The Mark on Eve

The Mark on Eve

by Joel Fox


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A young woman dives in front of an assassin's bullet and saves the life of a female presidential candidate. The young woman, Eve, miraculously survives; miraculous to witnesses, perhaps, but, quite expected by Eve.

Jealousy over the love of an 18th century New England pirate caused a powerful witch to cast a spell on Eve Hale. While not aging, Eve is condemned to an endless life; cursed to remain on earth until she kisses the lips of her pirate-lover who went down with his ship in the waters off Cape Cod in 1717. Meticulously guarding her past by not residing anywhere too long or forming lasting friendships, Eve has reached present time, her secret intact.

Now Eve has found purpose for her long, often unbearable existence. After watching women improve their position in society throughout American history, she is helping a woman run for President of the United States.

However, her instinctive act protecting the California governor from an assassin's bullet puts Eve where she never wanted to be - in the spotlight. After centuries of keeping her secret, her life could unravel while dooming the presidential campaign because of the efforts of a persistent reporter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692306192
Publisher: Bronze Circle Press
Publication date: 01/12/2015
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Joel Fox spent over 30 years in California politics, serving on numerous state commissions, working on many ballot issue campaigns, and advising candidates. He is an adjunct professor at the School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University.

Fox authored hundreds of opinion pieces for many national and state publications including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today and Los Angeles Times.

Joel Fox writes the Zane Rigby mystery series. FBI Special Agent Zane Rigby must solve a puzzle from the past of an American president to solve modern day murders. The mystery in Lincoln's Hand springs from the actual event of an attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln's body. The catalyst of FDR's Treasure is fishing trips FDR took to Cocos Island, famed for hiding buried treasure.

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LauraMHartman More than 1 year ago
Fox  begins The Mark on Eve in New York City 1835. Eve Hale (one of the many names she goes by throughout her life) scoffs at P.T. Barnum’s 161 year-old-woman. It takes one to know one and Eve knows a charlatan when she sees one. Born in the early 1700’s, Eve was cursed by a spell when she tangled with a local witch, Eve was left to wander the earth until the end of time or break the curse by kissing her dead lover on the lips, whichever comes first. The next chapter is set in modern times. There is a woman running for president and Eve is the first to support her. She has seen women become more powerful over the years and is doing everything she can to get her candidate elected. That literally translates to taking a bullet for her. Without thinking, Eve jumps in front of the candidate when she sees a would be assassin take aim. Eve is hurt, but miraculously survives a wound that would have killed any other person.  The candidate feels indebted to Eve,  and makes her a part of the political machine rolling towards the White House. With the national exposure of this incident comes the press. In particular Tom Evanger. Eve Skeller is a mystery to him. She doesn’t want any press for saving the person most likely to be the next President of the United States. What intrigues Evanger even more is he cannot find a record of Eve anywhere other than the fact that she owns a production company that focuses on historical movies. No birth certificate, marriage or divorce information or even a driver’s license can be found in Eve’s name. His persistence forces Eve to face the demons of her past that are rushing towards her as Evanger begins looking under every stone to uncover her secret. If he keeps digging, he might just bury them both. Expertly weaving between the past and the present, Fox fills in all of Eve’s years and past personas until they collide in present day California. I love the way he lets the reader know where Eve is with section headings such as “Washington, D.C., 1867”. The chapters are short within the sections, making the reader keep turning pages to see where Eve will take us next. Watching Eve morph into each different setting she has to adapt to is really interesting. She keeps some of her basic traits, but must change and grow with the times to fit it. As she leaves friends and lovers behind when age catches up with them, she begins closing emotions deep inside herself to avoid the pain. It is very interesting watching her interact with Evanger. He is a man that interests her and frightens her at that same time. History buffs, mystery fans and anyone who loves to get lost in an intriguing tale will love this book. Fox deftly changes settings and locations, pulling the reader along for a fabulously interesting ride. Any author that can combine pirates, lost love, witches, a woman that cannot die and a few other twists and turns that I’ll let you find on your own is a master. Fox has written two other books that I will be adding to my queue, FDR’s Treasure and Lincoln’s Hand. Both are from his Zane Rigby Murder Mystery Series. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review. Copyright © 2015 Laura Hartman