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Blood Makes Noise [Kindle Edition]

Gregory Widen
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Book Description

On a summer's night in 1955, CIA case officer Michael Suslov is summoned to a secret vault in the heart of Buenos Aires. His mission: transport the corpse of Eva Peron to a new hiding place in the wake of her husband's fall from power. But before Michael can comply, everything goes tragically, horribly wrong...

Sixteen years later, Michael Suslov is a ghost of a man, an ex-intelligence officer living off the radar--and the only soul alive who knows where Evita is buried. When an old friend from Argentine Military Intelligence appeals to him for help bringing the body home, Michael agrees, hoping this final mission will quiet the demons from his past. But he's not the only one on a recovery mission: two rogue former CIA officers are tracking him, desperate to unearth Evita before Michael does--and to claim the secret millions they believe she took to her grave.
Based on a little-known yet fascinating true story, Blood Makes Noise is a brilliant examination of the power of the dead over the lives of the living.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

Rooted in fact, this impressive first novel from screenwriter Widen (Highlander; Backdraft) charts the astonishing journey of the corpse of Eva “Evita” Perón (1919–1952). Early in the morning of November 23, 1955, Michael Suslov, a junior CIA officer attached to the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires, is summoned by Hector Cabanillas, Argentine éminence grise and government representative, to witness the removal of Evita’s body from the capital and into hiding. Less than a year later, Hector asks Michael to take the body out of Argentina to prevent Perónists from using it as a rallying point. After some personal misfortune, Michael manages to ship the corpse to Milan, where it’s laid to rest under a false name, but then Michael’s life swiftly unravels. Only when Hector reappears more than a decade later and asks Michael to return Evita to Argentina does Michael sense a chance of redemption. Widen’s atmospheric thriller, full of broken men in a broken country, succeeds in capturing the hold that Evita had over so many, even in death.

From Library Journal

Starred Review

Michael Suslov meets some very curious and dangerous people working in the hugger-mugger world of espionage in Argentina during the 1950s. Unfortunately for Michael, the course of his convoluted life and bizarre and often dark assignments may leave him as crushed and wounded as the people he is trying to understand. Strangely, he discovers, some individuals wield as much power dead as they did alive. Evita Peron (1919–52), for instance, with her cult following and traveling cadaver, still controls politics from her hidden grave. Verdict: Based on some startling facts surrounding the Juan and Eva Peron “Empire” and the broken country, people, and history they exploited, this debut novel by a well-known screenwriter (Highlander; Backdraft) grips the reader from the first intriguing page. Violent, intense, and utterly captivating, this will be required reading for anyone who enjoys a good thriller, spy story, historical fiction, or fast-paced suspense story.

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  • File Size: 1128 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (April 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KP9VI8
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story of Evita April 25, 2013
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As the husband of the late Eva Peron falls from power, junior CIA agent Michael Suslov helps move her remains from Argentina in order to keep them safe. He manages to successfully bury her under another name in Milan. Years later, Michael had been forced to leave the CIA, but must be brought back to move Evita back home, as he is the only one who knows where she is. It is not an easy mission however. There are others who think her remains lead to a vast treasure and are eager to get their hands on it.

Overall, this novel was an enjoyable read. I'm a sucker for historical fiction, so a book like this that's based on a true series of events and then has a story filled in, is usually a book I'll be glad to have read. I don't know much about the Perons or the history of Argentina, so most of this story was new and interesting to me. I liked hearing the story of Evita and how she and her husband were loved or hated by the people. I'd had no idea of the power her remains could have on groups rallying in Argentina. The novel was fast-paced and read much like any thriller, even one completely fictional. Despite the heavy subject matter, the book comes off as a light read. I think it would be suitable for either a book club selection or just a fun book to read on vacation.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read... June 17, 2013
Gregory Widen's first novel is a surprise. Taut, well written, the storyline unfolds with a deliberate rhythm and yet is addictively compelling. It is laced with touches of sparkling prose just enough to grace the eye and not distract from the intriguing mystery. The writing delivers a great read in tense moments that mount to an unsuspected conclusion. A wonderful novel.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book May 1, 2013
By Mickey
I was excited to get the opportunity to review Blood Makes Noise, because I had studied Evita Peron in school and have always been fascinated by her. I also love historical thrillers, so for me this was a golden opportunity. I must say, my excitement dwindled early on, because the first and second parts of the book are extremely wordy. The author over-writes many chapters and I found my mind wondering a lot. The third part of the book was fantastic, fast-paced, thrilling and just what I expected from the beginning.

The beginning of the book takes place in 1947, where only two people bear witness to one of the most secretive acts of Evita Peron. The first part of the book focuses on CIA agent Michael Suslov, the central character in Blood Makes Noise. The author goes into great detail to explain Suslov's upbringing, and the tragedies that have plagued him. During Michael's career in the CIA, he formed a bond with Argentine military intelligence officer, Hector Cabinillas. Hector only trusts Michael, so when he needs to move the preserved body of Evita Peron, he calls on Michael to do it. In 1956, another tragedy strikes Michael that becomes too much for him to bear. So begins his descent from grace, and ends with his reprimand and resignation from the CIA.

Sixteen years later, Michael, being the only one who knows where the body of Evita is stored, is asked to bring her back to Buenos Aires. Using this opportunity to redeem himself, he races against rogue CIA agents to complete his mission. So this is where the book really gets interesting. The writing is fantastic. I felt like I was there.

This book was written based upon historical facts. It's up to each person's interpretation as to whether the events are as depicted in this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood Makes Noise May 7, 2013
By Yvonne
If you're looking for a good thriller or interested in CIA history or Latin American history, this will be a gripping read for you. I'll admit I'm not an expert on the CIA or Latin American, however, though the course of the story I learned more about both. (There's a lot more to Evita Peron than the movie starring Madonna...her entire body was preserved, creating a relic for her people).

The plot, based on true events, follows a CIA agent named Michael. Ultimately, he plays a vital role in moving Evita's preserved body. Jumping ahead years later, when Michael's past is more complicated, he is the only one who knows where Evita's body is located. A race to reach her is created.

To me, the book started slowly. However, it did get better as it went along. Gregory Widen is also a screenwriter, and it was apparent to me while reading this book. I felt that the scenes were mostly carried by dialogue and actions. Compared to what I'm familiar with, there weren't tons of details and vivid descriptions. Not necessarily a bad thing. It just sometimes left me wondering and wanting more information about the characters.

All-in-all, I think it would transition into a great movie.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fairly good debut April 6, 2013
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Gregory Widen’s “Blood Makes Noise” is a great debut thriller novel. Centering around the disposition of the body of Eva Peron. The book tells of the trials surrounding hiding her body from those who hated Evita and Juan Peron in various places in the hopes that some day, Evita’s remains would be able to go back to Argentina. Based on a true story, the author has done an excellent job in juxtaposing fact and fiction and creating a tale of intrigue. The only thing that really rather drove me crazy in the book was the author’s style toward not assigning streams of dialogue to a specific speaker. Keeping track of who is saying what on some of those occasions was both difficult and distracting. Otherwise, the book was an enjoyabl read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
book was very good.
Published 1 month ago by James L. Michal
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read and Interesting
It's a little hard to get into but after you're there, it's a cliff hanger - a tad depressing but very interesting - especially if you saw "Evita."
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book.
I wanted to know what would happen in this story. I read this book aggressively until I finished it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeannie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
even knowing that it is fiction , it captured my attention because some psasages could be true
Published 1 month ago by Ivette Ríos
1.0 out of 5 stars Yikes
Yikes. I love historical fiction, but this story was a little too crazy and seemed a bit far fetched. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Curious George Junkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun that it is an imaginative interpretation of the facts ...
Held my interest. Really well-written. Fun that it is an imaginative interpretation of the facts about Eva Person.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The mystery and journey of Eva Peron after her death.
This was a sensitively written novel with lots of historical information as well as an engaging story. If you think you know the whole story of Eva Peron -- you probably don't. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Hamrin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Gripping story without loose ends, the ending was not forseeable. Not for the faint-hearted.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars I did not enjoy the book at all
It was confusing! Sorry; I did not enjoy the book at all!!
Published 3 months ago by Henrietta B. Crabill
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific read!
This story is a fiction about the death of Evita and hiding her body. It's a terrific story with some real characters and situations. Hard to put down. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. M. Voss
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A native of Laguna Beach, California, Gregory Widen is a former firefighter, NPR station host, and mountain-rescue team member. While a film student at UCLA, he penned the script for what would become the movie Highlander, starring Sean Connery. Among his other screenplays are Backdraft and The Prophecy, and his television writing includes scripts for Tales from the Crypt and Rescue 77. A committed traveler, his explorations have taken him to war-torn Somalia, Uzbekistan, Namibia, the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the arctic island of Svalbard, Indonesia, and Argentina. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on a film for Universal Pictures.

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