Tuesday Teaser/Opening ~ The Short Drop

This week I'm reading The Short Drop by Mattew Fitzsimmons. The book was one of the four monthly freebies available for Amazon Prime members to choose from. I've gotten a bit leery of these books because they're not always well written and sometimes the story jumps the shark. (They all seem to be published by one of Amazon's publishing arm, so . . .) Some months I pass on all of them, but I'm so glad I picked this one. It's well written and I'm invested in the characters. This is the author's first book, but I think Amazon's found a winner. It's also just the break I need from plowing through The Game of Thrones books.

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard—then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency—disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation’s history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession.

For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal—Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him. On the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, the former head of Benjamin Lombard’s security asks for Gibson’s help in a covert investigation of the case, with new evidence in hand.

Haunted by tragic memories, he jumps at the chance to uncover what happened all those years ago. Using his military and technical prowess, he soon discovers multiple conspiracies surrounding the Lombard family—and he encounters powerful, ruthless political players who will do anything to silence him and his team. With new information surfacing that could threaten Lombard’s bid for the presidency, Gibson must stay one step ahead as he navigates a dangerous web to get to the truth.

Gibson Vaughn sat alone at the bustling counter of the Nighthawk Diner. The breakfast rush was in full swing as the customers milled about, waiting for a seat. Gibson barely registered the crescendo of knives and forks on plates or the waitress who set his food down. His eyes were fixed on the television behind the counter. The news was playing the video again. It was ubiquitous, part of the American zeitgeist—dissected and analyzed over the years, referenced in film, television shows and songs. Like most Americans he couldn't look away no matter how often it aired. How could he? It was all he had left of Suzanne.

"Entitlement breeds laziness, which in turn breeds decline. But of course with enough money, it is possible not to notice for decades that your family name is gathering dust."

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  1. I am really sorry I passed on this Prime offering. The first paragraph and the teaser sound great. I think I'm going back to Amazon. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This sounds pretty good. It's a new to me author, but I like the premise, the opening, and the teaser

    My teaser/opener and giveaway are at Beth Fish Reads.

  3. I'm very curious Suzie, I liked the intro. Hope this is a good one.

  4. I am regretting passing on this one. It was probably the words "senator," "vice president" and "running for the presidency" that put me off. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it, Suzie. I do like the opening and teaser you shared. The teaser is so true.

  5. Hope you like this one. Have a good time reading this week.

  6. Great excerpts...I especially like the teaser.

    Mysteries and disappearances always intrigue me. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. That opening has me very intrigued - the kind of mystery I enjoy! I do hope the rest of the read lives up to the promising start.

  8. Sounds like a great mystery story combined with technology. Right up my alley. Here's my teaser: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-11y