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Review: Jaspar's War by Cym Lowell

Summary

Greenwich, Connecticut socialite Jaspar Moran has it all-a magnificent estate, two beautiful children and a loving husband, Trevor, serving as the Secretary of the Treasury. Protected, admired and living in the lap of luxury, Jaspar is reeling from the news that his government jet has crashed just as her children vanish without a trace. 

An ominous message warns her to keep silent about her husband's role in the President's economic plan. Or else. 

Determined to save her children, she'll go to hell and back, form alliances with assassins, traitors and Mafioso, and commit unspeakable acts-if that's what it takes. With alarms sounding around the world, hunted from all sides, and unsure of who to trust, she finds herself depending on a mysterious figure without an identity. 

Jaspar journeys from the Australian outback to the palazzos of Rome, the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, and to the magnificence of the Vatican, in her quest. Can she rescue her children before the plot to crash the global economy is unleashed?

Review

Stepping out of my comfort zone of genres, intrigued by the plot of Jaspar’s War by Cym Lowell, thoughts of this complex yet fascinating thriller was anything but boring. For me personally, there wasn’t that instant hook to reel me in the beginning but when it did, it felt like it could leap straight to the big screen. Led by a fierce protagonist that is pushed to her limits to do what she never could’ve imagined, she faces the ultimate question to be answered, how far would you go to save your children?

Well, the book begins with your typical social prominent family. There is Jaspar Moran, who is married to the Secretary of Treasury, Trevor Moran. They have two children and live in a beautiful home fulfilled in a life to be admired. One day after playing ball, getting ready for postgame entertainment, she noticed that her kids were gone for longer than usual. Trying not to panic, her security detail tried to ease her concerns but as it got dark, she started to worry. Things turned upside when news came that the plane her husband was on suspiciously crashed, shortly after, she received an ominous text from his phone that informed her that her children were gone and her silence on information her husband knew was key to their survival. From there, we experience Jaspar’s thrilling action packed quest abroad to save her children at all costs.

Overall, the book was a good read for the concept of the book. The storyline involving the action put you right in the middle of it all but then others aspects of the plot that I felt sort of stretched the imagination.  I never would’ve anticipated the story going into the direction that it did but it was exciting seeing Jaspar’s character transform in a way that made the story feel as if you were watching a movie. Watching her mentally deal with the moral backlash of her actions versus the will to do what needed to be done to save her children made her an interesting character to read. There is no other way to describe it other than being her sidekick, Nulandi, was a nice subplot that developed between the two of them in the book. 

My only criticism was with the end of the book. As I was approaching the end of the book, I felt like that the momentum built as the book was coming to a close just came to an abrupt halt. I wish the book had ended differently despite it being a cliffhanger because I am left with unanswered questions that hopefully will be answered in a succeeding book. Other than that, it was fun and entertaining and are curious to see where this leads to.

Reviewed by Michelle Bowles

Pages: 352 pages
Publisher: Rosemary Beach Press (March 5, 2014)

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