The Exile

The Exile

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by Allan Folsom

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Night in the California desert: John Barron---the youngest cop on the LAPD's feared 5-2 squad---will get a baptism of blood and fire on a night he will never forget.

Panic on the streets of LA: An international hit man no one can stop---not the governments he threatens, not the prisons that try to hold him, not LA's bloodiest rogue cops.

Rebecca Barron,


Night in the California desert: John Barron---the youngest cop on the LAPD's feared 5-2 squad---will get a baptism of blood and fire on a night he will never forget.

Panic on the streets of LA: An international hit man no one can stop---not the governments he threatens, not the prisons that try to hold him, not LA's bloodiest rogue cops.

Rebecca Barron, John's ravishingly beautiful sister: A night of traumatic terror has left her tragically mute. Now, trapped in a web of global intrigue---and pursued by the same sinister hit man menacing institutions of power worldwide---she will find the shocking violence that robbed her of her speech was only the beginning of a far darker odyssey.

A world-famous baroness---as sensuous as she is singularly cruel---will stop at nothing to fulfill her own maniacal dream, one destined to topple governments and dethrone dynasties, catapulting her to the pinnacle of global power . . . while the world holds its breath and waits.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Folsom (The Day After Tomorrow) begins his epic-sized new thriller smashingly, as cops from an elite LAPD squad stake out a train to arrest a killer and find themselves up against the mysterious Raymond, who leads them a murderous dance through the streets of the city, massacres several of them and is then apparently killed himself in a climactic shootout. For its first 200 pages, this is high-octane thriller writing with an almost visceral impact. But already there are dark hints of plot troubles to come. Young up-and-coming cop John Barron, Raymond's nemesis, is found to have a beautiful sister mentally paralyzed by the shock of their parents' long-ago murder, and Raymond begins to receive mysterious phone calls from a sinister baroness talking about his destiny. These kitschy elements dominate the story as it moves over to Europe, Barron builds himself a new life in England with a sexy aristocrat, sister Rebecca emerges from her cocoon as a Princess Di-like figure and the murderous Raymond, now with a new identity, has a key role involving a major upheaval in world politics. Folsom still brings off some entertaining scenes, but the plot becomes so lumbering and improbable (wait till you find out who Rebecca's suave Latin lover is) that even a final burst of action at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg cannot bring back the excitement that launched the book. As for the utterly unprepared-for ending, it breaks at least a dozen popular fiction rules at once. Agent, Robert Gottlieb. (Aug. 17) Forecast: If only Folsom could've maintained the pace and drama of the book's first third, this would be a winner; as it is, word of mouth about the remainder of the overlong novel is likely to dampen reader enthusiasm. $250,000 marketing campaign. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bloated international thriller, knee-deep in cops, rogues, and Romanovs, starts fast-and stumbles. But what a riveting curtain-raiser: an elite LAPD squad-young John Barron its newest member-pursues a mad-dog killer named Raymond Thorne. In the aftermath of this vividly rendered and bloody gunfight-Folsom (Day of Confession, 1998, etc.) can flat-out write an action scene-John is asked to do something he considers beyond the pale, and his refusal turns his life around. Suddenly, he's persona non grata with certain lynch-minded members of the LAPD, so much so that he's forced to flee to London, taking with him his 19-year-old sister Rebecca, an emotional basket case as the result of a psyche-shattering hit suffered when she was a child. John sets her up in London's excellent Balmore Clinic, then wastes no time falling in love with Clementine Simpson, the rich, titled, incredibly sexy Englishwoman he meets there. Encouraged by her, John (Nick now) discovers in himself a latent inclination toward-um. . . landscape gardening, enrolls at the University of Manchester, and settles down to pursue a course. Rebecca, meanwhile, has so fully recovered her health that she learns to speak French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian-in five months! Ah, if only the repellent Raymond Thorne could remain as dead as everyone has assumed he was. But, no, surgically reconstructed, he reappears with hitherto-unsuspected connections that tie him directly to that sturdiest of Russian royal family mysteries. (If you're thinking Anastasia, you're wrong but not by a lot.) Inevitably, Raymond and John-Nick meet in hand-to-hand combat, with the fate of loved ones and a dark, dreary, very Russian conspiracy hanging in thebalance. Take away the action scenes-surprisingly few for all these pages-and what's left is a collection of cartoony characters and some head-scratching plot elements. $250,000 ad/promo. Agency: Trident Media Group
From the Publisher

The Exile starts out like gangbusters and quickly engages the reader.” —Denver Post

“High–octane thriller writing with an almost visceral impact.” —Publishers Weekly on The Exile

“Folsom can flat-out write an action scene.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Exile

“Fast-paced, exciting adventure . . . With a sturdy hero and a despicably clever villain, the novel grabs readers from the opening scenes and rarely lets them loose. It does exactly what it set out to do: deliver breathless excitement.” —Booklist on The Exile

“Hold on tight - from the first scene Folsom spins a tale of page-turning suspense.” —W. E. B. Griffin on The Exile

“Once you start The Exile, forget sleep. It's fierce, complex suspense is fast as a 9 mm slug and tight as a hangman's noose.” —Stephen Coonts

“More twists and turns than a strand of DNA.” —William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist on The Exile

“A masterful epic, The Exile has the sweep and power of The DaVinci Code---a global enigma of world-shattering proportions and a blistering pace that will singe your trembling fingers!” —Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of The Codex

“A sweeping novel, crossing California, France, Switzerland, and England as a young California cop takes on a criminal mastermind.” —Barbara D'Amato, Edgar Award winning author of Death of A Thousand Cuts on The Exile

“You only have to read the explosive opening to know your in the hands of a natural storyteller. What sets Folsom apart is the expert handling of a large and varied cast of characters, and the imaginative sweep of a tale that goes from the mean streets of LA to dazzling centers of international power.” —Andrew Klavan, Edgar Award-winning author of Don't Say a Word and True Crime on The Exile

“Folsom returns with another winner. . . . Unexpected twists and catastrophe on a global scale . . . Folsom should have another best seller on his hands.” —Library Journal on The Exile

“Folsom's most moving novel to date . . . also his bloodiest.” —Bookpage on The Exile

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The Exile
Amtrak Station, the desert community of Barstow, California. Tuesday, March 12, 4:20 A.M.John Barron crossed toward the train alone in the cool of the desert night. He stopped at car number 39002 of the Amtrak Su-perliner Southwest Chief, waiting as a mustachioed conductor helped an elderly man with bottle-thick glasses up the steps. Then he boarded the train himself.Inside, in the dim light, the conductor wished him good morning and punched his ticket, pointing him past sleeping passengers toward his seat two-thirds of the way down the car. Twenty seconds later he put his small carry-on bag into the overhead rack and sat down in the aisle seat beside an attractive young woman in sweatshirt and tight jeans curled up against the window, asleep.Barron glanced at her, then settled back, his eyes more or less on the car door through which he had entered. A half minute later he saw Marty Valparaiso come on board, give the conductor his ticket, and take a seat just inside the front door. Several moments passed, and he heard a blast of train whistle. The conductor closed the door, and the Chief began to move. In no time the lights of the desert city gave way to the pitch-black of open land. Barron heard the whine of diesel engines as the train picked up speed. He tried to picture what it might look like from above, the kind of aerial shot you might see in a movie--of a giant, half-mile-long, twenty-seven-car snake, gliding west through the predawn desert darkness toward Los Angeles.Copyright © 2004 by Allan Folsom

Meet the Author

ALLAN FOLSOM is the New York Times bestselling author of The Day After Tomorrow and The Day of Confession. He lives in California.

Allan Folsom is a multiple New York Times bestselling author and a Hollywood screenwriter. His first novel, The Day After Tomorrow, was an explosive bestseller, hitting the lists of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and Entertainment Weekly. It has been translated into twenty-five languages. Folsom's two following novels, Day of Confession and The Exile, were also major New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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Exile 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thoroughly enjoyed his other books, but this one is about 400 pages too long. a long but easy read with a far-fetched plot and too many unnecessary explanations by the author. his writing style this time is very simplistic. will try again on this next one.
NomedePlume08 More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book. It was 690 pages of the most ridiculous c**p I have ever read. I take that partly back. The first 200 pages or so are interesting, but when the action switches from LA to Part 2: Europe, and then Part 3: Russia, well, that's when the wheels came off the wagon. I mean, come on, this book was dumbfoundingly nuts: changed identities, people who are "killed" who really aren't, the sister who goes from catatonic state to about to marry the ********* (I won't tell in case you want to read it). The whole thing is just way beyond belief. So why did I continue ? Who knows. Save yourself a chunk of time and don't buy this book. Then at the end there is an Acknowledgements page. The author's final praise is for Robert Gottlieb "who manged to keep me directed and on keel." What ? Mr. Gottlib, if your efforts managed to keep the author "directed and on keel" I hate to think what this book would have been without your efforts. Maybe aliens ?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book would never end and there were no surprises.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know why some peoples' hearts would pound when reading this book, unless it is from frustration, or anger over trying to get through with it. The overall idea of intrigue involving a new tsar is fine. Folsom ruins it with a typical psycho killer on the loose story. The plot line of his sister being traumatized was completey ridiculous. Is there a law that says the first woman the good guy meets has to be the sexiest woman in the world and falls in love with him,instantly? Yes. Allan Folsom should be sent to Folsome,or just exiled from the author business.
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Revlyn More than 1 year ago
Allan Folsom tells a very quick paced, intriguing tale of a very perceptive and gifted man who has been and continues to be placed in rather difficult circumstances. The characters are well developed and the plot carries you along until the end. It is a great book to curl up with in the evening, but give yourself plenty of time to finish it because you will have a hard time putting it down once you get started.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Allan Folsom has returned with an excellent novel with twists, turns and a great story line. Although this book is 700 pages, it is well worth the time to allow yourself to get to know the characters, their lives and to root for them as the story unfolds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read the first two novels in one sweeping breathtake, I found myself again having a sleepless night going on to the rollercoasterride I anticipated. How disappointing that after the first 200 (very readable) pages the novel stalls becoming more and more predictable and I am very sorry to say this, by times utterly stupid. I'm prepared to wait another few years to give Folsom another go, but after having read the last line I was really disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first few pages, author Allan Folsom spins a tale of international intrigue and conspiracy, that builds page-turning suspense. Very entertaining read & highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hold on, hold on for a gripping page turner ride. Where is this going? What is happening? How will this end! Take the day off from work to read it. If you don't, you will be up all night! A master story from a brilliant story teller!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I had to say one thing wrong with this book, The Author goes over the facts once to often. Even though a terrfic read. Fred r.........
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great story for mystery lovers. It has all the ingredients; love, mystery, suspense, enigmatic characters. A real page turner and nail biter. From page one I was glued to the book. Having read all of his previous books I became an avid fan of Mr. Fulsome and waited with baited breath for this novel, it was well worth the wait. Now I'm waiting for the next one. Fulsome's a talented writer comparable to some of the best like DeMille, Richard North Patterson, Deaver, Katzenbach Crais, Vince Flynn, Freidman, Dan Brown, etc. Welcome to the 'great mystery writers' club.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
a thriller that you can't put down..never read 700 pages so fast. chapter after chapter exillerationg intrigue and thriller i have read this year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A thriller that will keep you turning pages, twist and turns and many surprises.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With this absolutely incredible page-turner, Allan Folsom will be assured of yet another well deserved bestseller spot! I was riveted to THE EXILE...I wanted to speed read but found that it was just so well written that it dictated more respect for each and every word. The twists and turns in this book will delight and shock you!!! I sincerely hope that the publishers will pull out all stops with an aggressive advertising campaign so that everyone learns about this phenomenal book immediately!!! I look forward to the next John Barron thriller and hope that it is forthcoming!!!