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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; First Edition edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385531117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385531115
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Montaro Caine, CEO of a large mining corporation, has hit a rough spot. Trouble in the field has made him an apt scapegoat for his company, while at home, his daughter faces legal troubles. Now, with the takeover sharks circling and his company on the line, a strange duo brings him a mysterious coin with properties unlike those in any element of the known world. Montaro has seen one like it before, though, many years earlier, and when he goes in search of this sister coin, the mystery deepens, morphing what began as a desperate quest to save his company into a journey of discovery that could change the world. A large cast of characters, ranging from the intellectual and corporate sectors to the rural world of the Bahamas, colors this captivating blend of corporate intrigue and science fiction. Not just another thriller, though, this debut novel, woven by the well-loved Poitier, is a thought-provoking tale of caution and hope that is as elegant and riveting as the legendary actor and director himself. --Cortney Ophoff

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“Some might feel it’s quintessentially Poitier. Elegant, if a book can be elegant, with a bit of mystery and Caribbean flavor thrown in for good measure. Like his famed movie roles in Lilies of the Field and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, he once again offers up a moving performance.”USA Today
 
“An intricate, electrifying journey. Academy Award winner Poitier creates multifaceted characters, with Montaro in particular exhibiting a rare realism; Montaro’s encounters with others are at once honest, intense, and mesmerizing. While the narrative has an urgency that will keep readers anticipating, it is also poetic. . . . Part mystery, part science fiction, this book excites like Agatha Christie’s Murder of Roger Ackroyd and will appeal especially to lovers of suspense.”Library Journal

“[A] captivating blend of corporate intrigue and science fiction . . . a thought-provoking tale of caution and hope that is as elegant and riveting as the legendary actor and director himself.”Booklist
 
“Surprisingly intricate . . . sure to please his many fans.”Publishers Weekly

“Elegantly written and keenly observed . . . a Little Prince for grown-ups.”Kirkus Reviews

Customer Reviews

Good Story line and kept my interest.
Terry
Too many characters with too many points of view, and I could not become involved with any of them.
Jeannie Ray
Mr. Poitier has truly impressed me with his skills as a writer.
Doug warrington

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Sessions on May 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Disclosure time: I recognized Sidney Poitier's name when I started reading this book, but I had no idea who he was. Didn't even know he was an actor. Terrible, I know, considering his many accomplishments. I guess I could use the excuse that he was before my time, which he most certainly was, but I think it's good to know a little bit about the culture of many decades, not just my own. (This is especially important because...well, have you seen some of the swill this generation has produced?) I'm glad that reading Poitier's (first) novel gave me the opportunity to learn a bit more about him. Also...I know age doesn't terribly matter, but I find it vastly admirable that he decided to pursue this new avenue in such a late season of his life. I hope that I don't spend my later years resigned to "doing what I've always done" and am brave enough to venture out and do anything that I haven't gotten around to yet.

Anyway. About the book. Montaro Caine is about the title character and his search to discover the origins of two mysterious coins. The elemental composition of these coins is unlike anything he has ever seen before, and he quickly becomes absorbed in a quest to uncover as much information about them as he can. (Fortunately for him, he is the CEO of a company whose resources are at his disposal.) As murmurings about these strange coins reach other scientists, collectors, and thieves, everyone wants to get their hands on them. What follows is a story of intrigue, deception, and suspense with a dash of family struggles and personal growth.

There are many great things about this book. For starters, Montaro Caine is a great protagonist because he isn't perfect, but he is noble. I enjoyed watching him figure out his place in the world. The writing is clean and efficient.
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Format: Hardcover
A scientist encounters a young crippled boy who hands him a gift for the son he didn't mention. Before the scientist can deliver the gift, he is killed in a plane crash. Two women, dying of terminal cancer, are healed by a mysterious man living alone on an island. A baby is born with a strange coin in her hand. The attending doctor and nurse take the coin and never tell the child's parents. Decades later, all those lives, plus those of several powerful men and women, a couple of ambitious crooks and a mathematical genius collide. MONTARO CAINE is a fantastical novel, plotted as a tale of intrigue, with a touch of sci-fi and a bit of mysticism, by none other than acclaimed actor Sidney Poitier.

Montaro Caine lost his father to a plane crash when he was just eight years old. But cared for by his mother and guided by his grandfather, he grew up to be a successful scientist and the CEO of an important corporation. Right at a moment of crisis, when his company and his leadership of it are in jeopardy, and his teenage daughter in serious trouble, a coin that Caine analyzed in college resurfaces. It was a coin he was unlikely to ever forget, brought in to the lab with no background information, decorated with a celestial image and composed of several unknown elements that acted in entirely surprising ways. Before the coin could be studied in more detail, the representatives of the owners took it back.

When two different people bring a coin for Caine to look at, he knows right away that it is not the same coin, though it's very similar.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donna Heron on May 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I feel conned. I loved this book. Great writing. Well developed characters and intriquing plot -- until I got three-quarters into it and the wholel thing fell apart. There was no ending because Mr. Poitier decided to stop creating and start preaching. Nothing in the plot was wrapped up. Everyone got religion and went home. End of story.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By George L Conway on May 7, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Objects of extreme rarity often have a role to play in the human drama but lie undervalued until their time. Poitier's work injects an otherworldly message of hope for the future of man in the form of a coin in the hand of a newborn, if only it can be deciphered and understood before it is too late. From a cabin on a Caribbean island to mansions of the ultra rich, this fast paced adventure entertains and makes you think.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Moss on May 25, 2013
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I really enjoyed the storyline having lived in the Bahamas for. While I could really believe that people and places exist like portrayed in this highly readable mystery. Hope that Mr Poitier writes more and that they make a movie of this would be fun to see
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael McGaulley on January 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I almost passed over this when I saw it on the library cart-- just another celebrity's novel, I figured.

I was wrong. Beyond that, very surprised at how interesting perceptive, and visionary it is . . . especially as a first novel.

I like books that have the aura of authenticity, the sense or a real place, not just a fantasy-land. This book has authenticity, and you have the sense of vicariously sitting in real business board rooms, as well as the sense of place in moneyed New York, a Caribbean island, Switzerland.

I also like books that make me think, and that I learn from-- not learn in a didactic, preachy, boring way, but learn from being immersed in new ideas or new technology withinin the flow of the story. MONTARO CAINE does all of that.

As I read along, I couldn't keep from thinking, What if Michael Crichton had, in the manner of his technothriller SPHERE, written a thriller on the deeper, hidden possibilities hidden within humans? What if? I think it might have been much like Mr. Poitier's MONTARO CAINE.

Alas, Michael Crichton is no longer with us, so I hope Sidney Poitier will bring us another in the manner of MONTARO CAINE.
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