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Parallax [Kindle Edition]

Jon F. Merz
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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What happens when two professional assassins - one a Mafia hitman and the other a former German terrorist - kill at exactly the same moment in time? For Ernst Stahl and Frank Jolino the result is a psychic bond that slowly blossoms in each man's mind, enabling them to see into the other's world. Frank Jolino doesn't like what he sees, especially when he realizes that Stahl is headed to his home turf of Boston to kill a scientist who may hold the key to solving the world's deadliest diseases. But for Stahl, there's no other option. Virtually bankrupt and with his son in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant, he's got little choice but to take the assignment. Jolino has other ideas. On the run from his crime syndicate for refusing to kill his ex-girlfriend-turned-government-informant, Jolino sets a plan in motion that will bring the two men face-to-face and gun-to-gun...with no guarantees either will survive.

This novel + excerpt runs approximately 90,000 words.

Praise for Jon F. Merz:

"Lawson is more like Jason Bourne than Dracula, making this a vampire mystery with broad appeal." --Booklist

"A powerful novel by a man who knows the turf already." -NYT Bestselling author Robert. B. Parker

"Jon F. Merz's novels move at a break-neck pace, twisting through a landscape of thrills and terror." -- Douglas Clegg, author of The Infinite and The Priest of Blood

"...a fine stalking session in vampire-noir land...a series and talented writer I'll be sticking with all the way." -- Mort Castle, author of The Strangers and On Writing Horror

Praise for Jon F. Merz's THE KENSEI (A Lawson vampire Novel #5):

"If James Bond, True Blood and Kill Bill created a mutant hybrid of a book, it would be The Kensei. A bullet train slice 'em, dice 'em mixture of action, suspense, and vampire ninjas. Did I mention vampire ninjas?"--Jason Pinter, bestselling author of The Fury and The Darkness

"The Kensei is an action novel with real bite. Vampires, Yakuza killers, crooks and animal-monster hyrbids. Jon F. Merz brings his A-game and then ratchets it up to a whole new level of supernatural action. Highly recommended!" --Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of The Dragon Factory and Patient Zero

"In The Kensei, Jon F. Merz seamlessly welds gritty detail with myth and legend to create a thrill ride into the shadow-world lurking beneath modern Japan. Lawson's fight against evil has bone-crunching authenticity. Plus, it has vampires, ninjas, and vampire ninjas. What more could anyone ask?"--Christopher Farnsworth, author or Blood Oath

About The Author:

Jon F. Merz is a writer with over a dozen published novels, a producer for New Ronin Entertainment and a trained black belt ninja. He has taught defensive tactics to civilian crime watch groups, police, military units, and agencies like the US Department of State, the Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Prisons. In his past, Jon served with the United States Air Force, worked for the US government, and handled executive protection for Fortune 500 clients. He lives with his wife and two sons in suburban Boston.

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  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0020HR7KW
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner From Jon F. Merz! June 13, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been a fan of Jon F. Merz since I first read THE FIXER three or four years ago. When he first released PARALLAX, I wasn't sure about it. The premise sounded good, but I wanted more Lawson. Still, it was Merz, so I figured how bad could it be? I bought the PDF and started reading.

I was not disappointed at all. Merz writes fast-paced, heart racing thrillers and PARALLAX is no different. From the opening chapter when Frank and Stahl make their simultaneous hits to the inevitable meeting of the two, there is no point in the book that really lets you stop and take a breather. You just have to keep reading because you need to find out what happens next. Merz fans are used to this; we've come to expect it.

As always, Merz delivers effortless, hard-hitting prose and an action-filled story. A great read, and highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will be on the edge of your seat May 13, 2009
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Just when you're settled in expecting your typical thriller, Jon F. Merz knocks your socks off with a plot twist that distinguishes Parallax from anything you've ever read. If you're a writer yourself, Parallax is a text book on character development and point of view and how to keep your audience "turning pages". I am recommending this book to everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent thrill ride May 3, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! What an excellent thriller!

Parallax is my second fiction read by Jon F. Merz after I got a taste of his short story and I'm definitely hooked. This was an awesome thriller with lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I love stories that take me off guard and deal with complex characters that don't seem as if they're who they are, only to turn your expectations of them right on the side.

The story deals with Frank Jolino and Ernst "Stahl", two expert assassins living on opposite sides of the globe in different lives until one fateful moment of mental interlinking brings them together. Soon each is allowed to view the other's experience as if they were perched on the other's shoulder. Their lives interconnect from jobs to love lives and betrayal while each have something in the balance. With Stahl, his son's life is at stake on the condition that he kills a scientist connected with the SARS disease. With Frank, he is sent to kill his old girlfriend, the long lost niece of his mafia boss who he still is in love with, on suspicion that she is connected with the feds.

This was one novel that was hard to put down. Merz excels at creating engaging characters wrapped in a fast paced read. One moment I was sympathizing with them and the other felt the complete opposite. Overall, my nose was in the pages all the way to the very satisfying end.

This is a late entry for the best of my 2009 reads and it goes right at the top. I hope Parallax makes it to the big screen like Merz's Fixer series is coming to television. I'd definitely grab a ticket!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!!! April 17, 2009
By B.L.
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoy Jon Merz's work. This did not disappoint...

Loved being taken through the neighborhoods of Boston at one moment and then someone gets whacked the next. There's mystery, suspense, emotion, drama. It has it all.

I was on a long flight for business and this made the trip a pleasure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon Merz's Parallax Thrills Readers! May 13, 2009
By Merle
Format:Kindle Edition
If you would love to read a thriller, one that beckons you to keep reading, Jon Merz's PARALLAX is for you!

The story parallels the lives of Frank Jolino and Ernst Stahl, two men driven by different demons & pasts, but whom share the fight against the incredible odds of saving the lives of their loved ones.

Merz's development of both characters in alternating chapters compel you to read on. With a surprising twist, he intertwines the lives of both of these men in the most intriguing way, thrilling your mind and captivating your heart.

If you enjoy the surprise of pulling for the "bad guys," Parallax will not disappoint!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Summer Read May 13, 2009
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Jon F. Merz gives us a new definition of Family in this snappy and engaging thriller. From the start we see genres we know become combined in new ways and in layers that leave the reader shaking their head. Yes, this book is a thriller but it is also a sci-fi mystery; something for everyone. Just when you think you know where the story is going you begin to ask yourself how you got there.The clock was ticking and the story was ending but I found myself wishing the story would continue. Jon,will we get more installments with these characters? I hope so.Sign me up for the Trilogy.
Signed, Michael's Secret Reviewer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch your back! April 14, 2009
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Jon Merz is a throwback to the days when men were men and women were trouble. I have a crush. Parallax was a delight to read and he deftly draws two killers that we actually root for, not an easy task for any writer. Weaving together mafia, terrorism, and remote viewing with personal lives that tug at the heartstrings, Merz renders a believable story with heart while at the same time blasting the reader with exciting, page turning action. I couldn't guess the ending and when I got there, finally let out my breath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get caught up in the thrill of Parallax May 6, 2010
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Jon F Merz has put together a story of murderous intrigue in a way I haven't seen before: 2 cold blooded hit men unknown to one another, are joined by a psychic bond at the moment of a killing. They are murderers, yet have been touched by their humanity. They must use their skills as assassins for the benefit of their loved ones. They must work together to discover and overcome an even greater threat. I couldn't put it down.PARALLAX
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
The story kept me interested throughout. Jon does a great job of mixing the two story lines into one. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kevin Ryder
5.0 out of 5 stars MERZ IS GREAT AS USUAL
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitman Novel Surprises
I've had Parallax by Jon Merz on my Kindle for several weeks. Finally, I found some reading time, and what a treat this mob hitman novel was. Read more
Published on March 31, 2012 by Joan Reeves
3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept, cliche final
I found this book very interesting. Two good characters very well defined (Stahl and Jolino). The author combines the chapters to give the space and the dialog for their two... Read more
Published on December 26, 2011 by Alfredo Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my faves read in 2011
This was the first piece I read by Jon Merz that was not part of the Lawson series. It was an excellent choice and will appear on my list of favorite novels read in 2011. Read more
Published on December 23, 2011 by Laurie Laliberte
5.0 out of 5 stars Home Run Again!
I've been a fan of Jon Merz since I read the first Lawson book and I've never been disappointed by anything Jon has written. This thriller is no exception. Read more
Published on December 2, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Parallax: First Rate Thrills
I enjoyed reading Parallax, a lean and fast-twisting thriller that takes place in Greater Boston. The main characters of Frank and Ernst are top-notch professional assassins, and... Read more
Published on March 7, 2011 by Rick Umali
4.0 out of 5 stars "R" rated action, but "PG-13" language
I just finished reading PARALLAX on my Kindle. I enjoyed reading this exciting story of 2 hitmen and the strange link they shared. But I am only giving it 4 stars instead of 5. Read more
Published on December 10, 2010 by Coach D
3.0 out of 5 stars Censored?
Not a bad story, I'm disappointed in the censoring of certain words though. And it was done with a simple find and replace to get rid of 2 words that are in (almost) everyday use. Read more
Published on November 3, 2010 by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars An exhilarating paranormal thriller
From the very start this book grabs your attention and refuses to let go.
Full of twists and turns and several surprises that sneak up on you. Read more
Published on May 16, 2010 by S. King
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More About the Author

My name is Jon F. Merz. I'm an entertainer. I give people an escape from their daily lives - whether it's for an hour, a few minutes, or days at a stretch.

Within the worlds that I've created over the course of more than two dozen novels, novellas, and countless short stories, you'll find yourself whisked away to places that defy the conventional, straddle the realms that we cannot always see, and highlight the violent struggles of good versus evil. When you choose to lose yourself in the stories that I write, you're buying a ticket on a nonstop thrill ride that lasts as long as you keep reading and then lingers for a long time afterward - or at least until you pick up my next book.

It's my job to deliver fun, thrills, excitement, suspense, and the kind of characters you always wanted to meet but never knew how. It's a job I love and one I take very seriously.

Because I love giving people an escape so much, I'm also producing my own television series with the help of one of my best friends, Jaime Hassett. Together, we've assembled a fantastic team of actors and crew and we'll be filming the first of many TV/film properties in 2015. THE FIXER is our first project, based on my hardboiled supernatural espionage Lawson series. You'll definitely want to check that out. The official website is here:


Let's face it: there are a LOT of vampire series out there. But none of them are like Lawson. My vampires aren't undead; they're a living race that has evolved in secret alongside humanity for generations. Lawson works as a Fixer - it's his job to keep the existence of his race a secret and he does this by eliminating anything or anyone that threatens to expose that secret. He's cynical, jaded, sarcastic, and conflicted. He's also extremely lethal. I happen to think you'll like him. A LOT. The series is always expanding, but for now, here are the adventures to-date: (blue covers are novels, green covers are novellas, and red covers are short stories)


Here are just a few of the other things I've written. Not shown here are the eleven installments I wrote in the international bestselling series ROGUE ANGEL for Harlequin/Gold Eagle. If you buy a Rogue Angel novel, check the copyright page and if says "Thanks to Jon F. Merz for his/her contribution to this work," it means I wrote the whole thing.


I'm a big ol' fan-o-phile. I love my readers - without you I wouldn't have a career and I make sure I talk to as many of you as I can. I'm not some recluse who spends all his time at the keyboard living in anonymity. I want to hear from you. I want to talk to you. I love answering questions. So below, you'll find a list of places that I hang out. Check me out there and say hello.


In my past, I served with the US Air Force, did some government work, private sector protection stuff, and generally lived through some harrowing encounters. These days, I'm excited to be able to do what I love. I have a wonderful wife and two amazing sons. I'm also a lifelong martial artist with over 30 years of training in various styles including 20 years in my current style Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu/Ninjutsu. I'm fortunate to have one of the best teachers around - Mr. Mark Davis of the Boston Martial Arts Center and his instruction has saved my life numerous times. I'm an active CrossFitter and a GORUCK Tough enthusiast.

That's about it in a nutshell. Make sure you sign up for my FREE newsletter at and I hope you have a great time reading my work. Don't forget to stay in touch!

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