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by David Putnam
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Oceanview, 2015 (2015)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The highly acclaimed The Disposables by David Putnam is now closely followed by the next installment in the Bruno Johnson series, The Replacements.

Bruno is hiding out in Costa Rica from the FBI. He has stolen eight children from abusive environments and escaped with them to hide from the law and keep the kids safe. His father and his new wife Marie are helping him. When Barbara Wicks, chief of police of Montclair, California, walks into his bar, he is sure she is there to arrest him. And he is determined not to give the now happy kids up without a fight.

However, Wicks is not there to arrest him. She wants his help. Two little girls have been kidnapped back in California and the kidnapper will only negotiate with Bruno! Bruno saved this man's life when he was just a child, after the boy's mother shot and killed his two sisters, shot him, and botched her own suicide.

This background starts a thrilling read. It will keep you guessing as to why this kidnapper wants Bruno's head on a platter, as well as what Bruno will do to keep his kids safe while not allowing anything bad to happen to his dad or his wife. All of them are threatened as he attempts to find and rescue the two little girls.

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.

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