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Monday, January 26, 2015

Broken Trust by Thomas Maurin Book Tour+ Review + Giveaway

Book Synopsis:

This is a story about three smart, successful people who were once fast friends in college and have now been thrust together again in an unlikely, multi-layered investigation with far-reaching international implications and billions of dollars at stake. One is a forensic accountant for the SEC, one beta tests hardware and software for the US Department of Defense and the UK Ministry of Defense, and the third is a wildly successful entrepreneur, software developer and venture capitalist in Silicon Valley.

They get caught up in the hunt for a corrupt Swiss banker intent on finally unloading the last of the gold stolen by his father in World War II; a violent, narcissist leader of a Mexican drug cartel making his move to take over as the head of all cartels in Central America; and the daughter of a murdered Bulgarian arms dealer making the deal that will give her mother financial stability and get them both out of the increasingly unstable arms business.

The plot unfolds as financial crimes committed by insiders put common criminal activities to shame in a world where technology has increasingly insinuated itself into our lives to good and bad effects.


Broken Trust (3 Musketeers, #1)Broken Trust by Thomas Maurin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Broken Trust is a 2014 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When a colleague is run down, Mary Catherine Fitzsimmons- “Fitz” to her friends, is determined to find out why. Her only clue is the allusion to a trust involving her father, who was once the Secretary of State to a prior presidential administration.
As a current employee for the SEC, Fitz finds herself in one whale of a predicament. She will also find herself partnered with her former husband and their mutual friend, from their college days...thus forming “The 3 Musketeers”.
The dark family secrets Fitz uncovers will lead the team to Switzerland, to London, to Washington D.C. To Grand Cayman as they follow the trail of money, stolen gold, a ruthless drug dealer, and the daughter of a former arms dealer looking for revenge and financial security. Along the way Fitz will discover the extent of her father's deceit and manipulation, which will out some Fitz's secrets as well.

This is a cleverly plotted crime novel, aptly titled .topped with lots action, adventure and interesting locales. Financial crimes are always interesting and not written about ad nauseam, so this was a refreshing change of pace for me. There were a few digs here and there on the evils of technology or perhaps just a bit of cautionary tale. The story moves forward at a fast pace, building the suspense steadily, but there is an emotional level to it as well, since Fitz will have to hear things about her father she never imagined, plus she must deal with the emotions just under the surface after coming face to face with her ex-husband, whom she hasn't seen in a great many years, and learning the shocking truth behind their break up years ago.

I enjoyed the introductions to the three main characters, Fitz, Charles, (Chas) and Jamie, we are sure to hear from again in the future. All three have well defined personalities, each bringing a unique niche to the table. There are a few personal loose ends that Fitz will have to deal with, especially with her father and former husband. It will be interesting to see what these three old friends will get up to next. I am looking forward to their future adventures because they have a wonderful chemistry together and make a great team. Over all an enjoyable read. 4 stars.

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Author's Bio:

Thomas Maurin is the pen name of husband and wife writing team Bonnie B. Hartley, Ph.D., and Michael T. Hartley, CFP®. They both write non-fiction books and articles regarding financial and family business topics and have delivered talks on those subjects internationally over the last thirty years.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your review of Broken Trust. We are glad you enjoyed the book!

    Bonnie Hartley


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