A u 7 9

A Tracker Novel

Fiction - Thriller - General
315 Pages
Reviewed on 05/09/2018
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Author Biography

Anita Dickason is a retired police officer with twenty-seven years of experience, twenty-two with the Dallas Police Department. She served in patrol, undercover narcotics, accident investigation, and tactical officer and first female sniper on the Dallas SWAT team.

Her fictional works are suspense/thrillers. Anita uses her extensive law enforcement knowledge and experience to create her plots and characters. Many of the incidents portrayed in her FBI Tracker crime novels are based on actual events.

While the plot of A u 7 9 is fictional, it is based on fact. In 2015, the State of Texas approved a new bill that set in motion a series of events that served as the foundation for the novel. At the end of A u 7 9, Anita provides the Story Behind the Fiction with a quote from the Governor of Texas.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

FBI Trackers Adrian Dillard and Cat Morgan are drawn into a case involving a fellow law enforcement officer with the disappearance of Laredo ATF agent Stuart Dyson in A u 79 by Anita Dickason. Without much to go on, the pair have to depend on local police, the Texas FBI and the ATF to make headway, but encounter resistance and outright hostility. As the clues begin to surface and the connections are made, the action heats up with ever-widening implications. Local Homicide Detective Tracy Harlowe is a big help while also being a loose cannon, and an ambitious young wanna-be reporter may or may not be creating more trouble than his curiosity can handle as all their paths continue to cross.

With internal complications on top of getting any information from the people under investigation, Dillard and Morgan have their hands full. At least the tech guru of the Washington office has a new system up and running that helps to analyze thousands of bits and pieces of information that point them in the right direction. Will the team be able to get to the bottom of the agent’s disappearance before there is a major incident?

Anita Dickason has created an amazing adventure with this riveting action thriller. The action spirals progressively to an explosive conclusion with fantastic details of the process of investigating a major FBI case. There are so many characters that some confusion could arise, but a convenient list of characters helps to keep things clear as the pieces fall into place. Terrific dialogue, amazing intrigue and intense action keep you turning pages to find out what the real mystery is and what Agent Dyson’s involvement actually is. Well written and well worth reading, Au 79 is a great book. Excellent story! I would love to read more!

Paul F. Johnson

In A u 79 by Anita Dickason, Laredo ATF Agent Stuart Dyson suddenly disappears without a trace. When the local investigation comes up empty-handed, an FBI Tracker team of Adrian Dillard and Cat Morgan is sent to Laredo to take over the case. For no apparent reason, the team is met with hostility from the local FBI and ATF agents. Then there’s Dyson’s fiancée, Homicide Detective Tracy Harlowe, known for her sometimes unconventional methods. In the past, Dillard has shown mysterious intuition which kicks into high gear when lead after lead ends with a dead body.

Someone knows more than they are telling. Evidence mounts and the question arises: is Dyson the victim or the deadly mastermind of a nefarious plot. Following a lead, the team finds a connection with a militia group named Border Guards. Homeland Security is placed on high alert and the President demands answers. Things heat to boiling point when Detective Harlowe disappears. Agent Dillard realizes that things just went from bad to very, very bad in a hurry.

I really enjoyed this story. The author has put together a strong story line of good procedural law enforcement work between federal agents and local police. By adding new information at just the right time, she keeps the reader interested in wanting to see what happens next. There are a lot of characters and good guys and bad are all exceptionally developed. Once the plot unfolds, the reader can’t help but be pulled in, easily identifying with the main characters. The end is satisfying and will leave the reader wanting to know when the next book comes out. Very well done.

Deepak Menon

A u 7 9 by Anita Dickason is a taut, tension filled novel of the underworld in the United States. FBI Tracker Adrian Dillard, on assignment to trace a missing ATF agent named Stuart Dyson, sits in a grimy, sleazy bar somewhere in Laredo, Texas, sipping a beer and waiting for an informer to contact him. His partner, Cat Morgan, waits outside, keeping watch. Finally, a biker contacts him and informs him that Dyson is dead. Promising to provide further details only after being paid, the biker walks out. Adrian follows and hands over the token first payment of a thousand dollars. The biker zooms off, after asserting more information will come only after receiving another $25,000. Not even out of sight, he is gunned down a very short distance away. Their sole chance of tracking the missing Dyson is gone. Then begins the amazing process of gleaning information out of thin air, as one may say. Traces reveal that detonators for explosives were what the biker was working on! What was the plan? The entire complex machinery of crime detection in the USA is activated. Numerous new protagonists, both good and evil, enter the arena. Homicide Detective Tracy Harlowe, the fiancée of the missing Dyson, who is a firebrand cop refusing to believe that Dyson is dead, though sidelined, breaks all barriers to pursue her own private investigation. The President of the USA and the Secretary of State for Homeland Security Vance Whitaker, and numerous other memorable protagonists like Scott Fleming, head of the Tracker Unit, Nicki, his computer guru, Ryan Barr, the unit’s profiler, Blake Kenner, and murderous local groups emerge.

The author uses all her experience and seamlessly moves the story along myriad threads, both of scenarios and time lines, with the investigation sometimes reaching back many years to connect links to both Dyson as well as each new protagonist who is connected with his disappearance. The reader will gasp with amazement as each curtain is lifted to reveal the incredible yet possible motive after motive behind the disappearance of Dyson. The secrets of A u 79, as well as the figure 27.43 pounds found on a slip of paper at one of the many murder scenes in the book, remain obscure, and all the investigation teams across the spectrum remain at a loss. Why did the investigation become a national priority with the President himself being briefed moment by moment? With excellent formatting, flawless grammar and diction, fluid seamless prose, strong and believable original characters, and a superb plot and story line, I will not hesitate in calling Anita Dickason’s nail biting A u 79 as being among the best in its genre, certainly a worthy contender for the silver screen.

Lit Amri

In A u 7 9 (A Tracker Novel) by Anita Dickason, the FBI Tracker Unit has a formidable reputation for their work. When the investigation of Stuart Dyson-a missing ATF agent-stalled, the case is assigned to this new unit. Trackers Adrian Dillard and Cat Morgan go to Laredo, Texas, for a lead. But their work is cut out for them when their informant is shot dead. On top of that, local Homicide Detective Tracy Harlowe’s hostility is baffling and worrying, not to mention the theft of explosives that they discover. Time is ticking by and the Tracker Unit’s reputation is on the line, as the case proves trickier than they expected.

A u 7 9 is mostly plot-driven, but one of the best parts of this book for me is its memorable characters, who are all fleshed out quite nicely in a succinct narrative. My favorites are easily the Tracker team; Adrian, Cat, Scott, Nicki, Ryan, Blake, including the feisty Detective Tracy Harlowe. Plotting is essential for a crime story to keep readers interested, and Dickason did solid work in this aspect and moved the plot with considerable pace. Action, conflict, twists, and betrayal made the story intriguing. It was fun trying to figure out who the real perpetrator was in the end, and I have to confess my inkling was not that far off. On the whole, this is a good and compelling read. Fans of the detective crime genre can’t go wrong with Dickason’s A u 7 9.

Sierra Edelen

Bombs, a missing agent, betrayal and life threatening situations... When ATF Agent Stuart Dyson goes missing, FBI Agents Adrian Dillard and Cat Morgan are sent to Laredo, Texas to solve the case. But things are not as simple as a missing agent. The circumstances are mysterious and don’t add up, and any leads they get land up with a hole in their chest. With the help of the Trace team Cat and Adrian are part of, and that of Tracy Harlowe, the group races against time to discover the truth and solve the case, dodging life threatening situations at every turn. Will they find out the plot of those against them? Find the missing agent? Avoid having civilian casualties? Only time will tell and Agent Dillard is quickly running out of it.

A u 7 9 by Anita Dickason is a thrilling novel filled with suspense, mystery and riddles that keep the reader on their toes, trying to figure out the mystery and solve the case as the agents do. Being aimed at mystery and thriller loving adults, this novel hits the nail on the head with its target audience. The author does very well keeping the flow of the story going in a captivating way that doesn’t let the reader stop reading without a struggle. Not only that, but she does a wonderful job of keeping the secrets of solving the case to the very end. It is awe inspiring when you do solve the mystery. Learning that the author not only wrote this amazing story, but that she actually lived as a police officer before this only makes you want to read the next book even more. I enjoyed every word of this story and I really look forward to reading more from this author.