Under the Blood Tree
I bought this book at a local craft show
directly from the author. He was a very friendly guy and
did not push me to any of his books. I bought this one
just because I enjoy a good mystery. I was hesitant to
start the book being as though it was from a local
author, I just wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it. Well...
I started the book and would read it until I fell asleep
and then as soon as I had a free moment during my day, I
would pick it back up. I LOVED IT!! I was sad to see it
end! It held my attention through every page. I would
highly recommend this book! I can’t wait to read other
books by this author. -
Amber R. U.S.
... I am so moved and impressed by the
incredible writing style of PJ Grondin that I wanted to
share it with my friends ... "Under the Blood Tree"
would make for a wonderfully entertaining movie. This is
a story about four boys living with a secret for 16
years that had multiple twist and turns as it unraveled
a complex web of secrets, silence, cover ups and
murders. Debbie D.S. - Maryland
... What a great read! I enjoyed every
minute- there was not one chapter that was less
compelling than the others. The character development
and detailed settings were done so well; I am still
picturing the trailer park and palm scars, hearing the
conversations, feeling the summer heat. Joann P. -
I finished your book, Under the Blood
Tree and it was great, loved it. When you are sad when
the book ends, you know you just read a good book! ... I
gave my husband my Kindle and had him read it, he is not
really a reader. He took my Kindle with him everywhere
he went, he loved the book too! Congrats, it WAS your
best book to date! Marilyn P. - Orlando, FL
I bought Under the Blood Tree from you
last October in Findlay, Ohio at a craft fair. It is one
of the best mysteries I have ever read! Well done!
Jeanne F. - Northwest OH
Fast paced who done it that I couldn't
put down. Easy read with lots of plot twists. This is
the 4th or 5th book book I have read by this author and
I have loved them all. Marilyn P. Orlando, Florida
A Lifetime of
A highly suspenseful plot that will keep
you reading and keep you guessing until the very end.
Despite this being a genre that I'm not typically
interested in reading, I enjoyed the plot, connected
with the characters, and appreciated the conclusion.
Rebecca *Note - I received a free copy of this book in
exchange for an honest review.
this book from the author himself at Imaginarium.
It looked interesting and it definitely was. I enjoyed
how it panned back and forth between the terrorists and
the ones trying to solve the mystery. Shows how hatred
warps a person's ideals. If only that cycle could be
broken in real life ... overall a great read. I
recommend it. Adeniz – Ohio
A Lifetime of
rich and beautiful people of Eastern Virginia want the
best. After all, they've earned the right to live in
huge, beautiful, custom-built Messier homes And they've
passed muster with Theo Messier to be allowed to buy
these homes. Messier homes come with every upgrade
imaginable and they are built on enormous lots that
offer seclusion--or so the owners believe. They would be
shocked to learn that they are unwilling stars for a
secret internet porn site. Meanwhile, series
characters--brothers Pat and Joe McKinney--are settled
in Florida. Their plans for quiet times with their
familes are interrupted when they are persuaded to help
the local law enforcement bust internet child
pornography criminals. Pat McKinney soon stumbles onto
the Messier porn site and when a child is involved, he
traces the location back to Virginia. The Florida team
makes a trip north to work with the Virginia
authorities. The action escalates quickly and buried
bodies are uncovered. In the end justice is done, and
the McKinney brothers return home to learn that there is
a high price to pay for the job they are doing.
I quickly reached a point in the book where I didn't
want to put it down. PJ Grondin has done a fine job of
adding twists and turns to the plot of A Lifetime of
Exposure. The main characters are sympathetic and I
found myself feeling their outrage when they discovered
their privacy had been violated by hidden cameras. The
perpetrators, a particularly repulsive bunch, get what
they deserve. The McKinney brothers continue to evolve
both as family men and as crime solvers. A satisfying
read. L.C. Evans
This is a good read and recommended. The
McKinney Brothers continue with this twisted story of
porn, murder and theft. There are lots of moving parts
to this book that PJ takes the time to develop. –
A Lifetime of
PJ Grondin writes a really great book.
The details in his books are wonderful. I'm from western
Pennsylvania and I feel like I know where the characters
are from. It'd be great if PJ could bring his books to
the big screen!!! Kathy K - Pennsylvania
Unwanted and given up at birth, Becky Lippert moved from
foster family to foster family suffering verbal,
physical, and sexual abuse until she decided to take
matters into her own hands. Blessed with a keen mind and
killer looks, Becky finds she has a talent for quickly
putting any man under her seductive spell. With these
assets, she leaves "home" in her mid-teens and begins
life as a grifter, conning young military servicemen out
of their life savings. She had the perfect crime and
what she thought was the perfect payoff and Becky was
sure she could forever lead a life of deception.
Unfortunately, dead bodies begin to pile up in her wake
and Becky begins to search for a way out. Meanwhile the
government quickly finds a pattern of crime against it's
own and calls up Joe McKinney to active service to help
solve the crime. A battle tested marine, Joe works with
his brother Pat to piece together the clues to the
identity and whereabouts of the mystery woman conning
these men and those responsible for their murders. But
will they find Becky before the trail gets cold or will
they fall victim to her and her accomplices' plans?
If ever we are in need of someone to track down the "bad
guys", we would definitely want the McKinney brothers
around! P.J. Grondin's first book "A Lifetime of
Vengeance" was a winner all the way, and this one is
even better, if possible!
Joe and Pat McKinney are ex-military men who are called
upon to help solve the mystery of who is taking
advantage of our boys in uniform, enticing and robbing
them of all their worldly belongings. But when it
involves murder, they must step up the pace and catch
them before more dead bodies show up.
It's a fast-paced thriller and the characters are so
well-drawn, we find ourselves becoming sympathetic with
the main perpetrator because of her mean upbringing. You
are in for one heck of a ride and a surprise ending that
you never see coming! This is the book for readers who
love edge-of-your-seat suspense thrillers. Highly
recommended. Lila P. Washington State
Our service men put their very lives on the stake for
the United States. All those who live here owe them a
debt of gratitude. Unfortunately, there are predators
preying on their vulnerability and they must be stopped.
Pat and Joe are brothers with a past. Due to poor
choices, a dear sister-in-law dies and she takes the
will to live from Pat and Joe's brother Mike. While Pat
and Joe do everything they can to serve justice to those
responsible for their sister-in-law's murder, Mike slips
into depression … Pat and Joe's family is never the
Joe and Pat both have military training and Joe is still
in the reserves. When the predators kill a serviceman,
Joe is called to investigate the deaths. Unfortunately,
it is a bad time for his family. Pat and Joe's father
has a heart attack and is in critical condition. Joe
leaves for duty and then is informed that his
girlfriend's father died. Joe focuses on his
investigation and risks alienating the woman he loves.
Grondin, formerly a Navy serviceman aboard a nuclear
submarine, has written a fast-paced thriller packed with
real details about life in the military. Main characters
Pat and Joe McKinney put their military training to the
test tracking down a couple of sociopaths who have
dreamed up an ingenious scheme to defraud American
servicemen. The stakes get higher when fraud leads to
murder. Then another pair of schemers with ties to the
first two get involved. With no regard for human life,
the criminals murder anyone who might get in their way.
For a while Pat and Joe seem to be one step behind the
killers at every turn ... A twist at the end suggests more to
come. L. C. Evans
Becky and Bobby are not what you could call normal. And
their scam system is, to them anyway, foolproof and easy.
Lure unsuspecting sailors into a relationship, which at
the very least will cost them all their worldly goods. But
turns into murder and mayhem with a mystery guest
included!! An outstanding thriller novel. Pete Grondin's
personal knowledge of the submariners life and the
locations in the book make the story read that much
better. The good guys in the story Pat and Joe McKinney
have their hands full cracking this case. And that makes
this a cracking good murder mystery. Good reading for a
dark, moonless night. Jacomo P.
very compelling book. Hard to put down. I recommend this
book because it kept me interested thru the entire
book. A Satisfied Customer on Amazon
A Lifetime of
Pete Grondin's "Lifetime of Vengeance" is the first in
the series of the adventures of the McKinney brothers.
Pat, Joe, and Mike
McKinney were happily running their small-town
businesses of an orange grove, nursery, and a marijuana
distributorship. They got a bit greedy and ticked off
the down channels, and Mike's new wife ended up paying
the price in a brutal rape and slaying.
Fast forward seven
years, and Pat and Joe, fresh from service in the armed
forces, are all set to get their revenge on the six guys
who helped kill Mike's wife. They stake out the targets,
build their alibis, get in position, and guess what:
somebody else seems to be beating them to the punch and
following their meticulous plans. The bullets are
flying, the bodies are stacking up, and the reader
honestly doesn't know who's gonna make it all the way to
the end of the book.
shows us central Florida in all its backwoods glory,
complete with aligators, orange groves, up-and-coming
rock stars, bales and bales of pot, corrupt sherrifs,
and small-town gangsters.
I liked how Grondin
fleshed out his characters, both the good guys and the
bad. He paid attention to their backstories, and made
the read that much more interesting and exciting for me.
Nice job, Pete! Dennis B. Washington State
A compelling look at the toll seeking vengeance can have
on someone, and the effects of violence on a family.
Worth the read, there are no sinless people. The players
have depth and detail, while the story is being told.
This is the 2nd book I've read. The series is
P. J. Grondin sets the stage with this page-turning
action, and hopefully more will be coming in the future.
Get to know these characters, because I think they'll be
back... unless of course they don't survive the
"vengeance". Enough grease & grit to keep it
interesting, and twists to keep you guessing... you
won't be disappointed. Gabe B. Oregon, OH
I would have liked to see more suspense in this novel
since a horrific crime is committed in this book. Also,
this book was a little too detailed in certain areas,
but overall, it is a good read.
Three brothers -
Pat, Joe, and Mike run a drug business. Dear, close
friends of the brothers decide to get payback on them
after they kick them out of the business. They take
matters too far. They rape and kill Mike's wife. Mike,
cannot deal with this tragedy and practically loses his
mind. Pat and Joe seek revenge, but Mike wants no part
Then, the book
takes on a different route. Years pass, but the 2
brothers made a promise to one another to get the
revenge they so desire to inflict upon their long-lost
friends. This is where the suspense loses its power
because we learn about both brothers joining the
military and how their lives have changed. Both worry
over their younger brother Mike who seems to have
withered away to almost nothing.
The brothers join
back up in their hometown for their final revenge and
the suspense comes back into play. However, as they
start to enact on their first plan for revenge -
something happens to throw them off. Someone else is
actually taking out their revenge. Who is this other
person? Is it Mike? They are unsure. As the story
unfolds, the twist is quite compelling. Angela H.
Brothers Pat, Joe, and Mike McKinney are making big
bucks through their marijuana grow-op business. Greed
gets the better of them, though, and because of this the
brothers are eventually betrayed by friends. When Mike's
young wife is brutally raped and murdered by these same
friends, Mike is all but destroyed. Obsessed with the
need for vengeance, Pat and Joe concoct a long-range
plan. When payback time finally arrives, a twist in
events triggers an increasingly dangerous cat and mouse
A Lifetime of
Vengeance is an intense story that kicks the concept of
revenge up to a disturbing level. When it comes to
mystery and suspense, I love to know why people do the
things they do and author P.J. Grondin does an excellent
job of answering this question. In fact, motives are
brought out in painstaking detail that vividly shows the
At times, the back
story is a little long and hindered by unnecessary
details. Also, introductions to new characters always
start with physical descriptions that are tough to
remember. Still, kudos to Grondin for telling an
interesting tale of brothers who are neither good or
bad, but submerged in murky, ethically questionable
shades of gray. In this book, making the right decision
doesn't come easily and the suspense ramps up to a
satisfying ending. Debra P. K.
The McKinney brothers were bright, handsome, and they
didn't have good sense.
They got involved
in illicit drugs and start making a
fortune...intoxicated by the money coming in, they think
they can get away with putting filler in the drugs they
sell - to their 'friends' - but it backfires eventually
The 'friends' get
even with the brothers by raping and killing brother
Mike's wife of 2 weeks.
brothers straighten up their acts and join the military
and become good citizens...although the brother Mike has
never gotten over that tragic event.
The brothers have
planned their vengeance on the men that committed the
murder...but something starts happening - after the 1st
killing, the others who committed the crimes are
systematically being killed off and it looks like it is
done by a professional -
Who is doing this?
How did they get the McKinney brothers' plans?
A Lifetime of
Vengeance lays the foundation for a series, establishing
the journey of the McKinneys from drug distributors to
upstanding citizens. We come to like the brothers and
root them on as they fight to maintain their lives in
the face of great tragedy.
Plenty of action,
mystery and romance to satisfy every thriller fan, Pete
Grondin deftly fulfills every facet to create an
excellent thriller. Ellen G.
If you like crime, mystery, and suspense - then, you
will love: A Lifetime of Vengeance.
This story is based
on three brothers who truly love one another. Close
friends betray the brothers and vengeance is sought out
when these friends enact a heinous crime on the younger
brother's wife - killing her. Mike is devastated at the
loss of his wife. Pat and Joe, swear to each other to
take revenge out on their friends, but Mike wants no
part of it.
Pat and Joe join
the military, and years later, they put their plan into
action. They want to seek vengeance against their
so-called friends. Pat is obsessed with seeking revenge.
Things do not go as planned. Odd things keep happening.
Pat and Joe are confused as they try to figure out who
is in their way. Pat just wants to carry out his own
As the brothers try
to figure out who is behind altering their plan for
justice, the two brothers are creating new enemies. As
this new twist comes into play, it keeps you in suspense
- wanting to learn more.
As the story
unfolds, you will learn more about these brothers and
things that happened to them in their life. This story
is a great read. Tracy E.