Five-Star Review for Bolt

Bryan Cassiday’s new breakneck thriller Bolt just received a five-star review from Readers’ Favorite.

“Fast-paced and intriguing, Bryan Cassiday’s Bolt is the type of novel that demands to be read in one sitting . . . The plot is perfectly flawless.”

Available for preorder on Amazon Kindle.

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Bolt–a thriller

Is her husband playing the field or is he trying to drive her mad with self-doubt and paranoia?

Power-broker Hollywood talent manager Lyndon Fox’s wife Deirdre hires epileptic LA private detective Scott Brody after a previous private detective she assigned to keep tabs on her husband’s suspected infidelity is killed in Cabo San Lucas when she and her husband vacation there. An unknown assailant stalks her after she returns home. A secretive FBI agent named Peltz tells Brody that Lyndon Fox is involved with a cabal burrowed inside the FBI who, with the help of the deep state, are conspiring to take down the president of the United States. Peltz wants Brody to help him obtain evidence to expose Fox, as assailants ramp up their terrorism of the Fox family. As Deirdre’s world collapses around her, she must find out the truth about who is responsible before she loses everything—including her life.

Available in paperback now at Amazon.

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood–review

I saw Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Not your typical Tarantino movie. It ain’t Pulp Fiction. It is what it says it is–a fable. Once upon a time . . . It’s a fable about Hollywood in the sixties, mostly about the TV shows that were on at the time. A lot of Westerns–like Wanted Dead or Alive with Steve McQueen and Lancer with James Stacy. I grew up on this stuff, and I enjoyed the nostalgic trip down memory lane. I’m of two minds about the ending. But I guess it had to end the way it did, since it’s a fable. I get the impression this may be Tarantino’s last movie, and he wants to move on.

The movie takes place at the end of the sixties, a time when things were changing in Tinsel Town–especially for Rick Dalton, the actor who is the main character. It’s the age of Charles Manson and the hippies. Counterculture movies like Easy Rider with its hippie drug-dealer stars would replace Westerns and TV shows like The FBI, one of Dalton’s favorite shows, putting Dalton out of business.

There’s some wisdom in the view that that hot August night in 1969 on Cielo Drive when the Manson family staged their brutal attack on movie-star Sharon Tate was the night that changed Hollywood forever.

Reading James Patterson

I’m reading Patterson’s Unsolved now.  Reading Patterson is like playing chess against a grand master.  You think you’ve got the game figured out, but the grand master Patterson knows what you’re thinking, and he’s ten moves ahead of you.  Just when you think you’ve got his mystery thriller more or less figured out, he pulls the rug out from under you.  He’s been setting you up for the kill all along, and you figured you could see it coming–but then he throws in another one of his twists and you’re roadkill.  Checkmate.

His Emmy Dockery series is one of his better series, for my money.  I liked Invisible before this one, as well.

Bolt is available in paperback

Bryan Cassiday’s explosive new thriller Bolt is available in paperback.  Order it now at Amazon.

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Power-broker Hollywood talent manager Lyndon Fox’s wife Deirdre hires epileptic LA private detective Scott Brody after a previous private detective she assigned to keep tabs on her husband’s suspected infidelity is killed in Cabo San Lucas when she and her husband vacation there. An unknown assailant stalks her after she returns home. A secretive FBI agent named Peltz tells Brody that Lyndon Fox is involved with a cabal burrowed inside the FBI who, with the help of the deep state, are conspiring to take down the president of the United States. Peltz wants Brody to help him obtain evidence to expose Fox, as assailants ramp up their terrorism of the Fox family. Lyndon Fox is a man not to be taken lightly, but his burning desire to advance his career has terrifying consequences.