Meet Your Maker

a Bradley Whitman novel

Fiction - Crime
290 Pages
Reviewed on 02/05/2023
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Author Biography

You can’t always plan where life will take you. That is certainly true for Christine Noyes. Growing up in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts as a tomboy, she spent her youth building forts, playing sports and enjoying the perceived innocence of the 1960’s.

Not having a clear vision of what her life should be, she went where she was most comfortable, to the kitchen. Beginning her work life as a cook at her grandfather’s restaurant at the age of eleven, she spent the next several decades re-inventing herself, becoming an accomplished chef, a sales representative, an entrepreneur, and now a writer and illustrator. She never chose her professions, they chose her.

She married her husband and soulmate, Al, in 1989. They moved to Orange, Massachusetts where, after Al’s passing, Chris remains today with thirty years of wonderful memories to keep her company.

When not at her keyboard, she can be found in her kitchen: back to her roots and love of cooking.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

If only Derek Richards - an FBI supervisory special agent at Chelsea, Boston - and his friends had known what awaited them, they would never have boarded the limousine bound for agent Bradley Whitman’s surprise party. At first, they were cruising the streets of Boston laughing their hearts out in the limo. The next thing they knew, the limo’s rear was floating high up in the air after a loud explosion. What had happened? This was the question every member of the Boston Police department and the FBI kept asking themselves. The incident had left the limo’s driver dead and its other occupants fighting for their lives in the hospital. With the FBI taking over the case, the director sidelines Bradley in the investigation. With the help of his workmates, the wheelchair-bound agent Bradley sets out to solve the case. Get yourself Meet Your Maker by Christine Noyes to discover more.

If you love a gripping mystery sleuth thriller entwined with a heart-pounding tale of crime, guilt, love, loathing, money, death threats, and movie production, then Meet Your Maker by Christine Noyes is just what you should be looking for. Noyes hatches an intriguing plot, featuring an exciting cast. The spellbinding plot twists, suspense, and thrills accompanying the read kept me on edge. I loved how Noyes’ vivid depictions captured the nuances and setting of the scenes. It only gets better with the robust touch of humor in the narration. Reading the book felt like I was right there in every scene beside the cast, listening to them throw refreshing jibes at each other, talking, quipping, and watching them make their every move. Noyes depicts the emotions of the cast in a down-to-earth way, which had me going through an emotional rollercoaster as I connected with them. Agent Bradley is that intelligent, selfless, caring, ambitious, type of character you can’t help but like. This is a magnificent piece of work and I loved it.

Pikasho Deka

In the action-packed Meet Your Maker by Christine Noyes, FBI analyst Bradley Whitman, despite being wheelchair-bound, leads a happy life with a close-knit group of friends and family. However, an unforeseen explosion in a limousine carrying seven of his friends turns his thirtieth birthday celebration upside down. With his friends fighting for their lives in the hospital, Bradley takes it upon himself to catch those responsible for the heinous attack. Delving further into the investigation with fellow FBI agents, Bradley finds himself unwittingly embroiled in a deeper conspiracy involving a Hollywood movie production and a plot for revenge that could have dire consequences. Can Bradley and the FBI agents stop the culprit before more lives are lost?

A swirling mix of suspense and intrigue with high-octane thrills makes Meet Your Maker an absolute gem for crime thriller lovers. Christine Noyes weaves a fast-paced plot with curveballs to keep you enthralled and compelling characters. Bradley is a gifted protagonist, and his investigative skills keep you invested every step of the way. But the most impressive aspects of Noyes' story are the relationships between the characters. The care and love between Bradley and his friends feel genuine and create a palpable emotional resonance with readers. It is a thoroughly entertaining read from start to finish. Crime thriller lovers should not miss out on Meet Your Maker.

Trudi LoPreto

In Meet Your Maker by Christine Noyes, readers learn that Bradley Whitman has been in a wheelchair for most of his life but it has not stopped him from becoming a valued FBI analyst. The book begins with a planned 30th birthday party for him, to be attended by his closest friends. The event never took place because the limo that the guests were sharing burst into flames when a bomb exploded, sending the passengers to the hospital and killing the driver. Bradley was determined to solve this horrendous crime and would stop at nothing until the case was solved. A talented group of FBI agents was formed and each was assigned a piece of the puzzle.

If you are a fan of crime stories then Meet Your Maker is a must-read. The entire investigation is described in full, from the clues to the disappointments and the emotions of those involved. The ending brought tears to my eyes but put a smile on my face. Christine Noyes has given us Bradley Whitman together with an awesome cast of characters. I felt as though I was part of the case as each step was examined in great detail. The final pages which culminated in finding the killer were fascinating, and it was impossible to stop reading. Christine has combined crime, friendship, love, amazing FBI agents and so much more in this book. I am looking forward to reading more cases involving Bradley and his friends and co-workers. This is a crime genre winner.

K.C. Finn

Meet Your Maker: A Bradley Whitman Book is a work of fiction in the crime, action, and suspense subgenres. It is suitable for the general adult reading audience and was written by Christine Noyes. This thrilling work with plenty of exciting twists follows the exploits of the protagonist, wheelchair-bound FBI analyst Bradley Whitman when a car bombing incident affects him and several of his friends. Riddled with guilt, Bradley decides he must find the perpetrator. The web of intrigue he uncovers as he searches for the criminal's opportunity, means, and motive will lead him into even greater danger.

Christine Noyes does superbly in offering a unique perspective on crime and action without compromising the excitement and suspense factors. Having the lead protagonist be wheelchair-bound is a bold move in a genre priding itself on characters at their physical peak. Noyes proves determination, resourcefulness, and sheer grit make a true hero; Bradley is full of these and many other admirable skills. I especially enjoyed the psychological journey of the survivors of the initial car bombing. Never glossed over, highly emotional, and hugely relevant, I felt this was the driving force of the tale, as it should be. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Meet Your Maker for its sharp writing style, intelligent dialogue, and realistic, sensitive portrayal of humans pushed to their limits. It is indeed an excellent read.

Emma Megan

Meet Your Maker by Christine Noyes is a suspenseful and twisted story of detective work and friendship. Cate, Mike, Sheila, Holly, John, David, and Derek were all going to the surprise party for Bradley's thirtieth birthday when the limousine they were traveling in exploded. Shortly after, Agent Bradley Whitman, Federal Bureau of Investigation learns that the limo exploded because of a bomb placed somewhere in or under the vehicle. He believes that someone might have targeted his boss, Derek Richards, the supervisory special agent of the FBI. Wheelchair-bound, Bradley now struggles to find the one responsible for the accident in between visiting his friends at the hospital and taking care of their families. Was the limousine an intended target? Are there other people in danger, and why?

Meet Your Maker by Christine Noyes is a compelling mystery with a colorful ensemble of characters, remarkably authentic writing, and a flawless investigation. This immersive crime novel takes readers into the heart of a challenging homicide investigation and culminates in a perfectly intense and thrilling ending. Noyes is notably ingenious in the construction of the plot and her ability to evoke emotions in the reader throughout the entire story. She has created a protagonist to root for all the way, one who does his best to solve crimes by the book and who cares deeply for his friends. The plot has enough twists and turns to keep you biting your nails until the end. I would easily recommend this fantastic read to anyone who loves a good detective story.