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Headlines scream across the nation as a country in near panic pleads for the capture of the killers. With little progress, U.S. President Samuel Schroeder asks Jack McCall, a veteran of the CIA and Defense Intelligence, to head up a special multi-agency task force to find the killers. A frustrated and unhappy FBI designates, as its representative, Rachel Johnstone, an agen Headlines scream across the nation as a country in near panic pleads for the capture of the killers. With little progress, U.S. President Samuel Schroeder asks Jack McCall, a veteran of the CIA and Defense Intelligence, to head up a special multi-agency task force to find the killers. A frustrated and unhappy FBI designates, as its representative, Rachel Johnstone, an agent with whom Jack has had some personal history. The Third Coincidence unfolds amidst continued assassinations, accusations that the president is attempting to form his own secret police, and confirmation hearings for reluctant nominees to fill the vacant positions while the Supreme Court struggles to sustain a quorum. Will a terrorist group or a mad assassin succeed in destroying these revered intuitions? In the spirit of The Day of the Jackal and The Manchurian Candidate, this story is juxta-posed through the eyes of both the hunter and the hunted as the devious plot to change America hurdles forward.


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Headlines scream across the nation as a country in near panic pleads for the capture of the killers. With little progress, U.S. President Samuel Schroeder asks Jack McCall, a veteran of the CIA and Defense Intelligence, to head up a special multi-agency task force to find the killers. A frustrated and unhappy FBI designates, as its representative, Rachel Johnstone, an agen Headlines scream across the nation as a country in near panic pleads for the capture of the killers. With little progress, U.S. President Samuel Schroeder asks Jack McCall, a veteran of the CIA and Defense Intelligence, to head up a special multi-agency task force to find the killers. A frustrated and unhappy FBI designates, as its representative, Rachel Johnstone, an agent with whom Jack has had some personal history. The Third Coincidence unfolds amidst continued assassinations, accusations that the president is attempting to form his own secret police, and confirmation hearings for reluctant nominees to fill the vacant positions while the Supreme Court struggles to sustain a quorum. Will a terrorist group or a mad assassin succeed in destroying these revered intuitions? In the spirit of The Day of the Jackal and The Manchurian Candidate, this story is juxta-posed through the eyes of both the hunter and the hunted as the devious plot to change America hurdles forward.

30 review for The Third Coincidence

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mackey

    I’ve read books by David Bishop in the past and remember enjoying his writing. That wasn’t the case with The Third Coincidence, a book I very much wanted to like. The premise is an interesting one: what happens if someone assassinates members of the US Supreme Court leaving it without a quorum? The problem I had with book was the author’s vernacular which included misogyny and terms such as “illegals.” I know there are those in the US who use this word to describe fellow humans or who might be i I’ve read books by David Bishop in the past and remember enjoying his writing. That wasn’t the case with The Third Coincidence, a book I very much wanted to like. The premise is an interesting one: what happens if someone assassinates members of the US Supreme Court leaving it without a quorum? The problem I had with book was the author’s vernacular which included misogyny and terms such as “illegals.” I know there are those in the US who use this word to describe fellow humans or who might be interested in the type of bra a female FBI agent wears but I don’t have to like or support those people and I won’t.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Una Tiers

    Nice plot, but too many murders. The author also makes two words into one, e.g. darkcolor. I don't think you hear a slam when someone hangs up a cell phone. Still a good read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    William Brown

    Nobody believes in coincidences when it comes to multiple assassinations, certainly not the FBI or Secret Service in this suspense thriller. So, when Supreme Court Justices and Governors of the Federal Reserve start dropping, in completely different ways, the President has no choice but bring in Jack McCall, a veteran CIA and Defense Department agent to track the killers down and stop them. But is it a them? Or just a him? McCall gathers together and eclectic mix of local cops, FBI agents, and c Nobody believes in coincidences when it comes to multiple assassinations, certainly not the FBI or Secret Service in this suspense thriller. So, when Supreme Court Justices and Governors of the Federal Reserve start dropping, in completely different ways, the President has no choice but bring in Jack McCall, a veteran CIA and Defense Department agent to track the killers down and stop them. But is it a them? Or just a him? McCall gathers together and eclectic mix of local cops, FBI agents, and computer whizzes to find out. Given the fractured nature of the Washington security world, the competing agencies want McCall stopped almost as much as they want the killer stopped. The only one in Washington who believes McCall can pull it off is the man who talked him into taking the job -- The President himself. So it is a coast to coast manhunt from Washington DC to the Bay Area of California with very few clues and the clock is ticking. The question is, will McCall and his team stop the killer before we run out of “Supremes,” or before the killer gets McCall? You need to suspend your credibility a bit to believe one killer could pull off that many complicated killings, each unique and against a well-guarded target, but all-in-all, David Bishop’s suspense thriller is a pretty good story. The author has two Jack McCall novels out, plus others in the Lina Darby and Matt Kile books. William F. Brown is the author of 8 suspense thrillers with over 500 Five-Star Reviews: Burke’s War, Burke’s Gamble, The Undertaker, Amongst My Enemies, Thursday at Noon, Winner Take All, and Aim True, My Brothers, and The Cold War Trilogy. They are all available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and now on Audible Audio Books. You read about them and the author's screenplays and other writing at billbrownwritesnovels.wordpress.com

  4. 4 out of 5

    yoav

    A good thriller no more no less.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Macrae

    The Third Coincidence By David Bishop Just in time for the start of a presidential election year and the brouhaha that accompanies the quad annual political turmoil, comes this fast-moving debut novel of murder and intrigue at the national level. Someone is murdering the nation’s Supreme Court justices and the governors of the Federal Reserve Board. The first such death is regarded as happenstance. The second is thought to be only coincidence. But at the third death, the alarms go off at the highe The Third Coincidence By David Bishop Just in time for the start of a presidential election year and the brouhaha that accompanies the quad annual political turmoil, comes this fast-moving debut novel of murder and intrigue at the national level. Someone is murdering the nation’s Supreme Court justices and the governors of the Federal Reserve Board. The first such death is regarded as happenstance. The second is thought to be only coincidence. But at the third death, the alarms go off at the highest level and a worried president turns to Jack McCall, a CIA master spy and the only person he can trust to bring down the killer. McCall quickly assembles a team of experienced investigators drawn from various agencies and departments and each with their own expertise and quirks. Part of Jack’s challenge is to quickly meld this diverse team into an effective force before the shadowy killer claims more lives and the nation descends into panic. Complicating things for Jack’s strictly business approach is the presence on the team of Rachel Johnstone, a top FBI agent and the growing attraction between them. Who is LW, the initials by which the killer signs his manifesto? Is he a single, crazed individual possessing multiple deadly skills? Or is he what he claims to be, the commander of an underground militia of skilled assassins taking up arms against the government? The cat and mouse game between McCall and the killer escalates with each new killing while the reader watches the action from both sides, alternating between following McCall and his team as they trace one lead after another and eavesdropping on the killer’s thoughts as he stalks his next victim. Reviewed by Andrew MacRae for Suspense Magazine

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jim A

    The author does a good job of developing some of the characters, but the plot is too predictable. It's an entertaining read, but don't expect much 'meat'.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mkane

    Character development is spotty. Plot was basic and different to believe. A decent book to pass the time but it stirred no emotional connection.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Michael

    This is my third book by this author and for me, the best of the three. I was a bit hesitant as I normally do not care for mystery/thrillers with a political setting but in this case the politics were background and the thriller aspect was definitely dominant. A plot that definitely resonates with modern society as it seems to be, certainly extreme but unfortunately I don't know that it isn't realistic to some extent. Good pacing, with action scenes alternating with the task force meetings where d This is my third book by this author and for me, the best of the three. I was a bit hesitant as I normally do not care for mystery/thrillers with a political setting but in this case the politics were background and the thriller aspect was definitely dominant. A plot that definitely resonates with modern society as it seems to be, certainly extreme but unfortunately I don't know that it isn't realistic to some extent. Good pacing, with action scenes alternating with the task force meetings where details of the investigation were discussed, a good use of "show" rather than "tell" and the dialog moved well. Good characterizations, something this author has always done well from the beginning but I liked these characters from the first chapter. My only criticism would be that the ending seemed a bit abrupt but from that ending I hope I am seeing an indication that there may be more about this crew in the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nawnee

    This book was unexpected, and astonishing. The plot is well structured, the scenes flawlessly executed. The author's knowledge of his subject, criminal investigation and serial killers seemed to be tirelessly researched. I got engrossed in the characters, They are well developed, strong in when they need to be. This is just what i like in my heroes. The antagonist, was perfectly selected for the job he was so intent on carrying out. I got very wrapped up in this mystery, having not read any book This book was unexpected, and astonishing. The plot is well structured, the scenes flawlessly executed. The author's knowledge of his subject, criminal investigation and serial killers seemed to be tirelessly researched. I got engrossed in the characters, They are well developed, strong in when they need to be. This is just what i like in my heroes. The antagonist, was perfectly selected for the job he was so intent on carrying out. I got very wrapped up in this mystery, having not read any books by this author before I was surprised he was able to capture my interest so thoroughly. David Bishop has just made it to my list of favorite mystery writer. I received this as part of a giveaway Goodreads.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Deb Novack

    Jack McCall has a great love for his country as he has proved many times before and will prove one more time, as he accepts a special assignment form the President to find out who is killing the Supreme Court justices. Jack puts together a team of agents he trust, which includes Rachael Johnstone, a former love interest. This is a story of mystery, murder and investigations, it makes you think you are involved in a real special ops investigation. This author has done a superb job of making the c Jack McCall has a great love for his country as he has proved many times before and will prove one more time, as he accepts a special assignment form the President to find out who is killing the Supreme Court justices. Jack puts together a team of agents he trust, which includes Rachael Johnstone, a former love interest. This is a story of mystery, murder and investigations, it makes you think you are involved in a real special ops investigation. This author has done a superb job of making the characters life-like and the story almost real. Congratulations on a wonderful book Mr. Bishop! Thanks to Net Galley and Oceanview Publishing for giving me the chance to read a great book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    PopcornReads

    ARC Giveaway & Book Review: I was delighted when the publisher sent me The Third Coincidence by David Bishop. I’ve had a long-standing interest in the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court, so I was looking forward to reading a thriller about the Justices if it was a good one. No problem – this one kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! And even better, the publisher sent me two advance readers’ hard copies to use in a giveaway – that’s right, two readers will win copies! Read the rest of m ARC Giveaway & Book Review: I was delighted when the publisher sent me The Third Coincidence by David Bishop. I’ve had a long-standing interest in the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court, so I was looking forward to reading a thriller about the Justices if it was a good one. No problem – this one kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! And even better, the publisher sent me two advance readers’ hard copies to use in a giveaway – that’s right, two readers will win copies! Read the rest of my review and enter to win an ARC at http://popcornreads.com/?p=2872.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gerald Summers

    This book is extraordinary. The plot is well constructed, the scenes well described, and the author's knowledge of his subject (criminal investigation and serial killers) is spot on. I love the characters. They are well developed, strong in every respect, and just what you want in your heroes. The antagonist, in today's world, was perfectly selected for the job he was so intent on carrying out.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gerald Lane

    David Bishop is proving to be a first rate mystery writer. I have now read all of his books and have found them to be compelling page turners. The Third Coincidence is his latest, although I understand it was his first actually written book. Wow. To start out like that is amazing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tulay

    Political fast paced very good book. Assassination of Supreme Court justices and government financial officials. One man causing terror, lone wolf. Will held your attention until the last page. Some spelling corrections needed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So far really interesting and cannot wait to update my review after done

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mal Warwick

    How many people have told you they really ought to write a book? Since I've written books, I hear it a lot. Far too many times, in fact. Because, take my word for it, most people really should not write books. And The Third Coincidence by David Bishop is a case in point. The novel begins with a promising premise: somebody has assassinated an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. And it's not long before we learn that this is far from a case of a single murder. It's part of a harebrained sche How many people have told you they really ought to write a book? Since I've written books, I hear it a lot. Far too many times, in fact. Because, take my word for it, most people really should not write books. And The Third Coincidence by David Bishop is a case in point. The novel begins with a promising premise: somebody has assassinated an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. And it's not long before we learn that this is far from a case of a single murder. It's part of a harebrained scheme to upend the American political system. A promising premise quickly goes awry Now, in the hands of a skilled thriller writer, this could have been brilliant. But instead we meet a CIA officer named Jack McCall who comes across as a latter-day James Bond. In other words, he's simply not to be believed. Of course, there are women in the story, too. And are you surprised that they're all beautiful as well as strong, smart, and skillful? Then we encounter "LW," who is not just the assassin of that Supreme Court Justice but is responsible for what becomes a string of nearly twenty other murders as well. And he manages to pull this off alone in less than two weeks despite the best efforts of the United States defense and intelligence establishment and the White House. Why on earth would anyone believe this stuff? I read science fiction and am accustomed to suspending disbelief, but this is stretching the point much too far. The Third Coincidence is a hack effort of the worst sort, and, unfortunately, the perpetrator has "been listed numerous times among the 100 best selling authors of mysteries" according to his bio on Amazon. Is it reasonable to think that that many people could be suckered in by a promising premise? I'm far from alone in reaching this judgment. As Booklist wrote in its review, "Unfortunately, what should have been a gripping story actually reads like a rushed outline. The characters are shallow, the suspense lacking, and the dialogue is not convincing at all. The great premise may still draw a few readers, but this could have been so much better than it is."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Valorie Hunter

    A book i couldn't put down!!!!!! 10++++++++!!!!!! Jack McCall had a truly mind boggling case the President of the United States called for help. He put together a team that was truly amazing. The guy they hunted gave them a run for their money. There was so many pieces to this book, i couldn't stop reading it. I love football, but i had to keep reading and watch the games at the same time. I even stayed up all night just to read what happened next. David Bishop knows how to get your attention and keep A book i couldn't put down!!!!!! 10++++++++!!!!!! Jack McCall had a truly mind boggling case the President of the United States called for help. He put together a team that was truly amazing. The guy they hunted gave them a run for their money. There was so many pieces to this book, i couldn't stop reading it. I love football, but i had to keep reading and watch the games at the same time. I even stayed up all night just to read what happened next. David Bishop knows how to get your attention and keep it until the end. I don't want to spoil this book because, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED AT ALL!!!! I am getting ready for the next book in this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Judith Eiler

    Heart pounding reading This book is as close to aerobic exercise as you can get by reading. With a heart rate up, pulse pounding conclusion, Jack McCall, is author, Bishop’s, chess piece - - the bishop- - always approaching diagonally, never directly. He zigs and zags across the playing field capturing pawns and easy marks while keeping his eye on the prize, king, L.W. He comes from a surprise angle of attack and pivots from the side to take checkmate. When you finish this book you will need to f Heart pounding reading This book is as close to aerobic exercise as you can get by reading. With a heart rate up, pulse pounding conclusion, Jack McCall, is author, Bishop’s, chess piece - - the bishop- - always approaching diagonally, never directly. He zigs and zags across the playing field capturing pawns and easy marks while keeping his eye on the prize, king, L.W. He comes from a surprise angle of attack and pivots from the side to take checkmate. When you finish this book you will need to follow Jack McCall in the next books of the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chuck Dooley

    A Page Burner First Jack McCall book for me. Pace was fast and furious without sacrificing logic and character development. I liked the "lone wolf" plot made difficult to see by the number of assassinations committed in such short time over widely spaced geography. The. Recurring theme of male-female agents falling in love and at risk is a cliche by now. But gotta have the sex angle in these stories somewhere I guess.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Walt Mccluskey

    The third coincidence Good thriller with up to date experience of the crazy world we live in today. The premise that someone would stalk the unelected bureaucrats and power brokers was a good one to relate to with today's problems.. The ending was swift and a little bizarre but believable. Next on the agenda?

  21. 4 out of 5

    James Calhoun

    This is a good fast action thriller. I enjoyed it a lot. I felt the main characters could have been more fully developed early on. I also felt there should have been more detail very end of the book explaining what occurred after the exciting climax. I'm a little let down! Maybe the end of this book roles over seamlessly to #2? Hope so, I'm starting it now.

  22. 5 out of 5

    barbara

    Totally grabs you right from the beginning. Loved this book. The author has a great way of describing each character and following through with great detail within the story line. I was totally absorbed with this story and can't wait to read his next book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    James W. Stewart

    Great Thriller Very suspenseful great investigation details. Characters appear life like to the reader. Explosive ending provides one surprise after another. Could not put book down

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paul F. Brady

    Good Plot This story reflects current days events is very much an epic for this day and age it has a great plot it moves very quickly and gives you a vast amount of detail into how intelligence agencies work Great book!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Barbararose

    Don't pass this great read up. It doesn't stop to let you catch your breath. The President appoints Jack McCall a long time operative to identify, capture or kill whomever is calling himself LW and methodically killing members of the supreme court and others.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Frank Roberto

    What a political thriller!! This book was very thought provoking. It made me think if a person could ever assassinate leaders of our government in order to create chaos and scare everyone.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Calfee

    A fun page turner! This book has a good plot, likeable characters and is easy to read. Written to have a fast pace it was easy to want to keep on reading it, and now that I am done I wish I could've read more slowly! 😀

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Hayes

    I love David Bishop books and this was no exception. Fast moving, exciting and keeps you turning the pages. Jack McCall is one my list of favorite characters. Looking forward to McCall's investigations!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Kind of an abrupt ending Action packed and loads of details for what I assumed would be a typical police procedural book. Very good read, but the ending/epilogue seemed anticlimactic for this to be Book 1 of a series. Still, I'd recommend it to my friends.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Linda Devereoux

    Exciting Never a dull moment. The Third Coincidence is a fast paced, don’t want to put it down story. It chronicles the story of Jack McCall and a group of law enforcement of the track of a serial killer. Great character development as well as exciting story. Highly recommend

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