Daily Review: Lovely Night to Die by Caleb Pirtle III

Highly recommended for lovers of fast and furious action storylines, and with some romance thrown in for good measure.

Why should she fall in love with a man she defended in court/ Does she know he’s a CIA assassin? Does she know he has orders to kill the President? Does she know she will die if he fails? What else doesn’t she know?

Roland Sand has killed two government operatives sent to execute him. He is arrested and represented in court by a beautiful young public defender, Eleanor Trent. Their eyes connect. So do their hearts, but both keep their feeling buried deep inside them.

Eleanor does not know that Sand is an assassin for a rogue intelligence agency that sells its deadly services to foreign nations as well as to its own country. He has angered his chief, the one-eyed Bohemian, by refusing to kill an accountant who accidentally saw the details of a top-secret mission. Sand sees no reason why an innocent man should die.

The Bohemian’s agents kidnap Sand and take him from the Durango, Colorado, jail. He is given one chance to redeem himself. He must carry out the assignment to assassinate the President of the United States. It is a mission sanctioned from inside the United States government.

Eleanor is furious, and she is frightened. She has lost cases before. But never has she lost a client. In desperation, he calls Navy SEAL Commander John Nickols to help her track down the missing Roland Sand. She handled a case for one of Nickols’s friends years earlier, and he said she could count on him if she ever needed him.

At Midway Airport, Sand awaits the arrival of Air Force One. The President comes down the steps, and Sand sees Eleanor in the greeting committee. He is told, “Kill the President or we kill the lady.” He has only a second to make up his mind. And Nickols knows, if necessary, he must kill Sand to save the President.

Amazon Review

By Michael Wigington

I haven’t read very many spy/assassin novels in my life. A few Robert Ludlum books. I’m mostly a fan of historical fiction and fantasy but I have to say, this book kept me turning pages, even past my bedtime.

I found myself rooting for Roland Sand even though I knew he had done things I didn’t necessarily agree with.

I can’t tell you if it was his time spent at the job or what he saw doing it but something changed and he walks a razor’s edge with his decisions when following orders would be an easier path.

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By Jackie Taylor Zortman

This novella contains characters that will capture your heart or repulse you. They will keep you wanting answers from page one to the end. The twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages.

There’s a lot of intrigue and gunplay in the story that keeps you saying, “Just one more chapter and I’ll put it down,” repeatedly. Of course, there are also parts that grab you by the heartstrings and make you wish you could manipulate the outcome.

Roland Sand is an interesting new character for me, as are Eleanor and, to me, the lovable John Nichols. They all finally come together to create an ending that will blow your mind.

This is typical Caleb Pirtle III’s unique style of writing and is as outstanding as his other books that I have read and loved.

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By Diogenes

The words ‘rollercoaster ride’ are much overused when describing thrillers, but with Lovely Night to Die they are decidedly apt.

The tale proceeds at a cracking pace, abetted by Caleb Pirtle III’s taut, spare prose. Plot twists, mixed loyalties, and mortal decisions abound.

The book’s climax at rainswept Chicago Airport is nail-biting stuff. An unashamedly high-octane novel, Lovely Night would make a great screenplay – dark, moody and very visual.

Highly recommended for lovers of fast and furious action storylines, and with some romance thrown in for good measure.

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