Monday, November 29, 2010

First of State by Robert Greer Review and Giveaway(Closed)

First of State
Robert Greer
ISBN: 9781556439155 

Book Description:
Robert Greer’s latest novel—a prequel to his CJ Floyd mystery series—takes readers back in time to a very young CJ Floyd. It’s 1972, and the 22-year-old decorated war vet has recently returned to Denver from Vietnam with post-traumatic stress disorder. Navigating depression, he finds a friend in World War II vet and amputee Wiley Ames, who shares his passion for rare and valuable western memorabilia.

When Ames and a mysterious Chinese man are found murdered, CJ’s already fragile world threatens to collapse. His attempts to find his friend’s killer are thwarted at every turn, and finally he joins his Uncle Ike’s business as bail bondsman and bounty hunter. Five years later one of Ames’s treasured antique license plates turns up at a Denver flea market, and CJ is once again off and running. The trail to Wiley Ames’s murderer leads CJ down a dark path strewn with backstabbing antique dealers, conniving friends and relatives of Ames’s, and a shadowy musician. Equally a white-knuckle-ride murder mystery and a tale of a traumatized young man coming to terms with his past, First of State features the kind of fresh characters, street-smart dialogue, and ingenious plot twists that have made this series a critical and commercial success.

~About the Author~

 Robert Greer, author of the CJ Floyd mystery series, lives in Denver, where he is a practicing surgical pathologist, research scientist, and Professor of Pathology and Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He also edits the High Plains Literary Review, reviews books for National Public Radio, and raises Black Baldy cattle on his ranch near Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

~My Review~
I absolutely love how Robert Greer added a second story line to First of State! I don't know if he meant to keep the readers interested in it by doing so, but he kept me wanting to come back for more! I must say that Mystery is one of my all-time favorite book genres because of the characters and the whole idea of maybe being able to solve the 'mystery'  yourself by developing you own ideas. The characters were absolutely unique and very interesting, ones that surely won't be forgotten-even if Mr. Greer kills them off in the end.  Not many people really pay too much attention to the quotes that are in the beginning of the book...I do! I love quotes and this particular one really piqued my curiosity. 
From the book:
Money is the last thing a wise man will hoard-Will Durant
For some reason this particular quote is what made me read this book before all the others and I'm so glad I did!  
If you enjoy reading mysteries with awesome characters I highly recommend First of State by Robert Greer!

One of my LUCKY readers will win a copy of First of State by Robert Greer!
Thanks Random House!

Mandatory Entry:
Why would you like to win this book? 
-This must be completed for your entry to count!-
Leave email address in every comment so I can contact you if you are chosen the winner!

Extra Entries:
  • Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect +1
  • Subscribe via Email and confirm it! +2 Entries
  • "Like" Facebook +5 Entries!-(Leave 5 Comments and your username)
  • Leave me a comment on Facebook telling me you entered this giveaway :) +1
  • Add my regular blog button +3 Entries! (add link to where it is)
  • Add my New Years Bash Event button +3 Entries (add link to Where it is)
  • Follow me on Twitter 
  • Tweet about this giveaway with a link to this post-come back and leave me the link! +1 Entry-daily
  • Blog about this giveaway for +5 Entries! Leave a link to this post (Tell me where I can find it!)
  • Enter any of my other active giveaways +1 per giveaway you entered


Giveaway Ends on :  Dec.13, 2010 at 11:59pm CST
Open to USA residents only.
*Mandatory entry MUST be done before extra entries count!*
I received no compensation for doing this review. I did receive a review copy of the book.  All the opinions of this book are my own. Winners will be chosen by a random number generator from and will have 48 hours to reply to the winning email or I will pick a new winner! Sponsors are responsible for shipping all giveaway prizes unless otherwise stated!


  1. It has a flea market in it...actually sounds very interesting..and since I haven't read the other books..maybe a great way to get into a new series!
    GFC follower

  2. Following you from the blog hop would love a follow back at:

    Thanks so much & have a great Monday!!!

  3. Katie you blog so cool!! I look forward to more networking....

  4. Sounds like a good read—please enter me to win!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  5. I love mysteries and the fact the Post Traumatic Stress is a part of the story.


  6. I would like to win it to give as a gift. I think my dad would enjoy reading it.
    thesqueakycart at aol dot com

  7. gfc follower
    thesqueakycart at aol dot com

  8. I would love to win this because I love a good mystery and I love to read and this sounds really good!

  9. email subscriber #1

  10. I have been wanting to read Mr. Greer's books for awhile, and this would be a start.

  11. I follow via GFC

  12. I like on FB - Sharon Walling

  13. I like on FB - Sharon Walling

  14. I like on FB - Sharon Walling

  15. I like on FB - Sharon Walling

  16. I like on FB - Sharon Walling

  17. I would like to win this book because mystery is my favorite genre, too---and I'm always looking for new authors to try.

  18. I signed up for an email subscription.

  19. I love mysteries and this sounds like an interesting story-
    Diane Baum

  20. I don't believe I've read a book where the main character suffers from PTSD. This combined with him working on a mystery sounds like it will be a deeper read than just a mystery.

  21. I love a good mystery and this sounds very appealing.



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

My Sponsors/Companies

Katie's bookshelf::Blog-reviews

Euphemania: Our Love Affair with EuphemismsFirst of StateReasons Why YOU ROCK!: Realize Your Greatness and Amplify Your Personal PowerHow Music WorksRescueThr3e

More of Katie's books »
Katie's blog-reviews book recommendations, reviews, favorite quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists


Make your own Countdown Clocks