When does a wrong become right?
Danny Samsel is a Master Thief. He has defeated the finest security systems in the world: Interpol wants him, the FBI wants him, the CIA wants him.
After a year languishing on Kefalonia, he has turned his attention to the heist of the century. He has decided to return the Elgin Marbles to Greece.
His motives are not entirely altruistic: estranged from the beautiful Kastania, he wants her back in his life. She never left his heart. And, he needs her help to steal the Marbles from the British Museum.
With help from old friends worldwide, plus a few surprising ones, Danny pursues his goal, despite vicious interventions from Interpol and avaricious underworld art collectors. At great cost to him and his accomplices, Danny settles a few scores, foxes old foes, and guarantees the future of his chosen career.
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About the Author
EJ Knapp was born during a thunderstorm in Detroit, Michigan, several years before the Motor City discovered fins. Raised in a working-class, blue-collar neighborhood, he morphed into the stereotypical hoodlum a teenager growing up on the west side of Detroit was expected to be. Dropping out of high school at sixteen, he hit the road in his ‘60 Chevy and has, in one way or another, been rolling down that road ever since.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The cover on this is eye catching and true to the storyline, what the cover can't express is how detailed the book is, no detail is left to chance and it's very thorough. Stealing the Marbles is witty from the outset, as Danny goes about creating allies to aid him in his task to steal and return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.Danny is a thief of epic proportions, possibly wanted by various agencies including Interpol. He steals for the thrill of the chase, and as a reader you soon discover that he's not as heroic or brave as he might at first seem. I was surprised by some of his dislikes, these made the story even more interesting.This book kept me on my toes...it's got car chases, gun fights and a really good plot, menacing in places with twists and turns. I did guess what the outcome was going to be to some extent, but the book was well paced none the less, with touching scenes of vulnerability and grief, that you possibly wouldn't expect from a thriller.This was a can't-put-it-down read, which was totally absorbing and enjoyable from start to finish. I was surprised at the end to read that although Danny's story is not real, the Parthenon Marbles and their story, is in fact true.
What makes this book delightful, is although you are reading about a thief who plans to pull off an impossible job, it gives a lot of insight into Daniel's conscience. We tend to think thieves have no conscience, and this juxtaposition is a real gem inside these pages. The tension builds slowly, sucking you into the drama and making you family. I didn't expect to become emotionally attached to the characters, but I did. This is the value of a good writer, a good author gets you to care about fictional characters. The title suggests, that we're talking about marbles in the modern sense. That's what I thought when I first read the title; however the marbles are in fact artefacts taken from Greece by Lord Elgin, and now they are greedily ensconced in Britain. There's a theme running through the book, about brilliant art - Why do those who have no connection of pride to a collection, think they have the right to hold onto another country's heritage? The Greek Marbles comprise of fifteen Metopes, fifty-six panels from the frieze, seventeen pedimental statues, a column from the Erechtheion and one of the ladies from the Porch of the Maidens. At the time the Ottoman Empire were to blame, but that doesn't excuse the perpetration of this insult, by keeping these artefacts hostage. It's all very political, which is why Stealing the Marbles is such a treasure of a book. It shows you the human side to historical plundering. It shows you how this still affects the culture of their birth to this day. It is plain when reading Stealing the Marbles, that E.J.Knapp loves his history, he enlightens the reader in such a touching way, that whether you like the Parthenon, ouzo, the Greeks, or not; by the end of the book you care about the injustice. This book shows you what it is to be a thief, a good one, but it comes with a price. Interpol follows you, crooked men want to break you, nothing can put a price on friendship, or love, and if you're going to cross dangerous men, you will at some point find yourself being beaten into a pulp, while running from the cops, and simultaneously pulling off the biggest heist in history, one that bruises the ego of a nation whose arrogance should be examined. The last few pages had me sitting with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. This book manages to move you, it really does. It takes you inside the world of a thief, showing you just how much it takes to plan and execute a night of thieving, it contains a sense of humour, and it has a decent pace. If I were any less satisfied with my life, Stealing the Marbles would have imbued a hunkering for this exotic and frenetic lifestyle of Daniel's, (the main character.) Flying around the world, being paid obscene amounts of money, and thriving on the adrenalin kick of breaking the law, this book was well worth the read. Poppet (author)