Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Anyone Can Die by James Lepore ~ Book Tour
Synopsis from Barnes and Noble:
James LePore’s first novel, A World I Never Made earned raves from reviewers, readers, and fellow authors alike. Blogcritics called it, “An outstanding first novel, and a wonderful thriller.” Bella Online said, “I highly recommend this compelling suspense story filled with vivid characters and haunting storylines. A story that will stay with the reader long after the final pages.” And M.J. Rose, the acclaimed author of The Memorist said A World I Never Made was, “A compelling page-turner one of those wonderful books with characters as strong as the story and a story worth reading. Don’t miss it.”
Now LePore returns to the characters of A World I Never Made to present us with three suspenseful and unforgettable stories:
Till Death Do Us Part: A young Pat Nolan and his wife are on their honeymoon in New Mexico when they find a bond they did not know they had as they are forced to confront trouble in the form of a surly trio of locals.
God’s Warriors: Megan Nolan, a cynical American woman on her own in Europe makes a life-changing decision that both reveals and belies her true character.
Max: Max French, a quirky, deadly and, in his own eyes, oddly lovable FBI agent faces a personal drama that will set the course of his future
My Take On This Book:
"Anyone Can Die"contains three short stories about characters taken from his novel "A World I Never Made". While this book is a super fast read at only forty-six pages, he easily provides enough information so that you feel as if you are familiar with the characters,and really want to know what happens after the story ends.
The first story is called Till Death Do Us Part, the longest of the three shorts, its about a couple who have just gotten married and are on their honeymoon. There is a scene in the story where they are confronted by some ruffians, and I must say I was on the edge of my seat while it played out!
God's Warriors is about Megan Nolan, and in the beginning of her story I sort of figured her for someone that was shallow and a user, but as the story unfolds we get the true story of her character, which wasn't what I assumed at all.
Max is the final story and also my favorite.At the age of twelve Max French, thought that he saw his step dad kill his mother, but he was ruled out as a witness to a crime because of the confusion over what he saw. Something that changed Max's life forever only garnered his stepfather six years behind bars, but the confrontation that takes place one his stepfather is released from jail allows Max to believe he is finally over it and able to move on!
Each of these stories really held my attention. For me, having never read anything by James Lepore it was the perfect way to sample his work, and I must say, this sample has me anxious to read the story A World I Never Made, because I am anxious to see how the characters play out in the novel!
About the author:
James LePore is an attorney who has practiced law for more than two decades. He is also an accomplished photographer (his work can be seen at www.nakedeyeimages.com). He lives in South Salem, New York with his wife, artist, Karen Chandler.
A World I Never Made, his first novel, was written after extensive research into the history of Islam on the Iberian Peninsula, and travel in Europe and North Africa. Mr. LePore writes novels of suspense, driven as much by gripping stories as by strong, complex characters. His second novel Blood Of My Brother, will be released on December 25, 2010; his third, Sons and Princes, in May, 2011.
Mr. LePore is a writer of short fiction as well. His stories stand alone as dramatic works, but are also meant to illuminate the central characters in his novels. Anyone Can Die, a collection of short stories written to accompany A World I Never Made, will be released in February, 2011.
Mr. LePore is currently at work on his fourth novel, the story of a Manhattan district attorney whose son is wrongly accused of murder, which The Story Plant will publish in fall, 2011.
To find out more about James visit James LePore Fiction.
A World I Never Made published Mar. 16, 2010 can be purchased here.
Anyone Can Die published Feb.22,2011 can be purchased here.
Blood Of My Brother, which I will be reviewing the first week of March, published Dec.28, 2010 can be purchased here.