The Resource Downfall, Jeff Abbott

Downfall, Jeff Abbott

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Downfall
Title
Downfall
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Jeff Abbott
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Language
eng
Summary
Compelled to assist a beautiful woman who whispers a plea for help in his San Francisco bar, former CIA agent Sam Capra is pursued by authorities and a secret network of successful people who owe their wealth and power to a mysterious and dangerous Faustian figure
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  • A middle-aged woman, the CEO of a global PR firm who has just been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, moonlights as a hit woman for a shadowy cabal. Why? Readers won’t find out immediately, but the world Abbott creates is filled with cabals: wealthy, influential people ceaselessly trying to tilt every playing field, whether financial or political, to their advantage. Former CIA agent Sam Capra (The Last Minute, 2012) is now employed by the Round Table, an equally shadowy group of the wealthy and powerful people who have banded together to thwart such evildoers. Sam becomes the tip of the Round Table’s spear, but even he doesn’t understand the big picture, even as he dashes from one dangerous clash to the next. Eventually, Abbott fills everyone in on the Faustian machinations of a world-class bad guy named Belias. Downfall features many engaging, conflicted characters; plenty of betrayal; and enough unrelenting action, unfurled at a breakneck pace, to fill another Jason Bourne trilogy. Thriller fans will love it. -- Gaughan, Thomas (Reviewed 07-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 21, p35)
  • Bestseller Abbott packs a lifetime of thrills and suspense into a mere five days in his convoluted third novel featuring former CIA agent Sam Capra (after 2011’s The Last Minute). Soon after terrified Diana Keene hurries into Sam’s San Francisco bar pleading for help, two sinister-looking men enter the place looking for her. One of them pulls a knife and attacks Sam, but in the ensuing fight the thug suffers a fatal stab wound. Sam learns Diana is being sought by agents of John Belias, who controls a widespread network of powerful and deadly agents, including Diana’s mother, Janice Keene. Abbott excels at spinning complex webs of intrigue combining psychological twists and abundant action, though the sheer number of players and their ultimate loyalties can be difficult to track. Sam is both pawn and knight in an exciting chess game that moves from San Francisco to Portland, Ore.; Denver; Las Vegas; and Chicago. Agent: Peter Ginsberg, Curtis Brown. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 13, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 19, p)
  • Abbott's third Sam Capra thriller (after Last Minute ) is almost nonstop action with bullets and fists flying throughout and a steadily mounting body count to match. Capra is in San Francisco, checking up on the bar he owns there as cover for his clandestine work for the shadowy Round Table. When a beautiful young woman runs into his bar, chased by two men, Capra chivalrously charges to her rescue. After the melee, a Russian lies dead by Capra's hand and the girl and her other pursuer have vanished. In trying to discover the girl's whereabouts and her pursuer's identity, Capra uncovers another secret network, whose leader has deadly plans in motion at the highest level, and it is up to Capra and his Round Table contacts to thwart him. VERDICT There are enough fights and chases for several blockbuster movies in this thriller, which should please adrenaline junkies. Those seeking something deeper should look elsewhere.— Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Lib., Wisconsin Rapids --Eric Norton (Reviewed July 1, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 12, p384)
  • Nothing in Sam Capra's three short years in the CIA could have prepared him for the series of high-stakes conspiracies he's encountered since then (The Last Minute, 2012, etc.), including this tale of a ruthless Mephisto who promises to fulfill his minions' dreams if only they'll kill at his command. Since getting forced out of the CIA, Sam Capra, 26, has opened dozens of bars around the world. So it's actually statistically likely that he'd be sitting in one of them, San Francisco's The Select, when a pair of strangers tries to kill a young woman before his eyes. Ever chivalrous, Sam comes to Diana Keene's aid, and by the end of the episode, Grigori Rostov is dead and Glenn Marchbanks seriously wounded. Diana's troubles spring from those of her mother, whose successful public relations firm is founded on a fateful deal she cut with John Belias, a modern-day Prince of Darkness. For a price to be named later, Belias arranges through his network of intermediaries for the failure of his associates' business rivals. In Janice Keene's case, the current price is the assassination of three well-known figures in Portland, Las Vegas and Chicago. Though her oncologist has already pronounced her death sentence, Janice soldiers on in the fatuous hope of leaving her daughter a better life. Diana begins to make inquiries that bring her to the attention of Belias' other assassins. And this is just for starters. There'll be many more betrayals, double crosses, noble/dumb sacrificial gestures, orders from A to B to eliminate C, false suspicions that specific killers have killed people that they don't happen to have killed and, the most original feature here, violent deaths of people readers thought were keepers. The criminal mastermind manages to be both repellent and uninteresting, and it's hard to root for anyone, including Sam, when everyone's basically under compulsion to eliminate everyone else. Maybe Abbott and his hapless hero should move on to a new formula.(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10185496
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DLC
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Abbott, Jeff
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3551.B26
LC item number
D69 2013
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Sam Capra series
Series volume
0003
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Intelligence officers
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
  • San Francisco (Calif)
  • Employees
  • Intelligence officers
  • California
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Downfall, Jeff Abbott
Link
http://jeffabbott.com
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Control code
ocn828142670
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
453 pages
Isbn
9781455528431
Lccn
2012051203
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)828142670
Label
Downfall, Jeff Abbott
Link
http://jeffabbott.com
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn828142670
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
453 pages
Isbn
9781455528431
Lccn
2012051203
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)828142670

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