Signature Wounds
While in Las Vegas on his way to a family Fourth of July celebration, FBI bomb expert Paul Grale hears a deep blast and sees the smoke rising. In an unfolding nightmare, Grale discovers his sister, brother-in-law, and many friends were caught up in the explosion. Grief stricken, he is pulled from the main bomb investigation to sift orphan leads. Quietly he begins a relentless search for the bomb maker.When the FBI suspects his friend and disgruntled former drone pilot for the blast, Grale thinks they’re getting it all wrong. Propelled by deep personal loss and an intense need to do the right thing, he picks his way through the smallest of leads and into a maze of twists, turns, and sudden dead ends. When he uncovers another threat, time is already quickly running out. With the lives of so many at stake, Grale won’t let himself fail—and he won’t rest until there’s justice for his family.Adrenalized, gripping, and all too timely, Signature Wounds brings terror to Vegas and introduces FBI special agent and bomb tech Paul Grale, a man whose specialized skill and fierce determination are a lethal combination.

Signature Wounds Details

TitleSignature Wounds
Author
FormatKindle Edition
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 1st, 2017
PublisherThomas & Mercer
Number of pages370 pages
Rating
GenreThriller, Suspense, Fiction, Mystery

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  • Tulay
    February 7, 2017
    Exciting read.Very good, very detailed thriller. FBI agent Paul Grale is on way to his sister's 4th July party in Vegas. Stops by on ex-drone pilot suffering PTSD, he was late to the party, that saved his life. But lost his sister, brother-in-law and nephew, niece is alive, injured badly. He vow to find the killers. Terrorist being trained to operate drones, stolen explosives and people train them. Good, exciting thriller, very detailed parts at times lost my interest. This was February, Kindle Exciting read.Very good, very detailed thriller. FBI agent Paul Grale is on way to his sister's 4th July party in Vegas. Stops by on ex-drone pilot suffering PTSD, he was late to the party, that saved his life. But lost his sister, brother-in-law and nephew, niece is alive, injured badly. He vow to find the killers. Terrorist being trained to operate drones, stolen explosives and people train them. Good, exciting thriller, very detailed parts at times lost my interest. This was February, Kindle First free book .
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  • Kathy Martin
    February 5, 2017
    FBI bomb expert Paul Grale is one his way to his sister and brother-in-law's Fourth of July party when the unthinkable happens. A bomb goes off using stolen C-4 and killing his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. It also leaves his sixteen-year-old niece grieving and fighting for her life. Paul is immediately immersed in the investigation while grieving himself and worrying about his niece. The case gets complicated very quickly when agents from a variety of Federal agencies get involved. Paul f FBI bomb expert Paul Grale is one his way to his sister and brother-in-law's Fourth of July party when the unthinkable happens. A bomb goes off using stolen C-4 and killing his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. It also leaves his sixteen-year-old niece grieving and fighting for her life. Paul is immediately immersed in the investigation while grieving himself and worrying about his niece. The case gets complicated very quickly when agents from a variety of Federal agencies get involved. Paul feels that they are following a false trail when they target his friend Jeremy Beatty who used to be an Air Force drone pilot until he was medically discharged with PTSD. Beatty got on the DoD's radar when he was hired to teach pilots to fly drones in the Far East. Now, Paul is trying to exonerate his friend and track down the elusive bomber before he uses the rest of the C-4 and destroys another target in Las Vegas. This was a fast-paced thriller with a plot ripped from the headlines. Sleeper terrorist cells, Latin American drug cartels, and the whole rise in popularity of drones both in the military and as weapons for terrorists keep this story moving.I liked Paul who had a dogged determination to find and stop the bomber. I liked that he had connections with a number of law enforcement organizations. I liked that he was at odds with his supervisor in the FBI but found ways to work around him. Fans of thrillers will find much to enjoy in this one.
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  • Gail Abramowicz
    February 16, 2017
    INTENSEThis story is so believable it's scary. My first read by Mr. Russell and I liked his style. Big five.
  • Lena
    February 7, 2017
    If you missed the old 24 then you'll love this tale of two lone wolves fighting terrorist to save the day. The high points are a fair amount of action and a nuanced procedural for those who really want that extra fifty pages to lay out a strong, intricate, plausible, terrorist plot. Me:The Debbie Downers of this book are many. Venuti, the adulterous brown-noser and boss of MC Grale, does everything he can to impede the investigation, implicate the MCs trying to stop the threat, and constantly p If you missed the old 24 then you'll love this tale of two lone wolves fighting terrorist to save the day. The high points are a fair amount of action and a nuanced procedural for those who really want that extra fifty pages to lay out a strong, intricate, plausible, terrorist plot. Me:The Debbie Downers of this book are many. Venuti, the adulterous brown-noser and boss of MC Grale, does everything he can to impede the investigation, implicate the MCs trying to stop the threat, and constantly position himself for advancement. He is also depicted as the model FBI Agent. Under the current administration I suppose that's about right.There is also a stark depiction of the abuse heaped on veterans who come back from the war, how easily they are dismissed and maligned. It was hard to stomach.Similar to 24's depiction of Jack Bauer don't expect the hero to be welcomed home to hugs and kisses and medals. Good deeds don't go unpunished.I didn't enjoy this book but I'm not sorry I read it. Three stars.
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  • Sandra
    February 3, 2017
    5 Gold Stars!"Signature Wounds" just zoomed to the top of the list of My Best Reads for the past year, or 2 or maybe 3 years. For me, this book has it all; a great plot, thrilling action-packed drama, suspense, and true-to-life characters. A terrific page turner that held me from start to finish. I will definitely be checking out more of Kirk Russell's work.
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  • Carol
    February 26, 2017
    I never finished it. I wanted to like this. The storyline looked very interesting, and I made it through half the book and then gave up. There were way too many characters. I felt as though the story kept switching around and I had to closely follow what was going on while trying to remember all the names. It was also a bit technical, and I could skip paragraphs and still figure out what was happening. Sadly, I just had to put it down.
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  • Jim A
    February 16, 2017
    Signature Wounds was made available to me through Amazon First Look program. It has been several years since I read a novel by Kirk Russell and all I could do was ask myself 'why so long?' His writing is smooth and while there is a lot of dialogue that really isn't needed to keep the story moving, it doesn't bog down the reader. The story itself centers around a FBI bomb specialist and his search for the person(s) responsible for the bombing of a Las Vegas bar. The bomb killed the agent's sister Signature Wounds was made available to me through Amazon First Look program. It has been several years since I read a novel by Kirk Russell and all I could do was ask myself 'why so long?' His writing is smooth and while there is a lot of dialogue that really isn't needed to keep the story moving, it doesn't bog down the reader. The story itself centers around a FBI bomb specialist and his search for the person(s) responsible for the bombing of a Las Vegas bar. The bomb killed the agent's sister, brother in law, and nephew. At the same time he's trying to deal with the PTSD of a good friend. Of course the two plots will come together at the end game of the chase. I'm going to have to go back and find some more of his work and add it to my TBR list.
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  • Corey Thibodeaux
    February 14, 2017
    These Kindle First books are bumming me out. I haven't read one in more than a year, but I don't know if I can do another one.I will preface by saying this book was not bad. I thought I was picking a one-off crime thriller, but instead picked an inevitable series about a chill FBI agent who knows a lot about bombs. Not my thing, but that's on me.This book exceed in one area in particular, which kept me reading: It never went overboard or completely against the grain. The characters were rational These Kindle First books are bumming me out. I haven't read one in more than a year, but I don't know if I can do another one.I will preface by saying this book was not bad. I thought I was picking a one-off crime thriller, but instead picked an inevitable series about a chill FBI agent who knows a lot about bombs. Not my thing, but that's on me.This book exceed in one area in particular, which kept me reading: It never went overboard or completely against the grain. The characters were rational, they worked through disagreements like professionals and bomb-guy Paul Grale didn't go rouge out of vengeance. His backstory was a little messy, but made him likeable enough. He is not your typical macho Jack Reacher, John Wick type. As technical and rational this book was, it did feel a bit safe. It was like reading files from an FBI case - purely factual while you were left to infer the emotional toll. This is not my type of genre, so maybe that's what the book was supposed to be. But man, it would have been cool to see Paul go Rambo with some homemade explosives based on his background. Kamikaze drones, Semtex 'nades, flash bombs. There will be more books, so there is still time for this side of him to develop.
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  • Melissa Merry
    February 5, 2017
    Gripping suspense.This is the first book I have read from this author. I must say it kept me up well past my bedtime. The writing was superb. The world building had drawn me in then kept me on the edge of my chair. I know this is a story, but it makes you wonder if this could happen here or anywhere for that matter. The hero, Paul, works in the FBI, is driving to a Fourth of July party, which his sister, her family and their friends were killed from a bomb exploding. The author takes us through Gripping suspense.This is the first book I have read from this author. I must say it kept me up well past my bedtime. The writing was superb. The world building had drawn me in then kept me on the edge of my chair. I know this is a story, but it makes you wonder if this could happen here or anywhere for that matter. The hero, Paul, works in the FBI, is driving to a Fourth of July party, which his sister, her family and their friends were killed from a bomb exploding. The author takes us through the process involved in tracking down those responsible. This is a very good book, well thought out. You won't be disappointed in this one.
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  • Suze
    February 1, 2017
    SIGNATURE WOUNDSKindle First book for February is listed as a thriller- and it is. FBI agent Paul Grale is on his way to a fourth of July party in Vegas, delayed because he stopped to check on an ex-air force drone pilot with PTSD- he lives when the bomb explodes and kills most of his family. Grale vows to find the bomber. No spoilers here- this is an exciting read. Paul Grale is a very honorable man, not always respected by his boss who thinks he goes off on tangents not related to the case. Fr SIGNATURE WOUNDSKindle First book for February is listed as a thriller- and it is. FBI agent Paul Grale is on his way to a fourth of July party in Vegas, delayed because he stopped to check on an ex-air force drone pilot with PTSD- he lives when the bomb explodes and kills most of his family. Grale vows to find the bomber. No spoilers here- this is an exciting read. Paul Grale is a very honorable man, not always respected by his boss who thinks he goes off on tangents not related to the case. From the first page to the last, there is a lot of action, emotion, and a quest for justice. This is a page turner!
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  • Debra Riggs
    February 2, 2017
    OUTSTANDINGThis novel is a true work of art. The characters were intriguing and believable. As a former nurse with PTSD his account of Jeremy and his struggles made me weep with the knowledge that he brings awareness to those who don't get it!
  • Donna
    March 6, 2017
    Signature Wounds by Kirk Russell Review 3/6/17Bombs and more bombs, how do we stop them?While in Las Vegas on his way to a family Fourth of July celebration, FBI bomb expert Paul Grale hears a deep blast and sees the smoke rising. In an unfolding nightmare, Grale discovers his sister, brother-in-law, and many friends were caught up in the explosion. Grief stricken, he is pulled from the main bomb investigation to sift orphan leads. Quietly he begins a relentless search for the bomb maker. When t Signature Wounds by Kirk Russell Review 3/6/17Bombs and more bombs, how do we stop them?While in Las Vegas on his way to a family Fourth of July celebration, FBI bomb expert Paul Grale hears a deep blast and sees the smoke rising. In an unfolding nightmare, Grale discovers his sister, brother-in-law, and many friends were caught up in the explosion. Grief stricken, he is pulled from the main bomb investigation to sift orphan leads. Quietly he begins a relentless search for the bomb maker. When the FBI suspects his friend and disgruntled former drone pilot for the blast, Grale thinks they’re getting it all wrong. Propelled by deep personal loss and an intense need to do the right thing, he picks his way through the smallest of leads and into a maze of twists, turns, and sudden dead ends. When he uncovers another threat, time is already quickly running out. With the lives of so many at stake, Grale won’t let himself fail—and he won’t rest until there’s justice for his family. Adrenalized, gripping, and all too timely, Signature Wounds brings terror to Vegas and introduces FBI special agent and bomb tech Paul Grale, a man whose specialized skill and fierce determination are a lethal combination.What did I like? This is another Prime First and I love this type of book. I have not read anything by this author before but I was very impressed with his style of writing. Of course, the first thing is that I fell in love with Paul Grale and all my heart goes out for his loss. I liked the flow of the storyline and the aggressiveness of his character. This is a very poignant subject at this period of time and I think the author handled it with finesse. What are you going to like? A passionate, emotional, impressive, touching and exciting strong storyline. The research and work that the author did is very evident on every page. It starts strong and only gets stronger as the pages turn. The authors writing style is stimulating and dramatic to say the least. The characters are exciting, passionate and impactful to the whole story. Strongly developed with that feeling that you would like to call them friends. Well, some of them, LOL I personally know the city of Las Vegas so I felt very comfortable in the descriptions and knew the locations and streets that were used, although my friend has not and he said that it was like he was right there. This is a definite recommendation to anyone that likes fast action and a great mystery story. I am sure glad that this will be a series cause Paul is my kind of guy….. Awesome read!
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  • James Sorensen
    March 5, 2017
    A small plane lands at farm somewhere in the Imperial Valley of California. After unloading a stranger the pilot takes off and as he nears crusing altitude the plane explodes. Thus begins "Signature Wounds" by Kirk Russell. A book I chose as my February Kindle First Read choice. The book is set in and around Las Vegas and having grown up there I wanted to see how accurate Mr. Russell was in his description of the cities Geography, He doe a very good job and has written a very good book.Paul Gral A small plane lands at farm somewhere in the Imperial Valley of California. After unloading a stranger the pilot takes off and as he nears crusing altitude the plane explodes. Thus begins "Signature Wounds" by Kirk Russell. A book I chose as my February Kindle First Read choice. The book is set in and around Las Vegas and having grown up there I wanted to see how accurate Mr. Russell was in his description of the cities Geography, He doe a very good job and has written a very good book.Paul Grale works for the FBI as a Terrorist Bomb expert and he is heading towards the annual 4th of July party thrown by his Sister and Brother-in-law. On the way to the party he stops to check on a freind, Jeremy Beatty, who is an ex-Airforce drone pilot suffering from PTSD. Jeremy is force out of military service after causing waves due his last drone strike in which a seemingly innocent American is killed on orders of his superiors. Jeremy is recovering, but is being investigated buy Airforce undercover agents for his alleged involvement with stolen drone information. Jeremy now teached new drone pilots as away to put his life back together. Even though I got to read the book for nothing it is well worth the price if you like a fast paced novel written on several levels. As Grale leaves Jeremy's place he heads off towards the Alagara Club where his family and numerous drone pilots will celebrate the holiday. But as he nears the Club something goes terribly wrong. A bomb explodes at the party site and much to Paul's horror he finds that most of the drone pilots a killed along with his Sister, Brother-in-Law and nephew. One of the few survivors is his niece who may end up being paralyized. When a second bomb goes off killing another agent who received a tip about a potential bomber that has sneaked into the country Grale must go to work, dispite the pain caused by the loss of his family.It now becomes Grale's job to find out who the bomber is and bring him to justice. At the same time a lot of suspicion is cast Jeremy Beatty's direction due to his criticism of the Airforce over the incident that caused him quit being a soldier. Jeremy has taken a job as a drone instructor somewhere out in the desert Northwest of Las Vegas. And Jeremy's absence makes him even more of a suspect, but Paul knows his friend is innocent, but is too involved in the search for the bomber to be of much assistance. As the investigation proceeds the Alagara Club's owner, the driver that delivers the cake to the party and a confidential informant controlled by the deceased agent all come under suspicion. Throw in a bunch of missing C-4 explosive, part of which was used in the Club bombing, and the race is on to find the bomber before he strikes again. Mr. Russell has woven an intriguing tale that I found hard to put down. The story pulls the reader along at a brisk pace and the story is complex enough to make the reader think about who and where the bomber might be. Plus this could be the start of a great new series. I've not read any of Mr. Russell's previous books but will certainly look forward to try one in the future, just what Amazon hopes to accomplish by their First Read program.
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  • Kathy
    March 21, 2017
    Well crafted story ... of a FBI agent, bomb expert, Paul Grale... story involves drones, piloted for assassination - ours and theirs... involves his brother-in-law and sister's family, who die in a bomb attack, at a party of drone pilots... involves Jeremy Beatty - a retired drone pilot, who retired at 99 kills, with PTSD, who has considered suicide, who engages Paul, who is trying to help him through this difficult time... Paul is after the terrorists... his boss doesn't appreciate his go his o Well crafted story ... of a FBI agent, bomb expert, Paul Grale... story involves drones, piloted for assassination - ours and theirs... involves his brother-in-law and sister's family, who die in a bomb attack, at a party of drone pilots... involves Jeremy Beatty - a retired drone pilot, who retired at 99 kills, with PTSD, who has considered suicide, who engages Paul, who is trying to help him through this difficult time... Paul is after the terrorists... his boss doesn't appreciate his go his own way attitude, and counters him many times... most of the FBI think Jeremy is guilty of working with the terrorists, but Paul doesn't quite believe it, and accepts the intel Jeremy is gathering...and Paul pieces together the pieces... and with Jeremy's help, intercepts a drone attack on the Vegas air force base... though Jeremy stops them by barreling his truck into the drones...and Paul stands up for Jeremy in the press conference the next day, even though FBI still wanting to keep him in reserve as a bandito - knowing a scape goat is likely necessary... and Paul is put on administrative leave... hmmmm
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  • Arthur
    March 16, 2017
    Signature Wounds by Kirk RussellThis one will tear your heart out. Two men, one a former Air Force pilot and a drone pilot who ended the lives of terrorists until the last one involved an American teacher who was termed collateral damage. Jeremy Beatty was that drone pilot, who was medically discharged from the Air Force, constantly trying to expose the official cover-up and dealing with his PTSD, titled "trigger inhibition." The other, FBI Agent Grape, who was trained as a bomb tech, and went t Signature Wounds by Kirk RussellThis one will tear your heart out. Two men, one a former Air Force pilot and a drone pilot who ended the lives of terrorists until the last one involved an American teacher who was termed collateral damage. Jeremy Beatty was that drone pilot, who was medically discharged from the Air Force, constantly trying to expose the official cover-up and dealing with his PTSD, titled "trigger inhibition." The other, FBI Agent Grape, who was trained as a bomb tech, and went to Iraq where he was injured by an IED and left with a limp when he came home; but doesn't know how to "quit." A terrorist organization attack kills most of his brother's family, several drone pilots and other first responders at a pilots reunion at Creech Air base. Grale begins the investigation and like a bloodhound on a scent trail won't give up until it comes to the end. His friend Jeremy dies in a desperate attempt to destroy drones before they can get airborne to attack Creech Air base drone control stations, while Grale witnesses his actions and is wounded himself in a firefight with members of the terrorist group. Don't pass this one by! Thanks for letting me get to know a new author and his main characters.
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  • deb
    February 5, 2017
    A different type of crime novel!The basis for this novel, using drones as weapons in the U.S. is unique and added an interesting dimension for the reader. Signature Wounds is well written and well edited. The character development and description was well done. I look forward to reading more of Mr. Russell's work.
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  • B. Shaun Smith
    March 21, 2017
    Good plot, execution was questionable. Beginning and ending were the best parts. Would be confusing at times of which characters POV the reader was being told the story from. Felt like I was reading a report or the personal notes of an FBI agent. Did not transition well from scene to scene. There was a character overload, so many characters would make it confusing.
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  • Ken Bour
    March 4, 2017
    I received this book via the Amazon Kindle First program. It is long, but otherwise a fast-paced, well-written, and engaging thriller with believable characters, events, and dialogue. I am definitely looking forward to reading #2 in this series...
  • Sharon
    March 23, 2017
    An amazing story. FBI, traumatized veteran, terrorists, police, drug cartel - all in one story. The plot became more intricate and it progressed. The plight of the veteran and eagerness of the bureau official to place blame falsely, the horror of family loss and duty to continue in spite of it, the ongoing terror of bombs exploding and murders, this was an exceptional story that was impossible to put down. This was my first book by this author. I look forward to reading his other books.
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  • Valerie Downs
    March 2, 2017
    New Author for me.I had not read this author before, but Signature Wounds was not a disappointment. I enjoyed it very much. I thought the story flowed very well, and there were many things I didnt see coming. I can recommend this book.
  • Neva Williams
    March 9, 2017
    I really did like this book. I struggled with the rating, thinking it was a 4 in many places, but my interest in the story was like a roller coaster. I would love the book, then minutes later.... meh. Not sure if it was me or the book. Certainly willing to try another book by this author.
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  • Linda
    March 8, 2017
    A new series and a remarkable new character from Kirk Russell with the introduction of FBI agent and bomb tech, Paul Grale.A fast-paced, on the edge of your seat thriller that will have you wanting more from this strong, resilient personality.Enjoy!
  • Beverly
    March 7, 2017
    Great. It was hard to put down. It's well written, exciting and intriguing. Lots of adventure and pins-and-needles action. Some confusion because of so many characters but I really enjoyed the read.
  • Mary E Schroeder
    March 2, 2017
    Conspiracy or Truth?After a slow start consisting of personal memories and much soul-searching, FBI Agent Grale is forced to accept that truth is being distorted or hidden by those in authority.
  • DeLarion
    February 24, 2017
    Great readIt was like a view into the future. What could happen if America is not careful. I would read this book again.
  • Nancy
    March 8, 2017
    Very solid storyPaul Grale is a serious, affecting hero with enough faults and uncertainties to maintain humanity. I enjoyed this story and would read another by Kirk Russell.
  • Katrina Durkin
    March 19, 2017
    Quick paced and entertaining book. Will read the next book in the series when it comes out.
  • Jeffrey S. Ewing
    March 25, 2017
    Great read!Excellent story with a nice plot. The author obviously knows his stuff and did a great job of describing a federal investigation and the politics often present in such cases. Highly recommended.
  • Michelle Regan
    March 24, 2017
    Enjoyed this book but felt it dragged on through the middle. If not for that I would have given it 4 stars.
  • Karen R. Conley
    February 16, 2017
    A real page turnerContemporary thriller with fast paced action. I did not want the story to end. Not my usual book but I thoroughly enjoyed it