Project Moses - An Enzo Lee Mystery Thriller

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Rated 4.11/5 based on 23 reviews
"A taut thriller...with an ideal fusion of wile and wit." - Kirkus Review. By a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

A secret biological warfare program has run amok. Reporter Enzo Lee and lovely lawyer Sarah Armstrong must unmask the government agents and high-tech titans responsible. But,the pair are on the hit list, too, and the body count is growing. Can they terminate the program in time? More

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About Robert B Lowe

I’m a life-long fan of mystery novels from the Hardy Boys through LeCarre, MacDonald, Grisham, Hiaasen, Childs and many others. I was a newspaper reporter for 12 years for publications in Arizona and Florida. Along the way, I won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. I switched careers, attended Harvard Law School and practiced law in California’s Silicon Valley for five years before becoming a software entrepreneur. More recently, I’ve co-founded two high-tech startups and worked in various capacities for other technology companies. I borrowed from a multitude of job experiences in writing Project Moses. And, as all writers do, I tried to emulate the best from my favorite authors. This is my first novel and I’m working on a second using some of the same characters.

Reviews

Review by: Bronwyn Pearce on Dec. 15, 2012 :
I found this to be quite a good thriller, although for some reason it didn't quite grab me the way some do. The characters were well written and the plot good.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Teresa Jewett on Dec. 03, 2012 :
This was a fast paced and enjoyable read. Our main character is journalist Enzo Lee, who inadvertently because involved in the suspicious deaths of a judge and a corporate lawyer. On the surface, the deaths look incidental, but as Lee delves deeper he finds a connection to a company named AgriGenics.....the name even sounds dodgy! Dodgy is an understatement, as AgriGenics are involved in gene mutation and developing resistant crop diseases. In other words, biological warfare, which is not just being used on overseas farms, but on those in the USA. Their work is a far cry from what the original director had in mind when he launched the company to "feed the world" and end food poverty.

A relationship develops between the aforementioned judge's niece, Sarah, and Lee. Other journalists, a detective and the former company founder also join forces to try and bring down the company and it's megalomaniac director.

If you enjoy a good, fast moving thriller with a touch of conspiracy theory then you will certainly love this book. It does dip and slow down a touch about a third of the way through, but the writing, as a whole, is well delivered and researched. I couldn't put it down.

Robert B. Lowe is a journalist turned author and this is his first book.....let's hope he has a few more up his sleeve!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Australwind on Nov. 08, 2012 :
Mr Lowe has made the transition from journalist to author with great aplomb. His first book delivers the reader a twisted tale of megalomania, scientific fraud, international skullduggery, greed, traitorous spies, sex and violence all of which combine to present a scenario that is not beyond the realms of possibility in the not too distant future.
The flawed hero, the unwittingly involved heroine, the eccentric scientist, the morally bankrupt, the elderly mentor - the range of characters made for a skillfully multi-layered story that was not finally resolved until the last couple of pages.
Be assured that I, for one, will continue to avoid GM foods into the future!

I received this book as part of the LibraryThing's Members Giveaway programme.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Neil Rand on June 06, 2012 :
The book had a very interesting way to introduce the main character and I was really able to sympathize with him and get into this book. There was a bit of a slow down in the middle that it felt like I had to push through. The story did pick up again and could not wait to get to the end of the book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: breezywriter on May 31, 2012 :
Wow! Loved this fast-paced thriller with all the twists and turns. The main character, reporter Enzo Lee, was an unusual protaganist and very well fleshed out by the author as were the other characters. The writing in this book was crisp with wonderful descriptions and interesting characters. An unusual plot and lots of action kept me reading into the night to see how it ended. I see an Enzo Lee series coming. At least I hope so
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Leesa Logic on May 18, 2012 :
I enjoyed this mystery novel. I liked the little aspects of the story such as sharing a bit about Lee's culture, such as tai chi. The idea of agricultural warfare was interesting and sobering. I loved that it was set in the 90s so Lee didn't have as much ready access to information or contacts as we do today.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jacque on May 02, 2012 : (no rating)
Enzo Lee, a Former investigative reporter who currently writes fluff pieces, is drawn back into darker stories. Two,seemingly random deaths suddenly seem connected and then events begin to spiral. AgriGenics is developing crop diseases to use as terrorism tools. And to eventually be the only source of seed which is resistant their engineered diseases...a scary thought. The ending left a few loose ends and was quite dark, but I did like the final chapter. Overall, this was a good thriller, which definitely piqued my interest right from the start.

I received this book from LT member giveaways.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mike Casassa on April 30, 2012 : (no rating)
I found Enzo Lee to be a very believable character. I particularly enjoyed the way Mr. Lowe introduces Enzo, as a down and out reporter who is barely moving through life writing fluff pieces for a local San Fransisco paper. While reading of the adventures of Enzo Lee, I couldn't help but to think of Travis McGee! We can only hope that Mr. Lowe continues telling the adventures of Enzo Lee. This story was a very believable thriller, which could easily have been taken from our current headlines. I would recommend this book to others!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Donna Karr on April 30, 2012 : (no rating)
I was REALLY looking forward to reading this book after reading the description of the book & other book reviews. I found that I was NOT able to read this book due to the excessive vulgar language. I found it revolting that this author had the nerve to quote scripture from the Bible ( Exodus 11:1) to open the book and then proceed to use God's, Jesus' & Christ's name repeatedly as curse words. I was SO MAD because I had actually gotten into the story good & then all this UN-NESSACARY vulgar language beings. I tried several times to go back to read this book, but I just can't. This author needs to understand that he is actually taking away from the story by using this type of language. You don't need a "shock factor" like this. If I had the "paper" version of the book, I would have taken a white out pen to all this language & then I could have read the book. Perhaps this author should think about publishing this novel without this vulgar language so "us people" who enjoy a good book for the quality of the story could enjoy it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Donna Karr on April 30, 2012 : (no rating)
I was REALLY looking forward to reading this book after reading the description of the book & other book reviews. I found that I was NOT able to read this book due to the excessive vulgar language. I found it revolting that this author had the nerve to quote scripture from the Bible ( Exodus 11:1) to open the book and then proceed to use God's, Jesus' & Christ's name repeatedly as curse words. I was SO MAD because I had actually gotten into the story good & then all this UN-NESSACARY vulgar language beings. I tried several times to go back to read this book, but I just can't. This author needs to understand that he is actually taking away from the story by using this type of language. You don't need a "shock factor" like this. If I had the "paper" version of the book, I would have taken a white out pen to all this language & then I could have read the book. Perhaps this author should think about publishing this novel without this vulgar language so "us people" who enjoy a good book for the quality of the story could enjoy it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bruce McNair on April 30, 2012 :
This book has an interesting plot - national and international intrigue of the type that is a conspiracy theorist's dream. But I felt there were some weaknesses that detracted from the reading pleasure. In my opinion, some of these weaknesses were as follows:

• I felt that the opening was weakened by overlong descriptions. After wading through several of these in the first third of the book, I felt like putting the book aside. But I found that the second half of the book seemed like a whole different story - the pace and suspense was good for a thriller - I certainly could not put the book down at this point. As the opening is the place where you need to grab and keep the reader's attention, I thought that this opportunity was missed. I kept reading in the hope that things would improve and was rewarded. But would other readers do the same?

• Sarah and Lee - sounds too much like a brand of frozen meals to me.

• Why does nobody have a mobile/cell phone? After about half the book, I realised the story was set in the 1990s, but surely a reporter and a lawyer would consider a mobile/cell phone part of their essential equipment even then. So the time that the events took place could have been established better or reasons for not having them need to be established. Both would avoid these sort of questions in the reader's mind.

• He uses the News library and the California Secretary of State's office to find information about Futura Products rather than do an Internet search on his own computer. I can excuse this one after realising it was set in the 1990s when perhaps these records were not as readily available on the Internet as they are today.

• Why does an Iraqi have an Uzi? As Uzis are made by Israelis, it seems unlikely for an Arab to carry one.

• Cuba and Bosnia-Herzegovina are questionable as hot spots. Although, the situation in the 1990s was certainly very different so perhaps this is excusable.

• Why didn't they use a USB pen drive instead of printing? Or they could have sent the pages to an email address. I realise this would have changed the excuse for killing the comptroller. But my concern is that alternative means for extracting the information were not dealt with, that is explain why using a pen drive or sending an email was not possible.

In summary, I felt that there were sufficient problems that another revision or two could have helped raise the book a star or two.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Denise Pappas on April 23, 2012 :
This book had a little bit of everything I enjoy; mystery, suspense, romance, and action. My favorite thing about the book had to have been the mix of mystery, suspense, and action. I wasn't completely sold on the romance between Enzo and Sarah, it felt forced and underdeveloped. I was hooked on this book and couldn't put it down for most of it. I didn't care much for the ending, it didn't feel like enough resolution to me. Overall it was a good book and I would recommend it to others.

[I won this book from a Librarything Member's Giveaway which in no way affects the content of my review.]
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Donna Karr on April 21, 2012 : (no rating)
A
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Susan Ashcraft on April 20, 2012 :
A great mystery/thriller.

Originally from New York, Enzo Lee traveled to San Francisco to revive his journalist career. Now with the San Francisco Times, he is the undisputed King of Fluff.

Ordered by his editor to cover the police beat while the regular reporter is out covering a brush fire, Enzo would rather stay with his own feature stories. Suddenly Enzo goes from a fluff feature reporter back into the world of investigative reporting when he looks into the deaths of a judge and a prosecuting attorney.

This is a very well written, smooth flowing suspenseful mystery. Very creepy in that this story could actually be written from facts.

I won this ebook through a LibraryThing giveaway.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Doug Bower on April 18, 2012 :
Science and technology,corporate greed, murder, government cover-up, a cross country chase, and even a bit of romance - what else could you ask for. Mr. Lowe is a wonderful storyteller who weaves a very tight story with wonderful characters within an all too real plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it a very quick read.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Arlena Dean on April 15, 2012 :
"Project Moses" by Robert B. Lowe was a very good mystery, romance and thriller read. The novel had my attention from the very beginning to the end. There were times I was laughing and even crying at some point. The story was a very believable and detailed. I found it very easy to keep up with all that was going on and it really moved fast for being a very lengthy novel.This was loaded with plenty of action and definitely a page turner!

The main hero Enzo Lee was a heck of a reporter and hooking
up with the heroine.... Sarah Armstrong who was a lawyer....
and with the rest of the marvelous characters this was some story that was very well written. This storyline was mainly (Enzo and Sarah)two people who hunted and got hunted,... murders, lots of secrets in the government coverup and still being able to get the truth out before the time ran out for them. Truly, bringing down the CEO (Graylock) of the AgriGenics Co. was really some work.

"Project Moses" dealt with a science dealing the some gene being divided helping the food number and then this entering into the some technology that would get rid of certain crops and animals.

"Project Moses" will leave you thinking that this author must had some backgound in law and reporting because he created a well thought out novel and I would defintely recommend to all mystery and thriller readers. I thought it was a excellect read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Rick Gillispie on April 07, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. Check out my review at http://bookupdatebyrick.blogspot.com/2012/03/book-review-project-moses-mystery.html?m=1. Enzo Lee is a great character. Four star book
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Monika Gregor on April 07, 2012 :
It was a nice thriller, but not really anything new in it. The main actors are designed nicely and Enzo is cool!
I wasn't really taken by the sexual interactions, the way they are written turned me off more than anything - not erotic at all.
It also took me rather long to place the time in which the story takes place, in the beginning I was wondering a lot why they always use payphones.
I also thought that the story drags somewhat through the first 100 or so pages, it gets a lot more interesting then.
All in all a nice read, but not among my favorite thriller authors.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marnie Petrucci on April 06, 2012 :
We are introduced Enzo Lee, a reporter who happens to take on the story of the mysterious death of a judge. Through his investigations he meets the judges niece, Sarah Armstrong. Together they investigate her aunts death and get much more than they bargain for in the process. This book was very well written, the plot believable and enticing. I read a lot of these type of books, and this novel is right up there with the best of them. Highly recommended!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Wendy Justice on April 06, 2012 :
This was a good thriller with a tight – and all-too-possible plot – interesting characters and plenty of action. The story is about a company that ostensibly researches and manufactures genetically modified agricultural seeds to improve the quality of the food supply, but chooses to use their technology for a sinister – and infinitely more profitable – cause. Enzo Lee finds himself in the middle of this plot, trying to uncover the truth while evading a host of characters who would much rather see him permanently silenced. Together with Sarah Armstrong, the niece of a murdered judge, Enzo stubbornly refuses to drop his investigation until the truth about AgriGenics is uncovered.

This book was entertaining from the beginning until the very end, with numerous unexpected twists and turns that kept the plot evolving with every page. Mr. Lowe has done a great job writing his first book. I consider myself to be a picky reader, always on the alert for typos, grammatical errors and loose ends. Other than one or two very minor typos, there really isn’t a single thing wrong technically with this book. Recommended!

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for writing a fair and honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Wendy Justice on April 06, 2012 :
This was a good thriller with a tight – and all-too-possible plot – interesting characters and plenty of action. The story is about a company that ostensibly researches and manufactures genetically modified agricultural seeds to improve the quality of the food supply, but chooses to use their technology for a sinister – and infinitely more profitable – cause. Enzo Lee finds himself in the middle of this plot, trying to uncover the truth while evading a host of characters who would much rather see him permanently silenced. Together with Sarah Armstrong, the niece of a murdered judge, Enzo stubbornly refuses to drop his investigation until the truth about AgriGenics is uncovered.

This book was entertaining from the beginning until the very end, with numerous unexpected twists and turns that kept the plot evolving with every page. Mr. Lowe has done a great job writing his first book. I consider myself to be a picky reader, always on the alert for typos, grammatical errors and loose ends. Other than one or two very minor typos, there really isn’t a single thing wrong technically with this book. Recommended!

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for writing a fair and honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: rhonda laney on March 29, 2012 :
Review:Project Moses by Robert B. Lowe
5 STARS
Project Moses is a Mystery Thriller that is scary that some of it could happen with all the science being discovered. I did not want to put it down till I had finshed reading it. Its a good length of a book.
I have to admit crying at part of the story.
Enzo Lee writes fluff pieces for San Francisco newspaper for the last two years. His boss just assigned him to cover a prosecutor death. Enzo does not want it and I thought he was not much of an investigator.
Then he is asked to cover a Judge Miriam Gilbert's death in her office she is found the next morning. They did not know yet what she had died from but the prosecuter and the Judge were just on a case that ended in a hung jury.
The next day the Judge's niece Sarah Armstrong comes to talk to Lee about her Aunt the judge and as she is leaving the newpaper building she is runover by a hit and run that seamed aimed at her. Lee was a witness to it and took her home from the hospital and to his place because he did not like all these deaths happening.
The more that Lee and Sarah find out about the deaths they find lots more accidents have happened accross the country.
Lee is being set up on a drug charge but he is warned by the police detective who was investigating the judge death till it was taken over by Feds.
Two lawyers that went to law school and argued against Sarah and her friend the dead prosecuter where also killed by mysterous deaths. One of the deaths was Brent Donsen who worked as prosecuter for Justice department.
Finding what he was looking at opens a lot of information. Brent was actually the first death in New York than is buddy in florida and than the deaths in San Francisco.
Thier is a lot of science about gene splicing to help the food supply but than you see how that same technology is used to wipe out crops of certain areas and animals.
The story is well told and kept my attention on the story. I would read more books by Robert in the future based on this book.
I was given this ebook from Librarything and asked in return to give honest review of the story.
01/23/2012 PUB Words: 85474
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Candace Turtle on March 15, 2012 :
This is a fun, quick read. Perfect for an airplane ride or a lazy weekend. I really liked the main character, Enzo Lee. He's a reporter who is tired of the tough stories and trying to stay below the radar by writing fluff (his headlines are pretty funny). The characters are engaging and so is the plot. I hear that the author is working on a second Enzo Lee mystery. I hope he's a fast writer. I'm looking forward to the next one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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