Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Watchman of Ephraim by Gerard de Marigny and Giveaway

Genre:  Political Thriller
Publisher:  JaRyJorNo Publishing  
Publication Date:  1st January 2011 
ISBN:  9781456575403
Stand alone or series:  Series 
Pages: 273
Book Received from:  Author (Gerard de Marigny)
First Lines:  The shopkeeper smiled at the handsome well tailored customer as she finished tying ribbon around the long-stemmed roses he picked out. 

Cris De Niro worked his way up to the top of the hedge fund world. Yet all of his money couldn't protect him from losing his wife on 9/11. 10 years have passed since the tragedy. Turning to his faith, De Niro now lives for a higher purpose. He acquires a lackluster counter-terrorism agency, in order to transform it into The Watchman for the United States, but there's not a moment to lose.

He and his new agency unknowingly become targets when they stumble upon a connection between a rich Iranian businessman and a Mexican drug cartel. First, their agent sent to investigate goes missing and then strange events start to unfold at the border. Making matters worse, they suspect that there’s a leak among them. It’s up to De Niro and his new team to protect America from a possible terrorist attack more catastrophic than 9/11 …and it appears he and his children are targeted too! 

My Thoughts:
I don't usually read anything that falls into the genre of Politcal thriller but when I read this synopsis I knew this story would interest me.  

The story begins with Cris De Nero a hedge fun planner planning to surprise his wife at the Twin Towers with a bunch of flowers on September 11.  The one thing that stood out for me the most as I began reading this were that the chapters had the location, date and time as well as little notes in brackets when needed.  It was really handy to keep the timeline of the story.

Right from the first two chapters I really felt for Cris.  Cris is a billionaire and very intelligent but didn't come across as egotistical and money hungry at all but more down to earth and very family orientated.  Keith Tompkins, the Fireman who saves Cris' life as the Twin Towers fall ten years ago, comes to him seeking help regarding the possible construction of a Mosque just two blocks over from Twin Towers.  With De Niro's newly acquired Watchman Agency, an anti terrorism/information intel agency he uses this to look into what seems like an innocent funded project on the outside. 

Gerard does a brilliant job of roping the reader in with facts as well as fiction throughout his story and basing the story on an actual event made it feel so much more real.  The story was well written especially with such a delicate subject that had affected so many people.

The Watchman of Ephraim is an intricately written novel that delivers true patriotism through De Niro and his fellow team.  This is an entertaining and captivating story rich in detail and will keep you reading all the way to the end.

Great Read!

Now for the Giveaway!!
Up for grabs is one copy of The Watchman of Ephraim.
Open International
Giveaway closes 20th September 2011 11:59pm AEST

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