Guidance to Death

#1 Frank Adams Detective series

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
280 Pages
Reviewed on 03/04/2023
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Author Biography

Daniel Meier graduated from UNCW (University of North Carolina, Wilmington) with a major in History. He served in the United States Navy, and later studied American Literature at The University of Maryland Graduate School and began writing.

Meanwhile, he taught English and History at a private high school, worked as a flight instructor, and was a pilot examiner for the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). In 1980, Leisure Books published a mystery/ thriller that he wrote under the ‘nom de plume’ Vince Daniels. In addition, he published short stories in college literary magazines and worked for the Washington Business Journal as a journalist. He was also a contributing editor to several aviation magazines and worked as a technical writer/editor for a U.S. government contractor.

Meier's latest book, GUIDANCE TO DEATH, draws heavily on his experience in the aviation industry and is the first book in a murder/mystery series. His award-winning Dung Beetles of Liberia series features two historical fiction/ thriller action books THE DUNG BEETLES OF LIBERIA and BLOOD BEFORE DAWN that chronicle the downfall of Liberia when it was the richest country in Africa. He is also the author of BLOODROOT, the gripping account of survival in America's earliest settlement, Jamestown, Virginia, and NO BIRDS SING HERE, a work of Literary Fiction Satire.

He and his wife live in Owings Maryland, about 20 miles south of Annapolis, and spend summers sailing their Bayfield 36 on the Chesapeake Bay.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite

In Guidance to Death, Daniel V Meier Jr opens his story with a horrific plane crash. The wreckage is so severe the authorities cannot tell what caused the crash. Was it a pilot error, a mechanical fault, or sabotage? Aviation crash expert Frank Adams is hired by the widow to investigate because she suspects her husband and the two other passengers were murdered. What begins as a simple investigation becomes deadly as Adams discovers some people are determined to cover their tracks and leave no loose ends. From the information Adams discovers, he has become a loose end and his life, and that of the people he works with, are at risk from those who are as ruthless as they are criminals.

I enjoyed reading Daniel V Meier Jr’s Guidance to Death. It is fast-moving, page-turning, and exciting. Meier's knowledge of planes makes the plot realistic, but he does not overstretch you with too many technicalities. His hero Frank Adams is no James Bond. He doesn’t win every fight, nor shoot like William Tell. He is relatable and likable and you cannot help but cheer him on. Other characters are equally down to earth, as they battle one twist after another as the action speeds up. I loved his girlfriend The Major, who is more of a friend with benefits, and even Helen Rawlson, the widow, who at first is not a likable person, but who softens toward the end. I have read several of Meier's titles and I have enjoyed them all. This is a little different as it is pure adventure, firmly in the crime genre, and is up there with the best. Highly recommended.