The Crescent Wars (JM Mystery-thriller series Book 8)
Today’s Free Kindle eBook: The Crescent Wars (JM Mystery-thriller series Book 8)
As with current day Syria and Iraq, between 1975-1990, the Lebanon was ravaged by war. A major banking center, previously known as the ‘Switzerland of the Middle-East, within months of the war starting billions were transferred from Lebanese accounts to banks mainly in Switzerland, the USA and offshore regions. Could this have been the first oil-money war?
As the Lebanon becomes gripped by civil war, two bold and chilling claims take root: that the war was sparked by outside banking interests or by Israel for political gain.
Daniel Grade – the British investigative journalist determined to uncover the searing truth.
The Falcon – a deadly assassin sent out to stop him.
Leorah Ajlan – the ‘contact’, a beautiful Muslim correspondent split between her emotions and the fate of her own people.
A whirlwind trail of blood and intrigue across half the globe and into the ravaged Middle-East itself…
Where the fate of world peace hangs in the balance.
‘Gripping conspiracy thriller centred around the Lebanese civil war – the first oil-money war where blame was levelled partly on ‘outside interests’. Change a few names and factions and you have modern-day Syria.’
– Middle-East Journal.
‘Matthews maintains the suspense… an engrossing odyssey into the seamy side of a world that is so near, yet sometimes seems so far. Compulsive reading.’
– The Times
‘Impressive… strong characterization and a relentless race against time to avert the worst carry the reader along the thick pages of this psychological and legal thriller with a difference.’
– Time Out
‘Intriguing thriller (with a) …dogged and sexy French detective. Treat yourself.’
‘One of the most compelling novels I’ve read… an ambitious and big novel which will keep you enthralled to its last page.’
– Cork Examiner
‘If John Grisham ever developed a sense of irony, or Scott Turow ever tried to write from the other side of the prison bars, they might come up with something like John Matthews’s Ascension Day. This is a book that doesn’t sacrifice style for suspense, or character for plot. The legal thriller has needed a jolt of electricity for a few years now and Matthews may just be the man to throw the switch.’
– Peter Blauner. Author of The Intruder.
ASCENSION DAY is a fast-paced thriller set between New Orleans and an upstate Louisiana prison, and Matthews’ strong descriptive prose brings the darkness at the heart of Libreville penitentiary alive. His chief protagonist, Jac McElroy,is particularly interesting with his Franco-Scottish heritage – and his ever-changing relationship with prisoner Larry Durrant sets the main pulse for this race-against-time thriller… with the stakes and tension racheted up throughout the book.’
– Luke Croll. Reviewing the Evidence.
‘A classy, well-written and unusual thriller.’
– Yorkshire Post
‘Matthews delivers one of the best debut thrillers in years, brave, ambitious and remorselessly entertaining. Past Imperfect is a stormer.’
– Dublin Evening Herald
‘Move over Grisham, your reign is over! Reminiscent of vintage Grisham, but Matthews has his own distinctive style. Strong, believable characters and a plot that grips from page one and won’t let go, twisting and turning its way towards a nail-biting climax – they don’t come much better than this. One of the best and most memorable thrillers I’ve read in years. A winner all the way.’
– Bob Burke. Mystery Readers International.
Distinctively written… all the forceful energy of the best thrillers.
– Kirkus UK.
‘A clever premise for an epic page-turner written with wit, compassion (and) highly evolved characters.
– Daily Telegraph.
‘… A chilling and thrilling novel, one in which real people start to wonder if they are insane, and have to come to terms with a terrifying reality that threatens their own life. Mesmerising.
– Books Monthly
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