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Jaspar's War Paperback – March 1, 2014
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"Jaspar's War wondrously chronicles one brave and desperate woman's attempts to escape a Kafka-esque nightmare. Cym Lowell's brilliant debut strains the boundaries of the thriller genre, even as it seeks to redefine them in this emotionally wrenching tale that reinvents and modernizes the classic Ludlum formula. Written with flare and emotion, as visually polished as it is viscerally powerful, Jaspar's War manages a smooth and savory mix of Vince Flynn and Harlan Coben. Magnificent and not to be missed."
―Jon Land, bestselling author of Strong Rain Falling
About the Author
Cym Lowell was born in Montana to academics and spent his youth traveling the world. To put it politely, he was an undistinguished student, rewarded with assignment to the U.S. Navy at 18. After two years in Vietnam, college and law school were a challenge. Being a veteran in the political turbulence of the late 1960s and early 1970s taught humility. Raising three children in the Midwest and Texas brought love and responsibility. An international tax practice in the financial crises of the past 40 years provided insight into motivations of actors on the global stage. Friends, clients, adversaries, and colleagues, like victory and defeat, added color and context. The result is a writer with a treasure trove of experience to frame compelling characters enmeshed in heart-thumping challenges.
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First, let’s discuss the people created by Lowell. There’s Jaspar, a lovely woman raised in genteel surroundings, engaged in an idyllic lifestyle with beautiful children and a successful husband. Her despair at the death of her husband and the kidnapping of her children transforms her into an instant warrior, capable of committing violent murder and mayhem, willing to engage in frenetic lovemaking with despicable men, and subject to explosive rages or sobbing breakdowns, depending on the time of day.
Her guiding angel, an enigmatic man of superhuman strength and mysterious talents, who can subdue a constant parade of trained gunmen with a flick of his wrist, jump off a cliff with the woman, a dog, and a massive armory of heavy weapons in a sack hanging on him as he maneuvers a piece of canvas like a sail plane, and torture with indifference as he stabs kidneys, cuts throats, and breaks limbs. His periodic breakdowns into a blubbering and clinging wimp are so out of character it tempts one to laugh.
The remaining characters we encounter are stereotypes of slick and brilliant criminals who are ruthless, self indulgent, and willing to commit any act that will protect their interests. And then there’s the dog, a wondrous creature that thinks and acts like a robot, can anticipate danger of any kind that threatens his master, and even knows to walk in water and on surfaces that will leave no tracks to evade detection. This dog, believe it or not, is astute enough to tear into a bag of money and scatter the bills around to create a diversion. And there is an Indian chief bestowed with more mystical aura and sagaciousness than all you’ve ever known—combined
Why, you ask, did I waste my time finishing a book I so disliked? Well, the thing is I didn’t dislike it. I considered it to be a farce, a comic book, that was so full of action and unbelievable happenings that I had to know where the author was going with his nonsense. I was riveted to his outlandish imagination. And the writing was good, solid adventure stuff. So, while I can’t give the book high ratings, I’ll give it enough of a thumbs up to salute Cym Lowell’s audacity in bringing his vision to light.
Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
Nul becomes the man who will lead her through strategies of warfare in urban areas. Nul is wise beyond his years and fights for the right in any situation. He is well known by the Vietnamese. He is a hero to those who meet him. I would love to see he and Jaspar's relationship grow in another novel. In Jaspar's War by Cym Lowell, a small bit about prayer is mentioned. This made me think of it as a Christian Political Thriller. However, there is an abundance of violence. The novel would not seem real without this element because there are true terrorists fighting against our government and against Jaspar Moran and Nulandi. The terrorists do not wish for an Economic stimulus to work. Holding Theo and Chrissy, the children of Jaspar is part of the plan. She must not ever see her children again until the stimulus destroys America.
My adrenalin rose as Jaspar and Nul and "Alice" fight against guns, bombs, whatever you can think of to get closer to the children and stalemate the plan of the terrorists. I did enjoy the parts of the novel where Jaspar and/or Nul disguised themselves as nuns or other people. Nul can really think fast on his feet. In the end, I am left with the words love and courage and sacrifice. Jaspar proved that she would do anything to anyone to get her children back in her arms.
The novel is powerfully written. It is like sitting in a movie theater watching a fast paced run and chase and hide or blow up movie. Cym Lowell is magnificent at writing descriptive passages. I could not wait to turn each page. I am grateful to him for a small lesson in Economics. I am more grateful to him for the questions he raised in my mind. What would I do to save my family? How do I and would I react to very, very bad news about my loved ones? Cym Lowell in Jaspar's War does not preach or tell how to handle situations. He just puts this woman's life out there for the reader to observe. To me, Jaspar is a representation of courage and love. I will not forget her. However, I am now asking myself a question. Did Jaspar come across as too strong? This woman has led a life without violence. Is it feasible that she would not say no to such violence at least once before taking action, or at least for one moment become too scared to react? I'll have to think about my answer. I do think readers deserve a warning about the violence within the pages. http://www.amazon.com/Cym-Lowell/e/B00IT7MFHC/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1