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Departure

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Action Packed story with no dull moment. 
Its part of a series but could understand the background. 

If you love to read fast moving, action packed stories then you will love this one.
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This was an exciting read with plenty of action. I loved the strong character of Seth and look forward to reading more about him. I liked the flashbacks that give us some insight to his past. This was great for edge of your seat reading. 
Many thanks to Thomas & Mercer and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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’When an electrical engineer from one of America’s premier tech companies disappears inside the San Francisco International Airport before an overseas flight, air marshal Seth Walker is called in to investigate.’

DEPARTURE is my introduction to Joseph Reid's writing; though this is book three in the Seth Walker series, I look forward to reading books one and two, TAKE OFF and FALSE HORIZON, next.

The one issue I had with the book that I didn’t care for, and this could be a misinterpretation on my part (which is possible, I’m tired and running on fumes), it seems like the missing person is labeled as a guilty party before being considered an innocent victim.

I want to get to know Seth Walker better by reading previous books and what I’m hoping will be a continuation of the series. Readers are given a glimpse into Walker’s life in the first two books, all revealed in book three, which brought me to tears at the end. 

Thank you, NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer, for loaning me an eBook of DEPARTURE in exchange for an honest review.
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This book was written in a different style than I usually read and like. It was ok. Not fabulous but ok. I felt like it needed more. It needed to be meatier and more descriptive. not like, "John Doe got on the plane. John Doe flew on the,plane. And then the plan ride was over."
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I thought this book provided a good, quick read. The storyline was well thought out and written with engaging characters. It kept me hooked from the start. Would recommend

Thank you to Joseph Reid, NetGalley, and Thomas & Mercer for an ARC of this book.
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Departure is the third instalment in the thrilling Air Marshal Seth Walker series, however, there's no need to have read the preceding books in order to enjoy this one as the story is self-contained. That said, you will not be privy to the background of the characters if you just jump right in. Seth returns to LAX after a successful assignment and some family time where he is greeted only to be told he is needed urgently in San Francisco. An electrical engineer has vanished into thin air at San Fran airport. Seth and FBI colleague Melissa Cooke soon come to the realisation that there is much more going on that merely a missing person. What follows is a twisty, gripping and exciting tale with bullets flying and danger lurking around every corner. This is a well written, pacy and action-packed addition to the series and the high-stakes game of cat and mouse has you hooked from start to finish. Many thanks to Thomas & Mercer for an ARC.
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Pretty average formulaic plot.  Uses an airport for 3/4 of the book.  Lots and Lots of description and personal angst from the protaginist.  Really over the top with episode of heroism during a chase.  This author is clearly full of knowledge about a lot of things.  He needs to use that knowledge more sparingly.  imho.
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Great action packed thriller!
Seth Walker, an Air Marshal, gets pulled in to investigate a missing tech engineer. Amid the bullets and fires, Seth and FBI agent, Melissa Cooke, realize  there is much more going on than a missing person.  Tracking him and his assailant lead Seth and Cooke on a chase that will bring the ghosts of Walker's past back to the front and center of his mind.  
This book was written with flashbacks to five years ago to help understand the connection to the cat and mouse game that is being played out currently.
The book was easy to read and follow, and kept me captivated from the first page.  
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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This was fine but I probably would not have requested this book had I known it was number three in a series.  It did inspire me to read the first two books but I felt like the pacing was off and the explanations a bit lacking.  The characters are intriguing but I would love a bit more explanation and less hopping around. I could visualize this as a movie but the details for a book were a bit lacking.  Thank you for your consideration and the opportunity.
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I received this book through NetGalley Read Now program.

The action in this story will keep your interest throughout. The flashbacks provide insight to Seth and how he got to the place he know works in.
This story starts with Seth returning from a visit that he had with a family where he is godparent of the children and helps provide them with financial support. His journey home was not simple. He wound up preventing harassment to a flight attendant and wound up placing the passenger in flexicuffs. When is arrived at LAX he was immediately sent on another mission.

The mission that Seth was dispatched to was to locate an electrical engineer who had disappeared in the San Francisco airport. An agent from the FBI was also on site for this task. The high profile of individuals looking for the engineer was due to a high political figure's expected arrival.

Seth with the assistance of one of San Francisco's airport personnel, followed the video footage of the engineer to ultimately track him down. The method worked, however in the end to catch up, Seth was forced to fly to Dallas.

To find out why the individual disappeared, what transpired at the airport and why Seth had to go to Dallas, then you need to read this book. You won't be disappointed.
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Air Marshal Seth is landing at LAX, returning from an assignment, when he is intercepted to follow another case. 

Industrial espionage is the primary focus of this book. He left the electronics industry due to the suicide of his boss.  Would a foreign power really try to capture and steal the technology developed in this country? As you read you be the judge.  A major support character is Melissa Cooke, Special Agent for the F.B.I.

The object of the diversion is a young Arab immigrant named Anah El Amin. Remarkably throughout the book, he stays one step ahead of Seth and Melissa at the airport in San Francisco.

I enjoyed the story and the plot but found the various treks through the terminals at SFO just a little slow at times.  My thoughts developed a parallel plot. Why can’t they simply have a cadre of people looking at all the surveillance footage and see where El Amin is currently located rather than looking at past footage and then trying to keep up with his progress?

Amin escapes with his Chinese co-conspirator in a small jet. They head to another US destination and our two agents are able to commandeer a plane to follow them. They arrive at the new destination at about the same time.

The resourcefulness of both the two conspirators and the two agents are entertaining. There was a lot of action and the storyline is well-paced. The climax was a surprise. We received the digital download from NetGalley in exchange for a read and review and these are my honest opinions. Recommended. C.E. Williams
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For an action-packed thriller, it may seem weird to say that Departure by Joseph Reid is a beautiful story of forgiveness and redemption. 

I hadn't read the other two books, but now I want to go back and read them as I enjoyed the characters in this book, especially the main character Seth Walker. While it may have helped to read the other two books, I don't feel I missed anything by not reading them as enough information was provided to keep me intrigued by the characters and invested in the story.

I liked the author's writing style, and the action popped off the pages from start to finish. I also enjoyed that most of the story took place in San Francisco, my backyard!

I would recommend this book because of its action, character development, and a good storyline.

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Thrilling mystery, excellent read. This novel started quickly and didn't let up. Seth Walker returns to LAX only to be whisked off to San Francisco for a top secret rendezvous with some of America's finest. An engineer for a top tech company is acting suspiciously and Seth is on a deadline with the other member of the task force to discover the target and motivation. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Well written.
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This is the third in the Seth Walker series.  I have read the first two which helped me with background in this one.  
Seth is an Air Marshal who knows the air system.  He is called to San Francisco to help save an important official.  One of the people they are after a math and computer nerd which is what Seth was in his former life.  Malissa Cooke FBI once again his partner.  

I enjoyed the writing but if I had not read the first two books, I would not have known what was going on with Seth.  I believe that you will need to read them in order to get the most enjoyment.  
We finally find out what happened to his mentor who killed himself.  A slight cliff hanger from a certain bad guy and has been in each book 
Lots of action, lots of shooting and lots of improvised actions by Seth.  3 to 4 stars.  Thank you, Net Galley, for the read.  I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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