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As the investigation develops they discover the murders may be related to each other and are only a very small part of a much larger diabolical plan. I would write more on the storyline, but I don't want to spoil this for future readers. I only address the issues I find prominent and not micro analyze it as I see other reviewers have done. That being said, this is my reasoning behind my "3. The Midas Bomb had many positive aspects making it an overall, enjoyable read.

Moore is a very good writer. He writes clearly and to the point without being verbose. I particularly enjoyed the many different genres the author includes: thriller, mystery, psychological, political and a little romance to top it off. Moore's knowledge on a variety of fields; physics, police procedure, South American politics and our criminal justice system is very evident through out the book, making it very realistic. I certainly could have given this book 5 stars, but there were a few small things I found to be a concern for me.

To begin, the author switched between first person and third person throughout the book. This disrupted the flow of the story. I had to stop many times to figure out who was actually speaking. In addition, the author introduces many different characters in the beginning of the book making it hard to remember who's who.

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Again, I had to stop and go back and figure out who the character was. I believe if the characters were more developed, at the beginning of the story, it would have made identifying them easier. Finally, the author did bring everything together, I did find the ending anticlimactic and flat. I would have enjoyed more of a surprise ending that I didn't see coming. It was somewhat predictable. Overall, not a bad read. I look forward to reading Mr. Moore's other books. Jul 12, Susan Angela Wallace rated it really liked it.

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The midas bomb by Steven m moore. NYPD detectives Chen and Castilblanco partner up for the first time to solve two different murders that become intertwined in a complex terror plot backed by an unscrupulous hedge fund manager. Packed with action and suspense too near today's headlines, this novel describes what could happen when Wall Street schemes with al Qaeda. This was a slow but good read. With good characters.

I liked chen. She was my favourite character. Netgalley and bookbuzz. Jul 17, Beverly Garside rated it it was amazing. I'm not usually a fan of the crime thriller genre, but this story was a different - sticking true to the genre but also going a bit beyond to round itself out with hints of philosophy, psychology, and the vagaries of destiny. Basically, Castilblanco is my kind of cop hero - none of the stereotyped tough guy bravado and cynical quips here that are often the standard for this genre.

Castilblanco engages the world beyond his cases, fitting his investigations and his analysis into a tapestry of expe I'm not usually a fan of the crime thriller genre, but this story was a different - sticking true to the genre but also going a bit beyond to round itself out with hints of philosophy, psychology, and the vagaries of destiny. Castilblanco engages the world beyond his cases, fitting his investigations and his analysis into a tapestry of experiences, education, and an astute awareness of human nature. But what gave him the nightmares was to think of all the stupid people that swallowed their lies.


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A complex conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes is led by a villain who considers himself a genius and the rest of the world's population mere sheep lining up for slaughter. Connecting all the dots and twists here is not for the faint at heart, but as the picture emerges from the fog, it is clearly worth the effort, as it is a picture perhaps never seen before in a thriller. Steven Moore opens our eyes to a whole new target area of society with vulnerabilities rarely contemplated by our leaders and defenders, and a new consciousness as to who among us we may really consider to be on our side.

Bravo to The Midas Bomb. Its explosion certainly has my attention!

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Apr 24, Scott rated it it was amazing. Steven Moore knows his stuff when it comes to politics and issues-based discussion, as any reader of his blog knows. The detectives' skill and intuitions are put to the test as they face a number of very bad characters, including one Vladimir Kalanin, who pops up in fut Steven Moore knows his stuff when it comes to politics and issues-based discussion, as any reader of his blog knows.

The detectives' skill and intuitions are put to the test as they face a number of very bad characters, including one Vladimir Kalanin, who pops up in future novels quite a lot.


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I really enjoyed this fast-paced thriller which approached a potential terrorist threat from a number of directions. It made me think, and perhaps is even more interesting given the recent events in Boston. I've read several of Moore's more "science-fiction" novels though I have always preferred the label "speculative fiction", and I feel it fits better with Moore's works , and this one was different.

A straightforward action thriller with great characters and great attention to detail. Jan 03, Jackie Roche rated it really liked it. I would like to thank NetGalley and Carrick Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest and open review. Two murders only a few miles and minutes apart seem totally unrelated.

In the first of a new series Detectives Chen and Castiblanco set out to solve them. They uncover a terrorist plot to generate a financial crisis. It is obvious, while reading this, that Mr Moore has done a vast amount of research of the I would like to thank NetGalley and Carrick Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest and open review. It is obvious, while reading this, that Mr Moore has done a vast amount of research of the subject. I loved the quotes that were included, particularly H, G, Wells' who describes history as a race between education and catastrophe.

This isn't a book you can flick through. The frightening thing about this book is that it could happen! I look forward to reading many more of Steven Moore's novels.

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While I typically enjoy a detective thriller, the Midas Bomb was hard for me to get into. There are a lot of moving parts, many different factors, and too many groups for me to try to keep straight. The characters aren't as well developed early on as you might hope or expect, making it hard for you to have a more personal connection to them as you would with other novels. To me, that is what draws me in to astory, making me want to read more. I want to have a connection, an interest in the char While I typically enjoy a detective thriller, the Midas Bomb was hard for me to get into.

I want to have a connection, an interest in the character. I want to know who they are, more than just from where the story starts. Sep 15, Carolyn Rose added it. I enjoyed this fast-paced thriller and the thoughts and realizations I had because of the plot and the quotes Moore used within the story.

Thomas Jefferson's musing that a banking establishment is more dangerous than a standing army and H. Wells describing human history as a race between education and catastrophe. When Tyler reaches the bomb on the boat's car deck, he's stunned to find classical languages expert Stacy Benedict waiting for him.

She's received the same threat and her sister has also been taken. Preventing the explosion is only the first step.

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They soon learn the entire setup is a test created by a ruthless criminal who forces them to go on a seemingly impossible mission: uncover the legendary lost riches of King Midas. Tyler and Stacy have just five days to track down the gold. Armed with an ancient manuscript penned by brilliant Greek inventor Archimedes, they begin a quest to unravel a 2,year-old mystery whose answer is hidden within the workings of a cryptic artifact: the Antikythera mechanism, a device designed by Archimedes himself.

To save their loved ones and prevent their captors from recovering a treasure that will finance unspeakable devastation, Tyler and Stacy head to Italy, Germany, Greece, and finally the streets of New York City in a race against the clock to find the truth behind the story of King Midas. Compelling action The Vault is a solid-gold thrill ride that will keep readers riveted.