I was just notified by Bookbub of an excellent recommendation and review of Pat Ruger: Oblivion Highway left by one of their readers, JohnL. I thought I would share it:
"This book by Jack Huber is the fourth in the Pat Ruger series that I have read and reviewed, and I have enjoyed each and every one of them. This book continues with the same "good old boy" type of comfortable writing style that I think defines the series. Talk about a character who constantly attracts trouble by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, that is Pat Ruger, retired, but never retired from helping someone in need. This book also offered some light moments to prevent it from becoming a totally dark and down murder mystery. Of course, Ruger always has "special people" available to him at any and all times to help him in his endeavors, which never hurts the cause or case. Looking forward to the next Ruger book."
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The following are excerpts from 5-star reviews found on Amazon.com
Thanks go out to John L., who recently posted this review on Bookbub of "Pat Ruger: For Hire":
I loved the quirky and fun banter...
"After reading and reviewing a later book in the Pat Ruger series by Jack Huber, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this first book and finding out how P A L detective agency and Pat Ruger came into being. I also enjoyed the quirky and fun banter between the main characters as they faced a myriad of cases with different clients all while searching for the solution to the major case, the missing person case that started the book. The characters are entertaining and slightly unpolished which makes them even more human to the reader. And, of course, with any private detective, there are women involved, and possibly one of them leading to a real romantic love interest. Looking forward to reading the next books in this series. This is a voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Hidden Gems Books."
Hidden Gems recently asked their members who had read "Pat Ruger: For Hire" for comments about the book, apart from their reviews. Here are a few of those comments:
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Review Posted on 3/26/18
by Quentin R. Stewart, Jr.
(5 out of 5 stars)
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"This is my introduction to Pat Ruger and he has become one of my favorite private investigators. He knows how to use all of the modern tools that makes investigations easier then just beating the pavement and interviewing people. He has suffered losses in the past and he is troubled by the ones that he has not been able to save.
"This case starts with the murder of a Korean poet that his girlfriend has befriended. Though not sure of his relationship standing with her Pat agrees to look into the case. He barely gets started when the CIA approaches him and asks him to be their eyes in Seattle to help clear up the murder case and to look into a North Korean ring of spies. While wondering about the rain in Seattle and missing Denver, Pat and his employee are discovered by the Koreans and have to run to save themselves.
"I plan on looking up the first four Pat Ruger mysteries so I can get more background on this private investigator."
Review Posted on 3/4/18 by Todd Simpson
(5 out of 5 stars)
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"This is a great story that had me truly hooked from the beginning. The plot is quite elaborate which I quite like, and there are plenty of twist and turns that kept me guessing throughout the book. There are parts to this story that are very clever, and I enjoyed the lighter moments the Author has added. Pat Ruger is a great character, and I’m really happy that this is book 5 in the series, and that there are another 4 books for me to read.
"Pat Ruger was one hell of a private investigator, and the CIA certainly knew all about him and how good he was. So, when a North Korean man is murdered that they believe is tied into one of their own investigations, they don’t hesitate in asking for his help. Especially since they can’t operate legally on home soil. Of course, Pat feels compelled to get involved after his girlfriend Maggie got to know the victim Chris Choo, who was one of the poets they both went to see perform."
Review Posted on 3/12/18 by Christinaro
(4 out of 4 stars)
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"Jack Huber’s Children’s Reprise is the fourth book in the Pat Ruger Mystery Series. The author himself confesses that he might have found a niche in the detective/mystery/ crime/thriller genres with the novels in this series. Apart from the traditional detective layout, Children’s Reprise does indeed bring something quite original in the field: an insight view on the functioning and threat of teenage-targeting cults.
"Jack Huber belongs to Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled school of detective fiction. Children’s Reprise is written in the first person and Pat Ruger seems the reincarnation of Chandler’s famous Philip Marlowe. He is the embodiment of the tough wisecracking private eye who is often cynical and at times contemplative or philosophical. Like Marlowe, Pat somehow ends up the eternal bachelor although women find him irresistible and he was once married or engaged. Fans of the genre will definitely appreciate the character’s keen eye for detail, dry humor and unflinching determination to achieve his own justice.
"Jack Huber craftly uses the storyline to raise people’s awareness on the threat posed by such a cult. For example, Pat takes his time explaining how the members of the cult proceed. They start isolating the teenage boy or girl from everyone they know while never letting them alone without one or more of the members. They use sleep deprivation or blackmail to make the vulnerable adolescents lose their values. Finally, they test them by making them do something illegal, something they would never do under normal circumstances. In the novel, Terry, one of the taken children, describes the way the cult members made her feel wanted when she felt rejected by her own family.
"On the whole, the story is well-written and the book is professionally edited. I recommend it to all those drawn to detective fiction in general and hard-boiled detective fiction in particular. Jack Huber proves he is a talented storyteller turning his protagonist into a new emblematic figure of the genre."