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The Concealers (The Collectibles Trilogy)

The Concealers (The Collectibles Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

James J. Kaufman

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Katherine Kelly's mentor says she has the makings of a good reporter, but to be great, she must learn to find the emotional core of a story and not hold back in its telling. Then he suggests one last grad school assignment: find someone who has influenced her family and tell that story. Katherine pursues the only family story that has ever eluded her: the identity of the father she never knew. Her mother, knowing her daughter won't stop until she gets the truth, breaks her years of silence and makes the call she always swore she would never make.

The reality of her father stands in stark contrast to the one in her dreams, and Katherine must decide who her father truly is: the guardian of a group of wounded souls called "The Collectibles," the attentive father of a newly discovered daughter, the person of interest in a bank fraud investigation . . . or a little of all three. Blood is deeper than principle, or so she is told. And a great journalist follows a story wherever it leads. It's Katherine's call, and only she can make it.

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*** "The Collectibles", Book One in the Collectibles Trilogy, my first foray into the world of fiction, is a story of two men from different worlds. Preston Wilson, an elitist automobile dealer from New York City's Upper East Side, seeks the assistance of Joe Hart, the one attorney Wilson believes can save his crumbling empire. Hart reluctantly decides to help--but only after extracting a promise that Preston will fulfill an unspecified condition when called upon. Desperate, Preston agrees. When Hart calls in the unconventional IOU, he requires that Preston meet, earn the trust of, and care for several friends of Joe's, each with challenges and none of whom Preston would ever want to know. In fulfilling the promise, Preston finds a new way of looking at life, and his life and the lives of others are changed forever. It's not ultimately about money or control but extensions of the heart. Relationships matter. After "The Collectibles" was published, I received several literary awards and strong reviews; the novel is now in the hands of over one hundred thousand readers. What means the most to me, however, are the letters I receive on an average of one a week from readers all over the country, telling me how much they enjoyed The Collectibles, and that it changed the way they look at life. I answer every one within ten minutes, thanking them for their kind words and taking the time to write. My discussions with book clubs, in person and through Skype, have been among the most rewarding experiences of my life. This is why I wrote "The Concealers", Book Two of the Collectibles Trilogy.

In "The Concealers", my readers find out what happened to the Collectibles, see whether Preston has fulfilled his promise to Joe Hart, and meet several new characters including a twenty-three year-old named Katherine Kelly. Raised by a single mother and poised to receive her master's degree in journalism, Katherine is told by her graduate school mentor that she is a good reporter, but to be great, she must find the emotional core of the story and not hold back. He suggests that she complete one more assignment--a story relating to someone having an influence on her family. Her mentor's remarks hit a nerve, bringing back long-ago demons about the father she never knew. She presses her mother for more details. Unsatisfied, she delves deeper, only to discover the truth about the man she was told was her father. This story asks the question whether telling the truth still matters.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 713 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Downstream Publishing (7 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F1JD9VC
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #531,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story that makes you Search your Soul 17 Sep 2013
By John Fontana - Published on
When I finished reading The Collectibles a year or so ago, I was instantly aware that I had read one of the most memorable, compelling books of my lifetime. I later learned that it was the first book in the Collectibles trilogy, and I anxiously awaited book two. When I was able to obtain a copy I stared read it immediately, and I simply could not stop. I finished it in two days.

The Concealers is laudable follow-up on the Collectibles, a perfect book two. One of many stand-out qualities in this book is the swift characterization. I recognized the characters from The Collectibles and at the same knew I was reading a stand-alone book-- particularly with the introduction of Katherine Kelly and her mother. I loved the character development with so many dimensions and felt as though I was living with them page by page.

The premise of truth and caring for others while filling one's inner need for completeness is delivered with what could be labeled, "quiet inspired dignity of purpose". The novel caused me to undertake deep introspection into my own sense of purpose and fueled a range of emotions within me that were there, but somewhat hidden. Now I feel I must learn how to fully commit.

Mr. Kaufman as an author has an unusual ability to dig deeply into the inherent good that lies within most individuals. Not only are we the beneficiaries of his wonderful writing and a great story, but he also gives us hope. I look forward to book three with great anticipation.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Kaufman Novel You Can't Put Down 15 Sep 2013
By Penn Reader - Published on
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My favorite books are those that have characters I can really root for. They encounter obstacles and face them. Sometimes they overcome them, sometimes not. Katherine Kelly is a strong young woman with a promising journalism career before her. But as she leaves graduate school, questions about the father she never knew plague her. It's a huge gap in her life, one that has to be filled. As she begins her quest, we encounter some of the engaging characters we first met in "The Collectibles," including Preston Wilson. Has he turned his life around, since we left him in the prior book? As Katherine begins to put together the puzzle about her past and starts work on the assignments that will define her future in journalism, she encounters information that could jeopardize both. If you haven't read "The Collectibles," no worry, the latest book is a wonderful stand-alone story. If you have read the first book, you're excited to again meet up with those characters, and to see what has become of them. While these books are linked, they are both independently fantastic reads. Once again, Kaufman has delivered a compelling story and a wonderful message: one that gives us hope and words to live by. "The Concealers" should be on your "Must Read" list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The second time around is even better... 10 Sep 2013
By Terry Santore - Published on
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Having read The Collectibles earlier, I was wondering what part the characters would play in the second book. James descriptive passages and build of the characters , both old and new, got me hooked immediately. Katherine is a complex and inquisitive young lady that I can relate to and her interaction with both old and new characters is superbly crafted. There are wonderful life lessons to be examined and discussed. Bravo Mr. Kaufman. The second part of The Collectibles Trilogy is absolutely a must read, and the ending leaves us all anticipating book three! My book club is having a special meeting just so we can all discuss his newest addition, The Concealers.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel Is Worth the Wait 9 Sep 2013
By Night Owl Reviews - Published on
Reviewed by Terri - 5/5 Stars - Top Pick

This long awaited sequel is worth the wait. Once again, you quickly become part of the story and the twist and turns become as personal to you as they are to the characters. Once again, Preston is one of the main characters and while he's not the most lovable, you can't help but to want him to grow emotionally and to get shook up enough to see past his own selfish desires. Lies, fraud, new found love, unexpected consequences and so much more are part of this book which pulls family ties almost to the breaking point and yet in other places close friends and family is what holds you together. It's a roller coaster ride that you won't want to get off of! Better yet, there is another book coming which I hope doesn't take as long as this one.

If you haven't read the first book, The Collectables, you can enjoy this story with no problem. However, the first was totally awesome and well worth reading. All of the main characters in the first book are present in some way in this second giving those that have read the first book a chance to catch up with them and see how they are doing.

Katherine always thought her father died before she was born but after some research she learns that he couldn't have been her father. After confronting her mother, she learns that her father is a wealthy car dealer, Preston, and that until recently he had no idea that he had a daughter. Preston has been working hard to keep his marriage together but they seem to be drawing apart once again. It doesn't help that his son has been born hearing impaired and the couple thinks differently on how to deal with the problem. Will adding Katherine to this strained marriage take it to the point of no return? And, Katherine has just graduated as an investigative reporter. In her new job, she is making her name of herself uncovering banking fraud and corruption. Soon, though her probing is going to put her in a place she doesn't expect to be.

Expect to be so wrapped up in this story that these characters begin to feel as if you know them and their problems, hopes and dreams are real.

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We received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fiction with a Moral Message 9 Sep 2013
By stan newton - Published on
I got this book from an associate who--like me--had read and loved The Collectibles. After I finished reading The Concealers, I must say Mr. Kaufman has become one of my must-read authors. I read about 5-6 books per month and some of my other favorites are Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Jeffrey Archer, Sue Grafton and David Baldacci. In my opinion, all of these authors are great storytellers, and each of their books grabs my attention and holds it throughout their writings. Mr. Kaufman is clearly in the same league, if not better. His writing grabs and holds my attention but also inspires me to look at myself and take a moral inventory. I read The Concealers in 2 days, and I am not a speed-reader. As a matter of fact, I enjoy reading slowly and savoring the story. My only regret is that the author does not have a larger body of work yet. So please, Mr. Kaufman, write more books even after you finish the third book of the current trilogy.
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