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Gods and Fathers [Kindle Edition]

James Lepore
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Raves for A World I Never Made:
"An outstanding first novel, and a wonderful thriller."
Blogcritics

And Blood of My Brother:
“Author James LePore is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in the thriller genre, and Blood of My Brother proves it with a twisting, multifaceted plot that entertains and keeps readers guessing at every turn."
Nights and Weekends

And Sons and Princes:
“Lepore had me hooked from the very first line, which is not hard to do when you’re asked to envision body parts showing up in a suitcase…. An absolute must-read!”
The Celebrity Cafe

Nationally bestselling author James LePore has established a reputation as a writer whose vividly drawn characters and morally complex plots have kept readers up to all hours turning pages. His new novel promises more sleepless nights and more nonstop thrills.

Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney with more than his share of emotional baggage. His marriage ended disastrously, his ex-wife has pulled their son away from him, and her remarriage to a hugely successful Arab businessman has created complications for Matt on multiple levels. However, his life shifts from troubled to imperiled when two cops – men he's known for a long time – come into his home and arrest his son as the prime suspect in the murder of the boy's girlfriend.

Suddenly, the enmity between Matt and his only child is no longer relevant. Matt must do everything he can to clear his son, who he fully believes is innocent. Doing so will require him to quit his job and make enemies of former friends – and it will throw him up against forces he barely knew existed and can only begin to comprehend how to battle.

Gods and Fathers is at once a powerful mystery and a provocative international thriller, all of it presented with LePore's signature fascinating characters placed in dire circumstances where every choice poses new and potentially fatal challenges.

About the Author

James LePore is an attorney who has practiced law for more than two decades, and an accomplished photographer. He is the author of three previous novels, A World I Never Made, Blood of My Brother, and Sons and Princes, as well as the story collection, Anyone Can Die. He lives in Westchester County, NY with his wife, artist Karen Chandler.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 870 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The (7 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ZOYLSW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #907,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Read2Review 29 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
If you're looking for a novel with plenty of twists, intrigue and political conspiracy, look no further than God's and Fathers. It's a novel that will appeal to any crime reader, or any reader that wants a fast paced story.

The plot revolves around an attorney called Matt DeMarco, who we discover early on has some military background and a fairly dark past (but then who doesn't in crime thrillers?). When his son is arrested on suspicion of murder, he pulls all his resources to try and save him. However, he soon discovers that there is more to this case than meets the eye.

For the sake of spoilers, I think I'll leave it at that. But the plot is very fast paced and the chapters short and punchy. I actually found myself reading through about ten chapters at a time without realising it! It certainly keeps you on your toes and the plot twists and turns to create more of a conspiracy as it goes along.

However, I did kinda find the characters in the book a little stock and standard for this genre of book - and it was a little easy to spot who the villains and the traitors were. And the story did fall into a few clichés that could have been avoided and the ending was a little predictable.

But that being said I did enjoy this story and it was something that I wouldn't normally read. It twists and turns and there are some genuine shocks in the plot. There's not much really more to say as I did enjoy this book. It's a little bit standard and by the numbers in places, but it's still an enjoyable read and has a much better pace than most books.

Gods and Fathers gets a 4/5 from me.
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If you're looking for a novel with plenty of twists, intrigue and political conspiracy, look no further than God's and Fathers. It's a novel that will appeal to any crime reader, or any reader that wants a fast paced story.

The plot revolves around an attorney called Matt DeMarco, who we discover early on has some military background and a fairly dark past (but then who doesn't in crime thrillers?). When his son is arrested on suspicion of murder, he pulls all his resources to try and save him. However, he soon discovers that there is more to this case than meets the eye.

For the sake of spoilers, I think I'll leave it at that. But the plot is very fast paced and the chapters short and punchy. I actually found myself reading through about ten chapters at a time without realising it! It certainly keeps you on your toes and the plot twists and turns to create more of a conspiracy as it goes along.

However, I did kinda find the characters in the book a little stock and standard for this genre of book - and it was a little easy to spot who the villains and the traitors were. The story did fall into a few clichés that could have been avoided and the ending was a little predictable.

But that being said I did enjoy this story and it was something that I wouldn't normally read. It twists and turns and there are some genuine shocks in the plot. There's not much really more to say as I did enjoy this book. It's a little bit standard and by the numbers in places, but it's still an enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced thriller 7 Feb. 2012
By D. Brown VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Gods and Fathers starts with Matt DeMarco trying his first ever murder case: successfully, as it turns out. Fast-forward 16 years and this slick attorney with his high profile boss has ticked all the boxes professionally but his personal life is a mess.

It's about to get much worse.

When Matt DeMarco's son is arrested for murder the void between the two makes it practically impossible for DeMarco to offer the emotional support to the young man that he'd like to. Instead, he has to fight hard behind the scenes to do everything he can to prevent his son from going to jail. For that, he's willing to risk his reputation, his career and even his life.

Gods and Fathers is a fast-paced thriller with aspects of law, politics and international affairs thrown in. LePore writes well, delivering a riveting book with flawed but ultimately `human' characters. They might not make the best decisions, they may not always come across as very nice but you are rooting for them to make it in the end.

As books with a twist go, this had one that I really didn't see coming. It's a little frustrating that I can't share my thoughts without giving much away but let's just say that the complexities of the novel and the intricacies of the relationships involved may just prevent you from seeing what's right under your nose. And that's all I'll say on the subject!

As a lover of John Grisham novels I'm always thrilled to find a talented legal/political thriller author and I have certainly found that in James LePore. I now look forward to reading all his past and future novels.

**I received a copy in exchange for my fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation. All views are my own.**
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From the book's start the author paints a very cleverly confusing picture of who is on the side of good and bad. There is sufficient truth and sufficient doubt that the author doesn't reveal, exactly what happened or who did what, until much later in the story, making for a tale with many a twist and turn.

There's a murder that seems to suggest that all is not as it first appears, that the evidence of guilt may not be all that it seems, that there is more than meets the eye. That murder might be part of other crimes too; but don't expect to find the answers too soon, they form part of a very intricate, international plot.

This is done through a series of well written scenes and characters who on first glance are basic, but on more detailed exposure are very complex. This is no simple tale and the reader needs to keep up as the action switches between the different characters, revealing pieces of the puzzle, while no one person (except the reader), has all those pieces together. Even then the reader is kept in suspense, and needs to keep reading. The way the story hooks you in though, that is exactly what you want to do. The more pages I turned, the more I wanted to find out the truth, it became important to know what was true and what was a false lead and deception.

The way the characters are written they are complex, they appear basic at first, but for the most part it is clear what motivates them, there is also good use of current affairs to make them realistic and grounded, I'm not sure how this will stand up to the passage of time, but this is a very clever device.

All of the characters and the story build up to bring a fast paced ending where all will be revealed. So as to what happened? Who's really guilty of what? How does it all end? Well you'll have to read it for yourself, I'm afraid, no spoilers here!
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  37 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Middle Eastern Terror at Home! 8 Feb. 2012
By Viviane Crystal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Matt DeMarco is not too happy with his life. He has finally begun to be successful in his law career but has the lousiest possible relationship with his son, Michael. His ex-wife has married an Arab who is very rich and she's turned his son against him. Michael is a spoiled brat who all of a sudden is in very, very big trouble. He is arrested for rape and murder of his own girlfriend. Matt decides no matter how big the rift is between them, he must do all he can to find out what has really happened!

Before the police really gets going, Matt and his friends start to take charge of the investigation into his son's alleged crimes, but all of a sudden someone else higher up, very high indeed although not named, starts canceling every avenue Matt attempts to travel. It also seems Michael has been hanging around two very suspicious Arab young men. No, this isn't racial profiling; these two guys just walk and look like they're up to no good. Connections begin to click and Matt is almost 100% sure Michael isn't guilty of any crime other than having a fight with his girl but that takes a long time to come out.

Innocent and guilty characters will die in the course of this quest to solve a mystery that involves Arab money, oil, and some devious persons determined to wreak revenge. When it finally comes out who is involved and exactly how this all came to pass, the reader is amazed, after flipping pages and wondering when the twists and turns will end, if they will at all!

James LePore has become an even better writer with this political thriller. He has definitely mastered the craft of depicting the machinations of both the innocent and guilty. The evil grows so large that one begins to doubt it will ever end. In many ways, this is a rather timely story, given the growing problems in countries fighting for an "Arab Spring."

Awesome, James LePore and a must read for lovers of this genre and those who would like to have a phenomenal read!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How Far would you go to save your child ? 9 Feb. 2012
By Paula L. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Have you ever loved someone so much that you were willing to do all that you can in your power and more to protect them ?
Reading Gods and Fathers reminded me of the books by James Scott Bell and the episode of Veronica Mars and more currently The Lying Game . What would you do if your child was accused and suspected of murder ? Would you do everything in your power to prove their innocence ? The issue of this has shown up in a few books and quite a few TV episodes. It's a tough question.
In Gods and Fathers we meet Matt DeMarco , he is a well-known and respected lawyer , he has built up a reputation . The only downside is that he is divorced and his wife took their son with her. Estranged from his family , he gets on with burying himself in his job. We are presented with a case of a brother killung his sister in what was called "an Honor Killing". The case seemed pretty straight-forward until events change and Matt discovers that is son Michael has now been suspected of Murder , Did he do it or has he been framed ?
A thrilling and fast-paced story which sees Matt dig deeper into the case and as witnesses etc start turning up dead , does somebody want Michael to admit to the murder ? Are they covering up something bigger?
Gods and Fathers is a thrilling and raw ride as we read the lengths that a parent will go to save their child , a father's unconditional love.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'd Rather Be Reading At The Beach: Reviews 8 Feb. 2012
By Vicki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was an awesome book! I loved that Matt would stop at nothing to prove his son was innocent of the crime he was accused of. I also love that Michael finally realized how much he needed and loved his dad.

There were so many things going on that the book never got boring, and I read it in just a few hours because I was so engrossed in the story. This book has it all...good guys, bad guys, twists, surprises and a great ending! I'd definitely recommend it to lovers of mystery/suspense.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strikes the perfect balance between complicated and compelling 10 April 2012
By Elizabeth A. White - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"You're a tough guy, Matt, a stoic, but you've got a lot of friends." - Jade Lee

Manhattan prosecutor Matt DeMarco is going to need every ounce of his toughness and every one of his friends to get through the nightmare he finds himself plunged into in Gods and Fathers, the latest thriller from author James LePore.

The failure of his marriage sixteen years ago bothers Matt, but what really kills him is the wedge that was driven between him and his now twenty-two-year-old son, Michael, when Matt's ex-wife married an extremely wealthy Syrian businessman who showered Michael with anything his heart desired. Reduced to seeing Michael on the odd weekend here and there, Matt finds his son to be both a stranger and a disappointment. But when Michael is arrested for the rape and murder of his girlfriend, Matt's fatherly instincts kick into high gear. His son may be a disagreeable, spoiled punk, but he's no rapist or murderer. Matt's sure of it, and will stop at nothing to prove it.

When people close to the case, both investigators and witnesses, start getting killed Matt realizes there are forces at work that go far beyond his son's arrest, forces that are as determined to remain in the shadows as Matt is to drag them into the light. Now Matt's racing to uncover the truth and exonerate his son while trying to stay one step ahead - and out of the crosshairs - of an alphabet soup of government agencies including the NYPD, FBI, CIA, UN, and SMI (Syrian Military Intelligence).

Author James LePore has quickly risen to the top of my list of "go to" authors when it comes to thrillers with an international flair. It takes a sure hand to incorporate potentially incendiary topics like US/Middle East politics and the internal conflict between progressive and orthodox Muslims into a novel without becoming sensationalistic, yet LePore pulls off such feats as a matter of course in his writing. Similarly, in effort to be clever many authors end up concocting plots that are needlessly byzantine and head-scratchingly convoluted. LePore, on the other hand, knows how to strike the perfect balance between complicated and compelling without making the reader resort to a scorecard to keep up.

As in previous novels, LePore once again excels in Gods and Fathers at creating realistically flawed and believable characters, ones who don't always make the best decisions and for whom a happy ending isn't guaranteed. Indeed, Gods and Fathers makes a strong argument that in today's complicated and dangerous world it's often necessary to get down and dirty to claim the high ground, but also explores the notion that even if you win a piece of yourself will be lost in the process.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "When you have a shattered heart, God is watching you." Song lyrics 11 Mar. 2012
By michael a. draper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
James Le Pore is one of a select group of authors with a talent for making the reader interested in their story and characters from the first page.

Matt DeMarco is a prosecutor for the Manhattan District Attorney's office. As the story begins, he is prosecuting a young Arab for murdering the Arab's fifteen-year-old sister. The man's reasoning was that his sister was becoming too westernized and had an American boyfriend.

Years later, Matt is at home with his son, Michael, who is a grad student. Michael is accompanied by two Arab looking friends who act suspiciously. They are surly when Matt asks about them and then leave. Michael tells his father that the men work for Michael's Syrian step-father, Basil.

Police arrive at Matt's home and arrest Michael for the murder of his girlfriend, Yasmine Hayek.

As we read, we observe the undercurrent of foreign involvement. Then the plot widens as law enforcement take part in investigating Michael's two friends.

Matt sees that his son is being railroaded and that his superiors aren't helping so he shows his love and Marine background by resorting to a steet fighter's search for the answers and the proff of Michael's innocence.

The author writes in a professional manner and is a polished story teller. The reader is involved in the story and wondering where the action will lead with the foreign characters.

One clue after another is peeled away and we find that there is much more to the story than originally suspected. There are surprises and plot twists that take the reader in a totally unexpected direction.

The investigation is brought to conclusion with the help of many people. One thing stood out was the evidence of friendship. Matt had made friends with a number of members of the New York Police Department and these friends went beyone the normal call to duty to determine the guilty parties and correct any injustice.
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