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Book 3 of 3 in the Antarctic Murders Series

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"End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences," by Theodore Jerome Cohen is analogous to walking into a movie during its last 30 minutes; meaning because it is the third of three books in a trilogy, in order to grasp the full impact of the people, events and storyline, you need to have read the two prequels. This book is definitely worth waiting for. Once the reader finishes the first book, "Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World;" then goes on to "Unfinished Business: Pursuit of an Antarctic Killer," he or she is poised at the edge of a frozen crevasse (that's a "cliff hanger" in Antarctic terms). Theodore Cohen has mastered his writing style, taking total control of the knowledge base of the reader, and manipulates the suspense to an enjoyment factor emanating a "Best Choice" recommendation. He manipulates an intelligent volley of investigators and thieves, bystanders and stooges, opportunists and victims into an unforgettable tale of fiction; uniquely a "Theodore Jerome Cohen Fiction," one based upon fact.

Theodore Cohen uses his own character named Ted Stone within his trilogy, to immerse himself into the factual articulation of details described as real events albeit with fictional ramifications. His use of occasional footnotes, a collection of photographs, simple maps and diagrams within his novel further attest to the authenticity of much of the material. As mentioned in other reviews, it is the juxtaposition of factual and imaginary detail, real and fictitious characters, each underscored by footnotes or website research which gives Theodore Cohen's work a "signature style" quite unique, enjoyable and thoroughly ingenious.

It is difficult to encapsulate or recapitulate the events with regard to the characters in the "End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences" without revealing the significance relevant to the two prior books. The reader's intellectual curiosity is satisfied regarding the whereabouts of the stolen wealth, and the fate of Captain Roberto Muñoz of the Chilean Navy, commander of the Lientur; a vessel personified with a life of its own due to the cargo hold and documentation of freight waybills effecting the possession of the stolen property. Consequently, to preserve the integrity of the suspense, I will simply say I was very impressed with the plot twists, especially the one which involved the Roman Catholic Church. I should have guessed somehow these characters would be seeking a higher power to engage into their illegalities!

As "Birds of a feather flock together," these three books by Theodore Jerome Cohen should be packaged in a jacket and sold as a set because I certainly believe anyone hooked by the first chapter in the first novel will not be able to put this series down until all three books are finished."--Gary R. Sorkin, Senior Editor of Pacific Book Review


"Theodore Cohen's 'signature style' [is] unique, enjoyable and thoroughly ingenious." --Gary Sorkin for Pacific Book Review"Cutting-edge drama and suspense, revealing characters through convincing dialog...."
--Richard Blake for Readers Views

"End Game will take you from the depths of an Antarctic crevasse to the top of the Church of Saint Francis in search of the evil secrets of Captain Roberto Muñoz!"
--Deb Fowler for Feathered Quill Book Reviews

"Jack Eadon Award for the Best Book in Contemporary Drama" --Reader Views Literary Awards Winner 2010

From the Author

Preface
This book is a work of fiction. With the exception of the author and his wife, who appear under the names Ted and Susan Stone, and the characters known as Professor Ethan O'Mhaille, PhD, Grant Morris, PhD, and David Green, PhD--who are real persons but who are known by these names in this novel--the characters are fictitious. Any resemblance they may have to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. For my family, the name 'Stone' has been substituted for 'Cohen' to acknowledge the fact that considerable license has been taken in telling the tale. Also, many geographic locations cited were a part of my life, though in some cases, the context in which they are presented has been changed.

For those who have read Book I, Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World, and Book II, Unfinished Business: Pursuit of an Antarctic Killer, this book, Book III in the Antarctic Murders Trilogy, completes the story of Corvette Captain Roberto Muñoz of the  Chilean auxiliary fleet tug Lientur and the hunt for the millions of dollars in US and British cash, negotiable securities, gold coins, and jewelry that were stolen from the Banco Central de Chile in Talcahuano following the Chilean Earthquake of May, 1960. What really happened to the two Navy non-commissioned officers who committed the bank robbery and who ostensibly died fighting to the death in the hold of the Lientur? And what more can we learn about the two Navy non-commissioned officers who traveled to Arica in search of the treasure--those who Captain Muñoz believed were indirectly responsible for Lieutenant-Commander Cristian Barbudo's death? Will Captain Mateo Valderas and his associate, Lieutenant-Commander Antonio Del Río of the Chilean Navy's Office of Internal Affairs, ever solve these cases, which have stymied them for more than three years?

There is only one way to learn the answers to these and other questions, and that's by reading the last book in the Trilogy, End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (November 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456710036
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456710033
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,610,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Judson T. Hanson on January 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
Naval Internal Affairs officers Mateo Valderas and Lt. Commander Antonio Del Rio are determined to get to the bottom of the Chilean Bank heist and the Antarctic Expedition murders of a few years before. They are convinced that Capt. Robert Munoz is the key to solving both cases. Munoz had come from humble means and risen quickly through the ranks. He was very close to Commander Barbudos, one of the men lost on the Antarctic Expedition. As Valderas conducted interviews with expedition's medical officer and Ted Stone, one of the American scientists on the expedition, he began to realize that some facts didn't add up. Stone states that when he and Barbudos were trapped in the ice crevasse, Barbudos revealed that he was undercover as part of an Internal Affairs investigation of the two officers later found dead. When Stone reveals that he will h returning to Chile soon to help with another expedition, Valderas realizes that his life could be in danger once back in Chile. The case comes to a head when Munoz realizes that Stone has information that could end his plan to escape with the proceeds from the bank theft. He decides that Stone must be eliminated. Valderas must discover what Munoz's next move is and stop him before it's too late.

End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences by Theodore J. Cohen is the concluding novel of the Antarctic Murders trilogy. I had waited anxiously for this novel to come out and it didn't disappoint. Cohen has created in Valderas and Del Rio a pair of investigators worthy of comparison to Holmes and Watson, with Munoz as their Moriarty. The plot moves swiftly without lagging and is definitely a page-turner. End Game continues the twists and turns of its two predecessors. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a thriller that breaks the mold and I give it 5 stars.
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"End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences" by Theodore Jerome Cohen is a superbly satisfying finale to the "Antarctic Murders" trilogy, which is based on actual events the author experienced while working on his post-graduate thesis and dissertation. One could pick up "End Game" and read it as a standalone novel, but one would find much more enjoyment out of reading the entire trilogy sequentially.

"Frozen in Time" is the first volume in this trilogy. "Unfinished Business" is the second, followed by "End Games". The three will soon be available under a single cover, titled "Cold Blood". Whether you get the three separate novels now, or wait for the combined volume, you will enjoy this story immensely. This trilogy is really quite fascinating, due in no small part to the fact that it is based entirely on true events experienced by Cohen.

While you're at it, Cohen has written at least 10 novels to date, and every one is a captivating and well-written tale. I heartily recommend anything written by Theodore Jerome Cohen.
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I enjoyed Frozen in Time when it first came out and thought it made for an entertaining summer reading. Nevertheless, It left me wondering what really happened.

Fortunately, Author Theodore Cohen did not leave me wondering for long and wrote the next two legs of the trilogy to satisfy my curiosity.

In his second book, Unfinished Business, an odd couple of Chilean Navy Internal Affairs investigators set out to find the stolen fortune and the possible murderers who managed to escape. But it is not until the third book, End Game, brings the drama to a surprising end.

Reading about murders in Antarctica during a hot summer provides the necessary chilling effect. Highly recommended.
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"End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences," by Theodore Jerome Cohen is analogous to walking into a movie during its last 30 minutes; meaning because it is the third of three books in a trilogy, in order to grasp the full impact of the people, events and storyline, you need to have read the two prequels. This book is definitely worth waiting for. Once the reader finishes the first book, “Frozen in Time: Murder at the Bottom of the World;” then goes on to “Unfinished Business: Pursuit of an Antarctic Killer,” he or she is poised at the edge of a frozen crevasse (that’s a “cliff hanger” in Antarctic terms). Theodore Cohen has mastered his writing style, taking total control of the knowledge base of the reader, and manipulates the suspense to an enjoyment factor emanating a “Best Choice” recommendation. He manipulates an intelligent volley of investigators and thieves, bystanders and stooges, opportunists and victims into an unforgettable tale of fiction; uniquely a “Theodore Jerome Cohen Fiction,” one based upon fact.

Theodore Cohen uses his own character named Ted Stone within his trilogy, to immerse himself into the factual articulation of details described as real events albeit with fictional ramifications. His use of occasional footnotes, a collection of photographs, simple maps and diagrams within his novel further attest to the authenticity of much of the material. As mentioned in other reviews, it is the juxtaposition of factual and imaginary detail, real and fictitious characters, each underscored by footnotes or website research which gives Theodore Cohen’s work a “signature style” quite unique, enjoyable and thoroughly ingenious.
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