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The Bomb Maker

af Thomas Perry

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"A bomb is more than a weapon. A bomb is an expression of the bomber's thoughts about you, his predictions of your behavior--a performance designed to fool you into making one fatally wrong move. In The Bomb Maker, Edgar Award-winning author Thomas Perry introduces us to the dark corners of a mind intent on transforming a simple machine into an act of murder--and to those committed to preventing that outcome at any cost. A threat is called into the LAPD Bomb Squad, a team dispatched to a house whose owner is away, and a bomb disguised inside photography equipment exploded in the kitchen. But it is a second bomb hidden in the basement that has devastating consequences--half of the entire Bomb Squad is obliterated within seconds. The fragmented unit turns to Dick Stahl, a former Bomb Squad commander who now operates his own private security company. Having just returned from a grueling job in Mexico, Stahl is reluctant to accept the offer, but senior technicians he had trained were among those killed. On his first day back at the head of the squad, Stahl's team is dispatched to a suspected car bomb outside a gas station. It quickly becomes clear to him that they are dealing with the same mastermind behind the weapon that killed fourteen highly trained men and women barely twenty-four hours before--and that the intended target may be the Bomb Squad itself. As the shadowy organization sponsoring this campaign of terror puts increasing pressure on the bomb maker, and Stahl becomes dangerously entangled with a member of his own team, the fuse on this high-stakes plot only burns faster. The Bomb Maker is Thomas Perry's biggest, most unstoppable thriller yet"--… (mere)
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I love a good Thomas Perry and this is one. A good and credible story well told. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
Perry strikes again. A stay-up-late-until-you-finish-it book. I learned a lot about bombs. (I hope not all of it is accurate.) Perhaps not Perry's best, but plenty good enough. ( )
  cmt100 | Sep 17, 2018 |
If you are looking for a good, quick read filled with action and a bit of suspense this may be for you. I felt like I learned more about bomb making than I really wanted but that knowledge helped lend credence to the bomb maker's actions. While entertaining, I found a number of weaknesses in the plot including a superficial development of the bomb maker's character and an ending that seemed rushed and anticlimactic. I guess I feel cheated that there wasn't a head to head resolution of the cat and mouse struggle between Stahl and the bomb maker that carried the first seventy-five percent of the book. ( )
  Hardboiled | Feb 10, 2018 |
Ends too abruptly and without the proper catharsis

Generally speaking, Thomas Perry writes by using only one plot mechanism: the hunter & the evader. The inventive ways that he tweaks that mechanism are what has made him a reliable suspense writer. He alternates having the heroes & villains as being either the hunters or the escapers. It is not necessarily always the police doing the chasing or the villains being the escapers.

His "Jane Whitefield" series is built around a heroine whose whole premise is to hide people, a one-person witness protection agency. His "Butcher's Boy" is a hit-man on the run from all those trying to run him down whether the police or other villains. In last year's "The Old Man", Perry set himself the challenge of portraying the escapee as a senior citizen and the result was one of his best.

Unfortunately this year's "The Bomb Maker" falls flat in the challenge department. The most unique feature about it is that the villains are unidentified and mostly anonymous. That may of course agree with a lot of unsolved or even solved crimes in reality but does not provide much of a catharsis for the reader. The hero is supposed to pass through a journey that purges an element of villainy from the world, thereby earning our empathy and identification. When the object of the purging is relatively unknown, the solution and satisfaction feel unfulfilled and empty.

I still appreciate Thomas Perry for always attempting a new angle to his plots, but this one just did not conclude in a satisfactory manner ( )
  alanteder | Jan 25, 2018 |
Story is gripping and well-written. BUT the ending had so many loose ends, I was disappointed. ( )
  SignoraEdie | Jan 24, 2018 |
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"A bomb is more than a weapon. A bomb is an expression of the bomber's thoughts about you, his predictions of your behavior--a performance designed to fool you into making one fatally wrong move. In The Bomb Maker, Edgar Award-winning author Thomas Perry introduces us to the dark corners of a mind intent on transforming a simple machine into an act of murder--and to those committed to preventing that outcome at any cost. A threat is called into the LAPD Bomb Squad, a team dispatched to a house whose owner is away, and a bomb disguised inside photography equipment exploded in the kitchen. But it is a second bomb hidden in the basement that has devastating consequences--half of the entire Bomb Squad is obliterated within seconds. The fragmented unit turns to Dick Stahl, a former Bomb Squad commander who now operates his own private security company. Having just returned from a grueling job in Mexico, Stahl is reluctant to accept the offer, but senior technicians he had trained were among those killed. On his first day back at the head of the squad, Stahl's team is dispatched to a suspected car bomb outside a gas station. It quickly becomes clear to him that they are dealing with the same mastermind behind the weapon that killed fourteen highly trained men and women barely twenty-four hours before--and that the intended target may be the Bomb Squad itself. As the shadowy organization sponsoring this campaign of terror puts increasing pressure on the bomb maker, and Stahl becomes dangerously entangled with a member of his own team, the fuse on this high-stakes plot only burns faster. The Bomb Maker is Thomas Perry's biggest, most unstoppable thriller yet"--

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