Well, because lots of books call themselves “Thrillers” but Evil Deeds really is one. Evil Deeds is the first in the series of action-adventure novels by Joseph Badal featuring Bob Danforth, his wife Liz, and their son Michael. This story is an international roller coaster that begins in 1971 with the family stationed in Greece following the revolution there (Bob is in the U.S. Army).

What is the worst terror that parents can experience? Their two-year-old son is kidnapped and secreted away to a neighboring country. What follows is a breakneck pace of a page turner as Bob and a sympathetic companion attempt to rescue his son. The kidnapper, a miscreant named Radko, continues to haunt the Danforth family for years to come.

This exciting novel spans several decades, with the action and intrigue taking place in several countries as Bob Danforth becomes an agent for the CIA.

One of the things I admire about author Joseph Badal (I previously reviewed his Shell Game here) is his ability to create truly evil bad guys. There’s one featured in the second half of the book that will make your skin crawl.

The highest compliment I can give for a novel is that once I started it, I had to finish it. I spent all of last night reading it. There was never any idea that I’d be able to bookmark my place in Evil Deeds, put it down, and try to get some sleep. If you’ve been feeling a bit sleepy lately, here’s the Amazon link to Evil Deeds. You won’t need any coffee to stay awake while reading it.

Thankfully, there are two more books in the series for me to read and I will have reviews of them here shortly.