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A World I Never Made [Kindle Edition]

James LePore
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Pat Nolan, an American man, is summoned to Paris to claim the body of his estranged daughter Megan, who has committed suicide. The body, however, is not Megan’s and it becomes instantly clear to Pat that Megan staged this, that she is in serious trouble, and that she is calling to him for help.

This sends Pat on an odyssey that stretches across France and into the Czech Republic and that makes him the target of both the French police and a band of international terrorists. Joining Pat on his search is Catherine Laurence, a beautiful but tormented Paris detective who sees in Pat something she never thought she’d find—genuine passion and desperate need. As they look for Megan, they come closer to each other’s souls and discover love when both had long given up on it.

Juxtaposed against this story is Megan’s story. A freelance journalist, Megan is in Morocco to do research when she meets Abdel Lahani, a Saudi businessman. They begin a torrid affair, a game Megan has played often and well in her adult life. But what she discovers about Lahani puts her in the center of a different kind of game, one with rules she can barely comprehend. Because of her relationship with Lahani, Megan has made some considerable enemies. And she has put the lives of many—maybe even millions—at risk.

A World I Never Made is an atmospheric novel of suspense with brilliantly drawn characters and back-stories as compelling as the plot itself. It is the kind of novel that resonates deeply and leaves its traces long after you turn the final page.


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"A World I Never Made is 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. LePore is an author to watch!" —M.J. Rose, author of The Memorist "I picked up A World I Never Made and was riveted from start to finish. An adventure to places both exotic and intimate, told with great sensitivity, inventive plotting, and propulsive suspense. Jim LePore is a great discovery." —William Landay, author of The Strangler "A World I Never Made is an outstanding first novel, and a wonderful thriller. The story moves very quickly, almost to the point that the reader feels as if they'll miss something if they put the book down even for a moment... I'm looking forward to James LePore's next work; this one was a gripping read that I would recommend to anyone." —Blogcritics "The key to this exciting thriller is the cast especially the Nolan father and daughter. Pat is terrific from the stunning opening sequence when he reads his daughter's suicide note, his lie re the corpse, which Laurence's superior Inspector LeGrand accepts though he knows otherwise, and subsequently his inquiry. Megan is mostly seen through his perception of her though the audience learns relatively early why the Saudis believe she is alive...fans will enjoy this one sitting suspense thriller." —Harriet Klausner, The Mystery Gazette "James LePore has written a fascinating suspense story of power and treachery, broken relationships and redemption...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 page." —Bella Online "Nothing could have torn my attention away from this story. A World I Never Made by James LePore is a must read for thriller fans!" —Cheryl's Book Nook "James LePore writes in an exciting and most readable style. He is an artist at building the suspense as the story progresses to its ultimate conclusion. There is just enough doubt about the possible outcomes to keep the reader wondering and turning pages. "A World I Never Made" is a fine tale filled with love, adventure, mystery and suspense." —Mainly Mysteries "Author James LePore has created a remarkable, gripping tale of suspense in his debut novel. Readers are expertly taken along with Nolan on a thrilling ride from the very beginning when we learn of the faked suicide to the harrowing search through numerous countries. A World I Never Made is filled with strong, vividly described international characters to whom the reader will quickly form an attachment, all the while being transported through wonderfully described exotic lands. The combination creates an atmosphere of breathless suspense affording readers a desire to continue reading up until the thrilling, yet tender, conclusion." —Feathered Quill Book Reviews

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"A World I Never Made is 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. LePore is an author to watch!"
&#8212M.J. Rose, author of "The Memorist"
"I picked up A World I Never Made and was riveted from start to finish. An adventure to places both exotic and intimate, told with great sensitivity, inventive plotting, and propulsive suspense. Jim LePore is a great discovery."
&#8212William Landay, author of "The Strangler"
"A World I Never Made is an outstanding first novel, and a wonderful thriller. The story moves very quickly, almost to the point that the reader feels as if they'll miss something if they put the book down even for a moment.... I'm looking forward to James LePore's next work; this one was a gripping read that I would recommend to anyone."
&#8212Blogcritics
"The key to this exciting thriller is the cast especially the Nolan father and daughter. Pat is terrific from the stunning opening sequence when he reads his daughter's suicide note, his lie re the corpse, which Laurence's superior Inspector LeGrand accepts though he knows otherwise, and subsequently his inquiry. Megan is mostly seen through his perception of her though the audience learns relatively early why the Saudis believe she is alive...fans will enjoy this one sitting suspense thriller."
&#8212Harriet Klausner, The Mystery Gazette
"James LePore has written a fascinating suspense story of power and treachery, broken relationships and redemption....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 page."
&#8212Bella Online
"Nothing could have torn my attention away from this story. A World I Never Made by James LePore is a must read for thriller fans!"
&#8212Cheryl's Book Nook
"James LePore writes in an exciting and most readable st

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2534 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0981608728
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The (24 Mar. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003K15EIY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

In 1999 I sold my law practice to write full time. In 2008, I signed a four-book contract with The Story Plant, a small, agile publisher in Stamford, Connecticut. My first novel, 'A World I Never Made,' was released in April, 2009. The second, 'Blood of My Brother,' came out on December 25, 2010, and the third, 'Sons and Princes,' on April 5, 2011. I have also written six short stories that stand alone as pieces of short fiction, but that are meant to accompany my first two novels. The first three of these was released in February, 2011, under the title, 'Anyone Can Die.'

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
By Shaun Horrigan TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Since his young wife died giving birth to his daughter Megan, Pat Nolan has been blaming himself for her death.

Since she was old enough to care, Megan Nolan has been blaming herself for not being the one to die instead of her mother. Leaving home as soon as she was able and spending years travelling around Europe and the Middle East, Megan Nolan has almost lost touch with a father she thinks abandoned her to wallow in his self pity and misery.

Now, caught up in a complex terrorist plot, Megan fakes her own death leaving clues for the one person she realises she can trust, and the one person who can save her - her father.

This story is a brilliant tale of redemption and absolution set against the background of a fast moving and exciting "terrorist" thriller. Told in two interleaved threads, one starting several years before the other, the two threads join together in a brilliantly satisfying conclusion.

Kindle presentation is really very good too. The book even has page numbering on the Kindle and feels significantly longer than the stated 262 pages.

Overall: 5 stars - I thoroughly enjoyed this book - in fact it is right up there alongside the best thrillers I have read in recent years! Very highly recommended indeed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant!!! 11 April 2011
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Could not put this book down, I would never have chosen such a book if it had not been free, am so glad I read it, intriguing start, a father receives his daughter's suicide note but all is not as it seems....exciting and believable. Highly recommend!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good 6 May 2011
By J9
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this book boring in the extreme - not particularly well penned and rather far-fetched. I actually deleted this from my Kindle as I could not be bothered to finish the book, something I very rarely do. Hard to put down? It was actually an effort to read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Better novels are available... 21 April 2011
By G
Format:Kindle Edition
It was ok. A lot better than could write. If that is all you are looking for then you'll enjoy this.
As others have noted, thin characters, ropey plot, poor conclusion and really jarring typographic errors all make this one I wshed I'd passed over despite it being free (though it looks like that loss leader has stopped now it has some good reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Typo after typo after typo 6 Nov. 2011
By SJJ
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not a bad read. I could say more. But why should I bother. The publisher obviously couldn't be bothered to proof-read the Kindle edition. I have not come across an e-book with so many typos and odd pagination. Any self-respecting publisher would not let a print book go on the shelves in this state so why is the Kindle edition any different?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful rubbish 22 May 2011
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I don't know how I came to buy this book. The one star reviews give fair warning that it is dreadful rubbish. It is badly written, cliched and worst of all boring. The ridiculous cast includes an assortment of stock characters such as a gypsy fortune teller and a beautiful French detective who, when they are not speaking English, both talk in snippets of poor GCSE French. The American hero is said to have a chiseled face, his wayward and supposedly irresistible daughter is also beautiful with a breathtaking smile and hair like spun gold. There is a handsome Arab who also has a chiseled face, (lot of chiseling been done round here) and, would you believe, "menace in his deep baritone voice". The early sex scenes are laughable "then made lightly dizzy by the waves of desire that swept over her as she felt his very large erection against her abdomen..." Add to the mix some quite extraordinary racial stereotyping and it seems inexplicable this should ever have been published. I have read 26% on Kindle and that is more than enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable thriller 11 April 2011
By Maria
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Realising that he must protect his daughter by pretending she is dead, an American goes on a chase to find her & her child. Trying to protect her child the daughter tries to kill a terrorist & thereby thwart a bomb plot. A French female detective helps the father & they meet some interesting characters along the way. The ending is rather surprising . The only fault is the mysterious girl who seems to be totally unnecessary. Some of the characters are stereo-typical, & yet still others rather surprising. On the whole, very enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Thriller! 4 May 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book contains all the elements of a great thriller, suspense, foreign locations, terrorists and a touch of romance. LePore had me hooked from the very first page and kept me turning the pages until I found myself with no more pages to turn.

The characters have a slight touch of believability to them and I think this is because the reader can relate to the baggage that all the characters are carrying around with them. This baggage added reality to the novel and this helps to add depth to the novel.

I did not think that I was going to like Megan Nolan as a character. However I felt myself liking her as a character more and more. I believe that the road to corruption is a easy one but the reader will see Megan Nolan start the road to redemption which is the more difficult road. I think this redemption is what starts to make Megan Nolan a likable character to the reader.

I loved the ending of this novel, it brought a certain amount of hope to the novel and the reader.

I highly recommend this novel as a high pace thriller that you as the reader will be unable to put down.

A copy of this book was received for free all opinions expressed are my own through reading this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good read
Published 3 months ago by mr p j handy
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
Interesting subject and topical. Once I started reading this book I had a hard time putting it down! The author kept me right in the story. I would recommend this book.
Published 5 months ago by Pen2003
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this compelling suspense story filled with vivid...
A World I Never Made, came my way as a free AMAZON download. It wasn't my usual choice of book, so it had to grab my interest from the very first page...... Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. C. Agg
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
Read to the end but wish I'd gave up near the beginning. Many mistakes, poor story and confusing characters. Avoid
Published 22 months ago by Frankers
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Effort
I would agree with a previous reviewer in that the book starts off very promisingly but then lapses into a standard, rather formulaic thriller. Read more
Published on 8 July 2012 by Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with a unique plotline
I disagree with a lot of the reviews here, I'm afraid. I thought this was a great book and I was up until 1am last night finishing it. Read more
Published on 22 Jun. 2012 by Galning
2.0 out of 5 stars Just ok for me....
Well a little disappointed with the book,expected it to grip me but it didnt. The storyline was not at all interesting and did get a little boring, i expected lot more for the... Read more
Published on 22 April 2012 by chand
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I found this book to be a great read. Downloaded this as a freebie sometime ago along with a couple other books by James LePore and only just got round to reading it. Read more
Published on 2 Nov. 2011 by Mungo Park IV
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but LePore has improved since (I think!)
I enjoyed LePore's third novel (Sons and Princes) and thought I would give his debut novel a try. This one won't blow you away, but if his third effort is any indication, he has... Read more
Published on 27 Aug. 2011 by johnverp
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read
Despite being clichéd in many ways and written very much from the American viewpoint of the countries involved and their people, I enjoyed this. Read more
Published on 26 July 2011 by Cuba
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