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Monday, July 30, 2012

Deadly Eyes by Michael Meyer....a VBTour CBLS

Title: Deadly Eyes
Author: Michael Meyer
Publisher: Self/Amazon Kindle
Length: 225 Pages
Genres: Mystery & Thrillers, Suspense (Non-Romance)

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James Cuffy, better known as Cuff, is living in paradise with his girlfriend, on the small Caribbean island of St. Croix, where the sky is as blue as Cuff's eyes, the ocean as pretty as Rosie's cheeks, where the gentle lapping of the waves is a lullaby, and the swaying of the palm trees is a dance. The sandy beaches are as white as sugar, and the horizon is a world away. St. Croix indeed is paradise, the perfect place for living, laughing, and loving.

But the sandy beaches and the turquoise sea can provide no cover from the deadly eyes of the unknown stalker pursuing Cuff. Murder leads to murder as he attempts to untangle the terrible web in which he has suddenly become entangled.

The twists and turns are relentless, the roads of the fast action leading in all directions, but time is running out, and Cuff, his faithful Rosie at his side, knows it.

These were not naked eyes, for the distance between these eyes and the beach bar at Cathy’s Fancy was too great for the naked eye to discern who was who. No, these eyes had planned meticulously. The eyes were glued to a pair of terribly expensive and unbelievably powerful Swarovski Optik binoculars. The balcony on which they now worked, taking in the scene before them, was the perfect place to see but not be seen. The powerful binoculars saw to that.

The distance, the palm trees, and the rays of the sun all helped. The position had been hand picked, after careful consideration. Every angle had been considered, and, one by one, they had all been discarded for one reason or another until this very spot, the perfect place to observe while not being observed, had been selected. 

Yes, the eyes had seen it all. The eyes had seen precisely what they had hoped to see. They were like a master puppeteer.  They planned, controlled, and observed, but from a safe distance. They did not miss a trick.
The eyes. The deadly eyes of St. Croix.

About the Author:

I have resided in and have visited many places in the world, all of which have contributed in some way to my own published writing. I have literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. I have lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, on the island of St. Croix, where DEADLY EYES is set. I gained the wanderlust to see the world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire has never left me. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as I have aged. I try to travel internationally at least once a year. In the interim, I spend lots of time traveling around both my home state of California and other nearby states.

I spent my early years in the small town of Lone Pine, California, the home of almost every western movie, in addition to a wide variety of other genres, made in the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. In fact, Hollywood still films parts of big-time movies there today. My dad, the town’s lifeguard at the time, personally knew John Wayne, Lloyd Bridges, and Lee Marvin, all of whom came to the town’s pool, the Memorial Plunge, at times to cool off after a hectic day of working in the sun. I was even an extra in a movie filmed there in 1957, MONOLITH MONSTERS, a B-cult favorite even today. I was ten years old at the time. Even though I resided in a small town hours from the big city, I was exposed to the excitement of action and heroes at a formative age, and, thus, my interest in writing novels of suspense such as DEADLY EYES was born.

As a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing, I now live in Southern California wine country with my wife, Kitty, and our two other cats. 

Pinterest writer’s site: http://pinterest.com/temmike/#

My Review:

Have I told you that mystery suspense is one of my favorites?  I am so glad that I read this book and I will try to tell you why without giving away any spoilers.   First of all, let me tell you that I borrowed the book from Amazon Prime/Kindle. (That was an experience for an old lady not technically inclined, but Amazon support is terrific and helped me through the first time process!)

Deadly Eyes was one of the best thought out books and offered so many twists and turns...the suspense was incredible!   When I first sat down to enjoy and savor this mystery suspense novel, it took me back to the 40's and 50's and I could literally hear the voice of Darren McGavin narrating the read in my head.   I liked that, as it used to be all the copper shows were narrated in similar style.   The characters were real, and I really enjoyed the character of James Cuff.  He was smart and trusted his senses but had no clue who was out to get him and it indeed was a perfect plan to destroy a life!   I liked his honesty with the women he was involved with.    I loved the plot line and the fact that for once, I hadn't figured the ending of the story!   As a mystery suspense novel this book was out of the ball park EXCELLENT!!!  oodles of suspense...a dash of horror and a mystery right up to the end!   Mystery suspense just doesn't get any better than this!

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.











Mike said...

Thank you, Beth, for the wonderful review of DEADLY EYES. I am so happy that you enjoyed my "little baby." If you could see fit to post your review also on my Amazon site, I would be forever grateful. Your kind words really touched me. I feel a bit like Clint Eastwood. your review made my day. Thanks again!

Lou's Threads said...

Hello Beth thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! I love Micheal Meyer and his books are great, I have reviewed them on my blog as well. I have officially joined your blog please join mine if you like!


Unknown said...

I really did enjoy your novel and was so surprised by the fact I had not figured it all out. I have loaded my review to Amazon, B&N, and Goodreads! Keep up the good work and I will be following you. If I did not load to Amazon as you wanted, please send a link and I'll do it again.

Thanks so much for posting.

Unknown said...

Marilou, I am following you through GFC as lucyatmax! Thanks!