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The Watchman of Ephraim (Cris De Niro, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Gerard de Marigny , Lisa and Jared de Marigny
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Book Description

Cris De Niro worked his way up to the top of the hedge fund world. Yet all of his money couldn't protect him from losing his wife on 9/11. 10 years have passed since the tragedy. Turning to his faith, De Niro now lives for a higher purpose. He acquires a lackluster counter-terrorism agency, in order to transform it into The Watchman for the United States, but there's not a moment to lose.

De Niro and his new agency unknowingly become targets when they stumble upon a connection between a rich Iranian businessman and a Mexican drug cartel. First, their agent sent to investigate goes missing and then strange events start to unfold at the border. Making matters worse, they suspect that there’s a leak among them. It’s up to De Niro and his new team to protect America from a possible terrorist attack more catastrophic than 9/11 …and it appears he and his children are targeted too!

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(5 Stars) Enjoyable Thriller
I enjoyed this book very much! It was very difficult to put down once I got started. As soon as I finished this book, I dove quickly into book 2 just to continue the story - it is...
Published 2 months ago by Mrseche

From the Author

The Watchman of Ephraim is the first book in my CRIS DE NIRO series. It's a bout a man's devotion to his country, his wife, and his faith.

Cris De Niro is a self-made billionaire, a hedge fund manager who was raised on the tough streets of Brooklyn, New York. On September 11, 2001, he loses his wife and unborn son in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The devastating loss could have led him to destruction but instead leads him to an epiphany of faith, yet rage still burns in his soul. He vows to protect the citizens of the United States from enemies domestic and foreign, and puts all of his vast resources to work for that cause.

Cris De Niro does what I and others who have lost friends and family from terrorist acts want to do but can't. Not vengeance (unless the sun has not set) ... he protects, even when our government cannot.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1876 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983374600
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JarRyJorNo Publishing; 3 edition (January 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,015 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue from Today's Headlines! January 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"The Watchman of Ephraim" - Book 1 of the Cris De Niro series by Gerard de Marigny is a timely thriller that will keep you thinking long after the last page.

Cris De Niro lost his wife, Lisa, on 9/11 in Tower 1 of the World Trade Center, even as he raced up the tower stairs to rescue her. Devastated and left to raise his two young sons alone, he moves to Las Vegas for a fresh start. A billionaire hedge fund operator he invests his money in starting a civilian counter-terrorism agency to ensure that another 9/11 will never happen. He staffs the agency with an elite team of specialists and the latest technology.

No sooner is it up and running then the money behind the "Ground Zero Mosque" is discovered to be connected to an Iranian businessman and a Mexican drug cartel. They will soon discover that the mosque is just a cover for a much larger, far more sinister plot.

This is an action packed thrill ride bursting with international intrigue and tension. I really liked the relevance of the plot line to today's world view and current events. This one is definitely hard to put down. I'm looking forward to meeting Cris again in Book 2!
5 stars - Kate Farrell, The Kindle Book Review
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-Paced Thriller! July 7, 2011
The Watchman of Ephraim is a fast-paced political thriller, a novel of "what-if" suspense. Mr. de Marigny has written this novel in tight, spare paragraphs--free of flowery description and filler--and crisp, snappy dialogue that drives the plot along. The opening of the novel allows us a window into the 9/11 horrific disaster, as Cris De Niro's wife is trapped in the Twin Towers when the planes hit, and he heroically attempts to rescue her. This is almost painful to read, but necessary to set up the storyline.

The book then moves us along to Las Vegas, where Mr. De Niro has settled his family of two boys. He has placed all his money and energy into forming a homeland counter-terrorism organization to protect our country from outside forces. Fast forward along to 2011, and De Niro is alerted of a possible attempt to let loose a nuclear weapon over the city of Las Vegas on 9/11/11, to rival the original 9/11 on its tenth year anniversary. There seems to be a spy in his organization, and the plot moves toward an exciting finale: can Cris De Niro's team of security experts stop the terrorists from destroying Las Vegas and making history again?

While this novel was not what I originally expected, and is somewhat out of my comfort zone -- I usually prefer novels with more character development and descriptive prose-- I do realize that Gerard de Marigny is a talented author, in full command of his craft and capable of delivering an excellent novel. I found this novel to deliver on what it promised and hits the mark as a political/spy/thriller that asks the plausible question "What-if" and then answers the question with "Not on my watch"!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy But . . . June 4, 2013
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This was one of the sloppiest-written books I have ever seen. The text not only contained an extreme number of typographical errors and punctuation errors, some of them egregious (the coffee chain is not "Starkbucks"), but also misplaced synonyms (e.g., "peaked" over the car; "poured" over the map, etc.), but was also hindered by confusing phrasing in many places. Usually, these types of errors (even in lesser quantities) in a book are such a distraction to me that I stop reading. And yet, in this case, despite the errors, I enjoyed the story and the characters. So this author does have talent, but he should invest in both a copy editor and a proofreader. Why mask talent with these easily-correctible errors? After all, the English language is simply a communications system with certain conventions that make the message between the sender and the receiver easily understood. If this particular book had been, say, a computer program targeting a missile, the missile would have ended up in Topeka instead of Tehran. I do look forward to the author's subsequent books, but hope that they are not as gramatically or otherwise challenged as the first one. I appreciate that the above is only talking the talk -- so that I am also walking the walk, I will make an open offer to the author to proofread this book, for free and with the proper releases, so that subsequent readers can achieve full enjoyment and the author's talent can shine through without distraction. Just message me here, send me a hard copy of the manuscript, and I will have it back within a week.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fast Paced Thriller March 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Watch­man of Ephraim by Ger­ard de Marigny is a fic­tional book tak­ing place a decade after 9/11. The book takes place in all over the United States.

Cris De Nero's preg­nant wife died in the World Trade Cen­ter on 9/11/01. Ten years later, still recov­er­ing from the shock of los­ing his wife, Cris cre­ates The Watch­man.
The Watch­man are a pri­vate orga­ni­za­tion, funded by Cris, a self made millionaire.

The orga­ni­za­tion which is made out of ex mil­i­tary, uses high-tech equip­ment and knowl­edge­able human resources to fight ter­ror­ism in places the gov­ern­ment can­not or will not.

The Watch­man of Ephraim by Ger­ard de Marigny is a fast paced thriller full of intrigu­ing char­ac­ters and sus­pense. The dia­log is tight and the plot moves along in a fast pace.

Cris De Nero, the pro­tag­o­nist, is a self made man, a good father and hus­band. The char­ac­ters, their inter­ac­tion and rela­tion­ships are well defined. The recruit­ing efforts for The Watch­men are described in a fas­ci­nat­ing way and the way the com­pany is trans­form­ing under Cris' lead­er­ship could make a book by itself.

There are sev­eral themes through­out the novel, patri­o­tism, G-d and coun­try, safety of oth­ers, loy­alty and ethics being a few. I'd like to have read more about how the pro­tag­o­nist, an eth­i­cal smart man, nav­i­gates the filthy swamp which we call Wash­ing­ton DC.

The plot is enjoy­able and solid, yet some­what pre­dictable and the main char­ac­ter is some­what hyp­o­crit­i­cal (a devout Chris­t­ian drive by revenge -- but it's not like there aren't enough prece­dences of that in his­tory). That being said, I under­stand that this book is the first of a series and I know that it is always dif­fi­cult to cre­ate an ori­gin story in any medium while keep­ing the final prod­uct down to a man­age­able size.
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Being a long time fan of Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn, I was hesitant upon picking up a new series along the same lines. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Counter-terrorism after 9/11
This is the first is a series of action adventure books about a group called The Watchman Of Ephraim based on a Bible verse that describes those who watch over the land. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ronna
4.0 out of 5 stars I think I might have another favorite author!
What a great read! I spent the last few nights reading bits and pieces, but got to the point tonight that I couldn't put it down until I finished it! On to book 2.
Published 7 months ago by Fred Hanselmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not stop reading!
The Watchman grabbed my interest from the very first chapter. The action never stopped. I found the crossover from real life places and events to his fictional twists fantastic. Read more
Published 9 months ago by L. T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!!
Although this book is somewhat out of what I normally read, I immediately became hooked after the first chapter. I read the book cover to cover the first day.
Published 9 months ago by Becky
4.0 out of 5 stars We need a Watchman
If you like love stories that are also packed with thrilling action …then, this is a book you will like. It moves along nicely, and keeps you entertained all the way through. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jeannie Walker (Award-Winning Author)
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Must Read Book For Fans of Action
This is the start to a great new series. Gerard de Marigny has created a group of people you will like and care about. Once you read this book you will rush out to get the next. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bob Freidel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read. Great Characters.
Really enjoyed this book. I always like finding new authors, I will definitely look out for future work from him.
Published 17 months ago by Keith Baldwin
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Author of the Amazon-Bestselling Action & Adventure CRIS DE NIRO & ARCHANGEL Thriller series.

Books by Gerard de Marigny:

Book 4 - PROJECT 111
Book 6 - NEW DETROIT [coming soon]

#3 - WHITE WIDOW [coming soon]

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