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"When jailed billionaire Charles Merrick hints publicly that he has stashed a fortune in an offshore cache, a school of sharks converges upon his release from Federal prison. Among his swindled victims is Judge Hammond Birk, the man who saved Gibson Vaughn's life when he was a troubled teenager. Now Gibson intends to repay that debt by recovering Merrick's victims' money. But Gibson isn't the only one on the trail of the hidden fortune. The promise of billions has drawn a horde of ruthless treasure hunters, including an edgy ex-con, a female bartender with a mysterious history, a Chinese spy with a passion for fly-fishing, and a veritable army of hardened mercenaries. To stay ahead of the sharks and win justice for his mentor, Gibson will need all his formidable skills. But at the end of the road, he'll still have to face 'Poisonfeather'-- a geopolitical secret that just might get Gibson killed... or worse."--Jacket flap.
Publisher: Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781503939295
Branch Call Number: FITZSIM
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Poison feather


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Jul 09, 2017

Great shoot 'um up. Devious plotting. Characters have depth, are believable - although many are not very nice.

Turns out, this is the second in a series - I'll be reading more about Gibson Vaughn.

Dec 19, 2016

Gibson Vaughn, the flawed but “oh so likeable” hero of THE SHORT DROP, returns in author Matthew FitzSimmon’s newest thriller, POISONFEATHER. Whereas the first book was more a character driven suspense story in which the legendary hacker and former Marine took center stage, POISONFEATHER seems more an action thriller with Gibson relegated to the sidelines at times, and that wasn’t as appealing to me. With a whole new set of characters (almost too many) and a new storyline, this latest addition to the series could almost be read as a standalone, but there are enough references to people and events from the previous novel, that reading THE SHORT DROP first is recommended. While for me POISONFEATHER was not quite on par with its predecessor, it’s still a page-turner and is yet another example of author FitzSimmons' talent for ratcheting up the suspense with a topical, complex plot, this time full of greed, treachery, and violence including a cliffhanger ending that all but guarantees Gibson Vaughn will be back for a third installment.

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