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Just finished reading The goodbye man, and loved it. Not saying that because I live in New Smyrna either. Chad has written a very good first novel, and I applaud him.
I Cried - It's That Good
Never, that I can remember, have I ever cried over a book. I did with The Goodbye Man.
Jack is a retired law enforcement officer who is widowed and wealthy. His only trusted constant companion since his wife's death is Sadie, his gorgeous, protective, precious, intelligent German shepherd. Because of his wealth, Jack has a Citation airplane at his disposal to come and go as he wishes.
Using his resources (plane, people, money), Jack begins to hunt down the released criminals that have gone back into hiding under assumed identities. Not just any released criminals, though ... Jack hunts down the criminals who were imprisoned for crimes against children.
During his hunts, complications arise: a woman enters Jack's life allowing him to love again and the NYPD and FBI become aware of who Jack is, but not his name. He begins to become easily recognizable thanks to Sadie. Jack knew, from the beginning though, that it would only be a matter of time before he was caught. When that happened, he already had a plan all worked out.
This book mixes elements of romance, murder, suspense, vigilantism and sadness. As a person, you become proud and encouraging of Jack ... even knowing that what he's doing is against the law and a sin. Who wouldn't want to hunt down and kill child rapists and murderers?
Some of the descriptions of the children, how they died and the grief of their families is what made me cry ... well, that and the death of Sadie. I have a softness in my heart for dogs as the dog I had to bury was part German shepherd. There is nothing quite like the loyalty and love of a dog and to read about Sadie's death overwhelmed me. I know that may be a little sappy, but it's who I am ...
I highly recommend this book to all of the mystery/suspense/dog lovers out there. To say it is a great book is not good enough of a description.
I can identify
Having been in law enforcement I can identify with the author's character in reference to how he feels about the judicial system allowing criminals to walk out of prison without so much as a slap on the wrist. Mr Barton has written a very good and accurate portrayal of the frustration law enforcement people feel in the wake of our sometimes lacking judicial system. I applaud him for his candid approach to a solution that his hero has chosen to deal this frustration. I look forward to his next endeavor.
2 Thumbs Up!!
2 Thumbs up for the Goodbye Man! I really like the characters in this book. Jack the retired renegade police officer is the kind of guy I would want on my side. If I was a bad guy I wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley. Sadie his sidekick dog is great too!
Great thriller. Magnificently written, will keep you turning the pages wanting more.
This story is riveting, a real page turner, a fantastic thriller. I could not put the book down. I read it in 3 days. I can only read at night when all is quiet because I work during the day. The characters were very likable and real and I especially loved the german shepard. I think she was the best.(laugh). It's the story of a retired criminal investigator named Jack Steel who is totally fed up of all the monsters who rape and torture innocent children, that keep going in and out of prison for different reasons. So Jack and his German Shepard take matters into their own hands and decide to clean up a little bit and do what everybody dream of doing but don't want to of fear of going to jail themselves. SO he gets rid of the disease these monsters are. But naturally, the cops do eventually have suspicions and Jack knows it's only a matter of time before they find him. This book is very well written and the story is well told from beginning to end. The end will have you wanting more. I know I can't wait for the sequel. You can say Chad Barton knows how to tell a great story. You can add this book to your TBR lists for Christmas. You can also check out his website here to read the first few chapters to give you an idea of the book. I give this book 5 stars
Edge of your seat read
The Goodbye Man is one of those books that makes you think about heinous crimes and vigilantes. As I read about Jack Steele who takes justice into his own hands I thought back to all of the Charles Bronson movies I watched when I was younger. I understood why he exacted justice, yet I did not completely agree with it. If we let vigilantes rule the world we go back to the beginnings of the Old West days when people exacted their own justice. In the book, I understood the Jack's feelings.
The characters were well fleshed out and it was an on the edge of your seat read for me. It kept emotions flowing throughout. I did enjoy it for that very reason. I enjoyed it because I know the difference between fiction and reality. I can justify reading something like this because we all feel like Jack Steele at times. It gives us an out for those feelings. Would I recommend this book? You had better believe it. If I didn't like crime novels like this, I wouldn't read them in the first place. This was a very good book and I will definitely read anything else this author writes. I highly recommended it.
This story is riveting, a real page turner, a fantastic thriller.
I could not put the book down. I read it in 3 days. The characters were very likable and real and I especially loved the german shepard. I think she was the best.(laugh). This book is very well written and the story is well told from beginning to end. The end will have you wanting more. I know I can't wait for the sequel. You can add this book to your TBR lists for Christmas. I give this book 5 stars
Fascinating and riveting! This book is hard to put down.
I have only begun to read "The Goodbye Man" by Chad Barton and I have already found this to be a riveting novel that is hard to put down. In a society where justice is often overlooked because of a faulty system it is interesting to see what a former crime scene invetigator's view is into this dark world. I believe that one day God will ultimately bring justice, but this book gives us a fascinating glimpse of a man taking justice and vengeance into his own hands right now. Great work of fiction. Check it out.
Highly Recommend, a real page turner.
I totally loved this book, could not put it down. The characters were great, made you feel like you knew them. Loved Sadie the dog. I found this book to be a real page turner, read the book in two days. If you like suspense then pick up the book you will find it to be a great book to read, you won't be disatisfied. Can't wait for this author's next book to come out.
I read magazines alot, but this book, i could not put down !
Love dogs ? A GREAT book to read - Sadie, the dog keeps you going in every chapter ! WAITING ON THE NEXT BOOK