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Nobility (The Fast and The Furies: Suspense Book 2) by [MacRath, Reb]
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                                                   THE STOKER AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR
Reb MacRath...has a flair for horrific showmanship and an instinct for the jugular that rivals the best writers of the genre.
--John Farris, Author of The Fury
The reader is in safe hands as Reb MacRath's millennial train leaves the station...His sentences are efficient, artful, well-judged, economically moving the story along but the attention to quality in the writing, combined with the fast pace and careful characterization make for an enjoyable, satisfying read. 
--John Logan, Author of The Survival of Thomas Ford
Nobility ranks right up there with Oh Brother Where Art Thou, a rendition of Homer's Odyssey also set in the South. In this fine novel, we find a pantheon of Roman gods, (rather than Greek) wreaking their vengeance on unsuspecting passengers riding that soon-to-be-infamous train - the Amtrak Crescent on a Christmas Eve in 1999, when time is running out...
The sights and sounds are rendered with great care and love. You will hear the clackety train on the tracks, the hiss of the radiators, the doors sliding open and shut
--Leila Smith, Amazon Reviewer
His writing style is unique and will no doubt draw readers based on that simple fact. I said this multiple times earlier, but he writes with such depth and emotion I can't help but wonder what he'll bring to the writing world in the future.
--Kirkus MacGowan, The Fall of Billy Hitchings
This excellent tale incorporates the miracle of "A Wonderful Life," the clever thievery of "The Sting" and the romance of "Water For Elephants." The author expertly weaves a complicated story line, spiced with outlandish characters, into a fast-pace plot. It's a bitter-sweet Christmas tale worthy of O'Henry but the events might have transpired on any festive weekend. 
--Diane Rapp, Author of The High Seas Mysteries
I love how MacRath paces the story. This reader went into this having zero knowledge of how thieves operate but MacRath manages to explain the terminology, hierarchy, how they set up marks, etc and still manage to keep the story interesting, exciting, and compelling. And the ending was absolute PERFECTION! My only complaint about this spellbinding tale is that it ended.
--Felicia Moore, Amazon Reviewer
Reb MacRath writes with wit and pace. His prose can spin in unexpected directions, or with the precision of an expert pool player can send one--smack!--right into the corner pocket. Pay attention, because in one short sentence he can dazzle, baffle, and shock you. And in a book, well, just enjoy the ride!
--Brad Strickland on April Yule
Highly readable, with both laughs and chills.
--Library Journal on The Suiting
Strongly original. One of a kind.
--Kirkus Reviews on The Suiting

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  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VAGH7Q
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When a ruthless gang of pickpockets invades a "party" train in Atlanta, they intend to strip unwary passengers of valuables on Christmas Eve. The thieves assume the names of Roman gods but nothing about them is noble. Their well-oiled strategy proceeded according to plan until an unlikely hero disrupts their well-tuned timing. Is he a rival thief, an undercover cop, or just a hapless traveler? The gang is determined to turn "The Joker" into a victim before the night ends.

Ray is a sharp-eyed observer who notices the gang, but he does not care about their crimes. In fact Ray cares about nothing. He's got his own careful plan for the evening and does not mean to survive past midnight--until he meets an "angel." Enthralled by the beautiful enigma, who he believes is another member of the gang, he's willing to let her strip him of riches and leave him cold and dead. Misty Love sees nobility in this broken man and can't fail another assignment.

This excellent tale incorporates the miracle of "A Wonderful Life," the clever thievery of "The Sting" and the romance of "Water For Elephants." The author expertly weaves a complicated story line, spiced with outlandish characters, into a fast-pace plot. The characters become sympathetic or despicable as the reader learns their histories. We yearn for success or failure, befitting the nature of the persona, as danger looms.

It's a bitter-sweet Christmas tale worthy of O'Henry but the events might have transpired on any festive weekend. Don't sell this book short because it's a novella. The story is jam packed with action, pathos, and intrigue--enough to keep the reader on edge until the very end.
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Nobility ranks right up there with Oh Brother Where Art Thou, a rendition of Homer's Odyssey also set in the South. In this fine novel, we find a pantheon of Roman gods, (rather than Greek) wreaking their vengeance on unsuspecting passengers riding that soon-to-be-infamous train - the Amtrak Crescent on a Christmas Eve in 1999, when time is running out.

The word craft is delicate and beautiful at times: "A faint flurry of snow flirted shyly with the glass." "...Ice now filigreed the window. Beyond it the sky looked unendingly black, too powerful even for Frank."
At other times the author matter-of-factly describes the jargon of the pickpockets: Poke, Mark, Dip, Lambs, et al. "..light-fingered and wing-footed (a nod to Homer) enough to split with the wallets or pokes, the thieves bagged before the marks knew they were missing." Another character is known by his epithet: silver beard.

As another reviewer has noted, the Palindrome Fever chapter is quite clever and there is a great deal of skillful word play throughout the work. There is also the crackle of the supernatural in this book - the otherwise unexplained bolts of electricity sent from above.

Roman gods arose from a strange confluence of cultures and superstitions around the Latium area, later known as Rome. Here we have a strange convergence of ne'er-do-wells who are willing to kill and maim to sate their newest appetite: Jove(a/k/a Jupiter, powerful, cruel and vain), Janus, Mercury, Mars, Cupid, Venus, Vulcan(god of fire), each with a role. You'll have to read the book to enjoy each one and his/her role.

MacRath creates a banquet of the gods in the bar car:" Now the crowd in the bar car began to go wild, believing the roll held their losses. And Janus completed the picture...
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I loved this one. The shady surreal passage of the book mirrored the dark passage of the train itself loaded with thieves and a troubled man who stalked them. the variety in the language and the edgy dark nature of the writers style...pull all of it together and it is a marvellous story.
if i could say anything to someone looking at this book i would say ignore whatever genre it happens to be in when you look at the categories. It is, as i said, edgy but it entwines a flavour of mythology with suspense, possibly even a bit of a romantic twist with that kind of old time heroism. it begins with the train full of characters operating as pick pockets and the whole atmosphere comes across as so dark yet bleak, as does the tale of the hero.
if i could sum the writing up in a word it would be 'intelligent.' And i will leave it at that
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The story has been pretty much explained by several other reviewers which just leaves me to provide my own impressions of the story and the writing. Ray and Misty - superb characterisation and a marvelous match - for me they stole the show. The gang - well portrayed characters with an edge. The story - dark, edgy and fast-paced - the author has a lot to pack into the brief space he has allowed himself and does it well. The writing - at times I saw it as almost experimental - the reader is certainly pushed to use their own brain rather than just read and be entertained. All in all this was a good pacey read by a thinking writer. Worth the read.
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On Christmas Eve in 1999, a brutal gang of thieves, a thin, sad, and mysterious man on a mission, and a woman with a lot to hide and running from something all board the Amtrak Crescent. The story is initially told from the POV of the bandits' leader, the dangerous Jove. He plans to have his gang steal anything that isn't nailed down and deboard before anyone is the wiser, but as each character's POV is explored the reader begins to see that things may not go as smoothly old Jove had planned.

The bandits' specialty is removing items from a mark's person (i.e. wallet, watch, etc), but calling them pickpockets doesn't do this band of high-tech, lightning-quick bandits justice! These bandits, who answer to aliases: Jove, Cupid, Venus, Mercury, Janus, Mars, and Vulcan, work together to create a scene designed to distract the mark while relieving him of his valuables. They put on a show as they're robbing you blind: tap dancing-- on the ceiling, cartwheels, etc. It's amazing! Each thief brings his or her own special talent and secret agenda to the table setting the stage for some serious fireworks. Oh, and that Merc... he's a scene-stealer! You'd better keep your eyes on him and your hands on your wallet! He's so fast he could steal your wallet while you're holding it and it would still take you the better part of a minute to realize it was gone! Once Jove, then other members of the gang, realize that a quiet, thin man has seen each and every thief for who and what they are the tension and suspense skyrocket. The thieves cannot risk exposure so they must 'deal' with the man...

Ray, the only person aboard the train to immediately see through the thieves' dazzling acrobatic thievery, is a revelation. This desperate, sad, and broken man is enthralling.
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