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By Theresa de Valence - Posted on 22 September 2013

Military spy thrillers aren’t my cup of tea, so you’d think I wouldn’t enjoy JUSTIFIED ACTION by Earl Staggs. I might have given up but I kept on as I had faith in Earl’s storytelling, and halfway through emerged a traditional mystery with rich characters, several with complex motivations.

Tall Chambers is an ex-Special Services officer whose job is to eliminate terrorists before they perform the terrorism for which they would then be imprisioned. Tall is strongly motivated to protect the innocent. The dichotomy in the former two sentences is not debated in this patriotic thriller as the guilty usually are guilty. Usually. And the innocent—er, they are sometimes guilty too. The plot has some amusing twists, both tender and clever.

Tall Chambers is tough, altruistic and suprisingly lucky. I’ve enjoyed shadowing him from the depths of my armchair.

by Earl Staggs
© 2013
Published by CreateSpace, Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

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