Sweat

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When Jake Patrick took a summer internship at his estranged father’s corporation, he anticipated some much-needed extra cash and a couple of free meals from his guilty dad. He would never have guessed that he'd find himself in the center of an international scandal involving a U.S. senator, conspiracy, backroom politics, and murder. Or that his own life would hang in the balance. Or that he’d find help – and much more than that – from a collection of memorable characters operating on all sides of the law. Jake’s...
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Overview


When Jake Patrick took a summer internship at his estranged father’s corporation, he anticipated some much-needed extra cash and a couple of free meals from his guilty dad. He would never have guessed that he'd find himself in the center of an international scandal involving a U.S. senator, conspiracy, backroom politics, and murder. Or that his own life would hang in the balance. Or that he’d find help – and much more than that – from a collection of memorable characters operating on all sides of the law. Jake’s summer has turned into the most eventful one of his life. Now he just needs to survive it.

From the sweatshops of Saipan to the most powerful offices in Washington, SWEAT rockets through a story of crime and consequences with lightning pacing, a twisting plot, an unforgettable cast of characters, and wry humor. It is another nonstop thriller from one of the most exciting new voices in suspense fiction.

Finalist: 2014 International Book Awards

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Another amazing, white knuckle read!! Mark Gilleo is both talented and gifted when it comes to page turning story telling. A master!! Bravo!! A book not to be passed by!! Extraordinary!!!”
– CMash Reads

Sweat is a political thriller that will engage any and all readers. Very well written and highly recommended!”
– Crystal Book Reviews

“A must read for suspense and thriller lovers.”
– Hotchpotch

“Once again Mark Gilleo has hit the ball out of the park.”
– The Top Shelf

“An amazing story with nonstop action taking us from a garment sweat shop in Saipan to the upper echelon of Washington D.C.’s elite politicians and business men.”
– Single Titles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611880519
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Pages: 366
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Mark Gilleo has a graduate degree in international business from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree in business from George Mason University. He enjoys traveling, hiking and biking. He speaks Japanese. A fourth-generation Washingtonian, he currently resides in the DC area.

His books have received numerous awards and literary recognition, including: Winner of a National Indie Excellence Awards. Winner of the 2014 Beach Book Festival. Finalist in the 2014 International Book Awards. Runner-Up for Fiction in the San Francisco Book Festival and the New York Book Festival. Finalist and semi-finalist in the William Faulkner-Wisdom creative writing competition.

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As the van pulled away in a small cloud of dust, the senator inspected the main guard booth and the now present guard. Lee Chang took Peter by the arm and stepped away. The sweatshop boss dropped his voice to a whisper and looked over Peter’s shoulder as he spoke, “Interested in the usual companionship?”

Peter, in turn, looked over at the senator who looked back and nodded in approval to the conversation he couldn’t hear but fully understood. “Is Wei Ling available?” Peter asked as if ordering his favorite wine from the menu.

“Yes, of course. Wei is available. Shall I find a companion for the senator as well?”

“Yes, the senator would enjoy some company. Someone with a good command of English. I don’t think he wants to spend the evening playing charades,” Peter responded.

“No, I’m sure he wouldn’t.” Lee Chang smiled, nodded, and barked at Chow Ying in Chinese. The large subordinate walked across the front lot of Chang Industries, down the side of the main building, and vanished into the seamstresses’ two-story living quarters. The CEO, senator, and sweatshop ruler went upstairs to wait.

Traditional Chinese furnishings cluttered Lee Chang’s living room.

“Nice piece,” the senator said, running his hands across a large black cabinet with twelve rows and columns of square drawers.

Peter spoke. “It’s an antique herbal medicine cabinet. The Chinese characters written on the front of each drawer indicate the contents.”

“Tattooed reminders of a former life,” the senator said with poetic license.

Lee Chang stepped over and pulled open one of the drawers. “And now it holds my DVD collection.”

“Modernization never stops,” Peter added.

The three men found their way to the living room and Peter and Senator Day sat on the sofa. Lee took a seat on a comfortable wooden chair, small cylindrical pillows made from the finest Chinese silk supporting his arms.

The middle-aged woman who entered the room to serve tea didn’t speak. She had standing orders not to interrupt when her boss’s guests were wearing suits. The senator watched the woman skillfully pour tea from a blue and white ceramic teapot. He wondered if the woman was Lee Chang’s lover. Peter knew Lee’s taste ran much younger.

The intercom came to life on the wall near the door and Chow Ying announced that the ladies were ready. A brief exchange followed in rapid-fire Chinese before Lee Chang ended the conversation abruptly, flipping the intercom switch off.

“Gentlemen, if you are ready, the car is waiting.”

The senator took the front seat next to Chow Ying. Peter gladly sat in the back seat, squeezing in between the two beautiful Asian women. As he got comfortable in the rear of the car, Wei Ling whispered in his ear, her lips tickling his lobe. Peter smiled as his lover’s breath blew on his neck.

Shi Shi Wong, the senator’s date for the evening, looked up at the seamstresses’ quarters as the car began to move. She spotted several faces pressed against the glass of a second floor window and fought the urge to wave.

By the time the black Lincoln exited the gate of Chang Industries, Peter had one arm around each lady. He kept them close enough to feel their bodies move with every bump in the road. He leaned his torso into theirs with every turn of the car.

Peter Winthrop’s favorite table at The Palm was in an isolated corner next to a small balcony overlooking intimidating cliffs thirty yards from the back of the restaurant. A steady breeze pushed through the open French doors that led to the balcony, blowing out the candle in the center of the table as they arrived. Peter asked for recommendations from the chef and ordered for everyone. They had spicy barbecued shrimp for an appetizer, followed by a salad with freshly sliced squid that the senator refused to eat. For the main course, the party of four shared a large red snapper served in a garlic and lemon-based Thai sauce. Copious amounts of wine accompanied every dish.

Chow Ying waited subserviently in the parking lot for over three hours. He fetched two cups of coffee from the back door of the kitchen and drank them in the Lincoln with the driver’s side doors open. With his second cup of coffee, he asked the waiter how much longer he thought the Winthrop party was going to be.

“Another hour at the most,” came the reply.

On the trip back to the hotel, the honorable senator from Massachusetts threw his honorability out the window and sat in the backseat with the ladies. Flirtatious groping ensued, the senator’s hands moving like ivy on human walls. His Rolex came to rest on Wei Ling’s shoulder. His Harvard class ring continued to caress the bare skin on Shi Shi Wong’s neck.

Peter made conversation with Chow Ying as the driver forced himself not to look in the rearview mirror. Peter, never bashful, glanced at Wei Ling on the opposite side of the backseat, their eyes meeting with a twinkle, her lips turning up in a smile for her lover. Peter smiled back.

Wei Ling was beautiful, and a sweetheart, and intriguing enough for Peter to find an excuse to stop in Saipan when he was on business in Asia. He usually brought her a gift, nothing too flashy, but something meaningful enough to keep her compliant in the sack. A dress, lingerie, earrings. He liked Wei Ling, a simple fact tempered by the realism that he was a CEO and she was a third-world seamstress. Pure attraction couldn’t bridge some gaps. But Lee Chang was proud of the fact that Peter had taken a fancy to Wei Ling. It was good business. She was a company asset. He wished he could put her on the corporate balance sheet.

Chow Ying dropped the party of four off at the Ritz, an eight-story oasis overlooking the finest stretch of white sand and blue water on the island. He gave Wei Ling and her sweatshop roommate-turned-prostitute-without-pay a brief command in Chinese and followed with a formal handshake to the senator and Peter. He waited for the four to vanish through the revolving door of the hotel and then pulled the Lincoln into the far corner of the parking lot.

The senator and Peter weaved slightly across the lobby of the hotel. Wei Ling and Shi Shi Wong followed several paces behind. The concierge and hotel manager, jaws dropping momentarily, engaged in a seemingly urgent conversation and didn’t look up until the elevator doors had closed.

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    A must read for suspense and thriller lovers. I give this book a five out of five stars!

    Besides grabbing your attention with the complicated and interesting story line, this book shows the real life in a Chinese sweat shop, located on the island of Saipan for legal reasons and giving sweat a total different meaning. After his mother’s death, Jake starts work at his estranged father’s business because he needs the money. He gets that and a whole lot more when he starts caring for the fate of a Chinese girl in the sweat shop in Saipan. He meets a homeless man who is much more than who he seems and who becomes a mentor and leader in Jake’s endeavor. It gives you a different view on homeless people in the process. Of course there is romance involved as well as a good dose of politics. It is all in all a clever plot, put together really well with a healthy dose of humor. A must read for suspense and thriller lovers. I give this book a five out of five stars!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

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    Mark Gilleo is AMAZING! After his mother¿s death, Jake Patrick

    Mark Gilleo is AMAZING!

    After his mother’s death, Jake Patrick takes a summer internship at his estranged father’s corporation. What he thought would be a way to get some free meals and much needed cash quickly puts him in the center of an international scandal and his own life could hang in the balance.

    Once again Mark Gilleo has hit the ball out of the park. It may not be as chillingly close to home as Love Thy Neighbor, but you will still find yourself turning the pages of this book. As with his debut, Sweat is seriously deep and everything is connected. From Jake’s desire to get to know the father he never really knew to caring about a young woman in a sweat shop in Saipan, it all matters. The colorful cast of intriguing characters makes for some sweet and even funny moments mixed in to the complex plot of assassins, senators and homeless men. If you’ve read Love Thy Neighbor, then you were dying for this book to come out and it will leave you wondering what’s to come from this amazing new author. If you’ve only read Sweat, you’ll want to go back and read Love Thy Neighbor, because Mark Gilleo is just amazing.

    Thank you to Partners In Crime Tours and The Story Plant for the review copy. It in no way influenced my review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

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    I love a good thriller and Mark Gilleo, an author previously unk

    I love a good thriller and Mark Gilleo, an author previously unknown to me, delivered with Sweat. The title may not sound like your typical run of the mill thriller but dig your heels in and dive headfirst into this book, that will have you rapidly turning page after page, and you will understand where the title derived from and why it is ultimately so appropriate.

    Jake is a very sympathetic hero and I liked him very much. The rawness of his mother's death from cancer, happening just prior to the beginning of this book, comes across starkly on each page as does his discomfort with his father, Peter. Despite Peter being a fairly unlikable character, his interactions with Jake are among the best in the book, with an equal split of discomfort, resentment and hostility.

    Mr. Gilleo has a varied assortment of characters present in Sweat but well within reason. There is not a single extraneous or tertiary character in attendance. All of them serve a purpose and help to move the story along. My favorite was a homeless CIA operative who provided some wry humor and a crucial push to the story.

    And what a story! Sweat certainly has its fair share of action, intrigue, suspense and even espionage. Washington politics are covered but not to the extent that it will be overwhelming if you do not care to read about such matters. The suspense was so taut, so expertly penned, that I honestly had no idea what was going to happen - - to Jake, to his father, to his girlfriend . . . to anyone. I have read a lot of books in my lifetime and it's not easy to keep this reader in the dark and yet Mr. Gilleo managed to do just that.

    I am surprised that I have not been introduced to Mark Gilleo's work prior to this based on how well written Sweat is. He is a terrific storyteller and a gifted writer and marries the two into a fantastic piece of work that is sure to keep you up to the wee hours to wind your way through the crime and corruption with Jake.

    If you're looking for a solid thriller that will keep your pulse racing, Sweat is the choice for you. I promise you will not be disappointed. And if Hollywood has any sense, they will option this book immediately.

    Excellent work, Mr. Gilleo. You have earned a place on my "authors I must read" list.

    ©Psychotic State Book Reviews, 2012

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Very Good Thriller

    A very good book with political intrigue and plot twists. Well written, with a great cast of characters. I will be reading more from this author

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

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    With its heady mix of corporate wrongdoings, political scandals,

    With its heady mix of corporate wrongdoings, political scandals, family betrayals, blackmail, and murder, Sweat is a slow-burning thriller that relies largely on the strength of its characters to propel the story along. The plot itself is straightforward and familiar, borrowing from a number of standard scenarios, but the strong thread of morality and justice running through it all keeps the reader engaged beyond the page.

    Jake is a responsible and upstanding young man, the kind of dutiful son who puts his education, his career, and his very life on hold for the sake of family. He's not perfect, and never come across as holier-than-though, which is why he works as a protagonist. More importantly, in a world of CEOs, senators, spies, billionaires, and sweatshop owners, he and his new girlfriend, Kate, serve to provide the reader with somebody they can identify.

    Peter, Jake's absent father and CEO of Winthrop Enterprises, is the kind of selfish, arrogant, manipulative, amoral man to who nothing and no one is sacred. He's the kind of man you want desperately to hate, but he's so honest about his own shortcomings, so open about his motivations, that he demands a certain grudging acceptance. On the surface, Senator Day is a bit more human, and a bit more sympathetic, but he's no less despicable for being so opportunistic and ready to betray trusts both public and personal. As for Lee Chang, sweatshop manager, slave-runner, and whore-master, he's just about as stock as villains come. You can almost hear him chewing the scenery.

    Gilleo knows how to set a scene, and has a flair for dialogue that manages to keep the cultural elements from being trite or blatantly stereotypical. I liked the fact that the emphasis is on the characters, on the human element of the story, as opposed to the gun-porn or techno-absurdity of others in the genre. An altogether solid read, and one with some real moments of excitement and intrigue.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    Thanks to Partners in Crime Tours, I've just read this new novel

    Thanks to Partners in Crime Tours, I've just read this new novel by Mark Gilleo and I'm glad to be able to bring it to your attention. This is a novel with an agenda but it's one that most of us will agree with, and regardless, the plot will have you on the edge of your seat. The characters are so well drawn that they all seem quite real.

    The main character is Jake Patrick. He'll be on my mind for a long time. His father had left he and his mother years earlier. Now Jake has dropped out of grad school for a year to care for his dying mother. After her death, he's in, to put it mildly, a pickle. No money, no prospects, lots of bills overdue. With nowhere else to turn, he requests a summer job from his father, Peter Winthrop, a multimillionaire trader. Winthrop is also unscrupulous, getting his millions with absolutely no regard for anyone but himself. The original wheeler-dealer type. But, he gives his son a job and takes him under his wing with an idea toward grooming him to take over the company someday.

    Meanwhile, a powerful Chinese tycoon's son runs a sweatshop on Saipan, a U.S. Territory. The seamstresses are held prisoner and abused. Winthrop and U.S. Senator John Day visit there to film an idealized version of the shop and then the bigwigs are treated to dinner and "benefits" with two of the beautiful young seamstresses that evening. The results of that evening will threaten to bring down both of them.

    Jake is definitely the good guy here, and he has a window into what's really going on through his new job and the help of his father's secretary. He also becomes the target of an assassin from China and due to his investigation into a murder in Washington, D.C.'s Chinatown, he is also in danger from that quarter. The Chinatown subplot is another fascinating glimpse into another culture. You'll be on pins and needles wondering if Jake will live through all the danger, but you'll also be cheering him on as he tries to do the right thing for the oppressed.

    I loved this book. Now I intend to read Gilleo's debut novel called Love Thy Neighbor. Mark Gilleo is a real talent I'll be following for sure.

    Source: The Story Plant
    Recommended reading

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

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    After taking care of his mother through her cancer battle which

    After taking care of his mother through her cancer battle which she lost Jake Patrick is trying to get his life back on track. He decides to take on a summer internship at his estranged father's company. It will give a chance to earn some cash before he heads back to college and he may get to know the man who gave him life.

    What he never imagined was finding himself in the center of an international scandal involving a U.S. senator, conspiracy, backroom politics, and murder. Or that his own life would hang in the balance. From D.C. to Saipan Jake is just trying to do what's right and doing his best not to get himself and others killed in the process.


    Mark Gilleo writes about what he knows and makes it entertaining for all of us. You can tell from reading this story he has and international business mind and the author does have a graduate degree in this course of study.

    This is a complex story that unfolds in a way that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The transitions between Washington D.C. and Saipan are smooth. The characters are rich and Jake Patrick is a character you will love and root for throughout the whole book.

    Twists, spins, turns, intrigue, conspiracy, corruption, politics, kidnapping, murder, even a bit of humor and romance, this story has it all!!!

    The story also opened up my eyes more clearly to the past economic driving force of Saipan, the largest island in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, an unincorporated territory of the United Stares. According to Wikipedia on November 28, 2009, the federal government took control of immigration to the Northern Mariana Islands closing garment factories manufacturing for Levi Strauss, Phillips-Van Heusen, Abercrombie & Fitch, L'Oreal subsidiary Ralph Lauren (Polo), Lord & Taylor, Tommy Hilfiger, and Walmart that were driven largely by foreign contract workers (mainly from China) . This story shines a light on these issues in a fictional way we can all understand. Sweatshops!

    Mark Gilleo is an author to watch and quickly becoming a favorite of mine!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    Would definitely recommend! Suspenseful!

    I had actually read another book by this author, "Love Thy Neighbor", that I thoroughly enjoyed! After finishing it, I looked for other books by this author and found "Sweat". Like the first book, I was immediately drawn to the characters and subject matter. The stories were loaded with intrigue and suspense! I was pleasantly surprised to read that the author had a graduate degree from the University of SC. We live in Columbia, SC, home to USC and the fighting Gamecocks! To read his books and the references to specific areas in our city was a bonus! I would definitely recommend both of these books and I now have put Mark Gilleo on my "Favorite Authors" list!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    To anynomous ( the book not the person ;) )

    I was hoping i could be in the story because i love your book and it makes me want to b part of it!! Okay, i am anaria but every one calls me ria. I have think blond hair im kind of tan, and i am tallish i have blue eyes and i am terrified of water but dont know why. I dont know who parent is, but itt doesnt bother me except when people make fun of me for it. I love horses chocolate and reading i dont like spiders much, but im okay with snakes. I sword fight do archery and am good with a dagger. I am friendly but sometimes once i am realy close with someone i tend to b a little crazy;)!!!:) i hope you put me in your story!!!:) &hearts - ari

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Loved it!

    Couldn't put it down!

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    Posted March 10, 2013

    Bios

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  • Posted November 10, 2012

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A political thr

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    A political thriller that takes the reader out of the US into a territory where sweatshops are a normal occurrence and women are a commodity to fill the empty seats in the factories. At the beginning of this book there are some plot lines that are running perpendicular and then all of the sudden they merge to make this full story that was fantastic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

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    Senator Day and Peter Winthrop are on a trip to Saipan, meeting

    Senator Day and Peter Winthrop are on a trip to Saipan, meeting Lee Chang, the owner of a factory. They will make a movie about the fine working conditions and fine quality product being produced. Simple story, right? Wrong! That will be the most placid scene the reader will experience because the remainder of the book immediately turns into a frenetic paced race to upend the "bad guys," as it used to be called. For the Senator and Peter have a bit of feminine entertainment after their business is over, never realizing the after effects will change their world forever!

    Mark Gilleo has written a novel about the outsourcing of labor to countries where workers produce in "sweatshop" conditions, where one pregnant girl is just a burden to be discarded, that is until her workers mastermind a way to bring public attention to the young girl's plight. It is Jake Patrick who takes a summer internship while awaiting his future academic studies. It is he who shows little interest in his father's business until he receives a secret message and enlists others to help solve what he perceives to be a devastating injustice and soon enough finds to be an international scandal.

    Jake initially has no idea what and who he is up against - the Chinese businessman who thinks nothing of killing employees; a doctor who is willing to lie and perform other unethical acts to guarantee his paradise living, a town detective chief who follows one law and it's not one created by any government, a government representative who prides himself more on fostering business and generating money than caring for the precious gift of life, and so much more.

    Sweat is a political thriller that will engage any and all readers. It's all too real a possibility and it is the hope of a young idealistic man who guarantees that integrity is larger than all the dirt bags taking advantage of the few for the almighty "buck!" Very well written and highly recommended!!!

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

    The plot of this thriller brings the reader face to face with wh

    The plot of this thriller brings the reader face to face with what life must be like working in a sweat shop and more importantly how life must be like for those that do find themselves gainly employed or should I say gainly imprisoned in a sweat job ? While this book is fictional it does bring to light how greed and politics can corrupt and destroy lives of innocent people and this allowed me to feel a multitude of emotions while turning the pages of this international thriller. The plot moves along at a very brisk speed and I found myself fascinated by the ongoing, "on the edge of your seat" suspense. I had trouble finding a place to stop reading as the overall plot kept me well engaged and always wanting more.

    The voice and language is descriptive and believable. I really liked the following passage in Chapter 28 and this will give you a flavor of the descriptive language that makes up this novel:

    "The old apartment was an orchestra of creaks and squeaks, groans and moans. The steps, the banister, the doors, the windows, all kept rhythm. The pipes to the sink, shower, and toilet hit all the high notes in various pitch. When the infamous D.C. summer thunderstorms blew in during the late afternoon and early evening, the whole building rattled and rolled."

    The characters are complex, fully developed, and they fit together nicely where they were required to fit together and when they were on the opposite end of spectrum they played off each other like a great game of cat and mouse. I found some of the characters I loved and others ... well let's just say that maybe only their mothers could love them and that may be a stretch for some mothers.

    Who should read this novel?

    Anyone that likes fast paced thrillers with well developed characters will want to pick this one up. I am glad I took some precious reading time and read Sweat by Mark Gilleo. I am sure you too will enjoy this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    Sweat by Mark Gilleo Published by: The Story Plant Publicatio

    Sweat by Mark Gilleo Published by: The Story Plant Publication Date:
    August 28, 2012 ISBN-10: 1611880513 ISBN-13: 978-1611880519 Pages: 366
    Review Copy from: The Story Plant Edition: ARC Kindle My Rating: 5
    Synopsis: When Jake Patrick took a summer internship at his estranged
    father’s corporation, he anticipated some much-needed extra cash and a
    couple of free meals from his guilty dad. He would have never guessed
    that he’d find himself in the center of an international scandal
    involving a U.S. senator that was rife with conspiracy, back-room
    politics, and murder. Or that his own life would hang in the balance. Or
    that he’d find help – and much more than that – from a collection of
    memorable characters operating on all sides of law. Jake’s summer has
    turned into the most eventful one of his life. Now he just needs to
    survive it. From the sweatshops of Saipan to the most powerful offices
    in Washington, SWEAT rockets through a story of crime and consequences
    with lightning pacing, a twisting plot, an unforgettable cast of
    characters, and wry humor. It is another nonstop thriller from one of
    the most exciting new voices in suspense fiction. My Thoughts and
    Opinion: I was first introduced to Mark Gilleo when I read his debut
    novel, Love Thy Neighbor, back in March. You can read my review here.
    I was blown away with that novel on so many levels because it was not
    high on my list for plots, being in the espionage genre, having 400+
    pages, which I read in a matter of a few days because I couldn't turn
    the pages fast enough and a debut novel that read as if it was written
    by a seasoned author. Now comes his 2nd novel, which I couldn't wait to
    read but honestly was a bit skeptical because the bar was set so high.
    Could it be as good or better? Would it compare? The answer is a
    resounding Yes!! There are so many facets of his writing style that
    appeal to me. The dialogue between characters are so realistic and
    fluid that I have the feeling that I am eavesdropping on a conversation.
    The action is non stop from the first page to the last word. The
    characters three dimensional and animated. The "espionage" is
    not so detailed and deep, that I have to figure out the inner workings
    of a department where it would get boorish. The settings vivid. The
    story lines are fiction imitating reality or reality could be possible
    with imitating fiction.The plot was a page turner and heart pounding.
    Sweat takes place over a 5 week time span traveling from Seattle, WA to
    Saipan and ending in Washington, D.C.. with a premise ripped from the
    headlines. A multi cat and mouse chase at the speed of a run away
    train. Sweat has it all and more, unethical politicians, kidnapping,
    murder, greed, bribery, assassination attempts, deceit, greed, truth,
    police procedural investigations, betrayals, forced labor, stake outs,
    organized crime, friendships, love relationships and an ending that will
    leave the reader wanting a sequel. Another amazing, white knuckle
    read!! Mark Gilleo is both talented and gifted when it comes to page
    turning story telling. A master!! Bravo!! A book not to be passed
    by!! Extraordinary!!!

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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    Not a particularly appealing title and yet, due to the subject m

    Not a particularly appealing title and yet, due to the subject matter,
    entirely appropriate. Mix sweatshops on American soil, American
    exporters, Senators (we all know Congress is broken) plus the Mountain
    of Shanghai, an exporter’s son, a homeless ex-CIA operative plus various
    and sundry other characters in a close-to-the-headlines story and you’ve
    got great fun. You feel like you’re racing to the end of the story with
    the characters. Close to not-able-to-put- it-down territory. Very
    readable thriller. Received free copy for review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Predictable But Good Read

    Purchased this book on free Friday blog. Cute story line. Easy to read. A little predictable even though the ending surprised me a bit. It kept my attention. I'll probably purchase more books in this series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Good read

    Great plot and character development

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Aplacation

    My name is Haidn i'am 11 & i'am boy. Apperince includes tan skin, scar on and above ibrow dark brown hair and eyes .parents are prosiden (god) and Libby Clark (mortal) but relitives are zuse and hades. Wepons are 4 braclets thet turn into a (on left hand) a shiled and a bow and arrows (on right hand) a battel ax and sword .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Application

    We are fraternal twins named Rylie Dozer and Talia Smith. Rylie has long blond hair with rainbow tips and blue eyes and is the daughter of Iris. She loves winning, going fast, reading adventure books, and rainbows. She dislikes eggheads, know-it-alls, school, and getting hurt(which happens a lot!) Talia has long, straight black hair with purple tips that has pink streaks in the tips and blue-purple eyes and is the daughter of Athena. She loves studying, passing tests, and getting things right. She dislikes camp games, failing tests, evil, and messing up.

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