Respot the Pin

Fiction - Thriller - General
354 Pages
Reviewed on 03/21/2013
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Author Biography

Tim has authored five books since 2010, with "Respot the Pin" being a remake of his first novel. Three of his books are self-help, talking about his ongoing battle with depression. With the publication of his first novel, he has fulfilled a thought that became reality.

Tim has been working in the IT profession for over 25 years, and recently received his A.S. degree from Southern New Hampshire University and is now working toward his B.S. in Information Technology. While maintaining a full time job, he has also maintained a 3.8 GPA and has become a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda and Delta Mu Delta honor societies.

When not writing, working or going to school, Tim is an avid bowler and a member of the Professional Bowlers Association, an avid chess player and self-proclaimed geek. He is married to his beautiful wife, Shellie and they reside in Erlanger KY.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

"Respot the Pin" by Timothy Sawyer gets its title from a bowling term. When the pinsetter might accidentally knock over a pin, the bowling center must return or "respot" the pins to their original position. Keeping this in mind, the story begins with Kirill "Nick" Nikitin who is the leader of a drug cartel in a Midwestern United States city. Vasily "Victor" Rostov is his right hand man who thinks of taking Nick's place as head of the drug cartel. Nikitin employs Craig Remke, MBA, to run his profitable lab in this same city. Craig's special loves are money and women, and he brings pretty Cindy Brown to his laboratory where she takes undercover cell phone pictures and then calls her boss, Police Sgt. Frank Price. Frank is a twenty-five year veteran who then is asked to form a drug task force. Now, the city's mayor and the police chief want to repay political favors and place people on Frank's task force who are incompetent. Frank threatens to resign unless he gets to name his own highly qualified members and he gets his way. He remembers raiding a drug lab five years before in California and its explosion took with it the house next door, killing a young woman and her daughter. Frank forms his team of skilled police men and women but what will be next?

Timothy Sawyer has written a fascinating thriller in his book "Respot the Pin". Good suspense and good dialogue throughout the story make it one nice read. All the characters, especially Frank Price, Jesse Schild, speak in the language of everyday and humor often peppers their comments. Jesse' romance with once homeless Maggie Collins, Frank's attraction to fellow police task force member, Renee, and task force romancers Tim and Shannon add nicely to the basic story. "Respot the Pin" will gain thriller reader followers everywhere.

Maria Beltran

"Respot the Pin" is the story of Jesse Schild. He has it all: a nice family, a beautiful home and a happy life. This is until his home explodes in a blaze of fire, together with his wife and daughter, when their neighbor's house is raided by the DEA. It turns out to be a drug laboratory operated by Krill Nikitin's drug cartel. In the course of the story, he meets the homeless Maggie Collins who turns out to be a witness to some of Nikitin's criminal activities and Frank Price, a police officer who is hot on the trail of the Nikitin cartel. The two men will hunt the elusive Nikitin who wants Maggie dead, and their lives will never be the same again.

Timothy Sawyer weaves a novel with all the right elements of a suspense thriller. Jesse, Frank and Maggie are three completely different characters and as protagonists in this narrative, they create an interesting mix. Krill Nikitin is the typical villain who has no qualms to kill innocent people who cross his path, while Jesse Schild and Frank Price are obsessed to stop him in his tracks. The plot is packed with action and suspense so that it is difficult to stop turning the book's pages and read the whole book in one sitting. There is also an element of romance in this novel coupled with the right amount of humor. "Respot the Pin"'s plot may not be the most original but what makes it stand out is the author's grip on how the human mind works when it is pushed to its limits. This book is a must read for people who love to have a suspenseful day!