Haven

Haven

John R. Maxim

John R. Maxim

Elizabeth Stride settled on South Carolina's Hilton Head Island in order to rebuild her life. In this sanctuary, she hopes to escape her past -- the violence and the death that for years were her constant companions. Most of all, she wants to forget Martin Kessler, the dangerous hero of a now-lost cause -- who will always own a piece of Elizabeth's soul. For Martin's love is a continuing reminder of what Elizabeth once was: the woman they called 'Black Angel, ' a ruthless and efficient assassin. Her fury was born in a merciless Middle Eastern prison, where as an American she was detained for crimes she did not commit. She escaped with her life, and by the age of 26, she was already worth $1 million dead. But Martin Kessler, himself hunted, touched her heart with unfamiliar tenderness. Now he has returned to bring Elizabeth's protective wall of anonymity crashing down. A teenage girl is about to be kidnapped from an exclusive island tennis club -- a girl who unwittingly holds the key to a planned act of terrorism so horrific that an all-out war could be the only result. For Martin, a man who never learned how to lay low, curiosity will get the better of him. And for Elizabeth, whose sense of justice is equaled only by her hatred of those who would pervert it, a child's safety is inviolable -- and worthy of the sacrifice of the new life she has so scrupulously constructed. By joining forces in the daring rescue of the girl, Elizabeth and Martin will be forced to put their fate in one another's hands one last time -- and decide once and for all whether they must live together or apart. In doing so they will also be drawn again into a violent struggle -- a secret war of fanaticism, greedand doomsday technology.
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Time Out of Mind

Time Out of Mind

John R. Maxim

John R. Maxim

Manhattan executive Corbin is haunted by memories of another time -- memories that do not belong to him. Then, in the midst of a raging New York City snowstorm, the inexplicable images become more vivid and real. And before he knows it, Jonathan Corbin has stepped into a bygone world of gaslit streets and horsedrawn carriages -- and into the center of a nineteenth-century maelstrom of love, revenge, obsession...and death. Through the swirling snow, he can make out the figure of a woman-someone he can't possibly recognize, but does; someone he knows he is destined to kill.From Publishers WeeklyEvery time it snows, Jonathan Corbin sees people and scenes that haven't existed for 100 years. Is he being haunted or has he lost his mind? Sturdevant, the psychiatrist his girlfriend Gwen brings in, has another explanation: Jonathan is in the grip of "genetic memory," in which ancestral recollections, like physical characteristics, are genetically inherited. With Gwen and Sturdevant's encouragement, an engrossing saga unfolds, conceiving love, greed, and murder in 1880s New York, and featuring Teddy Roosevelt, Jay Gould and J. P. Morgan, among othersall from the perspective of Tilden Beckworth, by whom Jonathan seems possessed. Meanwhile, in the 1980s, Ella and Tilden Beckworth II are out to kill Jonathan as they have all others with knowledge of their family's dark secrets. But Lesko, the ex-cop they've hired for the job, is smarter, tougher and more ethical than they'd expected. Maxim (Abel/Baker/Charley) works up to an ingenious climax, with the vivid cast of characters, past and present, face to face at last. Combining the elements of a good old-fashioned ghost story and a suspenseful thriller, this is an immensely readable yarn. Illustrations. January 24Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library JournalJonathan Corbin is a man possessed when it snows in New York. But possessed by what? Cars become horse-drawn carriages, and modern buildings recede into those of an earlier age. He pursues a woman who flees into the storm inappropriately dressed against the cold. Who is she? Why is she running from him? Jonathan's memories come in bits and pieces, as he moves backwards in time to become his ancestor, Tilden, while striving to retain his own identity. His greatest fear is that he will get stuck in the past. In the meantime, someone is out to kill him. Maxim slowly reveals Tilden's secrets through Jonathan's struggles and occasional glimpses into the motives of the other characters. While the book is a bit too long, it holds the reader's interest. Andrea Lee Shuey, Dallas P.L.Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Abel Baker Charley

Abel Baker Charley

John R. Maxim

John R. Maxim

"Satisfyingly sensational...A first-rate thriller."Publishers'Weekly "Maxim is a pro, with an engaging, readable style."Los Angeles Times "A taut no-holds-barred thriller that grabs the reader in the very first chapter and doesn't let go."Manchester Union Leader ABEL BAKER CHARLEY There is nothing unusual about Jared Baker- until a sudden tragic accident sets something inside of him free. With the destruction of everything he loves the birth of terrifying and irresistable impulses, as two hidden selves arise out of the darkest corners of his personality, each one as volative as dynamite...and twice as deadly. Behavioral scientist Marcus Sonnenberg knows what has happened to Jared Baker. Under the guise of aid, he intends to bend Jared to his will, to use the newborn "gifts" of a confused, frightened man for Sonnenberg's own ends. But there are other powerful covert forces determined to get their hands on this devastating human "weapon." And now Jared Baker must run for his life from organized criminals, government assassins...and from what he himself has become.
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Bannerman's Promise

Bannerman's Promise

John R. Maxim

John R. Maxim

Paul Bannerman and his "people" were the government's most efficient killers, until they "retired" to a peaceful, affluent community in Connecticut. But there were promises made that still need to be kept. And old lethal habits sometimes die very hard - especially in matters of honor - or survival. BANNERMAN'S PROMISE Assassins don't come any deadlier than Carla Benedict, Paul Bannerman's most ruthless oprative. And now she's been forced to terminate a smooth, cunning and dangerous spy: her own lover. Bannerman realizes that Carla's extreme actions will ultimately have seriois global repercussions. But he doesn't know how serious until an urgent call from Zurich plunges him into a roiling maelstrom of conspiracy and murder. For there is a terrible cancer growing in the heart of an old enemy - a virulent, rapidly spreading disease that Paul Bannerman has sworn to battle - to the death.From Publishers WeeklySuper-agent/assassin Paul Bannerman returns from semi-retirement in suburbia to confront hoodlums exploiting the chaos in post-Soviet Russia. A gang of rogue KGB agents and cartoonishly brutal Russian mobsters aims to take advantage of the vacuum of authority through an arms-for-drugs-and-hard-currency scheme. Tired of seeing his troubled nation further weakened, KGB agent Leonid Belkin decides to import Bannerman and his uncanny talent for making trouble "disappear." Belkin does this by inviting a former associate, Elena Brugg, to Moscow for a honeymoon with her new husband Raymond Lesko, who is Bannerman's father-in-law. Trouble ensues when Lesko is mistakenly pinned to the murder of one of the mobsters on the KGB payroll. Bannerman, the bad guys, and other KGB and CIA types flown in from around the globe eventually converge on Moscow, just in time for a gory free-for-all. Although a number of scenes convincingly evoke Russia's current malaise, Maxim's ( Bannerman's Law ) labor ultimately yields little more than a turgid, artlessly rendered techno-thriller in which many characters appear to do so much with so little reason. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library JournalMaxim follows up Bannerman's Law (Bantam, 1991) and The Bannerman Effect (Bantam, 1990) with another adventure starring Paul Bannerman and his cutthroat cohorts. In this latest title, the action shifts from Switzerland to Russia as agents, ex-agents, criminals, and security services plot and counterplot in a complex tale of stolen chemical weapons, missing Party funds, and drugs. Groups and individuals collide with one another in violent encounters that also involve the CIA and KGB as everyone tries to control the situation. Readers unfamiliar with Maxim's previous titles may find themselves occasionally baffled by references to various characters' pasts, but the book can stand alone. Recommended for suspense collections and where the author's earlier books have proven popular.-- Stanley Planton, Ohio Univ.Chillicothe Lib.Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Bannerman's Ghosts

Bannerman's Ghosts

John R. Maxim

John R. Maxim

"Better than anyone else in the business....I've been a huge John Maxim fan for years...Bannerman's Ghosts had made me almost paranoid about bio-terrorism."Linda Howard "John Maxim is superb...and Bannerman is dynamite."Iris Johansen "Wonderful...remarkably fresh and thoroughly entertaining."Nelson DeMille BANNERMAN'S GHOSTS A long awaited package has finally arrived at the fortified estate of billionaire sociopath Artemus Bourne. But instead of containing the anticipated biological nightmare one of his off-shore firms had created, inside are three severed human heads. An act of vengeance by a man long though dead has set in motion a drama too terrifying to imagine - one that will ensnare ex-government assassin Paul Bannerman and his "ghosts, operatives thought dead but actually lying low in suburban Connecticut, hoping to put their bloody pasts behind them.For Bannerman and his people cannot sit idly by as a maniac who hungers for ultimate power - and possesses the wealth and weapons to achieve his terribly aims - obliterates the lives of the innocent. But the clock is ticking rapidly down to Armageddon. And if he makes one wrong move, everything that breathes in Bannerman's world will die.From Publishers WeeklyTravelers to Westport, Conn., should keep an eye open for unusual characters. That distinguished old gent who runs an antique shop? He's an ex-KGB colonel. That red-haired woman whose bookstore sells a lot of Harry Potters? She's a professional killer who likes to blow up trucks and planes. And the owners of a popular restaurant, a quaint bed-and-breakfast, a home security firm? They're all former assassins for the U.S. government, possessed of various violent skills that they're ready to exercise once again if their boss, Paul Bannerman-who runs a travel agency on the Boston Post Road-gives the word. We encounter them all again as thriller veteran Maxim takes up his successful series where Bannerman's Promise left off. Artemus Bourne, who puts the "arch" in "arch villain," is straight out of Ian Fleming-a fabulously wealthy and powerful smuggler, currently involved in the dirty African diamond business, who can't seem to hire good help. Bourne wants revenge on an Angolan rebel, Alameo, who messily beheaded three of Bourne's aides. Bourne knows that Alameo is really a former East German (and Bannerman colleague) named Martin Kessler, long believed to be dead. To trap Kessler, Bourne needs Kessler's lover, Elizabeth Stride, a legendary assassin called the Black Angel. Stride is also supposed to be dead, but in fact she's another of Bannerman's "ghosts" in retirement in Westport-and Bannerman may have to marshal some of his own deadly skills to protect her. The entertaining-if somewhat ludicrous-plot involves a good deal of hokum, blarney and old-fashioned excitement. Maxim's fans are in for more fun. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. From BooklistIn this new installment to the Bannerman series, psychotic billionaire Artemus Bourne gets more than he bargained for when he finds himself on the wrong side of some "retired" government operatives. Bourne's global business empire encompasses diamonds, arms smuggling, and the manufacture of "weapons grade" viral agents. But an Angolan rebel leader by the name of Alameo, former East German agent Martin Kessler, has brought all of Bourne's nefarious schemes to a halt by holding his bioweapon lab hostage. In a desperate effort, Bourne decides to find and take hostage Kessler's ex-lover, Elizabeth Stride. All former assassin Stride wants is some peace and quiet, but when her tranquil Hilton Head neighborhood is invaded by Bourne's heavy-handed thugs, she seeks the assistance of old friend Paul Bannerman and his associates. Death, destruction, and general mayhem soon follow in their wake as they set out to bring Bourne to justice. With a convoluted plot reminiscent of Robert Ludlum (before he began writing from beyond the grave), this tightly wound thriller will appeal to both espionage and general suspense readers. Kaite MediatoreCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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Whistler's Angel

Whistler's Angel

John R. Maxim

John R. Maxim

Publishers Weekly says: “A slick, darkly comic bad guy vs. Bad guy crime drama…an expertly choreographed death dance showcasing Maxim’s storytelling strengths: farce, blisteringly paced action, and memorably peculiar characters. At age 34, Adam Whistler wants out. But the service he performed for his government is not the kind they let you walk away from. To ensure his continued good health, Whistler has “borrowed” important documents from his boss, Felix Aubrey, a dangerous rogue and a very bad man to cross. But so is Adam Whistler, who learned the killing craft well under the tutelage of his father. Now, with a ticking time bomb on his hands, Whistler has been cast into a maelstrom of death and chaos. His continued existence may well depend on a group of assassins linked to the legendary Paul Bannerman, as well as his very own guardian angel. His gentle and beautiful lover, Claudia – clinically dead after being shot by Aubrey’s hired guns – has been sent back, she believes, by the storied “white light” to protect him. Whistler doubts it, of course, She does not. And she has the talents and powers to prove it.Amazon.com ReviewAdam Whistler can't remember how many people he's killed, but he's such a nice young man the reader isn't troubled by his murky past. Besides, the killings were legal, sort of. They were sanctioned by the federal drug czar and his minions, especially Adam's boss, Felix Aubrey, who turned the government's anti-drug forfeiture laws into a honey pot that sweetened his own bank account and those of his prominent friends, including many in the radical wing of the religious right. But as John R. Maxim's satirical mystery opens, Adam's fallen in love, and his deepening affair with Claudia, a young woman whose near-death experience convinced her she's been appointed his guardian angel, becomes the fulcrum of this taut, funny offshoot of Maxim's popular Bannerman series.Adam's father wants him to come into the family firm as a go-between lurking in the shadows of multinational business. But first he has to get Adam out from under his enemies, especially Aubrey, whose ledger (containing the records of his illegal search-and-seizure scam) Adam sequestered as insurance when he quit Aubrey's employ. The elder Whistler sends Adam and Claudia on a year-long sailing sabbatical to hide him from Aubrey's gang. But an assassination plot hatched by the Reconstructionists, a gang of religious zealots controlled by Aubrey, brings Adam and Claudia back into the eye of the storm. Adam has a couple of powerful weapons on his side: Claudia, who may not be an angel but definitely has acquired some heavenly powers since her brush with death, and the Bannerman operatives, whose skills and strategies will be familiar to Maxim's fans. The author's tongue is so firmly planted in his cheek that the satire may be lost on some readers, but they'll find plenty of action, superb pacing, and picaresque characters to keep them enthralled. --Jane AdamsFrom Publishers WeeklyExcept for himself and even he doesn't seem all that certain no one knows exactly how many people Adam Whistler has killed. Now, however, at age 34, Whistler, the star of Maxim's slick, darkly comic bad guy vs. bad guy crime drama, is tiring of all the contract hits. Besides, he thinks a lot of his victims are being killed so his employer, an obscure arm of the U.S. government, can seize their homes, boats, cars, etc. all under asset forfeiture laws meant for drug dealers. But it's not so easy to simply walk away from such jobs. Whistler's boss, Felix Aubry, isn't keen on having his operatives wandering around loose once they've gotten in so deep. Whistler leaves the business nonetheless, cruising the world in a boat with his beautiful girlfriend, Claudia, but he is uneasy with his new life. Claudia, however, has recently come through a near-death experience and seems to possess a sixth sense for danger: she assures Whistler that she's his guardian angel. In fact, she does save his life several times throughout their travels, yet when the pair sail from Antigua and dock in Hilton Head, the attacks get more serious, and Whistler has to fall back on his old killing ways. The extended finale, involving several players from the author's past books, is an expertly choreographed death dance showcasing Maxim's storytelling strengths: farce, blisteringly paced action and memorably peculiar characters. (Mar.) Forecast: Maxim (Mosaic; the Bannerman series), who's been writing top-grade thrillers for more than two decades, continues to be one of the form's best-kept secrets. He's in fine shape here, and word-of-mouth should attract more of the loyal readers he deserves. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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