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“Their list keeps getting shorter. Pray you aren’t on it.”
A young protégé of Edward Snowden flees the NSA after she learns that her project (KNOLL) is designed to detect and destroy any person with new facts about the conspiracy to assassinate JFK. The project’s latest target: a small-town attorney, son of a mysteriously murdered cop, who has just discovered his family’s involvement with deceased Mafia Kingpin Carlos Marcello, and the events that day in Dallas. All paths lead to a small Louisiana town that still hides its secrets, and converge on the doorstep of Marcello’s still-active savant of assassins. He is unstoppable. His creed: Omerta Is Forever.
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Steve Hillard grew up in Bossier City, Louisiana and Grand Junction, Colorado. He graduated from Colorado State University and later earned a degree in philosophy at Columbia University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado. Before settling into his current career as a private equity entrepreneur, Hillard was a teacher at Rikers Island Prison, a welder, a carpenter, and a practicing lawyer. He is the founder and head of Council Tree Communications, a private equity fund involved in the entertainment and telecom industries. He resides with his wife, Sharmaine, in Grand Junction, Colorado. Publication of his first book in 2011, "Mirkwood: A Novel About JRR Tolkien", started in controversy. The Tolkien Estate sought to ban the book, to which the author responded with a lawsuit in federal court. The dispute received international attention, with articles in the London Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Christian Science Monitor. The case quickly settled and the book went on to become an Amazon Fantasy Best Seller, recipient of a national IPPY Award, and was published world-wide in Spanish by an imprint of Planeta. An epic spin-out of the book's main fantasy character, Ara, is the subject of an eight-volume series co-authored with Joel Eisenberg. The first volume, "Creation: The Chronicles of Ara", was released by Topos books of Incorgnito Publishing in 2015. A companion series, "The Lost Chronicles of Ara", is written by the same duo and is slated for release starting in 2015. These series are now under development as a TV series by The Ovation Network. Mr. Hillard's other writing projects include a forthcoming thriller about JFK.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings I think most historical fiction fans love to read books across all times, so although I don't read a ton in this time and place, I enjoyed diving in for one book. The thing for me that made me not completely love this book was the writing itself. It just felt short and choppy. There was something missing in the flow of the book and it made it hard to read. I liked the inclusion or nod to Edward Snowden and loved the idea of leaks being incorporated into a conspiracy novel, but the overall flow of the book didn't work for me.
Conspiracy theories abound about who was responsible for the assassination of JFK in November 1963 but no definitive answer has ever been publicly acknowledged other than that of Oswald, the supposed assassin. Stephen Hillard’s novel, however, asserts that the truth is known by many people. The problem is that each one of these known witnesses or collaborators winds up meeting a deadly end in horrific accidents or by being murdered. Now a House of Representative member from Texas vows to discover and expose the truth that will hopefully erase the stained reputation held forever in Dallas, Texas. Columbus (“Bus”) McIntyre, a prosecutor now must change his plans of running for office when a scandal derails him from his dream. Remarkably, he’s not that upset about the change in plans. In fact, he is now about to change his focus dramatically. One of the great moments of grief in his life concerns the murder of his father, a cop, in 1970. Now he is given a journal written by his father in which his Dad writes, “For what I did in Dallas, they will find me.” From this moment on, the reader avidly reads every entry of that journal as Bus thinks about each entry and begins to assemble clues, acts that could just as well get him in trouble in which he would follow his father’s footsteps. Woven into these steps of Bus’s discovery process are chapter in which we learn that NSA not only has all the facts about the assassination but has a woman design a program that combines facts and algorithms to know who is searching for the truth so that they can be eliminated. It didn’t start out that way but is now a set program that brooks no interference. Finally, something about the quashing of people associated with the JFK disaster concerns a Mafia leader, now dead for over twenty years, but whose legacy is still continuing the elimination process. This then is the essence of the story and Bus’s investigative journey. There’s quite a bit of steam that entices the reader but the ending is somewhat anticlimactic. Still, it will get readers of a certain age thinking anew of their memories of this horrific event and hungry to understand precisely what is meant by Carlos Marcello’s dictum, “Omerta is forever.”
“Can you remember where you were when JFK was assassinated?” I was in Texas too, Odessa, in school, and I was 14. What a terrible time. This book reminded me. The “conspiracy” Steve has presented here is just as real and plausible, as any published in the past. The autobiographical facet , makes it even more intriguing. Really hard to put down, and finished in a few settings. What a great story, told by a great storyteller! Pam Nowlan
Knoll, a compelling novel, authored by Steve Hillard, is hard to set down once you start. Some of the scenes described in the book are "white knuckling", bringing a lot to a vivid imagination. A common thread throughout the book is "crime does pay", which is certainly not a bad thing in the circumstances described in this novel. Steve Hillard makes it clear that this piece is autobiographical in nature, which adds a dimension when reading this. The author makes it adament statement that anything is possible, and there are "no locked gates", unless you allow them to hold you back. I highly recommend this novel, as I found it to be intoxicatingly wonderful in so many aspects. The interaction of the characters is phenomenal and creates outstanding vision, to those of us with vivid imaginations. Submitted, Rhealene Plumleigh
This book is an exhilarating read! Part historical novel, part mystery, part thriller, part psychological study, part political novel, part family tale, but collectively, far more than the sum of its parts. Rather than finding time to read the book, I had to tear myself away from it in order to fulfill my working responsibilities. Dominating this book is Hillard’s incredible prose style. In parts, it is lyrical, coming close to poetry (in a positive sense.) His evocative passages about riding a motorcycle alone through barren portions of the West literally caused me to relive moments where I have done substantially the same ride. Rather than awakening these experiences in my imagination, so deft is Hillard’s descriptive power that I was able to re-experience them. His description of taking an abandoned road to a long-abandoned café is chilling—I was as eager to escape from there as was the character! The major theme of the book is a new perspective on the Kennedy assassination in terms of the main character’s father, a war hero and law officer who was mysteriously murdered by an unknown assailant, leaving a journal chronicling significant and enigmatic events in his life. The involvement of Carlos Marcello, Mafia kingpin in the Louisiana area for whom the father worked, and who has been long suspected of involvement in Kennedy’s murder, casts a dark shadow over the story. Increasing the atmosphere of menace is the involvement of the mysterious Louie, a psychopathic and essentially superhuman assassin for Marcello, who pursues the main character relentlessly, at the behest of the deceased Mafia boss who still communicates with his supremely loyal vassal. Adding spice and color to the narrative are a variety of strange locales where events take place, as well as a series of bizarre characters who appear just long enough to tantalize. The contrast between the narrator, a highly intelligent and well- read, successful small-town lawyer and the sleazy villains could not be more dramatic. Those of us who were alive and aware during the 1960s will find that, in a subtle way, this book evokes many vivid memories. Like the main character, I too have burned out hippie friends, whose lives were lost in psychedelic hyperspace. And the assassination of John F. Kennedy left too many of us wounded and cynical, and in a deep sense, without hope. An understated but cumulative sense of imminent doom is well-orchestrated by Hillard from the first chapter on. Despite this, the final conflict in the book hits the reader like a slap across the face. Much as a well-crafted piece of lingerie does, the book artfully reveals and conceals, so the reader is left wondering about numerous unanswered questions. This is not a book easily dismissed from one’s mind. I am addicted to reading, devouring at least a book a week. This is unquestionably one of the best books I have read in recent years, and unlike most books I read, this one bears, indeed demands, rereading.
William “Bus” McIntyre is a small town lawyer and Vietnam veteran. He is haunted by his father’s murder years before. When he is handed the personnel file for his father, there is a note about his involvement in Dallas and Carlos Marcello. Bus goes on the hunt for his father’s killer. Banner McCoy is a NSA data analyst that works on a project called KNOLL. It is supposed to gather information regarding Kennedy’s assassination but it really is eliminating anyone with real information behind the killing. This is a great story full of lots of action. Bus is planning on running for District Attorney when his old friend at the Junction City Police Department hands over an old file on Dean McIntyre, Bus’ father. Bus is determined to find out how his father was involved in Kennedy’s assassination. Then there is Banner, she learns how her project is actually keeping the truth hidden. Then we have an aging hit man to the mafia that is following the instruction of his dead boss, Carlos Marcello. He is supposed to get rid of anyone that has knowledge about the assassination of Kennedy. This is the link between the two story lines. Overall I really enjoyed this story. There is a lot of information that leads you to your own conclusions to Kennedy’s assassination. I loved where this book went, even if I had a little bit of a rough time getting into the story at first. I do think that this book will please those that are interested in the Kennedy assignation. I received Knoll from FSB Associates for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.