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COUNTERFEIT CONSPIRACIES Hardcover – February 2, 2016
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- Publisher : Henery Press (February 2, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 252 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1943390487
- ISBN-13 : 978-1943390489
- Item Weight : 15 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.51 x 0.63 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,306,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book follows such a person skilled in defense, educated in fine art, and quite the daring spy. Her name is Laurel Beacham from America but located throughout the world. Laurel is tired after a botched assignment and looking forward to a vacation back in her home country, when, a precious ancient artifact is said to have surfaced and needs transport back to authenticators. I won't tell you what the article is as that is a major part of the tale.
Laurel knows she isn't the only game in town...There is the arch-enemy, Moran, and now a glimmer of a third party interested, and not for the good of mankind. Laurel doesn't know who to trust when her contact goes missing.
Enter Jack Hawke. Is he friend or foe? Well, Laurel doesn't know and neither did I. It is a fun and exciting meeting though and I think you will enjoy the chase.
This book takes you through Italy, London, France and you will need your reading passport.
This was a good mystery. It is a female James Bond style. Enjoy!
Humorous elements include Laurel's designer tastes (aided and abetted by her somewhat mysterious assistant, charming Nico) versus her strict, budget-conscious boss, and the not-so-chance meetings and dialogue with her (possibly) British sidekick Jack--a guy she just can't seem to shake. I also liked the London setting, the ins and outs of international travel, and what I felt is the author's obvious love for art, plus the insights into the reality of the high-stakes international art world and the mindset of art collectors.
The fast pace and thriller-style action are refreshing; the saga of a smart woman with a mission and a designer purse great fun. I would absolutely be first in line to a movie based on this book. It has all the right elements. Add in an engaging, tentacled plot with some answers left still hanging at the end to take you right to the next book. Seat belt required!
Because the first person narrative frequently faithfully wanders into a deep perspective, most revelations to the reader are, delightfully I think, are embedded in her scenic descriptions, her cross currents of confidence and doubts, and the juxtapostioning of the immediate action around her and her visible-to-the-reader interior reactions.
This is a good example from the story I believe -
(Jack) "That's what I told my boss. I like your thinking." He smiled, and I felt a little warm.
(Laurel)"And the Welshman?" We walked toward the exit.
"He made it, believe it or not. Then disappeared from the hospital before he could be questioned, despite a guard posted at his door." Jack slipped a hand down to the small of my back. It felt comfortable there.
The narrator's (and author's) love of art is felt throughout the narrative, with works of art and architecture and nature providing constant feedback to herself. Here is a short example at a gallery -
I stared at the scene, our hero Paris with the golden apple prize, judging Venus the most beautiful woman there, with Juno and Minerva suddenly also-rans. I felt Juno's palpable anger. I wanted to be the nymph who reclined there on the ground, watching the proceedings and absorbing the moment.
I also liked that the varied language structure. Broken sentences reflected sharper moments. Dialog mingled with description adding depth.
All in all, I look forward to reading Book2 and seeing how the author paints her next story (smiles).
Laurel is an art recovery expert who is on assignment in London. Things go south from the get-go. Someone is feeding her false information - is it Back the handsome, eyes-in-the-back-of-his-head, man who seems to turn up everywhere Laurel goes? Or is there a mile in the company she works for. Laurel is used to being in her own but never with this many twists and turns.
Really the biggest thing that kept me from giving this a 5 star is because there were too many unanswered questions. I know it's a series but I (as mentioned in the book) need more closure.
Read if you like a fast-paced, easy read. Don't read if you want all the storylines tied up.