Appointment with ISIL: An Anthony Provati Literary Thriller

Appointment with ISIL: An Anthony Provati Literary Thriller

by Joe Giordano


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This time, Anthony’s libido threatens his life. Anthony Provati flirts with Russian mob boss, Gorgon Malakhov’s mistress. The Russian deals in death. ISIL, the Islamic State in the Levant, wants the product. Russian Intelligence supplies the means, and an art theft funds the scheme. ISIL’s targets are chilling. The chase across the Mediterranean is on. Can Anthony thwart ISIL? Will he survive?

“The threats feel very real. The plotting and writing throughout are taut and the stakes are very high. Not only are individual lives in peril, but plans are laid for massive attacks and enormous security breaches. Sales of submarines, Strontium-90 (a component of diabolical “dirty bombs”), and shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles are all part of the high-level negotiations. Also mixed into the nefarious loot are massive amounts of heroin and three small, but priceless, Vermeer paintings…. A roller-coaster ride to the finish, this book confirms Giordano as a writer to eagerly watch.”

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ISBN-13: 9781941861349
Publisher: Harvard Square Editions
Publication date: 06/15/2017
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Appointment with ISIL: An Anthony Provati Literary Thriller 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JakeReads More than 1 year ago
Plenty of news about Russia and the ISIL out there, so when I read the description to this great book, I sort of expected a proverbial "ripped from the headlines" novel. This wasn't, which was OK by me. It was better than that. It's about an ordinary guy thrust into an extraordinary circumstance in with incredibly fast-paced (yet very deep at times) story-telling. It moved from first to third person as the situation call for it. The hero of the story had a rough upbringing, is more than a little reckless and misguided with an artistic side. Not always the typical personality for a thriller. Anthony Provati finds himself in a seemingly no-win, kill-or-be-killed choice of his own making. This springboards into battling the forces of evil on a grander scale, protecting far more lives than his own. Except maybe for the libido, he's no James Bond, which keeps the story more suspenseful as you root for him to prevail. This is definitely a read where you close the book believing this would make a great movie. The fact that the hero's name is in the subtitle suggest we'll see him again in sequels. So, I plan to be there. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Appointment with ISIL leads the reader on a colorful journey to the Middle East, linking up with Anthony Provati’s interludes involving Russian, Italian and Columbian crime syndicates. Along the way, author Joe Giordano especially shines as the text cleanly manages transitions between third and first person. Intrigue builds as Provati’s charms ultimately draw him into the consequences of a major heist and the ultimate terror plot. This well traveled jaunt finishes strong, leaving me wondering where the protagonist’s libido and family ties lead him next.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
This book gripped me from the start and hung on tight! The beginning leaves you holding your breath and then plunges you into the world of mobsters – totally unrelated. Or so one thinks. There are many characters attached to the two main characters and the story line leaves you wondering how everything connects, what will happen, who will end up dead next, and how will it all end up resolved. In the end, we see all it all connects, but it left me guessing and turning the pages through the entire book. If you enjoy thrillers, this is definitely one to read – you won’t regret it!
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued after only a few pages. And then... For awhile I was confused. There are alot of characters making up this storyline. There is the Russian mob and a few members with their individual backgrounds described to set the pace of their parts in the plot. There is the Italian mafia. There are quite a few characters in the middle east that take part in the plot. And, the police, the FBI, Anthony and his close friends. All mix together to form a group all with their own agenda's. Once I got further into the story and the plots came together it was a faster read for me. I read this book on my phone which is my least favorite way to read. Give me a good 'ole print copy and I am much more satisfied. It's just easier for me to read and I am much more satisfied. If your a lover of thrillers this is a good read. I received a complimentary copy from Italy Book Tours
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joe Giordano's superbly written new novel, Appointment with ISIL, is a multi-faceted literary thriller that the author has molded into a seamless and compelling story with plenty of appeal for a wide audience. Make that a world-wide audience. The book is also a gripping socio-political thriller, taking us on a frantic chase from the tough streets of New York to Greece and Egypt and ultimately to the Vatican and Jerusalem. Appointment With ISIL is arguably an important book. With any luck, it will reach the eyes of millions of international readers, providing them with a deeper understanding of a tumultuous world that seems hopelessly mired in a terrifying clash of cultures and belief systems. The author's vivid imagery and wry metaphors are real gifts for readers. His narrative, unique characters, and international settings are a pleasure to take in as we become immersed in the action. A bonus for readers—hinted at in the sub-title—is that the lead character, Anthony Provati, will no doubt put us all on the edge of our seats again in the near future. Appointment with ISIL is a must-read. Dan V.
Rick Taliaferro More than 1 year ago
Fans of Mr. Giordano’s first novel, BIRDS OF PASSAGE, are sure to enjoy his latest, APPOINTMENT WITH ISIL. This international thriller offers the same narrative pleasures that abound in BIRDS, namely: • A strong, overarching main plot developed by several supporting sub-plots which are interesting in and of themselves, such as the heist of three Vermeers. • A multitude of memorable characters, both major and minor, who are intricately related and contribute neatly to the main plot. And readers will recognize in APPOINTMENT the descendants of several characters in BIRDS. • A sense of place, or rather, a sense of places, as the novel proper commences in New York City and proceeds through various locales in Europe and the Mideast. Not to send up a spoiler alert, but readers will surmise from the title who the principal antagonist is in this international thriller. That antagonist is assisted by the Russian mob, the Russian secret-intelligence apparatus, several amoral opportunists, and radioactive material. And the protagonist? That’s Anthony Provati, a kind of modern-day Renaissance man (musician, pugilist, art-lover, and art gallery owner) whose libido sometimes (alright, usually) gets the better of his reason. In fact, it’s his libido and bilateral attraction to the beautiful consort of a Russian mobster which pulls him into the intricate terrorist plot to dirty-bomb two prominent religious sites. Likewise, as ISIL is assisted by various factions, Provati teams up with, sometimes reluctantly, the NYPD, FBI, Mafia, and the aforementioned amoral opportunists in the counter-plot to thwart the bombings. APPOINTMENT WITH ISIL is a nicely paced page-turner which quickly satisfies the reader’s question: “I wonder what happens next…” (Review posted by Rick Taliaferro, author of CASCADES. Be sure to read an interview with Joe on the occasion of the publication of BIRDS OF PASSAGE, on the Bartleby Snopes site: Interview with Joe Giordano)
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Anthony Provati is an art dealer with family connections in the mob. Through a series of events, Anthony is ordered by Russion mob boss, Gorgon Malakhov to break into The Fisk and steal three Vermeer paintings worth billions of dollars. But there is more to the story than Gorgon’s sexy mistress and a simple theft of artwork. There is a substantial amount of money that is going to fund the ISIL. Anthony is in a race against time to stop ISIL. This is a fast paced thriller that will keep your attention hooked. Anthony has a lusty libido and that gets him up to his neck in trouble. But he is bound and determined to stop more deaths from ISIL. If that doesn’t get you interested in the story, the first chapter will have you in tears. If you like fast action with a great story, look no further. I strongly recommend reading Appointment with ISIL. I received Appointment with ISIL from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
A simple flirtation will become a hair-raising race against death, secret agendas, black market deals and a possible showdown with a militant terrorist group in a quest to prevent the death and destruction of millions. Maybe next time Anthony Provati will keep his sexual appetite under control or choose more wisely, but who knew the Russian mob boss would discover his attraction to his beautiful and conniving mistress? Opening with a heartbreaking scene of a mother learning her soldier son has been killed in the Middle East, her journey for closure will take her to the very land where her son died and into the hands of the ISIL assassin who demonstrates to the world the his ruthlessness by using her as his next beheading victim…fade to black, the horrific scene is over. Flash to the “everyday” lives of mobs, drug lords, unthinkable deals with the devil, including a weapon of mass destruction. Somehow Anthony is now playing monkey in the middle with death, his quest, to foil the worldwide machinations of evil and just maybe come out alive. APPOINTMENT WITH ISIL by Joe Giordano is a riveting chase around the world that will have gritty thriller lovers salivating for more from this talented and bold author. No fancy words or pretty phrases to soothe our senses, this is a contemporary thriller that addresses the uneasiness and secret dealings we never here about. Are there any heroes? Is Anthony a real hero, or rather an anti-hero thrown into the arena like Daniel in the Lions’ Den as he deals with the untrustworthy and his life? Action-packed, suspenseful and at times terrifying, clearly a must read for those who like hanging on the edge of the cliff by only their fingers. I received an ARC edition from Joe Giordano in exchange for my honest review.
SmithFamilyInEngland More than 1 year ago
"Appointment With ISIL" written by American author Joe Giordano is an excellent, fast paced international contemporary thriller that i thoroughly enjoyed and kept me up well past my bedtime so keen I was to finish it. If you like gritty intriguing thrillers involving the FBI, Russian/Italian mobs or Islamic Terrorists you will absolutely love this book without a doubt. The author has written a very cleverly plotted book with layer upon layer of interesting connecting plot lines that you can see has been professionally researched - with outstanding vivid descriptions and imagery of the many international locations - this is a book not to be overlooked. The first chapter is both tearful and terrifying - depicting a horrific atrocity that interweaved later in the story seamlessly. The secret dealings and liaisons that occurred between countries and their factions is a frightening realisation that could easily keep you awake at night. Joe Giordano has captured this brilliantly and from the first page i was hooked by the tense thrilling storyline. The main protagonist 'Anthony Provati' is a great likeable character that I was quite taken with. Not over the top, but brave, intelligent and laid back but with a uncontrollable penchant for women - will his roving eye be a step too far this time?? Written mostly in first person it's good to hear Anthony's feelings and emotions direct and how he decides to deal with the increasing problems first hand. I can very well see this as a big blockbuster movie, the remarkable characters are all fabulous, the bad guys are true believable baddies and the good guys the heroes. All in all a very entertaining novel that I expect to do very well and be highly popular - I do hope to see Anthony Provati again and would definitely read more in the future by this intelligent and talented author.