CCCCC “Eric Donovan is a war veteran who has been struggling to make ends meet—at least until he is recruited for a mysterious Project, assigned by a man known only as the Mediator and ordered by an unknown Architect.
The Project is the murder of a real estate and business mogul, and it turns out that perhaps no one is a better assassin for the job than Eric, given his particular specialization in the Army. However, Eric is spiritually torn by the task he’s taken on, and he turns to an old childhood friend and family priest, Father Tom, for guidance. Eric has 90 days to get close enough to the target to carry out the task—and along the way he will connect with a beautiful (and kinky) woman through social media, make friends in unexpected places, and battle some of his own demons left over from past relationships and the war.
I enjoyed “The Carpenter”—it’s a good blend of suspense and action, with a little humor thrown in as well (for instance, the Project is assigned at the Pink Banana Gentleman’s Club…). I liked the mystery surrounding what Eric did in the army, and how it ties into the plot as his role in “quiet deaths” is slowly revealed. That Eric was conflicted about the job deepens his character—his personal struggle is set up well, and it makes you think about what you would do when offered $1 million to take out someone who is a terrible person and who has more than one enemy who would willingly do the same for free. Father Tom’s motivations also add another interesting layer of mystery to the novel, and the reasons behind them led to a satisfying conclusion for me as a reader.
I would recommend “The Carpenter” to readers who are looking for an entertaining suspense novel that has action but isn’t too graphic, and has likeable characters and a well-executed premise.”—E. Lucas, a TOP 1000 reviewer
“This is truly edge of your seat page suspense at its best! Cannot wait for the next book! Outstanding character development!”—M. Parkes
“… an unpredictable, ingenious, captivating read!” —S. Pasquariello
“A truly well-crafted page turner.We will be reading the rest of series.”— J. Moroscco
Max Myllan is a full-time author living in Palm Coast, Florida with his two cats Zeus and Buddha. In his past, he raced cars, built several businesses, practiced martial arts, held insurance and financial services licenses and was an arbitrator, negotiator and mediator. Hailing from a small blue-collar Pennsylvania town he was surrounded by tradesmen, many with military and paramilitary experience. He is also the founder and writer for optionmastermind.com, an online option trading resource. Max is an active traveler, bon vivant and enjoys motorcycles and golf.