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Monday, August 19, 2013

Brethren: A Gripping Tale of Counter Espionage

Author: Leonard Leventon
Book Format: eBook (Nook)
Obtained: From author for fair and honest review
My Rating: 3 stars
Pages: 94
Published: April 1, 2013


Allan Capstein agreed to traffic the package from New York to the French Riviera. He'd agreed in exchange for free airfare, hoping to vacation from his growing accounting firm. When he delivered the package to Mademoiselle Marie Du Berge, a beautiful and talented Cannes film star, his memory of New York slipped into the Mediterranean. What he hadn't agreed to was being led hook, line and sinker into a counter espionage ring set on assassinating a crazed Middle Eastern despot.


I was given an eBook copy by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Allan Capstein owns a successful accounting firm in New York City. One day he decides that he is going to take a vacation to France. When he is approached to take a package with him and deliver it, in exchange for free air fare, he thinks it’s kind of strange, but agrees to it anyways. After all, what can it hurt, right?

Upon arriving in France, and at the packages destination, Allan meets the beautiful Mlle. Marie Du Berge. This chance encounter turns out to be a match set up by the heavens as they spend virtually the rest of his vacation together. They enjoy each other’s company, and even make plans for her to return to New York with him.

However, there is the mysterious package that Allan was asked to deliver. When Marie seemed to be disinterested in it, it caught Allan’s attention and made him wonder, even more, what the package contained. Does he really want to know? Especially after he finds out that it wasn’t by chance that he was asked to deliver it, but he was chosen? Moreover, who exactly chose him? The answer to that question surprises even Allan.

This was a very interesting, but quick, read. I was able to get into the story fairly quickly, and the author had me curious as to what was going to happen from one page to the next. One of the only problems that I had with this book was the amount of French it contained. It really seemed to me that about every other paragraph had, at least, a partially French sentence. It is not that I minded it too much, I understand that the story was set in France, but it has been almost 20 years since I studied the language and it made parts of the story a little hard to follow.

Other than that, it was a good story. The characters were easy to follow and distinguish. The author built them up enough that I was able to envision each of them. There was a fair amount of suspense, and I think that the author did a great job with who he put in as the “Middle Eastern despot.”

If you are looking for a good, quick read, I would suggest you giving this book a look.

Available From: Barnes & Noble, Smashwords

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