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The Last Con Paperback – July 7, 2015
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'The Last Con spans centuries of mystery surrounding the relics of the Knights of Malta. It is rich in legend, deceit and thievery, alongside a story of family, grace and forgiveness. The struggle between doing what is right and doing what you want resonates. The characters are both lovable and frustrating, and always highly relatable. And of course, Bartels throws in a twist at the end that will leave readers stunned.' - RT Book Reviews (Romantic Times Book Reviews)
About the Author
Zachary Bartels is the author of Playing Saint . An award-winning preacher and Bible teacher, he serves as pastor of Judson Baptist Church in Lansing, MI, where he lives with his wife Erin and their son. You can find him online at www.zacharybartels.com. Facebook: AuthorZacharyBartels Twitter: AuthorZBartels
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Things take a turn for the worst for Fletcher when he is sucked back into his old life as a con man. As things spiral out of control and the delicate threads of trust he’s rebuilt with his wife and daughter begin to fray, Fletcher realizes that he must find a way to shake his past before it destroys him and his family.
Into this toxic mix of shaken loyalties, past sins, and broken promises steps the Alchemist, a shadowy figure who wants something only Fletcher Doyle has the skill to find. As events take an unexpected and terrifying turn Fletcher finds himself involved in the biggest con of his life, a con which began long ago and far away in the evil machinations of one of the world’s most infamous con men, Count Cagliostro of the Knights of Malta.
In this transcontinental mystery thriller author Zachary Bartels writes a sizzling tale of ancient and modern con men in a desperate search for one of the most sought after treasures of the enlightenment period.
Best mystery thriller I’ve read this year!
Fletcher, an ex-con and grifter, has been out of jail for just a short time. His family is still adjusting from the shock of his arrest and incarceration as well as their change in finances and home. Trust is a big issue, but Fletcher, his wife Meg and daughter Ivy are really trying to make their new normal work. But . . . with the addition of a concerned neighbor/landlord and temptations from his former life, Fletcher must decide just what is important and true.
I really liked Fletcher, the grifter who can’t decide if he grifted himself when it comes to his faith in Christ. Even before he gets involved with another con, Fletcher struggles with walking in faith without the rules of prison. A life in Christ is about freedom — from sin, from guilt, but also the freedom to make choices. Although most readers don’t struggle with returning to a life of crime😉, they will identify with the struggle of discerning God’s will and following it. Paul puts it this way in Romans 7:19 — For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing. That’s Fletcher’s struggle as it is my own. Godly sorrow vs. worldly sorrow is also examined. The Last Con is also a great suspense novel — lots of shady and sinister actors, tense scenes involving breaking and entering, and a really good game of cat and mouse. You’ll never see the ending coming either. There is also a historical feature, including ancient Knights, kings, queens, and lost treasure, that intersects with the modern day story. There is enough truth in the story that it will make you wonder what if.
The Last Con is a safe bet for those who love suspense. You can’t lose with this one!
(Thanks to the publisher for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)