The Coin

The Coin

by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

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France, 1993.
WHO EVER THOUGHT A COIN COULD GET YOU KILLED? A cunning killer trusted his secret was safe, an innocent woman holds the key to his destruction, and an intelligence officer must keep her alive before the madman can strike the fatal blow.
For artist Gabriela Martinez, life has become complicated: she suspects her mentor and friend wants her as his mistress, her husband is neglecting her, and her latest illustration is ruined. Seeking peace, she visits her favorite thinking spot in La Marbriére, the mountain overlooking her home in the Côte d'Azur. Distracted, she winds up in an unfamiliar clearing, where she discovers a 1945 French coin half-buried in the ground. Delighted with its beauty, she has it set on her favorite bracelet.
Richard Harrison, an American intelligence officer, is livid. A simple favor for his boss has turned his vacation in the French Riviera into a hellish assignment. Now, not only does he learn the truth about the coin, but he must also protect Gabriela from a cunning killer who will stop at nothing.
Together with Maurice Nôret, from French intelligence, Richard attempts to discover the madman's identity, except his budding love for this beautiful artist is turning into a dangerous handicap. Every one of his moves is thwarted with brutal countermoves. Soon, the psychological games to terrorize Gabriela escalate beyond his control. If Richard doesn't find a solution, it may be too late for them both.
Set in the exotic French Riviera, The Coin is a story of hatred, betrayal, love and duty—of terrible and painful choices that, nonetheless, bring about personal triumph.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149525362
Publisher: Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra
Publication date: 05/10/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 307
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra lives North Carolina with her husband and has worked as a professional dancer, singer, journalist, literature teacher, and novelist. She began her writing career at age thirteen with a science fiction short story and has been writing, in one capacity or another, ever since. She has a Masters in English literature, specializing in medieval romances. She has lived in many countries, including France, where she sets her first novel. Writing full-time now, she is finishing the follow up to The Coin and has several other books in the "burner."
She loves to hear from her readers, loves to read their reviews, and loves to read, period.

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The Coin 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite Suspenseful, thrilling, and action-packed are apt words to describe The Coin by Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra, a mesmerizing story with great potential to have readers utterly captivated. It all starts with a coin, a mysterious, coveted coin, but what is the value of a coin that people are killed and the lives of many put in danger? Set against the lush backdrop of the French Riviera, this novel explores very powerful themes such as lust, love and betrayal, and many things in between. Gabriela Martinez couldn’t have known that the coin she’d found in the Riviera could set her up as a target. A man gone mad, a very clever killer has her almost in his grip, and will not relent. There is only one person who can protect her, the Intelligence Operative Richard Harrison, but does he have everything required to outwit a cunning killer and unforgiving terrorists? The story has a brilliant opening; it begins with murder, and the reader is immediately introduced to one of the key characters in the story, the madman. Curiosity awakens and becomes a force that keeps the reader turning the pages. The setting is very beautiful and the idea of the “coin” is just brilliant and enigmatic, something of a mystery which adds to the pervading sense of danger that dominates the entire story. The characters are well crafted and explored in great depth, and the author does this without sacrificing her powerful plot points and her oh-so-beautiful prose. Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra’s work is one of the craftiest stories that will make readers fall in love with the exotic French Riviera. The Coin is hugely entertaining!
Amers86 More than 1 year ago
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books. *I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review* Whew! If you’re looking for a book full of suspense and thrilling action, this is a book for you. It’s got a dark side and the thrilling part of the story will keep you on your toes – it will also keep you guessing until the end. You’ll be asking “who did it, who was the killer?” then it will switch to “No way!” I applaud the author in keeping the twists and turns up from the first page to the last page! There is no lack of description or detail. Each scene, whether it be in the house, on the mountain, or at a party, is detailed very well and the scenes described piece for piece. You shouldn’t have any problem visualizing them as you’re reading, make the scenes flow effortlessly through your mind. This story has a little forbidden romance but I think you’ll find yourself cheering for Richard, the forbidden lover. It’s kind of depressing reading about Roberto and his treatment of his wife and his ability to put work first, no matter the reason. I definitely found myself rooting for Richard and hoping he would win his love. Overall, this was a great story and a good read. The concept was interesting and made for a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had me hooked from the outset. It was not a typical novel of any kind for me. However, it had intrigue, suspense, drama, romance. Without being slushy, as I don't do slushy novels. This ticked boxes and then some. The best character? How do I choose? I liked Gabriela and cheered her on in finding her verbal voice, (read it you'll get why I say verbal voice). She is a kind arty woman, who is somewhat nail and then she meets Richard. After years married to Roberto, she starts to see what has been missing, and she tries to gently make changes. I did love the character of Richard, so used to hiding himself away, for the purpose of working secret services. I did guess the bad guy, which I wish I hadn't been able to, but there are some brilliant twists and turns to the story that make it so readable and devourable. * I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. *