Book Review: “The Last Con” By Zachary Bartels

July 13, 2015 at 2:42 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Zachary Bartels in his new book “last con book coverThe Last Con” published by Thomas Nelson introduces us to Fletcher Doyle.

From the back cover:  THE KNIGHTS OF MALTA WERE THERE WHEN JERUSALEM FELL, THEY WERE THERE WHEN THE TEMPLARS DISINTEGRATED, AND THEY’RE THERE NOW . . . WAITING IN DETROIT FOR A BORN-AGAIN CON MAN TRYING TO SAVE HIS FAMILY.

Former con man Fletcher Doyle is finally home after six years in the pen. He’s working a menial job, regaining his bearings in the world, and trying to revive his relationships with his wife and twelve-year-old daughter. No easy feat.

But when Fletcher and his family go on a mission trip to Detroit—in the company of the condescending church leader who also happens to be his landlord—Fletcher finds his old life waiting for him. Within hours of arriving in the city, he’s been blackmailed into doing a job for a mysterious criminal who calls himself The Alchemist.

A series of relics hidden by the Knights of Malta, as ancient as they are priceless, are in the sights of The Alchemist. What he needs is a gifted grifter with a background in ecclesiastical history . . . what he needs is Fletcher Doyle.

Between hiding his reawakened criminal life from his wife and trying to hide her from their relentless landlord, Fletcher is ready to give up. But when his family is drawn into the dangerous world he can’t shake, Fletcher is forced to rely on his years in the game to save the only people who mean more to him than the biggest con in history.

If you like the Television show, “Mission:  Impossible” or enjoyed the movie, “The Sting” then you are certainly going to enjoy this book. Mr. Bartels has given us one super exciting story. Fletcher, after six years, is just out of prison and all he wants to do is settle down and reunite with his family. However this is not to be. Fletcher is a wonderful character and his development in the story is great fun to watch. Mr. Bartels has given us bad guys, good guys and guys we are not sure are bad or good. There are moments when we are in on the con and moments when we feel we are being conned. Tension, suspense and mystery are all within these pages. This is a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing as to what is really going on. The themes are giving, earning second chances and forgiveness Don’t start this book late at night because you will not want to put the book down until you finish. I am so looking forward to more from this talented author.

You can find “The Last Con” at a discount at  http://www.deepershopping.com/item/bartels-zachary/last-con-a-novel/6420303.html

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from Thomas Nelson.   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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