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Savior [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Caplan
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A father and son stumble into the secret world of the Santos Muertos, a crime cartel bent on global domination. The son must find his father and keep the secret of the ancient Mayan code underlying the creation of matter in the universe from falling into the wrong hands.

A story of sacrifice and love.

Editorial Reviews:

“Set in a dystopian near-future, Savior is genre-breaking reading at its best . . . a fascinating combination of high adventure and interpersonal relationships that keep Savior an exciting, unpredictable read right up to its emotionally charged (and satisfying) conclusion.”
–Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“The story opened strong and it kept that level throughout…This is definitely a story of love and sacrifice.”
—Highway-YA

“The author did a superb job on creating the characters, going deep into the psycho analysis of their behavior. The plot is very well constructed….The plot is very intense and it is guaranteed that you will be hooked from the first page on this incredible adventure, showing that a love between father and son has no limits. I recommend this book to the permanent library of all readers that enjoy a very well written novel and want to be entertained.”
—Roberto Mattos, Books and Movies Reviews

“The use of language is intelligent, and unexpected in today’s thriller/dystopian genres, with turns of phrase that startle with their elegance without ripping the reader away from the plot or descriptions . . . It is exemplary in its stellar use of language, its complex plot and characterizations, its ability to derive truths and fallacies and the thin veil separating them.”

—Diane Nelson, Sand in My Shoes Reviews

“I enjoyed the characters very much and the development of the plot line kept me interested to the end. The Canadian connection made it even more exciting.”
—J.C., Rockwood, Ontario

About the Author

A former reporter in Central America, Venezuela and the UK for the Associated Press and United Press International, Anthony Caplan teaches high school Spanish in New Hampshire. He is also a farmer, and the author of Birdman; French Pond Road; and Latitudes – A Story of Coming Home.


Product Details

  • File Size: 959 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Harvard Square Editions (April 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JHLOXTW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining and well written April 6, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very intense book, describing all the sufferings of a young boy (Ricky Lyons) trying to save his father (Al Lyons) from the "Los Santos Muertos". The author did a superb job on creating the characters, going deep into the psycho analysis of their behavior. The plot is very well constructed. Father and son are spending some vacation days together, surfing at the beaches of Guatemala, trying to bond after Mary (Al's wife and Ricky's mother) died. Going into a gift shop type of store, Rick found an ancient Mayan tablet that reminds him of his late mother. He purchase the tablet and his adventures begin, as there is a group called Los Santos Muertos who is looking for the tablet and will stop at nothing to put their hands on it, including murder and kidnapping. They believe the tablet contains a message that will allow them to destroy the world. After barely escaping alive from an attack where his father is kidnapped, Rick search for help from different sources trying to rescue his father. The story develops from Ricky's perspective with updates from Al's captivity in parallel, as well as some flash backs from the time when Mary was alive, all the family conflicts and mainly Al and Ricky's relationship. The plot is very intense and it is guaranteed that you will be hooked from the first page on this incredible adventure, showing that a love between father and son has no limits.
I recommend this book to the permanent library of all readers that enjoy a very well written novel and want to be entertained for some hours. It took me about 11 hours to read the whole book.
I received this book from the author for reviewing and I was not requested to post a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed very much April 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Al and his 15 year old son Ricky go on holiday to Guatamala. Al thinks that this would be good for them both to do some boding since after the death of his wife Mary, their relationship is strained. Ricky chose to not to follow what his dad wants him to do which is football and ski instead. While they are on holiday they try to reconnect and reminisce on Mary's memory and go to the places that she loved to visit.

Ricky stumbles on an ancient Mayan artifact called the Chocomal while looking around in a surf shop. Nothing but death has led up to anyone that had any dealings with the Chocomal. Before long Al gets kidnapped and Ricky must find it within himself to track down his father's kidnappers and rescue his dad.
He does whatever he has to do such as running with thieves, hackers, etc.

The story opened strong and it kept that level throughout the story. We are first introduce to Al. He is held captive in Canada. We see what mental state he is in physically and mentally. He also does flashbacks of his life before he met his wife and after. He is being tortured for information on the whereabouts of the Chocomal. While trying to hold on to what little hope he has, he is being drained from that also.

Even though Ricky and Al's relationship is strained they try to bond especially for Mary. That would be what she would have wanted. They both love each other and will do anything to protect one another.

This is definitely a story of love and sacrifice. I could not agree more.

Rating 3.5Stars
Recommend? Yes

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, Commanding, Amazing! April 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
In the literary world, a gem comes along that deserves to be recognized and read. Grab your sunglasses because Savior by Anthony Caplan shines it’s brilliance up there with the rarest of rare finds! Part mystery, part adventure, part psychological thriller, part coming of age, 100% amazing, a non-offensive read for any age!

Al and his son Ricky have lived under the shroud of grief since Mary’s brutal death to cancer, growing more distant, each with their own pain. In an effort to re-kindle a connection, they take a surfing vacation to Guatemala, a place Mary loved, steeped in its ancient lore, beliefs and cultures. Through an innocent purchase of an ancient tablet that reminded Ricky of his mother, father and son are catapulted into the dark world of the Santos Muertos, a cartel bent on global purification and domination. Ricky’s tablet, the Chocomal holds the final secrets that will unleash the Santos Muertos’ diabolical plan.

When Al is taken prisoner, Ricky begins a desperate search to free his father while keeping the tablet safe. Spanning from Guatemala to Canada, his journey is one that legends are made from, his experiences are epic and his ability to improvise grows exponentially. Is there a force watching over him, keeping him safe? Will he find his father before the torture and imprisonment finally end his life?

Using flashbacks and a change of POV, we are carefully guided through this tale of love and sacrifice, determination and the classic good vs evil as Young Ricky takes on a machine far bigger than he to find the father he loves and save the world from devastation and evil dominance.

What can I say, Anthony Caplan has gone above and beyond with Savior by creating a world that is chaotic, frightening, and intriguing all at once!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
this was not a good book at all. not realistic that only the son could save the father.
Published 1 month ago by Edward F Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Savior
Another one that I wasn't expecting to be this good. Engaging story of father & son on a journey after the death his wife/mother. What happened was totally unexpected. A Good read.
Published 2 months ago by Nina LaQuino
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
Wow! Intense and well-written! As soon as I finished this book, I wanted to read it again! I highly recommend this book!
Published 2 months ago by kateshines
3.0 out of 5 stars I didnt get it
I wanted to enjoy this more, but I just cant recommend this book that highly. It seemed to be 3 or 4 stories mixed into one book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jay Bernstein
3.0 out of 5 stars Savior
I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

This is a difficult review to write because this book has some really good qualities but I had a couple issues... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dawn
4.0 out of 5 stars ;) s. Ice.
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Published 3 months ago by Tanner Harding
4.0 out of 5 stars Savior is Intense.
This story is well written, full of suspense and intrigue. i found it hard to lay aside. I know many readers will enjoy it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ken Christgen
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
This is the best thriller I have ever read so far. You won't regret it, trust me! Amazing plot, well developed characters and thrilling excitement at every page. A hell of a work!
Published 3 months ago by vianix
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Urgency and Emotion
The opening of Savior immediately sets a tone of incredible stakes and overwhelming odds. Al has been imprisoned, tortured, barely clinging to his sanity - and for what? Read more
Published 4 months ago by D A Bale
5.0 out of 5 stars Savior
Savior is a riveting thriller that leaves death and destruction in its wake. Yet, within all the anger and cruelty there is tenderness and sacrifice. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stacie Theis
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More About the Author

1. What five words describe you?
Persistent, Essential, Symbolic, Seeking, Multidimensional

2. What was the first story you ever wrote? I mean the really bad one we all have that you're trying to hide in the back of closet now that you're published?
My really bad ones I burnt. Several have been lost along the way. Some are on my blog, http://thenewremembrance.blogspot.com The first story I ever wrote was when I was five or six. I had a toy typewriter and I wrote a story about some of my toys that were in a fight and beat each other. I think I was obsessed with violence.

3. What inspires you?
Live music, movies, good books, children, horses, and mountaintops.

4. What distracts you?
Work, children, farm chores (I live on a farm), and social media.

5. What's your favorite story? This can be specific, as in a particular book or even story-driven movie, or general, like "I'm a sucker for a hero looking for redemption story."
My favorite all-time classic story is The Odyssey by Homer. Every good story I know is a variation on the hero trying to get home. Every underdog is a variation on Ulysses. I also love father-son adventure stories. The Road by Cormac McCarthy is the best version I know of that one.

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