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While in Las Vegas on his way to a family Fourth of July celebration, FBI bomb expert Paul Grale hears a deep blast and sees the smoke rising. In an unfolding nightmare, Grale discovers his sister, brother-in-law, and many friends were caught up in the explosion. Grief stricken, he is pulled from the main bomb investigation to sift orphan leads. Quietly he begins a relentl While in Las Vegas on his way to a family Fourth of July celebration, FBI bomb expert Paul Grale hears a deep blast and sees the smoke rising. In an unfolding nightmare, Grale discovers his sister, brother-in-law, and many friends were caught up in the explosion. Grief stricken, he is pulled from the main bomb investigation to sift orphan leads. Quietly he begins a relentless search for the bomb maker.When the FBI suspects his friend and disgruntled former drone pilot for the blast, Grale thinks they’re getting it all wrong. Propelled by deep personal loss and an intense need to do the right thing, he picks his way through the smallest of leads and into a maze of twists, turns, and sudden dead ends. When he uncovers another threat, time is already quickly running out. With the lives of so many at stake, Grale won’t let himself fail—and he won’t rest until there’s justice for his family.Adrenalized, gripping, and all too timely, Signature Wounds brings terror to Vegas and introduces FBI special agent and bomb tech Paul Grale, a man whose specialized skill and fierce determination are a lethal combination.


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While in Las Vegas on his way to a family Fourth of July celebration, FBI bomb expert Paul Grale hears a deep blast and sees the smoke rising. In an unfolding nightmare, Grale discovers his sister, brother-in-law, and many friends were caught up in the explosion. Grief stricken, he is pulled from the main bomb investigation to sift orphan leads. Quietly he begins a relentl While in Las Vegas on his way to a family Fourth of July celebration, FBI bomb expert Paul Grale hears a deep blast and sees the smoke rising. In an unfolding nightmare, Grale discovers his sister, brother-in-law, and many friends were caught up in the explosion. Grief stricken, he is pulled from the main bomb investigation to sift orphan leads. Quietly he begins a relentless search for the bomb maker.When the FBI suspects his friend and disgruntled former drone pilot for the blast, Grale thinks they’re getting it all wrong. Propelled by deep personal loss and an intense need to do the right thing, he picks his way through the smallest of leads and into a maze of twists, turns, and sudden dead ends. When he uncovers another threat, time is already quickly running out. With the lives of so many at stake, Grale won’t let himself fail—and he won’t rest until there’s justice for his family.Adrenalized, gripping, and all too timely, Signature Wounds brings terror to Vegas and introduces FBI special agent and bomb tech Paul Grale, a man whose specialized skill and fierce determination are a lethal combination.

30 review for Signature Wounds

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nazanin

    2 Stars DNF @ 44% Paul is a special agent bomb tech. He works with the Critical Incident Response Group. He is on the FBI Domestic Terrorism Squad. One night, when he was on his way to his sister’s party he heard a bomb explosion. When he arrived at the party, he found his sister, brother-in-law, nephew and other people dead. So now he works on this case to find the group or the people who did this to his only family. Fist of all, there were too much names both characters and government institution 2 Stars DNF @ 44% Paul is a special agent bomb tech. He works with the Critical Incident Response Group. He is on the FBI Domestic Terrorism Squad. One night, when he was on his way to his sister’s party he heard a bomb explosion. When he arrived at the party, he found his sister, brother-in-law, nephew and other people dead. So now he works on this case to find the group or the people who did this to his only family. Fist of all, there were too much names both characters and government institutions like AQAP/SIS/DOD/JTTF/ATF/NSA/TEDAC… (yep, there were more of them) and I lost track of them. I lost interested the deeper I went into the story, I couldn’t concentrate on it and I got distracted constantly. And it really wasn’t exciting for me, like at all. I think this terrorist/bombing isn’t my thing. Overall, it didn’t work out for me and please remember it was my opinion so you can pay no attention to it and read it, hope you enjoy it more than me!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    Exciting read. Very good, very detailed thriller. FBI agent Paul Grale is on way to his sister's 4th July party in Vegas. Stops by on ex-drone pilot suffering PTSD, he was late to the party, that saved his life. But lost his sister, brother-in-law and nephew, niece is alive, injured badly. He vow to find the killers. Terrorist being trained to operate drones, stolen explosives and people train them. Good, exciting thriller, very detailed parts at times lost my interest. This was February, Kindle Exciting read. Very good, very detailed thriller. FBI agent Paul Grale is on way to his sister's 4th July party in Vegas. Stops by on ex-drone pilot suffering PTSD, he was late to the party, that saved his life. But lost his sister, brother-in-law and nephew, niece is alive, injured badly. He vow to find the killers. Terrorist being trained to operate drones, stolen explosives and people train them. Good, exciting thriller, very detailed parts at times lost my interest. This was February, Kindle First free book .

  3. 5 out of 5

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    FBI Bomb Tech Paul Grale is on his way to his sister's annual 4th of July party for drone pilots, but stops to visit an old friend, suffering from guilt over his role in killing an innocent American as an Air Force drone pilot himself. Grale arrives just after the venue blows up, killing most of Grale's family and their guests. Grale insists on being part of the investigation, but is relegated by his loser FBI boss to pursue secondary leads while trying to protect his friend, who is deemed unsta FBI Bomb Tech Paul Grale is on his way to his sister's annual 4th of July party for drone pilots, but stops to visit an old friend, suffering from guilt over his role in killing an innocent American as an Air Force drone pilot himself. Grale arrives just after the venue blows up, killing most of Grale's family and their guests. Grale insists on being part of the investigation, but is relegated by his loser FBI boss to pursue secondary leads while trying to protect his friend, who is deemed unstable and a possible suspect. I found the book a little boring, but it picked up at the end as Grale makes some remarkable breakthroughs in his relentless pursuit of the bomber.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gail Abramowicz

    INTENSE This story is so believable it's scary. My first read by Mr. Russell and I liked his style. Big five. INTENSE This story is so believable it's scary. My first read by Mr. Russell and I liked his style. Big five.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    FBI bomb expert Paul Grale is one his way to his sister and brother-in-law's Fourth of July party when the unthinkable happens. A bomb goes off using stolen C-4 and killing his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. It also leaves his sixteen-year-old niece grieving and fighting for her life. Paul is immediately immersed in the investigation while grieving himself and worrying about his niece. The case gets complicated very quickly when agents from a variety of Federal agencies get involved. Paul f FBI bomb expert Paul Grale is one his way to his sister and brother-in-law's Fourth of July party when the unthinkable happens. A bomb goes off using stolen C-4 and killing his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. It also leaves his sixteen-year-old niece grieving and fighting for her life. Paul is immediately immersed in the investigation while grieving himself and worrying about his niece. The case gets complicated very quickly when agents from a variety of Federal agencies get involved. Paul feels that they are following a false trail when they target his friend Jeremy Beatty who used to be an Air Force drone pilot until he was medically discharged with PTSD. Beatty got on the DoD's radar when he was hired to teach pilots to fly drones in the Far East. Now, Paul is trying to exonerate his friend and track down the elusive bomber before he uses the rest of the C-4 and destroys another target in Las Vegas. This was a fast-paced thriller with a plot ripped from the headlines. Sleeper terrorist cells, Latin American drug cartels, and the whole rise in popularity of drones both in the military and as weapons for terrorists keep this story moving. I liked Paul who had a dogged determination to find and stop the bomber. I liked that he had connections with a number of law enforcement organizations. I liked that he was at odds with his supervisor in the FBI but found ways to work around him. Fans of thrillers will find much to enjoy in this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    If you missed the old 24 then you'll love this tale of two lone wolves fighting terrorist to save the day. The high points are a fair amount of action and a nuanced procedural for those who really want that extra fifty pages to lay out a strong, intricate, plausible, terrorist plot. Me: The Debbie Downers of this book are many. Venuti, the adulterous brown-noser and boss of MC Grale, does everything he can to impede the investigation, implicate the MCs trying to stop the threat, and constantly If you missed the old 24 then you'll love this tale of two lone wolves fighting terrorist to save the day. The high points are a fair amount of action and a nuanced procedural for those who really want that extra fifty pages to lay out a strong, intricate, plausible, terrorist plot. Me: The Debbie Downers of this book are many. Venuti, the adulterous brown-noser and boss of MC Grale, does everything he can to impede the investigation, implicate the MCs trying to stop the threat, and constantly position himself for advancement. He is also depicted as the model FBI Agent. Under the current administration I suppose that's about right. There is also a stark depiction of the abuse heaped on veterans who come back from the war, how easily they are dismissed and maligned. It was hard to stomach. Similar to 24's depiction of Jack Bauer don't expect the hero to be welcomed home to hugs and kisses and medals. Good deeds don't go unpunished. I didn't enjoy this book but I'm not sorry I read it. Three stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    "Among the definitions of a signature wound is moral injury. Grief plays in. Guilt. But not necessarily fear." FBI Special Agent Paul Grale is a bomb tech and works on finding bomb makers. He is on his way go his sister's annual 4th of July festivities. He makes a stop along the way to talk with a friend who has PTSD and kill inhibition after being an Air Force drone pilot. Heading to the party, the venue blows up, killing most of Grale's family plus a number of drone pilots. He works the peripher "Among the definitions of a signature wound is moral injury. Grief plays in. Guilt. But not necessarily fear." FBI Special Agent Paul Grale is a bomb tech and works on finding bomb makers. He is on his way go his sister's annual 4th of July festivities. He makes a stop along the way to talk with a friend who has PTSD and kill inhibition after being an Air Force drone pilot. Heading to the party, the venue blows up, killing most of Grale's family plus a number of drone pilots. He works the periphery of the case, looking for the bomb maker. This was an excellent thriller, based in Las Vegas and other parts of Nevada. It was scary because it seemed like the occurrences in the book could actually happen. This is the first book in the Paul Grale series, with GONE DARK being the second. I will be reading it soon. I recommend this book to anyone liking thrillers, especially ones with terrorists.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Savsandy

    5 Gold Stars! "Signature Wounds" just zoomed to the top of the list of My Best Reads for the past year, or 2 or maybe 3 years. For me, this book has it all; a great plot, thrilling action-packed drama, suspense, and true-to-life characters. A terrific page turner that held me from start to finish. I will definitely be checking out more of Kirk Russell's work. 5 Gold Stars! "Signature Wounds" just zoomed to the top of the list of My Best Reads for the past year, or 2 or maybe 3 years. For me, this book has it all; a great plot, thrilling action-packed drama, suspense, and true-to-life characters. A terrific page turner that held me from start to finish. I will definitely be checking out more of Kirk Russell's work.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I never finished it. I wanted to like this. The storyline looked very interesting, and I made it through half the book and then gave up. There were way too many characters. I felt as though the story kept switching around and I had to closely follow what was going on while trying to remember all the names. It was also a bit technical, and I could skip paragraphs and still figure out what was happening. Sadly, I just had to put it down.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jim A

    Signature Wounds was made available to me through Amazon First Look program. It has been several years since I read a novel by Kirk Russell and all I could do was ask myself 'why so long?' His writing is smooth and while there is a lot of dialogue that really isn't needed to keep the story moving, it doesn't bog down the reader. The story itself centers around a FBI bomb specialist and his search for the person(s) responsible for the bombing of a Las Vegas bar. The bomb killed the agent's sister Signature Wounds was made available to me through Amazon First Look program. It has been several years since I read a novel by Kirk Russell and all I could do was ask myself 'why so long?' His writing is smooth and while there is a lot of dialogue that really isn't needed to keep the story moving, it doesn't bog down the reader. The story itself centers around a FBI bomb specialist and his search for the person(s) responsible for the bombing of a Las Vegas bar. The bomb killed the agent's sister, brother in law, and nephew. At the same time he's trying to deal with the PTSD of a good friend. Of course the two plots will come together at the end game of the chase. I'm going to have to go back and find some more of his work and add it to my TBR list.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Corey Thibodeaux

    These Kindle First books are bumming me out. I haven't read one in more than a year, but I don't know if I can do another one. I will preface by saying this book was not bad. I thought I was picking a one-off crime thriller, but instead picked an inevitable series about a chill FBI agent who knows a lot about bombs. Not my thing, but that's on me. This book exceed in one area in particular, which kept me reading: It never went overboard or completely against the grain. The characters were rational These Kindle First books are bumming me out. I haven't read one in more than a year, but I don't know if I can do another one. I will preface by saying this book was not bad. I thought I was picking a one-off crime thriller, but instead picked an inevitable series about a chill FBI agent who knows a lot about bombs. Not my thing, but that's on me. This book exceed in one area in particular, which kept me reading: It never went overboard or completely against the grain. The characters were rational, they worked through disagreements like professionals and bomb-guy Paul Grale didn't go rouge out of vengeance. His backstory was a little messy, but made him likeable enough. He is not your typical macho Jack Reacher, John Wick type. As technical and rational this book was, it did feel a bit safe. It was like reading files from an FBI case - purely factual while you were left to infer the emotional toll. This is not my type of genre, so maybe that's what the book was supposed to be. But man, it would have been cool to see Paul go Rambo with some homemade explosives based on his background. Kamikaze drones, Semtex 'nades, flash bombs. There will be more books, so there is still time for this side of him to develop.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    DNF @ 20%. The writing in this book is so bad and over the top that I wish I could give it negative stars. It's basically like if Michael Bay decided to start writing novels. I am infinitely glad this was free, and would not suggest reading it unless someone is paying you to do so. DNF @ 20%. The writing in this book is so bad and over the top that I wish I could give it negative stars. It's basically like if Michael Bay decided to start writing novels. I am infinitely glad this was free, and would not suggest reading it unless someone is paying you to do so.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer provided me with an electronic copy of Signature Wounds. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given. FBI agent Paul Grale never misses an opportunity to celebrate with his sister and her family on the Fourth of July. As he approaches the venue, a resounding blast stops Paul's world in its tracks. Although he is a bomb expert, those in charge of the investigation decide to shunt Paul off to a periphery lead off of the main case. As Pa NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer provided me with an electronic copy of Signature Wounds. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given. FBI agent Paul Grale never misses an opportunity to celebrate with his sister and her family on the Fourth of July. As he approaches the venue, a resounding blast stops Paul's world in its tracks. Although he is a bomb expert, those in charge of the investigation decide to shunt Paul off to a periphery lead off of the main case. As Paul quietly searches for the bomb maker, will he be placing himself in extreme danger? I liked Paul Grale and his relentless pursuit for the truth about the bombing, but the story itself lagged from the middle to the conclusion. The repetitive nature of the plot, coupled with an unnecessarily convoluted thread that Paul follows to find the truth, ruins the book for me. Signature Wounds started out compelling, but lost my interest half way through. As Signature Wounds is listed as book 1, I assume that more Paul Grale novels are to come, but I am not sure if I would read another book in this series. Having read many police procedurals and mystery thrillers, Signature Wounds does not do enough to stand out.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Don Gorman

    (2 1/2). I don't know why, but this book really stayed in my head until I finished it. I don't know if it was the uber-contemporary theme that was so believable, or the old tried and true thread of the good guys being distrusted by the bureaucratic powers that be and being made out to be something else. I really liked Paul Grale, and how could you not like his hideout old acquaintance, Jeremy. A wild ride, with very soft twists and turns that get more action packed as they are unearthed. A good (2 1/2). I don't know why, but this book really stayed in my head until I finished it. I don't know if it was the uber-contemporary theme that was so believable, or the old tried and true thread of the good guys being distrusted by the bureaucratic powers that be and being made out to be something else. I really liked Paul Grale, and how could you not like his hideout old acquaintance, Jeremy. A wild ride, with very soft twists and turns that get more action packed as they are unearthed. A good thriller.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    Great page turner with characters you can't help but care for and enough twists and turns to hide the ending. Great page turner with characters you can't help but care for and enough twists and turns to hide the ending.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    Very well done. Characters developed,and a good storyline.i'll read more books by this author. Very well done. Characters developed,and a good storyline.i'll read more books by this author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ray Milligan

    Great Read. I had not read any books by Kirk before this one, but will be getting some others real soon. An exciting book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Merry

    Gripping suspense. This is the first book I have read from this author. I must say it kept me up well past my bedtime. The writing was superb. The world building had drawn me in then kept me on the edge of my chair. I know this is a story, but it makes you wonder if this could happen here or anywhere for that matter. The hero, Paul, works in the FBI, is driving to a Fourth of July party, which his sister, her family and their friends were killed from a bomb exploding. The author takes us through Gripping suspense. This is the first book I have read from this author. I must say it kept me up well past my bedtime. The writing was superb. The world building had drawn me in then kept me on the edge of my chair. I know this is a story, but it makes you wonder if this could happen here or anywhere for that matter. The hero, Paul, works in the FBI, is driving to a Fourth of July party, which his sister, her family and their friends were killed from a bomb exploding. The author takes us through the process involved in tracking down those responsible. This is a very good book, well thought out. You won't be disappointed in this one.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Suze

    SIGNATURE WOUNDS Kindle First book for February is listed as a thriller- and it is. FBI agent Paul Grale is on his way to a fourth of July party in Vegas, delayed because he stopped to check on an ex-air force drone pilot with PTSD- he lives when the bomb explodes and kills most of his family. Grale vows to find the bomber. No spoilers here- this is an exciting read. Paul Grale is a very honorable man, not always respected by his boss who thinks he goes off on tangents not related to the case. Fr SIGNATURE WOUNDS Kindle First book for February is listed as a thriller- and it is. FBI agent Paul Grale is on his way to a fourth of July party in Vegas, delayed because he stopped to check on an ex-air force drone pilot with PTSD- he lives when the bomb explodes and kills most of his family. Grale vows to find the bomber. No spoilers here- this is an exciting read. Paul Grale is a very honorable man, not always respected by his boss who thinks he goes off on tangents not related to the case. From the first page to the last, there is a lot of action, emotion, and a quest for justice. This is a page turner!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debra Riggs

    OUTSTANDING This novel is a true work of art. The characters were intriguing and believable. As a former nurse with PTSD his account of Jeremy and his struggles made me weep with the knowledge that he brings awareness to those who don't get it! OUTSTANDING This novel is a true work of art. The characters were intriguing and believable. As a former nurse with PTSD his account of Jeremy and his struggles made me weep with the knowledge that he brings awareness to those who don't get it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kip Gochenour

    A story about tragedy, loss, and a challenged friendship. FBI bomb tech Grale refuses to give up on his friend even when everyone else thinks he is guilty.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Doreen Dalesandro

    Genre: thriller Rating: 3.0 I listened to this book. Could not get into it. James Foster does an OK job narrating.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Donadee's Corner

    Signature Wounds by Kirk Russell Review 3/6/17 Bombs and more bombs, how do we stop them? While in Las Vegas on his way to a family Fourth of July celebration, FBI bomb expert Paul Grale hears a deep blast and sees the smoke rising. In an unfolding nightmare, Grale discovers his sister, brother-in-law, and many friends were caught up in the explosion. Grief stricken, he is pulled from the main bomb investigation to sift orphan leads. Quietly he begins a relentless search for the bomb maker. When t Signature Wounds by Kirk Russell Review 3/6/17 Bombs and more bombs, how do we stop them? While in Las Vegas on his way to a family Fourth of July celebration, FBI bomb expert Paul Grale hears a deep blast and sees the smoke rising. In an unfolding nightmare, Grale discovers his sister, brother-in-law, and many friends were caught up in the explosion. Grief stricken, he is pulled from the main bomb investigation to sift orphan leads. Quietly he begins a relentless search for the bomb maker. When the FBI suspects his friend and disgruntled former drone pilot for the blast, Grale thinks they’re getting it all wrong. Propelled by deep personal loss and an intense need to do the right thing, he picks his way through the smallest of leads and into a maze of twists, turns, and sudden dead ends. When he uncovers another threat, time is already quickly running out. With the lives of so many at stake, Grale won’t let himself fail—and he won’t rest until there’s justice for his family. Adrenalized, gripping, and all too timely, Signature Wounds brings terror to Vegas and introduces FBI special agent and bomb tech Paul Grale, a man whose specialized skill and fierce determination are a lethal combination. What did I like? This is another Prime First and I love this type of book. I have not read anything by this author before but I was very impressed with his style of writing. Of course, the first thing is that I fell in love with Paul Grale and all my heart goes out for his loss. I liked the flow of the storyline and the aggressiveness of his character. This is a very poignant subject at this period of time and I think the author handled it with finesse. What are you going to like? A passionate, emotional, impressive, touching and exciting strong storyline. The research and work that the author did is very evident on every page. It starts strong and only gets stronger as the pages turn. The authors writing style is stimulating and dramatic to say the least. The characters are exciting, passionate and impactful to the whole story. Strongly developed with that feeling that you would like to call them friends. Well, some of them, LOL I personally know the city of Las Vegas so I felt very comfortable in the descriptions and knew the locations and streets that were used, although my friend has not and he said that it was like he was right there. This is a definite recommendation to anyone that likes fast action and a great mystery story. I am sure glad that this will be a series cause Paul is my kind of guy….. Awesome read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    James Sorensen

    A small plane lands at farm somewhere in the Imperial Valley of California. After unloading a stranger the pilot takes off and as he nears crusing altitude the plane explodes. Thus begins "Signature Wounds" by Kirk Russell. A book I chose as my February Kindle First Read choice. The book is set in and around Las Vegas and having grown up there I wanted to see how accurate Mr. Russell was in his description of the cities Geography, He doe a very good job and has written a very good book. Paul Gral A small plane lands at farm somewhere in the Imperial Valley of California. After unloading a stranger the pilot takes off and as he nears crusing altitude the plane explodes. Thus begins "Signature Wounds" by Kirk Russell. A book I chose as my February Kindle First Read choice. The book is set in and around Las Vegas and having grown up there I wanted to see how accurate Mr. Russell was in his description of the cities Geography, He doe a very good job and has written a very good book. Paul Grale works for the FBI as a Terrorist Bomb expert and he is heading towards the annual 4th of July party thrown by his Sister and Brother-in-law. On the way to the party he stops to check on a freind, Jeremy Beatty, who is an ex-Airforce drone pilot suffering from PTSD. Jeremy is force out of military service after causing waves due his last drone strike in which a seemingly innocent American is killed on orders of his superiors. Jeremy is recovering, but is being investigated buy Airforce undercover agents for his alleged involvement with stolen drone information. Jeremy now teached new drone pilots as away to put his life back together. Even though I got to read the book for nothing it is well worth the price if you like a fast paced novel written on several levels. As Grale leaves Jeremy's place he heads off towards the Alagara Club where his family and numerous drone pilots will celebrate the holiday. But as he nears the Club something goes terribly wrong. A bomb explodes at the party site and much to Paul's horror he finds that most of the drone pilots a killed along with his Sister, Brother-in-Law and nephew. One of the few survivors is his niece who may end up being paralyized. When a second bomb goes off killing another agent who received a tip about a potential bomber that has sneaked into the country Grale must go to work, dispite the pain caused by the loss of his family. It now becomes Grale's job to find out who the bomber is and bring him to justice. At the same time a lot of suspicion is cast Jeremy Beatty's direction due to his criticism of the Airforce over the incident that caused him quit being a soldier. Jeremy has taken a job as a drone instructor somewhere out in the desert Northwest of Las Vegas. And Jeremy's absence makes him even more of a suspect, but Paul knows his friend is innocent, but is too involved in the search for the bomber to be of much assistance. As the investigation proceeds the Alagara Club's owner, the driver that delivers the cake to the party and a confidential informant controlled by the deceased agent all come under suspicion. Throw in a bunch of missing C-4 explosive, part of which was used in the Club bombing, and the race is on to find the bomber before he strikes again. Mr. Russell has woven an intriguing tale that I found hard to put down. The story pulls the reader along at a brisk pace and the story is complex enough to make the reader think about who and where the bomber might be. Plus this could be the start of a great new series. I've not read any of Mr. Russell's previous books but will certainly look forward to try one in the future, just what Amazon hopes to accomplish by their First Read program.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tania

    Tense tale of patriotism and warfare Signature Wounds follows the investigation of a terrorist attack on American soil. FBI Agent Paul Grale is the top bomb specialist on the case. His methods are not popular, but his gut feelings yield results. Though he is pressured to tow the agency line and target an old friend as a suspect, Paul is convinced that reality is differwnt from appearances. Twisting and turning from the start, the reader is 99% with Paul the whole story. There is just a fraction of Tense tale of patriotism and warfare Signature Wounds follows the investigation of a terrorist attack on American soil. FBI Agent Paul Grale is the top bomb specialist on the case. His methods are not popular, but his gut feelings yield results. Though he is pressured to tow the agency line and target an old friend as a suspect, Paul is convinced that reality is differwnt from appearances. Twisting and turning from the start, the reader is 99% with Paul the whole story. There is just a fraction of the information that Paul sees that the reader is kept from at any one time, not enough for us to lose faith in him but enough to avoid giving away the outcome too soon. There are no easy answers, and this is a surprisingly objective run at a terror investigation. Here is not a heavy handed attempt to push one side or the other, but a heartwrenching tale of tragedy and heroism.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well crafted story ... of a FBI agent, bomb expert, Paul Grale... story involves drones, piloted for assassination - ours and theirs... involves his brother-in-law and sister's family, who die in a bomb attack, at a party of drone pilots... involves Jeremy Beatty - a retired drone pilot, who retired at 99 kills, with PTSD, who has considered suicide, who engages Paul, who is trying to help him through this difficult time... Paul is after the terrorists... his boss doesn't appreciate his go his o Well crafted story ... of a FBI agent, bomb expert, Paul Grale... story involves drones, piloted for assassination - ours and theirs... involves his brother-in-law and sister's family, who die in a bomb attack, at a party of drone pilots... involves Jeremy Beatty - a retired drone pilot, who retired at 99 kills, with PTSD, who has considered suicide, who engages Paul, who is trying to help him through this difficult time... Paul is after the terrorists... his boss doesn't appreciate his go his own way attitude, and counters him many times... most of the FBI think Jeremy is guilty of working with the terrorists, but Paul doesn't quite believe it, and accepts the intel Jeremy is gathering... and Paul pieces together the pieces... and with Jeremy's help, intercepts a drone attack on the Vegas air force base... though Jeremy stops them by barreling his truck into the drones... and Paul stands up for Jeremy in the press conference the next day, even though FBI still wanting to keep him in reserve as a bandito - knowing a scape goat is likely necessary... and Paul is put on administrative leave... hmmmm

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Overall, SIGNATURE WOUNDS was a captivating and interesting read - as much as a book can be involving terrorists. It gets it 4 stars because I needed to go back and reread a couple passages to track lengthy dialog; a lot of characters were introduced, as well. The author went into great detail about character though, at times, it seemed excessive and left more questions than answers. As a voracious reader, I take pride in my reading skills so it was slightly frustrating to have to flip back a pa Overall, SIGNATURE WOUNDS was a captivating and interesting read - as much as a book can be involving terrorists. It gets it 4 stars because I needed to go back and reread a couple passages to track lengthy dialog; a lot of characters were introduced, as well. The author went into great detail about character though, at times, it seemed excessive and left more questions than answers. As a voracious reader, I take pride in my reading skills so it was slightly frustrating to have to flip back a page or two to confirm who was speaking (or who someone was as there were some early players that kind of dissipated as the book continued). It was a very well thought out book and he wrote the main players so you could envision them as real people. *NOTE: it is not for the faint of heart - there are some very intense areas.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachit N Parikh

    A bit slow to start but ends with a bang! This book gives a very detailed account of a FBI investigation, which is great to read. Due to so many details it felt like it took a long time to build up the momentum and by around a third into the book I felt somewhat disinterested. However I am glad I continued on because it picks up pace in the second half and gets very interesting. The author ties up all the loose ends quite nicely in the end. The one downside, which is a matter of personal prefere A bit slow to start but ends with a bang! This book gives a very detailed account of a FBI investigation, which is great to read. Due to so many details it felt like it took a long time to build up the momentum and by around a third into the book I felt somewhat disinterested. However I am glad I continued on because it picks up pace in the second half and gets very interesting. The author ties up all the loose ends quite nicely in the end. The one downside, which is a matter of personal preference, is that I am not a big fan of books where the protagonist is always right and things always go his way. I felt that was the case here at certain times but it wasn't unbearable. Recommended if you like crime thrillers!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Arthur

    Signature Wounds by Kirk Russell This one will tear your heart out. Two men, one a former Air Force pilot and a drone pilot who ended the lives of terrorists until the last one involved an American teacher who was termed collateral damage. Jeremy Beatty was that drone pilot, who was medically discharged from the Air Force, constantly trying to expose the official cover-up and dealing with his PTSD, titled "trigger inhibition." The other, FBI Agent Grape, who was trained as a bomb tech, and went t Signature Wounds by Kirk Russell This one will tear your heart out. Two men, one a former Air Force pilot and a drone pilot who ended the lives of terrorists until the last one involved an American teacher who was termed collateral damage. Jeremy Beatty was that drone pilot, who was medically discharged from the Air Force, constantly trying to expose the official cover-up and dealing with his PTSD, titled "trigger inhibition." The other, FBI Agent Grape, who was trained as a bomb tech, and went to Iraq where he was injured by an IED and left with a limp when he came home; but doesn't know how to "quit." A terrorist organization attack kills most of his brother's family, several drone pilots and other first responders at a pilots reunion at Creech Air base. Grale begins the investigation and like a bloodhound on a scent trail won't give up until it comes to the end. His friend Jeremy dies in a desperate attempt to destroy drones before they can get airborne to attack Creech Air base drone control stations, while Grale witnesses his actions and is wounded himself in a firefight with members of the terrorist group. Don't pass this one by! Thanks for letting me get to know a new author and his main characters.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Randee

    I liked this book well enough. There were many, many, many pages and chapters that didn't have a lot of action - and resolution to the story literally happened in 1.5 pages. The narrative could have been tightened up quite a bit and a little more action and less exposition would have made this reader a bit more engaged. I'll try the second in the series because I'm curious. Also, am I the only one wondering why the main character (Paul Grale) doesn't have the nickname, code name, nom de plume of I liked this book well enough. There were many, many, many pages and chapters that didn't have a lot of action - and resolution to the story literally happened in 1.5 pages. The narrative could have been tightened up quite a bit and a little more action and less exposition would have made this reader a bit more engaged. I'll try the second in the series because I'm curious. Also, am I the only one wondering why the main character (Paul Grale) doesn't have the nickname, code name, nom de plume of Holey? Okay, that may just be me then.

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