The Last Refuge

Kindle The Last Refuge Peter Brandt is back and he leaves no stone unturned in his search for the truth in Martin Ro

Kindle The Last Refuge Peter Brandt is back and he leaves no stone unturned in his search for the truth in Martin Roy Hill’s second book in the Peter Brandt series. Brandt is an investigative reporter who doesn’t shy away from the tough stuff. He is astute and likes nothing better than pushing people to their limits catching every little slip up.Hill has written about a subject he knows well. However he doesn’t blind the reader with his knowledge spouting endless technical jargon and the explanation of unfamiliar acronyms are effortlessly imbedded in the story.The Last Refuge is a political thriller laced with mystery, intrigue, double crossing, Government cover-ups, conspiracy theories and secrets.This is a fast paced story with adrenaline pumping action and a couple of unexpected twists. If you enjoy stories of political intrigue and military fiction based on true events The Last Refuge is not to be missed.I’m hoping Peter Brandt hasn’t hung up his pen and notebook just yet and there will be more to come in this series.With my thanks to the author for my copy to read and review.. The Last Refuge is a Ebook Iraq, 1991 Operation Desert Storm In a terrible friendly fire incident, a U.S helicopter massacres a small convoy of American MPs Among the dead a mysterious American civilian engineer discovered by the soldiers behind enemy lines San Diego, CA, 1993 A freelance journalist is hired to write a story about a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the dead engineer s widow agIraq, 1991 Operation Desert Storm In a terrible friendly fire incident, a U.S helicopter massacres a small convoy of American MPs Among the dead a mysterious American civilian engineer discovered by the soldiers behind enemy lines San Diego, CA, 1993 A freelance journalist is hired to write a story about a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the dead engineer s widow against the government and the defense contractor he worked for The problem the government insists the lawsuit does not exist, and the contractor claims the engineer did not work for them Worse, someone is willing to kill to keep it that way Peter Brandt, the war scarred journalist hero of Empty Places, returns in this story of greed, betrayal, and government secrets Can Peter expose the truth without becoming another victim of the wartime tragedy. Martin Roy Hill is an award winning author of mystery thrillers and science fiction All of his books are available from and Barnes and Noble.Martin spent than 20 years as a staff reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines before becoming a military analyst specializing in battlefield medical operations for the Navy His freelance credits include Reader s Digest, LIFE, Newsweek, Omni, American History, Aviation History, Coast Guard Magazine, Retired Officer Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section, and many .Much of his freelance work involves historical topics, especially military history He was a lead contributor to the 1995 WWII anthology, From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki America at War, published by the Retired Officer Association now called the Military Officer Association He was also a contributor to the 2013 Civil War anthology, Gettysburg Three Days that Saved the United States, published by I 5 Publishing.Martin s short stories have appeared in such publications as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, ALT HIST The Journal of Historical Fiction and Alternative History, Mystery Weekly, Crimson Streets, Nebula Rift, Devolution Z, Alien Dimensions, and others His book Duty was named the 2013 best short story collection by the San Diego Book Association.Martin is a professional member of Mystery Writers of America Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller WritersSubscribe to Martin s free author s newsletter for news on authors and publishing Just click here tiny MRHILL_Newsletter. A viral Book The Last Refuge The Last Refuge by Martin Roy Hill is is a throwback novel to the genre of Cold War spy stories set in the post-Cold War world. Martin spent more than 20 years as a staff reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines before becoming a military analyst specializing in battlefield medical operations for the Navy. His freelance work and short stories have been widely published. I have read and reviewed two of Martin's previous books Duty and The Killing Depths. The story starts with a friendly fire accident in the First Gulf War and ensuing wrongful death lawsuit concerning a civilian engineer. Freelance reporter, Peter Brandt, is asked to investigate the lawsuit for a friend. Brandt, himself, is no stranger to war. He has reported more than his fair share of the tragedy that war brings. In fact, he is haunted by it. The Cold War is over and even with the Gulf War, the military contractors are starting to feel the pinch and looking to survive in the world system. The Reagan Era military spending is a thing of the past and companies are laying off engineers. Engineers who are being laid off are having difficulty adapting years of missile guidance design experience to civilian projects. The military is feeling the pinch of the "peace dividend" as ranks are being cut and career officers are finding themselves forced out. Saddam Hussein, no matter how villanized, is no match to the former Soviet Union when it comes to deterrence and military spending. The stage is set for covering up the wrongful death lawsuit. Peter Brandt finds himself in the middle of a collapsing industry. Brandt is no James Bond and this is a story of intrigue rather than over the top action adventure. Brandt must use his experience and wits to find out who he can trust if he wants to survive and let alone get the answers he is after. The plot is realistic for the genre and even possibly for real life. The Pat Tillman cover up and a long list of friendly fire deaths from Afghanistan and Iraq prove that it is too frequent of an occurrence. Defense contractors found being less than diligent has been all too a common occurrence in the past. I remember, as a Marine, being asked if I trusted my gear and being told, “Remember it was built by the lowest bidder.” Of course, there are the military and government agencies needing to prove their necessity to ensure continued funding. It is a complex, but realistic, mix that Brandt finds himself in. I usually don't read contemporary fiction, but this is the third book of Hill's I have read. His writing captures an era that resembled a chess match between powers rather than the fast pace of the current era of "Generation Kill." There is a strategy in the writing that makes it appealing to those who want to read a gripping novel in a realistic setting. The story moves at a quick pace and will keep the reader turning pages and never knowing the complete story until the very end. Very well done.

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  1. Martin Roy Hill is an award winning author of mystery thrillers and science fiction All of his books are available from and Barnes and Noble.Martin spent than 20 years as a staff reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines before becoming a military analyst specializing in battlefield medical operations for the Navy His freelance credits include Reader s Digest, LIFE, Newsweek, Omni, American History, Aviation History, Coast Guard Magazine, Retired Officer Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section, and many .Much of his freelance work involves historical topics, especially military history He was a lead contributor to the 1995 WWII anthology, From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki America at War, published by the Retired Officer Association now called the Military Officer Association He was also a contributor to the 2013 Civil War anthology, Gettysburg Three Days that Saved the United States, published by I 5 Publishing.Martin s short stories have appeared in such publications as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, ALT HIST The Journal of Historical Fiction and Alternative History, Mystery Weekly, Crimson Streets, Nebula Rift, Devolution Z, Alien Dimensions, and others His book Duty was named the 2013 best short story collection by the San Diego Book Association.Martin is a professional member of Mystery Writers of America Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller WritersSubscribe to Martin s free author s newsletter for news on authors and publishing Just click here tiny MRHILL_Newsletter

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  1. The Last Refuge by Martin Roy Hill is is a throwback novel to the genre of Cold War spy stories set in the post Cold War world Martin spent than 20 years as a staff reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines before becoming a military analyst specializing in battlefield medical operations for the Navy His freelance work and short stories have been widely published I have read and reviewed two of Martin s previous books Duty and The Killing Depths The story starts with a friendly fire acci [...]


  2. Peter Brandt is back and he leaves no stone unturned in his search for the truth in Martin Roy Hill s second book in the Peter Brandt series Brandt is an investigative reporter who doesn t shy away from the tough stuff He is astute and likes nothing better than pushing people to their limits catching every little slip up.Hill has written about a subject he knows well However he doesn t blind the reader with his knowledge spouting endless technical jargon and the explanation of unfamiliar acronym [...]


  3. The best fiction comes when the narrative is so credible that the reader wonders how much of the story is based on fact Martin Roy Hill produces another terrific story with investigative journalist Peter Brandt back with his usual stubborn digging for truth The rotten whiff of a cover up within high government and the military grows stronger as compelling links point unerringly to the greed and corruption of a major corporation prepared to play both sides in dirty wars As Brandt edges closer an [...]


  4. Full reviewed on Mystery Sequels.Quite the suspenseful novel, a well crafted military thriller which reminds us that while the Cold War is over, the power hungry governments will never tire and spare no casualties to get what they want.


  5. The Last Refuge is a thriller with a healthy dose of political intrigue This was my first book by Martin Roy Hill, and i m definitely hooked It far exceeded my expectations.


  6. Book Two in the Peter Brandt thriller series is set in Iraq in 1991, where a terrible mistake has resulted in the friendly fire massacre of a small group of American soldiers and one mysterious civilian found behind enemy lines Who was this engineer civilian When a reporter stumbles upon the aftermath of the story years later and decides to investigate further, events take a darker turn as a cover up and deadly mystery are revealed.One of the many attributes of The Last Refuge is that it offers [...]


  7. Reporter Peter Brandt is hired to investigate the death of an American civilian in Operation Desert Storm in 1991, in an era where companies supplying the military are experiencing the pain of budget cuts and laying off engineers His investigation is blocked at every turn, and he soon finds himself the target of attacks and death threats Meanwhile, his prospective witnesses, are systematically being killed off.Are the murders the work of some disgruntled laid off engineer, or are they part of so [...]


  8. Journalist Peter Brandt gets an assignment to investigate a friendly fire incident in Iraq Susan Stanning, the wife of a civilian killed, files suit against the government and ConEl, a contractor for covering it up The deeper Peter digs, the pressure is applied for him to stop Finally, Peter s given a report that spells out what really happened With the help of Joanne Rice, an officer who survived the incident, they confront Colonel Sherman, the man responsible for the incident and reveal an of [...]



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