"A chilling thriller"
Career military Martin Collins retired as an Air Force
Lieutenant Colonel following twenty years of active duty
mostly with the Office of Special Investigations. Shortly
after leaving the service, Martin's wife dies from cancer.
Martin raises their twelve-year-old daughter by himself
even as he serves as Chief of police of Warrenton,
Virginia. Occasionally, he performs investigative services
for the Air Force, working as a liaison between civilian
authorities and the military police.
His current case centers on the professional murder of
Colonel Margaret Wildman and her two children. Martin soon
concludes that the children were murdered to get their
mother to talk. Her refusal led to their death, her
torture, and ultimately her death too. It appears as if
the killers obtained what they sought. On the contrary,
the victim worked in the Air Force Safety Office with no
access to top-secret information, making the scenario
painted by the physical evidence seems unreasonable. This
leaves Martin and the other investigators shaking their
heads as nothing makes sense.
Patrick A. Davis has written an action packed thriller
that will keep readers' interest until the final page is
turned. THE COLONEL is a terrific novel because besides
being well written the events appear plausible, which adds
to airplane passengers playing Russian Roulette every time
they fly. Martin is a wonderful person who gains reader
empathy early and never loses it as his actions turn him
into a real American hero. Mr. Davis is deservedly making
quite a name for himself within the thriller genre.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 13, 2001