Monday, March 16, 2009

Daniel's Den by Brandt Dodson

Today we're featuring Daniel's Den by Brandt Dodson.


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In this book we are first introduced to a pretty well to do stock broker named Daniel Borden. In his office there was recently a death of one of the brokers so Daniel has to go over the accounts to make sure all is right and everything. And he'll find something that will change his life from that point on......


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Meanwhile in a different state we meet Bed&Breakfast owner Laura Sky and her adorable son Andy. A nasty old man is trying to force Laura to sell her B&B (which was her late husband's dream) and doesn't seem to be able to take 'no' for an answer.
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So when Daniel is forced into running for his life he meets Laura and Andy and they're all pulled into one big coverup. With double agents and multiple murders will they survive?


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I absolutely loved the book.


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I thought the first part was a bit slow, but it definately started to speed up. I kept trying to guess what would happen next but I kept getting surprised.
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Definately would recommend this book to those who want a bit of mystery and a bit of thriller.


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Brandt was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which he would later choose as the setting for his Colton Parker Mystery series. Although he discovered in grade school that he wanted to be a writer, it would be another twenty-one years before he would put pen to paper.


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"I knew in fifth grade that I wanted to be a writer. Our teacher had given each of us a photograph which we were to use as inspiration for a short story. The particular photo I was given was of several young men playing handball in New York City. I don't remember all of the particulars of the story now, but I do remember the thrill that writing it gave me."


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In high school, Brandt's English teacher uncovered his growing desire and encouraged him by saying: "If you don't write, you'll regret it the rest of your life"
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Later, while in college, one of Brandt's professors would echo that teacher's comment.


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"But life intervened and I found myself working at a variety of jobs. worked in the toy department of a local department store, and fried chicken for a local fast food outlet. Over the course of the next several years I finished my college degree and worked for the Indianapolis office of the FBI, and served for eight years as a Naval Officer in the United States Naval Reserve. I also obtained my degree in Podiatric Medicine, and after completion of my surgical residency, opened my own practice. But I never forgot my first love. I wanted to write."


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During his early years in practice, Brandt began reading the work of Dean Koontz whose work re-ignited the desire to write.


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"I discovered Dean's book, The Bad Place, and was completely blown away by his craftsmanship. I read something like 13 or 14 of his back list over the following two weeks. It wasn't long after that I began to write and submit in earnest."


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Still, it would be another twelve years before Brandt was able to secure the publishing contract he so desperately desired.


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"I began by writing the type of fiction that I enjoyed; I wrote edgy crime thrillers that were laced with liberal amounts of suspense. Over the years, I've begun to write increasingly more complex work by using broader canvases and themes.


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"I love suspense — thrillers.It's a genre of fiction that allows me to tell the storiesI want to tell."


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Since securing his first contract, Brandt has continued to pen the type of stories that inspired him to write when he was a boy, and that have entertained his legions of readers.


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"I love to write, and as long as others love to read, I plan on being around for a long time to come."




Found on his website




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