Book Review: “The Sirena Quest” by Michael A. Kahn

March 13, 2015 at 7:20 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Michael A. Kahn in his new book, “Sirena Quest book coverThe Sirena Quest” published by Poisoned Pen Press gives us a quest.

From the back cover:   The New York Times Sunday Magazine piece famously opened: “She has pouting lips and high round breasts. Thousands of men have dreamt of her. Hundreds have chased after her. Two have died in pursuit. Her name is Sirena, she weighs 193 pounds, and she vanished in 1959. Without a trace.”

Barrett College’s legendary Greco-Roman sculpture’s fate was still a hot topic in 1970 when four roommates began their freshman year at the New England school. They’ve gone their separate ways for years. But as the 1994 commencement approaches, they are about to reunite to meet a challenge thrown down by a Class of ’59 hedge-fund billionaire. He has pledged a $25 million endowment plus a $3 million purse to her finder(s) if Sirena is restored to Barrett by June 17th, the date of his 35th reunion, the college’s sesquicentennial celebration—and our foursome’s 20th class reunion.

Although they are not alone in their pursuit—groups of alumni, including a pair of aggressive and highly-financed classmates, are running down leads across the world—St. Louis lawyer Lou Solomon and his crew come upon an obscure but intriguing clue. It leads them to Chicago where a young lawyer called Rachel Gold may hold key information. As the men race to crack the Sirena puzzle, their quest will transform their lives in unexpected ways.

Barrett College has issued a national challenge: Find Sirena, a statue that has been missing for 35 years, and restore her to the campus on the day of the college’s sesquicentennial. At stake is twenty-five million dollars. So four friends who graduated twenty years before hit the road on a journey of discovery. This is a journey not only of trying to find a missing statue but of what these men have become in their twenty years. “The Sirena Quest” is a character study that hums along at an even pace as these four men go about their exploration. Mr. Kahn has provided us with four marvelous characters that we really get involved with. Quite well done.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Thanks for sharing your review of this series mystery with us. Sounds like a very interesting and engaging book!


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