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Treasure of Saint-Lazare: A Novel of Paris: The war, an exquisite lost painting men have killed for, and a love that will not die. (The Eddie Grant Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 296 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
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|Book 1 of 3 in Eddie Grant|
|Age Level: 18 - 18|
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Pearce weaves richly textured descriptions of life in Paris through an intricate plot with believable, well-drawn characters. Overall, this is a satisfying mystery, a surprising love story, and an up close look into the dark days of Europe as WWII drew to a close. (Reviewed by Sharon Fawley for Readers' Favorite)
... lovers of old Paris will be thrilled to visit the modern city that the author knows and describes with deep feeling for its enduring charms. Other reviewers have well sketched the plot. Let this one vouch for the characterizations, the authentic description, and the compelling narration. (Bill Carrigan, author of The Doctor of Summitville)
Pearce takes us on a rich and suspenseful journey, accompanied by great dialogue, while vividly guiding us through the beautiful streets of Paris. It is definitely worth the trip! (Stewart Stearns, author of Lorenzo's Rules: Lord of the Ninth Underworld)
I literally could not put it down. Characters were so well described that they seemed to be in the room with me. (Phillip Lisk)
I've never been to Paris until now. This is an entertaining, well written book. I recommend it highly. In fact I can picture Tom Hanks starring in the movie... (Joe Corso, author of The Starlight Club)
From the Author
Even though it covers much ground -- from my current home of Sarasota, FL, to my part-time home of Paris, to Poland during the war, it is at heart a novel of Paris.
- Publication Date : January 13, 2014
- File Size : 1008 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 296 pages
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Publisher : Alesia Press LLC; 3rd Edition (January 13, 2014)
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- ASIN : B009MD6EM4
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #99,335 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this novel the reader is introduced to Eddie Grant, and learns why this interesting and complex man lives in Paris. The story begins when the daughter of his father’s old WWII friend arrives in Paris, and brings with her a letter that becomes key to a puzzle of lost art and stolen Nazi gold.
Eddie Grant takes the lead in helping Jennifer sort out the clues that bring them face-to-face with death of both their fathers, a WWII survivor, and second generation group of Nazi’s seeking a lost painting and priceless gold bars.
In this race from the USA to Paris Eddie and Jennifer risk all including their lives. The author unravels this tale of good and evil in the present, but with clues that harken back to the war in which Nazi’s greed was their god. This is a fast-paced unraveling of events reminding us that the mythology of WWII continues to hold us enthralled with its hidden mysteries and secrets.
Highly recommended for readers who like military adventures and spy thrillers.
I'll try not to include spoilers here, but to quickly lay out the plot, it's 2008, and a displaced American in Paris, Eddie Grant, gets sucked into a deadly search to find a Raphael painting that disappeared at the end of World War Two. Grant, a former soldier, follows in the footsteps of his late father, a military intelligence agent who once tracked down art looted by the Nazis. From Paris and Sarasota, assisted by a woman from his past, Jen Wetzmuller, he sets out to locate the priceless work of art. It's a race against time to find both the painting and the killers of Wetzmuller's father -- who also happened to be his own father's partner, Roy Castor, in finding stolen works of art. In fact, it's Castor's murder that touches off the rapidly unfolding and suspenseful chain of events that will have you holding your breath until the thrilling denouement.
The best thing about Pearce's book is how absolutely readable it is. Many new-ish authors lard up on descriptions as if they get paid by the adjective. His writing does description nicely in a spare way. Dialogue is realistic among characters, who are not at all cartoonish. The protagonist, Eddie Grant, has both an interesting past and a riveting dark side that keep the reader sympathetic to him. The book's unlikely and unexpected pairing of Paris and Sarasota as dual settings is unusual and quite different and unpretentious. Pearce does just as enthusiastic a job introducing readers to the City of Crackers as he does the City of Lights.
I actually felt this book was too short. It ended abruptly, and I was left wanting more -- more Eddie Grant, more Jen Wetzmuller and more intricate plot. Pearce has done a strong job introducing and developing characters, and I look forward to greeting them again in the pages of a new book.
If I have any suggestion for Pearce, it would be to treat his book like one of the fine French red wines his characters drink and let the plot (and the readers) breathe a bit. Much like a Hong Kong movie, action is a bit too fast-paced. Readers need more interludes, more time to reflect and absorb. This book could have run another 20 pages and would have been even better for it. Lastly, while I was fascinated to go inside the mixed- and expatriate culture of Americans abroad, absent a family tree, it was a bit hard to follow whose mother was French, who lived in Germany, who married whom and why. It was an early distraction in the book, but luckily, one that passed quickly and never again was a factor.
I wish Pearce luck. He's publishing under his own steam and his own label. It's a rough world out there to get your name in lights and your book on the bestseller list. I've read a lot of new authors recently, searching for the next pearl in the rough and a new author who doesn't just phone things in. With the Treasure of Saint-Lazare, I think I've found them. Now, Pearce just needs another few hundred thousand avid readers to agree with me and discover this book. They should. He is, indeed, ready for prime time.