Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Final Reckoning by Sam Bourne

There is a terrorist coming to the UN.  The security officer has a good description, is told when the man enters the grounds, and he does his job and kills him before he can kill the people that fill the facility.  But the "terrorist" is an old man and had no bomb...

HarperCollins Publishers sent me a copy of the ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It was published last December and is available at your local bookstore.  Sam Bourne is the literary pseudonym of Jonathan Freedland, a British journalist and broadcaster.

This story is fast-paced, full of intrigue, and has several secrets to be unveiled.  The "mixing pot" of history has created some unique hatreds that have been hidden by those involved.  However, the old man who was killed in the UN becomes the key to unlock many doors that others wish would never open.

It begins with the question of why the dead man was there and what he went there for.  The answer was even more complex.

It all began back in the days of World War II, when the Germans and Lithuanians and other nationalities were persecuting the Jews.  The Jews that survived remembered those days vividly and with great pain over the loss of their loved ones.  Those involved in the torture and killings tried to meld into society in other parts of the world.

We've seen Nazi's being prosecuted now for crimes in the past, so the story line is very credible.  Mr. Bourne writes in a style that makes the words float across the page and has you flipping to the next one to see what will happen. I can guarantee you won't be bored.  Get yourself a copy now and see what you're missing.

I'm giving away the ARC I received in a contest.  Leave a comment here on my blog, and then send an email to info @ (take the spaces out) with your name and ADDRESS and tell me why you'd like to win it.  I'll pick a winner in about a week.

1 comment:

SusanB said...

This sounds like a very intriguing book. I haven't read any of this author's material but this sounds like a great place to start.
Susan B