Good wins in the end
By Charles A. Rayon, December 23, 2015
George McKlane, a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War who became wealthy as a derivatives trader, lives alone in a mansion in Florida. He mourns the loss of his wife and has frequent flashbacks to an epic battle of the war, the Marine breakout at Koto-ri, where his life was saved by his senior NCO, Raymond Chapman. His son, a Marine Corps colonel, has suggested that he sell his house and move to a retirement community. When he decides to sell, he’s approached by Anthony Silberg, a shady property broker with ties to organized crime, who has plans to move into his own money laundering operation. What follows in Wrinkled Heartbeats by Temple Emmet Williams is a chilling account of what happens when George discovers Silberg’s plot and decides not to go through with the sale.
Silberg’s mob boss, Angelo Rossellini, learns of his plans and hires professional hitman, Torbjorn Petersson, a former Marine Corps sniper, to eliminate both Silberg and McKlane. From that point, things begin to take strange turns as the interrelationships among the people involved begin to complicate matters. Much hinges on events that took place during the fateful move of the allied forces from the Chosin Reservoir after the Chinese forces intervened in 1950. Told in present tense, Wrinkled Heartbeats is fraught with tension as past and present relationships collide.
The language of the story is almost matter-of-fact, much like a military dispatch, which only adds to the suspense, and pulls the reader fully into events as they unfold. The author has very skillfully inserted clues to identities and relationships, and then pulls them together neatly at crucial points, which only serves to keep the story moving forward with all the force and determination of an army on the move.
Characters are fully developed, and their actions, which seem strange upon their first appearance in the story, make perfect sense in the end. The present tense, unusual in a mystery story, works perfectly in this one, giving it a sense of immediacy that is fitting for the theme.
There’s nothing not to like about this book.The story moves flawlessly from start to finish, with a conclusion that ties up all loose ends, and at the same times leaves an opening for a sequel. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. Five Stars.
“The action is fast-paced and the dialogue is snappy - every character, minor and major, is complex and unique. The relationships and interactions among the characters are wonderfully written.”– Eduardo Aduna
“Wrinkled Heartbeats is a true thriller from start to finish. The plot was exceptional and the character development was second to none. I promise that anyone who reads this is not going to be disappointed in the slightest. Fantastic book, I really enjoyed it.” – Anne-Marie Reynolds
HALL OF FAME | TOP 100 REVIEWER | AMAZON VINE VOICE “‘Death does not stalk its messengers. It does not kill Marine Corps snipers.’ Stunning writing! In only two books Temple Emmet Williams has established his credentials as an important new American author. He has the gift.”– Grady Harp
TOP 500 REVIEWER | AMAZON VINE VOICE “Temple Emmet Williams' ‘Wrinkled Heartbeats’ is an action-packed mystery/thriller that I read start to finish in one day, unable to put it down. It's a fast paced, realistic story written by an author I respect and admire.”– Lisa Kearns
“A story built on strange events in Boca Raton, Florida that lead to murder and absolute mayhem surrounding a retired decorated military officer. I loved it! The characters were original.”– Ron Feldman, Author
“It is a suspenseful thriller with a fast moving, engaging plot. It hits on so many things that are prevalent now: greed, exploitation, patriotism, love and betrayal. You won’t be able to put it down.”– David Haight, Author
“Exciting, interesting, entertaining, funny, are just some of the words I'd use to describe Mr.Williams' latest book. He is an expert narrator and can paint the picture so vividly that the reader can see every detail. I can really recommend this book and I am eagerly waiting for Mr. Williams' next creation.” – Irene Schyberger
“The characters in this story are so well developed that the reader gets totally drawn into their schemes and plans. The tension in the story was lightened by humorous exchanges, the drama was heightened by a trek though the Everglades, and it ends with a reminder to us all that the best laid retirement plans can go awry. It was a rousing good read. I recommend this novel for all fiction lovers who enjoy action thrillers with great characters.” – Robert Eggleton, Author
Midwest Book Review, April 2016
“A deftly crafted and extraordinary novel,
very highly recommended.”
Temple Emmet Williams
ISBN: 9780996892018, $29.95, HardCover, 294pp
Synopsis: "Wrinkled Heartbeats" is the story of a Korean war hero who stumbles into a web of money-laundering, lies, and deadly secrets, including the "Gator Pole," a painful way to make people disappear in Florida's famous River of Grass, the Everglades. A very generous offer to buy the hero's luxury home includes an expiration date on his life. The only person who can save him is the person hired to kill him. For the warrior, one of the bloodiest battles in the history of the Marine Corps becomes a life-threatening allegory in the tropical paradise of the Palm Beaches.
Critique: In "Wrinkled Heartbeats", the author Temple Emmet Williams, incorporates flashbacks that link the reader to the true story of a brutal, 17-day battle that pitted 67,000 Chinese troops against 30,000 NATO soldiers in North Korea in 1950. Chairman Mao Zedong ordered his 9th Army, under the command of Song Shi-Lun, to destroy the UN forces that had swept northeast from the Port of Inchon, across the 38th Parallel. The historic Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as the Chosin Reservoir Campaign, turned the UN invasion into a retreat, but it was a Pyrrhic victory. Chairman Mao's triumph inflicted such a crippling toll on his own Chinese Communist Forces (CCF) that it became tantamount to defeat. The numbers are staggering. Marine Corps combat losses were 836 dead, less than a thousand warriors. Estimated casualties for the Chinese numbered 35,000 dead, with many more wounded. History records the Battle of Chosin Reservoir as a great victory for the United States Marine Corps. It becomes a revealing allegory in this deftly crafted and extraordinary novel. "Wrinkled Heartbeats" is very highly recommended for community library General Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that "Wrinkled Heartbeats" is also available in a paperback edition (9780990843368, $16.95) and in a Kindle format ($3.99).
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