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Gerard de Marigny is the creator of the Amazon-Bestselling CRIS DE NIRO and ARCHANGEL action & adventure series.
Titles by Gerard de Marigny
CRIS DE NIRO:
Book 1 - THE WATCHMAN OF EPHRAIM
Book 2 - SIGNS OF WAR
Book 3 - RISE TO THE CALL
Book 4 - PROJECT 111
Book 5 - NOTHING SO GLORIOUS
Book 6 - NEW DETROIT [coming soon]
Mission Log #1 - THE EAGLE'S PLUME
Mission Log #2 - RESCUE FROM SANA'A
Mission Log #3 - WHITE WIDOW [coming soon]
on Feb. 14, 2011 :
This book was a great read! It had a nice mixture of suspense and humor. Being a Brooklyn native myself, I enjoyed Mr. DeMarigny's (extrremely accurate)references to my hometown. I must admit I stayed up late one night to finish the book, it was quite a page turner! I look forward to the next book by Mr. DeMarigny.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
on Feb. 08, 2011 :
This book is an amazing combination of romanticism that inspires revenge and the inevitable quest of a national religious crusade. The beginning was dynamic and drew me right into the story which was very complex and deep and yet didn't lose its direction. I like the way it ended because it's how I would write the ending. It was a very touching story that held my interest and I enjoyed reading it. I would recommend this book and I look forward to more great reads from this author.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on Feb. 08, 2011 :
What a great story! I found myself unable to stop reading once I started because I kept wondering what would happen next. The author's realistic portrayal of settings, characters and storyline left me wanting more. I look forward to a sequel.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on Jan. 30, 2011 :
I first started reading Mr. de Marigny's blogs about growing up and what was on his mind. You know you have a brilliant writer when you can see, hear, and smell what they are writing about. I must admit that I first only accessed the free read, to see if it was really worth it. When I received the message that the free trial was over I immediately purchased the book. Reading and reliving 9/11, he hit a homerun. The references to a Brooklyn upbringing right on point. I loved and disliked characters because they were real. I could see this on the big screen. I have found my new favorite author and I anxiously await his next book. Thank you for sharing your stories.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Jan. 27, 2011 :
Before I start this review, it's important to note, in the spirit of full disclosure, that I know and am friends with the author. Despite this fact, I promise you none of the claims made herein are in any way exaggerated.
This was a great read.
To be sure, there were some things that I didn't like so much. Mr. de Marigny makes no apologies for either his faith or his political orientation - and nor should he! However, as an extremely liberal cynical agnostic myself, some views expressed by the heroes of the story were a little discordant with my own.
If you are also an extremely liberal cynical agnostic, I can promise you, once you get passed those initial things, this story is absolutely great.
Being a friend with Mr. de Marigny, I also am friends with people we are mutually acquainted with. It was a wonderful inclusion to see some of the characters who share names with these people (especially the character of David Nicholls). This heightened my enjoyment of the book substantially. I'm still grinning over it. Though you might not know the real David Nicholls, guaranteed his portrayal in the book will make you smile as well. The bottle of scotch - a lovely touch, Gerard!
Onto the story itself. If you're concerned about picking up a book that is labelled "Christian Fiction," don't let that keep you from this title. The fact that the main character happens to be a devout Christian isn't really the main thrust of this narrative. It is simply a feature of the character, and informs his decisions just as any other personality trait would.
This isn't "Angels save the world" in the literal 'and the heavens opened and the Lords of Shouting declared war upon the enemies of God' sense. This is a political thriller, through and through.
That said, it's a pretty typical example of its genre. The plot is fairly predictable, and if you don't guess the mole the moment you meet him, then there is something wrong with your synapses.
There was one line which made me giggle when I'm sure it wasn't supposed to. It was something out an old Bond movie. "So, Mr. Bond, you have discovered my fiendishly clever disguise."
The word 'infidel' is used quite a bit as well. Some overly P.C. people might find it slightly Islamophobic. However, religious extremists exist in the world and there are Muslim extremists. It's a fact. It exists, so I can't cry foul over it at all. Besides, they are the enemy of the day. Just to level it out, the old foes - the Russians - make an appearance.
For all this, I found myself attached to the characters. De Niro's struggles over his deceased wife are very touching, as is his fierce protectiveness over his two sons. Also, I did tear up a bit when one of the characters died.
The writing is very solid. I've read much worse from trade published authors.
If you like political thrillers, you will like this book. I recommend it.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)