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Milt Gross Book review: "Avalon Bay" by Ronald Von Freymann
By Milt Gross
Mar 30, 2014 - 12:05:34 AM

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Avalon Bay is probably the best adventure/mystery I've read that was published by a self-publishing company. Milt Gross photo.
This murder mystery involving terrorists that takes place on Catalina Island near Long Beach, CA actually kept me reading.

The author, Ronald Von Freymann, a U.S. Army retiree, gained experience in understanding and fighting terrorism from a hitch with the United State's Army's Behavioral Research Laboratory. Von Freymann, "..appreciates that difficulty to discover and defeat terrorist activity before they can complete their objective," according to an author's biography in the book.

I only found a handful of typos, which is unusual for self-published books. The only mention of jewelry was of a store near the end of the book. No jewelry hunter was mentioned in the story itself.

The story was typical of a murder/mystery novel except that the short chapters were headed by a description of the location, time, and date of that chapter, a new technique to me. I felt that technique took away from the story a bit in that it broke the story up too much.

The lead characters, Bill who operates a financial services company, and Jenn who is employed by Raytheon, work well together in solving a mystery involving a group of terrorists on Catalina Island, who are planning a bomb attack on two ferry boats heading to and from the island. The terrorist intent is to create a national panic, indicating the power and threat of terrorism.

How the couple discern the intent of the terrorists and actively thwart the plot becomes a somewhat gripping tale. The climax occurs on the two ferries, which are held by authorities in the harbor between the two locations when they are told of the plot. The action is fairly intense.

I would recommend this book for anyone interested in defense against terrorism or in that topic generally. A good read for perhaps a price for the new paperback that is a little too high.

AuthorHouse, Bloomington, IN, published the book in 2013. No price is on the book, but sells the paperback new for $17.99, used for $4.01, and $3.99 for the Kindle Edition.

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