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A World I Never Made
     

A World I Never Made

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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 that stretches across France and

Overview

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 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. Because of her relationship with Lahani, Megan has made some considerable enemies. And she has put 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“A World I Never Made is a compelling page turner—one of those wonderful books with characters as strong as the story and a story worth reading. Don't miss it. LePore is an author to watch!”
—M.J. Rose, author of The Memorist

“I picked up A World I Never Made and was riveted from start to finish. An adventure to places both exotic and intimate, told with great sensitivity, inventive plotting, and propulsive suspense. Jim LePore is a great discovery.”
—William Landay, author of The Strangler

“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

“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

“James LePore writes in an exciting and most readable style. He is an artist at building the suspense as the story progresses to its ultimate conclusion. There is just enough doubt about the possible outcomes to keep the reader wondering and turning pages. “A World I Never Made” is a fine tale filled with love, adventure, mystery and suspense.”
—Mainly Mysteries

“Author James LePore has created a remarkable, gripping tale of suspense in his debut novel. Readers are expertly taken along with Nolan on a thrilling ride from the very beginning when we learn of the faked suicide to the harrowing search through numerous countries. A World I Never Made is filled with strong, vividly described international characters to whom the reader will quickly form an attachment, all the while being transported through wonderfully described exotic lands. The combination creates an atmosphere of breathless suspense affording readers a desire to continue reading up until the thrilling, yet tender, conclusion.”
—Feathered Quill Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981608723
Publisher:
Story Plant, The
Publication date:
04/14/2009
Series:
Invictus Cycle Series , #1
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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(From Chapter Two)

Paris, January 2, 2004

Pat arrived at his hotel at a few minutes before noon, which gave him just enough time to put the roses into a vase with water and wash his face and hands before going down to the lobby to meet Officer Laurence. When he unwrapped the roses, a prayer card of some kind fell out; he put this in his pocket without thinking much about it. He told the desk clerk that he was expecting an Officer Laurence of the Paris police and pointed to a stuffed chair in a corner where he would be waiting for her. There he sat and began to ponder his strange meeting with the flower girl, but within seconds, or so it seemed, he was interrupted by a tall angular woman in her mid-thirties dressed in a chic dark blue suit over a white silk blouse. Her nose was on the large side and slightly bumpy, and would have dominated her face except that it was nicely in proportion to her high, wide cheekbones and full-lipped broad mouth. The eyes in this face, forthright eyes that met his squarely, were an arresting shade of gray-green that Pat had never seen before. Her gold bracelets jangled as she extended her hand to him and introduced herself with a half smile and a nod of her head.

“Do you speak French, Monsieur Nolan?”

“Un peu.”

“You prefer English?”

“Yes.”

“Mais oui. Of course. You seem surprised, Monsieur. I am not dressed to chase criminals today.”

“I was expecting someone in a uniform. Inspector LeGrand said you were an officer.”

“I am an officer of the judiciary police. In America I would be a detective.”

Pat was surprised at Laurence’s appearance, but it wasn’t at the way she was dressed. Nor was it solely how lovely she was, although she was quite lovely to look at. It was, he realized, how interesting the look in her beautiful eyes was. There was no French arrogance in them, but its opposite, something akin to humility or a complicated, frustrating sadness not unlike his own. This look, whether imagined or real, and the thought it sparked in his overworked mind, took Pat for a moment—a very brief moment—out of himself, a process that on some wider level he observed with gratitude.

“Shall we go?” Laurence said softly, bringing him swiftly but gently back to the grim task at hand.

The ride to the hospital in Laurence’s black Peugeot station wagon was short and quiet. Once there, Laurence spoke rapidly in French to a desk clerk, then shepherded Pat into an elevator which took them to the basement.

“Wait,” she said when they exited the elevator; then, turning, she walked quickly down a long corridor, her high heels clicking on the tiled floor. She disappeared behind double swinging doors, reemerging a moment later and gesturing to Pat to come. It was a long walk for Pat, longer even than the one he had taken twenty-nine years ago to confirm for himself that his wife of eight months was dead. Laurence held open one of the swinging doors for him and he entered a squarish, harshly lit room with a wall of stainless steel body lockers at one end and an autopsy station at the other, where a lab technician in a white smock stood next to a gurney. Pat took this scene in for a moment and then felt Officer Laurence’s hand on his left forearm. At the gurney, Laurence nodded to the technician, who pulled down gently on the pale green sheet. Pat’s eyes went first to the shaved head, then to the crude sutures at the right temple, and then finally to the face, white and stony in death these last four days. It was not Megan. It was a woman generally of Megan’s age and size and coloring, but it was not her.

“This is your daughter, Monsieur Nolan?”

Pat’s mind had stopped working for a second, but it started again when he heard Officer Laurence’s voice. Other voices then filled his head.

My birthday’s coming up. You can bring me a present.

A quick cremation.

Have faith, Monsieur. You will be led to her.

Megan was alive but wanted the world to think she was dead. The world except for Pat and the flower girl on the Street of Flowers.

“Yes,” he answered, nodding, and at the same time reaching out and placing his right hand over the body’s left hand. He pressed through the sheet to feel for the heavy silver ring that he had bought for Lorrie on their honeymoon and then given to Megan when she turned sixteen. To the best of his knowledge, she had not taken it off since. He confirmed its absence, then stepped away from the gurney, keeping his eyes on the unknown woman who had visited Megan on December 30 and killed herself in furtherance of what dark and strange conspiracy—a conspiracy he had now joined—Pat could not fathom. Why, Megan? And where are you?

“She has lost weight from her cancer,” said Laurence.

“Yes.”

The detective nodded to the technician, who pulled the sheet up and began wheeling the gurney toward the lockers.

“Detective Laurence,” Pat said.

“Yes.”

“I would like to have my daughter cremated today if possible. Can you help me?”

“Yes. Upstairs we will sign papers to release the body. We will call a crematorium from my cell phone.”

“And her personal effects?”

“I have them in my car. I will take you to her room if you like.”

“Yes. I would.”

“Perhaps you would like something to eat first, a drink?”

Yes, I could use a drink, a long night of drinking, Pat thought, realizing, as Laurence stared intently at him that the stunned look on his face was not what she thought it was, sorry that he had had to lie to her.

“No,” he said, thanking her with his eyes for the sympathy in hers. “Let’s get it over with.”

What People are Saying About This

M.J. Rose
"A World I Never Made is a compelling page turner - one of those wonderful books with characters as strong as the story and a story worth reading. Don't miss it. LePore is an author to watch!"--(M.J. Rose, author of The Memorist)
William Landay
"I picked up A World I Never Made and was riveted from start to finish. An adventure to places both exotic and intimate, told with great sensitivity, inventive plotting, and propulsive suspense. Jim LePore is a great discovery."--(William Landay, author of The Strangler)

Meet the Author


James LePore is an attorney who has practiced law for more than two decades. He is also an accomplished photographer (his was can be seen at www.nakedeyeimages.com). He lives in South Salem, NY with his wife, artist Karen Chandler. A World I Never Made is his first novel and the first of three LePore paperbacks that The Story Plant will publish in 2010. He is currently at work on his fourth novel, which The Story Plant plans to publish in hardcover in 2011.

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A World I Never Made 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 667 reviews.
Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
WOW! I always read right before bed, and I picked up this novel with the intention of whetting my appetite through a few chapters, but I ended up reading the entire novel in one sitting. Needless to say, I got very little sleep, but the story was well worth it, permeating my dreams once the tale came to an end-it is that powerful. In a sentence: A World I Never Made is a stunning tale of love and deception. I love this novel! LePore is a master storyteller, keeping the reader glued to the pages from the very beginning. The story is a whirlwind of mystery, spurring the reader on as the truth unfolds. The characters... the story... the suspense... everything was phenomenal! I loved the juxtaposition of the two stories: Pat's present, and Megan's past, which eventually come together to create a mind blowing grand finale to LePore's debut novel about terrorism. It is obvious that LePore put a lot of time and research into this novel, and it shows through the pages of this epic tale. This book is a must read; you will not be disappointed with LePore's sheer talent, which will hopefully make it to the big screen. Five stars!
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkable thriller about a father and daughter and the hunt for terrorists. Pat Nolan comes to France to identify the body of his estranged daughter who had committed suicide. Although, he tells the authorities that it is her, he knows it is not and starts a search for her. Chapters alternate between the father and daughter and the reason why his daughter faked her death. Is she a terrorist as the authorities believe or is it something else as Pat searches for answers. This reader gotten taken in with the storyline, the locations and the characters. A good book from this attorney turned author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had reservations about this book when I saw that a lot of it was situated in the middle east, but it only took a few pages to draw me in. The misspellings and punctuation errors were a bit distracting - I don't know if the hard copy is has those or if it was a result of the conversion to electronic copy, but, if I were Mr. Lepore, I'd demand that those be fixed. Those things aside, I recommend this book. It is a thriller that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Thanks to B&N for offering it on Freebook Fridays.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story about a father searching for his daughter in France. He gets involed in a mystery about where she is, why she is there, and why people are after her. Alot of thrilling, exciting, and strange twists that add suspence all the way through.
KayTeeL More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. The author created realistic characters and the story line flows well. Not a book I would read multiple times but will certainly consider other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fast read. Keeps good pace of action. I liked it and it was free!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only thing that took away from this book is the abundance of typos. Doesn't anyone proofread any more?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the brief summary and was attracted to it. However, the story was slow moving, predictable, and failed to live up to its promise. It lacked suspense, and had too many convenient coincidences as part of the narrative. Overall, it is not a book that I would choose and I was actually reluctant to finish it. I did however, and thus confirmed that everything ended as I predicted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I staye on the edge of my seat. Will read more of this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You lost me with the laughable gun mistakes. Get a shooter to proof the gun sections.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love,suspense,murder,what else could you want...A great read.I enjoyed it so much, I purchased another by the same writer.He has seeral he has writen and I am looking forward to reading all of them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was fast paced and interesting. I would recommend this book to a friend. It is not suitable for a nine or ten year old, though, as another reviewer had stated it was. I started it last night before bed and wasn't able to put it down until about 4:00 a.m. when I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. I finished it off this afternoon. I must confess O have been prettu tired today as a result. So, if you decide to read it, do it on a night when you don't have to be up early and function the next day! I will look into other books from this author. My only complaint is that the editor should have done a better job proofreading it. There were a lot of typos.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Great plot, gripping twists and turns...I read it in 3 days (which is quite a feat for me). I could easily see a movie being made out of this novel. My only critique is that there were a lot of typos in the Nook version of the book. Tons. If the publisher or author are reading this, I would be happy to proofread it for you. :-) Pay particular attention to quote marks used in place if apostrophes. They're everywhere. That said, this was a great read. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A stay-up-all-night kind of book. It grabs you in the beginning and gets better and better. A truly great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent read i would recamind it to any one:)you will really enjoy reading this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only gave this book one star so that I could post this review. Don't waste your time trying to read this book. Just watch any nightly news cast. After trying to read this book, for the third time, I am convinced that the title should be "A Book I Will Never Read."
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True love conquered evil. A father fulfilled his in tensions by tracking his daughter in her dangerous world. Great characters and dialogue. Would have liked to have seen a fight scene between Pat Nolan and The Falcoln.
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254 pages. (dw)
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Not the normal read for me... However it was a nice change of pace. The ending had a nice twist to it. If you read mysteries I would recommend this book.
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I enjoyed this book. It's an easy read. I like that it takes you to many distant places. I don't think the ending will be what you expected or hoped it would be.