The sequel makes quick mention of the earlier adventure in an opening chapter, then gets down to the violent life of ex-cop, ex-con Bruno Johnson...the action won’t slow down, and we’re with the story all the way. —Booklist
Longboat Key, Florida (PRWEB) January 19, 2015
THE REPLACEMENTS by retired law enforcement officer, David (Deputy Dave) Putnam will release on February second.
This second in the Bruno Johnson thriller novels finds the 'tough cop with huge compassion' protagonist hiding out from the FBI in Costa Rica, where he tends bar to support eight children he illegally rescued from abusive homes. Partway through a normal day, Barbara Wicks, a former colleague and the chief of police for Montclair, California, walks into his bar. Bruno is shocked to the core. Is she there to arrest him and take him back to California? Turns out she’s there to request Bruno’s help. Two children have been kidnapped.
The kidnapper, Jonas Mabry, was himself a victim whom Bruno rescued as a small child. Now Mabry demands retribution— a million dollar ransom and that Bruno put his life on the line to get the money. In this twisted turn of fate, Bruno returns to California as a wanted man. Despite the risk of arrest and jeopardizing his life, he cannot turn his back on these kids.
“Putnam’s thrilling sequel to 2014’s The Disposables finds Bruno Johnson, a former L.A. sheriff’s cop, settled in Costa Rica with his wife, Marie, and the eight abused children they rescued and took (illegally) from the U.S. Early in his career, Johnson intervened in a violent domestic case and managed to save the life of five-year-old Jonas Mabry. Now an adult, Jonas has kidnapped two young girls and will deal only with Johnson. Johnson is unable to resist the appeal of Montclair, Calif., police chief Barbra Wicks, and returns to California to track down Jonas. Jonas proves to be a diabolically clever opponent as he runs circles around Johnson, leading him down one blind alley after another and forcing him to make desperate moves. Putnam steadily ratchets up the tension, while memorable supporting characters, like the courageous Marie, help engage reader interest.”
“The hero of this rowdy novel made his first appearance two years ago in The Disposables. The sequel makes quick mention of the earlier adventure in an opening chapter, then gets down to the violent life of ex-cop, ex-con Bruno Johnson...the action won’t slow down, and we’re with the story all the way.”
“The Replacements is listed as a thriller. And it is just that. As the plot thickens, Bruno's heart is racing as will yours as you read of his exploits. You know that he is wanted by the FBI. But on realizing that he is giving his kids a life free of fear and torture, you just have to be on his side. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am anxiously awaiting the next episode.”
About the Author
During his law enforcement career, “Deputy Dave” Putnam worked primarily in California on teams for Patrol, Investigations, SWAT, Narcotics (street level and majors), Violent Crimes, Criminal Intelligence, Internal Affairs and the Detective Bureau.
He rounded out his law enforcement career with a few years in the Hawaiian Islands as a Special Agent–part of a real-life “Hawaii-50″ team.
He’s now retired from law enforcement and spends his time growing organic California avocados and writing, with his wife Mary and their two dogs.
THE REPLACEMENTS is distributed by Midpoint Trade Books, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Bookazine, OverDrive, and all other fine literary distributors. The novel will be available to consumers through Independent Booksellers, Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Kobobooks.com, and all fine book retailers.