Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Gemini Agenda by Michael and Patrick McMenamin

If you are a fan of romance novels, this is an excellent choice!
If thrillers are your fave, this is the perfect book!
If you enjoy a good history book, I highly recommend this one!!
If you are a suspense, action, or mystery buff, you have to read this series!!
The Gemini Agenda is truly all of the above and then some, all wrapped into one, 400 page, very well written, easily read, fun to follow, heart pounding stories that you will be reading into the wee hours of the morning.
(**make sure you have some coffee;) One of my favorite things to drink by the pot, with a fascinating book such as this one**)

I applied for a chance to review this book, and thought it would be rather interesting, although I wasn't expecting what i did read.
I do enjoy history books, more specifically, about this era, and I assumed i would receive a history book about Churchill, Hitler, The Nazi Party, which was all fine by me, except that isn't what I got.
So, I received the book in the mail and decided to start reading a page or 2, after checking out the stunning cover, to say the least, and read about the father/son writing team.(Definitely won me over with that, Fox Business, Judge Napolitano, John Stossel, 20/20, the list goes on for both, father and son) and I thought, "Hmmmmm, I think I am going to get the first chapter in at least, even with 12 books ahead of it." Well, to make a long story short, I started with page 1, (of course), and the story just instantly grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go! I was stuck with my "face in yet another book", and stumbled through the house, and even tried to fold some laundry. Lol! That didn't work to well, so I just left them there, in the dryer and decided I would read maybe another chapter.....well, it just went on from there.
I didn't really sleep that night, which was ok since I rarely sleep to begin with and I always feel like I am missing something, RSD pain or not;)
Almost immediately, this story picks up and just hits you full force, and there is no stopping it. (Which is seriously fine with me because this doesn't happen often and when it does, it is one of those moments you have to cherish;)
I was reading, and then came to this section of the book, where a woman with light blue eyes was laying on a table, gagged of course, and some crazed lunatic was getting ready to scoop out her eyeballs... WAIT!! WHAT?? yep, it is true, what does this have to do with this book? Everything;)
This book is "A Winston Churchill Thriller", after pondering about how to categorize this book, I came to the conclusion that it is simply, "A Winston Churchill Thriller". That's what it is. So, that little statement on the front bottom right of the cover made more sense after 3 chapters.
I can't get over how great this book is, and I am anxious to check out the first 2 books in this series, as well as the 4th, which I read they are working on..
This kind of reminded me of a real good comic book, a crazy, twisted, romantic, thriller, full of actual history, some extraordinary people, and a genius storyline about eugenics and a couple investigated this and ended up being a bit more then they bargained for.
You can buy this book on Amazon, OR, you can opt for a complete set, straight from the official website, here!
About the Authors: (taken directly from authors' website)

PATRICK McMENAMIN is an award-winning journalist at Fox Business Network and formerly with ABC News 20/20. He works primarily with John Stossel for whom he has produced a wide range of stories, including a report on the unintended consequences of foreign aid, filmed on location in Kenya; an expose on overly zealous prosecution of victimless sex crimes; and a report on how campaign finance laws stifle grassroots political participation. He also developed an episode on the adverse consequences of the War on Drugs and produced a segment in John Stossel's documentary, "What's Great About America", on America's immigrant spirit.

Patrick is currently the Senior Producer for Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano at Fox Business Network.

Patrick is a Phi Beta Kappa cum laude graduate of the University of Rochester with departmental honors in both 20th century European history and film studies. Prior to ABC, he worked as a free lance film production assistant for camera crews. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

MICHAEL McMENAMIN, a first amendment and media defense lawyer in Cleveland, is the author of the critically acclaimed Becoming Winston Churchill: The Untold Story of Young Winston and His American Mentor published in hardcover in the UK and US in 2007 by Greenwood World Publishing and in trade paperback in the US by Enigma Books in July 2009. The Churchill Book Club called it "Indispensable. The most important new book about Churchill, one you'll come back to again and again for its extraordinary insights into Churchill's genius". Martin Gilbert, Churchill's official biographer, said it was "Fascinating: a tour de force that brings life and light to one of the great early influences on Winston Churchill."

Michael is also the co-author of the Watergate era expose Milking the Public: Political Scandals of the Dairy Lobby from LBJ to Jimmy Carter (Nelson Hall, 1980) which Robert Sherrill termed "an excellent job of reporting…thoroughly entertaining". His work has also appeared in the anthologies Choice: The Best of Reason (2004) and Free Minds and Free Markets, Twenty-Five Years of Reason (1993).

Michael has been a Contributing Editor for 35 years on the leading libertarian magazine Reason, regularly ranked by the Chicago Tribune as one of the country's best magazines. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Finest Hour, the quarterly journal of the Churchill Centre and Museum in London where his column "Action This Day" chronicles Churchill's life. Michael's articles also have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Sacramento Bee, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Inquiry and The Nation magazines.

Michael is a former Army counterintelligence agent and Army JAG officer. He is a member of the Association for Intelligence Officers and the International Thriller Writers Association. He has traveled extensively in Europe, South America and Asia. He was Managing Partner for twelve years of the Cleveland law firm Walter & Haverfield and is currently the Chair of the Global Coordinating Committee of Lexwork International, an alliance of 39 law firms and 2,700 lawyers in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Please let me know of any comments or discussions on this book! I would love to hear what your thoughts were, have you read this book? Let me know! This is a good one for book club and book blog discussions!

**I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review**

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