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In Desperation (Jack Gannon Series #3)

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  • Posted April 16, 2011


    Wow! What a read. I predict that In Desperation will be received as Rick Mofina's best ever, so far.

    You should know that with my background in psychology and public life, I had been paying very close attention to the political activities south of the border in general and illegal immigration in Arizona, specifically. Rick's novel captures the verisimilitude, in a fictional way, of these serious problems that Americans and Canadians face. He is a master of knowing and communicating the essence of human fear and terror in an intensely suspenseful way. Rick's attention to detail is magnificent. He truly understands that half of who we are as people are our memories - good or bad.

    I also believe that Rick Mofina has an excellent command of what motivates individual choices and what those consequences can lead to. Most importantly, although his readers easily follow him down a path, many would be very hard pressed to `guess' what the next detail or event will be!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    There is a lot of action in only a few days so you won't be desperate for A Lot of Action

    How far would you go to help a sister you hadn't seen in over twenty years? Or a niece you've never met? What if your sister wasn't telling you everything about her past and that lack of knowledge could determine whether her daughter is saved? These are the questions posed in Mofina's latest thriller. Chock full of characters, this is a desperate search for a missing girl.and the truth.
    As a teenager, Cora Gannon was gang raped. Unable to handle the situation, she turned to drugs and eventually ran away from home. She sank lower into drugs and criminal activity. When she became pregnant, she set about changing her name and her life. Now, as Cora Martin, she works as an accountant for a courier firm with a boss involved with Mexican drug cartels. One night, two men posing as cops invade Cora's home, kidnap her daughter and demand she tell her boss to return stolen money. Helpless, she turns to the only person she thinks can help-her estranged younger brother, a reporter for a world wide news service. Using contacts and following leads, Jack Gannon travels to Mexico, Texas, California, and Nevada in search of any information that will lead him to his niece. However, he suspects something in Cora's past has come back to haunt her.
    Mofina juggles multiple characters and locations in this book: the frustrated FBI agent, the repentant assassin, and Jack's boss, who only wants an exclusive. Although the focus generally stays on Jack's search, you get glimpses of many people on the sidelines playing minor roles. With relatively short chapters, the story spans several states and three countries, keeping you guessing where it's off to next. There is a lot of action in only a few days so you won't be desperate for this to stay moving.

    Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, author of "Beta" for Suspense Magazine

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    JUST Ok

    I made the mistake of reading this story right after a Jeffery Deaver novel and was disappointed at the lack of complexity and depth. I have read all the Jack Gannon novels now but this one did not move me. TawasBooker21 -

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

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    "A hold-your-breath thriller"

    Here's a hold-your-breath thriller that explores the bonds of "family," while also touching on addiction, drug cartels and illegal immigration. But it's the element of family that makes this novel so much more than a great read. It has a human factor, showing that Mofina isn't afraid to delve into emotions and relationships?or their pitfalls.

    IN DESPERATION explores the kidnapping of a young girl and the reunion of a brother and sister, one I've been waiting for as a fan of the lead character, journalist Jack Gannon. When he discovers his sister is alive and she needs his help, readers can sense his confliction. But there are too many questions left unanswered. Why did his sister leave? And what dark secret is she still hiding?

    From the first chapter, which will give you shivers of dread, to the final page, the countdown is on. Gannon must find his niece before her captors make good on their promise to kill her if the police are brought in. In the mix is an intriguing, almost sympathetic character in the form of a young assassin, who has reached his breaking point.

    Rick Mofina is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. IN DESPERATION has it all?heart-racing action, taut suspense and an emotional story you want to put down. Two thumbs up, five stars and a standing ovation. Highly recommended.

    Cheryl Kaye Tardif
    bestselling author of Children of the Fog

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

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    This excellent thriller is loaded with suspense that feels real

    In Mexico reporter Jack Gannon investigates a situation when he receives the call from the last person he expected to phone him as he assumed she was dead. From Mesa Mirage, Arizona his sister Cora Martin, who has not spoken to him in two decades, begs him to help her. Someone kidnapped her tweener daughter Tilly demanding five million in five days that they insist her boss at Quick Draw Courier stole from them or the eleven years old child will be dead. Afraid to turn to the cops, frantic Cora pleads with her sibling to find her.

    Fuming at her deception, Gannon works closely with the FBI while wondering why his sibling was apparently in hiding all these years and from who; the likely kidnapper. To his surprise he begins to find a tie to his Mexican investigation as time is running out on a niece he has never met.

    This excellent thriller is loaded with suspense that feels real especially the reactions by the two siblings as they deal with her San Francisco "mistake" that led to her vanishing and her boss' rip off of the laundered money from the Mexican Norte Cartel that led to the abduction. While the days count down in a death watch, readers will appreciate this powerful fast-paced tale in which a family reunion appears deadly; summed up by Jack that nothing truly breaks the basic law of economics in which we demand drugs and the cartels supply them.

    Harriet Klausner

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