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Ebook Details
  • 09/1919
  • B07XKJZKDN
  • 387 pages
  • $3.99
Ebook Details
  • 09/2019
  • B07XKJZKDN
  • 387 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 09/2019
  • 9781689376655 1689376651
  • 387 pages
  • $14.95
John Oehler
Author
Ex Libris: The Forbidden Books
John Oehler, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

An unimagined secret - kept for centuries - leads to massive deception, corruption, and soul-searching choices.  Dan Lovel, a former Diplomatic Security Agent of Roma (Gypsy) heritage, agrees to steal several books from a monastery in Prague to help identify art expropriated by Napoleon. But Dan and partner, Martine, discover that one of the books contains stunning revelations that now threaten global chaos and even nuclear war. As they fight to prevent this, they become ensnared in a brutal web of conspiracy and murder.

Readers call EX LIBRIS "Utterly Gripping," and they love the "Breathtaking Action" and the characters - from Dan, whose Gypsy background proves vital, to Paulette the blind painter, to Jade the female assassin who has never failed.

EX LIBRIS has been named an ERIC HOFFER FINALIST and has been awarded a B.R.A.G. MEDALLION.

Cover Image Description by author, John Oehler. The cover image shows a gargoyle atop Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, where much of the story takes place. I chose it long before the horrific fire. To me, it symbolizes contemplation of difficult choices, which is a theme of the story. I was delighted to read that my chosen gargoyle survived the flames.
 

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Oehler’s book is a fast-paced, thoroughly plotted espionage thriller. The author is skilled at building tension and conflict between characters, and readers will be unable to put the book down until the final page.

Prose/Style: Oehler’s prose is strong, clear, and direct. Each character has a distinct and inviting voice. Protagonists Dan Lovel and Martine Desmarais engage in delightful, witty banter that readers will enjoy.

Originality: Given that the novel revolves around a long-forgotten text that could cause a religious war, comparisons to The Da Vinci Code are inevitable. However, Ex Libris shines because of its stellar cast of characters and Oehler’s many twists.

Character Development: The characters of Ex Libris truly make the novel. Protagonists Dan and Martine are intelligent, strong leads with great chemistry. Secondary characters who are indispensable to the plot include Paulette, a blind painter, and Jade, an assassin for hire.

Date Submitted: May 24, 2020

Reviews
Amazon Review by cvg, Sept. 21, 2019

5.0 out of 5 stars What a terrific read!

Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2019

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

From page 1 this book is an irresistible page turner and I recommend this book very highly. Thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are well portrayed, the plot (and sub plots) are exciting and fast paced, and the story telling is second to none. John Oehler is a wonderful writer who weaves a great yarn and this book reflects his unique storytelling. Loved, loved,loved this book! I would rate it a 10 out of 10!

AMAZON REVIEW BY HASard, Jan. 9, 2020

5.0 out of 5 stars Well done. I cannot wait to read his next book.

Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2020

Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

The request that sparks this journey sounds simple: get into a monastery, and grab a few books. What starts as a quick task turns into a fast-paced thriller that spans multiple continents. The plot combines the crucial stakes of geopolitics and religion, then pits those forces against complex, well-drawn characters with – of course – competing agendas. This one kept me guessing, and engaged. The writing is tight, the research is excellent, and the locales are painted with a vivid brush.

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 09/1919
  • B07XKJZKDN
  • 387 pages
  • $3.99
Ebook Details
  • 09/2019
  • B07XKJZKDN
  • 387 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 09/2019
  • 9781689376655 1689376651
  • 387 pages
  • $14.95

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