The Puppet Master (The Brooks/Lotello Thriller Series, #2)

The Puppet Master (The Brooks/Lotello Thriller Series, #2)

by Ronald S. Barak

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"Have you ever killed anyone? I have. I'll do it again. If I need to." A mysterious vigilante serial killer bent on putting an end to political corruption.

Savvy trial court judge Cyrus Brooks and veteran homicide detective Frank Lotello form a secret and unprecedented alliance to uncover the truth. Before it's too late.

A gripping, timely story of a political system gone awry--and those who feel compelled to fix it.

Prequel to The Amendment Killer, and the second in the Brooks/Lotello Thriller Series, The Puppet Master--and Barak-- will keep you dangling from the first to the very last page.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156509393
Publisher: Gander House Publishers
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Series: The Brooks/Lotello Thriller Series
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 303,454
File size: 1 MB

About the Author


Described by his readers as a cross between Agatha Christie, Lee Child, and John Lescroart, bestselling author Ron Barak keeps his readers flipping the pages into the wee hours of the night. While he mostly lets his characters tell his stories, he does manage to get his licks in too.

Barak derives great satisfaction in knowing that his books not only entertain but also stimulate others to think about how things might be, how people can actually resolve real-world problems. In particular, Barak tackles the country’s dysfunctional government representatives—not just back-seat driving criticism for the sake of being a back-seat driver, but truly framing practical remedies to the political abuse and corruption adversely affecting too many people’s lives today. Barak’s extensive legal background and insight allow him to cleverly cross-pollinate his fiction and today’s sad state of political reality.

In his latest novel, THE AMENDMENT KILLER, Barak calls upon his real-world legal ingenuity and skill to craft a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution criminalizing political abuse and corruption that Constitutional scholars across the country are heralding as a highly plausible answer to the political chaos destroying the very moral fiber of the country today. It’s difficult to read THE AMENDMENT KILLER and not imagine what could—and should—be expected and demanded of those political leaders who have forgotten they are there to serve and not be served. 

Barak is singularly qualified to have authored THE AMENDMENT KILLER, which will appeal to political and legal thriller aficionados alike. Barak is a law school honors graduate and a former Olympic athlete. While still in law school, he authored a bill introduced in Congress that overnight forced the settlement of a decades-long dispute between the NCAA and the AAU to control amateur athletics in the United States.


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The Puppet Master 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Catsromancereview More than 1 year ago
I am going to give this book to ratings. A 4 for the actual book because it was so long and wordy, pus so many characters it got overwhelming and hopped around. Now having said that... I listened to the audio and the narrator was amazing. he voice acted the ook ( which I love and each character even the females had a clear, unique voice. You could even tell when there were thoughts being voiced as happens a lot in Lotellos and Brooks' parts. That is skilled. So I give a 5 adding in the narration. This is book two and marked a prequel. I have not read book one and do suggest this one first since we meet Brooks and Lotello' First, we meet Lotello, a newly widowed police officer with two kids, contemplating if he should stay on the force and keep his career or find something else so he can spend more time with his family. Mr. Barak found an unusual way to endear us to Lotello by his speaking so much to his deceased wife. It really touched my heart and made me really like him. There is a wide array of characters, too many to mention and all have a depth to them. Te book kinda has two parts the police procedural than the political part. After the person is found and put on trial then we get in depth of the trial and that is where we meet Brooks, the judge, and the DA and prosecuting attorney as well. The story is engaging, thrilling and page turning and I can't wait to see what the next book has in store. but I will choose the audio. If you like crime thrillers, police procedurals, political procedurals, and allover page-turning suspense this is for you. I highly recommend the audio.
YooperSuz More than 1 year ago
This riveting book is so absolutely appropriate for our country's current political climate!! The back door politics and manipulations are so true to life...the plot twisting through believable and identifiable characters. The dynamic duo of Cyrus Brooks and Frank Lotello...each charged with upholding the law but recognizing that subverting it is sometimes necessary to bring about moire immediate results. It's a challenge for them to juggle the law, but stay within it, recognizing a country in trouble. The defendant that brought all this about actually plays a secondary role in the story plot. He's the match that ignited the rocket that unveiled and documented massive wrongdoing within the government...bringing it all to the public's attention . Ron Barak ranks right up there with Robert Ludlum and Greg Iles, my two favorite all-time authors. I also wish to disclose that Mr. Barak provided me with a free advanced reviewer copy of "The Puppet Master" in exchange for this honest and independent review.