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Review 1 for When the Devil Whistles - eBook
It makes you stop and think...
Date:May 3, 2012
This book was a bit slow getting into at the start but it unfolds into a very good read. It open my eyes to now we jump when satan whistles. It help me face the fact that, "You always have a choice". Thanks
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Review 2 for When the Devil Whistles - eBook
Date:September 15, 2011
Keeps you riveted from start to finish. The storyline is interesting
Review : When the Devil Whistles - Rick Acker - October 2010
Every now and again , a book will come out with a really amazing book cover as even though I know we are not supposed to - I tend to be a judge by the cover type girl and I really liked the cover of this book as it gave off a sense of mysteriousness and intensity. We start off with this book at a company called Deep Blue with one of their ICT people hacking into their computer systems and then flicks to a lawsuit case against Hamilton Contractors whom had been overcharging customers and defrauding the system. Then after the prologue and first chapter ends we get into the real story of Temp worker and Rock-star Gf Allie Whitman who works as a double-agent of sorts - she is what is called a whistleblower , her job is to get into a business , have access to their financial records and then gather evidence to sue them under the company of "Devil to Pay Inc." . At Devil to Pay Inc. she has lawyer Connor on her side and he presents the cases to the judge and wham bamn , they get paid and Connor has a success rate and Allie gets to live the high life whilst temping - it's a win-win situation. It was until Allie took a job working under two companies - one convinced the other is frauding their systems and wants to see them go under and will do anything -absolutely anything to ensure that Allie will get them to court including bringing up secrets of Allie and Connor's past. Soon they both find themselves in hot water fighting battles both in and out of the courtroom to go the lengths to protect their secrets from the outside world finding out. An underlying theme of ethics in business and the consequence from wrong personal choices move the story forward enriching the perceptions of Acker's characters and the driving force behind Conner's motives and actions as they impact the final climatic explosive outcome of "When the Devil Whistles." When the Devil Whistles is a novel filled with adventure , legal thrills and intensity and of course rock n roll.
"When the Devil Whistles" is a legal thriller that also works in some military suspense. It's fast-paced and keeps the reader guessing as to how everything will work out. The suspense was created by possible physical danger to the various characters as well as curiosity about the various decisions they will make and how it will all play out. The characters were complex and dealt with realistic problems (though--specifically--not ones most people face). The vivid details of the job and setting brought the story alive in my imagination.
For those who care, Allie sometimes drank to excess and lived with her boyfriend. (It's implied they have sex.) She knew he used meth and he knew she disapproved, but she didn't take a strong stand on it until worried for her own neck. But she found some healing and made some hard choices after seeing where the easy ones got her, and I liked who she was by the end.
The Christian content was very minimal, but the "moral of the story" was consistent with Christian morals. There was no bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this suspenseful and intriguing novel.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
Government Fraud, International Intrigue, and Deep Sea ConspiracyAllie Whitman has combined her expertise in accounting and a knack for sniffing out fraud in government contracts into a successful and lucrative career as a professional whistleblower. Attorney Conner Norman acts in Allies behalf as lawyer for Devil to Pay, Inc. a shell corporation that files fraud suits based on Allies discoveries.Allies life suddenly begins to fall apart as the results of bad choices and closely held secrets come to light. Conner finds himself in a dilemma as trust, loyalty, professional ethics, and deep inner convictions threaten to endanger his career, his character, and his life.Rick Acker is fast becoming recognized as a fresh voice in the genre of the legal thriller/suspense novel. When the Devil Whistles is intense drama and unrelenting tension, with a riveting fast moving plot. Acker is a master at building suspense, conflict, and tension. His intricate plotting and intriguing story line take his carefully defined characters in uncharted waters that are beyond realism, yet believable. Acker is gifted in his ability to create a sense of constant uncertainty and surprise through his intricate plot twists, and unpredictable circumstances.An underlying theme of ethics in business and the consequence from wrong personal choices move the story forward enriching the perceptions of Ackers characters and the driving force behind Conners motives and actions as they impact the final climatic explosive outcome of When the Devil Whistles. Acker is well on his way to being identified in the ranks of best selling authors like John Grissom, Scott Turow, and Steve Martini.Discussion questions and authors notes at the conclusion of the book give insight into Rick Acker, his profession, his motivation, and his faith.As reviewed for Midwest Book Review.
Connor Norman and Allie Whitman have a good thing going with Devil to Pay, Inc. As a corporate whistleblower, Allie digs up the dirt on corrupt companies getting rich on government dollars. As a lawyer, Connor sells them out to the Department of Justice, and he and Allie both lined their pockets with the profitshonestly and with integrity, which is the only way Connor operates.But when Allie gets caughtand blackmailedby one of those companies, both she and her handsome lawyer could pay with their lives. Connors rigid belief system makes Allie fear confiding in him. But when she tries to handle the situation on her own by running away, her conscience makes for a cruel bed partner.She decides to right her own wrong, with or without Connors help. Lives have already been lost, and more are at stake. Connor, facing a career crisis of his own, thanks to Allie, is not inclined to be of assistance. He no longer trusts her. And yetcan he justify allowing his old partner to fight this dangerous battle on her own?When the Devil Whistles is jam-packed with intrigue and bursting with suspense. A well-written tale of bruised reputations, wounded pride, questionable honor, and a desperate womans effort to make it all right. Warring government factions add to the churning whirlpool of activity, while Allies guilt-ridden memories and Connors tug-of-war between his conscience and his desire to do whats right leave the reader with no choice but to keep turning pages. The authors background in corporate law adds a core of believability to the storyline, while his brisk, no-holds-barred writing style makes for an entertaining read. Recommended for anyone who enjoys the world of legal battles and corporate money games.
I had the pleasure and honor to read an advance copy of Rick's book (thank you, Rick!) and let just say WOW! Rick Acker is definitely an author to watch, and follow. His attention to detail is not only phenomenal, it's riveting. As you read, you think the author had to have experienced all this stuff first hand. Some he had, a lot he researched...obviously well.When the Devil Whistles is a stellar book. The story is so intriguing, I could wait to get time each day to go back and read more of the story. Can't wait to read more books by this very talented author. Next on my list is his previous book, Deadman's Rule.
I just finished the most interesting book, "When The Devil Whistles" by Rick Acker. I read his previous book, "Blood Brothers" and just loved it, now with The Devil he has gone to a whole different direction and I like it. He takes us inside the world of whistle blowers who uncover contractors defrauding the government on contracts. They sue the contractors and then the Department of Justice steps in and goes after them and the whistle blower then gets a cut of the settlement. Very interesting and then Rick throws in some possible romance, international espionage, nuclear warheads and things really start to heat up. I love the fact that the characters are not perfect, even the Connor who is the Christian makes mistakes and doesn't always act like he should. Allie makes more than her share of mistakes and there are consequences - lots of them. Rick has a style that is engaging and full of energy - the subject matter was so unique that I couldn't put this book down until I finished. Excellent. Put this one on your list to get when it comes out in October!
Our choices always come with consequences, good or bad and Allie Whitman is finding that out as she is a professional whistle blower. Allie meets up with Connor Norman. These two are out to make money and are making lots of it as they are uncovering billions of dollars of fraud. It is their job to find these committing fraud and blow the whistle, but this is not as easy as it may sound. There are many decisions to be made, life changing decisions, and is Alley ready to face those in the long run? We watch as these two characters build throughout the story. We watch them transform before us. Leaving behind their old selves, and becoming new. I found this book challenging as it faces us to look at our decisions on a deeper level. Do we always react as we should? Does the truth escape us to find ourselves in safety? These are the challenges that Allie and Connor face together. If you love intrigue, mystery, and truly taking a deeper look at yourself, you will enjoy this book. Crime, claims, and fraud run deep in our government and within companies. These characters weed those out, bringing about truth. But what they do with that truth is what makes this book interesting.This book was a gift from Abingdon Press for it's review.