The Replacements: Volume 2
DescriptionBest-selling author of the Bruno Johnson Crime Series High Octane--Urgent--Authentic Bruno Johnson, ex-detective with Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and an ex-convict, is hiding out from the FBI in Costa Rica, tending bar to support eight children he illegally rescued from abusive homes. Partway through a normal day, Barbara Wicks, a former colleague and the chief of police for Montclair, California, walks into his bar. Bruno is shocked to the core. Is she there to arrest him and take him back to California? Turns out she's there to request Bruno's help--two children have been kidnapped. The kidnapper, Jonas Mabry, was himself a victim whom Bruno rescued as a small child. Now Mabry demands a fool's retribution--a million-dollar ransom and that Bruno must put his own life on the line to secure the money. In this twisted turn of fate, Bruno returns to California as a wanted criminal. Despite the risk of arrest and jeopardizing his life, he cannot turn his back on these kids. Perfect for fans of Robert Crais and Michael Connelly While all of the novels in the Bruno Johnson Crime Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is: The Disposables
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"The three-dimensional characters (especially the villain) turn this urban jungle sequel to The Disposables into a fantastic cat and mouse thriller. Loaded with suspense that intensifies throughout, Jonas proves a very competent puppeteer pulling the strings of valiant desperate Bruno and equally brave Marie."
--The Midwest Book Review
"Putnam steadily ratchets up the tension, while memorable supporting characters, like the courageous Marie, help engage reader interest."
"Harsh, brutal, violent--Bruno is not averse to employing a bit of the aforementioned in his efforts to get him closer to the missing kids. So probably not a book for the faint-hearted.
I loved it myself. ... great characters with heart, doses of humour and plenty of action. Unlikely characters, such as Karl Drago - our whale-like bank robber revealing hidden depths of humanity and stoicism and a desire to do the right thing, despite all the previous evidence to the contrary.
A fantastic read. 5 from 5
--Col's Criminal Library
"The Replacements is a book that reels you in with the hope of a happy story, but first drags you along the rocks of despair. It shows the reader that even through trials and heartache, one can still come out strong and righteous."
"...the action won't slow down, and we're with the story all the way."
"...the action won't slow down, and we're with the story all the way." --Booklist