A World I Never Made

A World I Never Made

by James LePore

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ISBN-13: 9780981608723
Publisher: Story Plant, The
Publication date: 04/14/2009
Series: Invictus Cycle Series , #1
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


James LePore is an attorney who has practiced law for more than two decades. He is also an accomplished photographer (his was can be seen at www.nakedeyeimages.com). He lives in South Salem, NY with his wife, artist Karen Chandler. A World I Never Made is his first novel and the first of three LePore paperbacks that The Story Plant will publish in 2010. He is currently at work on his fourth novel, which The Story Plant plans to publish in hardcover in 2011.

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(From Chapter Two)

Paris, January 2, 2004

Pat arrived at his hotel at a few minutes before noon, which gave him just enough time to put the roses into a vase with water and wash his face and hands before going down to the lobby to meet Officer Laurence. When he unwrapped the roses, a prayer card of some kind fell out; he put this in his pocket without thinking much about it. He told the desk clerk that he was expecting an Officer Laurence of the Paris police and pointed to a stuffed chair in a corner where he would be waiting for her. There he sat and began to ponder his strange meeting with the flower girl, but within seconds, or so it seemed, he was interrupted by a tall angular woman in her mid-thirties dressed in a chic dark blue suit over a white silk blouse. Her nose was on the large side and slightly bumpy, and would have dominated her face except that it was nicely in proportion to her high, wide cheekbones and full-lipped broad mouth. The eyes in this face, forthright eyes that met his squarely, were an arresting shade of gray-green that Pat had never seen before. Her gold bracelets jangled as she extended her hand to him and introduced herself with a half smile and a nod of her head.

“Do you speak French, Monsieur Nolan?”

“Un peu.”

“You prefer English?”

“Yes.”

“Mais oui. Of course. You seem surprised, Monsieur. I am not dressed to chase criminals today.”

“I was expecting someone in a uniform. Inspector LeGrand said you were an officer.”

“I am an officer of the judiciary police. In America I would be a detective.”

Pat was surprised at Laurence’s appearance, but it wasn’t at the way she was dressed. Nor was it solely how lovely she was, although she was quite lovely to look at. It was, he realized, how interesting the look in her beautiful eyes was. There was no French arrogance in them, but its opposite, something akin to humility or a complicated, frustrating sadness not unlike his own. This look, whether imagined or real, and the thought it sparked in his overworked mind, took Pat for a moment—a very brief moment—out of himself, a process that on some wider level he observed with gratitude.

“Shall we go?” Laurence said softly, bringing him swiftly but gently back to the grim task at hand.

The ride to the hospital in Laurence’s black Peugeot station wagon was short and quiet. Once there, Laurence spoke rapidly in French to a desk clerk, then shepherded Pat into an elevator which took them to the basement.

“Wait,” she said when they exited the elevator; then, turning, she walked quickly down a long corridor, her high heels clicking on the tiled floor. She disappeared behind double swinging doors, reemerging a moment later and gesturing to Pat to come. It was a long walk for Pat, longer even than the one he had taken twenty-nine years ago to confirm for himself that his wife of eight months was dead. Laurence held open one of the swinging doors for him and he entered a squarish, harshly lit room with a wall of stainless steel body lockers at one end and an autopsy station at the other, where a lab technician in a white smock stood next to a gurney. Pat took this scene in for a moment and then felt Officer Laurence’s hand on his left forearm. At the gurney, Laurence nodded to the technician, who pulled down gently on the pale green sheet. Pat’s eyes went first to the shaved head, then to the crude sutures at the right temple, and then finally to the face, white and stony in death these last four days. It was not Megan. It was a woman generally of Megan’s age and size and coloring, but it was not her.

“This is your daughter, Monsieur Nolan?”

Pat’s mind had stopped working for a second, but it started again when he heard Officer Laurence’s voice. Other voices then filled his head.

My birthday’s coming up. You can bring me a present.

A quick cremation.

Have faith, Monsieur. You will be led to her.

Megan was alive but wanted the world to think she was dead. The world except for Pat and the flower girl on the Street of Flowers.

“Yes,” he answered, nodding, and at the same time reaching out and placing his right hand over the body’s left hand. He pressed through the sheet to feel for the heavy silver ring that he had bought for Lorrie on their honeymoon and then given to Megan when she turned sixteen. To the best of his knowledge, she had not taken it off since. He confirmed its absence, then stepped away from the gurney, keeping his eyes on the unknown woman who had visited Megan on December 30 and killed herself in furtherance of what dark and strange conspiracy—a conspiracy he had now joined—Pat could not fathom. Why, Megan? And where are you?

“She has lost weight from her cancer,” said Laurence.

“Yes.”

The detective nodded to the technician, who pulled the sheet up and began wheeling the gurney toward the lockers.

“Detective Laurence,” Pat said.

“Yes.”

“I would like to have my daughter cremated today if possible. Can you help me?”

“Yes. Upstairs we will sign papers to release the body. We will call a crematorium from my cell phone.”

“And her personal effects?”

“I have them in my car. I will take you to her room if you like.”

“Yes. I would.”

“Perhaps you would like something to eat first, a drink?”

Yes, I could use a drink, a long night of drinking, Pat thought, realizing, as Laurence stared intently at him that the stunned look on his face was not what she thought it was, sorry that he had had to lie to her.

“No,” he said, thanking her with his eyes for the sympathy in hers. “Let’s get it over with.”

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"A World I Never Made is a compelling page turner - one of those wonderful books with characters as strong as the story and a story worth reading. Don't miss it. LePore is an author to watch!"--(M.J. Rose, author of The Memorist)

William Landay

"I picked up A World I Never Made and was riveted from start to finish. An adventure to places both exotic and intimate, told with great sensitivity, inventive plotting, and propulsive suspense. Jim LePore is a great discovery."--(William Landay, author of The Strangler)

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Read_A_Book More than 1 year ago
WOW! I always read right before bed, and I picked up this novel with the intention of whetting my appetite through a few chapters, but I ended up reading the entire novel in one sitting. Needless to say, I got very little sleep, but the story was well worth it, permeating my dreams once the tale came to an end-it is that powerful. In a sentence: A World I Never Made is a stunning tale of love and deception. I love this novel! LePore is a master storyteller, keeping the reader glued to the pages from the very beginning. The story is a whirlwind of mystery, spurring the reader on as the truth unfolds. The characters... the story... the suspense... everything was phenomenal! I loved the juxtaposition of the two stories: Pat's present, and Megan's past, which eventually come together to create a mind blowing grand finale to LePore's debut novel about terrorism. It is obvious that LePore put a lot of time and research into this novel, and it shows through the pages of this epic tale. This book is a must read; you will not be disappointed with LePore's sheer talent, which will hopefully make it to the big screen. Five stars!
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkable thriller about a father and daughter and the hunt for terrorists. Pat Nolan comes to France to identify the body of his estranged daughter who had committed suicide. Although, he tells the authorities that it is her, he knows it is not and starts a search for her. Chapters alternate between the father and daughter and the reason why his daughter faked her death. Is she a terrorist as the authorities believe or is it something else as Pat searches for answers. This reader gotten taken in with the storyline, the locations and the characters. A good book from this attorney turned author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had reservations about this book when I saw that a lot of it was situated in the middle east, but it only took a few pages to draw me in. The misspellings and punctuation errors were a bit distracting - I don't know if the hard copy is has those or if it was a result of the conversion to electronic copy, but, if I were Mr. Lepore, I'd demand that those be fixed. Those things aside, I recommend this book. It is a thriller that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Thanks to B&N for offering it on Freebook Fridays.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story about a father searching for his daughter in France. He gets involed in a mystery about where she is, why she is there, and why people are after her. Alot of thrilling, exciting, and strange twists that add suspence all the way through.
KayTeeL More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. The author created realistic characters and the story line flows well. Not a book I would read multiple times but will certainly consider other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fast read. Keeps good pace of action. I liked it and it was free!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only thing that took away from this book is the abundance of typos. Doesn't anyone proofread any more?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the brief summary and was attracted to it. However, the story was slow moving, predictable, and failed to live up to its promise. It lacked suspense, and had too many convenient coincidences as part of the narrative. Overall, it is not a book that I would choose and I was actually reluctant to finish it. I did however, and thus confirmed that everything ended as I predicted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I staye on the edge of my seat. Will read more of this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You lost me with the laughable gun mistakes. Get a shooter to proof the gun sections.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love,suspense,murder,what else could you want...A great read.I enjoyed it so much, I purchased another by the same writer.He has seeral he has writen and I am looking forward to reading all of them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was fast paced and interesting. I would recommend this book to a friend. It is not suitable for a nine or ten year old, though, as another reviewer had stated it was. I started it last night before bed and wasn't able to put it down until about 4:00 a.m. when I just couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. I finished it off this afternoon. I must confess O have been prettu tired today as a result. So, if you decide to read it, do it on a night when you don't have to be up early and function the next day! I will look into other books from this author. My only complaint is that the editor should have done a better job proofreading it. There were a lot of typos.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Great plot, gripping twists and turns...I read it in 3 days (which is quite a feat for me). I could easily see a movie being made out of this novel. My only critique is that there were a lot of typos in the Nook version of the book. Tons. If the publisher or author are reading this, I would be happy to proofread it for you. :-) Pay particular attention to quote marks used in place if apostrophes. They're everywhere. That said, this was a great read. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A stay-up-all-night kind of book. It grabs you in the beginning and gets better and better. A truly great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent read i would recamind it to any one:)you will really enjoy reading this one
MadMooseMama on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A World I Never Made is a novel of international suspense and mystery. With mild to moderate expletives and violence, it is not suggested for those who are not mature readers. Written from both Pat Nolan's and Megan's perspective, we are taken back and forth in time to enrapture the reader as author, James LePore, sheds light on the mysterious Megan and her ties to the influential and wealthy men of Europe.Pat Nolan receives a call from the French police in Paris that his estranged daughter, Megan, has committed suicide and he is needed to come and identify the body. Upon seeing that the woman laying in the morgue was not his daughter, he lies and says she is, setting him on a journey that will take him across France and into the Czech Republic to unravel the clues as to his daughters whereabouts.Along the journey he is aided by policewoman, Catherine Laurance, who later becomes his love interest, the gypsies, who have sworn to protect Megan, for a cost and American FBI agent, Max French, whose agenda may not be what it seems. Following the clues, Pat learns that his daughter is suspected of being a terrorist, and dodging the DST, Saudi Arabian secret agents and the French police, with his life at risk, he continues, each step closer to learning the truth. With everyone on the hunt for Megan, Pat knows his daughter hasn't much time, will he make it to her to save her life or will the secret world of Megan finally catch up with her and be her final doom?SYNOPSIS:"Pat Nolan, an American man, is summoned to Paris to claim the body of his estranged daughter Megan, who has committed suicide. The body, however, is not Megan's and it becomes instantly clear to Pat that Megan staged this, that she is in serious trouble, and that she is calling to him for help."
sms352 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I read this back in May. A good thriller about a father and daughter relationship. The story is told during two different time periods. The daughter's death brings Pat Nolan to Paris to identify her body. Woven with terrorist activites; Pat investigates the dangerous people she was involved with. A bittersweet ending to the story; Megan leaves one last gift for Pat.
mikedraper on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Pat Nolan is summoned to Paris to claim his estranged daughter, Megan's body. When he gets to the mortuary, she sees that it isn't Megan. He realizes that she staged her death and is in danger and needs him.When Catherine Laurence, a police detective in Paris, is told by her superior that they question that the dead body is Megan and are suspicious at the quick creamation. She is told to befriend Pat and see what she can learn.Catherine is told that the Saudi government suspects that Megan was part of a group of terrorists who blew up a number of buildings.We follow the story of how Megan, a freelance journalist, went to Morocco and what happend there. We also follow Pat and Catherine as they search for Megan and become romantically involved, something they never thought they'd experience at this point of their lives."A World I never Made" is a well crafted mystery with rich characterization who the reader comes to care for. The story flows smoothly and was an entertaining read.
PattyLouise on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Murder, mystery, suspense and terrorists are what this book is about. I am not normally in the habit of reading a book of this nature but once you begin the first chapter this intense book is impossible to put down. I literally read it straight to the end¿only stopping when I had to. So much for laundry¿and dinner.It is a story about a father and his daughter in alternating chapters. The premise is that Pat Nolan is called to Paris to identify his daughter¿s dead body. It is believed that she has committed suicide but when Pat Nolan sees the body it is not his daughter Megan. Due to a note left behind by Megan he knows that she is alive and in grave danger. Pat and Megan are not a typical father and daughter. They are sort of semi estranged and barely see each other. Megan is a writer and travels the world for her stories. At most the two of them would meet once a year at Christmas. Megan¿s mother died during childbirth and Pat was not much of a stay at home dad.I was immediately thrown into this totally frightening terrorist culture. No one can be trusted and anyone helping Megan or Pat is met with an extreme deadly horrible punishment. The terrorists show no mercy. Not too many people are spared. That part was really sad. Luckily Pat meets a French detective who helps him in this quest to find his daughter and as he soon learns, he is also now searching for his grandson. Megan has reasons to hide her newborn from his father¿a very wealthy extremist. Her faked death is the only way she can do this.There is so much going on within this novel. The minute you think you can catch your breath¿someone else is caught up in Megan¿s plight and my breathless reading began all over again.There is an amazing ending. There is a love story. There is hope.I truly did enjoy this book. Again¿not to overstate this but I could not put this book down. I just had to sit and read it until I couldn¿t read any more. I put it away and then found myself picking it up again just to see what would happen next. The ending was exciting. My thanks to ¿Pump Up Your Book¿ and Lou Aronica for sharing this author with me.
MRShemery on LibraryThing 7 months ago
CoverI get a sense of the mystery of this book by looking at the cover: The lady on it ... is it Catherine or is it Megan? Why is she standing in a hallway all by herself? Is she looking for someone? Waiting on someone? Is she friend or foe?PlotThe book was set in European countries, which helped lend an air of mystery to the story. The characters were extremely realistic and believable. Even though there were some back-and-forth moments in the book, the story flowed smoothly and flawlessly. The reader will remain engaged and wanting to know more the entire book.CharactersPat is Megan's widowed father. He appears to be the strong and silent type. He feels guilty for how he was never around while Megan was growing up.Megan is a wanderer with a gypsy spirit. She doesn't like to be tied down in one place for too long and her lifestyle reflects that.Catherine is a detective helping Pat search for Megan. She lost her husband in a bombing several years ago ... much to her relief. She is feminine, yet strong.If you want to know more about Pat and Megan's backgrounds, James LePore's Anyone Can Die gives you a great glimpse of that. I previously read Anyone Can Die (see review here) and went back and re-read it after I finished A World I Never Made and found it to be a wonderful addition.OverallI loved this novel. It was suspenseful and kept you on the edge of your seat until the end. The story flowed naturally. I would put this novel in the same category as Dean Koontz's suspense novels. It is a definite must read for mystery and suspense fans.
dougbq on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A solid read. Well-written and it kept my attention. Lots of twists and turns. If you like international intrigue coupled with some personal angst, this book might just work for you. Language gets rough in a few spots, so you need to be aware of that.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This was a crisp, well-written thriller. Pat Nolan comes to France to identify the body of his daughter but, instead, begins a hunt for her. Megan is on the run from both terrorists and the intelligence community. Pat joins forces with French police detective Catherine Laurence as they travel across Europe on Megan's trail while trying to elude both the terrorists and intelligence officers who hope they will lead them to Megan.
jenforbus on LibraryThing 7 months ago
In James LePore's debut novel, A WORLD I NEVER MADE, Pat Nolan is called to Paris to identify the body of his daughter Megan who was believed to have committed suicide. His relationship with Megan has always been a rocky one and at best they see each other once a year. But when Nolan arrives, he discovers that the body is not Megan's and she has left him a cryptic clue indicating she is in trouble and needs his help.As Nolan investigates further into the mystery of his daughter's disappearance he finds a complex network of international terrorism. With the help of French Detective Catherine Laurence, can Nolan find Megan before the terrorists who want her dead do?LaPore parallels Pat Nolan's odyssey with Megan Nolan's experiences leading up to her faked suicide. Interweaving the two stories, the reader is able to start locking the events together like pieces of a puzzle. And like a puzzle, the story isn't complete until the last piece is entered.In a day and age when our greatest fears revolve around terrorism, the antagonists create a great level of suspense that keeps the action moving swiftly.The characters in this novel are all carrying "baggage" that they must work their ways through. This, of course, helps to define who they are as well as show growth throughout the plot. While most parents don't have quite the relationship with their children that Pat has with Megan, they can probably identify a distance and wonder what they don't know about their own children's lives. And in the end, it is the relationships throughout the novel that are its greatest strength. Relationships are never perfect, but that lack of perfection doesn't prevent a person from being willing to go to the ends of the earth for another - sometimes we all have to be reminded of that.
writergal85 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Yet another attorney turned thriller writer, James LePore adeptly draws the reader into a page-turner involving a faked suicide, a young journalist on the run and a possible terrorist plot. His simple, straightforward writing style propels the story and sets its pace and mood. LePore¿s exhaustive research on the various countries, as well as the unique historical elements, provides authenticity and increases the level of intrigue of A World I Never Made, Expatriate American journalist Megan Nolan has lived abroad off the luxuries of well-to-do lovers (and freelance articles) for well over a decade, accumulating an impressive array of passport stamps. Megan¿s father, Pat Nolan, gets a call that she has committed suicide and he needs to come to Paris to identify the body. Megan has actually faked her suicide and left some clues for her father. Pat teams up with a beautiful, savvy French detective named Catherine Laurence and the two risk their lives to find Megan. They also fall in love. Meanwhile, Megan is in Morocco seducing her latest man and also doing some risky research on a terrorist cell. The Saudi Arabian businessman Abdel Lahani is more dangerous than even worldly Megan can handle and she soon finds herself in grave danger. Soon the FBI, French police, Saudi version of the FBI, gypsies and some terrorist thugs are all searching for Megan, Pat and Catherine. Pat had not talked Megan into anything since she was in high school, maybe even grammar school. But this was not as hollow a statement as it would have been a few weeks ago. He was convinced that his one-of-a-kind daughter had laid down a trail for him, a trail through a minefield, trips wires everywhere. The characters zigzag through France, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic. While there are some superfluous moments with the romance between Pat Nolan and Catherine that slow the story down, in general it is a fine debut. A World I Never Made contains plenty of unexpected twists and red herrings to keep the reader guessing until the shocking ending.
LiteraryFeline on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The novel, A World I Never Made, opens with Patrick Nolan sitting across from a French Inspector. He holds his daughter's suicide note in his hands. He had never been close to his daughter, Megan. After his wife died while giving birth to their only child, Pat held onto his guilt and kept his distance from her. Megan's death brings his regrets to the surface. Only, as Pat will soon discover, it is not Megan's body which lies in the coroner's office. Under the impression that Megan was trying to fake her own death, Pat remains silent, going along with the ruse that his daughter is, in fact, dead.Officer Catherine Laurence of the judiciary police is assigned to keep an eye on Pat Nolan. He is not the only one who knows his daughter is not truly dead, and there are those in power who hope he will lead them to her. Megan's name has turned up on a terrorist watch list, the Saudi police claiming she was involved with the planning of several suicide bombings in Morocco.Catherine and Pat are thrown together in the search for Megan when they realize someone else is stalking Pat as well--someone who is much more dangerous, and those under his order will not hesitate to kill everyone in their wake. Pat and Catherine must get to Megan before those she is hiding from find her first.Woven between the chapters of the race to find Megan, is the story of why Megan has gone into hiding, of why she felt the need to lie about her death. Megan, a freelance journalist, has always been an independent spirit, headstrong and motivated. She goes after what she wants, be it a man or a news story. And, in this case, she goes after both. There is much more to her current lover, Abdel al-Lahani, than she at first realizes. She soon finds her very life on the line, and she must flee before it is too late.The two storylines eventually intersect, the pieces of the puzzle falling into place. Author James LePore has crafted an exciting and heart pounding novel. A father and daughter lost to each other for most of their lives rediscover each other as death chases right on their heels. The death of his wife Lorrie had devastated Pat. He blamed himself. He closed himself off from not only his daughter, but also from letting anyone into his heart. Believing his daughter was dead, even if for a short while, changed all that, as did his meeting of Catherine Laurence, the beautiful detective who carried her own baggage. She, too, had a well guarded heart. At first I wondered at their falling for each other so quickly given their defenses, but taking into account the high emotions, their current circumstances and the common bond they felt for one another, it does fall in the realm of believability.I was not sure I would like Megan at first. She uses men and in the beginning came across as cold and calculating. She grew on me though. Like her father, she is a complex character with many layers. Her father's absence in her life wounded her and has influenced her life choices. She is intelligent and has a confidence and strength about her, which has seen her come out on top more often than not. It is easy to see why she was drawn to Lahani. He is charming and mysterious. They are very similar in that they hold parts of themselves back from one another. Neither wanting to let the other in, at least not completely. This in juxtaposition to Pat and Catherine whose hearts are just beginning to thaw.The novel takes the reader all over Europe and North Africa, including France, Germany, the Czech Republic and Morocco. James LePore puts the reader right there in the midst of it all. His descriptions of the locales and people are rich and detailed, which is balanced out by the crisp dialogue.I was most fascinated by the gypsies. They played a significant part in both Megan and Pat's stories. Their own history and mysticism is touched on ever so slightly in the novel. Having just read Precious by Sandra Novack, in which the mother was born to a gypsies during the Second World War,