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The setting is very beautiful and the idea of the "coin" is just brilliant and enigmatic, something of a mystery which adds to the pervading sense of danger that dominates the entire story. The characters are well crafted and explored in great depth, and the author does this without sacrificing her powerful plot points and her oh-so-beautiful prose. Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra's work is one of the craftiest stories that will make readers fall in love with the exotic French Riviera. The Coin is hugely entertaining!" - Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
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- File size : 4354 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 344 pages
- Publisher : Thrills & Kills Press; 2nd edition (May 4, 2014)
- Publication date : May 4, 2014
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00K56ET60
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #102,402 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The thought of Richard wounded or dead was alarming to Gabriela. “To think you (Gabriela), had the audacity to reject me (Roberto) for that inferior breed of an American (Richard)." Gabriela's only chance rested on her ability to keep a level head. If only she could forget the events of the past three weeks. If only she could escape from the pain, the longing, the anger, the guilt, the feeling of betrayal.
As French radicalist, Albert was carefully paving the way to rid the undesirables in the name of politics, creating a better atmosphere for the true French. Gabriela thought— Why was she taken to the clearing? Why was he keeping her alive? Could it be that in his perverted brain, he truly loved her and couldn’t come to kill her?
An evil voice that could harbour the blackest of souls, is heard in this novel. “All women’s uterus should be torn away from them, anyway.” He spat at her. “They betray their soul, their true purpose in life, for a good lay. Here and there some morality wisdom comes from this talented author.
"Do you know what the modern French women are doing? Polluting their society with half-breeds—no-good, lazy Arab or Africans who’ll want to govern their villages, towns, and impose their barbarism on French soil, desecrating their heritage. " What is the ultimate goal ? Isolation and expurgation—France for the true French?
It is a story promoting hate, playing with ideals, confusing everyone, laying false trails until careful manipulations rids France of more undesirables. Albert Heinige is some powerful mentor. He’s old money, with a huge political clout, and popular. He pulls some powerful strings, both financially and politically.
Gabriela becomes a target: "Now you’re going to tell me where you found the coin? - Her adversary put the point of the barrel on Gabriela’s wound and dug it in. Gabriela needs to hear an objective, unflowered account of events. She was victim of car incident as well. Somebody wants information about the origin of her bracelet housing its 15th coin. The mystery of Who and Why? This is about the fifteenth coin Gabriela found there in France “Someone is trying to silence one of our citizens,” Richard said. “She has vital information, and I need to keep her safe until she can pass it on." It is the last coin Gabriela discovered on the mountain and it has been repeatedly used as a password to fund a net of terrorist activity throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.”
Richard is associated with the CIA asks: “Who wants to know about this coin, and why don’t they ask themselves?” The Israeli Special Task Force. Gabriela Martinez found a coin about three weeks prior. She took it to a small Jewish jeweler who’s reputed to be an honest man and a good craftsman—” This has aroused the curiosity of some people who’ve requested they make some inquiries and have the piece inspected. Richard's thoughts reverted to the coin. Why had the Israelis put out an alert? It was obvious Gabriela did not interest them, or they wouldn’t have worried whether she was or wasn’t a U.S. citizen. They would have pounced on her like hungry termites to a dead tree. Then what? The coin itself, or the place where she found it? Both? Nazi hidden treasure from WWII?
The bracelet was a family heirloom of Gabriela's mother smuggled out of Cuba. Everything else was confiscated, stolen, or destroyed by Castro’s jackals. Gabriela said: “This is part of my heritage, my identity." But during a robbery, everything of hers was violated, searched, ripped, discarded. Her mind cruelly repeated the awful sequence of events—the raised gun, her desperate attempt at deflecting it, Richard going down. She strangled her cry of pain. He can’t be dead. "Richard, I need you.... Come help me."
But......was Richard Gabriela's antithesis—dispassionate, a trained killer, a user of people? His world subsisted on the qualities in man she abhorred the most, such as dishonesty, lies, greed. Is that so?
Four years later...and for Gabriela, her past has been one of hellish depravation and blissful longings; years of angry recriminations and fierce desires held in check. Heaven and hell—both neatly bottled and prescribed to torment Richard. More in the follow-up novel, not to be missed.
23 July 2020
A prologue finds a man searching an area in the mountains of the Côte d’Azur looking for a stash of coins and records he previously had hidden there. A recent natural upheaval in this section had caused a re-arrangement of the territory that had eliminated any familiarity with its former formation. With intense frustration, he realized that it was impossible to find any remnants of the material he had secretly stashed away. Unexpectedly, a lost tourist stumbles upon him, thinking he had found someone who could help. Instead, he is slowly and cruelly put to death by the intensely frustrated man. The story then opens to follow the subsequent results of Gabriela Martinez discovering an unusually marked coin while hiking in the same area, La Marbriére, a short time later. Gaby, along with her parents, was a refugee brutally forced out of Cuba when Castro moved in. Quite sheltered while a Cuban resident, she now is happily married to her first love whom she met in college, and the mother of two young children who are visiting their grandparents in the United States for the summer. Her husband, Roberto, an innovative designer of new materials, frustrated by not being able to proceed, had been offered a position in Europe, had found a considerable degree of freedom and had extended his assignment. He loved his wife dearly, but with a totally ‘old-fashioned’ mindset that the husband was the bread-winner, and the wife a mother and housekeeper, was completely involved with his work. Simultaneously, Gaby had developed into an artist of tremendous talent and was being mentored by an enormously wealthy and influential man who was readying her for an exhibition of such importance as to launch her into a career that would make her one of the leading artists in the world. Unfortunately he had further designs on making her his mistress. Now, Richard Harrison, a lead member of an American special operations unit, as a courtesy to the Israelis’ request and favor to his boss is in France on vacation but has consented to interview Gabriela with respect to the special coin she had discovered during her trip to the mountain. Richard is a man typical of such operatives – handsome, pleasant and charmingly accommodating, but calculating, coldly uninvolved and with no compunction against killing when necessary. When meeting her, he is startled with the natural warmth and seeming degree of underlying naiveté – qualities he never had, or expected to, encounter in any woman. A set of circumstances develop, where Gabriela is to be introduced to a collection of world art connoisseurs with the latest of her works on the same night Roberto is to sign an important contract providing all he ever has wanted. Complicating the situation further is that Gabriela’s life has been threatened because of the coin that had been found and Richard has become her 24-hour-per-day bodyguard. The interrelationships that develops among these individuals, aided and abetted by an interesting group of supportive characters, develops into a mysterious, thrilling chase and sex-laced romance about which furnishing further details would be a great disservice to the prospective reader.
Discussion: The author has positioned three individuals in situations of almost insurmountable tension production with adequately supplied supportive personnel. The plot provides a thrilling, fast-paced tale and engaging climax. A number of inadequacies or unusual mental activities are difficult to totally accept, but no doubt are a personal consideration arising from this reader’s pragmatism. If noted at all by other readers, probably they will be observed as an unimportant ‘blip’.
First of all, I loved where the story was set-- French Riviera. The setting alone was romantic and it was a perfect blend to a love story mixed with suspense. Plus, the characters were very interesting and well-developed. What I also especially loved about this book was the fact that it was easy to read. Some suspense books make my head ache with so much details but this book was just perfect for me because it was fast-paced.
I also found the dialogues between the characters very entertaining. It's like I was basically watching a movie because I feel like I can hear their voices on my mind. As a whole, reading this book was a great experience!
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Richard Harrison from California works as a spy. Killing is sometimes “part of the job”, and he accepts that, and the women attracted to his handsome looks, until an assignment leads him to feisty Gabriela.
Roberto, Richard, and Gabriela, a sexy threesome on the beautiful French Riviera? It looked that way, but more than Roberto and Richard love this beautiful woman for different reasons and are prepared to fight to the death. Whose death, and why is the coin so important?
Sunshine herald thunderstorms, and they come thick and fast in this romantic thriller.