Renown screenwriter and television director, Raymond Austin introduces Beauford Sloan to the world of crime fiction in the author's exciting debut. An ex-cop turned P.I., Sloan investigates the mysterious theft of an armored truck full of diamonds and the death of an Eagle Security guard. Set in Washington, DC, the case takes the cunning Beauford to Morocco and finally to Spain where he uncovers the truth behind The Eagle Heist. ... Read more
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1. this is a very bad book.
2. i came to this page and wondered why it got around 70 5 star reviews.
3. I checked the profiles of at least a dozen reviewers of this book... guess what, they were all fake accounts.
4. thus, its safe to say that in all likelihood, this is the only real review on this page.
Start my original review.
--This book has gotten waaaaaay to many good reviews:
The Eagles Heist is about as average as it would be possible to get for a genre mystery. The biggest deal here is the over-used running gag and identified reference to Wilford Brimley. Brimley is an old friend of the authors as it states in the opening page. I really don't care that the main character should be Brimley and it became bothersome that it was brought up so often. Knowing that Brimley is around 80 made me think of geriatric sex scenes when Sloan was wooing a widower. It was kind of off putting.
The author `Austin,' starts the book off with a scenario straight out of one of his average tv cop/private eye shows. I take it that he was a producer/director for several of the bigger tv series' from the 60's to the 90's including Magnum PI. An armored car is lifted off of the road and dropped into a river, the bad guys take 18 million dollars in diamonds. Lo and behold, seven months after the heist, Sloan takes one look at the scene and figures out what happens even though the local police and FBI spent thousands of man hours investigating and couldn't come up with squat. That is the way the book goes. Sloan is the wisest old man ever as well as the kindest.
What was most shocking to me is that when I arrived at the review page here on Amazon, I noticed that this book had received around 70 reviews with the average being five stars. This book is no where near that. I have read literally hundreds of books that I would recommend over this one. `Eagles Heist' takes no risks and is about as memorable as an old Magnum PI episode. It was not written very well or with a sense of panache. I don't know where all of these reviewers are coming from, we must have read different books.
Beauford Sloan is a love
Talk about a page turner.....this book fills the bill!And even better, the reader gets to spend time with a lovable fellow, Beauford Sloan.He's the man you'd want to have around when the going gets tough.
All the characters are interesting and the descriptions of various places around the world are tantalizing.I'd like to go on Beauford's next job, if he could guarantee I wouldn't get shot.
Quality work as usual
When you're reading a certain kind of book, coming to its ending is a bit of a shock. You've grown so accustomed to the characters and the world they inhabit, that it's utterly startling to turn the last page and realize (once again) that they only live their lives inside the head of the author - Raymond Austin! The Eagle Heist is such a book.
The characters are interesting and powerful. The writing is fast paced and good to the last word.I read his second book first my mistake, "Dead Again" but was not disappointed in any way. This too is a satisfying thriller. With the track record of this writer I am surprised both of his books have not been turned into a film, or television show yet.
The first Beauford Sloane mystery turns out to be a good one
When you look at the cover of "The Eagle Heist," the first of the Beauford Sloan mysteries by Raymond Austin, you will notice that the photograph on the identification card of Sloan looks a lot like Wilford Brimley.This would be because it is a photograph of Brimley, who writes the brief introduction for the novel and has known the author since they were stunt men together in the old days.Then Brimley went on to be a familiar character actor and Austin directed a lot of television shows from "The Avengers" to "JAG."
The running gag in the book is that Sloan looks like Brimley, but the chief advantage is that every time you listen to Sloan in the mystery you can hear Brimley's familiar voice (every time I read a play the female lead is Katharine Hepburn, adjusted for whatever age is required).Knowing exactly how the main character speaks is certainly an advantage, but you are on your own when it comes to the mental images you come up with for the sex scenes in the book (or the mental picture demanded by the book's final line).
"The Eagle Heist" begins with a rather ingenious way of making an armored truck carrying sixteen million dollars in diamonds and three million in cash disappear.All the authorities have to go on are a couple of bodies and some $100 bills and after six months the case has gone stone cold.However, Rosa Costello, the mother of one of the murdered guards from the armored truck is not willing to let the crime be forgotten and hires Beauford, an ex-Virginia cop turned private eye.Within hours he makes a big break in the case and almost as quickly people start dying.Clearly, our hero is making progress and there is somebody who does not like that at all.But once Beauford gets the bit between his teeth there is no stopping him.
Brimley says this mystery is "a great read," and that is certainly an apt description.The action proceeds at a brisk pace, the supporting characters are pretty engaging, and they are enough twists and turns in the mystery, some of which are not exactly happy ones, to keep you engaged from start to finish.One of the reasons it works this well as that Austin provides his hero with a complete back story that comes into play at various points.There is a sense of history to the character and his friends even if this is the first Beauford Sloan mystery.Fortunately I already have the next one, "Dead Again," in my possession, so I do not have to wait for the next "episode" (it is hard not to think of this as a television series, which is not a bad thing in this case).
Likeable Characters and a well-written book
This story, while formulaic, is a quick read containing likeable--make that VERY likeable--characters. Beauford Sloan, the wily PI, is a man you want to know. In fact, you wish he lived next door. Glad to know I can keep him in my life by reading the series.
A good mystery and I recommend the read.
From the author of I'm Living Your Dream Life and The Things I Wish I'd Said.
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