A Neil Baggio Suspense

Fiction - Suspense
386 Pages
Reviewed on 08/26/2020
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Author Biography

Charles D'Amico is a husband, father, writer, and business owner. Having grown up in the Metro Detroit Area, he acknowledges much of his success to his upbringing and schooling at St. Mary's Prep in Orchard Lake. He graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor's degree, where he studied Criminology and Psychology. Charles is continuing to write, as well as publish other great authors through Blue Handle Publishing, LLC. He currently resides in Amarillo, TX.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite

Veritas: A Neil Baggio Suspense by Charles D'Amico is an engrossing crime thriller that follows a protagonist’s hunt for a serial killer. Neil Baggio is convinced he has found tranquility after his eventful days with the Bureau, but he is called back to investigate his former boss, Franklin Cappelano, also known as “Veritas,” a man with a sick and twisted mind, a serial killer who keeps on increasing body counts and taunting Neil who was once his student. It seems like he is out to teach Neil his last lesson and he plans to do so in the goriest of ways. This time around, Neil is determined to bring “Veritas” down once and for all and he plans to match wits with him and to use unorthodox means. But can he succeed with a killer who is always a step ahead of the Bureau?

This is a well-crafted thriller that will delight fans of James Patterson. Neil Baggio is an experienced agent of the Bureau called back to help investigate his former boss. A curious case, indeed. The killer’s plan is elaborate and his intelligence is behind the twists and stunning surprises that are registered in the plot. The first-person narrative voice is arresting and pulls the reader into the worldview of the protagonist. The writing is impeccably good and I enjoyed the dialogues and how the author uses these dialogues to spice up the plot and enrich the characters. Veritas: A Neil Baggio Suspense has a lot of potential to not only entertain readers but to become a blockbuster movie, thanks to the strong plot points, the rich characters, and the well-developed conflict.

Susan Sewell

A former FBI agent has become a serial killer and challenges his mentee to find and stop him in the exciting thriller Veritas (A Neil Baggio Suspense) by Charles D'Amico. In 2001, Neil Baggio left the FBI when his boss hindered his efforts to capture and incarcerate the dangerous murderer who had once been Neil's mentor. Once he left the agency, Neil continued his hunt for the deadly killer until he ruined his marriage and personal life. Co-creating a private investigating business with a friend, Neil got his life back on track and was happy with the outcome. After four years, the serial killer has resurfaced, and the FBI wants to reinstate Neil to his former position. Not entirely trusting the Bureau, Neil accepts the job but unobtrusively employs the specialists and investigators from his own company on the side. With the killer inciting and provoking him, can Neil locate him before another victim is tortured and murdered? Or will the FBI and their bureaucracy once again obstruct Neil's investigation and let the madman escape?

Veritas (A Neil Baggio Suspense) by Charles D'Amico is a suspenseful tale in which a serial killer toys with an FBI agent. Superbly written, the fabulous narrative cleverly combines a compelling plot, an exciting storyline, and a sharp and sadistic adversary to create an intense and intriguing novel. The enigmatic past and twisted relationship linking the main character and the antagonist captured my interest from the very beginning, and I couldn't put the book down until the shocking finale. It is an outstanding psychological thriller that will delight everyone who loves a rogue hero that will do whatever is necessary to eliminate a menace from society.

Jessica Barbosa

Veritas by Charles D'Amico centers around the tough but frank Neil Baggio and his life after the Bureau. However, Neil is drawn back by the FBI because of an old case: that of his former FBI mentor and now serial killer, Franklin Cappelano. Cappelano, also tagged as ‘Veritas’ by the FBI, has an obsessive nature which made it difficult to get a handle on him. He would burn an insignia into his victim’s skin and each stamp was customized by the murderer himself. ‘Veritas’ enjoyed the thought of killing someone blissfully going about their day, completely unaware of the horror he had in store for them. Neil finds the former FBI agent to be a sick and twisted individual. This time, he is determined to play by his own rules and do all he can to catch this crazed killer.

Veritas is a well-written and hair-raising novel that presents you with a unique plot and witty, tough-as-nails characters. The book offers a much-needed reprieve from the daily grind of life. The story evolves as you read further. Neil is given a proper story background that helped me understand his way of thinking as I accompanied him on his harrowing journey to catch the insane Franklin Cappelano. As the story progresses, the plot gets thicker and the characters grow with it, providing a continuously interesting narrative. The tone and pacing are steady and match the story well. I looked forward to Neil’s plans as he did his best to corner the famed killer, ‘Veritas’. I think it is both a good and bad thing that in his second involvement with the Veritas case, Neil is out of the Bureau’s pockets. Good in the way that he has more options and ways in catching Cappelano without the complications of Bureau politics, but also bad in a way because since Neil is basically an independent contractor now, it might be difficult to rein him in if he goes too far. This, however, makes the entire story more interesting to read, in my opinion. Overall, Veritas is a suspenseful novel that I found hard to put down once I started.

K.C. Finn

Veritas: A Neil Baggio Suspense novel is a work of fiction in the serial killer thriller sub-genre, and was penned by author Charles D'Amico. Highly enticing, exciting, and tense, the story focuses on the titular character Neil Baggio, whose intense chase of his mentor-turned-killer Cappelano seems to be a lost cause. But the master is not yet ready to let his student go, and a spate of fresh killings brings Neil back into the Bureau and the hunt. What results is a suspenseful chase and investigation in which the astute former FBI agent will try to catch the killer and put his own demons to rest once and for all.

Author Charles D'Amico has crafted a powerful plot that drives the thrills on from the very first moments of the opening chapter, and some fantastic pacing rides the train of suspense right to the book’s startling conclusion. As a central character, Neil assumes the role of a frazzled ex-agent extremely well, living on booze and haunted by the darkness of his career thus far, and of course the mentor whom he once trusted. The close narration and astute dialogue bring readers into his dark world and hold them there, and the other agents who come to join his team offer a fresh foil for his wit and wisdom. Frank Cappelano is also a masterfully developed villain and a sinister one to follow. Overall, I would highly recommend Veritas to readers who enjoy a good crime mystery with smooth writing and plenty of thrills.

Asher Syed

Veritas by Charles D'Amico is the first book in the Neil Baggio Suspense series, setting the foundation for its titular protagonist in the action thriller of this quaternary saga. Neil is asked back to his former post with the FBI when a serial killer named Franklin “Veritas” Cappelano reemerges. Being recalled to close the case once and for all is far from a disappointment for Neil who, alongside his FBI colleagues Maria and Mike, is better equipped to shut Cappelano and his terrifying crime spree down for good. Neil is a hard work and harder play kind of guy who cares for little more than what flows into his bank account or down his throat, with the exception of an ex-wife and daughter who still remain the only spark of tenderness in a man with a deeply dogged nature.

Veritas is a fast-paced and action-packed read wherein Charles D'Amico has drawn a perfectly imperfect rough-around-the-edges alpha male in Neil Baggio. The entire book is narrated in the first-person and throughout Neil breaks the fourth wall with a running account of where he's been and what he's doing. I enjoy a good anti-hero and Neil's thuggishness and complete lack of filter make both the dialogue and narrative entertaining. He's presumptuous to the point where he can be a real jerk, at one point assuming a contact may have a dubious immigration status to which the contact responds, “I’m a US citizen, so I don’t know what you’re talking about.” D'Amico is well versed in putting his characters back in their place when necessary. The ending feels a bit abrupt but—and I'm making an assumption myself here—the remaining three books in the series have already been released, so the adventures of Neil Baggio and the readers who adore him can carry on without interruption.