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Terror Comes Knocking (Sam Moore mystery Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Aaron Paul Lazar
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Just before the American President is scheduled to appear in Sam Moore’s hometown of East Goodland, Sam’s retirement plans are pushed back when his daughter, Beth, goes missing. In his search for Beth, Sam is guided by an unusual talisman—a small green marble—that reveals a perplexing link between Beth and her mysterious roommate, Zafina Azziz.

Who is the real Zafina? Med student, loving friend, Egyptian royal—or a keeper of deadly secrets? Is she involved with a group of suspicious students from the Middle East?

And does Zafina know where Beth is?

Meanwhile, Sam’s friend Senator MacDonald is tapped for the Presidential nomination, and his small town goes berserk, both with the news and in preparation for a Presidential appearance at the new arts center gala. That’s when Sam discovers that someone is out to destroy the President—and that someone is hiding in East Goodland. Book 2 in the Moore Mystery series.

"A keeper! This is a story you will want to read more than once to pick up stray bits of the story you may miss on the first reading. You'll want to read all of talented author Aaron Paul Lazar's books. Lots of excitement in all of them and you'll come to think of the characters as old friends you'll enjoy visiting with again and again."
Anne K. Edwards, author of Shadows Over Paradise


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  • File Size: 424 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Twilight Times Books; First edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079MNVEE
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expertly written cliff-hanger! July 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Reading a Lazar novel is like coming home after being gone for a long time. You drive through town seeing the old pizza place and, further down the road, you ease toward the center of the road to give some fast pumping kids a bit more room while they bike to the local park. Lazar’s stories evoke comfortable memories of the past: treasures of your childhood or even the dinner the night before. Getting into one of his stories is as easy as slipping into a warm bed on a cold winter night. The characters come alive because you know them, the friendly restaurant owner and that teenager next door. The pages of his novel turn themselves over and before you know it, you are immersed in a mystery, intimate, yet entirely new.

In Terror Comes Knocking, the mystery starts with his college-aged daughter missing from her apartment. Her roommate down plays any concern about the daughter’s disappearance. Sam remains the worried parent. Very quickly, the mundane becomes mysterious and Sam Moore uses his analytical skills, honed as a doctor, to unravel the many threads tied to the stubborn and total absence of his daughter.

With the help of his long deceased brother, a ghost who sees all, but can only show bits and pieces, Sam discovers a plot with far more ramifications than his missing daughter. In fact, our nation’s security is in peril.

The action accelerates in the last fifty pages of the novel. A warning: turn off your phone, hide in your bedroom, don’t plan on anything else but finishing the book. The pieces to the puzzle fit together and the final picture is one of absolute terror. Be prepared for a sort of roller coaster ride and don’t plan on doing anything else until you reach the end.

This is my second Sam Moore novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terror Comes Knocking May 11, 2012
Format:Paperback
With literary accolades for 'Healey's Cave' in his pocket, Aaron Lazar and his Green Marble Mystery (series) featuring Sam Moore, now present 'Terror Comes Knocking'.

Retired Dr. Sam Moore and his family, Bruce--Sam's childhood friend turned U.S. Senator, along with The Green Marble itself, reappear from 'Healey's Cave' to offer excellent characterization to this second installation novel. Aaron Paul Lazar uses each of these well rounded characters to create and to sustain the thrilling plot of 'Terror Comes Knocking'.

In its opening pages, Sam and Rachel casually wonder why their college student daughter has not called. A dutiful daughter living away from home, Beth is keen on making contact with her mother on a daily basis. Where is she? The answer to that question is not forthcoming. What does come is a barrage of unimaginable events that force the upstate New York couple to realize that their daughter's missing is more serious than they both expected.

From that point on, one terror after the next knocks at the Moore's front door. From that point on, people Rachael and Sam believed would help them find Beth, prove to be unreliable.

Sam and Bruce unite to bring her home.

From that point on, Lazar skillfully crafts this mystery thriller as only he can. His natural "feel" for the mystery storytelling process masterfully comes to surface once more. By the time 'Terror Comes Knocking' arrives at its climax, readers will find themselves plenty of times exclaiming aloud,OMG!

Oh My Gosh! What an exquisitely told mystery thriller, what a fine pick for your next reading pleasure. And oh yes. Brace yourself for Terror Comes Knocking's formidable ending!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lazar and Moore, author and character extraordinaire! February 28, 2012
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Another wonderful story by Mr. Lazar. Sam Moore is a wonderful man or woman's man that would just like to rest in his retirement, tend his gardens and love his wife and family but trouble keeps coming to find him. It appears to be his purpose in life to right wrongs and save the day whenever necessary. The character is easy to admire, laugh with and at and cheer on as he has many close calls that leave the reader breathless. The love this character has for others, especially his family and friends, is real and not presented in a patronizing manner by the author.

Many current event topics that fit in our lives today are addressed and open up the possibility for intriguing discussions. This would be a great book to be enjoyed by either gender and also be a superb bookclub choice.

Another adept ability Lazar has is that no matter the role in his books, a character is never flat, one dimensional or easily defined. This reader has found that when a character enters on a page, one should tread carefully, watching what is said and done. It almost brings the reader into the Dr. Watson role, helping to watch for hints and secrets to understand the story and urge the protagonist on to succeed on his/her journey. Making a visit to Sam and his family was pure perfection.

The only disappointing part was reading the last two words, The End.

Yes, Mr. Lazar. You have done it again. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Mystery Thriller June 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Readers who enjoyed the first Sam Moore mystery, Healey’s Cave, will be delighted to find that Terror Comes Knocking rejoins the Moore family without missing a beat. Picking up where the first book left off, Sam is plunged into another string of adventures and mysteries involving his family. Once again, Sam’s late brother Billy is part of the cast via the green marble.

This mystery hits close to home in several ways. Sam’s daughter, Beth, is missing. Friends and co-workers are clueless as to her possible whereabouts. Beth’s exotic roommate, Zafina, shows up with some rather surprising news about Beth. Bewildered and concerned, Sam turns to his old friend, Senator Bruce MacDonald, for help.

Sam’s son, Andy, is still in Iraq, which is a source of worry to Sam, Rachel and Andy’s family. Brother Billy communicates bits of information, but there are plenty of gaps to fill in and the story becomes more suspenseful. Information gleaned by Senator MacDonald and an FBI agent reveals some serious contradictions in Zafina’s story. Suspicions are raised and there is no shortage of suspects in this mystery. A bomb explosion in town ratchets up the stress level, as several Arabic strangers are added to the mix….and the president is due to visit soon.

Readers will be hard pressed to figure out the plots and subplots in this fast paced thriller before the president comes to town. Sam is equal to the challenge, but will he be able to prevent a nefarious plot to kill the president and townspeople?

Although this is the second book in the series, it is complete in itself. Readers will certainly want to read the rest of the Sam Moore Mystery series. The books are fast reading and nearly impossible to put down. They are recommended for summer reading, so get a hold of them all and be ready for adventure.
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More About the Author

Aaron Paul Lazar wasn't always a mystery writer. It wasn't until eight members of his family and friends died within five years that the urge to write became overwhelming. "When my father died, I lost it. I needed an outlet, and writing provided the kind of solace I couldn't find elsewhere."

Lazar created the Gus LeGarde mystery series, with the founding novel, DOUBLE FORTÉ (2004), a chilling winter mystery set in the Genesee Valley of upstate New York. Like Lazar's father, protagonist Gus LeGarde is a classical music professor. Gus, a grandfather, gardener, chef, and nature lover, plays Chopin etudes to feed his soul and thinks of himself as a "Renaissance man caught in the 21st century." This book has since be rereleased in 2012 as an "author's preferred edition," via Twilight Times Books.

The creation of the series lent Lazar the comfort he sought, yet in the process, a new passion was unleashed. Obsessed with his parallel universe, he now lives, breathes, and dreams about his characters, and has written ten LeGarde mysteries in eight years. (UPSTAGED - 2005; TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON - 2007 Twilight Times Books; MAZURKA - 2009 Twilight Times Books, FIRESONG - 2011, DON'T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU - 2013, VIRTUOSO - 2014, with more to come.) The author has just completed his twenty-first novel.

One day while rototilling his gardens, Lazar unearthed a green cat's eye marble, which prompted the new paranormal mystery series featuring Sam Moore, retired country doctor and passionate gardener. The green marble, a powerful talisman, connects all three of the books in the series, whisking Sam back in time to uncover his brother's dreadful fate fifty years earlier. (HEALEY'S CAVE, 2010; TERROR COMES KNOCKING, 2011; FOR KEEPS, 2012) Lazar intends to continue both series.

Lazar's books feature breathless chase scenes, nasty villains, and taut suspense, but are also intensely human stories, replete with kids, dogs, horses, food, romance, and humor. The author calls them, "country mysteries," although reviewers have dubbed them "literary mysteries."

"It seems as though every image ever impressed upon my brain finds its way into my work. Whether it's the light dancing through stained-glass windows in a Parisian chapel, curly slate-green lichen covering a boulder at the edge of a pond in Maine, or hoarfrost dangling from a cherry tree branch in mid-winter, these images burrow into my memory cells. In time they bubble back, persistently itching, until they are poured out on the page."

In 2009, Kodak gave him up for grabs, and during the year off before he landed in his coveted new job with KB America, he had time to explore and reconnect with his environment. Little did he know that several trips to the Adirondack Mountains would reawaken his passion for that part of the country. Two new books were written in that time frame, starting yet another mystery series, Tall Pines Mysteries. The first two combooks in the series, FOR THE BIRDS - 2011 and ESSENTIALLY YOURS - 2012 have been winning literary awards. Keep an eye out for SANCTUARY (2014), and MURDER ON THE SACANDAGA (2015), coming via Twilight Times Books.

In between all the novels, Lazar found time to issue three writing guides based on his many years of writing advice blogs, entitled WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volumes 1-3. These are available in eBook and audio book.

In his twenty-first book, Lazar has jumped genre. THE SEACREST - OCT 2013 -, a love story, is poised to capture hearts across the globe.

The author lives on a ridge overlooking the Genesee Valley in upstate New York with his wife, mother-in-law, two dogs, and cat. He finds grandfathering one of the most precious and important times of life, and spends as much time as possible with Julian, Gordon, and Isabella.

Lazar maintains several websites and blogs, was the Gather Saturday Writing Essential host for three years, writes his monthly "Seedlings" columns for the Voice in the Dark literary journal and the Future Mystery Anthology Magazine. He has been published in Absolute Write as well as The Great Mystery and Suspense Magazine. See excerpts and reviews here:

www.lazarbooks.com
www.murderby4.blogspot.com
www.aplazar.gather.com
www.aaronlazar.blogspot.com

Contact him at aaron.lazar@yahoo.com.

Twilight Times Books by multi-award winning author, Aaron Lazar:

LEGARDE MYSTERIES
DOUBLE FORTÉ (print, eBook, audio book)
UPSTAGED (print, eBook, audio book)
TREMOLO: CRY OF THE LOON (print, eBook, audio book)
MAZURKA (print, eBook, audio book)
FIRESONG (print, eBook, audio book)
DON'T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU (print, eBook, audio book)
VIRTUOSO (~2014)

MOORE MYSTERIES
HEALEY'S CAVE (print, eBook, audio book)
TERROR COMES KNOCKING (print, eBook, audio book)
FOR KEEPS (print, eBook, audio book)

TALL PINES MYSTERIES
FOR THE BIRDS (print, eBook, audio book)
ESSENTIALLY YOURS (print, eBook, audio book)
SANCTUARY (2014)
MURDER ON THE SACANDAGA (~2014)

STANDALONES
THE SEACREST (coming fall of 2013)

WRITING ADVICE:

WRITE LIKE THE WIND, volumes 1, 2, 3 (ebooks and audio books)

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. An award-winning, bestselling Kindle author of three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming Twilight Times Books releases, SANCTUARY (2014), and VIRTUOSO (2014).


AWARDS:

Double Forté
* 2012 ForeWord BOTYA, Mystery, FINALIST

Tremolo: cry of the loon -
* 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Grand Prize Short List
* 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards: Honorable Mention, Eric Hoffer Legacy Fiction
* 2011 Global eBook Award Finalist in Historical Fiction Contemporary
* 2011 Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Award - 2nd place Mystery
* 2008 Yolanda Renée's Top Ten Books
* 2008 MYSHELF Top Ten Reads

For the Birds
* 2011 ForeWord Book Awards, FINALIST in Mystery
* 2012 Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Top 10 Reads

Essentially Yours
* 2013 EPIC Book Awards, FINALIST in Suspense
* 2013 Eric Hoffer Da Vinci Eye Award Finalist

Healey's Cave
* 2012 EPIC Book Awards WINNER Best Paranormal
* 2011 Eric Hoffer Book Award, WINNER Best Book in Commercial Fiction
* 2011 Finalist for Allbooks Review Editor's Choice
* 2011 Winner of Carolyn Howard Johnson's 9th Annual Noble (not Noble!) Prize for Literature
* 2011 Finalists for Global EBook Awards

Terror Comes Knocking
* 2013 Global Ebook Awards, Paranormal - Bronze

For Keeps
* 2013 Semi Finalist in Kindle Book Review Book Awards, Mystery Category

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