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ISBN: 1932112332
Author: Bill Eidson
Language: English
Publisher: Justin, Charles & Co. (December 13, 2004)
Pages: 336
Category: Thrillers & Suspense
Subcategory: Unfathomable
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 226
Size Fb2: 1703 kb
Size ePub: 1326 kb
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Book 2 of 2 in the Jack Merchant & Sarah Ballard Novels Series. From Publishers Weekly.

Book 2 of 2 in the Jack Merchant & Sarah Ballard Novels Series. In Eidson's chilling second adventure to feature ex-DEA undercover agent Jack Merchant and boat repo contractor Sarah Ballard (after 2003's The Repo), the duo investigate a suspicious sailing accident off the Rhode Island coast. Prospective client Matt Coulter walks into Sarah's marine repossession company with a wild tale of a shipwreck, subsequent rescue and kidnapping that includes many amnesiac gaps due to his injuries.

Jack and Sarah have trouble swallowing it, too, given Coulter's past alcoholism and spotty memory, but .

Jack and Sarah have trouble swallowing it, too, given Coulter's past alcoholism and spotty memory, but agree to see if they can at least find the boat that Coulter believes pulled his family from the water. Bill Eidson's first book in this series, "The Repo", made me want to see Jack Merchant and Sarah Ballard again, and in "The Mayday", the author not only fleshes them out and deepens their relationship, but spins a taught story populated with well-drawn characters and filled with twists and shocks delivered at a stiff clip. If you enjoy a good page-turner - and especially if you liked the first volume in this series, you'll be glad you picked up "The Mayday".

No one believes Matt Coulter's story of a foundered ship, a life raft adrift at night, and a miraculous rescue turned kidnapping - least of all the police. Jack and Sarah don't either, at first. But they reluctantly take the case, and the further they follow its twists and turns, the more convinced they become that the missing family is still alive.

The Repo (Jack Merchant & Sarah Ballard Novels). In this sequel to "The Repo" written by Author Bill Eidson, the team of ex-DEA Agent Jack Merchant and boat repo contractor Sarah Ballard embark on another twisting tale

The Repo (Jack Merchant & Sarah Ballard Novels). In this sequel to "The Repo" written by Author Bill Eidson, the team of ex-DEA Agent Jack Merchant and boat repo contractor Sarah Ballard embark on another twisting tale. Against the background of their budding intimate relationship, Eidson weaves a tail of deception and greed that will wreak havoc on the guilty and the innocent alike. Merchant and Ballard capture the imagination. com User, February 13, 2005.

December 2004 : USA Hardback.

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Eidson’s books are not only page-turners, but his characters, both the heroic and the vicious, come fully to life.

Bill Eidson’s critically acclaimed thrillers are never too far from the sea, influenced by his growing up and living in New England. Eidson’s books are not only page-turners, but his characters, both the heroic and the vicious, come fully to life.

The police are suspicious about a story about a sinking ship and the disappearance of an entire family, but ex-DEA agent Jack Merchant and repo contractor Sarah Ballard believe it, and their subsequent investigation turns up evidence that the missing family may still be alive. see all 2 descriptions.

Home Eidson, Bill The Repo: A Jack Merchant & Sarah Balllard Novel

Home Eidson, Bill The Repo: A Jack Merchant & Sarah Balllard Novel. The Lila soaks up every cent he makes as a photographer, and when Sarah Ballard, a woman from his past now running her father's old business of repossessing boats for banks, comes to him with an offer of work tracking down a missing couple and their expensive yacht, he finds himself intrigued-and attracted by Sarah. But she's been through some terrifying times, and Jack quickly realizes "she wasn't looking for hugs and kisses. A lot of the book's strength comes from the way Eidson makes Sarah's roughness and coldness inevitable and convincing.

No one believes Matt Coulter's story of his foundered sailboat, a life raft adrift at night, and a rescue turned kidnapping-least of all, the police. Jack and Sarah don't either, at first

Mayday is the second installment of an acclaimed new series featuring ex-DEA Agent Jack Merchant and boat repo contractor Sarah Ballard. This time they are searching for a man's wife and children, missing on the high seas.

Comments:

Brightfury
Jack Merchant is a solid character (although I liked The Repo better). Still always fun to read about Jack and Sarah.
Mot
The character Jack is very likable and the story was well done and interesting.
Anazan
Bill and I have emailed each other...love his sailing stories!
Dilmal
Eidson's second seagoing thriller featuring ex-DEA agent Jack Merchant and his skittish lover, Sarah Ballard, owner of a boat repo business, centers on Jack's hunt for two missing children, lost at sea and presumed dead. By everyone, that is, except their father, who pleads his case to Jack, then promptly takes a header out a fourth-floor window and spends the rest of the story in a coma.

Merchant is doing some repairs on the sailboat he calls home in Boston Harbor when Matt Coulter arrives with his outlandish story. His boat foundered off the coast of Rhode Island, he says, and an apparent rescuer scooped up his two kids and left Matt and his wife for dead. He attributes the big gaps in his story to the blow to the head he took before the Coast Guard picked him up along with the body of his wife. The children were never found. Matt wants Jack to find that phantom rescue boat.

Out of pity, Jack agrees to spend a few days searching for the boat. The cops and Matt's friends think Jack is a sleaze for taking the man's money, especially after Matt's apparent suicide attempt, but initial research turns up a promising lead, and then another murder and soon Jack and Sarah are both in the sights of a ruthless sociopath.

Point of view switches from Jack and Sarah to the villains and semi-villains and, in a refreshing twist, the mastermind's pathology makes him as bungling as he is dangerous. This does not, however, make Jack's task any easier and the conclusion is a breathless, deadly, struggle on the high seas. Edgy and well-structured.
PC-rider
After a boating accident at sea, Matt Coulter wakes up from a coma to hear that his family is dead although they didn't recover the bodies of his two children. He doesn't remember much but he believes that the kids were picked up at sea by a yacht with an unusual anchor plate. He goes to boat contractor Sarah Ballard in the hopes that she can help identify the boat which would in turn lead him to the person who took his children.

Sarah takes him to her sometimes partner ex DEA agent Jack Merchant who listens to his story and believes that the man might be clinging to false hope. Out of sympathy, he agrees to hire for a few days, never believing he will find that particular boat. Once he does, he realizes that Matt's story is true and the children could still be alive. He and Sarah work together to find the children, not realizing they are up against two dangerous sociopaths who will kill anyone who gets in their way.

Bill Eidson has written a crime thriller that is fast paced, action-packed and full of chills and thrills. This second novel in a great new series is even better than the REPO as hard as that is to believe. Jack Merchant is a tough macho man but when it comes to his feelings for Sarah he is gentle and vulnerable. This duo is a terrific crime fighting team and is one of the main reasons that this series should have a long life. Hearts will go out to the victims in this work with hopes that the criminals get their just deserts.

Harriet Klausner
avanger
Really an exciting book and like other reviwers let me add my vote for more of Jack and Sarah. Like several current authors, sometimes the peripheral cast is more engaging than the main characters. More on that in a moment.

Matt Coulter is the "Whistling Dan Wheeler" of High and Mighty fame, traumatized and grief stricken by the loss of his wife and children on a stormy night off the coast of Rhode Island. Except he keeps having this shattered memory of a large 45 foot boat picking them up after the accident with an odd anchor plate. He believes his kids are alive.

Like Perez-Reverte, Mr. Eidson takes on a rarely used platform for a mystery, the nautical journey where ex-DEA agent Merchant and the emotionally scarred Sarah try to help Matt Coulter, off again on again believing in him and his fractured memory.

See that's the problem. The couple is so formula driven you tire of it. The former brilliant DEA agent whose career is cut short because of an error of judgment (Luther Ewing; Dave Robiceaux Joe Pike; Patrick Kenzie; Frank Corso) is in love with (the "hot but I can't commit woman" Angie Gennarro; Sunny Randall; Meg Dougherty) Sarah. So it's old stuff.

I like the excitement and it is interesting to have it all happen on the Atlantic Ocean. Mayday is very well written. But we've seen it all. Good stuff. 4 stars. I'll read Mr. Eidson again. Larry Scantlebury

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