Author(s): Brett BattlesDownload
From the Barry Award-winning author of the Jonathan Quinn novels comes Little Girl Gone, the first book in a new series.Logan Harper isn’t looking for redemption. He just wants to live in peace and forget his troubled past. But one morning his quiet life is upended when he interrupts the attempted murder of his father’s best friend Tooney.The next thing he knows, Logan is on his way to Los Angeles, searching for Tooney’s missing granddaughter and uncovering a sinister plot connected not only into Tooney’s Burmese past but to the boardrooms of corporate America.As the odds stack up against him, Logan must fall back on old skills from the past he’d rather forget. He’s made a promise and the only way to fulfill it is to bring the girl home alive.
Some Reviews: 96 in Goodreads.com
Little Girl Gone is a suspenseful tale with plenty of action.
The story begins with the main character, Logan Harper, preventing a murder. Tooney, a friend of his father’s is unwilling to go to the police about the incident or answer Logan’s questions over the near shooting. As Logan pushes for answers, he soon learns more than he bargained for.
A young woman is missing. She is the daughter of a Burmese immigrant and her disappearance is politically motivated. Logan is asked to help find her without police intervention, and reluctantly agrees. Plagued by painful memories from his past, Logan vows to find the young woman, and begins an urgent search for her. Clues and information he uncovers soon lead him on an international hunt through various locations, including Thailand, where he risks his own life at the hands of a ruthless and narcissistic govt.
Little Girl Gone is a compelling tale with a multi-layered plot. Logan Harper is a likable character, driven by his own demons to engage in this dangerous assignment. As we learn more about him, we want him to succeed. The other characters he meets along the way are intriguing, some of whom he comes to depend on. A large cast is introduced early on and Logan must learn what part they each play as the plot twists and turns.
Logan’s relationship with his old Dad and his cronies is a fun addition to this fast-paced adventure. There is a grudging respect on both parts, which feels natural and unforced.
This is an interesting read with a good build up of expense. The plot continuously moves forward and the level of detail suggests the author has either traveled to these locations or conducted a fair amount of research.
Little Girl Gone is a good read for fans of mystery and action.
I love wounded hero protagonists (perhaps that’s too personal to reveal here?), and this one is very likeable. I cared about and rooted for this hero at every step. And caring about the characters is the most important factor in enjoying any book.
That said, I do find Brett Battle’s works a little slow and wordy at times. This is my 3rd Battle book and while they were all very good, they were a bit short of being excellent.
That is, there’s a lot of detailed scenes leading to the finale. Almost too much detail and too many scenes. The progress through the story arc is a bit slow.
It may be the story arc isn’t big enough. Some more plot elements, a bigger story, would be nice. That would make the story more fulfilling.
Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of tense scenes and heart stopping action. The suspense starts early and stays at a high level throughout. Very exciting.
But the arc of this story is pretty limited. The thing that makes it fill 260 pages is the detailed story telling.
The story revolves around an emotionally wounded ex-special forces soldier helping out a asian immigrant in his small home town who’s granddaughter has been kidnapped because she might influence the grandmother who’s stil in asia and stirring up a peaceful revolution.
I didn’t know this author, but it was one of those dollar deals on Nook, so I took a chance.
So glad I did. This was a fast paced “travelogue” kinda of adventure/thriller (New York to L.A. to Burma, etc.). I kept “seeing” the action, and feel sure it’s going to turn up as a big blockbuster movie at some point. It felt like a Bourne movie already.
The very basic premise (a kidnapping in exchange for oil drilling rights) is pretty far-fetched. But, just let your sense of disbelief go with that, and the rest is very fun and roller coaster-y.
I also enjoyed the hero being a hero out of responsibility and obligation – not any real desire or interest in being a hero. It made some of the dangerous situations have a more interesting layer.
I recommend it for a rainy day read – just curl up and spend the day with Logan – it’ll be fun!
Logan is a former military contractor who has left that life behind and now runs an auto repair shop. One morning he prevents what he thinks is an attempted burglary at a friend’s coffee shop and is later asked to look for the man’s daughter, who has gone missing. Things rapidly escalate from there.
A fast-paced action-mystery with changing locations and a revolving cast of interesting characters. Everyone seems to be hiding something and nothing is what it first appears to be. A well-written story that holds your attention until the end.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member and have a free book to check out each month, I’d highly recommend these books by Brett Battles. I’d recommend them to others as well, but considering most of the books available through the program aren’t that great, this is a great way to use those free credits.
I had already read the second book in this series, but thought I’d come back around and start from the beginning. I wasn’t disappointed as this was another fast-paced, well-written novel. Logan must travel abroad to bring back the daughter of a friend in a wild goose chase. Check this book out.