The Cry of the Cuckoos

Mystery & Thrillers

By John Wayne Cargile

Publisher : Eloquent Books

ABOUT John Wayne Cargile

John Wayne Cargile
I am an author/writer/publisher. I have won many writing awards, including Associated Press, Sigma Delta Chi, etc. I worked as a newspaper writer/magazine editor for nearly 40 years. I spent a year with the FBI as a clerk in the late 1960's, regional sales manager for Bantam Books, and to More...


The cuckoo bird is a master of deception, fooling other species in their race to copy their chirping begging call. Donald Drummond and his wife, Anne, chase after the killer of his father, Henry Drummond, but find themselves up against a radical right wing supremacist organization called the Society of Southron Patriots and, like the cuckoo bird, deception is the Society’s mission. The couple unravels a terrorist plot aimed to kill Washington dignitaries at the Super Bowl and delegates at the United Nations. Donald, a retired news reporter, and Anne, a retired school teacher, unfold the mystery leading them on a wild chase from Alabama to Texas. And one of the many murder suspects is Donald’s biological mother, Betty Jo Duke, who he only just met after his father’s death. Donald and Anne are hired as informants by the FBI to unravel the mysterious case and they get a lot more than they bargained for.

Reviewed by Rita Hestand (author of Hannah's Man & More)
Sometimes finding the truth opens up a can of worms that can't be disposed of. Retired news reporter Donald Drummond, and his retired teacher wife, Anne, begin to unravel a family mystery that leads to death and intrigue.  Trying to discover his father's killers, Donald is whisked into the confidence of the FBI and faced with insurmountable truths. 
Donald is forced to deal with his
father's underhanded business with the Society of Southern Patriots, and an unmasking of his own identity that he must come to grips with. 
After sixty one years, Donald meets his real mother. And his mother is a suspect in his father's death.  His father was poisoned. However, as Donald works
closely with the authorities, he unravels one bad soap opera after another, how much can one man stand to know about his heritage? And can he live with the knowing?
John Wayne Cargile takes us on a journey that starts with much intrigue and ends with bold characterization of family life sometimes better left unsaid.  Even when all is well, it isn't.
What an emotional jaunt Mr. Cargile leads us on, spilling forth with page turner characters and strong plotting that keeps one on the edge of his seat to finish this book.  I enjoyed it no end.
Mr. Cargile has my undying admiration for writing a book that has no holes barred. Equal in emotion and plotting to a William Faulkner book, this one is a real keeper and one you won't forget for some time! Thanks for the enjoyable read.....