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A World I Never Made: The Invictus Cycle Book 1
     

A World I Never Made: The Invictus Cycle Book 1

3.7 19
by James LePore
 

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"Pat Nolan, an American man, is summoned to Paris to claim the body of his estranged daughter Megan, who has committed suicide. The body, however, is not Megan's and it becomes instantly clear to Pat that Megan staged this, that she is in serious trouble, and that she is calling to him for help. This sends Pat on an odyssey with Catherine Laurence, a beautiful but

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"Pat Nolan, an American man, is summoned to Paris to claim the body of his estranged daughter Megan, who has committed suicide. The body, however, is not Megan's and it becomes instantly clear to Pat that Megan staged this, that she is in serious trouble, and that she is calling to him for help. This sends Pat on an odyssey with Catherine Laurence, a beautiful but tormented Paris detective, that stretches across France and into the Czech Republic and that makes him the target of both the French police and a band of international terrorists.

Juxtaposed against this story is Megan's story. A freelance journalist, Megan is in Morocco to do research when she meets Abdel Lahani, a Saudi businessman. They begin a torrid affair, a game Megan has played often and well in her adult life. But what she discovers about Lahani puts her in the center of a different kind of game, one with rules she can barely comprehend, and one that puts the lives of many-maybe even millions-at risk.

A WORLD I NEVER MADE is an atmospheric novel of suspense with brilliantly drawn characters and back-stories as compelling as the plot itself-a novel that resonates deeply and leaves its traces long after you turn the final page."

Editorial Reviews

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“A WORLD I NEVER MADE is an outstanding first novel, and a wonderful thriller. The story moves very quickly, almost to the point that the reader feels as if they'll miss something if they put the book down even for a moment…. I'm looking forward to James LePore's next work; this one was a gripping read that I would recommend to anyone.”
– Blogcritics

“This is a well-paced, intriguing story that weaves a lot of threads together before finally bringing them all back for the somewhat surprising finale. I really enjoyed the locations, the intrigue, and for me, Megan's struggle to extricate herself from a good situation gone bad...”
– The Loud Librarian

“The key to this exciting thriller is the cast especially the Nolan father and daughter. Pat is terrific from the stunning opening sequence when he reads his daughter’s suicide note, his lie re the corpse, which Laurence’s superior Inspector LeGrand accepts though he knows otherwise, and subsequently his inquiry. Megan is mostly seen through his perception of her though the audience learns relatively early why the Saudis believe she is alive…fans will enjoy this one sitting suspense thriller.”
– Harriet Klausner, The Mystery Gazette

“James LePore has written a fascinating suspense story of power and treachery, broken relationships and redemption….I highly recommend this compelling suspense story filled with vivid characters and haunting storylines. A story that will stay with the reader long after the final page.”
– Bella Online

“Nothing could have torn my attention away from this story. A WORLD I NEVER MADE by James LePore is a must read for thriller fans!”
– Cheryl’s Book Nook

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611880311
Publisher:
Story Plant
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Series:
Invictus Cycle Series , #1
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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A World I Never Made: The Invictus Cycle Book 1 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
An international mystery/thriller that pulls you in from the first page and holds you captive until the very end. The writing makes you feel as if you are part of the story, living with the characters as they go from one suspenseful adventure to the next. A very easy, comfortable read that is thrilling and will keep you wanting more. Terrorism is dealt with in a real and uncomplicated way. Characters and their obstacles are believable. The story, on all levels, is beautifully written and the attention to descriptive detail is incomparable. Hard to put down until you come to the end. Don't be surprised if you read the whole book in one sitting. It is a pleasure to read this type of writing style and I look forward to more of James Lepore's stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me on the edge of my seat! hard to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The basic plot is intriguing, but the story is lacking character and plot development. Some of the elements are very predictable and there are too many lucky events rescuing the characters from certain death. That said, it was entertaining for a quick read that didn't take much thought. Adding some development and depth to the story would make this a really good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
KCK_Blogger More than 1 year ago
James LePore is a lawyer turned writer. This is his first novel and he will keep you intrigued with the story and captivated with his characters. This book is suspenseful with romance added as well. Pat Nolan, a father called to identify his daughter's body, a woman who had committed suicide in France. He learned that it was staged. With the help of a French detective Catherine Lawrence, the quest started to locate and help his daughter Megan. Each clue leads closer to Megan but leaves a trail of death and international terrorists are at their heals. What has Megan gotten herself involved in? Megan Nolan, a very independent beautiful woman who has been living off rich men, took a handsome, rich and powerful Saudi man for a lover. How can one get away from a very powerful and influential individual who is determined to kill you? Gypsies and others showing up to help. Are they all just lucky coincidences or a divine work?
Melancut More than 1 year ago
Absolutely enjoyed this story, with its intrigue and surprisingly human characters. A gripping, well-told story. Looking forward to reading more of Lepore's works!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PLOT (NO SPOILERS): This book follows our protagonist Pat Nolan who is summoned to Paris after his daughter, Megan, committed suicide. While there he discovers that his daughter could be involved with a terrorist group, and Parisian, Saudi, and American governments blame her for a resent bombing in Morocco. Disconnected with his daughter for years, Pat really doesn’t know her that well, but he adamantly disbelieves that she could be a terrorist. Turning to Paris detective Catherine Laurence for help in solving the mystery surrounding his daughter’s final days the two set off into waters unknown, both fully aware that danger could meet them at every turn, and it most certainly does. The story pops back and forth between what Pat is experiencing in the “present” and what Megan was doing up to the point in which Pat steps into the story, but the change between them is clearly marked so there is no confusion. READER TYPE: Someone who enjoys a bit of police drama, suspense, mystery and world travel, with just a dash of romance. WARNING LABEL NEEDED: Using a movie term rating this book would be an R for it’s violence, sexual content, thematic situations and language. This story had its far share of bombings, throat slits, gun shots, even a man being thrown off a cliff. If violence doesn’t bother you, then continue onward in reading this book, but if it does, be forewarned! As for the language factor, this site recently unpublished one of my reviews saying I had “inappropriate language,” which is grossly untrue. But I will not leave out this information for those of you who would like to know about the FULL content within this book. At the beginning of the book there were only a few words here and there, which was bad enough, but I figured it would be safe to proceed, but by the last few chapters they were saying quite a few! There were a total of 3 “s” words, 3 “a” words, and 13 “F” words. THIRTEEN! There were also 2 misuses of God’s name, 2 misuses of the word “hell” and several sexual references. WOULD I READ AGAIN: No. WOULD I RECOMMEND: No. CONCLUSION: The plot was an interesting one, that kept your attention and also kept you guessing as to just how the book would end, and it certainly ended on a note I was not expecting. If not for the language and sometimes cringe worthy violence I would have enjoyed the fast passed suspense novel. But when 3 strikes your out (in bad content) turns into 23, you’ve certainly passed your limit much faster than the change in plot.
fluffy3 More than 1 year ago
very well done book. interesting and lots of action.
Pheasant90 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I purchased it as a Daily Find, and it was truly a value for the money. The story line is fresh, the characters intriguing, and the locations are described beautifully. When shelving this book within your Nook, you can identify it under multiple genres: novel, mystery, romance, history, and even travel are covered. If you are looking for an interesting, smartly written book with characters who's voices will linger long after the final page, then this is a book for you.
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Pablo_44 More than 1 year ago
I suppose to some degree a novel of suspense relies on the tricks of predictability in order to maneuver a reader along its plot however I feel as though in this case they were at times a bit too contrived. I found the near immediate romance between Pat and Catherine a little too convenient; the whole notion of proposed marriage seemed too much for me. As for Megan, well, she is at best unsympathetic; I had a hard time being interested in her; she was less a manipulator and more of a prostitute by her own admission who really did nothing for women’s roles. The remaining characters played their roles as you’d stereotypically suspect. As for the plot, it’s actually an intriguing notion, that somehow quite accidentally a terrorist’s inner circle could be pierced, not with covert intelligence but by pure lust, the very kind that a zealot despises in “infidels”. The pacing made sense and was quick enough, the flip-flop nature of the chapters that brought the timeline together at the end worked for me but the resolution was a little too predictable for my liking. As a first novel it shows great promise, who are we reviewers kidding, LePore is at least published, more than I dare say for myself. I believe that with time and future novels he’ll become less reliant on cliché and let the characters evolve a little more naturally. In the end, I liked it, I just wish that a few aspects addressed differently. Let’s face it, there are better thrillers out there but you could still do far worse than “A World I Never Made”.
jenmurph21 More than 1 year ago
This book is hard to get into, but after about the first 100 pages it starts to pick up. It's a decent read with a decent plotline. I felt it got a bit disjointed when the author decided to introduce to us his overwhelming vocabulary. LePore didn't seem to know when to stop describing scenes and therefore it became a challenge to stay focused on the story. Most of the characters felt underdeveloped except for Catherine and Patrick, and Megan wasn't really someone I cared for at all throughout most of the book. But it's got some good suspense and the last half of the book got very interesting...predictable, but interesting. It kept me entertained enough to finish and I suppose that's all I really want in a book. It's not for younger readers though, probably 15 or 16 year olds at the youngest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pacing and storyline were great. I finished the book quickly and enjoyed it. A few things I didn't enjoy: there was an awful lot of stereotyping, some inaccurate information regarding emergency contraception (just a pet peeve of mine, that's all), and a lot of typos in the nook version, which I imagine aren't the author's fault.
cjd6738 More than 1 year ago
I liked the mixture of suspense, politics and a little romance. It caught my interest right away and forced me to stay up reading almost all night to see what happened.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book a good read. The writing is well done as is the research for it, especially all the information about the Middle East and it's religious customs. I've learned a good bit. I haven't finished it, but spent many hours reading it yesterday. I would recommend it especially to those who don't have this genre as their favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is okay if you are very right wing and hate Muslims. It glorifies violence and blasting the balls off your enemy.
Teldair More than 1 year ago
I have not yet finished reading this book, but stopped part way through as I lost interest. It has a great premise and more than adequate story line, but I found the characters underdeveloped, flat and stereotypical. Although the author displays a fantastic vocabulary, I have to say that reading the same "five dollar word" several times in the same chapter got to be a little much. I will finish this book at some point, and would try another title by this author in the future.