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Cash Landing: A Novel by James Grippando
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Cash Landing: A Novel (2015)

by James Grippando

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A fast paced, hard to put down thriller. Ruban Bentancourt loses his house and restaurant. This drives him to take desperate measures. He and a few of his relatives and an insider, plan and execute the heist of over seven million dollars from an armored car. Then things start to go from bad to worse. And this is even before the FBI gets involved. ( )
  lewilliams | Feb 11, 2017 |
Not quite my normal type of material to read---a little on the too grisly side??? but---it was quite a story and I couldn't just stop in the middle of the audio---had to finish to see "what happened!!!" ( )
  nyiper | Sep 5, 2015 |
June 2015 Loved this book. Read it in 2 days. couldn't put it down. Great author.
  maryomcgraw | Jun 8, 2015 |
Ruban Betancourt has lost his restaurant and the bank has foreclosed on his home; he’s certain he and his wife, Savannah, deserve better. To that end, he’s concocted a scheme to grab part of a German bank’s money shipment when it reaches Miami International Airport. In his quest for the money, Ruban recruits a couple of his buddies, his dim-witted, coke-sniffing brother-in-law, and an airport insider. The caper goes off without a hitch and the motley group manages to make off with several million dollars, most of which ends up buried in the back yard of the rented house Ruban and Savannah now call home.

Ruban knows they need to lay low, to continue with their day-to-day activities and not draw undue attention to themselves, but dissension grows as greedy partners prove unwilling to wait to get their hands on their share of the loot. A delicate balancing act is complicating matters for Ruban --- he’s trying to keep Savannah from discovering his involvement in the heist and the lies he’s telling are getting more and more convoluted. Adding to his troubles, his fellow thieves aren’t the only ones after the money and with things spiraling out of control, Ruban soon finds himself in danger of losing everything.

Andie Henning, an FBI agent newly transferred to Miami from Seattle, is assigned to investigate the heist. Will she track down the thieves and recover the money or will the beleaguered Ruban find a way to control the situation and hold on to the cash?

Unpredictable betrayals, the unraveling of Ruban’s plans, and the interaction between these thoroughly unlikeable men and their low-life confederates will keep readers trying to turn the pages faster than the despicable thieves turn on each other. The suspenseful plot keeps twisting and turning with unforeseen surprises, treating readers to a wild adventure that leads to an unexpected climax.

Recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | May 19, 2015 |
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"[I]n which a band of amateur thieves pulls off one of the biggest airport heists in history with deadly consequences" -- "Every week, a hundred million dollars in cash arrives at Miami International Airport, shipped by German banks to the Federal Reserve. A select group of trusted workers moves the bags through Customs and loads them into armored trucks. Ruban Betancourt has always played by the rules. But the bank taking his house and his restaurant business going bust has driven him over the edge. He and his wife deserve more than life has handed them, and he's come up with a ballsy scheme to get it. With the help of an airport insider, he, his coke-head brother-in-law, Jeffrey, and two ex-cons surprise the guards loading the armored trucks and speed off with $7.4 million in the bed of a pickup truck. Investigating the heist, FBI agent Andie Henning, newly transferred to Miami from Seattle, knows the best way to catch the thieves is to follow the money. Jeffrey's drug addiction is as conspicuous as the Rolex watches he buys for dancers at the Gold Rush strip club. One of the ex-cons, Pinky Perez, makes no secret of his plan to own a swinger's club--which will allow him carte blanche with his patrons' wives. Levelheaded Ruban is desperately trying to lay low and hold things together. But Agent Henning isn't the only one on their trail, and in the mob-meets-Miami fashion, these accidental thieves suddenly find themselves way in over their heads . . . and sinking fast" --… (more)

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