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Jaspar's War

Jaspar's War [Kindle Edition]

Cym Lowell
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Greenwich, Connecticut socialite Jaspar Moran has it all—a magnificent estate, two beautiful children and a loving husband, Trevor, serving as the Secretary of the Treasury. Protected, admired and living in the lap of luxury, Jaspar is reeling from the news that his government jet has crashed just as her children vanish without a trace.
An ominous message warns her to keep silent about her husband’s role in the President’s economic plan. Or else.
Determined to save her children, she’ll go to hell and back, form alliances with assassins, traitors and Mafioso, and commit unspeakable acts—if that’s what it takes. With alarms sounding around the world, hunted from all sides, and unsure of who to trust, she finds herself depending on a mysterious figure without an identity.
Jaspar journeys from the Australian outback to the palazzos of Rome, the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, and to the magnificence of the Vatican, in her quest. Can she rescue her children before the plot to crash the global economy is unleashed?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1506 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rosemary Beach Press (5 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ITF9VJ4
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By Eileen
Format:Kindle Edition
Jaspar’s War by Cym Lowell

Rating: ***. 3.25/5

The synopsis of an action packed thriller grabbed my attention. Jaspar’s War had all the elements to make it on to my list of favorite novels. A young mother of two children and wife of a successful politician, Jaspar Moran is leading the ideal life. That is until she receives news of her husband’s death in his government jet, followed by the kidnapping of her children. Contacted by the kidnappers she is warned not to reveal her husband’s role in the President’s economic plan.

Despite having concerns about who to trust, Jaspar is helped by friends, including the well-connected Father Michael O’Rourke and Sister Ismerelda. She is introduced to Nul and Alice and quickly smuggled out of the USA to Australia. Nul is the enigmatic, albeit sometimes emotional, ex-soldier and brother of Sister Ismerelda.

Under Nul’s tuition, Jaspar quickly learns the art of self defense and self preservation, in order to save her children. Jaspar and Nul set off on a perilous journey, which takes them over the world and into many dangerous situations and involvement with a number of perfidious, sinister characters.

Jaspar’s War started with fast paced action but, unfortunately, lost ground as some of the timings and plot developments were a tad unbelievable. Also some of the characters just did not ring true and were twee. That being said, I quite enjoyed the novel with some parts being very well written if a bit inconsistent.

I was given an ARC by NetGalley for an honest review, which I have given. Thank you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rescue the children at any cost! 5 Aug 2014
By April
Format:Kindle Edition
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth

I found Jaspar’s War to be a bit of a mixture to be honest. Fast paced but slow and plodding. The story line was excellent. But, when it slowed there was excessive praying. A strange comment to make but at one stage Gaspar and Nul left the church, only to kneel in the grass and pray. This baffled me a lot, and I felt it slowed down the pace of the book. But in saying that I found it to be well worth reading. I can imagine a mother going to the extremes Jaspar did, to rescue her children.

Opening Scene:

“POCK!” The distinctive sound of a plastic bat driving a Wiffle ball into the outfield triggered shrieks from children as they ran and played.

The Review:

Jaspar’s life is tumbling down around her ears. Her husband has been killed in a plane crash, the same night her children are kidnapped. With the help of assassin Nulandi, and his faithful warrior dog Alice, Jaspar will disappear and go on a rampage attack. As the body count rises, Jaspar comes one step closer to finding her children, and uncovering the plot to crash the global economy.

Notable Scene:

“Ma’am, I understand that war has been declared on you. Enemies murdered your husband, stole your children, and threatened certain death for them and yourself if you speak,” he said. It felt like Trevor explaining strategic choices.
“You have a choice. Stay here and passively let life evolve as it will.”
“Put your oppressors on the defensive when you disappear, becoming a warrior on attack to find their weak spot.”
Who is this man? Why is he here? I wondered looking at Father, who simply nodded.
“Warrior?” “Me?” I asked placing my hands in his still outstretched grasp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant! 1 April 2014
By SusieH
Format:Kindle Edition
Absolutely brilliant! Terrifying, scary, defying belief, with many twists and unexpected turns along the way - what a mix of emotions as I read this.

When your husband is killed, and your children disappear, how would you react? It is certainly worth reading to find out what courageous Jaspar does.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jaspers war 29 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
jasper starts with her husband being distant he promises to tell all when he comes back then all breaks loose when he his pronounced dead and her children kidnapped jasper must go to her old home with nul and his dog alice to become a warrior to do what she must to save her children whilst her enemies persue her
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars IT'S FLIGHTY ENOUGH TO KEEP YOU READING 3 April 2014
By Schuyler T Wallace - Published on
Cym Lowell’s outlandish novel “Jasper’s War” is close to being foolish in its concept. The actions of the protagonists are so unrealistic in their depiction that I was tempted many times to close the book, throw it on my discard pile, and move along to something more believable. But I didn’t, staying the course to the end.

First, let’s discuss the people created by Lowell. There’s Jaspar, a lovely woman raised in genteel surroundings, engaged in an idyllic lifestyle with beautiful children and a successful husband. Her despair at the death of her husband and the kidnapping of her children transforms her into an instant warrior, capable of committing violent murder and mayhem, willing to engage in frenetic lovemaking with despicable men, and subject to explosive rages or sobbing breakdowns, depending on the time of day.

Her guiding angel, an enigmatic man of superhuman strength and mysterious talents, who can subdue a constant parade of trained gunmen with a flick of his wrist, jump off a cliff with the woman, a dog, and a massive armory of heavy weapons in a sack hanging on him as he maneuvers a piece of canvas like a sail plane, and torture with indifference as he stabs kidneys, cuts throats, and breaks limbs. His periodic breakdowns into a blubbering and clinging wimp are so out of character it tempts one to laugh.

The remaining characters we encounter are stereotypes of slick and brilliant criminals who are ruthless, self indulgent, and willing to commit any act that will protect their interests. And then there’s the dog, a wondrous creature that thinks and acts like a robot, can anticipate danger of any kind that threatens his master, and even knows to walk in water and on surfaces that will leave no tracks to evade detection. This dog, believe it or not, is astute enough to tear into a bag of money and scatter the bills around to create a diversion. And there is an Indian chief bestowed with more mystical aura and sagaciousness than all you’ve ever known—combined

Why, you ask, did I waste my time finishing a book I so disliked? Well, the thing is I didn’t dislike it. I considered it to be a farce, a comic book, that was so full of action and unbelievable happenings that I had to know where the author was going with his nonsense. I was riveted to his outlandish imagination. And the writing was good, solid adventure stuff. So, while I can’t give the book high ratings, I’ll give it enough of a thumbs up to salute Cym Lowell’s audacity in bringing his vision to light.

Schuyler T Wallace
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good story 23 Mar 2014
By Ann Bresnan - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
​I found Jaspar's War difficult to follow at times. I do not understand all the workings of the stock market and when Mr Lowell wrote some passages pertaining to the market my eyes wanted to glaze over! That said, Jasper's War was an interesting thriller. Very surprising and bloody at times. I was given a copy for reviewing.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating blend of international intrigue, kidnapping and high finance 6 Jun 2014
By Sam Wagner - Published on
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Outstanding characters challenge corruption and terrorism at the highest levels, against all odds. A fast-paced look at terrorists, high finance and the desperate measures essential to rescue two innocent children. This beautifully written page-turner is a treat and well worth the time. I trust we will see more. There is plenty of room for the adventure to continue.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Courage And Sacrifice 19 Jun 2014
By Grapes - Published on
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This is a Political Thriller. It is about the Economic stimulus in the United States. However, the battle between those who would destroy America during President Heinrich's ideal plan to stimulate the economy by shooting money into the system is threatened by people not in America. So, the novel begins in Connecticut, and soon ends up in Rome, Italy. This is a novel about one woman's battle to save her children after they are kidnapped. First, she receives word of her husband's death in an airplane crash. He acted as Secretary of the Treasury. It is amazing how all this bad news does not knock this woman off her feet. Therefore, I think this is a novel about how to continue to fight for life and love when all hell has broken loose to take what is so important from you.

Nul becomes the man who will lead her through strategies of warfare in urban areas. Nul is wise beyond his years and fights for the right in any situation. He is well known by the Vietnamese. He is a hero to those who meet him. I would love to see he and Jaspar's relationship grow in another novel. In Jaspar's War by Cym Lowell, a small bit about prayer is mentioned. This made me think of it as a Christian Political Thriller. However, there is an abundance of violence. The novel would not seem real without this element because there are true terrorists fighting against our government and against Jaspar Moran and Nulandi. The terrorists do not wish for an Economic stimulus to work. Holding Theo and Chrissy, the children of Jaspar is part of the plan. She must not ever see her children again until the stimulus destroys America.

My adrenalin rose as Jaspar and Nul and "Alice" fight against guns, bombs, whatever you can think of to get closer to the children and stalemate the plan of the terrorists. I did enjoy the parts of the novel where Jaspar and/or Nul disguised themselves as nuns or other people. Nul can really think fast on his feet. In the end, I am left with the words love and courage and sacrifice. Jaspar proved that she would do anything to anyone to get her children back in her arms.

The novel is powerfully written. It is like sitting in a movie theater watching a fast paced run and chase and hide or blow up movie. Cym Lowell is magnificent at writing descriptive passages. I could not wait to turn each page. I am grateful to him for a small lesson in Economics. I am more grateful to him for the questions he raised in my mind. What would I do to save my family? How do I and would I react to very, very bad news about my loved ones? Cym Lowell in Jaspar's War does not preach or tell how to handle situations. He just puts this woman's life out there for the reader to observe. To me, Jaspar is a representation of courage and love. I will not forget her. However, I am now asking myself a question. Did Jaspar come across as too strong? This woman has led a life without violence. Is it feasible that she would not say no to such violence at least once before taking action, or at least for one moment become too scared to react? I'll have to think about my answer. I do think readers deserve a warning about the violence within the pages.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, entertaining and intriguing thriller. 1 April 2014
By MSEreads - Published on
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My Rating 4.25.
Jaspar has a wonderful life with her important husband who is the Secretary of the Treasury, and their two children. One moment she is playing an afternoon ball game with the kids and the next the children have disappeared and she learns her husband is presumed dead in a plane crash. The press begins to accuse Trevor of manipulating financial markets for personal gain. She knows Trevor was upset about something before he left but he didn’t get the chance to tell her what it was. No one is taking credit for the kidnapping of the children and the only message she gets is that she must remain silent if she wants them to live.

Jaspar finds a thumb drive with information that she believes shows Trevor was suspecting financial patterns by someone in the government. Jaspar seeks help from her long-time family priest and friend to set up a plan of action and arrange to get the information to a financial wizard whom Jaspar trusts, a reclusive American Indian, Chief Bearstrike.

Jaspar is delivered into the hands of Nulandi, an intelligent, sensitive and confidently trained warrior assassin. He travels with his faithful guard dog, Alice, who is trained for Nul’s missions. Nul explains to Jaspar that she must become a warrior to rescue her children. Just as Jaspar’s father used to make the right lure for different fish, Jaspar will be the bait to lure the kidnappers out so they can follow the trail back to the children.

While Jaspar, Nul and Alice race around Europe reeling in killers, Chief Bearstrike meets with another friend, Jason Brontus, a US Attorney. They unravel the financial patterns that have already reaped ill-gotten profits and are setting up to collapse America’s economy. The trail leads to someone with White House connections so they have to be careful who they take the information to.

The story jumps into action and intrigue and never really slows down. There are wonderful, strong characters and great disguises including nuns in habits, a large, old black woman and young boy, a seductress and a race car driver. There is intrigue in plans, traps and near escapes. There is also some raw sexual exposure and rather brutal killing which are not for squeamish readers.

A strong, loving friendship develops between Jaspar and Nulandi that just borders on moving into a physical relationship. As Nul trains Jaspar to be a warrior, she shares the strength of her faith and trust in God with Nul who needs to find that unconditional love and peace for his life. Yet the story includes an interesting mix of Native American beliefs and a certain primal mysticism as well as the Godly faith.

The writing is direct and fast paced with occasional passages of beautiful description interspersed amid the raw danger and killing. I was impressed with the female protagonist being written by a male author. My only disappointments were that the villain who held the children seemed to get off easy after all of his nefarious dealings and the climactic encounter with the 'mastermind' seemed rushed. Still, I really enjoyed the non-stop action and the strong friendships that helped Jaspar on her mission. I highly recommend this entertaining read to those who like a strong, action-packed thriller.

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
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