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Book Review - Sentinels's Choice - Mike Witzgall

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Wow, this is certainly a book that will hold your attention and personally I can't wait to read the second in this series. It is fast moving with enough twists and turns to satisfy anyone!

There is a serial killer loose in Dallas--and he is killing religious leaders. The Police are stymied-they are led on a wild goose chase--death and mayhem at every turn--I am including the Prologue-which will give you the ending--but not the story-If you want to read a really great book--get this one!

Prologue Present day.

Dear Granddad: It’s been a lousy two weeks. Here I am your former U.S. Marine turned cop grandson, Sergeant Renee “Ren” LaFleet, stuck in a hospital bed at the Southwestern University Medical Hospital in Dallas, Texas. My body is trashed (again) from two back to back fist fights (which I think I won, though I really don’t feel that way), several gunshot wounds, falling head first down a long flight of stairs and then allowing myself to nearly bleed to death. I mean, for crying out-loud, I have two black eyes, my left forearm and wrist are fractured, my nose is broken, a couple of ribs are busted; but worst of all (as if it could get any worse), three of the bullets shattered my left knee and the upper fibula and tibia. Within a few days of the shooting, a life-threatening infection set in and my left leg was amputated above the knee two days ago. If this is what a victory looks like, I’d hate to see a defeat. I wish I could make some way-cool macho comment about how messed up the bad guy looks, but the truth is we cheated. I tried to shoot him… missed; but at least I tried. And then someone else, doing a much better job than I did, shot him several times. Being well-ventilated, he died. Not the damn slow, agonizing death I wished he would have suffered, but in this case, dead is dead. And I am thankful for it. Anyway, I got credit for the kill and some shiny medals as a reward, but I really shouldn’t have. Who was the bad guy? Someone I knew. Or perhaps I should say someone that I thought I knew. But isn’t that the way it always goes? Don’t national statistics show that 68% of all murder victims know their assailants? He and I had known each other for a while; therefore, my sense of betrayal is pretty overwhelming at the moment. Crap! Just when you think you know a person, they turn out to be a prolific serial killer. I guess I’m still in shock about the chain of events that led up to this mess. Or maybe the morphine is clouding my judgment. Either way, I’ve started writing this story at the end. At this moment you know that the good guys (including me) survive and the bad guy was killed. What I’ve left out is that there’s a trail of dead bodies that led up to this point – bodies that were once good people and bodies that were once evil people. With that in mind, I’ll start over at the beginning, which was in Iraq in 1998. This tale is not about my years in the Marine Corps, though for a while you might think so. Please bear with me. It will all come together at the end. Boy Scouts Honor.


About the Book:(from Amazon)

As a member of the elite U.S. Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance teams, Renee LaFleet learned hard lessons about survival. This is where he met the brother of his heart, Navy SEAL commander, Richard Shannon, under the harsh conditions of hand to hand combat. But nothing he experienced in Iraq prepared him for the evil he would face as a homicide detective in Dallas, Texas. At least in battle you know the enemy. When bodies start turning up all murdered in the same manner, Ren is confronted with the unthinkable possibility that his best friend, Father Richard Shannon might be involved. Ren must decide where the bonds of brotherhood end and his duty as a Texas Peace officer starts.

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About the Author: (from the back of the e-book)


The son of a career military officer, Mike spent 12 years on active duty as a noncommissioned and commissioned officer. While in the military, Mike served in the Marine Corps elite Force Reconnaissance teams and then later as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Infantry and Military Police Corps. In 1988, after numerous deployments around the world, Mike left the military as a Captain and joined the Dallas Police Department. Mike served as a patrolman in south Dallas and as a member of a Tactical team (SWAT). Published in his field, Mike has written numerous articles for law enforcement magazines and has published eight tactical training manuals. Mikes career with Dallas ended after a severe line of duty injury forced him into early retirement. Currently, Mike is co-owner of Charlie-Mike Enterprises, Inc. Charlie-Mike Enterprises, Inc. specializes in teaching SWAT courses. Since its inception in 1998, Charlie-Mike Enterprises, Inc. has taught over 1500 officers from as many as 225 different agencies. Sentinel’s Choice is his first novel.

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23 comments :

GossipMoms said...

I love these kind of books. The thriller part of it keeps me interested in the book. Great review

Masshole Mommy said...

Books like this keep me interested and if I am not hooked right away, I won't read past the first chapter or two.

Jennifer Williams said...

I am sure this is a great book but one that would bring painful memories for me. I do want to thank the author for sharing his experience and am glad he made it home.

Joanna Sormunen said...

I love a good thriller :) Looks like I need to check this out in Amazon.

AMBER EDWARDS said...

I love thriller like this that keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Sounds like a fantastic read!

Lawna Noe said...

Oh, I love those type of thrillers. I bet it would keep my interest the entire book!

Pam said...

Oh, goodness! I enjoy reading thrillers even if the bits about serial killers have me checking all the locks on my doors once or twice before bed.

Mrs. Sergeant said...

This sounds like a really awesome book and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Amberlee said...

Sounds like a great book! I will have to check it out, thanks!

marielle said...

The book sounds great! I'm a big fan of suspend novels. Thanks for sharing this with us!

Lady Lilith said...

That fact that it starts off with a serial killer got my attention. Sounds great. Thank you for sharing you opinions about it.

becca said...

first good to find you again i miss reading your blog second what a great review this book sounds really interesting to me

The Frugal Greenish Mama said...

This sounds like an interesting book! I don't get to read often but sounds like It would keep my attention.

Pam said...

This is a different story line that certainly seems like it would hold my attention. I know that this is something my husband would love to read and I will share it with him.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I'm sure this was a page turner. The mind of a serial killer is very scary and intriguing.

Amanda Love said...

I love a book that keeps me on my toes. This sounds like a great one that will do that. I'm now reading a bit more thrillers so this might make it on my list since I have quite a few unread ones at the moment. Happy New Year!

Tess said...

I finally have a book review to do, so i hope to write a great one like you do. Interesting book that might keep me reading it to the end. lol

Amanda McMahon said...

when well-written, murder mysteries can really be intriguing and true page turners.

Ashley Gill said...

I dont know that this book would be for me, or maybe it could be something I could read with my husband. I think in 2014 we are going to do things like that together! Thanks for the review!

Melanie B said...

Hmm I'm going to look into this. Sounds like it could be an interesting read, not one I'd pick up right away but definitely worth a look

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Oh yeah, this is one I'd really like and I'm glad it's going to be a series too.

Courtney Pies said...

Sounds like a good thriller! Thanks for the recommendation!

Le-an Lai Lacaba said...

Great action. From the prologue, it seems so vivid.

 
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