Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Replacements-David Putnam

The Replacements
David Putnam
Oceanview Publishing, Feb 3 2015, $26.95
ISBN: 9781608091379

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Violent Crimes Team superstar and paroled convict, Bruno Johnson served his time.  After being released, he and his mate Marie rescued eight abused children; but also knowing they broke the law the adult couple, accompanied by the kids, fled to Costa Rica where he opened up a bar.

Thus when a former law enforcement peer Barbara Wicks enters his establishment, he assumes she came to arrest him and escort him back to the States.  Instead the Montclair, California Police Chief pleads with him to help rescue two children abducted by Jonas Mabry; as the kidnapper demands a million dollars delivered to him by his “hero” Bruno who saved his life when he was a five-years-old victim.  However retuning home most likely means a return to prison while staying in Central America will leave two kids dead and probably more to follow.

The three-dimensional characters (especially the villain) turn this urban jungle sequel to The Disposables into a fantastic cat and mouse thriller.  Loaded with suspense that intensifies throughout, Jonas proves a very competent puppeteer pulling the strings of valiant desperate Bruno and equally brave Marie.

Harriet Klausner

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