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Action-packed Adventure & International Intrigue with protagonist Penn Gwinn, P.I.
Action-packed Adventure & International Intrigue with protagonist Penn Gwinn, P.I.

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Reportage or Mystery Thriller - or both!     5 Stars
September 5, 2014
By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

California author Harold R. Miller, the author of 12 novels, states at the beginning of this 5th book in his Penn Gwinn Series that he `has been a private investigator for over twenty-five years. His case files are the basis of his action adventure novels.' That statement lends not only credibility to his novels but also inserts a sense of veracity that this author has `been there done that' - a feature in mystery novels that seals the ability to keep the reader closely glued to the story from page one. Miller also was a former intelligence operative with the NSA and is an experienced journalist and editor, a serious sailor, a playwright, and lives in the hub of it all - in Marin County, California. What this bit of pertinent biographical data fails to reveal is that he happens to write very well - mixing the experience and insight of his technical background with a thorough understanding of how to write sexy scenarios that flavor his books with the best of the James Bond imagery. He understands pacing, stage direction breaks in the suspense that offer additional tension to what is to come next, and all the while keeping the line of his novel solidly on track until the finish line.

Miller starts his Book 5 of the Penn Gwinn Series with Prologue that sucks the reader into this fascinating book: `At the end of World War II, a group called Organization Der Ehemaligen SS-Angehorigen (ODESSA) built a large and reliable network geared to secretly ushering influential and high-ranking Nazis out of Germany to start new lives in foreign countries under new names. It continues to this day, while covering up the operation and those it saved. Somewhere between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco, there are two forty-five pound leather bags, each containing two-hundred-fifty platinum one-ounce coins. They are worth a major fortune to anyone lucky enough to find them, although to do so would be a practical impossibility.' And after that Prologue, Chapter One describes a steamy encounter between a man and his wife that ends in a double assassination (the husband holds secret information pertinent to the entry of our reliable Penn Gwinn.

Miller provides as tight a synopsis of the plot as is need for a brief review: `Penn Gwinn wasn't interested in another assignment. But his curiosity is piqued when his Control Agent mentions one of his best friends, as well as the mysterious coins known as Universeros. The pursuit of the Universeros takes him through the desert of Northern Mexico and the jungles of South America, one step ahead of ODESSA - an international Nazi network set up to facilitate secret escape routes for SS officers, as well as across the U. S. Mexico border, where he becomes enmeshed in skirmishes between the Minutemen and the ACLU. As libidinous red-haired women and duplicitous conspirators attempt to confound him, exposing the darker side of those he considered friends, the stakes get higher: the mysterious coins... and murder.' That is a recipe for an intense thriller, but it fails to add the fact that Miller peppers his intrigue with some very steamy sexy scenes as well as maintaining a dialogue and scenario so palpable that it could only come form a mind who has actively been involved I such actions. Miller is a very fine writer and deserves a wide readership. Getting to know this Penn Gwinn will likely result in buying his other adventures!
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"The Emerald Head Caper", part of The Penn Gwinn Series, is now available for Kindle.

Penn Gwinn turned to relic hunting and retired to Belize. Joining a group of teenagers on a quest for the legendary Emerald Head and dodging a wild squad of Guatemalan soldiers bent on liberating the people of Belize was NOT in his retirement plan!
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Action Adventure, International Intrigue series featuring Pen Gwinn P.I., based on the case files of private investigator/author Harold R Miller.
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