Release Date:June 2009
Book Preview: "Child Finder"
Child Finder, the first novel in the Child Finder Trilogy, debuts in June 2009! Authored by Mike Angley, a seasoned 25-year Air Force Special Agent and retired Colonel, it has already received outstanding reviews.
Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) Special Agent, Major Patrick S. O'Donnell, is as rugged as 24’s Jack Bauer, but with the endearing, family-values heart of 7th Heaven’s Eric Camden. He is an early-thirties tough-as-nails investigator who discovers he has a unique psychic gift that enables him to find missing children. He is recruited into a TOP SECRET “black world” community, overseen by the FBI, which leverages his skills to solve child abductions. He proves himself particularly gifted at this important endeavor, but he soon discovers this new black world has an even darker underbelly when those close to him begin to die mysteriously. To make matters more complicated, the government has other plans for his psychic skills...after all, it is October 2001, and there is a War on Terror underway! Agent O'Donnell must find abducted children, hunt for terrorists, and solve the murders that occurred because of his work...but most significantly, he must protect his own family who have become trapped and threatened in a twisted web of government intrigue.
Child Finder is the first book of a new suspense thriller series featuring Air Force Special Agent Patrick O’Donnell.
Patrick discovers he has a psychic gift as he begins to experience very vivid and sensory detailed dreams about children that are missing. Not wanting to risk his military career he approaches a trusted former commander who is rumored to run a Top Secret program that includes anything in the paranormal realm. Patrick is quickly pulled into the program and proves he can locate these missing children under the right conditions. But Patrick is worried about how the program is affecting his family life and he is also very concerned about some of the government’s methods to ensure this program remains a secret. Murderers are being caught"but are innocent people’s rights also being violated?
I loved this book! A former Military Intelligence Officer, the author’s background adds credibility to this fascinating look into covert operations. But just because he knows what he is talking about doesn’t mean he can tell a good story or especially write one! Luckily for those of us who love secret undercover organizations, paranormal stories, and great intriguing suspense filled tales, Mike Angley has it all together.
Patrick is a remarkable character, honorable, moral, patriotic, and a devoted Catholic. It does not matter what your religious beliefs are, Patrick’s conflict between his religious beliefs and his psychic gift makes for a fascinating contrast. You’ll but love the character of this dedicated and truly caring man. I would not say this is a “Christian book” as that puts limitations on it that are not really valid. Patrick has a strong belief system but the other character’s beliefs do not come into play and obviously some of them are not believers by their actions. This story is in no way preachy. His beliefs are what make up his character and a part of him that cannot and should not be separated out.
I can’t wait to read the next two books in the series!
Armchair Interviews says: This is 5-star read for anyone who loves political suspense, secret government agencies, and uniquely gifted heroes!
Reviewed by: Armchair Interviews
Patrick O’Donnell was transfixed. Glued in place. Even the ferocious sting of thorny briar thicket against his bare arms failed to stir him. He glanced down at his left forearm. Dried blood formed strange black lines and dots, the thorns having given him an unwelcome greeting. He was in his bed clothes, long blue sleep pants moist at the ankles with scattered shreds of leaves and pine needles clinging to the bottom edges. His white undershirt was flecked with dirt. Confused and shivering, he wondered if he had sleepwalked to this place.
The cold, damp, and dark woods surrounded and enveloped him in a misty moist blanket of autumn air. Strange sounds and scents filled the night. Branches and brush crackled as unseen nocturnal creatures foraged about. All around him were towering pines mixed with oak, ash, hickory, and poplar. Their fall leaves, bright and colorful by day, were now white and bluish in the moon’s glow.
Pat was crouched down, the strain from this position making his feet and ankles numb. He had no idea how long he had been there, but his fingers, arms, and feet were icy stiff from the cold air. He stared through the brush and exhaled a dense frosty mist that obscured his vision. He paused a moment, and held his breath long enough to see through to a small clearing about twenty yards in front of him. Although he had no idea how he had come to be in this place, or even where this place was, he knew he had to stay perfectly still. And wait. Then, as if on some strange cue, the low clouds overhead parted, and a bright moon cast an eerie beam of light down through the mist.