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Rob was cruising along enjoying some Rolling Stones on his eight-track tape player when he heard a faint but familiar sound, coming from behind him. He lowered the volume and recognized the blaring of a police siren, getting louder as it headed his way. He followed protocol and pulled to the right lane, then slowed. A check of his rearview revealed the flashing lights, directly behind him now. He turned for a quick look and noticed a small, black foreign car blurring past him at a ridiculously high speed, followed by another blur of color as the state police followed in hot pursuit. “Capcom, Capcom, this is Sigma. Copy?” Rob said into his radio. “We’ve got a high-speed pursuit in progress. State police are tracking a small, black sports sedan. Vehicles are westbound on I-80, just past Mile Marker 42. I am going to assist. Copy?” “We copy that, Sigma. We just received word that the troopers are in pursuit of drug suspects. Be advised, they may be armed. Backup is on the way.”
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My Life for Her - Review by Martha A. Cheves

 

With so many commuters bustling about, it was difficult to catch sight of the supposed drug dealer, but Tex spotted him as he slipped onto the train at the last minute.  As Rob followed him to the seats closest to the front door, Tex lowered his voice to a whisper and said, "That dude's either a crooked cop or a member of the cartel.  Worse, I think he's onto us.  We've gotta get rid of him, before our cover's blown."


Rob looked toward the rear of the car.  "Yeah, the dude gives me a bad feeling too."


Tex was silent as the attendant came around to check their tickets, but then he whispered, "Listen, Doc, if he comes into this car, we'll get up and head to the one in front.  You go through the door first, and I'll wait for him behind it."


"Then what?" Rob asked.


"Then... Well, I think I can handle it from there," Tex said with a grin.

 

Rob Marrino, is a 31 year old Vietnam Vet who is now a Pikeville, NJ policeman.  Life has had its up and downs as he and his wife Beth Anne deal with wartime memories and paranoia.  They have settled down quite well with Beth Anne working at the hospital while their two children are in school.  Then the bottom falls out when Rob does a high speed chase with a car that not only contains 2 Colombian drug runners but more drugs than the Pikeville police have ever seen.  It gets even worse when one of the  dealers is shot and killed with the surviving one promising Rob that he will pay for his interference.  Those words come back to haunt him when his worse nightmare comes true and he, along with a fellow Vet, end up in Columbia. 

 

This book is so intent!  It's filled with action and narrow escapes.  I would like to see this one made into a "Made for TV Movie." 

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My Life For Her (enhanced edition)

Rob, meanwhile, loved to stroll along the sand dunes with Beth Anne, especially when they made their way to their own little spot, their own private picnic paradise on the beach. This year, though, there were no sandy strolls. This year, it was all about getting back to normal after the emotional rollercoaster, the nightmare the family had experienced. It was a nice warm late summer day, Rob tried to put it all in perspective, tried to think about the good things in his life. As the doctor wisely advised, he needed to “put the past to bed.” The sky was clear blue, with a few puffy, white clouds floating by in the light breeze. What a simple pleasure it was for him to hear the birds chirping and to watch the squirrels nibble acorns while they scurried around the big oak trees. Some of the summer flowers were still in bloom, and the earthy smell of fresh-cut grass wafted through the air. The warm sunshine felt good as Rob reflected on his life since he left the U.S. Army and bought the M
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