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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Stonehouse Press (July 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931304548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931304542
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,842,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mr. Adler... is more than capable of fashioning truly riveting tales of suspense and intrigue." - King Features Syndicate

"Gripping."- Asheville Citizen-Times

"Pride, ambition and ethics are involved in this highly readable novel."- Pensacola News

"Another superb mystery fiction book."- Daily Press, Newport News, VA

"Mr. Adler... is more than capable of fashioning truly riveting tales of suspense and intrigue." 
-- King Features Syndicate

"Gripping." -- Asheville Citizen-Times

"Pride, ambition and ethics are involved in this highly readable novel." -- Pensacola News

"Another superb mystery fiction book." -- Daily Press, Newport News, VA

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During a family reunion at their ancestral castle, the famed Von Kassel family -- arms dealers for over a hundred years -- suddenly find themselves in possession of stolen plutonium capable of creating the most destructive weapon on earth. Previously aloof from the moral implications of their business, the family is torn apart by the deadly potential of their recent acquisition. Family conflicts are ignited that had long been avoided in order to maintain solidarity and the insulation of wealth and power. Through fascinating and startling familial relationships, the reader is drawn into the web of power and intrigue that motivates people who once believed they were above moral or ethical considerations.

As rivalries escalate and alliances form only to be broken, this powerful novel of family pride, personal ambition, and individual ethics moves to its compelling and ingenious climax.


More About the Author

Warren Adler is best known for The War of the Roses, his masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce turned into the Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated dark comedy hit starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. In addition to the success of the stage adaptation of his iconic novel on the perils of divorce, Adler has optioned and sold film rights to more than a dozen of his novels and short stories to Hollywood and major television networks. Random Hearts (starring Harrison Ford and Kristen Scott Thomas), The Sunset Gang (starring Jerry Stiller, Uta Hagen, Harold Gould and Doris Roberts), Private Lies, Funny Boys, Madeline's Miracles, Trans-Siberian Express and his Fiona Fitzgerald mystery series are only a few titles that have forever left Adler's mark on contemporary American authorship from page to stage to screen. Learn more about Warren Adler at www.warrenadler.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter LaPrade on March 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Warren Adler's "Blood Ties" is about a family of aristocrats that are masters of the arms trade that have their annual reunion just before the patriach dies from his heart condition. The Von Kessels are obcessed with blood, and see no reason for ethical reservations, but the son who is favored to take over the empire believes that nuclear weapons are too terrible and awesome not to have reservations about. While Albert von Kessel struggles with his dilemma, a mysterious woman comes to Aunt Karla, and threatens to reveal a secret that would change everything. And the Russian widow of a long-lost prodigal uncle comes to the gathering, but under suspiction of being a spy. This does capture the late 70's well, but I felt that the end was too rushed and the action was rather dull. For this, I will say it is quite average.
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By MHV on October 22, 2011
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If you're intrigued by the concept of this novel as described by the publisher here on Amazon, you will probably not be disappointed. Even now, so many years after it was originally published, 'Blood Ties' endures. The story of the Von Kassel family and their arms dealing business feels strangely up to date; I don't have the actual numbers but it seems likely there are as many weapons being traded today as there were in 1979. Possibly even more, although this is just guesswork. Along with this original setting in international affairs come the beautiful location (a castle in a European mountain range) and a thrilling family history that is coming to its climax in the final pages. I enjoyed these colorful characters and their frustrations and obsessions. Warren Adler sketches them all with his usual skill. There is a darkness looming in 'Blood Ties' from the very first pages. This novel is not a fast ride but it is full of surprises if you like people with all their faults and idiosyncrasies. Come to think of it, that may be the main attraction of this novel: to follow the Von Kassel family members, to learn about their histories and to watch them close to the edge, and some of them even further. (And of course it helps to check who's talking because tastes differ. As for your reviewer: in general I'm a reader of both serious works by authors such as J.M. Coetzee, J.G. Ballard, Ernest Hemingway, and purely entertaining works by authors such as Warren Adler, Simenon.) I hope I've helped you make up your mind; the rest is up to you.
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