Gods and Fathers [NOOK Book]

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Overview


Raves for A World I Never Made:
"An outstanding first novel, and a wonderful thriller."
Blogcritics

And Blood of My Brother:
“Author James LePore is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in the thriller genre, and Blood of My Brother proves it with a twisting, multifaceted plot that entertains and keeps readers guessing at every turn."
Nights and Weekends

And Sons and Princes:
“Lepore had me hooked from the very first line, which is not hard to do when you’re asked to envision body parts showing up in a suitcase…. An absolute must-read!”
The Celebrity Cafe

Nationally bestselling author James LePore has established a reputation as a writer whose vividly drawn characters and morally complex plots have kept readers up to all hours turning pages. His new novel promises more sleepless nights and more nonstop thrills.

Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney with more than his share of emotional baggage. His marriage ended disastrously, his ex-wife has pulled their son away from him, and her remarriage to a hugely successful Arab businessman has created complications for Matt on multiple levels. However, his life shifts from troubled to imperiled when two cops – men he's known for a long time – come into his home and arrest his son as the prime suspect in the murder of the boy's girlfriend.

Suddenly, the enmity between Matt and his only child is no longer relevant. Matt must do everything he can to clear his son, who he fully believes is innocent. Doing so will require him to quit his job and make enemies of former friends – and it will throw him up against forces he barely knew existed and can only begin to comprehend how to battle.

Gods and Fathers is at once a powerful mystery and a provocative international thriller, all of it presented with LePore's signature fascinating characters placed in dire circumstances where every choice poses new and potentially fatal challenges.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611880304
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 426,408
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


James LePore is an attorney who has practiced law for more than two decades, and an accomplished photographer. He is the author of three previous novels, A World I Never Made, Blood of My Brother, and Sons and Princes, as well as the story collection, Anyone Can Die. He lives in Westchester County, NY with his wife, artist Karen Chandler.
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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    With such an eerie cover, you can assume from the get go that th

    With such an eerie cover, you can assume from the get go that this book will not be full of sunshine and rainbows. From the beginning the reader is hooked into a roller coaster of a story with a very large cast of characters that intermingle and switch sides from good to evil. At the center of this story is a father and son, the son Michael, not to be confused with the father who is Matt (I may have had some confusion!) is accused of murdering his girlfriend. Beyond the murder accusation is an international scandal between the United States and Syria which involves many people with some undercover dealings.

    The hardest part of this book was keeping straight the large cast of characters, who was a FBI agent, a NYPD officer, pro-Syria, and so on. They each had an interest in the politics that were underneath the murder accusation. Having to diagram the characters was hard and took away from the flow of the book. If you can wrangle in all the characters, this book is a great who dun it with an international twist.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

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    How Far one Father will go when pushed!

    Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney with more than his share of emotional baggage. His marriage ended disastrously, his ex-wife has pulled their son away from him, and her remarriage to a hugely successful Arab businessman has created complications for Matt on multiple levels. However, his life shifts from troubled to imperiled when two cops – men he’s known for a long time – come into his home and arrest his son as the prime suspect in the murder of the boy’s girlfriend.
    Suddenly, the enmity between Matt and his only child is no longer relevant. Matt must do everything he can to clear his son, who he fully believes is innocent. Doing so will require him to quit his job and make enemies of former friends – and it will throw him up against forces he barely knew existed and can only begin to comprehend how to battle.
    Gods and Fathers is at once a powerful mystery and a provocative international thriller, all of it presented with LePore’s signature fascinating characters placed in dire circumstances where every choice poses new and potentially fatal challenges.

    My Review:

    This book was sent to me via The Story Plant for a honest and fair review, as part of Partners In Crime Book Tour. Thank you for that.

    This book was awesome. It starts out with Matt a divorce Lawyer and father to Michael. He tries a case and ends up sending someone to jail. Then finds his own son about to face some jail time and does things a parent would do but not normal people. He digs deep to find out what happened. It was incredible being dragged into the world that James LePore writes about. The strained relationship between father and son. His fears for his family even his ex-wife and the things she’s done. This book dealt with Muslim people not always the best kind, and the mean streets of NYC.

    I was glad that Matt didn’t just sit on his hands while his son faced life in prison or death penalty. I loved how he dug and kept digging to find out the truth at any cost, how he even let his ex-wife Debra in on somethings. I loved how the relationship between Matt and Jade another lawyer was refueled. The writing was great made me feel like I was there riding along with Matt, Michael and Debra. Feeling their pain and anguish over the future of their son. Debra finding out something wasn’t right at home and doing her own sleuthing. For the fear Michael went through not knowing his future for sure. Feeling railroaded into a plea deal that still would have sent him up the river for a stint. And Matt for fighting all sorts of Demons and Monsters to try to save his son.

    Awesome book, definitely worth checking out if you are looking for a great action packed adventure in crime and mystery!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    Good Thriller - Would definitely read his next book

    I thought Mr. Lepore did a good job with the character development. We see a lot of Matt's past, his military history, and some of the demons that continue to haunt him. We see the conflict between him and his son, and get to experience the torment he feels over not being able to have a relationship with his son.

    The story get me involved from page one to the end. The antagonist's goals were realistic and fit with the characters. I was a bit disturbed at first because it all seeemed to have an anti-arabic slant to it, but in the end he seemed to correct that with one of the characters.

    There was some strong language, and adult situations and for that reason I'd say the target audience is older teens and adults.

    Overall, I found it to be a very engaging story and think anyone who enjoys political thrillers would probably enjoy this story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

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    You are in for one heck of a ride!

    Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney. Any sort of relationship with his son was shattered when his marriage ended badly and his ex-wife turned their son against him. All of this is thrown to the side when two cops arrest his son, who they believe murdered his own girlfriend.

    Now Matt is in a battle to clear his son who he believes whole heartedly is innocent. This will require him to quit his job and make enemies of former friends as he finds that everything is interconnected and this whole thing is way more than it seems.

    James Lepore ensnares his readers in an intricate web of espionage and terror that will keep you turning the pages. I could not put this book down. From page one, you are caught up in a plethora of complex characters, emotions and action. I know I’ve said this about many thrillers before but when you can’t put a book down, readers need to know about it! I even had a bad headache today and I refused to put this book down because I seriously wanted to know what happened next. It has all the components of a thriller that keeps readers on their toes: explosions, death, huge plot twists and shocking moments while at the same time having components of a character drama as well.

    So pop some popcorn and find a comfy chair because you are in for one heck of a ride with this legal thriller.

    Thank you to James Lepore and Partners In Crime Blog Tours for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    The way suspense should be done!

    This is the type of thriller I have been missing. A little dark, but with moral lessons, and great characters, Gods and Fathers will be a suspense/thriller that I think about for quite awhile after I have finished it. I will continue to process what happened in the book and think about the characters. It's a true thriller in that it kept me turning the pages, but it also had me invested in the characters. Mr. LePore has scored a home run with me with Gods and Fathers and found a loyal fan to read his previous books and any future books as well.

    I love a good thriller and anyone who reads them knows that the plot drives them. And the plot does drive Gods and Fathers. I went through the whole book trying to figure out who did it and why. There were a sufficient number of suspects that I was always kept guessing and I never could figure out the whys no matter how many hints Mr. LePore threw out. The plot was really well done. I think it was very carefully crafted. It was also well-paced. It was never too slow nor did it feel too rushed towards the end.

    The plot was a main part of this book, but the characters stood out as well and were crafted too. I loved Matt. He's a hot-head who is not perfect, but he has worked out a life for himself. He's a solid A.D.A. and from what we learn early in the book he has cultivated a lot of friends through the police department. This turns out to be very important. However he is estranged from his ex-wife and his son. When his son is accused of murder, his carefully crafted life is turned upside down and all he wants to do is make things right for his son. So we see him as a good dad doing whatever he can for a son who really doesn't seem to like him. But we get to see things change through the book and that is what I loved watching as much as the suspense plot. The growth and change of characters is thrilling in and of itself. Mr. LePore breathes real life into his characters and makes the reader really care for them. I found myself truly invested in Matt, Jade, several of the police officers and eventually even Michael who seems cold and spoiled at the beginning.

    Gods and Fathers is full of plots and thrills and interesting characters. It's a hard book to put down. I put in my earphones, some peaceful music and sat down and tuned out the world around me (my boys playing in the living room where I read) and enjoyed this book for an evening. I escaped to a frightening world of New York City and a underbelly I hope to never know. However the policemen, Jade and Matt, I would love to know them since they would sacrifice just about anything to find out the truth and bring it to light. Those are the people I want on my side if I was ever in trouble. Gods and Fathers is a wonderful book if you enjoy suspense/thrillers or if you want to jump into the genre for the first time. I don't think I can say enough about this novel. It really was that amazing to me. Fast-paced, great characters, interested plots and sub-plots, just a solid suspense/thriller that has me dying to get my hands on more of James LePore's books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    Strong reactions from this book. Well worth reading.

    Gods and Fathers was a great suspense filled novel that you enjoyed and were turning pages as fast as you could. I really enjoyed it. We are taken on a journey of fathers and their sons. Matt who is the father of Micheal who has allegedly killed his girlfriend. Micheal and Matt don’t get along. Matt’s ex-wife Debra is at fault. Matt is a defense attorney and is trying to find out why Micheal is accused of murdering his girlfriend. What a thrilling ride the whole way. Matt is a semi likable character although I never felt like I particularly liked him in the book. I still liked the story. This has some political messages in it. All of which I enjoyed. I felt more for Micheal then any of the characters in the book. I understood why he was mad all the time. Jade – Matt’s ex-girlfriend and becoming girlfriend again spills her secret to Matt on why they broke up and then Matt spills his secret. Matt to me is a hypocrite who I didn’t really care for. In fact I just didn’t like him a lot and felt he need justice himself. I also didn’t like that he felt he should take it upon himself to find and kill who needed killing and with cops who were his friends. I liked the idea of the story and it was really well written, I just didn’t like the characters. I think the author could have created some better main characters. But, because this book could provoke such strong opinions and the author could get me totally involved in his characters and have such a reaction to them. I found his book simply amazing.
    I give Gods and Fathers by James LePore 4 of 5 stars.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 7, 2012

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    An absolute MUST read!

    I can use one word, right here, right now, to describe this new novel from James LePore. FASCINATING. That's it. Just FASCINATING. It's a novel that is gripping from start to finish, infused with greatastically created characters that fit each role perfectly and blended with the suspense needed to keep the reader hanging on every word, wondering what's to come next. That takes superbly masterful skills and Mr. LePore has them. Matteo "Matt" DeMarco is a darkly intriguing character. LePore introduces us to him when he was a young, fresh out of law school murder trial winning lawyer and what a heck of a character he was. You could literally see everything through his eyes, his character was THAT strongly created. Mr. LePore shows us through Matt's eyes how he got where was and what it was like to be there. Fast forward over a decade and we see Matt as a grown man and how his relationship with his son truly is. LePore grips the reader even harder during this time, bringing them to the heart of the situation when two men that Matt has known for so long, come in to his home and turn his life upside down....they arrest his son for murdering his girlfriend Yasmine. Matt's emotions, Matt's dedication to prove his son's innocence is incredible vivid. Faced with job loss, Matt's relationship with his son takes on a change, as he does anything and everything to stand by Michael and show the world that he is innocent and not a murderer. This thriller novel is BEYOND a 5 Book worthy rating. The rush that flows through reader with each new page twists is awesome. LePore knows how to write just enough in each scene that the reader will THINK they know the answer and then bam! LePore hits them with something different and jaw dropping. The ultimate question will ALWAYS remain, however, until the very end. WHO is the guilty party??? What, you think I'll tell you that answer? Nope. Not me. You'll have to go now and pick up a copy of this GREATABULOUS, suspenseful novel. James LePore has just moved to the top of my favorite suspense authors list and he's there to stay! I can't wait to see what he has in store for his fans next! This review originated at Reviews By Molly in part with a blog tour.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2013

    I loved this book until about page 100 when there were too many

    I loved this book until about page 100 when there were too many characters to keep track of. If the book had been longer and the characters kept a little separate, it would have been a hit for me. The plot is solid but too many characters for such a short novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    JAKE WALTON REVIEWS RESULT 2!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Excellent story

    Well worth the reade. The ending was not what I would of guessed. Hats off to Lapore.

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

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    Police, politics, attorneys, terrorists, ruthless murderers, and

    Police, politics, attorneys, terrorists, ruthless murderers, and money.....lots of money. Put all of these together and you get a complicated, "shady" case of who done it. Had Matt really killed his girlfriend or was he framed?

    The characters are intense, wealthy, and quite interesting. They range from police detectives to wealthy attorneys and from spoiled, rich children and wives to house help....some who really shouldn't be trusted. Each character has his or her own unique characterization and connections. The reader will get a glimpse into corruption in investigations and the alarming happenings that occur inside and outside of the courtroom when trying to prove an accused person is innocent. This may include "eliminating" some of the suspects or folks that would have been able to testify.

    Matt, the accused, was sequestered in his mother and step-father's home on at 500K bail for the murder of his girlfriend who he was going to marry in a few months. Matt denies the charge, but the evidence whether honest or contrived kept mounting and evidence tampering by skilled people couldn't be proven.

    The book takes you from New York to Syria showing how intelligence operations and conspiracy works. If you enjoy police investigations, criminal happenings, devious characters, and just plain intrigue, this is a book you won’t want to miss. It gets a little confusing at times, but the intrigue and plot are excellent and keep you interested. There are a few surprises as well. It is an easy, good read that you can also learn from with respect to international contact and police investigations. 4/5

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    very good

    makes me want to read more James Lepore books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Enjoyable read.

    This book is for those who like a thriller. Is very captivating and holds your interest throughtout and has a very logical ending that ties in with the premise of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Just okay

    Not rally thrilled about this book, just ok.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    Are you a fan of the television series "24"? If so, th

    Are you a fan of the television series "24"? If so, this book will resonate with you. Gods and Fathers is a story of intrigue, of politics and moles, and the lengths people will go to to protect and avenge people they love.

    Matt DeMarco is no stranger to confrontation and trials, after all he is a prosecuting attorney. Now as he prosecutes a young man accused of murdering his sister, he makes an enemy who is ruthless and cunning and determined to see payback. With lives threatened, Matt finds the plot is much thicker than he ever imagined and the clock is ticking. His investigations uncover international ties, a mole, and Syrian ops with an agenda.

    I love legal thrillers, being a fan of John Grisham and Corban Addison, now James LePore is on the scene, promising thrills and chills in a world of lawmakers, enforcers and law breakers. If you enjoy a good legal thriller, you will find it in Gods and Fathers.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    A good read....

    I found the book suspencefull and wanting more......

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

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    Set in New York, Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attor

    Set in New York, Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney. His marriage ended badly and his ex-wife turned his son, Michael, against him. She went on to marry a very successful Arab businessman that complicates Matt’s life even more. They are out of town so Michael, now a graduate student, is staying with him. He thought things were bad when two of his son’s friends stopped by. There was just something off about them.

    Later that night life goes out of control when two police officers he has known for years appear at his door with a warrant for his son’s arrest. He is the prime suspect in a murder, Michael ‘s girlfriend has been found dead.

    Matt is forced to quit his job and do everything he can do to clear his son, who he believes with all he heart and knowledge that he is innocent. The battle begins taking him places he never imagined existed.

    Dollycas’s Thoughts
    This is the second book I have read in the last 2 weeks where a father is fighting to save his son. This is definitely the better story of the two.

    It is an intense look at the lengths parents go to save and protect their children, with an engaging mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The pain, sacrifice, and anguish jump right off the page.

    This is not the first LePore novel I have enjoyed. He has the knack of creating characters readers care about and complex plots that put them in danger. The international element mirrors reality prevalent in the world today. The story is well researched, there are no procedural gaffs that are usually present in the kind of novel. Like his other stories this one has the ripped from the headlines feel.

    This thriller is “A Perfect Escape”, sit back and enjoy this fast paced dramatic ride, you will not be able to put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    this book is gar Thai This book ii This book is good

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  • Posted March 5, 2012

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    A real page turner with eye-popping, heart-pounding surprises! A

    A real page turner with eye-popping, heart-pounding surprises! A complex political thriller with espionage, mystery and suspense. Lots of interesting characters; all of them believable in their dramatic complexity. Another captivating story by James LePore, beautifully written, with the attention to descriptive detail we have come to expect. Looking forward to reading more stories from this author.

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    At the top with the best of them!

    An intriguing thriller/mystery worth the time and money! Well crafted to pull the reader into the world of the protagonist. Emotions run high as the journey to clear his son's name takes many twisted, unpredictable turns. Political with Mid- East events but not cliched, they show many sides of a situation. Wonderful novel, highly entertaining!

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