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A disabled veteran explodes into bloody pieces in the middle of Times Square. Days later, a second man blows himself up in Brooklyn. Are these the first attacks in a wave of terrorism that could bring New York City to its knees? Or is there a psychotic murderer on the loose, executing a twisted plan for his own hidden motives?Detective Manny Diaz—also a veteran, and the neA disabled veteran explodes into bloody pieces in the middle of Times Square. Days later, a second man blows himself up in Brooklyn. Are these the first attacks in a wave of terrorism that could bring New York City to its knees? Or is there a psychotic murderer on the loose, executing a twisted plan for his own hidden motives?Detective Manny Diaz—also a veteran, and the newest member of the NYPD Bomb Squad—doesn’t yet know the answer. But he desperately wants to exonerate an honorable man who now lies dead.In defiance of his fellow cops, Diaz sets out to develop an independent theory about what’s really going on—even though pursuing this investigation will require pushing himself to the very limits of his own sanity. Already burdened by his reputation for resisting authority, Diaz now must solve the crime with no support from his bosses, while convincing those same men that he hasn’t gone crazy.And Diaz has only hours to locate a maniacal bomb maker before many more New Yorkers die....

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Number of Pages : 330 Pages
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A Danger to Himself and Others Reviews

  • Amy Cooper
    2019-02-23 23:22

    A Danger to Himself and Others has it all. With the first novel in an exciting new series Fishman delivers. He has created characters that make you care about them and what happens to them. Manny Diaz the former army bomb tech struggles with rules and regulations now that he is on the bomb squad. He is a complex man and a too reckless for his own good. His sergeant,Sandy Kahn, has struggles of his own working with Manny, but you get the sense early on that he does care about Manny. Their personal interactions serve as an amazing backdrop as the story unfolds. Along the way, we also get to visit inside the bomb builders twisted mind which is quite an evil place to visit!There are plenty of plot twists throughout the story to keep the reader guessing. Combine this with an amazing look into how the bomb squad actually works and a good mix of technical knowledge of the tools of their trade, and you have a winner. It is realistic and it is gritty. By the end of the book and the thrilling ending you will feel like you have been a part of an investigation.I look forward to reading more of this series and getting to know the other members of the bomb squad.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-05 21:17

    An absolutely great novel. :D

  • Scott Whitmore
    2019-03-15 20:07

    A fast-paced thriller with some surprising plot twists and a welcome emphasis on character development, I greatly enjoyed reading A Danger To Himself and Others, the first installment — or Incident 1, as author J.E. Fishman (@JEFISHMAN) cleverly calls it — in the new Bomb Squad NYC series. This review is based on a copy provided me for that purpose. When a disabled veteran detonates a bomb outside a military recruiting office in Times Square, New York Bomb Squad detectives Manny Diaz and Sandy Kahn must find out if it is the work of a lone suicide bomber or the harbinger of a new wave of terrorism. As they start piecing together the scant clues left behind, contrasting — and conflicting — theories begin to form between Diaz, an Army veteran who defused IEDs in Iraq, and Kahn, the Bomb Squad’s staid senior detective. Then another bomb explodes, increasing the pressure on Diaz and Kahn to solve the case before more explosions rock New York. To say much more than that would be to spoil the plot for future readers but I can say I devoured the book in a couple days, finding it tough to put down. At more than one point I thought I had a good idea of what was going to happen next only to have the plot go another direction entirely — and I absolutely love it when that happens. Although I enjoyed many of the 87th Precinct novels written by Evan Hunter (as Ed McBain), in general I haven’t read a lot from the police procedural genre. That might change if I find more like A Danger To Himself and Others, which — like McBain’s 87th novels — places as much emphasis on the characters as the procedures. Looking at the blurbs for subsequent books in the series it appears the author has centered each around a different member of the Bomb Squad introduced in the opener, a smart idea in my opinion. I can’t say for sure, but based on the experts the authors cites working with, including the current head of the NYC Bomb Squad, the technical elements of the novel appear to be spot-on. A glossary of terms is thoughtfully included but the narrative doesn’t get bogged down in “techno-babble,” allowing the natural tension of scenes involving explosives to come across. The lead protagonist in A Danger To Himself and Others is Diaz, who has been part of the Elite Bomb Squad for nearly a year and is beginning to find the routine a grind compared to his days in Iraq. In post-9/11 New York there are plenty of calls for the Squad, but not many lead to any real action. On top of that, as the new guy Diaz has been paired with (babysat by?) Kahn and the more senior detective’s micromanagement is beginning to chafe.This is a good place to talk a bit about another issue that runs through the novel: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As a military veteran myself, the trope of a “PTSD-crazed veteran going off the rails” is something I’m constantly on guard against. Growing up in the late 60s/early 70s, it seemed like every crook on TV was a drug-addicted and/or “crazy” Vietnam vet, usually wearing an olive drab field coat. These days some media outlets would have us believe that fiction is reborn as reality.Mr. Fishman has in my opinion done a good job of making the former military characters who do exhibit various symptoms of PTSD more fully realized than simply “crazy vet” caricatures. The truth, of course, is there are many forms and many degrees of PTSD; some veterans handle it better than others — with or without assistance — but “going off the rails” is an anomaly. My small quibble would be wishing there was some discussion of available counseling services, either through the VA or veteran peer groups. With interesting and diverse characters and the inherently exciting setting of explosive disposal in America’s largest city, the author has created a winning formula. If you’re a fan of police procedurals or simply looking for an engrossing read, I encourage you to take a look at A Danger To Himself And Others.For more on the author and his writing, visit his website.

  • Sandy S
    2019-03-12 18:02

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date March 4, 2014Is Bomb Squad Detective Manuel Diaz a danger to himself and others?Detective Manny Diaz, a former Army explosives expert, is already skating on the edge of his own sanity when veterans start dying from bombings in front of armed forces recruiting stations around New York. Diaz won’t believe these events are suicides. If he’s right, he’ll have to risk everything—not just his mental health, but also his very life—to prevent a homeless Army veteran from becoming the next victim.REVIEW: A DANGER TO HIMSELF AND OTHERS is the first instalment in J.E. Fishman’s contemporary crime thriller series Bomb Squad NYC. Each book focuses on the members of the NYC Bomb Squad. This is Detective Manny Diaz’s story-a former vet whose personal life is spiraling out of control along with his most recent assignment. When not one but two disabled military veterans blow themselves up outside an army recruiting office, the bomb squad must consider whether the incidents have started a string of suicides or something much more sinister is at work. A Danger to Himself and Others is not just the title but also a look at the psychological profile of both hero and villain.The focus of the storyline is the investigation into what appears to be two suicide bombings within 72 hours of one another. With Manny’s contacts in the military the NYC bomb squad begin to ferret out the information required to eliminate suspects and connect our victims to one another. When there appears to be no one or nothing connecting the bombings, Manny digs deeper to discover that each of the veterans had one person in common-now it appears there is still one veteran unaccounted for.J.E. Fishman writes an intense and passionate storyline that is rich in detail, twists and turns, technical expertise and suspense. We are pulled into the daily drama and anxiety of the NYC Bomb Squad where the smallest detail cannot be ignored. Following the 9/11 attacks, NYC is on high alert and the Bomb Squad is the first to be called when anything appears out of the ordinary. A DANGER TO HIMSELF AND OTHERS reveals that life in the NYC Bomb Squad is anything –but ordinary. A DANGER TO HIMSELF AND OTHERS is a well-paced, compelling storyline that reveals the intricate inner workings of law enforcement and the drama that is their private and professional lives. No one is without some sort of demon or personal hell and in this the storylines become one with the members of the squad. The characters are colorful, believable, sometimes controversial and add a realistic quality to the story.Reading Order1. A Danger to Himself and Others NYC Bomb Squad Incident 12. Death March NYC Bomb Squad: Incident 2 (March 18, 2014)3. The Long Black Hand: NYC Bomb Squad Incident 3 (April 2, 2014)Copy supplied by the

  • Wendy
    2019-03-13 19:06

    " A Danger To Himself and Others " a Bomb Squad Novel Incident 1 which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is a unique and compelling police thriller that begins when Detective Manny Diaz, a detective on the NYPD Bomb Squad investigates the death of a man ripped apart by a bomb hidden in his prosthetic leg. With few clues, his sergeant breathing down his neck and questioning his sanity, the death of a second victim begins to substantiate Manny's hypothesis as he rushes to save the life of a homeless Army veteran targeted by a ruthless stalker.This well-written, riveting plot twists and turns as the body count climbs and detectives search for clues to the mystery. The events in this imaginative, emotionally- charged plot move at a steady pace. It leaves no doubt in the reader's mind that this is a well-researched novel that pays tribute to the dedication and service of the real-life heroes in the NYPD and FBI who must put aside their own personal problems and demons whenever they investigate a crime.The core characters are well-developed and complex although all the law enforcement or military officers in this story are notable. Detective Manny Diaz haunted by nightmares when he served as a former Army explosives expert finds danger a tempting drug, walking on the edge on duty and off. His instability and cynicism is tempered by a logical mind, sound deductive reasoning skills and a sense of balance offered by his roommate. Jennifer Foster is nonchalant but drawn to this temperamental man who seeks and finds refuge in her level-headed, unruffled and caring personality. Sander Kahn the bomb squad's middle-aged and overweight sergeant supervisor is experienced, tough, calm under pressure, but distrustful and not very encouraging when his authority is questioned or when he senses a troubled spirit in the ranks, while the dedicated Lieutenant Joseph Copabianco is a reassuring, supportive leader looking for the best in the men under his command. Although these characters are fascinating, it's the psychotic mind of the stalker and the self-destructive nature of his lover as well as the brokenness of his victims that adds power and intensity to this captivating thriller.I thoroughly enjoyed this unique murder mystery that culminates in an explosive ending. It's a crime thriller that you can't put down and I look forward to reading more by this talented writer.

  • Lynn Demsky
    2019-03-20 18:01

    " Bomb Squad Detective Manuel Diaz exists in a troubled state. A former Army bomb tech, he misses the adrenaline rush of combat and feels little if any love from his partner, Sergeant Sandy Kahn. When he brings home the pressures of his job, it causes fights with his beautiful roommate, Jennifer. And, as if that weren’t enough, he also harbors a torturous secret.When one disabled army veteran blows himself up in front of an Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Times Square and another blows himself up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, all of Diaz’s worries become magnified. More than anything else, Manny wants to prove these incidents aren’t suicides. But is he right? If not suicides, what’s going on here? Can he solve the cases without revisiting all of the things that haunt him from combat? Can he solve them without driving himself insane?"This was really an interesting book - all the characters involved were more than life like. The Veterans were nicely portrayed, and the NYPD Bomb Squad was nothing like I expected. To willingly have to go through this day after day almost makes you think they're all nuts in their own way also....would recommend to anyone enjoying mysteries, police department procedural type book although it's truly different. Gives you a different way to look at life. I do look forward to the other books in this series.

  • Puja Guha
    2019-03-22 00:57

    I breezed through this book in a few days when I found myself glued to the page to find out what would happen next after the first two supposedly suicide bombings took place. Fishman does a great job of creating an authentic atmosphere for the reader. You are drawn into the NYC Bomb Squad and the story gives you a real feel for the tense atmosphere in the city. What’s interesting as well is the level of character development in the book. Fishman paints a picture of the intelligent driven hero who is also psychologically on edge. The most interesting character in my view though is the villain and the slow unraveling as the reader begins to understand why he is pursuing such a twisted vendetta. Great read and definitely a page turner.

  • Robert C. smith
    2019-02-28 21:15

    Keeps the Reader on Edge!Keeps the Reader on Edge!Beginning on an anxious note, that feeling continues to escalate with realistic characters in ever increasing dangerous life-threatening situations to what appears to be a no-way-out ending! It was impossible to put the book down while reading the last half, until reaching the end.

  • Jay Storey
    2019-02-25 18:19

    An excellent read. Great, believable characters, complex, realistic interactions, masterful dialog, and a compelling mystery to boot. Had difficulty putting it down. I'll definitely check out other work by this author.

  • Jeff Benham
    2019-02-25 21:03

    This is an awesome, entertaining and intense book. This is a new author for me. Thanks to BookBub for having a deal on it. I have purchased the other two books in this series and there are other novels by this author as well! I highly recommend you see if it is still on special.

  • Theresa
    2019-03-11 23:05

    This book is fantastic and I have already purchased the next book that goes with this series. This is one author that I have added to my favorites list and will keep up on all new books published! Thank you so much! What a great win!

  • Zeljka Ulan
    2019-03-07 18:11

    Yet again, Fishman delivered. I could not put the book down and I cannot wait to read his next book. Fishman explores the subject I usually would not find myself reading, but his writing won me over yet again. Well done!

  • Trevor Pearson
    2019-02-21 02:23

  • Delta
    2019-02-24 18:00

    Free on Amazon today 04-24-14.Police Procedural; Mystery/Thriller

  • Sandra Brannan
    2019-03-20 20:09

    A teeth-clencher...J.E. Fishman does it again!

  • Jordan Larsen
    2019-03-18 02:15

    In the secretive realm of public safety bomb disposal, there is little glamour or fan fair associated with a profession that requires its members to possess nerves of steel, meticulous dexterity as well as a wealth of knowledge and technology for defeating the most insidious devices terrorists and diabolical lone wolves can create… until now. The 32 brave detectives of the New York Police Department Bomb Squad walk a thin line between bravery and tragedy every day they suit up to head downrange to confront a litany of stressful and perilous situations. Yet very little is known about the men in the armor clad astronaut lime green bomb suits. Best-selling crime Novelist J.E. Fishman pulls back the veil of anonymity with his new crime/thriller book series “Bomb Squad NYC.” Inspired by the real-life exploits and valor of one of America’s busiest, oldest and largest bomb squads, “Bomb Squad NYC” explodes onto the book shelf with a cast of fictitious characters and harrowing human subplots. Set against the backdrop of New York City and centered on one of the most elite units of the NYPD, the series begins with “A Danger to Himself and Others.” In Incident 1 of the bomb squad series, we are introduced to maverick, rough-around-the-edges Detective Manny Diaz. A former Army Veteran with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (EOD) team in Iraq, Diaz is slow to adjust to life as a civilian public safety bomb technician when the dark realities of war detonate on the Homefront in a very profound and personal way. Someone is targeting disabled veterans and planting explosives into their artificial limbs. Setting off deadly explosions in the middle of a Time Square Recruiting Station and other public arenas sending the bomb squad and Diaz on a frantic and desperate search for answers as they comb the city picking up the pieces, following the clues leading them to a sadistic and cunning bomber who will put Detective Diaz and his squad to the ultimate test in a dangerous race against time to save lives and prevent the next bomb from exploding. I found this novel to be an interesting read. J.E. Fishman does a great job peeling back the layers of a flawed New York Bomb Squad Detective and injecting the drama and skill of defusing ingenious devices without giving away sensitive render safe procedures as they relate to the real NYPD Bomb Squad. This first chapter in the series combines the internal human aspect of “NYPD Blue” and the harrowing nail-biting drama of “The Hurt Locker.” I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series! This book series would make for a great TV drama or Summer Blockbuster! Hopefully some intelligent producers and script writers in Hollywood will pick it up.

  • Julie
    2019-02-21 01:22

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was received or expected.I finished this book with an overall impression of meh. I felt it was competently written and well researched. Unfortunately, I can only describe this as explosive if I'm referring to the actual bomb explosions, and not the plot or the storytelling. This was no thrill ride, no edge-of-the-seat-what's-going-to-happen next. The story is mostly a plod through to the end, kind of picking up to a slow jog at times, but never taking off at a full, breathless run.In the author's note, the author acknowledges that nobody wants to read about policemen filling out forms, but this felt like just one step above that. I kept waiting for the flu epidemic sweeping through the department to have some bearing on the story. Tick, tick, tick - it didn't. So why spend so much time on it? It didn't move the story forward, and it didn't contribute to the character development (unless you count the details of Capobianco's gastric distress as character development).The characterizations felt shallow to me, like everyone was a cardboard cutout going through motions. For me, a novel has to have either strong characterizations (in which case I can forgive story flaws) or a non-stop story that overcomes the lack of characterization. This had neither. Actually, the character I found most interesting was Salinowsky, the drug-addled homeless veteran. I never connected with Manny. I thought he was mildly interesting, but not compelling and not strong enough to carry the entire story. I found all interactions between Manny Diaz and his roommate, Jennifer, uncomfortable and awkward, as if even the author wasn't comfortable with their relationship. On top of that, I didn't feel the relationship added anything to Manny's character, and it certainly didn't do anything for the overall story. If anything, it slowed it down even more. The whole thing felt like a throw-away. If it was meant to "sex up" the story, it failed.Overall, reading this first in a series doesn't leave me wanting to run out and read the rest of the books. It was a quick and easy read; and, with the exception of the whole Manny/Jennifer thing, relatively painless so it's not a waste of $0.99 as long as you don't expect a lot from it.

  • Kathryn Loving
    2019-02-23 19:11

    When I started A Danger To Himself And Others, I have to admit the "voice over" cop humor struck me as a corny beginning introduction to the book. I actually had a flashback of picturing one of my male (yes, male) former military rookies thinking exactly like that (shaking my head). So with that aside, Fishman did capture the male-ego-cop thought process in a sports sense. Yes, being a girl...I rolled my eyes and Fargo smirked right there during the onset. Maybe it's just a girl thing. The book overall was excellent, filled with suspense and details so descript you felt you were right in each moment, adrenaline pumping alongside the characters. It is full of testosterone and fast paced action. Kudos to Fishman for his writing capabilities and details. In fact, if you aren't familiar with the inside of a bomb squad, you will be when you have finished reading A Danger to Himself and Others. Fishman has a true talent for capturing moments, especially during a "heat of the moment." The main character, Manny Diaz, is a complex person with years of experience and a personal life that mimics one that goes on behind the shield. It's plausible for sure.Inside the storyline, you also find attention to technical detail where Fishman's research and the care he gave to writing in proper procedures served well in preserving the importance of capturing all the components. I liked the twists and turns and the villains were not simplified, but also just as complex as the good guys. A nice touch was the characters had surprise moments and everything was not predictable. The emotion of police and military veterans was also believable in the story, which is often left out of or only glanced upon by other authors. A Danger To Himself And Others has action packed depth and I would highly recommend it.

  • Quillracer
    2019-02-23 20:59

    Disabled vets are killing themselves outside military recruiting centers via bombs hidden in their prostheses. Are they lone terrorists or part of a larger plot? NYPD Bomb Squad member Manny Diaz suspects something darker and sets out to expose it.That’s a great premise for a thriller but, sadly, this book is . . . bland. There’s almost no tension – and what little there is seems more pro forma than real – until the climax and the tension there is minimal.Manny, a former Army EOD specialist, gets in trouble for not following procedure early in the story. Readers like protagonists who follow their own path but they like to see him or her pay a price for doing it. Manny gets a reprimand letter in his file. That falls far short of what readers expect to see.The antagonist in this story is one of the most callous I’ve ever met, but Fishman gives us a poorly explained motive for his actions. And Fishman commits one of my unpardonable sins for books in the genre. (view spoiler)[He lets him escape un-punished for his crime. (hide spoiler)]Fishman did do a good job of making police work real. His characters spend much of their time doing the dull, plodding work that breaks cases. But that also slowed the novel down.As a whole, this book read more like a mainstream novel because Fishman focused more on the characters and their flaws and less on the action. That’s not good enough to make me come back for more. I won’t be back for book 2 in the series.

  • Eleanor
    2019-03-22 22:22

    This story grabbed me right away. The author slowly reveals the main character's background, giving some depth to Manny Diaz and some explanation for some of his slightly bizarre actions. Once hooked, it's hard to tear yourself away from the story. Although I don't know much in the area of Bomb Squad procedures, it seems to give some insight into the life of someone who lives on that brittle edge every day. One wrong move, one shaky hand and it could be all over. Thank-you, Mr. Fishman for giving me a new sense of respect for those who put their lives on the line to protect the public. I can't imagine being able to sleep soundly at night if I was in that line of work.I appreciated the perspective that sometimes gut instinct is valid. If you are an observer of people and life, in general, you can develop that sort of sixth sense that can guide you to the appropriate conclusion, and yet, there is still a case to be made for procedure.This is one of those nail-biting, fast-moving stories I love to sink my teeth into on a Friday night (Ok, I'm an anti-social nerd. What of it??)One little thing that made me frustrated - this was one of what seems like too many books lately that portrays female characters as the suppliers of sexual gratification and not much else. It was just inevitable from the opening of the story. Sigh........I received this book for free through the GoodReads giveaway program.

  • Marie
    2019-03-03 22:23

    I've always enjoyed stories that deal with law enforcement and this book does not disappoint. It isn't the typical police procedural, although the technical and realistic aspects seem pretty spot on throughout the story giving it a much more real quality to it, but this is more than just a cop story. First off, it's a different aspect of the police department since it deals specifically with the NYPD bomb squad and the focus is on Det. Manny Diaz, a former military bomb specialist. The characters are easily relatable and are portrayed three dimensionally with internal struggle and conflict in addition to their job and roles as bomb squad technicians. The dialogue is crisp and realistic, and the story doesn't get bogged down in unnecessary details. It was suspenseful, intricate, and at times even poignant. I received this book as part of the goodreads first reads program in exchange for an honest review.

  • Dawn
    2019-03-21 18:18

    This was a pretty enjoyable read; the writing style was pleasant, the plot entertaining, and the characters were interesting. I did enjoy Diaz's penchant for keeping a running commentary in his head (because admit it, we all do that). Reading this novel felt very much like reading a television show - by that I mean you'd have a scene of the NYPD bomb squad in their squad room, quickly followed by a scene of the culprit, followed a scene of the explosion - it reminded me very much of watching an episode of Law & Order. All in all, not an overly complex book but enjoyable all the same.

  • Dan
    2019-03-17 23:09

    Detective Manny Diaz is the only on the NYC bomb squad who thinks that disabled army veterans blowing themselves up outside recruiting stations are not terrorists but something else. But as the title suggests is he danger to himself and others? This is a good story with interesting characters and Manny Diaz is one the reader gets to understand how he ticks. There is much detail and descriptive situations that you know this guy knows what he is writing about. It is a good book; not great but certainly kept me interested.

  • WiLoveBooks
    2019-03-10 21:58

    A Danger to Himself and Others is the first book in an interesting new series about the NYPD bomb squad. It is fast-paced and kept me guessing and turning pages. Even when we knew more than the investigators, we still didn't know how things would turn out. This book gives an inside look at what goes through the heads of the guys going in and disarming bombs. I am looking forward to continuing the series.

  • Jim A
    2019-02-24 00:22

    A bomb squad procedural that's just different enough from other police procedurals to keep it interesting. Unique bad guy storyline. Unfortunately, there's really nothing special about the protagonist other than he's an EOD veteran from the army. First of a series featuring the NYPD Bomb Squad.

  • Susan Smith
    2019-02-24 18:18

    Not my cup of tea, for some reason. The writing was good, the plot was original, but I had a hard time getting into it. Started off slow, and felt slow until the very end, which is weird because it was an exciting premise. I found it hard to care about any of the characters. It does seem very well-researched, and it was interesting to read about the bomb squad and how they do things.

  • Sharon Michael
    2019-03-04 22:59

    Very readable police procedural with the bomb squad the focus and the plot brought in the issues involving military veterans and PTSD very believably. Reasonably good characterization, relatively straightforward plot line although I would have preferred a different ending. Would read more in this series.

  • Richard
    2019-03-09 02:21

    Stumbling across a new author, and even better at the beginning of a new series, that is can't-put-it-down good happens too seldom.I felt that with this one.Darn good writing, good plot, some interesting characters (that can be developed further as the series continues) and seemingly authentic details surrounding the workings of the NYPD bomb-squad.

  • Paul Fortunato
    2019-02-24 20:59

    I liked the book. It was easy reading, had my interest throughout the book and generated a virtual walk from chapter to chapter as seen by detective Diaz, sensing his feelings and concerns as he attempts to solve this case.A Danger to Himself and Others by J.E. Fishman is a book worth reading.

  • Gary Sedivy
    2019-03-22 02:04

    A military explosives expert becomes a bomb squad member for NYPD. The crazy is setting off bombs in NYC, but the first victim is assumed to be the bomber. It is decent thriller. I will try another in the series.