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“You’re an adventure junkie, Jack, who’s got cold feet. Post-excitement blues. Go back to bed and sleep it off,” Rebecca said.
This is a fast paced, mesmerizing thriller that leaves the reader spinning in stunned shock as each chapter reveals more clues and twists. The story unfolds with Jack and his friend Will discovering a bracelet and a hastily scratched message of help. These clues lead Jack, his PR manager, Rebecca Armstrong and Will into the midst of fighters, aboriginals, ghosts and other supernatural events in the remote Dreamtime-wilderness of the outback to track Anna down.
Farago carefully weaves each character and event into a moving and precise tale of love mixed with adventure, action and superstition with the turn of each page. The love of a mother for her child, the love of a man for a woman, the love of family, all intertwined into a deadly tale of greed, lust and obsession.
Rogan is a strong character with a sensitive side who always keeps his promises even at the risk of his own life. And he’s quite a ladies man whose luck may have just run its course! Using his wits and every connection he has, Jack tries to defeat the Wizard at his own game … but how do you fool the devil?
“You wanted a beautiful death – remember? Arsmoriendi. This is your chance to show them how it’s done. I’ve kept my side of the bargain. I even turned on some music for you … see you in hell.”
Farago provides a well written thriller that keeps readers on the edge of their chair waiting for the next reveal. Uniquely Farago, he draws the past into the present and writes the future. Drawing upon heavy historical research into the lives of aboriginals and art, Farago captures the attention of his readers.
He builds his characters carefully and fully allowing the characters to become more than description. He tweaks each one building connections between the story, character and reader making each one realistic through action and dialog.
Farago’s writing style is easy to read, exciting and gripping! I look forward to reading more books by Gabriel Farago soon!
The globe-trotting journalist Jack Rogan is off on another adventure!
Jack is at home in Australia for a little down time after the spectacular success of his first novel. He goes on an antique buying journey with his old friend Will and gets to know his agent Rebecca a little better. Will calls Jack and expresses an urgent need to see him. On one of the old desks they purchased the day before is scratched, “Anna Popov – Help 07” Jack convinces Will to help him research the message.
He visits Countess Kuragin in Paris, Anna’s mother on the advice of Anna’s father, a Nobel Prize winning physicist Professor Nikolai Popov. He is enchanted by the Countess and she implores him to continue his search for Anna. Jack gets a clue to contact the Wizards of Oz, a biker gang back in Australia. There he meets the unique leader of the “delivery” gang appropriately named “Wizard”. He also meets Cassandra, a psychic and tarot card reader. She asks to meet him away from the hideout. When he does, she leads him on a quest.
He then goes to see Andrew Simpson, an aboriginal art gallery owner and a former detective who investigated Anna’s disappearance. Andrew tells Jack about the investigation and Jack tells Andrew about the Wizards of Oz.
During a gay pride paradethe Wizards are making their first appearance when one of their members dies. The Wizard blames Cassandra and Jack. Cassandra escapes and goes to Jack’s house. She makes Jack, Will and Rebecca a proposal; one that they can’t refuse. She claims to know how to find Anna Popov. With the Wizards on their tail, they go to Alice Springs to speak to Andrew Simpson. They are unaware that the Wizards are watching them. However, Cassandra senses that the Wizard is close by. Things go badly sideways: a beating, a chase in the desert followed by a death.
Jack, Rebecca, Will, Cassandra and Andrew travel the Outback in search of Anna. They have many adventures and search relentlessly for clues. They follow her path. The Countess joins their quest. The Wizard is not far behind.
This story is filled with asides about Aboriginal lore, culture and history. In it is described the desolate and beautiful Australian Outback countryside. This book is extremely well written and plotted as are all of Gabriel Farago’s novels. It is action-packed, filled with suspense and nail-biting tension. This story draws the reader in so that soon bedtime has passed and it is the early hours of the next day. Mr. Farago is a remarkable talent with a particular brilliance for storytelling. His use of the English language is very well thought out and his descriptive ability is nothing short of genius.
Since I read the books out of order, I’m pining away for the next Jack Rogan novel to be published.
Mr. Farago weaves the story lines and characters into a book that will keep you up all hours and cause your life to be put on hold until you finish the book. Then there is such a feeling of loss to know that the book is finished.
These books are stand alone experiences but some of the characters carry over. I had to buy the next book immediately to fill the hole in my life. This book is an experience I will not forget. I'm an avid reader but Mr. Farago will be a hard act for any writer to follow. Hope he keeps writing and the faster the better.