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The Short Drop (Gibson Vaughn) Kindle Edition
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That’s how I feel about The Short Drop—the most assured, gripping, and satisfying debut that I’ve read in recent memory. Matthew FitzSimmons hooked me with the book’s setup: What if the nation’s most notorious unsolved missing person case involves Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of a senator who—despite his family’s tragedy—is destined to become a powerful vice president? What if, ten years after her disappearance, new evidence surfaces in the case as Lombard runs for president?
The setup grabbed my attention, but what kept me riveted was how deeply I cared about the characters—especially the book’s hero, Gibson Vaughn, a legendary hacker-turned-marine offered a chance to solve the mystery of the disappearance of his best childhood friend. Gibson’s friendship with Suzanne comes to life in these pages and turns an action-packed thriller into something with surprising emotional depth that is richly rewarding.
It is rare to discover a book by a first-time author that feels like the work of a seasoned pro who has been churning out bestsellers for twenty years. The Short Drop is that rare book, and it is remarkable.
I won’t tell you more, other than to say: “You’ve got to read this!”
- Alan Turkus, Editor
About the Author
Matthew FitzSimmons was born in Illinois and grew up in London, England. He now lives in Washington, DC, where he taught English literature and theater at a private high school for over a decade. The Short Drop is his first novel.
- ASIN : B00YTXTIDO
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (1 December 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 3535 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 399 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 44,887 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Gibson Vaughn, ex Marine, once a 16 year old computer hacker is asked to help investigate the disappearance of Suzanne Lombard, daughter of the man running for president, a man who also happens to be the man he hacked all those years ago. Gibson knew Suzanne well back then, so well he considered her his sister and he is haunted by her disappearance. I won't say anything more as I would hate spoil this masterpiece. But just read it!
It's a long time since I've read such a great book, it truly is difficult to believe this is a debut novel.
I was immediately engrossed and could not put it down. When the story finally finished, it felt as if I had been holding my breath the whole time. I loved the twists and turns, the characters and the pace of the story.
I've pre ordered the next book - I'm confident I'll be in for another terrific read!!
I was all ready to ditch the book if I wasn’t engaged within a few pages. But I loved the way the story swapped from character to character. Definitely hard to put down!
Top reviews from other countries
1)I worked out the twist/s early on .
2)The ending was terrible. It is hard to explain without giving a spoiler but the way people acted/reacted was not plausible.
3)The role of a particular character (and again I cannot say who due to not wanting to spoil things for readers), unless I was missing something, was not explained.
Despite this I felt the book was marvellous
In praise, unlike many, the book had no continuity errors or grammatical mistakes and unlike some kindle books we had pages as well as location points.