Secondly, Griffin crafts an intrigue that moves out of Florida. And the clues they unearth are related to events that stretch from the NYPD to Wall Street to the legislative branch of the federal government to Frankfort and Riyadh. Thirdly, Griffin uses international terrorism as a plot line for the first time.
In doing so, he weaves a conspiracy thread that spans at least 60 years and four continents. And finally, he provides us with a vital history lesson. This is not a data dump, but a fictionalized accounting of the very real theft of assets from French Jews by the Nazis. Throughout the book, the author uses various episodes to debate the issues involved with killing for self-defense and torturing another human being to extract information necessary for personal survival. But not once does he have his characters debate the issue of revenge.
Sep 30, E. Yatscoff rated it liked it. Matt Royal doesn't take the murder of his pal lightly. He, with his old military pals, go after the perps in fine fashion across the globe opening a door to a distant past where it all started. Satisfying read. I like Matt, a no nonsense guy, tough when he has to be. Laurence Wyatt is enjoying the cool Florida breeze from his balcony when a bullet travels through his skull. Just like that, Wyatt is dead.
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Retired lawyer and soldier Matt Royal is completely shocked at the news of the sudden death of his dear friend Wyatt. Along with his friends Logan and Jock, Matt served with Wyatt during the war in Vietnam, forging a lifelong bond that has stayed with the H.
Along with his friends Logan and Jock, Matt served with Wyatt during the war in Vietnam, forging a lifelong bond that has stayed with the men. All are present at Wyatt's funeral, but the murder seems to weigh especially heavy on the mind of Royal. Never one to shy away from a mystery, Matt vows revenge on whoever is responsible for the death of Wyatt.
Acting on a tip from a local waitress, Royal tracks down the man who shot Wyatt and discovers that the shooter was merely a pawn in a much larger game. Enlisting the help of Jock, who conveniently works for a secret government agency that is alway willing to lend resources, and Dr.
Jessica Connors, an expert on WWII, Matt embarks on a transcontinental quest to serve justice to the people responsible for his friends death. Griffin definitely knows how to draw a reader in and keep them guessing until the end. I really appreciate the way he adds bits of historical truth to serve his fiction.
As in the other novels in this series, it is the fascinating protagonist, Matt Royal, who drives the drama of this story. In this novel, Royal is forced to grapple with seeking revenge and the consequences of his search for justice. Thrust into a situation of violence, Matt evaluates his own use of violence, both during the war and in his investigation. A Florida native, Griffin gives a vivid portrayal of the Florida setting, and the people who live there.
I always look forward to the little details he provides that make the people seem like those you would actually encounter on a visit to the Florida coast. The only downside to these fantastic descriptions is that the other settings and their inhabitants pale in comparison. It's not that there was anything wrong with the other locations, but I could definitely tell that, like other Florida author's Carl Hiaasen, Jeff Lindsay, etc.
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Wyatt's Revenge comes to a very satisfying conclusion and keeps the twists and suspense rolling until the very end. The expertly crafted characters and setting give this novel a heart that is rarely found in series mysteries. I recommend this novel for any fan of thrillers, history, and page-turning suspense. Matt Royal is a retired trial attorney enjoying the relaxed life on Longboat Key, Florida when his best friend and Vietnam War mentor, Laurence Wyatt, is murdered execution style.
Though Matt has full faith in local law enforcement, this is personal so he sets out to find those responsible and bring them to justice. What he finds takes him to Germany to solve a mystery that goes back decades and will lead him where he never expected. He enlists his friends, Jock Algren and Logan Hamilton, to Matt Royal is a retired trial attorney enjoying the relaxed life on Longboat Key, Florida when his best friend and Vietnam War mentor, Laurence Wyatt, is murdered execution style.
He enlists his friends, Jock Algren and Logan Hamilton, to help unravel the mystery and get the revenge that Wyatt deserves. Terrell Griffin, but is the first book I have ever read by this author. He does a very good job of introducing the reader to characters that, no doubt, were part of the previous books and I really didn't feel like I was missing any information regarding the main characters or their relationship to one another. The story moved quickly and, while I did figure out part of the mystery rather early, I think that was intentional as the reader is privy to some information that the characters are not.
In this testosterone fueled, action packed mystery, knowing that little piece of information doesn't matter as you will still be turning the pages furiously to find out what happens next. My only complaint, now I have to go buy the other 3 books in the series to find out what kind of trouble Matt Royal was previously involved in. If it was even half as exciting as "Wyatt's Revenge", it will be well worth the expense. I think the main character in this great novel is one of my new favorites.
Matt Royal is a retired trial lawyer, now a laid back beach bum enjoying the fruits of his years of hard work as a trial lawyer. When a good friend Laurence Wyatt is murdered, Matt is torn about what to do. He wants to solve the crime and avenge the death, but he knows the local police force is on the job, and will do their best to solve the crime. Our laid back beach bum starts his own investigation, and with a personal I think the main character in this great novel is one of my new favorites. Our laid back beach bum starts his own investigation, and with a personal interest in the case, it becomes a very serious quest.
Following his lead, he becomes the hunted by a group of relentless and heartless criminals, who will kill with impunity. Knowing he is in trouble, Matt contacts 2 good friends to help him out. The investigation takes them into dangerous territory, from Florida to Germany and spots in between. However, Matt Royal is no man who backs down from a challenge, regardless of the danger. Filled with twists, turns and suspense, this novel is enjoyable and great fun to read. The characters are well drawn, and the reader finds himself taken along on a dangerous and suspenseful ride towards an ending that may lead them outside the bounds of the law to solve the crime.
I really enjoyed the character of Matt Royal, and look forward to reading more of his adventures. He may be a retired beach bum, but he is also a very exciting fellow! Laurence Wyatt was dead. Matt had a long history with Wyatt from his years in Special Forces. The friendship had carried on after Matt went into the practice of law and Wyatt became a professor of history. The killer is not that hard to track down but the big question is who hired him and why. The hunt takes Matt to Europe and he requests assistance from a friend that he has not seen in years. The book flashes back on the period at the end of World War II and the story of wealth stolen from the Jews during that period.
Matt finds that he is targeted by a party or parties unknown who seem determined that he must die. A rollercoaster of ups and downs take the reader on the ride of their lives in this Matt Royal mystery. Royal, attorney turned vigil ante after the death of his friend Wyatt, gives new meaning to the word revenge.
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This book had me riveted from the first word to the very last. I laughed, worried and cheered for and about the good guys through this whole novel. Things like after an unfriendly encounter with bad guy Banchori, A rollercoaster of ups and downs take the reader on the ride of their lives in this Matt Royal mystery. Suddenly, he grabbed his chest, threw his head back, vomited, and died.
The man had suffered a heart attack. That saved me from having to shoot him. It was so well placed, priceless. I love novels done in first person; if you do as well, this book is for you. I read it in a day and was sorry to see it end.
The best part of me? What a guy! They were the perfect team along with all their other helpers. Great, great job!
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Bravo Mr. Matt Royal is a retired trial lawyer and ex-Green Beret who has been enjoying a laid-back, beach bum existence on Longboat Key in Florida when one of his best friends Lawrence Wyatt is killed by a professional hit man. Why would anyone want to kill Wyatt? He was a history professor. Matt finds out it was a professional hit and knows he needs to investigate to find out what Wyatt was involved in that someone paid to have him killed.
As Matt investigates, he finds out that Wyatt was doing research Matt Royal is a retired trial lawyer and ex-Green Beret who has been enjoying a laid-back, beach bum existence on Longboat Key in Florida when one of his best friends Lawrence Wyatt is killed by a professional hit man. As Matt investigates, he finds out that Wyatt was doing research on Nazi Germany and he must have come across some sensitive material that has someone willing to kill to cover his or her tracks.
Matt calls on two resourceful friends Jack Algren and Logan Hamilton, which is helpful as they journey to Frankfurt, Germany to solve the mystery. For Matt it is personal and he is out to get those who had his friend killed. Along the way though things change and he needs to be careful as he is now being pursued.