Friday, August 03, 2012

Baby Shark's Showdown at Chigger Flats

 Baby Shark's Showdown at Chigger Flats is the fifth in Robert Fate's Baby Shark series. I've read them all. I've loved them all.

Her sidekick is Otis Millett, a private investigator. They're a team. But in Baby Shark's Showdown at Chigger Flats, Baby Shark, whose given name is Kristin Van Dijk, is fighting on her own for the majority of the book. She's fighting for Otis' life. She's going to have to find him, get past the guns guarding him and save him. And she's up against some really bad folks.

Showdown at Chigger Flats, set in 1960, starts fast. From page one Otis and Kristin are in a gun fight. It picks up speed from there. And keeps racing to the end. Will Kristin be able to get to Otis in time? Or will he be dead by the time she shoots her way through those standing between her and Otis?

This really is one of those books that starts fast and doesn't let up until the end. It kept me turning pages. I also like that this one put Kristin front and center. For a big chunk of the book, she fought alone, facing down some really nasty folks. She's a hero because she's not only willing to do what has to be done, she does it.

Opening Baby Shark's Showdown at Chigger Flats was like slipping into my most comfortable pajamas. Reading it was like being in a heart-racing cross-country bike-a-thon. Finishing it was like saying goodbye to a friend.

It did leave me with a question. Robert, when will the next Baby Shark book be out?


I give Baby Shark's Showdown at Chigger Flats a rating of Hel-of-a-Character.
Disclaimer: Robert Fate emailed me to say Baby Shark's Showdown at Chigger Flats was out, so I immediately downloaded it and read it on my way home from vacation. Coming home, I lost the five hours I'd gained when I left to go on vacation. 'Course, I didn't actually lose the hours. I just re-set my watch. I wanted to stay awake so I could get my body's time clock back where it should be. So while others around me slept, I read. And I stayed awake. Baby Shark will do that to you. I easily finished it during a layover. My next plane got delayed. Then delayed again. Then delayed. I wish Kristin Van Dijk had been there. She would have gotten that plane in the air.


  1. She might have gotten into big trouble at the airport with the oversized gun. ;)
    Long series like this are fun to revisit, like visiting old friends...or living vicariously in their exciting lives...without the bullets.

  2. Chick with a big gun - nothing wrong with that!

  3. I don't remember Kristin ever getting on a plane. She drives everywhere. In that time period, the car ruled!

  4. Robert Fate emailed and asked me to post this since, for some unknown reason, he couldn't get it to post here:

    Helen - Strange you should mention flying, since in Kristin's next adventure she will actually be doing some flying, dangerous flying (of course). In Baby Shark, the first book in the series (a long time ago) Kristin did some flying in a Piper Cub with Harlan when she was establishing her reputation at the pool tables of West Texas. But you are so right in reference to commercial flying. Kristin has never flown commercially . . . hmmm, makes me wonder if she shouldn't go visit someone. Thanks for the idea. Warmest best regards, Bob Fate

  5. Love books like that when they just won't let you go! What a great way to pass a layover and cure jetlag! :)

  6. The cover and synopsis can't help but make me think of some of those action films from the 70s and 80s. Always fun escapism.

    Wrote By Rote

  7. That's probably a good term, Arlee - escapism. It really is one you can start reading and lose track of time.

  8. I've been a fan of the Baby Shark books since the first, one, too. I have this one waiting for me to read. Unfortunately, I have books to read for clients that take precedent. Darn work ethic anyway. LOL

  9. But I've enticed you, haven't I, Maryann? Baby Shark is calling you. I can hear her. She's saying, please read me......

  10. Set in 1960. I can just hear some great music playing along.

  11. Hmm, I haven't heard of this author or the stories. Sounds interesting. I'll have to check him out. :-)


  12. Love the characters' names, Helen. Am I the only reader/writer who puts so much stock in a name? I mean "Otis?" Sounds like a common
    sense-challenged guy....and then there's the Mayberry Otis - Nice review, Helen.

    Karen Casey Fitzjerrell

  13. Hi Susan, Sia, and Karen.

    Karen, names can mean so much in a story, can't they?

  14. Loved your book, Angel Sometimes, and gave you a shout out on my blog. Hope sales are doing well.

  15. Sounds exciting.


  16. Thank you so much, Ann!

    Donna, it is definitely action packed.


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