The Tipping Point by Walter Danley *Giveaway

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The Tipping Point

by Walter Danley

Sure to Take Readers Off the Edge

… get your blood pumping, your heart racing and keeps you guessing right up to the end… can’t wait until the next one. … tailor-made adventure…triggers suspicions … you will find yourself wanting more.— Cyrus Webb “Conversations Book Club”

Solid

… thriller kept my attention from beginning to end. … smartly written… an iron-clad plot, believable characters … suspense to keep you guessing… This is a great read, … high-paced action thriller.— Bibliophile Book Reviews

Financial Suspense and Murder

Something sinister is going on at CapVest… covering a global playing field and lots of twists and turns…a fast-paced, riveting suspense story…I positively recommend this quality fiction novel.—Susan Uttendorfsky Adirondack Editing

 excerpt

 

Burke crested the ridge and shot down the exposed slope at top speed. The trail’s steepest section was a windblown, naked mountainside where icy wind crusted the snow into a slick, slippery stretch. Burke concentrated hard to keep his skis under him on the sheer incline. He leaned low, edging his skis into the hill. Burke heard the wind in his ears and the chattering steel cutting ice. He skied toward the spot where the trail turned back into the forest, across the ridge, and through a stand of mature Aspen.

 

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“Garth Wainwright” is a partner in a cooperate real estate office. While he is vacation with his new girlfriend and newest business partner in Colorado, the partner is killed in an “accident”. Over the course of a few months others associated with the business are killed in other “accidents”. The book follows Wainwright as he navigates through the deceit of the corporate world and discovers whose the killer.

I’m rating “Tipping Point” 3.5 Fangs. This was by no means an edge of your seat, nail biting, gripping story. It was more like a maze of characters, that by the time you wondered through everyone and got to the end, you weren’t overly surprised with the ending or how you got there. It kept my interest, but there were sections that I thought “I don’t care!!” with some of the accessory details. Some of my problems with the story were; It had clunky transitions between discussing Wainwrights investigating these accidents and his relationship with Lacey. There were times, it what to me seemed pretty serious moments of the investigation, and Wainwright starts thinking about how he feels in this new relationship or about his sons. Just didn’t flow well. Then there is what I believe a very difficult challenge of me believing that some of what the writer portrays as possible in 1978. There are areas in the book, regarding technology, crime tests, and travel, just to name a few, that I don’t believe were possible or were happening 36 years ago. I also had a hard time believing that Wainwright, who works as a real estate investor and has some type of Naval background (never discusses what kind) is able to investigate these accidents and be welcomed into the police investigation. The business aspect of the story and it’s ending were more easily believable. Overall, it’s not a bad story and was entertaining. Four Fangs.

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 AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

 

Danley’s blue-collar background is far from the high-flying characters of The Tipping Point. He was born an Indiana Hoosier before Danley’s family moved to California when his father took employment as a machinist in a World War II defense plant.

 

Following D-Day, Walter Sr. reasoned that returning service men and women passing through the beautiful state of California might want to live there. He decided to be a home building contractor. His idea was good; the small error was that Danley’s dad built houses one at a time while contractors on the east coast built thousands at a time. However, this is the environment that young Walter grew up in; construction and real estate.

 

Much later, Walter served his country as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman. After Corp School Danley, thinking Medical Doctor as his career goal, enrolled in a specialist school as an Operating Room Technician (read scrub nurse) and transferred to the San Diego Naval Hospital.

 

He had the good fortune to work on the sixth floor Sick Officers Quarters with the Navy’s best. It is the Chiefs of Staff for each service; Orthopedics, Oncology, Internal Medicine, and others that tend to the patients in SOQ, and this became fodder for his fantasized future career.

 

The US Navy had little interest in his post-Naval plans. Danley was eventually transferred to the Fleet Marine Force as a Medic at U.S. Marine Corps’ Weapons Training Battalion, San Diego. Young Marine Corp recruits spent weeks training with the Corp’s small arms weapons. With live ammunition in the hands of trainees, a Medic was required to be on duty on the firing range. The author reports that there are many stories from the firing range and that some of these will undoubtedly find their way into future Danley novels!

 

Following an honorable discharge and with a new wife, he found his way back to the construction industry, selling kitchen cabinets to tract house and apartment builders. With bidding new construction projects and attending college at night, it left little time to help his wife raise his first two sons.

 

It was at this time Danley was recruited to join a commercial real estate firm. The first few years were spent in the land business, managing sales crews on projects as varied as raw acreage, improved lots and commercial land suitable for shopping centers or industrial parks. That set the stage for moving into income properties. Danley spent most of his working career on the investment side of this business.

 

Danley’s five grown sons have parented many grandchildren for him while building their own successful careers. He credits their mother’s outstanding child rearing skills together with the wonderful influence of their stepmother, Christopher Norris—a Broadway, film, and television actress—for the fine family with which he is blessed. Walter and Christopher were married for eighteen years, during the boys’ formative years. She remains a good friend to the boys and Walter.

 

Danley reignited his education in mid-career at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, earning an MBA. Encouraged by the Pepperdine experience, he pursued a terminal degree in Management Theory at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate School of Business.

 

A four-decade veteran of real estate investments on a national platform, Danley authored the course, Creative and Unconventional Finance and taught it at five campuses of the University of California Extension School for several years. During that period, Danley served on the UCLA Real Estate Advisory Board.

 

Walter lives in the Texas Hill Country, where he works on Inside Moves, the sequel to his suspense thriller, The Tipping Point. He confides that the Inside Moves will test his protagonist in ways unimagined in earlier works. Beyond that novel in Danley’s work in process and scheduled for release in 2016, is an as yet untitled stand-alone mystery. Danley describes it as a historical western but with a fantasy twist.

 

Website:

 

https://walterdanley.com/

 

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GIVEAWAY

Walter will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host. Additionally, Goddess Fish Productions will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn host.

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Posted on May 29, 2015, in Paranormal Romance & Author's That Rock. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Thank you for hosting the blog tour, Ladies. I appreciate your efforts and will stop back often today and read the comments left by your subscribers.

  2. The story sounds very intriguing.

    • Hi Rita:
      We’ve got to stop meeting like this! I appreciate your comment, but from Bonnie’s (I guess she wrote the review) it would be hard to come to that assessment. While I respect the reviewer’s opinion, I feel compelled to point out a couple discrepancies

      First, it is not the intent of the novel to depict the “corporate world” as deceitful, only CapVest, as it turns out. I guess she had a change of heart between starting the review and finishing it as my “score” went up at the end by around 15%.But the reviewer is correct, there are a lot of characters. Oneof the major characters in the story is CapVEst, the Corporation. With billions of dollars in assets, it takes a bunch of folks to run that type of enterprise. The story deals with some of those. To someone without any business experience or knowledge, there are undoubtedly sections of the book that one wouldn’t particularly care about. I am pleased that the story, in spite of that, kept the reviewers interest.

      The “conclusions” that some things written about, “I don’t believe were possible in 1978” is of no consequence. The person who wrote that did not do what the author did. RESEARCH! Ones erroneous opinion about a subject that was neither researched, experienced first-hand or observed tends to discredit the rest of the comments made.

      Case in point: the reviewer stats that Wainwright’s Naval background was never discussed. She must have skipped over the scene when he tells Lacey how he injured his leg, when he was in Naval Criminal investigations in Viet Nam. Skipping that part would also explain why the reviewer disbelieved that a successful real estate investor could be a proficient investigator of the crimes committed in and to his company.

      As to Wainwright being “welcomed” into the investigation, another oops! It was the head investigator for the SEC and Lacey, a former ADA in Boston that created and processed that investigation, with some help from the FBI. It was their investigation. Wainwright was more a bystander than a lead.

      And finally, I was left wondering about the reviewers closing comment that, “Overall, it’s not a bad story and was entertaining.” How is it that she came to that conclusion without having said anything positive about those portions she did read? One is only left to ponder the vagaries of life.
      Walter

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