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Death Never Sleeps (Michael Nicholas Book 1) Kindle Edition
Michael and Alex Nicholas are brothers, but as different as night and day. Michael is CEO of a Fortune 500 company, living a comfortable life in suburban Connecticut. Alex, his older brother, heads up one of the leading loan shark and betting syndicates on the east coast. They don’t have a lot in common except a blood line, but that changes when Alex is gunned down at a restaurant in Queens.
At Alex’s funeral, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, Michael receives a startling text. The text is from his dead brother Alex. Michael is now forced to question where his brother really is. And if Alex isn’t dead, who’s lying in the coffin?
Death Never Sleeps is an action-packed story of murder, betrayal and love.
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"This reader white-knuckled her way from start to finish. Simon is a master at the game of suspense. A page-turner at its best that left me begging for more." - JUDITH MARKS-WHITE, author of Seducing Harry and Bachelor Degree
"DEATH NEVER SLEEPS . . . will make you ponder the technology suturing our lives. You will also question where life ends, and where death begins." - MARK RUBINSTEIN, author of Mad Dog House and Love Gone Mad
DO THE DEAD HAVE SMARTPHONES?
The problem with Alex Nicholas is that he won't stay dead.
Alex Nicholas was the consummate Queens bookie: fast cars and even faster women, and friends in all the wrong places. As an illegal sports betting and loan shark king in New York City, Alex was fearless-until the night his luck ran out and someone leveled the silver barrel of an automatic on him and pulled the trigger.
Michael Nicholas was everything his brother Alex was not: a powerful, married straight-arrow corporate CEO living the American Dream. Their two worlds collide when Michael discovers his brother's secret laptop.
As Michael crosses the globe to find his brother's murder, can he avoid his brother's fate? And can the information contained in the laptop help Alex reach out to help Michael- from beyond the grave?
- ASIN : B00H5562YQ
- Publisher : Simon/Zef (December 4, 2013)
- Publication date : December 4, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 931 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 389 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1475986203
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #930,349 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It’s a refreshing take on the mystery genre. Michael is determined to find out what happened to his brother Alex. There is a web of so many hidden secrets that Michael needs to find out. The story also brings together high technology in the form of artificial intelligence which is a very unique part to make the story exciting. There are plenty of twists and turns to delight any mystery reader in this compact book.
This a wonderful story so well written that while reading it I completely got lost in it . I highly recommend this to everyone and just wish I could find the right words to tell how powerful it is. I think everyone will like this as much as I did.
For the most part, I'm glad I did. I finished it in a few days with limited time available to read, and by the time I was done, I found it had accumulated 102 reviews at Amazon, 93 of them 4 stars or higher - so I'm pretty sure my 4-star rating is on target.
The book skillfully brings together high technology (in the form of artificial intelligence) and low (people still get killed by strangling, bullets and swimming with fishes), and more than once the late Mario Puzo's <i>Godfather</i> series came to mind. At the start, a Mafia-style guy named Alex Nicholas is murdered, leaving as his next-of-kin a third wife of questionable morals and a financial corporation CEO and straight-arrow brother Michael, who takes on the responsibility of settling Alex's affairs. Things get murky when Michael is contacted by his "deceased" brother via a computer software program as yet unknown by the rest of the world.
Slowly, Michael becomes absorbed in the shady world Alex knew (another nod to "The Godfather" as expressed in Part III by Michael Corleone: "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.") And slowly, just as did Corleone, Michael Nicholas begins to enjoy the power of running a high-stakes business and the danger that comes with it.
But if Alex is really dead, how is he able to communicate so effectively with his brother? After all, IBM's Watson was able to beat two very intelligent former winning contestants on "Jeopardy!" rather handily, but being able to make meaningful conversation with a human being and have a pretty good handle on what the future holds goes beyond anything that's known to man at this point - as far as anyone knows.
The book ends a bit abruptly and with no real resolution to how Alex has pulled all that off nor an answer to the question of the physical safety of Michael and his beautiful wife, Samantha. That was, no doubt, to ensure that everyone who bought this book will rush to get the next one, "Death Logs In." I've seen nothing to indicate when that will be forthcoming, but I do know that if it takes very long I'll have forgotten what this one was all about - one of the pitfalls of those "cliff-hanger" kinds of novels (this one was published in December 2013). In comparison, every "Godfather" book left me wanting more, but each was an end unto itself. Hopefully, Simon will get his sequel out before I still care about what's to come.
If one takes Michael as a relatively cardboard type of character, then the story works. Having been to most of the locations visited in the story, it was a lovely memory trip. I could, almost, taste the food of the areas. It would have done much more for the story if the author had spent the same effort on developing Michael as he did developing a stroll down culinary paths. But, I digress. The plot was quite interesting. The basic idea of AI through a computer and what that might mean was thought provoking and grabbed my imagination. I was a bit disappointed by the ending of the book, but as it is meant to be a series, I don't begrudge the author the "trailer" approach to the story.
There are definite holes in the plot, the unexplained death of at least one character, that leads to speculation as to what Alex through his AI personna may be doing in the netherworld. Perhaps it will be explained in the next book.
I am not sure if I will read any more of the series as this was one of those "just okay" reads.
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Anyway, I think I'll finish it just to find out whether and how Alex's weird idea pans out. I don't think it's a spoiler to say I expect it will. And it would be nice to find out who killed Alex. Probably. I do really wonder if this is actually all tongue in cheek. It certainly made me snort with laughter occasionally.
Update: I was wrong. I didn't get to find out how Alex's weird idea pans out. But the book got funnier and funnier (though not funny enough to want to buy the next installment).
There was a lot going on and at times it wandered around a bit.
I enjoyed reading it some sections went on too long. I might take a look at the next book.