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The Methuselah Man Paperback – March 28, 2012
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"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
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Then people start to die, people Joe knows, and he, his secretary Liz, and the man have to hit the road looking for a safe place to hide. Joe calls his old college friend, Wes Franklin, who has contacts everywhere and asks him for help. Wes is happy to help his old buddy, but he is in the middle of a big job that the U.S. Secretary of Defense has asked him to do that is essential for the security of the nation.
When their paths cross the action really starts. Bullets and fists fly, the bad guys want the strange man dead, or do they? Maybe they want him alive, but why? They certainly have no problem killing anyone who gets in their way. But with Wes on their side the good guys have a powerful friend and ally.
I got this book free on a Kindle special. As you might know, most of the free Kindle books aren't necessarily worth reading. There are some titles I would like to delete from my archives because just remembering the title makes me cringe. But, fortunately, this book is different.
The author kept events in order with very little repetitive introductions, I noticed no grammatical errors, the story was laid out in a logical manner, not all the hints telegraphed information (well, maybe Starkova for Operation: Star Cover was a little obvious), and of course the big "surprise" that wasn't a surprise at all. But even with these tiny giveaways the story was interesting enough for me to enjoy reading it to the conclusion. There is a religious bent to the story but since it seems to be all-inclusive in it's theology no one should be terribly offended. There is a little romance, some graphic violence, a little bit of cussing but not too vile, and lots of intrigue. I really like the character Wes Franklin and would like to read more stories about him and his secret organisation that seems to go around saving the world.
In this fast paced novel, Wes Franklin, a member of THE CLOISTER OF AKHENATEN, an international clandestine, non-affiliated investigative group, is pulled into two mysteries, unaware that they will eventually collide. In Washington, his good friend and former mentor, Secretary of State Crandall Forsyth, recruits him to look into a high level official's sudden change in position over administration nuclear policy. And on the west coast, a friend, Dr. Joe Rosenfeld, asks Wes to investigate a patient, a man of mystery: Jared Kennan Cain. Who is this man whose body defies the laws of medicine and who is it that will stop at nothing to capture him?
When Cain and Franklin finally meet, Franklin begins to connect the dots between the two cases. Cain's plan is to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada. Once there, Cain finally reveals his true purpose to Franklin: to remind people of the horrors nuclear weapons can produce. How he will do this is as yet unclear to Franklin, but to do so will require his help. Franklin, for his part, must at times suspend what he knows is scientifically and medically true while trusting Cain as he uses his every available resource to protect Cain and keep all involved alive.
Not to be overlooked are the contributions from Ashley Jordan, aka A.J., a computer wiz, and Persian strongman, body guard and special investigator, Aryana. Whereas Franklin possesses a keen knowledge and intellect, A.J. proves every bit as smart and important with her electronics' skills. Indeed, it is A.J. who uncovers the key pieces of information from her computer sleuthing that sends this group to the west coast and that provides the connection to Cain. And whereas I wouldn't challenge Franklin to an intellectual one on one, I wouldn't tangle with Aryana. For that matter, I wouldn't dare tangle with A.J. either. Together, the three of them bring to the table skill sets that supplement and complement each other and their chemistry is such that they are never off the same page.
As an action novel, this book would definitely stand alone. But what sets it above the rest and makes it special are the behind the action covert political maneuverings played out by Administration officials in Washington to achieve their nuclear agenda. To discover what this story is truly about the reader must pay Wes Franklin-like attention to catch the clues that the author has cleverly sprinkled throughout the story to figure out who's playing whom. Reading this novel twice would be my recommendation.
Highly recommended reading! Clever, fun, smart and entertaining only begin to describe this book. And with the door open at the end for the possibility of a sequel, well, this can be nothing short of good news to the growing fan base of this up and coming series.
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