Child Finder has received nothing but outstanding, 5-Star reviews.Â When it debuted in June 2009, the esteemed Library Journal placed it on its Summer Reads List and said:
“This compelling debut novel, the first in a trilogy, features a memorable protagonist who is a combination of a devoted father and mystic. For fans of supernatural thrillers and those who enjoy the TV show Medium, this is a real find. The author is a retired U.S. Air Force Special Agent whose real-life experiences inspired his novel.”
“I loved this book!Â This is a book for anyone who loves political suspense, secret government agencies, and uniquely gifted heroes!Â A former Military Intelligence Officer, the authorâ€™s background adds credibility to this fascinating look into covert operations.Â But just because he knows what he is talking about doesnâ€™t mean he can tell a good story or especially write one! Â Luckily for those of us who love secret undercover organizations, paranormal stories, and great intriguing suspense filled tales, Mike Angley has it all together.Â I canâ€™t wait to read the next two books in the series!â€ť
“Be sure to carve out a chunk of time when you pick up Child Finder because you are not going to want to put the book down.Â The characters pull you into the story and the mystery keeps you guessing right up to the very end.Â We all have experiences in our lives but how many of us can turn them into a fantastic read?Â Mike Angley has done just that.Â I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to see into the ‘intelligence world’ and anyone that loves a great mystery thriller. The good news isâ€¦there are two more books to finish out the series and I canâ€™t wait to get my hands on them. Â Mike Angley is a terrific writer and youâ€™ll find Child Finder a very well-written mystery.”
â€śTopical, intriguing, and suspensefulâ€”all apt descriptions for Michael Angleyâ€™s Child Finder.Â His debut novel in the mystery trilogy about the perennial horror of child abductions could almost be included in the science fiction genre as well, since he deftly draws both the reader and protagonist into the world of the paranormal.
The story escalates with each chapter, spawning memorable characters, some I wanted to scream at, others who brought a tear to my eye.Â We find Major Oâ€™Donnell and his wife and children forced to encounter violent thugs, who may or may not be government agents.
The child-victims are real; Angleyâ€™s descriptions of them right on the money.Â Angley spins a tale that is not only believable, but causes the reader to wonder if this â€śparanormal worldâ€ť really does exist.
Set aside a weekendâ€”Child Finder will not allow you close the cover.Â And after youâ€™ve digested this fast-paced thriller and allowed your blood pressure to return to normal, go ahead and begin reading the second book in the series, Child Finder: Resurrection.Â More on that next time.â€ť
â€śChild Finder by Mike Angley is exactly the kind of book I love to read. Though Child Finder definitely falls into the thriller category with all the necessary criteria: plenty of action, government plots including the CIA, FBI, and the military, travel to foreign soil, several chases, and an admirable hero, there is much, much more.
Child Finder’s hero, an Air Force Special Agent,Â is a religious man, a man who loves his wife and family, and he has a gift, a gift that gives this exciting tale an unusual dimension.
Loved the book, could hardly put it down until I finished.â€ť
–Marilyn Meredith, Award-winning author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree Series
â€śAuthor Mike Angleyâ€™s first novel is a clever re-telling of a classic good versus evil saga with a twist. Pat Oâ€™Donnell is a warm, loving family manâ€”a devout Irish Catholic and Federal Agent who packs a gun and a grin. His patience is short and his ability to suffer fools is almost nil. His relationship with his family, his church, the military and his country is passionate. He radiates goodness.
However, the story works on many levels. The plot is carefully thought-out and the characters are three-dimensional and familiar. From the dependable and loyal parish priest to the warm, supportive African American psychologist, Angley surrounds his protagonist with a homey glow. His red-haired wife is as fiery and beautiful as Maureen Oâ€™Hara, while his children are well-scrubbed, well-behaved, and well-beloved. There is enough derring-do to satisfy Mission Impossible aficionados while exciting Medium fans and NCIS lubbers at the same time. Child Finder is one of the few general audience thrillers that would also appeal to religious readers and young adults. The lessons are subtle, but the moral choices are clear.
Although Angley plays with traditional ideas, his approach is new and original. This novel received the MWSA 2009 Silver Medal for Fiction out of a very crowded field. However, this will not be the last award for this talented new voice. Recommended for warm rainy day reading with a cup of mint green tea and a Snickers Bar.â€ť
—Joyce Faulkner, President of Military Writers Society of America, author of Shadow of Suribachi, Losing Patience, and For Shrieking Out Loud, Co-author of Sunchon Tunnel Massacre Survivors
â€śMike has done a terrific job of transitioning from running counterintelligence operations and writing reports to creative fiction….his passion for writing coupled with years of experience in law enforcement has produced a wonderful read for mystery enthusiasts!â€ť
—Dick Law, Colonel, USAF (Ret), Managing Editor, Global Alliance Magazine & Former Vice Commander, OSI
â€śChild Finder is a gripping tale that combines the psychic world with the oft-times political world in which law enforcement agencies battle over turf at the expense of innocents. Angley’s ability to give the reader a behind the scenes look at what happens behind closed government doors is an eye opener. His character development is superb, from the protagonist to the most obscure bit player. I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller. He had me on the edge of my seat at several junctures, causing me to read on and on. I look forward to the follow-up in the series.â€ť
—John Wills, FBI (Ret) & author of the Chicago Warrior Thriller Series
â€śAngley has spun a fascinating thriller. Fast paced action with an excellent twist at the end.â€ť
—Bob Doerr, Colonel, USAF (Ret), & author of the Jim West Thriller Series
â€śChild Finder is a gripping, intriguing, rare and accurate look into the U.S. Intelligence Community. Angley uses his long government career to weave a believable fiction tale that is as current as today s news.â€ť
—Gerald E. Pratt, Operations Officer, National Security Agency (Ret)
â€śMike has created a page turner I didn’t want to put down with a plot twist I never saw coming! Angley’s imagination combined with his in-depth knowledge of the OSI, Interagency, and military working environments quickly and realistically took me back to my time at the Pentagon in the Fall of 2001. Can’t wait for the next books in the series to see what exploits are in store for USAF OSI Agent Patrick O’Donnell and his extraordinary gift!â€ť
—Jack Holt Action Officer, Joint Staff, USAF (Ret)