Item description for Paid in Blood (NCIS Series #1) by Mel Odom & Kevin King...
Overview Crime scene investigation thriller. Will Coburn and his NCIS team of agents are hunting for a missing body stolen from a crime scene and suspect a government cover up may be in the works. It's a race against time while the nuclear submarine they are on sinks to the bottom of the ocean.
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Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 420.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.22" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.99" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
ISBN 1589268679 ISBN13 9781589268678
Availability 0 units.
More About Mel Odom & Kevin King
Mel Odom lives in Oklahoma with his wife and children. He's written dozens of novels in a variety of fields and many based on popular television shows and role-playing games. He currently teaches in the Professional Writing program at the University of Oklahoma.
Mel Odom currently resides in Moore, in the state of Oklahoma. Mel Odom was born in 1950.
Reviews - What do customers think about Paid in Blood (NCIS Series #1)?
Paid in Blood Apr 27, 2008
PAID IN BLOOD by Mel Odom is filled with suspenseful twists and turns, riveting plots, and complex characters. What starts off as a murder investigation of one of their own NCIS officers, ends up leading Commander Colburn and his team to uncover a plot that links together terrorist from South Korea, Japan, Russia, and someone inside the United States Navy.
Though the genre I enjoy most is romance, which PAID IN BLOOD is not, I thoroughly enjoyed this action pack thriller and can't wait to learn more about the intriguing characters that make up the NCIS team. If you enjoy fast paced fiction, you will enjoy PAID IN BLOOD
Awesome! Apr 15, 2008
This is the first in a series of NCIS books that I have recently found and started reading. Following Will Coburn and his NCIS agents as they collect evidence and piece together clues is riveting, to say the least. I have really enjoyed this book and have already purchased the second in the series!
Technical inaccuracy totally defeats to book Aug 21, 2007
As a recently retired NCIS Special Agent, I started to read this book with much interest hoping for an accurate description of NCIS, its mission, and capabilities. Unfortunately, by the second chapter the inaccuracies were such that it totally destroyed any further hope I had for the book.
From the start, it should be noted that NCIS is a civilian federal law enforcement agency responsible for conducting felony criminal investigations specifically involving the Department of the Navy (U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps) and the United States, in general. Its Director and senior management are members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and the Special Agent corps are Federal Criminal Investigators (GS-1811), with the same authority as the FBI, U.S. Customs Service, ATF, U.S. Secret Service, etc. While there is a small cadre of USN Intelligence Officers and USMC Criminal Investigators and Counterintelligence personnel assigned to NCIS, they are subordinate to the civilian law enforcement personnel. The Director, NCIS reports to the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV).
The books primary character/investigator, CDR Will Coburn is a former aircraft carrier Commanding Officer, something that would never occur in reality. First, aircraft carrier COs are O-6 - Captains, not Commanders (O-5) and generally on the road to Admiral. In no way are they eligible nor would they take such a position as a NCIS Special Agent. A carrier CO's age would preclude him/her being accepted to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) - a prerequisite to becoming a 1811. Also, within the USN hierarchy an assignment as a NCIS Special Agent is not career enhancing.
A second major inaccuracy is the fact that NCIS takes over a crime scene out in the local jurisdiction under the notion that NCIS has primacy over all criminal cases involving USN/USMC personnel. In actuality, NIS/NCIS has joint jurisdiction and routinely works with local authorities providing investigative and technical assistance when requested. However, it is not uncommon for local jurisdictions to turn over cases to NCIS particularly when both the subject and victim are military or there is specific federal interest in prosecution. NCIS prides itself on how well they work with local jurisdictions, one reason being a significant number of NCIS Special Agents were recruited from local law enforcement and pride themselves in the relationships they are able to establish and maintain with local law enforcement...NCIS is probably better at this than any other federal criminal investigative agency.
Additionally, it should be noted the requirements to become a NCIS Special Agent. At a minimum , Special Agent candidate must possess a Bachelor's Degree, pass an appropriate physical exam, and be able to possess a minimum of a Top Secret security clearance. NCIS does recruit heavily from the law enforcement and military officer community and also look for college graduates possessing specific language capabilities, area studies, and/or academic backgrounds. Upon hiring they must then complete the FLETC and a special NCIS "add-on". NCIS personnel do not/not attend USN "boot camp".
I realize this book is a work of fiction and while I have no real problem with the plot and its execution, its description of NCIS is so inaccurate I could not make it through the book nor can I recommend it.
Fantastic, good pace, lots of action May 28, 2007
This is my first book by the author, I will definitely be looking out for other books by this author.
Starts out slow, then picks up and won't let off May 24, 2007
I really enjoy the NCIS TV series (minus the copius sexual innuendos) and thought this would be a good, wholesome addition.
Plot: An NCIS agent is killed when checking in on a coworker's stepson. Will Coburn and his team begin to investigate. As they wrap up the NCIS agent's murder, they realize that something worse is going on: military weapons are being smuggled. What follows is a fast-paced ride through the US, Korea, and Okinawa to find the culprits and stop the ultimate plan: to start World War III.
Good: At first, I was rather bored. Not realizing where Odom was going, I thought that he was using the NCIS agent's death to show his readers how good his NCIS team is and then would segue into the real mystery. So I kep reading and going, "Okay, when is the mystery going to start?" That's when I realized that the NCIS death led to the mystery. Odom wraps up the NCIS agent's murder (which is indirectly related to the main story) so that he can focus on the true mystery--the nuclear war that someone is trying to plan out. As the mystery unravels and the team finally discovers the identity of the one trying to start World War III, the pace gets faster and faster and ends in an explosive conclusion. The author beautifully wove the main story--a possible nuclear war between the superpowers--into the death of the NCIS agent. Further, I was so amazed at the twists and turns in this novel! They were odd (inserting terrorists into the U.S. Navy), but not so odd that you think, "Am I reading science fiction?" The characters are real and personal. Each person's role in the team makes sense (the author isn't making up some stupid task just so he can put a character in it) and is unique. I just wish they didn't all have supremely depressing personal stories (minus, of course, the late, great Frank Billings). On the other hand, life is tough.
Bad: I really don't have a lot of problems with this book. Mostly, it was a little gory, so if you don't like hearing autopsies or going over how someone died or reading about lots and lots of blood, don't read this. The characters are kinda grim--Will is going through a painful divorce, Maggie's father is a control freak, Estrella's husband committed suicide, Shel and his dad don't get along, and Nita doesn't want to be a wife and mom. I would have liked to have seen more character growth and coming to grips with their problems, but if this is going to be a series, that's okay if the author takes his time. Last problem is that the investigation of the NCIS agent in the beginning is too fast. In less than a day, they have processed the crime scene, interrogated neighbors, found the chop shop, brought down the criminals, and gotten a statement/confession. I know Odom was closing this up so he could focus on the real story (good move) but worth noting.
Dialogue/Sexual Situations/Violence: No language. Sexual situations consist mostly of brief mentions of scantily dressed women in bars. Several people are shot at or die in the novel. Grisly descriptions of autopsies.
Overall: If you like crime scene and mystery mixed with great characters and a military setting, you will like this novel. Can't wait to read his next book!