Flash Bang

Sebastian Parks is drowning in a flood of his own creation Dishonorably discharged from the Army, he s wracked with night terrors and an anger that he can t abate Unemployable and uninterested in anything resembling a normal job, Parks makes his living in fugitive apprehension, finding wanted felons on Facebook and thumping them into custody with his ex military buddiesSebastian Parks is drowning in a flood of his own creation Dishonorably discharged from the Army, he s wracked with night terrors and an anger that he can t abate Unemployable and uninterested in anything resembling a normal job, Parks makes his living in fugitive apprehension, finding wanted felons on Facebook and thumping them into custody with his ex military buddies John Harkin and Eric Etch Echevarria When the body of a teenage Muslim boy is found in front of a downtown Denver nightclub Parks, Harkin and Etch are called on to do what they do best Find bad men and make them pay.First time author Kellen Burden serves up edgy humor, brutal action and characters you can t get enough of Flash Bang will keep you turning pages until the end.
Flash Bang Sebastian Parks is drowning in a flood of his own creation Dishonorably discharged from the Army he s wracked with night terrors and an anger that he can t abate Unemployable and uninterested in anyt

  • Title: Flash Bang
  • Author: Kellen Burden
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1 thought on “Flash Bang”

    1. I have no idea how I found this book, I really don't. I saw it on my Kindle, looked at the synopsis and was like, "Well, why the fuck not?"Holy shit - from the very first page I was HOOKED. The writing has a very unique, very refreshing style to it that was exactly what I needed. I have more highlighted in this book than I have probably done in a very long time.The main character is a DIShonorably discharged veteran, suffering from severe PTSD, who has found two other ex-military mend together t [...]

    2. Written as a first person story and once I got used to the author's style it flowed very easily. Better than average tale of a former army CID investigator who has been dishonorably discharged. Leaving his post army career choices limited, he and two other former military (former ranger and former medic) get together and do off the books bounty hunting. As a favor to a bookstore owner, Parks (main character) gets involved in the investigation in the murder of the bookstore owner's son. The end g [...]

    3. One of those gritty, raw stories that reaches out, grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until you've got to the last page. Brilliant characters, great dialogue, and a searing condemnation of what army life can do to men. It was not a comfortable read, but I really enjoyed it, once I got into the author's style.

    4. Wow, color me impressed! I went into this book with very few expectations, but I sure didn't expect to like it as much as I did. Parks is such an incredibly compelling character. He's funny in a sarcastic, ironic, somewhat desperately sad sort of way. You really feel him and hope 'till the end for his better tomorrow. The book is told from his first person point of view and the narrative is definitely indicative of his mental headspace. Here is an example (pulled pretty much at random):When we [...]

    5. Don't know why I started reading FLASH BANG, but I could not put it down. Indie writer. Action/thriller genre. Compelling characters with street survival skills honed by service in Afghanistan. Every once in a while, between action scenes that had me clicking on my Kindle really fast, Burden riffs with sentences so lyrical, I just appreciated his story-telling skill all over again. Expect gritty language and situations. Laugh at the off-hand humor. But hidden in the quest to find the 'bad guys' [...]

    6. I was a little put off at first with the writer's styleck of "proper" sentence structure, lack of "proper" grammar, etc. But I kept reading and reading and reading. Then I finished the book.Kellen Burden almost writes "stream of consciousness", but tells a great story. I like "noir" and gore. Flash Bang is definitely gory "noir" with interesting, well-developed characters and enough wry/dry humor sprinkled throughout so that I was able to catch my breath when I needed to.I hope this is the begin [...]

    7. Tried really hard to get into this book and I was looking forward to reading this,but I found it really sluggish and hard work. The writing was ok ,but I could not connect to the characters in any way.

    8. Good solid modern-noir take on crime and criminals.Everyone is damaged, and the protagonist more than most.Interesting narrative voice, too.Recommended.

    9. I got this for free or close to it (can't remember atm) from BookBub. Most of the ebooks I've bought through them have been marked down for a reason, if you know what I mean.I was pleasantly surprised by this one. This is Burden's novel debut, and it's a pretty decent book, let alone a debut. I only had 2 minor complaints so I'll get those out of the way first.The main character, Sebastian, says "derp" several times. I know it's petty and stupid complaint. But no character in your book should sa [...]

    10. Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed this book. I'll try, though. Let me count the ways1. Writing style: Mr. Burden's writing style is very contemporary and unique. Sentences are short, often phrases, often disjunct. But this fits the main character perfectly. Because the book is written in first person, the writing style matches the speaker. I loved it.2. The main character: Sebastian is a guy to root for. He's messed up. He's been through a lot. And he lets us know this, but guardedly. His [...]

    11. This was a quick read; at first, I thought it might be even quicker, as I almost thought it wasn't worth finishing, but it turned out to be better than I expected by the end. It wasn't as simple as it seemed, had some surprises, and a more or less happy ending for the good guys. Lots of violence along the way, but it was all in fun (easy to say when you're just reading about it).I think this book is kind of a modern-day noir style, with quick dialog and lots of action.The characters are old army [...]

    12. Flash Bang (Kindle Edition) This is a good, fast-paced thriller/mystery. The three main characters are all returned vets using their skills while making a living "taking down bad guys" freelancing in fugitive apprehension. When two Muslim teenagers are found murdered outside night clubs at opposite ends of town, one of the murdered boys is the son of their good friend. Why were these boys killed and who did it? Things get complicated. Bullets start flying. The guys find themselves targeted. The [...]

    13. Our protagonist is a lover of used bookstores, where he escapes his bouts of PTSD tracing back to the Middle East conflicts and stateside service as a special investigator for the army with the therapy of quiet jazz and snippets of mysteries & historical accountings. He and his two friends hire out as bounty hunters of those who don't want to be found and who are often dangerous. Then the son of the owner of the bookstore asks him to find the person who killed his 17 year old son. The myster [...]

    14. WoW! Best damned book I've read in a long time. When I first picked it up I had my doubts. The writing style is different from the norm and my first impression was negative. But within a couple of pages, it grew on me and then just kept growing. The scenes are colorful, well scripted, and the characters real. The plot is relevant and the material current. I can relate to this story on so many levels. Burden outdid himself for a first novel and I can't wait to see how he tops this one. Well done. [...]

    15. I usually give a book I have chosen to read the benefit of the doubt - and stick with it at least for a few chapters before giving up on it and accepting the fact that I didn't do a very good job of screening it after all. It only took a few paragraphs of this book to convince me that it was not a good match for me. I'm sure that others will like the book, so my review should not be construed as any reflection on the book or the author.

    16. This is a book that sneaks up on you. I have to be honest. When I first started, I was skeptical. It's not my usual genre and Burden has a unique style, specifically for the way he structures dialogue that I initially found offputting. Once I got past my own hang ups and adjusted to it, I got so used to it that I didn't notice it anymore. I was too busy getting into the story. It was fast paced, exciting and always kept me guessing. I'd love to see more of these characters in future books.

    17. He's a young author with a lot to offer. This book has an amazing dialogue, that truly paces the story and develops the characters to a forte. The juxtaposed flashbacks with current events are well played. And of course, anyone reading this can't help but be compelled by the technical detailing of our soldiers returning from service, and the challenges they face in their day-to-day encounters. I truly enjoyed reading this, and look forward to his future endeavors.

    18. Such a compelling book. At first I thought it was a little graphic, but I began to feel so strongly for the main character that those scenes faded into the work. I was caught up in the writing - all the characters were so well rounded. The author created the world his characters live in with such conviction, but with such simple style. I was hooked. Loved it.

    19. Disillusioned Afghanistan War vets make their living as bounty hunters in this tightly written detective mystery set in Denver. Sharp first person narrative by a tough protagonist with a bad attitude highlight the action. Solid plot but I thought the pace could have moved faster.

    20. Short book that I downloaded for free on a whim from Kindle. A detective mystery that takes place in and around several popular locations in Denver, I found it enjoyable given that it referenced a lot of places I know and frequent in the city.

    21. I really enjoyed this book. I was getting stuck in a pattern of books and needed something new.I love the way it was written. I loved the mystery and the characters. Love the way the military mind thinks and never sleeps.

    22. Good ReadI found this book hard to get into at first. Then it hooked me; I couldn't put it down. The plot runs deep, keeps you guessing. I loved Parks, a broken man, with a heart of gold.

    23. WOW!To everyone who loves a good story; to everyone who enjoys a complicated, realistic, believable and exciting mystery: READ THIS BOOK!Kelley Burden's unique, simple, and uncomplicated way of weaving a story kept me hungry to read fast and furiously to THE END.

    24. Not for me, swearing too frequent and violent. Any story that relies on swearing to add interest or punch takes away from the story Too bad this happened here. Sorry,I prefer not to read this negative opinion of life.

    25. Read an excerpt and this book is written in an odd style. Ordered the paperback just to see if I would like the style and found it works pretty well. It turned out to be a pretty good read. It moves along well and keeps the reader involved.

    26. Very good action sequences and good characterization. A bit on the grim/noir side, a little more than I usually like but the characters, fast action and good dialogue with a quick twist of humor occasionally kept me reading. Very edgy writing style that worked well for the storyline.

    27. Fast starter, then it slows down for just a little bit. Then it gets better and better and better. Pretty intense ending and you find yourself wishing there was another book by this author to read and hoping that Parks is intended to be a series. Well done!

    28. Great bookI loved this book. I recommend it to anyone who likes murder/mystery. I will read more from this author. Great book.

    29. I don't give five stars often but this impressed me a lot! This was a great introduction to Parks world and his friends as he works to help a grieving father deal with his loss. Highly recommended.

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