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What would you do if you lost everything you own and everyone you love?

 

Many did in the Great Recession as the housing industry collapsed.

 

One man, down and out, saw his fine furniture business destroyed, lost his loves and family and had nothing to live for.

 

Yet he persevered and accepted a Faustian bargain that would change his life.

 

All he had to do was assassinate a powerful billionaire real estate scammer responsible for financial ruins in America.

Would you take the offer?

Eric Donovan, a blue collar carpenter with exceptional black ops skills, accepted the offer to turn his decimated life around and become the first Blue Collar Assassin.

Take a journey with a deeply spiritual man who faces his demons and wins one for the little guys against the most corrupt financial and political figures of our time.


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The Story Behind This Book
Many Americans lost it all in the Great Recession. One man, Eric Donovan, a blue collar carpenter with exceptional black ops skills, received a Faustian bargain to turn his decimated life around and become the first Blue Collar Assassin. All he had to do was assassinate a powerful billionaire real estate scammer responsible for financial ruins in America. I have been a writer hiding from the passion that burned for many years as I had to be a provider for my family. I became an empire builder making millions along the way and losing it to two divorces, the Great Recession, bad debts, the stock market plunge, medical issues, failed businesses and lost jobs. Writing the book was cathartic and challenged my right side brain to new highs. I didn’t do it for the money rather for the thrill of the chase. The money would be a big plus.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Run-of-the-Mill Construction Project., April 11, 2014Retired Critic - See all my reviews

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This review is from: The Carpenter (Paperback)

A washed up former commando and fine furniture carpenter, who drinks too much, gets a mysterious assignment to assassinate a high level criminal. Along the way we get some of his background through flashbacks and conversations with eclectic and interesting people.

The plot gathers speed as you read it and you find yourself unable to put it down. Engaging, humorous, threatening, fast paced, all these adjectives define this book by Max Myllan. I hope to see more of his works in the future.

 

 

A Project, An Architect, and a Carpenter in an Entertaining Suspense Novel, May 14, 2014

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E. Lucas - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Carpenter (The Blue Collar Assassin Series) (Kindle Edition)

In “The Carpenter,” Eric Donovan is a war veteran who has been struggling to make ends meet—at least until he is recruited for a mysterious Project, assigned by a man known only as the Mediator and ordered by an unknown Architect.

The Project is the murder of a real state and business mogul, and it turns out that perhaps no one is a better assassin for the job than Eric, given his particular specialization in the Army. However, Eric is spiritually torn by the task he’s taken on, and he turns to an old childhood friend and family priest, Father Tom, for guidance. Eric has 90 days to get close enough to the target to carry out the task—and along the way he will connect with a beautiful (and kinky) woman through social media, make friends in unexpected places, and battle some of his own demons left over from past relationships and the war.

I enjoyed “The Carpenter”—it’s a good blend of suspense and action, with a little humor thrown in as well (for instance, the Project is assigned at the Pink Banana Gentleman’s Club…). I liked the mystery surrounding what Eric did in the army, and how it ties into the plot as his role in “quiet deaths” is slowly revealed. That Eric was conflicted about the job deepens his character—his personal struggle is set up well, and it makes you think about what you would do when offered $1 million to take out someone who is a terrible person and who has more than one enemy who would willingly do the same for free. Father Tom’s motivations also add another interesting layer of mystery to the novel, and the reasons behind them led to a satisfying conclusion for me as a reader.

I would recommend “The Carpenter” to readers who are looking for an entertaining suspense novel that has action but isn’t too graphic, and has likeable characters and a well-executed premise.

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A Wild Tale!, April 30, 2014

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Pierre Angier "physicianhealthcoach.com" (St. Augustine, FL) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Carpenter (The Blue Collar Assassin Series) (Kindle Edition)

Half of the books I buy I don't finish. It's not that I don't like to read, I just don't want to waste my time reading crappy books.
"The Carpenter" stands out because of it's stimulating plot and colorful characters. The author must have a great imagination or he's led a very interesting life to come with with such a wild tale. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously unique and captivating, April 28, 2014

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Chloe Halston - See all my reviews

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The Carpenter features a once-commando, now-laborer named Eric Donovan whose life is turned upside down after he accepts a deal whose depth he could never have imagined. The novel jumps right in with fast-paced action and thrills, and doesn't stop until the bitter end as the mysteries surrounding Eric's co-conspirators and indeed the mysteries in his own head begin to unfold. Morally taxing, the novel skillfully leads the reader toward the nail-biting conclusion when the truth is finally revealed and Eric is left reeling.

If you enjoy fast-moving, military/crime thrillers with philosophical undertones and momentous revelations, consider The Carpenter a must-read.

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Money Talks, April 24, 2014

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Brenda Lee (Maryland) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: The Carpenter (The Blue Collar Assassin Series) (Kindle Edition)

Eric Donovan is a laborer who compromises his principles when he gets into some trouble with an underworld thug. He's in financial ruins, and don't know how he's going to pay him back. But when he accepts an assassination assignment from a neutral third-party, known as The Mediator, he discovers that money talks, and anyone can be bought if they're desperate enough.

At the behest of his father, he seeks the counseling of Father Tom, a priest with no moral compass. And as you read along, you'll see that nothing is ever as it seems.

 

 

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5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE!, April 11, 2014

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matthew c. parkes - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Carpenter (The Blue Collar Assassin Series) (Kindle Edition)

This is truly edge of your seat page suspense at its best! Cannot wait

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars SENSATIONAL!!!, April 7, 2014

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Sharon Pasquariello - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Carpenter (The Blue Collar Assassin Series) (Kindle Edition)

Found "The Carpenter" to be an unpredictable, ingenious, captivating read from a very impressionable and clever up and coming writer!

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!, April 7, 2014

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Michael Ray King - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Carpenter (The Blue Collar Assassin Series) (Kindle Edition)

An author I know I will be following! Looking forward to the next book in the Series! (And the next, and the next...)

Michele Marie

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Thrillers, April 7, 2014

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Raymond B. Pozzi - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Carpenter (Paperback)

It was great suspense. I could have never guessed the outcome. I can't wait for the rest of the series.

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars The carpenter - A good read!, April 7, 2014

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jim morosco - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Carpenter (The Blue Collar Assassin Series) (Kindle Edition)

The carpenter is precise ,accurate in all details,informative&involved. A truly well-crafted page turner.We will be reading the rest of series.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh take on the thriller/crime genre, May 31, 2014

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Rich Blaisdell - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Carpenter (Paperback)

"The Carpenter," by Max Myllan, is a fresh take on the thriller/crime genre that will take you on a ride you won't want to get off. The main character is Eric James Donovan. A former black ops leader, he is now a carpenter suffering under the recession. When he is made an offer by a mysterious person known as the mediator, Donovan accepts eagerly. Using a neurotoxin from a puffer fish, Donovan begins his career as an assassin that brings him face-to-face with personal struggles, moral dilemmas, and death itself. One thing you should note about this book is the writing is top-notch. I am reminded a bit of Ian Fleming's voice, with descriptive yet curt narration. Myllan is an author who does his research and everything from fishing scenes to neurotoxin chemistry is described with details that you'd expect from someone in the respective fields. The plot is well-paced, and I really enjoyed the main character's cynical, calculated, witty voice. The author injects a bit of real-world feel to the novel with the addition of elements of the recession. Overall, if you want to read a fresh take on crime/thriller novels, you will enjoy this book.

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars The Carpenter is Impressive, May 28, 2014

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Buckeyegirl - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Carpenter (Paperback)

Eric Donovan is a man who is down on his luck. He has loan sharks and bill collectors closing in on him. He also has to deal with the aftermath of a string of deaths within the family. A mysterious customer contacts him for a job, but chooses rather seedy locations in order to conduct anonymous business. As Eric's problems become to much to bear his father suggests that he calls up a man that owes a favor. Eric is taken on an exciting ride for the rest of the book, finding out more about the illegal underground than he ever imagined. Nothing in this world is as it seems. Nearly everyone in this book has a secret.

I enjoyed the fleshed out characters and detailed descriptions of the Donovan men's past. Max Myllan provides a great novel that will captivate your attention as you watch Eric Donovan unravel the mysteries he encounters and how he becomes wrapped up in the world of shadows that these characters would rather keep hidden.

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read!, May 24, 2014

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nickalous - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Carpenter (Paperback)

Certainty this fast pace book is totally interesting. The story line is perfectly articulated. Characters were well developed. Every chapter in this amazing book is thrilling like a roller-coaster ride with many twist and turns. Indeed this book offers exceptional excitement non-stop. Thumbs up to Max Myllan for such an awesome read.
Highly recommend.

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, May 24, 2014

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Anne C - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Carpenter (Paperback)

This was a interesting story in which the main character, a former commando and a carpenter has his convictions tested by doing something morally questionable. It was interesting to follow his story throughout the book and I couldn’t put it down. Eric is conflicted by the task he has to carry out and the whole book is very intriguing. Great book if you enjoy crime thrillers with a psychological twist. Highly recommended.

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars The Carpenter by Max Myllan, May 24, 2014

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Rebecca - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Carpenter (Paperback)

The Carpenter by Max Myllan is the first book in The Blue Collar Assassin Series. The main character is a menial labor carpenter, Eric Donovan. Eric used to be a highly paid carpenter, and has fallen on financially difficult times in the Great Recession. He is a former black ops squad leader, and has experience with a deadly neurotoxin TTX. The first chapter, “Living Alone With My Friend Jack” explains the process he used to extract the poison from the puffer fish. It is also the beginning of getting to know this character, which is an extremely likeable man. Interesting, especially when you consider that the plot involves Eric becoming a paid assassin. The author doesn’t make him a “bad guy.” Instead, I found myself hoping he’d come out on top. He’s hired to murder Duffy Conover, a real estate scammer and billionaire. One twist related to Eric’s dilemma was discovering how Father Tom is using his confessional in unconventional ways. This story is well-written and unpredictable. Don’t assume you have it all figured out until the very end! I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, and give this 5 stars.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating story, May 16, 2014

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Louise Carter - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Carpenter (The Blue Collar Assassin Series) (Kindle Edition)

What a brilliantly written captivating story. My dad recommended I read this book, and he has never once before recommended any book to me. The plan was to flip to thru the pages and have a glance of what the book was about. I soon after found myself reading the first chapters, and an hour later I was still there. I’m a military girl myself and I must say this book is so realistic and cleverly written, I had to pause at times and just look around to snap back to reality. Not often am so I’m profoundly moved by a work of fiction, the author has truly done his homework and delivered a fast pace military action thriller I can’t rate less than 5 stars.

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Read!, May 15, 2014

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Lindsay S. - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Carpenter (Paperback)

The Carpenter is a surprise in ever sense of the word. Upon reading the description I was incredibly intrigued in the story. I mean, how many carpenter/ former black ops squad leader do you see in the staring role in a book? Well, this one has that, and it makes for a non-stop thrill ride of suspense, intrigue, and mystery. The gritty and tense storyline will have you up late in to the night finishing this fascinating thriller (I know, because it kept me up!). A must read!

 

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding!, April 7, 2014

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Karen Pasquariello - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Carpenter (The Blue Collar Assassin Series) (Kindle Edition)

As a voracious reader, it takes a scintillating story to get me excited. WOW! You got me Max. " The Carpenter" is a mesmerizing journey. Anxious for the next book.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!, May 22, 2014

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Frank Edward - See all my reviews

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I read a lot. So I am always on the search for new books to read. I get tired with the same old storiess.
I feel like I can call lots of the storylines in the books I read.

Fortunately I discovered this book. I literally just finished reading and I adored each and every page.

One man, down and out, saw his fine furniture business destroyed, lost his loves and family and had nothing to live for. Yet he persevered and accepted a Faustian bargain that would change his life. All he had to do was assassinate a powerful billionaire real estate scammer responsible for financial ruins in America.

The storyline is new and original. The writing is quite illustrative and flows very well. The pages fly by.
 


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Max Myllan is a full time author living in Palm Coast, Florida with his two cats Zeus and Buddha. In his past he raced cars, built several businesses, practiced martial arts, held More...
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