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Trader of Secrets (Paul Madriani Series #12)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

an international thriller

Assassin Muerte "the Mexicutioner" Liquida seeks vengeance against San Diego, California lawyer Paul Madriani and his friends for interfering with his deadly business (see Guardian of Lies and The Rule of Nine). He has already left Paul's investigative friend Herman Di...
Assassin Muerte "the Mexicutioner" Liquida seeks vengeance against San Diego, California lawyer Paul Madriani and his friends for interfering with his deadly business (see Guardian of Lies and The Rule of Nine). He has already left Paul's investigative friend Herman Diggs critically wounded and mounts a violent attack against Paul though his daughter Sarah.

Madriani's partner Harry Hinds and his girlfriend Joselyn Cole persuade him they need to go after the killer before he murders them. They follow his lethal path to Thailand and from there to Paris. However, they soon find themselves in the middle of stolen NASA technology that in the wrong hands uses nature to release destructive energy exponentially stronger than a nuclear bomb.

Not sure how the law firm stays afloat, as the Mexicutioner saga is predominantly an international thriller that fans who have read at least the previous two books will enjoy. Although over the top of Doi Inthanon and the Eifel Tower, readers who ignore plausibility (he previously dealt with a nuke in this arc) will appreciate Madriani and company globetrotting to catch their adversary and prevent the deployment of another weapon of mass destruction.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on May 18, 2011

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

The latest Madriani adventure

I hadn't read any of Steve Martini's earlier novels, but it wasn't necessary to be familiar with his lead characters or to their previous escapades to fully immerse myself in his latest work, Trader of Secrets.

Trader of Secrets opens deep into the action. Madriani...
I hadn't read any of Steve Martini's earlier novels, but it wasn't necessary to be familiar with his lead characters or to their previous escapades to fully immerse myself in his latest work, Trader of Secrets.

Trader of Secrets opens deep into the action. Madriani's private investigator and "muscle" has been attacked and is in critical care. His daughter is in hiding on a doberman training farm and Hinds is assigned to watch over her for her protection. When Sarah is attacked, the lawyers become even more invested in finding the deadly killer Liquida. Though amateurs - Madriani, Jocelyn Cole, and Henry Hinds - through skill, perseverance, and luck followed the notorious killer Liquida. Madriani dive into dangerous situations knowing that they lose whether they chase after Liquida or not. Their law practice has stopped and their clients are likely to report them for having abandoned their cases. Madriani and his partners are waiting for Liquida to be captured or to find them, and each day causes further damage to their old lives, their professional lives.

Deeply motivated and unusually skilled - Madriani and his friends take on one of the most dangerous and skilled killers. If you are partial to the old fashioned spy novels with trade craft, you're likely to particularly enjoy Trader of Secrets.

ISBN-10: 0061930237 - Hardcover
Publisher: William Morrow (May 31, 2011), 400 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

posted by gl on June 13, 2011

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

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    The latest Madriani adventure

    I hadn't read any of Steve Martini's earlier novels, but it wasn't necessary to be familiar with his lead characters or to their previous escapades to fully immerse myself in his latest work, Trader of Secrets.

    Trader of Secrets opens deep into the action. Madriani's private investigator and "muscle" has been attacked and is in critical care. His daughter is in hiding on a doberman training farm and Hinds is assigned to watch over her for her protection. When Sarah is attacked, the lawyers become even more invested in finding the deadly killer Liquida. Though amateurs - Madriani, Jocelyn Cole, and Henry Hinds - through skill, perseverance, and luck followed the notorious killer Liquida. Madriani dive into dangerous situations knowing that they lose whether they chase after Liquida or not. Their law practice has stopped and their clients are likely to report them for having abandoned their cases. Madriani and his partners are waiting for Liquida to be captured or to find them, and each day causes further damage to their old lives, their professional lives.

    Deeply motivated and unusually skilled - Madriani and his friends take on one of the most dangerous and skilled killers. If you are partial to the old fashioned spy novels with trade craft, you're likely to particularly enjoy Trader of Secrets.

    ISBN-10: 0061930237 - Hardcover
    Publisher: William Morrow (May 31, 2011), 400 pages.
    Review copy provided by the publisher.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

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    Second Rate

    Since I have read most of the popular authors, it is always a slight disappointment when I pick up a novel that does not measure up to the quality the big guys can produce. Trader of Secrets is almost beyond silly. It's plot is an outrageous series of events that simply would never happen in the way the author portrays them. The novel gets off to a very slow start, but I do concede that Madriani is good at describing the action scenes. But the preposterousness of it all, and the cardboard characters put the book into a lesser category. How a San Diego lawyer gets caught up in all of these national security issues stretches any imagination.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    LAME

    This is the most ridiculous book I have ever read! Martini needs to get Madriani and crew back to his law office and write the calliber of books he started with. NO MORE MARTINI for me.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Yuck

    The book before this one really held my interest. Trader of Secrets dragged on and on. The scenerios were almost laughable and improbable. And like many poorly written books, Martini brought it to an abrupt end in like three pages. What a struggle!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Excellent+full+of+excitement

    Never+a+dull+moment+in+this+book+as+Paul+and+Harry+try+to+outwit+Liquida.++They+travel+the+globe+creating+suspense+at+each+step+along+the+way.+Not+your+typical+lawyer+story++

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    an international thriller

    Assassin Muerte "the Mexicutioner" Liquida seeks vengeance against San Diego, California lawyer Paul Madriani and his friends for interfering with his deadly business (see Guardian of Lies and The Rule of Nine). He has already left Paul's investigative friend Herman Diggs critically wounded and mounts a violent attack against Paul though his daughter Sarah.

    Madriani's partner Harry Hinds and his girlfriend Joselyn Cole persuade him they need to go after the killer before he murders them. They follow his lethal path to Thailand and from there to Paris. However, they soon find themselves in the middle of stolen NASA technology that in the wrong hands uses nature to release destructive energy exponentially stronger than a nuclear bomb.

    Not sure how the law firm stays afloat, as the Mexicutioner saga is predominantly an international thriller that fans who have read at least the previous two books will enjoy. Although over the top of Doi Inthanon and the Eifel Tower, readers who ignore plausibility (he previously dealt with a nuke in this arc) will appreciate Madriani and company globetrotting to catch their adversary and prevent the deployment of another weapon of mass destruction.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Recommend

    Good reading, disappointed at the ending that just left me hanging!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

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    Can't I give it zero stars?

    I bought the unabridged audio version to listen to when I travel. The narrator is great, but the plot and writing style are terrible. I get so bored driving on business that I can listen to almost anything, but I made it 2/3 through this book, and am putting myself out of misery. Silence and boredom are preferable to this awful book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    Recommend this

    Great story, hated getting to the last page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    I've enjoyed all of his books. Was this as good as most of them

    I've enjoyed all of his books. Was this as good as most of them - no. But it was still very good and well worth reading. Yes, many of the scenes are implausible - but, really, how many in other action/thriller novels are plausible? Part of the fun is losing yourself in a story you never have to worry about finding yourself in in your real life. Just enjoy it and don't analyze it too deeply.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Pass...

    Disappointing Didn't even bother to finish it I love all his other books, but this one dragged on endlessly. I hope he's not turning into James Patterson - churning out novels just for a buck knowing that his loyal fans will read them. I will think twice before buying his next 'Madriani" book .

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Highly recommended- full of suspense.

    Steve Martini manages to keep you involved and spellbound from the first to last page of this book. You never know what will happen on the next page - sometimes you are SO afraid for the characters. I never guess right on the ultimate outcome with this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Martini has lost his touch

    This piece isn't worth the paper to publish.
    I think it must have been written by a ghost writer that thinks they were part of Seal Team Six.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Just so-so

    I prefer his books when they stick to the courtroom. He's more like an FBI or CIA man in this one without any of their skills. He goes along half-cocked without even having a gun. No way to protect himself or the others with him. It was just so-so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Better than past couple

    Kept the pace throughout

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    slow

    slow and too detailed, did not like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    Great read!

    I really like this series. It drug in the middle just a little, however, it was a great read. Looking forward to the next/#13.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Rrrrrrrrrrr

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 12, 2011

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