“Bad Roads” by John M. Vermillion

"Bad Roads: A Big Stone Gap Novel" by John M. Vermillion
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fast-paced, action-packed ride!

“Bad Roads” by John M. Vermillion is a thrilling page-turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Written by a maestro of the genre, this heist thriller is packed with action, suspense, and intrigue.

The story revolves around Jock Holden, the manager of a Minor League baseball team who is currently suspended but working as a hireling during his time away from the team. His job is to tear down three hunting cabins in the mountains that are over forty years old. He finds leather bags buried in the ground hidden under the support posts. The value of the bounty in today's dollars ranges from one million to several million. Holden believes he has successfully completed the heist and is walking away with the bags, but he was being followed from the very beginning. Holden acts violently toward this person in response to her threat to reveal the truth. He should be tried for both first-degree burglary and first-degree murder now. A former player who is now employed by the police contacts Holden in order to gather evidence against him. Instead, the player joins forces with Holden in this conflict. The two thugs start to squat on the 20,000-acre ranch owned by Felix Fox. The manhunt reaches its most intense point of violence as the fugitives struggle against the elements and the authorities simultaneously…

What sets this book apart from other heist thrillers is the depth of the characters. Each member of the team has their own backstory and motivations, which adds a layer of complexity and depth to the story. The author also does an excellent job of keeping the reader guessing until the very end, with several unexpected twists and turns that will leave you gasping in surprise.

The pacing of the book is perfect, with just the right amount of action and suspense to keep you hooked. The writing is crisp and engaging, making it easy to visualize the scenes as they unfold.

Overall, “Bad Roads” is a must-read for fans of the heist thriller genre. It's a fast-paced, action-packed ride that will keep you entertained from beginning to end. Highly recommended.

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