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934731_1704092706475332_8487585324902653098_nIt’s impossible to include all reviews.  Here is a selection of the good, the bad and the ugly, for your perusal.  Visit my Amazon Page 

“Owen Parr is the author to beat in todays Thriller genre. You talk about fact or fiction! Parr’s books read like tutorials on political crime, secret hit lists, power grabs, and stolen money. I can’t get enough of this guy. He is definitely the new Suspense Thriller gun in town.” Mike Pettit

A MURDER ON LONG ISLAND

on May 28, 2017
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Loved both of the Joey Mancuso books. the characters are great. the settings are great. the storyline is fun and i hope joey has some more Nero Wolfe stuff in him. I went back and looked at the john powers series. read a review by bree1969 and because of this review, I bought the
book immediately. I will not so patiently wait for the next book. thanks for writing it!

Brian’s Blog Says:

Joey Mancuso used to be a cop.  He was forced off of the force due to some good police work that had him barking up the wrong tree.  Now he helps run a bar that is frequented by Wall Street money men while trying to get a PI firm off the ground.  He is joined by his half-brother Father O’Brian.  And believe it or not, the combination of an ex-cop and a priest make for some awesome detective and PI work.

The AudioBookReviewer Says:

A trio of unlikely crime solvers come together to solve the suicide of a customer.  Oddly, this customer had everything to live for and even more to die for!  Joey Mancuso, ex-NYPD with unusual methods; Marcy, FBI agent and drop dead gorgeous girlfriend of Mancuso; and, Father Dominic, Mancuso’s brother and co-owner of the Captain O’Brian’s Irish Pub.   Suspicious of their friends and client’s death, the three begin their investigation into the seamy underworld of Wall Street finances. Is there a correlation between losing money and death?  That is what Joey, Dominic, and Marcy want to know.The book was a solidly written mystery with strong dialog and detailed descriptions.  The characters were fully developed.  At the end, Joey Mancuso makes the grand announcement exposing the murderer which felt reminiscent of Columbo or Ellery Queen.  The story flow was smooth and flawless.

5.0 out of 5 stars Detective Joey Mancuso For The Defense !
By Tom Spencer on June 28, 2017

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Take your mind out for a ride for a few hours ! I love detective mysteries and private detective Joey Mancuso is at the top of my list. With his Priest Brother, Dom, the duo walk into a hopeless murder case already wrongly prepped for trial. Is it malpractice or malice or something even more sinister ? Six or so sub-novels twist and turn , like giant waves roaring in and receding from Homicide HQ. And just when you have it easily figured out, the author, Owen Parr, rips the solution out from under you and sends you tumbling with Joey down another exciting, rubble-strewn path. This book has it all. Great courtroom drama accurately laid out. Law enforcement intrigue wrapped in romance. Exploration of human behavior with all its shocking possibilities. Facts yanked like root canals from witnesses trapped by brilliant lawyers—- and by Joey. Most courtrooms have signs above the Judge which say: “We Who Labor Here Seek Only Truth.” As Joey might say: “ yeah, right.” And as Father Dom might say:” better call Joey.”

A MURDER ON WALL STREET

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Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers’ Favorite

5 Stars.

Settling in to read a murder mystery is always a satisfying experience, and with A Murder on Wall Street by Owen Parr, it is also an enjoyable one. In it, readers discover some lovable key characters in the form of Joey Mancuso, a former NYPD homicide detective who left the force in the midst of some “cooked up” charges with Internal Affairs, and his older half-brother, Father Dom, who loves solving mysteries and who is beloved by those around him as a priest with a keen understanding that if he lives his life as a testimony to others, he needn’t preach to them. Together the brothers own Captain O’Brian’s Irish Pub and Cigar Bar in Manhattan’s Financial District. There they meet a wide variety of patrons and from there, they work together to identify the guilty parties behind a series of crimes, beginning with a murderous shove of someone from a high rise, and quickly moving on to the hit and run murder of one of their key witnesses. Add in some financial thugs who’ve been running a Ponzi scheme, a Marilyn-Monroe lookalike with a string of assumed names, and the varied puzzle pieces, with some intriguing angles, eventually come together.

Owen Parr has created a couple of appealing characters in Joey and Father Dom. They both display caring for one another and for Joey’s love interest, Marcy, for the patrons of their bar, and for their wider community. I appreciated Joey’s sense of humor and found Father Dom a quick favorite. Add in the rush of activity of Manhattan’s Financial District and some information that makes understandable some basic background principles of the financial world (such as how a Ponzi scheme works), and the story achieves depth. While the reason the brothers took on the mystery in the beginning (they didn’t have a client, they just didn’t think the conclusions the NYPD reached were in line with the facts as they knew them), and the method the brothers use to disclose the wrongdoers (a meeting with all of the interested parties, held at their bar), were both a bit unorthodox, the approach was certainly unique. This story moves right along, providing readers with an enjoyable getaway with characters they’re sure to want to revisit in other books in Owen Parr’s crime mystery series.

on June 3, 2017
Owen Parr has a fascinating imagination, he draws you in chapter after chapter. He is clever, and intimately descriptive in details, keeping the reader fascinated to what surprises lay around the next corner. Any one who loves detective mysteries will surely enjoy this book. He makes the reading time fly by. I read almost all of it in one sitting, Nice job Mr Parr, your books keep getting better and better!

5.0 out of 5 starsHOLD ON TIGHT !

on March 31, 2017
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Challenge your mind to solve the latest Owen Parr mystery—before the detectives do. Anyone who is a fan of Parr and his colorful characters — and I am– has followed with delight the development of his interesting protagonists. In A Murder On Wall Street, Parr has put a mirror up to the harrowing events we hear about every day, and filled in with considerable detail and understanding what is really going on underneath the 3 day news cycle spin. Using his vast experience in the financial world, his sultry Hispanic palette and never ending imagination, Parr packs us along for the ride. Through him we see some Justice finally done. Lots of fun!
on May 17, 2017
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Owen Parr has a knack for creating truly dimensional characters, and his firsthand knowledge of high finance make this Wall Street mystery a great read. The setting is unique, and the food references make you salivate, as you can almost taste the offerings. A Priest and an ex-cop private investigator co-own a bar with an interesting history, adding layers of dimension that make you feel as if you’ve been there. Lots of dialogue make the characters come to life. A Murder on Wall Street is a killer read! I highly recommend this book!
on April 21, 2017
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Joey Mancuso, a fired, retired, out-of-control NYPD detective is the kind of guy you want to hang out with. And in this book you sure do. His brother, a priest joins him and a gorgeous Cuban girl named Marcy. The murder is gruesome, the detection wonderful and you can’t put the book down. If I tell more, it will be a spoiler, that’s how fast-paced this is. I read all Owen’s work and it’s wonderful.
on February 3, 2017
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Parr is a master storyteller, equally adept at weaving a tale of international political intrigue or, as he proves in his latest novel, a classic story of private sleuths cracking a New York murder mystery, with a side order of whiskey and cigars. You’ll want to have both on hand when you pick up this book.
 
on February 17, 2017
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well written, loved the plot twists and turns leaving the mystery of detective work right up to the end. I enjoyed the read and now on the the next Owen Parr novel
on March 7, 2017
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Excellent whodunnits book, reminiscing of Colombo without the trench coat or cigar. Twist and turns till the end can’t wait for the sequel.
on February 6, 2017
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A Murder on Wall Street is a lightweight book. Full of silly plot devices and cliches. It would make a fine movie of the week from 1975.
on May 17, 2017
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There is something about a well-written Detective/PI story that makes me not able to put the book down. The interaction of the private investigator (or in this case investigators) and the people surrounding the crime makes for such an enjoyable story.

Joey Mancuso used to be a cop. He was forced off of the force due to some good police work that had him barking up the wrong tree. Now he helps run a bar that is frequented by Wall Street money men while trying to get a PI firm off the ground. He is joined by his half-brother Father O’Brian. And believe it or not, the combination of an ex-cop and a priest make for some awesome detective and PI work.

After finishing A Murder On Wall Street I can tell you this — I will definitely be picking up other audiobooks in this series if Parr and Skyboat make them. I loved the interaction of Mancuso and Father O’Brien along with his interactions with his girlfriend and FBI agent Marcy. Mancuso mentions numerous times that he had a different way of solving crimes and that came out a little, but overall I found him to be one of the more enjoyable PI’s I’ve followed.

The story itself was straight out of the playbook of real life crime TV show “American Greed”. Honestly, after finishing it, I feel like it was real and that I actually watched a documentary instead of reading a fiction book.

Parr did his research — every character in this book felt both believable and like they could have done it. The ending reminded me a bit of the ending of the movie Clue (with slightly less comedy). Mancuso seemed to have an heir for theatrics (but I won’t ruin the ending by explaining why I mean here).

Overall, A Murder On Wall Street was a highly enjoyable and relatively short crime thriller/mystery that I think readers of either genre will enjoy. Fans of American Greed should also check this out, it feels like it was ripped right from the headlines.

 

DUE DILIGENCE

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5 STARS
Not so far-fetched
By Helio Rodriguez-Ecay on June 15, 2016
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“A page turner. Couldn’t put it down. And not so far fetched in this world we live in. I bet you there are more than just a few people in Miami and elsewhere profiting from the Cuban dictatorship and helping the dictatorship profit.”

5 STARS
A Must Read..
By Nancy Parr on September 3, 2015
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Excellent Read!! 5 stars can’t wait for the next one.

4 STARS
 Riveting
By Vicky Tome on August 31, 2015
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“Since I quit smoking, I had not enjoyed a book so much. It kept my interest from start to finish. Can’t wait for Owen Parr’s next book.”

5 STARS
A very entertaining read
By Amazon Customer on July 5, 2015
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“The book was easy to read, the pages flew. A spy novel; a love affair; the stock market and an IPO; vivid depiction of Paris, Miami, Havana …; politics that have been 60 plus years in the making.

As real life closely resembles the fiction created by Parr this novel stirs feelings deep inside those of us who have live in Exile and year for the freedom of those we left behind.

Great work!!!!”

5 STARS
POLITICAL THRILLER OF THE HIGHEST ORDER
By Mike Pettit on June 29, 2015
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“I have always been fascinated with the U.S. and Cuban relations and the saber rattling back and forth. I also have believed that behind the scenes of all the bluster there were men with other motives: money, murder, blackmail, drugs, assassinations. Owen Parr’s Political Thriller, Due Diligence, is so closely written to reality that he must have inside evidence of the crimes committed by both sides. The fictional account of these events potentially could be life-threatening to Mr. Parr if the wrong people read his shocking tale of International intrigue and duplicity.”

2 STARS
Reviews by a Latina Book Club
By Livin’ la vida Latina on May 21, 2015
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by: Malin

Member of Livin la vida Latina

Review: “This is the story of Alex and Julia, two Cubans that happen to cross paths in Paris; however, this is not your typical love story. Set against the backdrop of Cuba’s social politics and vibrant landscapes, Due Diligence is a tale of corruption and power. Through the eyes of Fidel Castro, a crucial character in the plot, readers are introduced to an enriching history of Cuba and a ploy to commandeer a government.

It would seem that there is conspiracy lurking in the shadows, and somehow Alex and Julia are tossed in the mix. Alex is this hard-core, CIA militant with a boxer’s build and Julia is a descendant of the 1st president of Cuba. Although they are two vital pieces in this convoluted chess match, they somehow created a sparkling chemistry, adding a strong romantic element to this covert thriller.

For the most part, this was a well-written and exquisitely crafted story, but, personally, I’m not big on politics, so some of the details were a bit daunting and complex. I find that this would be better suited for those who are into army-style and political co-ops.”

5 STARS
 “With “Due Diligence, ” Owen Parr creates a compelling …”
By Frankie on May 19, 2015
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“With “Due Diligence,” Owen Parr creates a compelling and riveting novel with deep roots in South Florida culture; something few authors and feature film directors have failed to accomplish. Parr navigates beyond his medium to paint a vivid motion picture for his reader. Weaving in and out of tales of espionage, romantic trysts, and exotic locations, “Due Diligence” is worth the read. I highly anticipate the next installment to this promising series.”

5 STARS
Fast paced suspense novel, with Cuba in the forefront.
By Judy H. Edge on May 15, 2015
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“I loved this book, and given current events with Cuba in the news, it was fascinating. I can’t wait for a follow up. This is a great first book, and will be enjoyed by readers who love suspense, espionage, thrillers, etc.”

5 STARS
A timely page turner meticulously written and researched, right out of current headlines!
By Simon Vincenton April 2, 2015
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Due diligence
“This is a timely tale right out of current headlines. From Paris to Havana and Miami. Romance, intrigue, political espionage and betrayal everything you need to keep you reading till the last page. Written by a knowledgeable author and financial guru who knows the ropes of Wall Street and Cuban history and politics. Assassination plots stock offerings and love affairs what more can reader want? You will love this great story.”

5 STARS
 Five Stars
By Amazon Customer on March 27, 2015
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“Fantastic! Great read.”

 

ON “OPERATION BLACK SWAN”

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A Real Page Turner
By Gerald Darnell on July 1, 2016
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“A real page turner. Well written with a topic that could not be more current – which really made it an interesting read. It’s also packed with action – a must for the mystery and adventure reader. Loved the story and I highly recommend Operation Black Swan – you won’t be disappointed.”

Another 5 Star review on OPERATION BLACK SWAN by Owen Parr

5.0 out of 5 starsBound to become a new favorite among political thriller aficionados.
By Anita Lock on March 23, 2017
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Thirty-two-year-old John Powers heads up of a four-person Alpha Team, a special intelligence force within a private security company called Sect-Intel Group. Its owner, Alex Cardenas, sends John’s team on an assignment to uncover a highly elaborate espionage plan. Tagged “Operation Black Swan,” this diabolical China-Cuba plot, which includes extremist jihadists coming through Texas, may be the next wave of terrorist attacks since 9/11. John, whose incredible military background precedes him, receives word from U.S. governmental officials requesting his assistance in the search and capture of these terrorists “attempting to enter the U.S. through Texas.”

The Alpha Team temporarily splits in different directions while John takes on a different team for this new assignment. What was meant to be a straightforward counter-terrorist mission goes quickly awry, leaving John and his crew in a precarious situation. Meanwhile, another diabolical plot is brewing in Mexico City. Jackie and Mel (two of John’s Alpha Team) anticipate spending an enjoyable time with Julia, Alex’s fiancée. But the gal’s evening abruptly shifts when they get pulled over by police. Amid the turbulence, the last thing John expects is to find out that Jackie and Julia were kidnapped.

Operation Black Swan is the first book in Parr’s new John Powers series. Quite the page-turner, Parr’s distinctive first-and-third-person plot carries all the intrigue expected in an international political thriller, plus more. In the midst of alternating scenes set in various parts of the world and a slew of reconnaissance-based dialogue, Parr places John Powers, his principal character, in the limelight. Everything about John’s persona and expertise perfectly matches the massively built six-foot-one former Delta Force operative, except for one quirky aspect: his snarky and laid-back attitude. While annoying at times, this off-kilter trait is truly a refreshing nuance to the plot. Additionally, Parr takes John’s idiosyncrasy a step further by assigning John the job of storytelling.

Speaking directly to readers, John grabs their attention by engaging them with his thought processes and running commentaries. The third-person scenes are equally engaging since Parr tightly weaves in a flurry of political history and information on stock trading while developing his storyline. By shifting from first to third person viewpoints, Parr keeps his narrative light, balanced, and consistently fluid. No doubt, Operation Black Swan is bound to become a new favorite among political thriller aficionados.
Anita Lock, Book reviewer

5 STARS

 A SLAM-BANG ACTION RIDE
By Jim Nesbitt on June 26, 2016
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OPERATION BLACK SWAN: A John Powers Novel
By Owen Parr

“Owen Parr has spun a fast-paced and entertaining novel of international intrigue and action that centers on a carefully orchestrated cyber-attack on the United States paired with wide-ranging terrorist acts – all aimed at rocking the American stock market and creating economic and civic chaos.

At the center of all this is Parr’s main character, John Powers, ex-Special Forces and CIA operative who is a classic man of action with a mordant wit. Powers leads an elite team working for a private security and intelligence firm run by former CIA operative Alex Cardenas. Their hearts are pure, their methods are ruthless and often violent – with no apologies. The men and women of Cardenas’ small firm do what American law enforcement and intelligence operatives cannot.

The bad guys in this book are an elite team of Chinese military hackers set on stealing the secrets of an American manufacturer of cutting-edge drone technology while also setting the stage for an elaborate manipulation of the stock market to reap economic havoc. The Chinese are allied with some rather nasty members of the Cuban army’s intelligence branch, personified by an imposing and vengeful colonel of Afro-Cuban descent, Abimbola Cruz. Throw in two dozen jihadi terrorists charged with executing the boots-on-American-ground part of the plot and you have a heady cocktail that mixes all the fears and dread of modern life.

Parr doesn’t give the reader detailed descriptions of the ins-and-outs of cyber-attacks, stock manipulations or terrorist infiltration like you’d find in a Ken Follett book. Instead, he smartly states these as matter-of-fact realities that can and do happen on a daily basis, keeping his focus on well-developed characters, crisp dialogue and rapid-fire action, with Powers usually leading the charge. But not always – the women on his team are smart, gorgeous and deadly competent. Nothing like lethal skills and intelligence to burn to ensure gender equality.

The book has a satisfying ending, with the good guys winning and the bad guys thwarted – for now. Which shouldn’t be a surprise because Parr has an ongoing series of stories featuring Powers. Here’s betting we see the nasty Col. Abimbola Cruz again, out for vengeance.”

1 STAR
Not a good book
By Bree on April 4, 2016
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“I have not enjoyed this book it is not well wrote and not a second in series that i will buy or in courage others to buy. Not well wrote not a good theme or a good read please find another book set to spend you money on. I’m sure they will not published! bad review in the first place.”

5 STARS
Avid reader
By An avid reader on March 1, 2016
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“If you are like me, and read for entertainment you will enjoy this book. A story very well written, current on its topic that makes the reader go back to read and find out what happens next. Highly recommended.”

5  STARS
JOHN POWERS IS ON DUTY !
By Tom Spencer on December 22, 2015
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LEARN. TEACH. INSPIRE. ENTERTAIN.

“An author is an explorer and a teacher. If well done, a book presents facts, theories and psychology wrapped in a story-line so that the lessons are retained in whatever memory compartment excitement occupies. Operation Black Swan is just such a thrilling Master Lesson. John Powers and his team may be the swashbuckling operatives, but Owen Parr is the lecturer. With his considerable Wall Street experience, Parr reminds us of the vulnerability of our complicated, sensitive and interrelated global financial systems. He eloquently uses rich and colorful settings, fictional characters and dialogue to produce a riveting, fast- paced canvass. It is a fun and educational ride. Real historical events, people and facts are interspersed with probable fiction to teach us that we are under a real threat— and we had better do something about it. Warriors and tyrants used to starve the enemy, deprive it of the means to live , drive it to submission. Today, cyber-criminals and their shadow State conspirators can bring America to its
knees in a matter of days. Powers and Parr are warning us. Enjoy the Read ! Learn. Teach others. The Barbarians are at the Gates! Powers can not do it all.”

5 STARS
Swan is a riveting story with enough action to satisfy even the most rough and tumble reader
By E Adams on December 21, 2015
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“Operation Black Swan is a riveting story with enough action to satisfy even the most rough and tumble reader. The characters are interesting and diverse and you will be cheering for John Powers and his team during their dangerous rescue mission to Cuba. Parr deftly weaves current world events into the book’s plot…one would think he has the inside track on what America’s enemies are planning. I highly recommend this book…have read it twice…the second time as exciting as the first. More John Powers and his friends, please, Mr. Parr.”

5 STARS
exciting read                           
By Vicky Tome on December 19, 2015
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“Kept me hooked. Loved this exciting book so much, I bought three more for Holiday gifts. Don’t miss it!”

5 STARS
A Great Read
By Jack Watts on December 19, 2015
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“Owen has done it again—another powerful tale. He is one of the best novelists I’ve read in years.”

5 STARS
STRAP IN AND HOLD ON… IT’S A ROCKET RIDE INTO DANGER.
By Mike Pettit on December 16, 2015
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“The New World Order. Just those few words are enough to shake democratic countries to their corp. A World order where all of mankind is subservient to the whims of a few powerful. Men that would decide every facet of our lives, what we read, see, hear, eat, but more importantly what we don’t see or hear, or read. Free people would be brought to heel, told what to do, where to work, what to say. Just the thought of a world controlled by a few men reeks of gulags, labor gangs, hunger, starvation, and death. When the Islamic terrorists attacked the United States on 9/11 the world fell into fear and turmoil. It was in this period of mass confusion the cabal to form a new world order put Operation Black Swan into motion along with their partners, the Chinese.

Owen Parr’s exhaustive research into this time period has resulted in one of the most chilling accounts of what followed. Basing his facts in a fictional setting has given him leverage to push the truth of what happened and how the outcome will be hidden forever from the common man on the street. His Alpha Team led by John Powers takes us on a bullet ride to find out who is behind the efforts to collapse our financial, Military, and government system before it is too late. The suspense is palpable, the danger chilling, the outcome unpredictable. This is a white knuckler of a political thriller that must be told… and read.”

5 STARS
A Fast Paced Non-stop Thriller
By Bill Manchester on November 29, 2015
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‘John Powers and crew take you on a wild ride through deception, betrayal, and the world of intricate conspiracy.

This book is not to be missed. If you enjoy heart pounding adrenal rushes and excitement, this is the book for you.

Author Owen Parr shows his skill with weaving the history of Castro’s Cuba into the current surge of terrorism and those that fund it.

Highly recommended.”

1 Star out of 5

“The story is continual and I almost feel like I’m forced to buy the next in the series
ByAnthony L. Woodon July 19, 2016
I had no idea I was at the end of the book when it finished. The story is continual and I almost feel like I’m forced to buy the next in the series. Nothing was resolved or wrapped up. One word review? Boring.”

Note from Author — Sometimes the bad reviews offer a good critic. I took this gentlemen’s review to heart and added 5000 words to the manuscript changing the ending in both the eBook and paperback version. I offer anyone who has the paperback or eBook, and would like the updated, 2nd edition version, a complimentary copy of the new book. Just go to contact and write me. Thank you.

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4.0 out of 5 stars

“twists and surprises with the turn of each page”

ByAudioBook Reviewer on October 7, 2016
Format: Audible Audio Edition
A well-written suspense thriller with political twists with an international flare added in to spice things up. Parr gives us John Powers, a retired Delta Force soldier who finds himself employed by a friend owned security agency that is sent overseas to recover a client. During the rescue mission, he receives a frantic call from his ex-brother-in-arms wife, Casey. Casey’s six-year-old son and her are the target of some undercover Iranian hitmen.

The suspense doesn’t end there; throw in a U.S. senator who was assassinated, the Department of Defense’s Charles Perthweiler along with Edward Raymore. Powers finds himself on the run with Casey, his godson and his teammates. Along with his team, he must figure out who put the targets on his back, his teams, and Casey’s – why are they after her and her son? Why is Powers a target now? Will he survive long enough to unravel the mystery? Always a step behind, Powers and his team must try to figure out how to get one step ahead.

Parr develops his story in a slow methodical manner, with twists and surprises with the turn of each page. His characters are fully developed demonstrating a strong “team” rife with sarcasm, familial feelings and loyalty.

Spinning a unique twist to mystery, Parr captivates and holds his readers completely. The dialog is realistic and genuine; descriptions are vivid. The audiobook is action packed and fast paced. One cannot help but stay for the entire reading. A complex story that Parr develops through to the end; both a political intrigue and financial thriller, The Dead Have Secrets is excellent.

The narrator, Stefan Rudnicki is excellent. His ability to throw himself into the story adds to the riveting story line. Rudnicki speaks clearly and passionately when appropriate. His ability to slide from action into moments of sarcasm and wit is delightful. He voice was soothing but firm. I enjoyed hearing his narration of the story.

There were no issues with the production quality of this audiobook. Everything was clear.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

“…reminds me of the classic Ludlum thrillers.”

5.0 out of 5 stars

Intel action thriller worth your time…”

By Literary Lawyer on August 22, 2016
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I was originally daunted by the reincarnation/regression/past life trope but, happily, it works in the story. The book moves fast and was a great read on a transcontinental flight. It’s clearly well researched and reminds me of the classic Ludlum thrillers. I have not yet read the first novel in the series but felt the story stood by itself.

OUTSTANDING READ!!! BEST INTERNATIONAL ESPIONAGE SUSPENSE THRILLER OF THE YEAR

By MIKE PETTIT on August 4, 2016
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“What an explosive read! This follow-up Suspense Thriller in the John Power’s Series from Owen Parr is sure to be the hottest thriller I will read this year. ‘The Dead Have Secrets” is like watching tomorrow’s cable news today. Only someone that knows about covert actions could write scenes so vivid and believable. Parr’s knowledge of the increased use of psyops and hum-int in today’s Intelligence Agencies is revealed in this fast-paced follow-up thriller in his Best Selling John Powers Series.
John Powers is a pro, he’s tough, smart, and is accustomed to being the pointy end of the spear. The proof of his survival skills is that he is alive after decades of being the country’s ‘Go To”agent to get things done. Now, with his own covert organization and agents, he is confronted with something that is unfathomable. if not impossible. How can a dead man, that he himself killed and watched die years before, be alive? The adversary is back, now John must use every skill he possess’s to survive.”

5 out of 5 STARS

Intel action thriller worth your time
By Literary Lawyer on August 22, 2016
Format: Paperback
I was originally daunted by the reincarnation/regression/past life trope but, happily, it works in the story. The book moves fast and was a great read on a transcontinental flight. It’s clearly well researched and reminds me of the classic Ludlum thrillers. I have not yet read the first novel in the series but felt the story stood by itself.

5.0 out of 5 stars Level of suspense is unrelenting

By vicky tome on August 13, 2016
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“Like a sleek golden spider weaving an intricate, stunningly beautiful web, master storyteller Owen Parr tells a tale of murder, treachery and innocence. The level of suspense is unrelenting. The Dead Have Secrets has perfect page-turner ingredients.”

5.0 out of 5 stars Another hit for Owen Parr and his best selling John Powers series.
By Gerald Darnell on August 13, 2016
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“An exciting and suspenseful follow up for Owen Parr and his John Powers series. Owen uses his unique storytelling ability to bring his characters alive in this complex story of intrigue, espinoge, murder and betrayal. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel – come along for the ride. You won’t be disappointed…”

By Tom Spencer on August 17, 2016
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5 of 5 STARS

“Shelter in place with John Powers!
A young child is regressed in hypnosis and reveals a startling former life. He was an assassinated former Senator. John Powers unravels the intrigue reaching into the highest levels of government. Owen Parr and John Powers run us through the back alleys of this conspiracy, and we are diving for cover as shots are fired. We can shelter in place, but John Powers cannot. He is out there, facing the bad guys and taking us along for the frenzied, well-written ride. We watch, we gasp, we learn, pages turn, liars are outed and John Powers wins. Or does he? Read it and find out. And by the way, think the premise is far-fetched? Think again. Owen Parr carefully researches everything. Our government and the Russians have experimented in the paranormal—and have tested very weird phenomena. The University of Virginia has had a very serious research project for decades, looking at thousands of reincarnation cases all over the world. Guess which US Agency is near UVA? John Powers knows. So should you.”

5 out of 5 Stars

Heart Pounding Non-stop Thrilller
By Bill Manchester on August 16, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Owen Parr brings his unique background and experience to bear in this exciting second novel starring John Powers. The storyline is intricate yet easy to follow. The characters jump off the page into your imagination. The suspense rises and falls, dragging you along on a ride you’ll never forget.
It is said you should write about what you know. If Owen’s novels are a reflection of that, he is one of the most dangerous, and creative, writers out there.

HOW TO SELL

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Great for everyone.
By Alberto on March 21, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
This straight-forward and incisive guideline on “How To Sell,” not just your business but yourself- couldn’t have been arranged more perfectly than in this book. Mr. Parr’s instruction and recollection of experiences bring subtle yet realistic guidance to anyone looking to invest themselves. Recommend this to anyone, regardless whether in sales profession or not.
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5 STARS
All – in – one guide on managing a successful sales career
By Frankie on March 6, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
“Clear, concise, and straight to the point. Parr’s “How to Sell” manuscript takes other scribes on the same subject to task. Why buy the other hundreds of thousands when you can buy just one? Invest in yourself and your business and pick up a copy now.”

5 STARS
easy for anyone to learn and apply
By R Adams on January 4, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
“Take my advice…you should read this book! Parr lays out secrets to success in sales (or any occupation) in simple concise terms, easy for anyone to learn and apply. His section on time management is alone worth the price and I am beginning to apply it to my own life. Parr’s advice can be applied to any occupation or lifestyle. We all allow our time to be squandered…sometimes at a huge cost to our personal lives and our success in life. Read HOW TO SELL and you can have it all…
Even if you are not in sales, the advice in Parr’s How To Sell can be used by everyone. Easy and informative. Highly recommended.”

5 STARS
 One of the best books on the basics of selling that I have …
By Mike Pettit on December 31, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
“One of the best books on the basics of selling that I have read in a long time. Owen Parr has nailed it.”

 

PARR PAINTS AN ACTION MOVIE IN YOUR MIND. WHAT A RIDE !

By Tom S.

5 STARS

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This review is from: Due Diligence (Kindle Edition)

It helps to be from Miami. The University of Miami once housed the CIA as thousands of Cubans fought Castro from the University’s South Campus. Suspense oozes up from the sidewalks in Miami. Odors of delicious garlic-laced food and pungent flowers hang in the air. Things happen here. They are called “Miami Moments”. And they happen much like it does to the characters in Due Diligence experience. Alex, the main character, gets recruited at UM by CIA. Lots of students actually did. Owen Parr is a skillful observer of political world events and the wretched psyche of the Castro Bros. He understands how people with unfettered power, unchallenged by law, can visit tragedy and pain on those who disagree. Few people know that Castro, a world class criminal, personally ran the Dirección de Inteligencia, He ran it viciously. Owen Parr must know this, because Alex, the main character weaves in and out of the web the Castros have created for their various venal and devastating strategies. Due Diligence is a suspense-filled movie in your mind. Parr rolls the film, controls the color and sound exquisitely; he teases you, he jolts you with action and takes you up and down the roller coaster. Cuban men LOVE their women and — well– it is pretty obvious that Parr is a Cuban man. And, of course Julia and Paris and Chicago and Miami Beach and Havana swirl around the stage set, painted and lighted by Parr. Does Alex’s beloved Julia survive the action? How could she? Who or what is “Chico and Gang”? To find out— do your own “Due Diligence”.

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