Last Call For Caviar (Volume 1)

Last Call For Caviar (Volume 1)

by Melissa Roen

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Last Call For Caviar (Volume 1) by Melissa Roen

"A fast-paced thriller featuring exotic locales and an intriguing cast of characters."--Kirkus Review

As the world comes unhinged, a lucky few will be quaffing Cristal and nibbling Beluga as they stock their Feadships and gas-up their Gulfstreams for a last-minute dash to safety. For American Maya Jade, the Cote d'Azur remains a fast-eroding zone of normality amid global chaos. Welcome to the Madhouse. Welcome to the year 2018. Last Call for Caviar, by Melissa Roen, conjures an all-too-plausible scenario of end-times on the glamorous and treacherous French Riviera. Anyone looking for a thrilling, fast-paced read with a powerful savor of impending doom will relish this smart, page-turning primer on living like there's no tomorrow.

Maya has the Cote d'Azur at her manicured fingertips, from the glittering nightlife of Monte Carlo to the splendid beaches of Cap Ferrat. Her heart, however, is hopelessly in hock to former lover Julian, who's gone missing on the wrong side of the security perimeter since they quarreled months before. When a psychic tells Maya that Julian is her destiny rather than the cad she recalls, hope floods in alongside doubt.

Navigating the treacherous minefield of her disintegrating world, she finds herself drawn to Abdul, a sexy and enigmatic Emirati, involved in the struggle for control over the gold-plated Principality of Monaco. Back in the US, anarchy is spreading, forcing Maya's family to flee Vegas for the Oregon coast. Her domineering sister, Leah, wants her to come home, but getting there may well be impossible.

As natural disasters, extreme weather, environmental collapse and resource wars roil the planet and armies of the dispossessed and murderous approach, Maya must decide where to make a stand and with whom. Can she bum a ride on a billionaire's jet? Will she sacrifice her independence for a Sheik's protection? Will she risk survival to honor her obligations? Can she heal a broken heart on an irreparably broken planet? With wit and invention, Last Call for Caviar describes a world where a gal's Glock fits a diamond holster and that second helping of caviar may be your last. This sharply-observed narrative of an uncannily realistic future is as fierce as it is fabulous.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157911331
Publisher: Melissa Roen
Publication date: 01/17/2016
Series: Last Call for Caviar , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 310
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

American author Melissa Roen, has lived for the past twenty-eight years on the Côte d'Azur in the South of France. In Last Call for Caviar, and its sequel Maya Rising, she writes with an insider’s perspective about her adopted country, as well as the neighboring principality of Monaco. The author learned French language, literature, and civilization at the Faculté de Lettres in Nice, France, and studied art at L' École des Artes Plastiques in Monaco. She speaks English, French and Italian. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, dance, and swimming, preferably in the sea at Plage Mala in Cap d'Ail, France. A lifelong animal and nature-lover, Roen is passionate about preserving the beauty and resources of our planet. For more information, please visit her website:

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Last Call For Caviar (Volume 1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite Last Call for Caviar by Melissa Roen is a dystopian novel of great beauty and strength. It takes place in 2018 so, regarding technology and culture, these people are definitely us living here now in 2016, but some major new developments have changed the landscape dramatically for the worse. Think of the developing migrant crisis in Europe now, throw in an approaching celestial event, some huge natural and man-made disasters, with a few more wars to up the ante a bit. That’s the mood and setting for Last Call for Caviar. When a novel like this is done well it is believable enough to frighten you and this one is done very well indeed. If you like, love, or admire France, Italy, Monte Carlo and Europe in general, you are in for a cultural and literary treat, which includes language lessons and a glimpse into the lives of people most of us only get to read about. I really enjoyed Last Call for Caviar. I enjoyed the lyrical writing, the exotic settings, and most of all the strong, independent, but sometimes vulnerable main character. Maya Jade totes a Glock and knows how to use it. She is fierce and independent, but she had a wonderful love at one time and she thinks maybe she will have it again. You have to love that. Melissa Roen tells this story through Maya’s journal and I found this worked for me because it adds an element of mystery surrounding what happens and the people who are reading the journal. A great read.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Taylor Wade for Readers' Favorite Last Call For Caviar is a dystopian fiction story by Melissa Roen that starts by showing us the horrible things happening in the world in 2018. Tornadoes, earthquakes, disasters, and hurricanes are just the start. Maya is an expat American living in the very opulent and rich world of the French Riviera. She is mourning the loss of her true love, Julian, who has gone missing since their last quarrel a few months ago. Maya fears he's on the wrong side of the security perimeter now. When her family retreats to the northwest part of the US, Maya begins to think she should try to join them, but getting out isn't easy anymore. There are riots everywhere and Maya doesn't travel anywhere without her guns. Unless fate intervenes, it does not seem likely that she will reunite with her family. And then there is Julian. How could she ever abandon her lost love? Especially when she has such realistic dreams about him at night. Certainly that is enough proof for Maya that he is still very much alive. Last Call For Caviar is a really cool story about how crazy the world would get if it ever ends, and what one person would do to stay close to those she loved. I loved the way Roen wrote her characters. Maya was a kick butt kind of heroine that I was instantly rooting for and I think a lot of other people will love her! Her intense feelings for Julian were very realistic and I felt like Roen nailed it when she created these characters to inhabit this crazy but realistic world.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Melissa Roen’s Last Call For Caviar unravels in Cap d’Ail, France in the year 2018 as readers are presented with Maya Jade’s journal almost a hundred years after almost half of mankind perished as foretold in the Hopi prophecy. Maya is an American expat living in the French Riviera and while the world is devastated by natural and man-made disasters, she is relatively insulated from the chaos but surely not for long. Living alone in a villa and separated from her lover, Julian, she prepares for what seems like the end of the world. News from family in the US is bleak and she hears nothing from Julian and a friend in earthquake ravaged Japan. In Monaco, the intrigue laden playground of the rich, she tries to get on with life. Maya meets Abdul, who offers her protection, at one of the parties she attended there. And as conditions deteriorate, she has to make a choice. Last Call for Caviar is a novel set in the glamorous French Riviera and Monaco where the rich and the famous have to deal with a fast disintegrating world order. Author Melissa Roen builds up her story line slowly, carefully, and effectively, and this makes her novel intriguing at first and fascinating in the end. Keeping her gun close by and staying vigilant, American expat Maya Jade prepares for the madness that is fast engulfing her sanctuary as she yearns for her lover to return to her. There is tension in this story from beginning to end and it is very palpable. Last Call for Caviar has a cast of colorful characters and each of them with interesting stories to tell, unraveling as they all try to avoid the inescapable doom. Witty, fashionable and imaginative, this is a dystopian novel that is simply hard to put down!
Suzanne_Gattis1 More than 1 year ago
Nestled amidst the former glitz and glam of the South of France, Last Call for Caviar is a guilty pleasure for any reader. It takes you to a world of luxury that is also becoming a world of uncertainty and fear. This novel opens up worlds of contrast for the reader, from love and lust, exotic and demonic, hope and despair, and high times and end of days. It introduces readers to an epic fight for love and for humanity. Our heroine, Maya, is a smart but somewhat tragic figure trying her best to survive as the world comes crashing down around here. As rumors of war and the end of the world circulate around her, perhaps the worse devastation that Maya faces is not the destruction of mankind but the breaking of her own heart. To know that the world is in despair is one thing; she is strong-bodied and strong-willed to fight to stay alive. Armed with her weapon and a sexy protector, the odds are quite in Maya’s favor. However, living with a lonely heart and soul is what would be most detrimental to Maya. How many of us if we knew there was no tomorrow wouldn’t also yearn to find loved ones and tell them our true feelings for them? The cast of characters in Maya’s world are intriguing to say the least. From her loyal companion Buddy to her nemesis Anjuli, the relationships in the story are well defined but also full of twists and turns. Many of the characters have a sense of mystery to them, which makes the book quite intoxicating. Many are the types of characters you would like to meet at dinner party and get to know more about, which is good since there are plenty of dinner parties in the book. Even in the midst of chaos, the charades must go on. That leads to the setting. The imagery and decadence used to describe the setting made me feel as though I was there. You can almost smell the money towards the beginning of the book and the despair at the end as their world begins to crumble further. Also, the era is fascinating. Survival of those who adapt in changing time has been an anthem in books for centuries. The author could have gone just with the end of days story and written a fine book. However, the sensuality and adventure of the book are what sets it apart from other novels. If you want to be exposed to a world of wealth, tragedy, and love, Last Call for Caviar is a great read.