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Diamonds and Cole: A Cole Sage Mystery #1 Kindle Edition

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Length: 280 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Micheal Maxwell was taught the beauty and majesty of the English language by Bob Dylan, Robertson Davies, Charles Dickens and Leonard Cohen. Mr. Maxwell has traveled the globe, dined with politicians, rock stars and beggars. He has rubbed shoulders with priests and murderers, surgeons and drug dealers, each one giving him a part of themselves that will live again in the pages of his books. The Cole Sage series brings to life a new kind of hero. Short on vices, long on compassion and dedication to a strong sense of making things right. As a journalist he writes with conviction and purpose. As a friend he is not afraid to bend the law a bit to help and protect those he loves. Micheal Maxwell writes from a life of love, music, film, and literature. He lives in California with his lovely wife and travel partner Janet.

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  • File Size: 650 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F1I0C40
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Micheal Maxwell was taught the beauty and majesty of the English language by Bob Dylan, Robertson Davies, Charles Dickens and Leonard Cohen.

Mr. Maxwell has traveled the globe, dined with politicians, rock stars and beggars. He has rubbed shoulders with priests and murderers, surgeons and drug dealers, each one giving him a part of themselves that will live again in the pages of his books.

The Cole Sage series brings to life a new kind of hero. Short on vices, long on compassion and dedication to a strong sense of making things right. As a journalist he writes with conviction and purpose. As a friend he is not afraid to bend the law a bit to help and protect those he loves.

Micheal Maxwell writes from a life of love, music, film, and literature. He lives in California with his lovely wife and traveling partner Janet.

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- Coming Soon: - Cole Fire (Cole Sage Mystery #6)

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84 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Johnson C. Philip on November 6, 2013
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For years I had been reading Fiction both for personal enjoyment and also for research. Thus each time I pick up a fiction, I have the above two, and then a third (review) purpose in mind. Fortunately, the book came to me just before I traveled to a totally isolated camp-site where I was teaching, and thus I had plenty of distraction-free time at hand to read the book in a leisurely manner.

The author picks the theme of genuine love and weaves a story around how love can put a person in unbelievable situations and how such persons try to go to any length for the sake of their love. The theme looks very simple, but it becomes complex when human ego, misunderstandings, and every-day circumstances add unexpected components to the recipe. The question now is, would circumstances, misunderstandings, human ego, and human frailities quench love or would people find a way to sustain love by rising above these factors. The story therefore becomes one filled with complex questions.

The author has woven it all in a very expert manner so that the reader does not lose the thread and each moment wishes to know what would happen next. There is no obvious answer to that question, and this makes the story absorbing and interesting.

The novel comes to an unexpected and unbelievable conclusion, but that conclusion is greatly satisfying to the reader. It also conforms to the moral expectations of those who want this society to be a good place. As always, I will not give away either the story of the end of it so as not to reduce the charm of reading it.

I can summarize my review only by saying that this turned out to be a superb novel and that I strongly recommend it to everyone.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By M. Simpson on July 10, 2014
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This was a very well written story. I bought it because it was a mystery but it was so much more. It was a story of love and family with a little violence and greed thrown in for spice. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Trish P. on July 19, 2014
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Don't pass on the opportunity to read this book. Great story and characters. Be sure you have tissues close by; if you have a heart, you'll need them. Can't wait to read more about Cole's adventures!
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love it love it, there are no other words today.....but do be careful reading the reviews before reading the book, they give away the ending of the story.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,stupid people............................spoiling such a super good book.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Brick ONeil on January 12, 2015
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The cover art is what immediately caught my attention. Ragged colors, slashed across the cover, brilliant title suggests mystery, romance, a sexy name with hints of intrigue. Then started reading. There is so much minute detail of every minute Cole lives, I'm surprised we don't know what toilet paper he uses. To be that emotionally crippled about an ex or 'the one that got away', is too eye-roll worthy to relate here.

The book is just too detailed about minutia that it leaves the reader brain dead. As another reviewer suggested, Maxwel's book is just too cheesy to endure. Passages are too long, he wallows in one scene after another, all the men have over-the-top-testosterone, something i've long despised in reading fiction. Give them some faults, show they endure pain like everyone else, do they even get tired?

The editor could easily have cut out all the unnecessary exposition scenes, added intrigue, and made the characters more interesting. I could not get past chapter eight. I give two stars. Maxwel can write but I suggest less exposition, descriptive scenes and more action.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Alana Woods on May 28, 2014
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A tale of regret and coming to terms with it told in a very well-put-together way.

Cole Sage is a newspaper hack working for the Chicago Sentinel, having worked his way down from a top-flight award-winning career with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine. The fire had gone. Then the love of his life, the woman he let slip away, contacts him asking for help. And so his path back to caring begins.

The story encompasses diamond smuggling, money laundering, horrible husbands, sincere cops and eager journalists, the forgotten residents of nursing homes and a crook with a good heart. Beginning with what Cole believes is the simple matter of making sure his ex-love is cared for while she succumbs to a terminal illness, he soon finds himself on the receiving end of threats and a beating.

Maxwell knows how to keep his readers interested, unfolding the story evenly without any dips. I liked his fleshing out of the secondary characters as well as the primary with, among other things, natural dialogue. Combined with a fluent use of language and good plotline it made for a well-rounded story. One I enjoyed.

This is the first book in the Cole Sage series.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Ba Ross on August 25, 2014
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Even when writing fiction it is important to do accurate research. Saying diamonds were marked up 600% is not accurate research. As a former gemstone dealer I know the average markup is 10 to 15%.
Adding background to the story, the author kind of disturbs the flow. Though well written, he gets lost in himself.
But after reading so many free novels under the Bangkok sun, this one was the first that I thought warranted comment because it was so well written. I'm sure anyone who picks it up will enjoy it. I did.
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