Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sapphire Pavilion by David E. Grogan **Review**

Sapphire Pavilion (A Steve Stilwell Mystery Book 2)

Steve Stilwell’s former Navy JAG Corps buddy Ric Stokes has been jailed for possession of heroin in Vietnam. He was found in the same room with his traveling companion Ryan Eversall, dead of an overdose and in the company of a prostitute. Steve knows his friend is a straight arrow. Was he set up? If so, for what reason? Steve travels to Ho Chi Minh City in search of the truth. In no time Steve is targeted by the people who framed his friend. A beautiful young American businesswoman insinuates her way into the case. Can she really help, or is she just a dangerous distraction? Ric and Ryan came to Vietnam in search of an Air Force transport plane that disappeared in 1968. The pilot was Ryan’s father. Before the heroin bust, they had located the wreckage. Ryan’s notebook, which Steve manages to obtain, spells out the exact location. Ryan’s widow has given Steve’s associate Casey another piece of valuable evidence, a file labeled “Sapphire Pavilion.” Someone is willing to go to any lengths to steal both the notebook and the file. From Virginia and Texas to DC and Vietnam, powerful, all-seeing forces with unlimited resources are determined to bury the truth about Sapphire Pavilion. But they have grossly underestimated Steve Stilwell and his associate Casey, a former Army pilot who lost her leg in a helo accident. And the ability to inspire loyalty wherever you go can come in handy when danger lurks behind every corner. Book 2 of the Steve Stilwell Thriller series, which began with The Siegel Dispositions. 

This story takes the reader back in time. Back to the time of the Viet Nam war. Steve Stilwell, former lawyer and JAG, has a lot of secrets...
A buddy of his, also former JAG, ends up in jail. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.  I really enjoyed this story. The author obviously put a lot of effort into the history and detail of this story. I really appreciated how the author paid attention to the historic details in his book, making the reader feel like they're right there in the book, on the edge of their seat. It's fast paced, thrilling, suspenseful, and well-written.  Is there going to be a third installment? Good read!

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