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Blood of My Brother [Kindle Edition]

James Lepore
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Jay Cassio’s best friend is murdered in a job clearly done by professionals, the walls that he has built to protect himself from the world of others begin to shatter. Dan Del Colliano had been his confidante and protector since the men were children on the savage streets of Newark, New Jersey. When Dan supports and revives Jay after Jay’s parents die in a plane crash, their bond deepens to something beyond brotherhood, beyond blood. Now Jay, a successful lawyer, must find out why Dan died and find a way to seek justice for his murder.

Isabel Perez has lived a life both tainted and charmed since she was a teenager in Mexico. She holds powerful sway over men and has even more powerful alliances with people no one should ever try to cross. She desperately wants her freedom from the chains these people have placed on her. When Jay catapults into her world, their connection is electric, their alliance is lethal, and their future is anything but certain.

Once again, James LePore has given us a novel of passions, intense moral complexities, and irresistible thrills. Filled with characters you will embrace and characters you will fear, Blood of My Brother is a story about a quest for revenge and redemption you won’t soon forget.

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“Blood of my Brother is exciting, full of passion both of hate and love. It is a story that will captivate and keep you in your easy chair reading until you reach the satisfying conclusion. It is a great book deserving of a 9 out of 10 rating.”
– Mainly Mysteries

“A tense thriller.”
– The Mystery Gazette

“Blood of My Brother is a fast-paced thriller with twists and turns that defy reason. James LePore has again written a novel of suspense showing his maturing style is in even better form. A best seller for sure for those who love thrillers and a good mystery!”
– Crystal Book Reviews

“I love a good suspense novel, and that's exactly what I got with James LePore's Blood of my Brother…. This is a fast paced novel that will catch you right from the beginning…. All of the characters bring something different and intriguing to the table, and you'll follow some twists and turns as you are introduced to each of them. James LePore has delivered a great novel for those who love thrillers and suspense! Definitely check this one out!”
– Confessions of a Real Librarian

“It’s the action that keeps you turning the pages, but it’s the bigger issues LePore works into the story that will keep you thinking even after you’ve finished.”
– Musings of an All-Purpose Monkey

“Readers of taut action will thrill over Blood of My Brother's chase sequences and rundowns with a Mexican drug cartel, while those readers who enjoy suspense stories with a bit of mystery will find no complaints.  Blood of My Brother whet my appetite for action, excitement and international intrigue and I was left satiated upon the book's conclusion. I would recommend Blood of My Brother to any reader looking for a solid story with action, intrigue and mystery. You won't be disappointed.”
– Psychotic State

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From the Back Cover

When Jay Cassio’s best friend is murdered in a job clearly done by professionals, the walls that he has built to protect himself from the world of others begin to shatter. Dan Del Colliano had been his confidante and protector since the men were children on the savage streets of Newark, New Jersey. When Dan supports and revives Jay after Jay’s parents die in a plane crash, their bond deepens to something beyond brotherhood, beyond blood. Now Jay, a successful lawyer, must find out why Dan died and find a way to seek justice for his murder.

Isabel Perez has lived a life both tainted and charmed since she was a teenager in Mexico. She holds powerful sway over men and has even more powerful alliances with people no one should ever try to cross. She desperately wants her freedom from the chains these people have placed on her. When Jay catapults into her world, their connection is electric, their alliance is lethal, and their future is anything but certain.

Once again, James LePore has given us a novel of passions, intense moral complexities, and irresistible thrills. Filled with characters you will embrace and characters you will fear, Blood of My Brother is a story about a quest for revenge and redemption you won’t soon forget.

Product Details

  • File Size: 867 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The (December 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00499DSCK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait April 29, 2011
Format:Paperback
As a mother of two busy little ones, my patience for slow-to-start novels is not what it used to be. So when I first cracked into Blood of My Brother, I found myself wishing that the pace was a little faster.
But fear not, James LePore is just setting the stage in the early pages for what turns out to be a unique thriller, filled with exciting plot twists up to the very end.
I enjoyed James' matter-of-fact style that somehow, magically, depicts the story in real-life color. The characters still live on in my mind; a true test of great book for me.
Blood of My Brother is a wonderful read that's not to be missed.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This is a novel that deals with important issues, friendship, loyalty, integrity and justice.

Attorney Jay Cassio's best friend, Dan Del Colliano, is murdered, apparently by professionals. Jay feels that he owes it to his friend's memory, to find out why Dan was killed and then punish those responsible.

Dan had told Jay that a woman named Donna Kelly was holding money for one of Dan's clients, Bryce Powers. Now Bryce and Bryce's wife, Kate, were dead in what police claim is a murder-suicide. Donna told Dan that she would pay him to bring the $500,000 to her in Florida.

Jay and Dan had grown up in the mean streets of Newark, New Jersey at the time of the race riots of 1967. A time when much of Newark's downtown was burned out and the area began to die out.

There is a parallel story taking place in Mexico City when a girl named Isabel is placed in a convent in 1977 and then removed in 1991 as she grew into a lovely woman. She had been visited by a man named Herman who she thought of as an uncle. However, when Herman removed her from the convent, his goal was to get Isabel to work for him in the worst manner.

Jay is warned by the FBI to stop looking into Bryce Powers' death and any connection to Donna Kelly. Then he looks into the papers he had from Bryce and sees that Powers had illegal activities with a man named Herman Santaria and that Santaria's brother, Lazaro is the attorney general in Mexico.

As Jay arrives in Florida and searches for Donna, the tension mounts. Two gunman are searching for both Jay and Donna and are out to elliminate them for their Mexican superiors.

There is plenty of action and the characters are realistically described and very sympathetic. It is as if Jay and Isable are two innocents and the reader is turning the pages to see if they will be devoured by the hunters.

Well done and recommended.
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36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blood Of My Brother April 29, 2011
Format:Paperback
Jay Casio's childhood friend Dan Del Colliano is murdered execution style. Since Dan is Jay's best friend he vows vengeance. In another part of the world, Isabel Perez is trained to be a prostitute for Mexico's' elite. Somehow these two chacaters are connected and as we read the story we found out why. Told in flashbacks and present tense, we learn about the individuals and what makes them who there are. This suspenseful novel has corruption, some action and some character development; a little slow at first but picks up.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I am a big fan of James LePore's debut novel, A WORLD I NEVER MADE, and read BLOOD OF MY BROTHER thinking the first couldn't be topped. I have to say that the supporting character, Isabel, does top the daughter and even the French policewoman in Mr. LePore's first book. She is real, compelling, flawed, and dazzling--and makes for a book whose outcome you will be tied up in. I hope more people discover this talented author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just OK Read June 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this book on the "free Kindle Top 100" list and downloaded it after reading the description and some of the reviews. I Just give the book 2 stars, as in "just OK". I will not go into the story-line, many other reviews have already done this so I will just rate the book on its elements (0 to 5 being highest):

Protagonist Development: 3
Antagonist Development: 2
Minor Character Development: 1
Storyline: 2
Setting: 2
Theme: 2
Writing Style: 2
Overall Rating: 2
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't meet my expectations March 24, 2011
By Staci
Format:Paperback
1.) Reasons you chose this book

I read 'A World I Never Made,' by the author back in 2009, loved it and when James contacted me about reading this one I immediately said yes.

2.) Reasons you liked or disliked this book

* I liked the characters that James brought to life. I could picture having a friend much like Jay and Dan. I understood their relationship and the bond that they forged.
* I had a hard time getting into the pace of the story. I found myself getting lost and at times not really feeling vested in the story.
* I feel bad that I didn't enjoy it because I loved LePore's earlier work. I think I just had a tough time trying to connect to a character. This may boil down to something as simple as, "just not the right time for this book."

3. Reasons for recommending:

* I would like to advise you to read the following reviews for this book. What might not work for me could possibly be the best book you've read this year!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't finish it June 6, 2011
By Kate
Format:Kindle Edition
I read about 4 books a week and for the first time EVER I put down a book 50% through and don't plan on ever finishing it. There were too many characters and names introduced and it became hard to follow. Too many stories within a story for me and in the middle I realized that I liked the main character but just really didn't care who did it or why. I enjoyed the last Lepore book I read very much and will give him another chance in the future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood of My Brother.
I enjoy mysteries and this one was excellent..

I also enjoy James Lepore's books. And have read other of his mysteries.
Published 10 months ago by Regina Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars good
The great thing,Fast shipping, Brand new, non gray market, factory sealed box.Call quality is great.For me, and for everybody else, this thing is just about perfect.
Published 12 months ago by Konstantin Sakirkin
2.0 out of 5 stars Finished
Half way thru the book I knew I wasn't going to finish it, so I don't have right to leave any comment !
Published 15 months ago by Maurice J. Reagan
4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you reading
I had not read the Author till I got hold of this kindle edition.
A gripping tale of cruelty, revenge and redemption. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Randhir
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
An interesting read. Enjoyed it for the most part. There were a couple of technical errors that bothered me. Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by C. Hanks
4.0 out of 5 stars really good story..but some sticking points
I had downloading this during a kindle promotion several months back and finally got around to reading it. I've never read Lepore before so I honestly didn't know what to expect. Read more
Published on March 7, 2012 by Matthew Schiariti
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me wanting to read and read and read....
The mix of Characters and the worlds they come from keep your attention and make you want to keep turning the pg or kindle page. Enjoy!
Published on March 6, 2012 by Kathy Bytautas
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for the price
I bought this book because it was inexpensive & it looked intriguing. It is a good book but not a great book. Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by Katherine Nabors
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story
Jay Cassio's best friend is tortured and killed by two mexican employees of a highly connected business man. Read more
Published on October 14, 2011 by North
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised
I think the author did a great job of building the story and he kept me wanting to read on. He also did a great job of describing Mexico...spot on!
Published on August 28, 2011 by N. Attisha
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More About the Author

In 1999 I sold my law practice to write full time. In 2008, I signed a four-book contract with The Story Plant, a small, agile publisher in Stamford, Connecticut. My first novel, 'A World I Never Made,' was released in April, 2009. The second, 'Blood of My Brother,' came out in December, 2010, and the third, 'Sons and Princes,' in April, 2011. My fourth novel, 'Gods and Fathers,' was released in February 2012. 'The Fifth Man," a sequel to 'Sons and Princes," came out in early 2013. (Perhaps this is the start of a series. I think that might be fun. Stay tuned).

My latest novel, "No Dawn For Men," with co-author Carlos Davis, was released on December 3, 2013. It is my first historical novel, but it is much more. Read the Amazon reviews and you'll see what I mean. This will definitely be a series--we are working on a sequel set in occupied France in 1940.

I have also written six short stories that stand alone as pieces of short fiction, but that are meant to accompany my first two novels. The first three of these was released in February, 2011, under the title, 'Anyone Can Die.'

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