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The Puppet Master (Brooks/Lotello Thriller Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 4 in Brooks/Lotello Thriller
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"First The Amendment Killer, now The Puppet Master, whenever Barak brings it, the result is always the same, tense, timely and terrific!" -Lee Child, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels
"Great news for readers who love smart writing, realistic plots, and timely topics. U.S. District Court Judge Cyrus Brooks and homicide detective Frank Lotello are back in action! We first met the pair in The Amendment Killer, Ron Barak's sizzling 2017 novel. Barak, a master of the hybrid legal/political thriller, always seems to be a step ahead of the headlines. He finished The Puppet Master well before the wave of pipe bombs were delivered to prominent political personalities. So we should have no trouble buying into the new novel's inciting incident: the assassination of three Washington politicians in three days. Were the politicians corrupt? Has someone been framed for the killings? Will justice be done? Barak's finely honed storytelling technique is on brightly lit display. In brief, brisk, suspenseful chapters with plot twists aplenty, Barak takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through the marble corridors and wood paneled offices and courtrooms of Washington, D.C. Best keep your seatbelt buckled! The Puppet Master is a helluva ride." -Paul Levine, bestselling author of Bum Deal
"The Puppet Master is a political thriller extraordinaire, chock full of headline-grabbing ingredients spiced with scarily prescient speculation about the political state of our country today. Ron Barak chooses from a menu mastered by the likes of David Baldacci and Brad Meltzer in crafting a tale as compelling as it is ominous. Riveting, relentless, a story as well plotted as it is crafted." -Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of both the Murder, She Wrote series and the Caitlin Strong novels
"Ron Barak's The Puppet Master moves through D.C. politics with the wicked swiftness of an assassin's bullet. Lean, mean, and razor sharp." -Barry Lancet, award-winning author of Japantown and The Spy Across the Table
"Barak shakes Washington D.C. to the core with an all-too-real political and legal blockbuster. In this masterfully plotted whodunnit, The Puppet Master, clues are peppered throughout the text in such a subtle and clever manner, the ending is both surprising and inevitable. Brilliant and believable." -K.J. Howe, bestselling author of The Freedom Broker and Skyjack
"The Puppet Master is a deft legal and political thriller that taps into growing public dissatisfaction with those who govern us. Ronald S Barak uses his two engaging leads, Trial Court Judge Cyrus Brooks and Homicide Detective Frank Lotello, to explore a complex host of moral and political issues. An accomplished, tense thriller, The Puppet Master offers real depth that keeps one thinking long after finishing the final gripping page." -Adam Hamdy, author of the internationally acclaimed Pendulum trilogy.
"The Puppet Master is absolutely riveting! With a story easily pulled from tomorrow's headlines, before they're even written, Ron Barak unravels this whodunnit political thriller with the skill of a seasoned veteran." -J.D. Barker, International Bestselling Author of The Fourth Monkey
"Politics. Sex. Power. Betrayal. Intrigue. Conspiracy. Murder. The strings of suspense Ronald S. Barak expertly pulls in his newest whodunnit mystery thriller, The Puppet Master." -Sandra Brannan author of the Liv Bergen Mystery Series
"A high concept thriller that pulls you in from the very first page. Washington power players, back door deals, and richly layered characters. Ron Barak's The Puppet Master is a story that will stay with you long after you've read the last word." -Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish
"The Puppet Master moves at the speed of a bullet, deliciously skewering power Washington along the way. You'll hope for a delayed flight, a snow storm, or a long wait at the doctor's office to finish this one! Another killer thriller from Ron Barak's Brooks/Lotello series." -Anthony Franze, author of The Outsider
"Ronald S. Barak's The Puppet Master is a masterfully plotted whodunnit. Savvy D.C. trial court judge Cyrus Brooks and crafty D.C. homicide detective Frank Lotello--powerful and appealing characters with whom you'd love to spend an evening-each smart, humorous, and possessing a strong sense of honesty and morality--team up to lead the reader into the corrupt world of politics in order to solve a series of murders committed by a presumably warped and broken adversary. Barak gives us a terrific suspenseful thriller novel laden with character, pizzazz, and a lot of heart." -Yigal Zur, Israeli international bestselling author of Death in Shangri-La
"Ernest Hemingway once wrote, 'All good books have one thing in common - they are truer than if they had really happened.' He must've had Ron Barak's latest novel, The Puppet Master, in mind. With the eye of a lawyer and the touch of an artist, Barak masterfully paints a picture in words that keep his readers captivated until the very last page. The writing is crisp and compelling, the storyline is a true page-turner, and the result is as satisfying as Hemingway had in mind. The Puppet Master sets the stage brilliantly as a prequel to Barak's first novel, The Amendment Killer. Over my almost forty-year career as a historian, I have come to revere the written word. Ron Barak's works yet again show me why. I eagerly await the next volume in Barak's Brooks/Lotello thriller series, for one thing is certain: Ron Barak does not disappoint!" -Jason H. Silverman, Ellison Capers Palmer Jr. Professor of History Emeritus, Author of Lincoln and the Immigrant and the forthcoming historical novel, Lincoln's Magician.
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- Publication date : December 11, 2018
- File size : 2025 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 516 pages
- Publisher : Gander House Publishers (December 11, 2018)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- ASIN : B07KVQ8FMQ
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #377,092 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Lotello runs the criminal investigation into the murder of a U.S. senator. The investigation bleeds into the actual trial, as Lotello isn't convinced this case is as open and shut as it seems. The action on both fronts builds to a climax the reader won't soon forget.
I wasn't expecting such a close view of the trial process. From controversial pretrial motions to tense jury room debates, there is enough legal thriller red meat here to satisfy the most ravenous fan of legal thrillers. You don't want to miss this one!
The government has become the vehicle for self enrichment at the cost of the economy and the ordinary citizen. Another phrase comes to mind..."Man is speaking with a forked tongue"
And the murders started with the rather heinous killing of a Senator Wells, a prime example of somebody dedicated to greed. Then two other government officials follows.
In this quite hefty tome that encompasses the investigation, sensational blaring of headlines, manipulation of truth and over hasty arrest of a man, Cliff Norman, clearly incapable of coherent thought, and the subsequent trial, provides all the ingredients of high drama in the finest sense of the word, especially in the hands of this very capable author.
Despite the length of this book, I found myself glued to the book and probably finished reading in a personal record time. Gripping stuff indeed.
I already got to admire Frank Lotello and Judge Brooks in the Amendment Killer. In The Puppet Master I now added the name of the lawyer for the defence, Ms. Klein, to the cast of brilliant and exemplary characters.
I certainly hope to get more to read of these three characters in the future again.
The author use factual with relish and intelligence is good. I read the previous book "PAYBACK" and love it, even with some problems. That book have all the potential. Sadly, this book...no.
The story is interesting, but...the judicial procedures are way over...to much. If I want to study about judicial procedures I took a class at the nearest College/University because, this one had one too many. I read the book and everytime the court procedures started the story goes down the drain. I was really "Bored to Death!"
Yes, the author is a lawyer and is using his knowledge in his book, hut...he could enjoy the procedures if the court but not all the readers are equal.
The primary characters Brooks, Lotello are good. The others a little weak and confusing (Ayres, Hollins) at least, Thomas was a straight shooter.
The characters just go in and out as needed, but not always clear the path to the end of the story. If only the story were like "Payback" and keep being informative but without the somber, boring and detailed procedures.
Even the jurors wasn't enough. I got a taste of the goods in "Payback" a story with a mix of judicial, murder and savviness...this book will got more stars.
The final decision...
I won't buy the next book, afraid the book will follow the same pattern as "The Puppet Master" with a lot of judicial procedures and then I",ll die.
I'll wait for more reviews and then.....