Fair Winds of Death

Fiction - Military
494 Pages
Reviewed on 01/04/2023
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Author Biography

B. R. WADE, JR., though relatively new to fiction writing, has been all too happy to add it to his list of life accomplishments. Born in Roanoke, Virginia, he spent his teen years and much of his adult life in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

While in Tampa, Bill worked in retail management before switching to a career as a computer systems analyst for the local school system. He changed careers again and started a manufacturing company. After this last change, he made his self-proclaimed escape to the mountains of West Virginia shortly after the turn of the century where he still owns and operates a hobby kit manufacturing business.

After enlisting in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1969, he was called to active duty and graduated top of his class from both basic training at Naval Training Center Orlando, Florida and Yeoman ‘A’ School at NTC Bainbridge, Maryland. Soon after, he was assigned to the Naval Investigative Service Office in Norfolk, Virginia.

Bill left active service as a Petty Officer Third Class, then spent three more years as a weekend reservist at his local Navy Reserve Center. And despite his busy work schedule, Bill obtained degrees in Business Management and Computer Science. He also studied marketing at the University of South Florida.

Happily, all of Bill’s pursuits have proved quite inspiring and provide him with plenty of writing material. He is nearly finished with the third adventure for his Fair Winds NIS novel protagonist, Marcus Colt.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Fair Winds of Death by B. R. Wade, Jr. is military fiction at its finest. The NIS of the 1970s was nothing like what we have today. They had no internet, mobile phones, or computers; all they had were their minds. LTC Marcus Colt is stationed at the NIS HQ in Washington and he’s known for handling unusual cases. The latest is no different. Information leaks from the agency have resulted in four confidential informants being executed and more are threatened. Going undercover, Colt goes to work on finding the source of the leaks but things are never quite what they seem to be. Colt battles his demons as well, and time is getting short for him to solve the case before anyone else has to die. Will his skills be enough?

Fair Winds of Death by B. R. Wade, Jr. is a fascinating story. It’s hard to remember a time when computers and mobile phones weren’t in widespread use and we had to use our brains to think and solve problems, but this book puts it all into perfect perspective. This story grabbed me from the first page, pulling me deep into it and hanging on until the end. It’s well-written, clear, concise, and easy to keep up with, although it had lots of twists and turns. The characters are easy to relate to, likable real people, and the plot is thick with plenty of action. It’s a multi-faceted story, as the main protagonist has to face demons from his past but it was an easy and enjoyable read. Highly recommended for fans of military fiction and high-stakes thrillers.