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Saving Sophie: A Novel (Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart) Hardcover – Special Edition, September 15, 2015
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"Balson succeeds in illuminating the personal side of the Middle Eastern conflict through his deeply human, psychologically credible characters." - Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
RONALD H. BALSON is a Chicago trial attorney, an educator and writer. His practice has taken him to several international venues. He is also the author of Once We Were Brothers.
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As you know Sophie is six year old child who loses her mother to an insidious disease that kills her quickly. Her father is grief stricken and Sophie and he are bonded by their love. The grandparents who live in Hebron which is a hotbed for terrorists kidnap the child and try and brain wash her into believing her parents did not love her. Jack, the tormented dad steals millions of dollars in his effort to pay off the evil grandfather and get his child back. You think Nazis are evil? You have not met the grandfather and his cronies. They take it even farther if possible. This book is less sentimental than the debut novel and keeps you riveted to the novel. Being a cynical New Yorker I thought nothing could shock me but the ending of this book blew my socks off! their are Russian baddies, American bad guys, and the worst-the mad tyrannical doctor who has hatched a plot to rid the Arab world of Jews with germ warfare but he takes it a step further than you thought possible. Liam and Catharine are back from the first book but you don't see too much of Catharine in this novel. There is a fast talking too brave for her own good spy who has her own agenda. NO spoilers. She spends a good part of the book with the Liam in the middle east to try and foil a plot to kill off thousands of Israelis but also to supposedly save Sophie. She is a loving little girl who adored her parents and is clinging to the hope that her daddy will come and get her while the psychotic terrorist grandfather keeps drumming into her mind that her father does not want her anymore. there was one bugaboo and that was all the history the author wrote into the book. As a Jew I was glad I now have a better knowledge of the birth of Israel and all that has happened since WWI-but-I think he could have cut the lesson short a tad. Once I made it through the novel took off like a rocket with more twists and turns than a roller coaster. their are evil Russians and Americans. Saving Sophie had me riveted right to the shocker of an ending. I love this author and was relieved he will have a third book coming out next year. I have to give Saving Sophie two big thumbs up. Warning: there is more violence here than in his previous tome. This is not for the faint hearted. Sit back....make some popcorn....and enjoy.
Catherine Lockhart and Liam Taggart, attorney and investigator from Balson’s novel , “Once We Were Brothers”, return to investigate both the missing money and the missing persons. As Jack Sommers copes with the loss of his wife, he struggles to retake his daughter from kidnappers, his own in-laws, and becomes involved in an embezzlement scheme. Kayla Cummings, a spy operative intent on catching a particularly evil and determined group of men, works together with Taggart and Sommers to foil the terror plot and snatch the perpetrators.
The novel advances quickly with relatively short chapters narrated by the different characters and moves from Chicago, to Hawaii, Israel and Hebron. The novel, infused with history of Israel, beginning with Abraham, and the history of the Israeli-Arab conflict, succeeds to avoid typical character stereotypes. However, both romantic relationships in the novel become somewhat melodramatic.
Then you go to an Attorneys office in Chicago’s Loop to witness the consummation of a business deal between Leland Industries acquiring the assets of Kelsey Manufacturing Company. Mr. Kelsey is to receive 96 million dollars the next day after the disbursement!
If that doesn’t peak your interest I’ll be surprised! I’ll add another location to really make you wonder...... Israel! Enjoy!