A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Monday, October 27, 2014


NEW RELEASE..... Everyone needs a guardian angel, especially children of this world who are tossed aside like yesterday's trash. But what if that angel is cloaked in vengeance, immune to human qualities of remorse or compassion, seemingly carrying a torch for justice, yet driven by a tenacious indignation. Set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of San Francisco and all of its fleeting secrets, Michael attempts to re-boot his life, only to see death drop inches from his feet. Awakened from a seemingly catatonic state, and emboldened by a spirited friendship from his past, the former journalist is compelled to chase down the truth behind a murder--and the natural beauty connected to it. But what he finds isn't what it appears. Can a price tag be associated with life? What about death…on a global scale? Robbed of his memory, beaten to an inch of his life, yet unwavering in his quest to cease an act of terror, Michael races against time to pursue an enemy bound by an unspeakable cause--or so it seems. The fourth book in the Greed series, GREED MANIFESTO, spins a tale so wickedly conceived, you won't believe what you read. Until you do.

 I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

Greed Manifesto (Greed Series #4)Greed Manifesto by John W. Mefford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Greed Manifesto by John W. Mefford is a 2014 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Micheal is now in San Francisco putting one foot in front of the other, going through the motions when he gets himself involved in a murder and kidnapping and once more feels compelled to investigate. A run in with his former protege', Andi has the two teaming up to uncover the truth. Meanwhile, Micheal's brother dearest is still alive and well and has not curbed his habits.

So, if you follow my reviews you are probably wondering if I have gotten over being mad about the turn of events that transpired in book three. As the book started out, I confess I was still holding a grudge. I didn't want to like this story or the new direction I knew it was about to take. So, I struggled with it initially, especially with the back and forth time frame the author used until he got us all caught up in one time frame and that didn't happen for good long while.
However, by the half way mark I found myself letting go of my anger little by little and found the plot was quite interesting. Still there were a few emotional curve balls , but I wasn't so heavily invested this time so it was easier to roll with it.
I do hope that this is not going to turn into a Jack Reacher type scenario where Micheal can't seem to settle in one place too long and I hope he doesn't intend to pull another stunt like he did in book three. Frankly, it's like “once bitten, twice shy” with me and I don't entirely trust the author on that count. The ending made me very nervous indeed and the author doesn't seem ready to reveal the direction he intends to go next.
We know there are issues Micheal will have to deal with in regards to certain family members, I just hope the price isn't too high .
So, all in all I didn't mind the outcome of this one and if there had to be a change I couldn't have picked a better way for things to turn out... if only we don't see history repeat itself. This one is 4 stars.

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Also in the Greed Series FATAL GREED - Greed Series #1 Behind every corporate takeover executives pull levers this way and that, squeezing the last profitable nickel out of the deal. But no one knows the true intent of every so-called merger. No one knows the secret bonds that exist. An Indian technology giant swallows up another private company that has deep roots in North Texas. For one unassuming man the thought of layoffs, of losing his own job to a bunch of arrogant assholes feels like a kick to the jewels. Until the day Michael's life changes forever. Perverse alliances. A gruesome murder. An affair of the heart. A spiraling string of events thrusts Michael into a life-or-death fight to save a tortured soul and hunt down a brutal killer...one who lurks closer than he ever imagined. LETHAL GREED - Greed Series #2 How often do start-up companies promise untold riches? How many of those firms are drug cartels? Seduced by an insatiable urge to escape reality, North Texas teens are falling prey to the one weakness parents fear most about their kids—taking illicit drugs. More than a thousand miles away, two contemptible hooligans plot their path to the top of an emerging start-up company. But what will it cost them? With his city under siege by a series of drug deaths and a kidnapping, Michael and those closest to him are sucked into a twister so toxic and destructive, no one will be the same in its wake. From the jagged mountains and alluring beaches of Mexico to the suburban concrete jungle in North Texas, Michael defends an entire drug-ravaged generation against ruthless killers who attack on every front possible. And just when you think the dragon has been sleighed, a vile act of cruelty threatens to shred his family. WICKED GREED - Greed Series #3 Torture disfigures and maims, traumatizing a person’s psyche. It also torments the lives they…touch. A sick, twisted email lands at journalism outlets across the south, referencing innocent little animals and primal urges, Hollywood movie stars and women of a certain ilk, tearing flesh from bone. The haunting note tests Michael’s over-protective nature, and he questions if it’s just a prank from a sheltered computer geek, or a prophetic sign of a future heinous act. A shadow of death swallows up one beautiful young lady after another…and no one can stop it. But what force is behind this string of sadistic killings, pulling the strings, toying with pretty girls who want nothing more than to meet Mr. Right? As Michael and his band of brothers (and sister) track a series of bizarre murders in southern college towns—slowly piecing together what the FBI can’t—a ruthless monster strikes close to home. When blood pours from the soul you love, the pain isn't of this world. In the end, lives will be forever changed. And one will not survive. About the Author A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009. John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters. When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land. John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.
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  1. Glad you gave it a read and that you were pleased with the outcome :-)

  2. I liked the outcome too. I just don't like the surprise at the end.


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