Mark Terry

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Mystery Scene Magazine Raves About THE DEVIL'S PITCHFORK

November 23, 2006
I got a head's-up about an upcoming rave review from Mystery Scene Magazine for THE DEVIL'S PITCHFORK. Here it is:

It’s 1991, and Derek Stillwater and Richard Coffee are doing recon on an Iraqi ammunition depot. Just as they provide the coordinates for the US bombers overhead, they are discovered by their enemy. At the moment the bombing commences, the wind shifts, carrying poison gas straight towards them. The two Iraqis die within seconds; acting quickly, Stillwater inoculates himself, then Coffee, before fleeing the scene. Later, he passes out. Upon waking, he’s told Coffee didn’t make it.

Cut to the present. Terrorists have obtained samples of Chimera-13, a lethal manmade virus, and are threatening to unleash it in Washington, DC. Now a troubleshooter with Homeland Security, Stillwater is called in to track the terrorists. His investigations and instincts tell him that the theft is the handiwork of his ex-partner, who has seemingly risen from the dead. Questioning his conclusion, and struggling with panic attacks that threaten to shut him down at any moment, Stillwater pursues the dangerous specter from his past.

A thrill ride in novel form, The Devil’sPitchfork is hands down one of the most gripping novels you’ll read this year. The plot resonates deeply in our post 9/11 world and it also features one of the more compelling leading men in recent memory, Derek Stillwater. Quick-witted, willful, but somehow vulnerable, Stillwater is Jack Ryan before he lost a step. Rooting for him in his highstakes race against time is easy; anticipating his reactions to each successive shock and surprise is great fun.—Hank Wagner

Well, I'm having a very good Thanksgiving with much to be thankful for.

Mark Terry


Anonymous Eric Mayer said...

Now the only question is when's the movie out?

1:05 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Your lips to Spielberg's ears.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Aimless Writer said...

Excellent! My husband loved the book too and just turned it over to me. I can't wait to read it because he could not put it down. A definate page turner!
Good job Mark!

10:08 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Hope you like it, too, AImless.

5:54 AM  
Anonymous spyscribbler said...

Yay, Mark! Congratulations!

I hope you're having a great Thanksgiving weekend with your family!

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Nancy Pierson said...

I stayed up half the night reading. I only put the book down when my eyes gave out on me. I picked it back up the next morning and finished it. Excellent Reading!

1:26 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Glad you liked it, Nancy.

7:29 AM  
Blogger R.J. Baker said...


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Blogger Ron Estrada said...

Fantastic review, Mark! I started Pitchfork Saturday. I love it. And I'm a long-time Clancy fan, so I'm picky about these things. You really start off with a bang. I'll put a review up on my blog (visited by at least 5 people per week!) when I'm finished.

9:19 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Thanks Ron.

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