"A page-turning whopper."-- Entertainment Weekly.
The novel that took the nation by storm is now in paperback. Allan Folsom has created an international conspiracy of apocalyptic dimensions that interconnects three intricate and compelling stories spanning two continents and five decades.
Touted as a blockbuster, this assured debut thriller delivers in full--and then some. A young American doctor haunted by his father's murder stumbles into a chilling international conspiracy and crosses paths with, among others, a weary L.A. cop investigating a series of surgically precise decapitations, a naive physical therapist and a hypercompetent German assassin. Dr. Paul Osborn, visiting Paris, recognizes the man whom he witnessed stab his father on a Boston street in 1966. Determined to learn the reason for his father's unsolved death and take revenge, Osborn hatches a plan that unexpectedly leads to the gruesome execution of a hired PI and to other killings. Clearly some serious powers are involved. Soon Osborn, aided by Vera Monneray, a Paris medical student, is hiding out from Paris police, Interpol and the L.A. cop who has been summoned to Paris. Meanwhile, Joanna Marsh accompanies Elton Lybarger, a Swiss national whom she has helped recover from a stroke in a posh New Mexico sanatorium, back to Zurich, where he is greeted rapturously by high-ranking German business leaders. As an extensive Nazi resurgence plot emerges, Folsom adds extra flashes--Joanna in a drug-induced sex marathon, a massive train wreck, Vera's other affair with a very important French leader--to heighten the suspense on these rapidly turning pages. A huge explosion in secret chambers under the streets of Berlin sends Osborn on a final chase through Europe and up into the Alps, where the high-tech hopes of an earlier generation are finally exposed. This is a one-sitting novel and readers will have to choose: a full, sun-burning day at the beach or, for those who can't wait, a springtime all-nighter. 300,000 first printing; BOMC selection; movie rights to MGM and the Zanuck Co.
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Classic page turner. One of the top 5 books I've ever read.
Mediocre at best
Don't waste your time or money on this book. The plot is so far-fetched that even when trying to suspend disbelief and enjoy the story I found myself rolling my eyes. There are so many plot twists that just don't make any sense or are so unbelievable that it is hard to keep reading at times. Worst of all is that the iBooks version is loaded with significant typos (at least 5-6 typos, if not more, per page) that make you have to read sentences over 2-3 times to figure out what it was supposed to say. Frustrating and disappointing for a book that averaged 4 1/2 stars.
This book has so many typo's it's truly pathetic, I can't believe they would even sell it this way. I think a second grader typed it! There are other errors that force me to restart the application continually. The book; however, is really good.