are shallow and the story lines contrived. Conversations and situations were unrealistic and unbelievable. The main character is supposed to be a "star" ex-detective but comes across as rather oblivious and even a little mean spirited. The general story (and back story on the main character) are unoriginal and basically boiler plate. This story isn't horrible, but, comes across as something written by an inexperienced high school student (although, a high school student would have been asked to clean up the typos and misuse of the English language). I am always on the lookout for a new author. I saw this book and decided to try it as it was relatively cheap and had good reviews. I took a chance and wasted some money. What I mostly regret is wasting my time. Won't be reading anything else from this author.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa227f168) out of 5 stars Full of twists and turns, highly recommended Feb. 22 2012
By K. Sozaeva - Published on
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Travis Mays worked for the Santa Rosa police department in California - he was one of the their best investigators. Then he became involved with Michele Scarborough, one of his confidential informants, and when she is murdered, something breaks inside of him. He turns in his badge, moves to the Pacific Northwest - where he splits his time between WSU in Pullman, WA and a cabin he builds in the Idaho mountains. He teaches criminology, and keeps his heart safe from any further damage. Until, that is, he meets Jessie White Eagle. When her brother goes missing, and then ends up dead, Jessie convinces Travis to help her and her father, who is the chief of police of the Nez Pierce tribal police, find out who killed Tommy White Eagle, and why. Then more people start to die - and they all seem to be related back to Travis' last case with the Santa Rosa PD - to Michele Scarborough. Who is killing people, and why? Is Travis next ... or last?

This is quite an entertaining little suspense/thriller, full of twists and turns. I kept thinking I had figured out who it was, then kept being shown the error of my own thought processes - that kept me guessing! This author provides sufficient character and plot development to keep the story fresh and interesting, without allowing it to be bogged down with excessive details. A good, solid tale of psychological suspense, murder and intrigue.