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When Courtney Burke appears at Ponce Marina on a humid summer morning, she leaves Sean O’Brien with a haunting tale. Her story could lead O’Brien down a path that began with a brutal crime forty years earlier and hidden family secrets spawned from the desecration of the innocent. O’Brien learns that Courtney is linked to a series of carnival murders. Police are convinced sWhen Courtney Burke appears at Ponce Marina on a humid summer morning, she leaves Sean O’Brien with a haunting tale. Her story could lead O’Brien down a path that began with a brutal crime forty years earlier and hidden family secrets spawned from the desecration of the innocent. O’Brien learns that Courtney is linked to a series of carnival murders. Police are convinced she’s a serial killer, and all of her victims are men. But like the illusions found in the carnival’s House of Mirrors, nothing is as it appears. Just beyond the looking glass is where evil watches from a one-way mirror. When the Courtney faces a conviction for murder, O’Brien remembers something she told him, something so strange he’d originally dismissed it. To alter the future, to save Courtney’s life, O’Brien must penetrate dark deeds that began in a church forty years earlier. ...

Title : blood of cain
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ISBN : 19511881
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Number of Pages : 449 Pages
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  • Philip
    2019-01-07 21:03

    Great read! I really enjoyed reading this book. Tom's storytelling, plotting and characterization just keep on getting better as this great series rolls along. I thought the ending of this book was pretty solid with only a minor loose end that I thought could have been tied up a bit tighter. That is what happened to "the man in the red hat" as Sean referred to him? I think he was named once but at that time I didn't think he was very important to the story so I kinda let the name slip by. Boy was I wrong!Then I thought perhaps he should of had a romantic relationship with Courtney.Now for some minor nit picking. There are a few editing and proof reading problems in the Kindle edition such as "that" when it should read "than" and some words repeated next to each other in the same sentence. Things like "then they then they" which although they don't detract from the story are very annoying. These types of errors were prevalent in the first two books in the series and pretty well eliminated in the rest of the books but have now returned.The more I read in this series, and in Blood of Cain in particular, the more I think I'm reading a new John D MacDonald - Travis McGee novel. The characters, the settings, the descriptions of natural objects and events, like weather, and the social commentary is all so much like the Travis McGee stories that I keep waiting for Meyer Meyer to pop in and help Sean! The final chapter when Sean takes Kim on the boat trip to the Bahamas is pure Travis McGee! At that point I was deathly afraid that this would be the last Sean O'Brien novel so I was really relieved to find the excerpt from "Black River" Please, Tom, try to get it released quicker than the last ones! I can hardly wait for it!

  • Quillracer
    2018-12-24 01:57

    This was one of the most nerve-wracking books I’ve ever read. The threat of danger crackled on almost every page. And Lowe delivered it on almost every page.Lowe gets better with every book. Here he has written a novel full of twists and turns, many that really shake up Sean O’Brien’s life and world.I still find it hard to buy into someone with the kind of power Lowe gives his antagonist here. And I wish he’d spend a few less words describing sunsets – even though he brings them to life in the colors he gives them.This was the best in the series so far. And I see it isn’t the last. Now I have another Sean O’Brien story to look forward to. And that is a good thing.

  • Ronald P. Tatus
    2019-01-06 23:14

    A Novel by Lowe is a High for MeA Novel by Lowe is a High for MeI'm a Jack Reacher fan. Tom Lowe's Sean O'Brien is another wonderful character. He's deep and caring and loyal. His home base in Florida is well described, colorful and attractive. This novel had twists, turns, excitement, danger, terror, and ingenuity that kept me guessing and holding my attention page after page after page. I'm very much looking forward to the next Sean O'Brien novel by Tom Lowe.

  • Jada
    2018-12-21 21:03

    Captivating read. Guess I'm biased as I am a Sean O'Brien fan 😊Would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good 'suspense thriller'

  • Joe
    2019-01-10 03:12

    Blood of Cain:#5 in the Sean O’Brien series and every bit as good as all the rest. I am definitely “hooked” in a very good way on this series and main character Sean.Lots of twists and turns, back to his first love, and all the way to present day.The past is never that far away and don’t even get me started on “family” Sean faces a twist to beat all twists when he finds out more than he ever dreamed of about his Family.Mystery, Intrigue, romance, humor and scenes where you are truly there! Kept me reading till way too late at night, I just could not put it down.I kept saying, 1 more chapter but in no time, it was just 1 MORE chapter.I had to know what was going to happen.From his home on the banks of the St Johns River to fishing boat at Ponce inlet across FL to the West coast…to SC …over to the coast of Ireland, I am telling you, the action just does not stop! Amazing twists and turns…from a typical crooked greedy for power politicians to evil menacing “bad guy” that leaves you scared reading it at night, alone. Add in a young girl on the run that looks so much like Sean with knowledge of his past that opens yet another chapter of Sean’s past.I love Tom’s writing style and how he describes Sean O’Brien. The intensity and at same time, heart of gold Sean has makes him a real Man’s man, and I mean that in a very honest, good way.For me, when I meet and read about a “guy” like this, I just want to get to know more about him. I am a huge fan of “tough Guy” characters in series, from Travis Mc Gee, Dirk Pitt to Cork O’Conner of the William Kent Krueger series. I have read many and Tom Lowe’s Sean O’Brien is in with the best of this list.As usual, the supporting cast of characters is there as well. Nick, Dave, Kim and the rest of the “crew” are all as entertaining and supportive as ever. You WILL love meeting them again, or for the 1st time. There is a real sense of “family” and that just adds to the enjoyment. Cannot wait to start #6 in the series, “Black River”

  • wally
    2018-12-27 02:14

    finished this one yesterday late afternoon. great story. not sure what to make of the "dates read (2 times)" as i only read this once. why does that happen? 'cause i mark it "read" and then when the box opens to write a 'review' i do so and mark the date finished? ever since the upgrade this happens. anyway, good read. helluva deal, too.

  • KG
    2019-01-17 03:04

    When Sean O’Brien finds a young Courtney covered in blood on the side of the road, he has no clue that his peaceful life on the water is about to turn chaotic. Shortly after his initial encounter, he discovers Courtney is a suspect in serial murders, and has a questionable psych history. To further complicate things, she claims to be related to him. As Sean struggles to prove Courtney’s innocence, he discovers things about himself that he never knew…things that will change him forever.The thing that stood out to me about this book was the awesome descriptive writing. Tom Lowe has a way of writing a book in such a way that you feel, see, and smell your surroundings. My favorite character was Sean O’Brien, who not only had a good heart, but also was a force to be reckoned with. I didn’t, however, like that the book was unbelievable, predictable, and/or repetitive at times. It also seemed unnecessarily drawn out. For me, it wasn’t a page-turner as I was bored at times and struggled to get through the book. Overall, it was just okay. Because of my love for Sean O’Brien, I might read another book in the series.

  • Pat
    2019-01-10 01:51

    This is now the fifth Sean O'Brien book I've read and on starting it I felt like I was at a welcome family reunion. Tom Lowe's characters are extremely likeable and the solidarity of the small community on the water in the face of danger and injustice is heartwarming.This story is a bit of a departure as it is all about Sean and his family. It starts when Sean intervenes one night to prevent a young woman from being hurt along a deserted stretch of road. It becomes apparent that there is some sort of link between the woman and Sean but she disappears before it is resolved. She is also wanted as a person of interest in some murders. Sean feels compelled to find her and protect her but the forces arrayed against her are many and deadly.A fraught race across the country and against time to discover the truth and protect his family and friends ensues. There is lots of action and tension in this entertaining book.

  • Paul
    2019-01-16 02:53

    This is the fifth installment in Lowe's Sean O'Brien series. It is perhaps the most ambitious of the novels so far. There are some excellent passages and the Courtney Burke character is well drawn as are the recurring characters. As always the marina family are enjoyable and likable.The novels are still plagued by editing errors, spelling and in this one the typesetting of dialog. It doesn't ruin the reading experience but an author this good needs to read his publisher the riot act. It is a distraction.The plot moves quickly, with implausible events that are still closer to reality than the plots of some bestselling authors in the genre. It would be easy to put up some spoilers if I go any deeper into the plot so I'll just say if you like any Florida crime and mystery series, this one is among the best. Read the whole series, although you'll probably have to go to the used market for the first two books.

  • Susie Fiorito
    2019-01-04 05:07

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a very good thriller, fast paced and well developed characters. It kept me on my toes. I am now a fan of Tom Lowe and look forward to his next 2014 book.It is a little over the top in probability. Slams conservative politics. Doesn't tie up some loose ends (maybe in his next Sean Obrien thriller).The romantic relationship introduced in the book just cracked me up. Only man could write such a fantasy woman.Regardless of all these slight negatives the book is fun and worth the read!

  • Diane
    2018-12-19 23:51

    I read another of the Sean O’Brien mysteries, The Blood Off Cain, in the series by author Tom Lowe. Again another great story with an interesting cast of characters. It also held a family twist for Sean, something I never saw coming! Not only do we explore a bit of the tales of the traveling carnival life, we also go with Sean to the old country, Ireland! Sometimes learning about family can be deadly!The book is written with a sense of adventure, lots or emotion, and a very good mystery. Love this series!

  • Jeff Benham
    2019-01-10 01:03

    It would be helpful if you read some of the previous Sean O'Brien books before this one. The reason is, many of the characters are continued throughout the series and Blood Of Cain has several surprises! Sean has a knack for being in the wrong place at the right time. This is the case here when he saves a young woman from a couple of thugs. It is the base on which the rest of the story rests. No Joe Billie in this one.

  • Mickey Hoffman
    2019-01-08 04:59

    A very engaging plot and as always, the protagonist, Sean, is someone you can get behind. The settings are interesting and diverse: the world of carnival life, power politics and even a trip out of the USA. I found his love interest to be a disappointment, however. Her characterization never seemed to get deeper than "nice, caring person." I have to also say that there are dozens and dozens of typos in this book and I hope that at least the ebook will be proofread and corrected at some point.

  • Ron Chicaferro
    2018-12-31 21:15

    Tom Lowe has written another winner in, Blood of Cain. Main protagonist, Sean O'Brien is in the mix again - but, this time its with politicians, ex-girlfriends, maniacal killers and a long lost family member. The book takes place in O'Brien's backyard of South Florida but the case takes him to Ireland as well. The bad guys are really bad and O'Brien has his hands full. Its a great chase to the finish - a finish you will likely continue to remember.

  • Francis T. Villante
    2019-01-13 02:18

    Blood of life this book w fast paced and exciting just about every page you turned. it wrapped a presidential race around a carnival circuit,murder,rape,a family tree,a man's search for a daughter given up for adoption,and a few other things thrown into the plot and the writer was still able to make them mesh together. a definite must READ!

  • Stacy
    2018-12-18 23:14

    I love this series! I love the main character...Sean O'Brien. He is a retired homicide detective and army sharpshooter. He has a great group of friends and seems to always find trouble. Or trouble finds him! These books are very fast- paced with lost of action and lots of plot twists and turns. Cant wait til the 6th book is released later this year!

  • mildred sturdivant
    2019-01-03 21:08

    Tom 5 stars. Tom Lowe has a gift for holding my attention. I, have never read a book that this author that has described what he see,s and smells no matter if he is outside the home he is remodeling. I have bought one of the tropical. I live in north louisiana. My favorite color is brilliant orange. Our local Lowe's carries tropical plants.

  • Linda
    2018-12-21 22:05

    Another great book featuring Sean O'BRIENSean O'BRIEN love love love these books! They just get better. and better. A nd I think Toomey Lowe's. writing gets better with each book. His descriptions are beautiful.

  • Lee Everest
    2019-01-06 23:14

    Great read very good Great read very good very good story....well drawn out characters....would read other books by this author really enjoyed the book...interesting readhave not read books by this author before, good findlee

  • Sherri Vigil
    2019-01-08 02:59

    This was a very detailed and constantly moving storyline. Lowe did a great job of making me feel like I was on a carny rollercoaster. :) I had no idea who the bad guy/s would end up being. Great story!

  • Chris Hughes
    2019-01-04 00:05

    I really enjoy this series. A few others have stated the Tom Lowe's writing is getting better with each book, I agree. However sometimes the typos can get a little frustrating. Very quick read and the story is fast paced. Lowe brings everything together nicely.

  • mary piscola
    2019-01-09 21:59

    Great thrillerI was not familiar with this author, but after reading this book will definitively read more. There is intriguing plots and some light romance, and a page turner wanting to know more. A good read!!

  • Debbie Rowsey
    2019-01-04 04:53

    Exce'lentExce'lentgood read. dog c.f. g bc f :(ft bar her Kimi lb be eff by CD f2f :) :-(t bc st g vs as f

  • Bill Donhiser
    2018-12-22 23:15

    This is the fifth book I have read by Tom Lowe and I think his best. I really enjoy the character Sean O'Brien and his friends. The storytelling is great and it is a good plot

  • Steve Isenhower
    2018-12-24 05:14

    A very good addition to a good series. This one took some very weird twists but they worked very well. The Sean O'Brien is a must read.

  • JUDY D. KIPP
    2019-01-14 04:12

    Good. Quick read. At times wordy.NIce descriptions at times but too much others. Like Tom Lowe a lot usually. Will look for his next book.

  • Nancy Clark
    2019-01-09 21:03

    Great read but still think The Butterfly Forest was his best.

  • Kathy Floyd
    2019-01-05 00:11

    Great mystery.Great mystery.I was completely surprised by the ending. Very well written. I hope to read more by Mr. Lowe in the future.

  • Verna L Dickson
    2019-01-04 23:15

    It goodit's well written and fast moving. one that's hard to put down, but it's long and some of it's not quite believable.

  • Enid
    2019-01-03 03:56

    Very good book. The story flows and keeps you wanting more.