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The Cook Out

The Cook Out

by Pat Riley


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Thousands of American families have lost loved ones to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For those left behind, these losses are devastating, life changing and have far-reaching consequences. The death of a single soldier affects a multitude of family and friends. Every family has a different take on their loss, and fledgling North Carolina reporter Rudy Ryan is crisscrossing the state to get their stories. However, what Rudy is hearing from these families more often than not, is that this war is preemptive, and against at least one made-up enemy.

Throughout Rudy's five-week assignment, several violent events unfold that at first seem random. Eventually, it becomes obvious that those who started these wars and think they are immune from the ravages of it, have become easy targets for a grieving widower bent on his own form of justice.

Those familiar with Pat Riley's work will recognize the trademark struggle of good vs. evil in this novel, the characters he carefully crafts-who seem like people we know-and the humor, even in the midst of tragic circumstances.


Best selling author of Executive Deception "Imagine an America where justice is merely a strategic move by power hungry officials. That's the premise behind this political thriller by author Pat Riley, a former music executive who lives in North Carolina." -- Politico "...

Fast paced and gritty, proves to be an entertaining read that hints at a promising career for Riley." --Scene Magazine

"Riley's work is pure escapism, sit back and enjoy this page turning, chilling but eventually extremely funny thriller." -- The Australian Sun Coast

"Riley exposes the seedy side of government. His writing captures the pursuit of good vs evil. Excellent read." -- The Joplin Independent

"...Jersey Shore native publishes a great summer beach read--Asbury Park Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781507875810
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/11/2015
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Pat Riley was born on the Jersey Shore and was raised in Avon and Spring Lake. He received his college degrees from Miami Dade College and Florida Atlantic University. Pat spent a decade as a music executive in Boston and Miami before moving his family to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Pat's wife, Laura, is a visual artist, and his two lovely daughters-both cellists-are graduates of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Many of the characters in this work are based on people the author met while living and working in South Florida. For this novel, he researched the medical details with infectious disease specialists, immunologists, anesthesiologists, and neurotoxicologists. Although this work is fiction, the author's research adds realism to a timely and remarkable political thriller.

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