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Posted May 23, 2014
Is Carol Golden's 'rebirth' a godsend or curse? Deceit and conspiracy invades her life
Alan Cook often combines a bona-fide murder mystery and adventure story with reality...a well documented and thought out presentation of deceit and revelation of conspiracy. This book is no different, in fact as it delves into international financial institutions and governmental bailouts, I would say he has done a great deal of research on the subject.
This is the 3rd book in the series If you have not been following the adventures of Carol Golden, she is still trying to recover memories she has forgotten having suffered amnesia. Now, after a quick "abduction" while buying chocolates for her grandmother, she finds herself again facing the man who helped her regain what memories she has. Now she is about to go undercover with these two agents (her abductors and now team-mates) to locate, and possibly kill, a man she has been told was her lover in college. A man she has no recollection of. A worldwide seven-continent chase ensues, making this one of the most interesting chase books I've read.
Her former mentor has said that the man they are looking for is trying to bring down the Western World; she has been told this man is financially ruining the countries by security transactions causing banks to lose billions and possibly causing banks to fail. Cook's books usually contain the use of logic and/or mathematics puzzles and games, as played out by Carol in solving mysteries and personally, I enjoy these. In this case she is able to break an important code. But all is not as it seems. Is she on the right side or the wrong side? Has she been duped? Unbelievable end twist! I really enjoyed this book with its suspense, characters, some humor and most of all its glimpse of the world.
Posted February 22, 2014
Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite
Carol Golden, also known as Aiko Maukawa and Cynthia Sakai, is more than your average woman living in the United States. There’s actually far more to her than meets the eye. The problem is that even she doesn’t know it. Carol has been to different corners of the globe, but she’s about to travel further than she ever has before in search of an ex-boyfriend she doesn’t even remember. Amnesia can definitely throw a wrench into the best laid plans and Carol’s plans aren’t any different. Finding Eric is going to be priority number one if she can just remember who Eric is in Dangerous Wind.
Carol is the type of girl that you don’t easily forget. She’s funny, smart, and strong, even when she’s struggling to remember simple things like a boyfriend from back in her college days. She doesn’t like to give up and she definitely doesn’t give in. I wish I could be more like her and perhaps more like Alice as well, the take-charge woman who doesn’t take no for an answer. This book has twists and turns you definitely won’t see coming, I know that I didn’t. But it’s interesting enough to keep you reading more and more and to keep you wondering how they’re ever going to save the world. Dangerous Wind is the third Carol Golden book and the adventures are definitely continuing as they span the entire globe searching for a way to stop one crazy man from fulfilling his dream and destroying the world.
Posted October 11, 2013
Within the first few pages of this third in the Carol Golden novels, we are swept immediately into the world of terror into which the protagonist finds herself, as she is kidnapped and flown partway across the world from her hometown of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The reasons behind her kidnapping are unfathomable to her, other than the thought that it could be related to the wealth she had come into from her parents’ estate. Her captors appear to be a could-be model and a sexual harasser.
This is hardly the firs time Carol (whose real name, Cynthia Sakai, she had only recently discovered) had survived an attempt on her life. She had had most of her memory destroyed after being attacked and left, unconscious, in a dumpster nearly a year ago. Still recovering from amnesia, she has only recovered bits and pieces of the first twenty-five years of her life before the attack. Her captors release her soon after they all arrive in London, when she becomes involved in their mission to track down a man with whom she was in a relationship when she was in college, in fact a professor who was even then considered a radical. She is told that he is trying to bring about the “downfall of the Western World,” which would seem to be hyperbole until they explain that his weapons are financial as opposed to militaristic and involve various complex financial manipulations which would affect the world banking system, all too real and sounding very close to exactly what the U.S. (among other countries) is and has been going through in recent years..
To say the plot is international in scope would be a vast understatement, taking our protagonist as it does from England to Switzerland, Egypt, Tahiti, New Zealand and on and on, covering all seven continents. (The brief descriptions of the world capitals and their most famous sites are beautifully done, I might add.) There is quite a bit of action and suspense here, and the plot doesn’t sound like a recipe that would lend itself to humor, but don’t let that fool you (although it is rather sly). If this work of fiction causes its readers some unease, that may have been at least part of the author’s intention. Be that as it may, it is a page-turner, and definitely recommended.
Parenthetically, the title derives from an old Chinese proverb: “A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind.”