Reviews of Peter Savage Novels

Hunting Savage — “With a hero full of grit and determination, this action-packed, timely tale is required reading for any thriller aficionado.” Steve Berry, New York Times and #1 international bestselling author

“Once again Edlund does not disappoint. Hunting Savage might be the best of the Peter Savage series. The international intrigue is topical, the story is fast-paced and exciting, and the adventure takes you on a wild ride. Peter Savage and his associates have never been more fun!” – Mona Stephens, Amazon reviewer

“Dave Edlund’s Hunting Savage is straight-up adventure reading. As such, it pretty well meets most of the criteria expected of the genre: fast pace, cleverly applied technology, terse dialogue, and a resourceful, aptly-named hero. Readers may anticipate some Bond-style womanizing, but that dimension is only hinted at here. Still, the reader’s reward comes in the form of real history interwoven with an imaginative mix of international intrigue and survivalist combat. Not long ago, this novel would have simply been an entertaining read. Given the news headlines of 2017, the reader cannot help but to see the chilling potential for a similar story line to emerge in reality.” – Sixtring, Amazon Reviewer

“5 Stars easy. It’s hard to review Dave Edlund’s very enjoyable ‘HUNTING SAVAGE’ without giving away the excellent plot. Suffice to say it’s global with a very clever historical hook, but hits close to home for us Americans in these difficult times of international terror. Edlund’s plots are always terrific, and this touches on world dangers we would be smart to keep an eye on. But I read books for the characters and Peter Savage is a favorite. Gritty and uncompromising, but caring and loyal as well. Greg Hurwitz and Tom Woods fans will be enthralled.” – LBbooklover, Amazon Reviewer

“A definite hit! Couples a love for the outdoors and political intrigue perfectly. In addition, one of the heroes is Peter Savage’s faithful dog, Diesel, who like most faithful dogs will do anything to protect his master. I like that this is book 4 of the Peter Savage series, but can be read as a stand alone novel. But, if this is your first Peter Savage book you’ll want to catch up on his adventures with the first three, Crossing Savage, Relentless Savage, and Deadly Savage.” – B. Brune, Amazon Reviewer

“Dave Edlund delivers another knockout punch with his fourth novel in the Peter Savage series. Hunting Savage delivers fast-paced action, political intrigue, ruthless adversaries at the pinnacle of power in several countries, and a heroic Peter Savage who repeatedly outsmarts them and averts danger by the breadth of a hair. The weight, literally, of preventing a full-scale Middle East war falls on Peter Savages’s shoulders. While being hunted by professional killers, will Savage buckle under the strain? The answer lies between the pages of Hunting Savage.” – Linda Berry, Amazon Reviewer and author of Hidden, Part 1 and Pretty Corpse

“When secret US government files indicating a cover-up of staggering proportions are discovered, Peter Savage is caught in the crossfire of political damage control. Considered an acceptable collateral loss by both his government and deadly assassins from across the pond, Savage makes a strategic retreat to the Cascade Mountains where his knowledge of survival skills and terrain give him a fighting chance to both save himself and prevent another Gulf war. In Hunting Savage, both Edlund and Savage have honed their skills to a razor-sharp edge with adrenaline pumping action and very believable circumstances one expects to see in today’s embroiled headlines. To suggest Edlund has reached a pinnacle in his writing career, though deserved acclaim, would be a disservice since with Hunting Savage’s release we can only guess at the literary heights he might achieve with his next contribution to the Peter Savage franchise. Alas, we must wait. In the meantime, definitely read Hunting Savage, you won’t be disappointed.” – Gary Stout, Amazon Reviewer and author of Serial Samaritan and Sifting Ashes

“When two murders were perpetrated at the same time 400 miles apart using very unusual ammunition, questions were quickly raised. Peter Savage owner of EJ Enterprises was interviewed by law enforcement about the projectiles. They came from magnetic impulse guns, manufactured for the military by Peter’s company. When Peter investigated how someone could get the weapons, he was pulled into a conspiracy to involve the United States in a Middle Eastern war to propagate power and greed. The events that happen next, expose an enigmatic military event in June of 1967 and put Peter’s life in danger. Hunting Savage is riveting, fast-paced and demonstrates Edlund’s ability to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.” – R.W. Lang, Goodreads  and Amazon Reviewer

Deadly Savage receives acclaim

“Crackling action, brisk pace, timely topic; Edlund’s third Savage thriller has all the elements…” Kirkus Reviews

“Dave Edlund’s Deadly Savage is an enthralling story from its thoughtful beginning through to its multiple climactic moments and gripping plot twists. From start to finish, Deadly Savage is a fresh and complete book—highly recommended to fans of thrillers, specifically of action-packed stories concerning political intrigue” Foreword ReviewsDS front cover

Deadly Savage is everything I want in an action-thriller! Fast pace, a story line that could be tomorrow’s headline, and characters that seem real. Reminds me so much of Clive Cussler or James Rollins that I have to wonder if they co-authored the novel!”  Amazon Customer Reviewer

“Peter Savage has been known to ramp up the adrenalin when necessary to protect his family when situations around him get out of control, and in Deadly Savage, the third installment in the popular Peter Savage series, Author Dave Edlund delivers the level of excitement readers have come to expect. When Savage and his father visit a foreign university, a vintage cold war struggle heats up and Savage soon finds himself outnumbered, outflanked, and out of time. With inventor ingenuity, Savage must seek and destroy a bio-warfare device before it unleashes an airborne death capable of pulling the US into a nuclear conflict. Deadly Savage will leave you breathless, and worried, because it just might happen.” Gary Stout, Goodreads Reviewer and author of Serial Samaritan and Sifting Ashes

“Every once in a while a book passes through my hands that falls into the category of “this is one of the best books I have read in this genre.” Deadly Savage by Dave Edlund is one of these books. I was gripped by the story, by the plot, by the telling, and by Edlund’s skill in painting an authentic backdrop.

“My personal experience gives me the credentials to verify the authenticity of Edlund’s special ops warriors. These guys come alive in Deadly Savage with convincing realism. My experience also gives me the chops to verify Edlund’s portrayal of the inner workings of the highest levels of government. He got it absolutely right!

“Edlund did his homework regarding America’s airborne weapons and their associated tactics, in the tradition of Tom Clancy. Ditto for the weapons used by his spec ops guys and those of the other side. You won’t find any technical faux pas here. He may have missed some of the more colorful language that I know these warriors use under fire, but such language probably would have turned off some of his readers – no harm, no foul.

“Edlund took the time to develop the personalities of his main characters so that the reader really gets to know them. This is difficult to do in the midst of relating a firefight, but he pulls it off. He even gives the reader some insight into some of the lesser characters. Thank you for that.

“Edlund ends his story with a bang that he doesn’t forecast. Don’t skim the last few pages or you will miss it. Finally, he finishes with a note to his readers. I strongly recommend that you DO NOT read this note until after you have finished the book. But DO read it!”  Robert Williscroft, Goodreads and Amazon reviewer, author of Operation Ivy Bells


“Deadly Savage by Dave Edlund is third book in the Peter Savage series. It is a thriller with military and science that seems realistic. It deals with a bio-terror using small pox. It has the Russians and satellite countries of both sides involved. It reminds me of a Tom Clancy novel with a little bit of Michale Crichton novel thrown in.It could be the news headlines. It is fast paced and keeps you wanting to know what is going to happen next. This is a author and series that I look forward to reading. If you like action,adventure and mystery, you will enjoy Deadly Savage.”  Anne77, Amazon Reviewer

“This is clearly Edlund’s most outstanding work to date. Plus, his understanding of both military tactics and weaponry creates an air of realism that that puts his writing on par with Tom Clancy. Edlund takes the reader on a fast paced adventure that could very occur at any time in the near future. With increased Russian aggression, I fear his fictional creation could quickly turn non-fiction pending Putin’s next move on the worldwide chess board. If you enjoy military fiction that could be ripped directly out of the headlines, I highly recommend Edlund’s latest novel, DEADLY SAVAGE.”  Stephen Martino, Amazon Reviewer, author of The New Reality and The Hidden Reality

“Another cracker in the line of thriller about the Savage father and son. Being a great fan of the late Michael Crichton I have found his echo in Dave Edlund’s terrific work, which like Crichton he always anchors with a fascinating scientific premise and backgrounds with his personal love for the planet. This novel stands with the best of thrillers for pace, characterization and excitement. Six stars from me if I could.”  LBbooklover, Amazon Reviewer

“What a fun, action-packed thriller of a book. This reminds me of all the classic cold war spy thrillers of the 1980s, updated for the modern day. I was absolutely riveted and couldn’t put the book down. Dave Edlund has created a strong, relatable character in Peter Savage with this book series – of which I hope there will be many more books to come. I found it easy to relate to his motivations and often felt he does exactly what I would do in a situation. Rather than being simply a last gasp in a genre that really saw its heyday in the late twentieth century, this book and its precedents breathe new life into the genre.”  Bronwen, Amazon Reviewer

“Dave Edlund’s latest novel, Deadly Savage, his third in the Peter Savage series, is a wild ride front to back. I’ve read all three and this one is the most action packed. It again links Peter Savage with his old friend and active-duty special ops pro, Commander James Nicolaou. This time they are in Belarus, where they are forced into vicious battle with Russian soldiers to prevent the release of a weaponized smallpox virus. As with Edlund’s previous two Peter Savage novels, this story is made credible in part by the science behind much the plot and the unfolding drama. The book’s detailed battle scenes are impressive. In particular the air battle, which gives you a hint of the speed at which decisions and consequences play out as jets fire and evade missiles and crew members choose and then deploy weapons at a stunning pace. Edlund has clearly done his research on military tactics and weapons. You cannot read the book without gaining a heightened appreciation for the complexity of modern warfare and the skills needed to fight it.

“The ground combat scenes are equally striking, though the proximity of opposing combatants makes these scenes more graphic and can leave you stunned by the brutality of close-quarter combat.

“Edlund’s literary trademark is not just the depiction of fast-paced action sequences, of which Deadly Savage has an abundance, but also in creating stories that display the dual nature of technology, that show how science can serve both the best and the worst aims of human beings. In Deadly Savage, we see how the eradication of smallpox, one of the great medical feats of the last century, might lead to a terrible vulnerability as the need for widespread vaccinations disappears. It’s not implausible to thing that some will see in that vulnerability a possible opportunity that might one day be exploited. Edlund’s skill in subtly reminding readers of the moral dimensions of technology, even those we assume are entirely beneficial, is a wonderful attribute of the book.

Deadly Savage is a great read, tense and unnerving, both as a work of fiction and as food for thought.” Gordon Gregory, Goodreads reviewer

What readers are saying about Relentless RS cover web resSavage

iBooks best pick for Mystery & Suspense; CLUE Award Finalist; INDIFAB Award Finalist

“The synopsis says fast paced, action driven adventure and that’s exactly what you get.” Basingstone Book

“The book Relentless Savage could easily be turned into a blockbuster movie. The story is very intriguing as it combines the past with modern day in a way I’ve never even considered.” Planet Weidknecht

“I just could not stop reading, the pace built up very quickly and stayed action packed, suspenseful, gripping, tense all the way through to an action packed conclusion.” Sean Peters, Goodreads Reviewer

“After the first few pages of reading this book, I was instantly drawn into the story. Edlund successfully ties current high-concept topics such as bioterrorism, genetic engineering, and modern warfare into a fast paced novel that is both well researched and written. Plus, the battle scenes were so realistic, it made the reader feel as if he or she were right in the middle of the action.” Stephen Martino, Amazon Reviewer and author of The New Reality

“This intelligently written fast-paced international thriller incorporates hints of science fiction and global politics in a refreshing, layered novel. Peter Savage is a sympathetic, flawed character who’s easy to relate to. I also love that Edlund uses current affairs to frame his novel and incorporates real science with a dusting of fiction. Can’t wait for more in this series!” Elizabeth Turnbull, Amazon Reviewer

“I read action thrillers since they are generally larger in scope and address bigger issues than the usual crime thrillers. In Relentless Savage, the scope and geography could not be any bigger. Starting with a bang in the Pleistocene era, the thriller races to Darfur, terrorism as the backdrop to a brilliant plot and relentless action! Dave Edlund weaves current events, highly plausible applications of technology advancements to present a book that will grip you from the first page and never let you go. You will never view news headlines in the same way after reading Relentless Savage.” Ty Patterson, author of The Warrior’s Debt

Relentless Savage (Peter Savage Book 2) by Dave Edlund is a full on thriller. The reader will not want to put it down until you reach the successful conclusion. This is a book that will stay in the reader’s memory for a long time, one in which I would recommend as excellent reading material.” Reg Schell, Goodreads

“The synopsis says fast paced, action driven adventure and that’s exactly what you get. This is a really exciting book, with great action and a fantastic story line.” John Johnston, Goodreads

“Dave Edlund has done it again with his second book in the Peter Savage series! Like the first, this is a well-developed page-turner that keeps you on the edge of your seat with the plot twists and turns. We learn more about Peter, his son, and their friends in this realistic story. The story telling is rich as are the characters who leave you wanting more in the end.” Kevin Campbell, Goodreads Reviewer

Praise for Crossing SavageNew CS

Winner of IBPA Ben Franklin Silver Medal for best Popular Fiction (2015)

“Author Dave Edlund has created a compelling, five-star novel filled with intrigue and mystery. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat anticipating the laws of ‘unintended consequences’…”   Pacific Book Review

“The book is fast-paced and lively, reminiscent of a Tom Clancy thriller, with locations and action taking place all over the globe.”   The US Review of Books

Crossing Savage: One man whose bad side you don’t want to get on, and crossing him can mean more than just your life.”   Fran Lewis, author of Lies, Betrayal, Fear: Faces Behind the Stones (Vol 3)

“The novel flowed flawlessly to the end, and kept the reader wanting more page after page. Though the story is fictional, the science behind Crossing Savage is spot on. Plus, the military scenes could not have been written better than if Tom Clancy wrote them himself.” Stephen Martino, Amazon Reviewer and author of The New Reality

“I’ve been a fan of espionage, intrigue, and adventure stories for most of my life. I’ve read books by all of the best known authors. I’m adding Dave Edlund to my list of great authors. Crossing Savage is a great read. It grabs you from the start and pulls you into the world of Peter Savage. Peter is “everyman”–well, he’s no action hero, but he’s a great character that makes for a great story. I couldn’t put this book down! I lost sleep and was tired at work because of Peter and his fascinating engagement in the world of alternative fuels. Dave takes us into a world that we think *could* be real. This book is making the rounds at my house and it’s a resounding success!” Kevin Campbell, Goodreads Reviewer

“I dare you to try to find a boring portion of this book, because you won’t–it is captivating from start to finish and able to be enjoyed by anyone. If you’re looking for a great read for your vacation, a long ride in the car or just to read in bed each night–this is an excellent choice!” Miss Wordy blog, Writing Tips 

“Buckle up for roller-coaster action as Peter Savage gets plunged into a whirlpool of covert ops when his family become pawns in an international race for power and greed inflamed by the drive for alternative fuel sources. With plenty of plot twists and turns to keep you guessing, Crossing Savage is a great read!”   Gary W. Stout, Amazon Reviewer and author of Arrested Innocence and Serial Samaritan

Crossing Savage is an exciting thriller. The action scenes are well written, particularly that on Chernabura, which is as good as any extended action sequences I have seen recently.”   Dr. Ian Miller, Author and Scientist

“Nicely done… up there with Clive Cussler and David Baldacci.”   Lorraine Doyle, Amazon Reviewer

“Overall, the book’s plot has a great pace, mixing technical ideas with realistic dialogue and action. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!”   Heather Vitella, Amazon Reviewer

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