- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 46 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: JarRyJorNo Publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: May 25, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00863VL1A
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The Watchman of Ephraim: Cris De Niro, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged
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Cris De Nero's pregnant wife died in the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. Ten years later, still recovering from the shock of losing his wife, Cris creates The Watchman.
The Watchman are a private organization, funded by Cris, a self made millionaire.
The organization which is made out of ex military, uses high-tech equipment and knowledgeable human resources to fight terrorism in places the government cannot or will not.
The Watchman of Ephraim by Gerard de Marigny is a fast paced thriller full of intriguing characters and suspense. The dialog is tight and the plot moves along in a fast pace.
Cris De Nero, the protagonist, is a self made man, a good father and husband. The characters, their interaction and relationships are well defined. The recruiting efforts for The Watchmen are described in a fascinating way and the way the company is transforming under Cris' leadership could make a book by itself.
There are several themes throughout the novel, patriotism, G-d and country, safety of others, loyalty and ethics being a few. I'd like to have read more about how the protagonist, an ethical smart man, navigates the filthy swamp which we call Washington DC.
The plot is enjoyable and solid, yet somewhat predictable and the main character is somewhat hypocritical (a devout Christian drive by revenge -- but it's not like there aren't enough precedences of that in history). That being said, I understand that this book is the first of a series and I know that it is always difficult to create an origin story in any medium while keeping the final product down to a manageable size.
The book then moves us along to Las Vegas, where Mr. De Niro has settled his family of two boys. He has placed all his money and energy into forming a homeland counter-terrorism organization to protect our country from outside forces. Fast forward along to 2011, and De Niro is alerted of a possible attempt to let loose a nuclear weapon over the city of Las Vegas on 9/11/11, to rival the original 9/11 on its tenth year anniversary. There seems to be a spy in his organization, and the plot moves toward an exciting finale: can Cris De Niro's team of security experts stop the terrorists from destroying Las Vegas and making history again?
While this novel was not what I originally expected, and is somewhat out of my comfort zone -- I usually prefer novels with more character development and descriptive prose-- I do realize that Gerard de Marigny is a talented author, in full command of his craft and capable of delivering an excellent novel. I found this novel to deliver on what it promised and hits the mark as a political/spy/thriller that asks the plausible question "What-if" and then answers the question with "Not on my watch"!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Such an amazing book! The author is phenomenal ! We met him in personal and I can't say enough good things !!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This wasn't a bad novel at all, but it isn't one of my favorites. There were somethings that just didn't sit well with me and maybe because I felt there was personal agenda by the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by VS Grenier Amazon Customer
Fast paced, well written story. The characters are believable and draw you in. A book that is impossible to put down once you start it!Published 5 months ago by M. D. Canty
Written by an adolescent for adolescents? The pits. Swill. Evidently self-published. Enjoy it for its misspellings and malapropisms.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Being a long time fan of Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn, I was hesitant upon picking up a new series along the same lines. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lee R Gregory
I was pleased to find the story to be such a exciting adventure. I like the characters and the storyline.. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
With today being the 13th Anniversary of 9/11, and having read the description of de Marigny's 1st book, "The Watchman of Ephraim", being based on his protagonist's actions... Read morePublished 22 months ago by rurager
This is the first is a series of action adventure books about a group called The Watchman Of Ephraim based on a Bible verse that describes those who watch over the land. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Byron
What a great read! I spent the last few nights reading bits and pieces, but got to the point tonight that I couldn't put it down until I finished it! On to book 2.Published on July 18, 2014 by Fred Hanselmann