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Midas [Hardcover]

Russell Andrews
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March 22 2005
The national bestselling author of Aphrodite, Icarus, and Gideon returns with a harrowing thriller about suicide bombings that strike at the heart of the United States. East Hampton, New York is the summer playground for Wall Street big shots, Hollywood starlets, and all forms of glitterati in between. It’s also the site of the first terrorist suicide bombing to hit US shores when a man blows himself up in a crowded local restaurant. Then a small plane taking off from the Hamptons airport crashes in the middle of East End Harbor. It’s ruled an accident, but as local cop Justin Westwood continues to investigate, he discovers that the two incidents are related—and they have nothing to do with Middle Eastern terrorism. Someone is targeting specific people to murder and covering their tracks with “suicide bombings.” For Westwood, the trail points to some of the country’s most powerful figures—who may just want to add him to their growing list of victims.

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From Publishers Weekly

This well-written "post-9/11" thriller from Andrews (the pseudonym of New York City book editor Peter Gethers) starts off with two seemingly innocuous news items: an EPA announcement that places an Alaskan oil field "permanently off-limits to oil companies" and a Bloomberg report on oil prices. But then the novel explodes with a nightmarish event: a suicide bombing destroys a restaurant in one of Long Island's fashionable beach towns, killing (among others) East End Harbor sheriff Jimmy Leggett. Leggett's widow wants the new sheriff, Justin Westwood (the protagonist of 2003's Aphrodite), to find out who's behind her husband's murder. Soon another incident--a small plane crashes just after take-off--commands Westwood's immediate attention; the dead pilot has no ID and, bizarrely, leaves no fingerprints. Westwood's relentlessly dogged investigation pits him against some powerful characters indeed--Islamic terrorists or our own government?--and puts him in real danger: the book's best section vividly describes what it might be like to be interrogated at Guantánamo Bay. While some readers may be put off by the broad caricature of the current administration and a conspiracy-laden plot that perhaps only Michael Moore and his acolytes could find credible, all will cheer the appealing Westwood as he pursues the truth.
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Justin Westwood, the small-town cop with a big-city past, returns in this imaginative thriller from the author of Gideon (1999), Icarus (2001), and Aphrodite (2003). When a suicide bomber blows himself up in a restaurant in the tony Hamptons, it appears that terrorists have targeted Long Island's rich and famous. Not too long after that, a small plane taking off from a Long Island airport crashes; transportation authorities call it an accident, but Westwood suspects murder. And, as he investigates, he finds something even scarier: the bombing and the plane crash may be related. Andrews (a pseudonym for author Peter Gethers) handles the sensitive subject matter skillfully, engaging our interest in a complex plot rather than simply exploiting our fear of terrorism. Westwood, who was introduced in Aphrodite, is a strong and enigmatic protagonist, well suited to the convoluted kinds of crimes that Andrews has him investigating. David Pitt
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent as always June 27 2014
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Russell Andrews is one of my favorite authors. I am never disappointed in his writings, can't wait for a new book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Techno Thriller, Quite Anti-Government April 5 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Two points about this book immediately come to mind:

1. If you're a devoted fan of Michael Moore and his Hollywood crowd and believe that the Government is truly evil, capable of anything, and putting all kinds of nefarious conspiracy plans into action, then this is exactly the book for you (the author is an actor). If you believe the Government is a bunch of folk stumbling along as best they can, then you might want to ignore this book, or perhaps just ignore the big conspiracy and read it for the rest of the story which is pretty good in its own right.

2. Surprisingly, the technical aspects of the book are also pretty good. I wouldn't put it quite up there with a Clancy, but the planes, bombs, and even the financial aspects are pretty detailed.

The story itself has a post 9/11 plot, which begins with the first suicide bomber in the US. It goes on from there to more terrorism, interconnected in some pretty strange ways.

There's also a pretty strange set of characters, especially the bad guys.

Good story, highly recommended, if the anti-government aspects doesn't get to you.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed April 28 2005
By EdHopper - Published on Amazon.com
I've been a fan right from the first book but I have to say this is not up to his usual standard whatsoever. This book read more like a paranoid political mouthpiece than a thriller and I'm very disappointed that he thought his fans would think that was a great idea. This "thriller" was so non-thrilling the only way the author could attempt to bring tension to the story was by blatently hiding facts from the reader (for example Justin would get on the phone with another character and instead of making the reader privy to the conversation we, the reader, get to read that Justin told the other character what he wanted -- not any details. How bogus is that?

Because of the political overtones early in the story I could have written the end of the book about 1/4th of the way into it as well.

I hope this author returns to the original formula that won him so many fans.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Conspiracy Buff Sept. 15 2005
By A. Husted - Published on Amazon.com
I agree with some of the other reviews regarding this novel--it's mediocre and the ending was ridiculous. Very transparent. Maybe I'm just not a hard-core conspiracy buff, but I just couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to buy into the story.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good March 11 2005
By Tina - Published on Amazon.com
The last Russeell Andrews books have left me blah.

However, in Midas, we finally find the kind of action that was noteworthy of Russell's first book.

Midas is an honest to goodness thriller. Complete with small town sheriff (Justin Westwood is back), bombs and a wonderful whodunnit with conspiracy theories abound.

This book was clearly written after 9/11 as you will find many direct references to terrorists, bombs and a general fear of the unknown.

Russell has written an extremely tight storyline - the plot holds up and for the longest time, the storyline is written as though two separate chain of events are going on.

I really enjoy the character of Justin Westwood and I absolutely loved the character of Bruno Pecozzi who is written in a complex - never sure if he is a good guy or not point of view. I hope to see lots more interaction between these two in future books.

My only negative. Midas can get extremely technical at times. Lots of descriptions (in detail) of planes, bombs and even the financial aspects are extremely confusing. So, be sure you are giving your 100% attention when you read this book or you will miss something that will, no doubt, be extremely important sometime down the storyline.

I really enjoyed this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Highly Disappointing! April 13 2007
By Michael A. Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The author of this book seems to imply that there may be a big government conspiracy behind terrorist bombings and the special powers they are being given to deal with terrorist suspects both at home and in Guantanamo Bay. Justin Westwood, a police officer from a small town near the Hamptons in Long Island, New York investigates a plane crash of a small plane. From a few "suspect" things about the death of the pilot involved, Justin goes off on an investigation that causes people who know too much to be killed and top government officials to go after Justin.

I found the whole story implausible and what was really insulting is that anyone who know something seems to be wiped out without a thought by government agents but Justin being the hero is treated totally different. Another thing that bothered me is how easy Justin gets involved with a female cop who he has just hired. Being a real small town with a tiny police force a romantic involvement could really jeopardize a working relationship. Justin supposedly being so smart should know better.

Justin seems to be like Jim Garrison from JFK in pulling together all these "facts' that nobody else can get to piece together the whole organization of the conspiracy. This book did not leave me in the end with any desire to get any more of the other Justin Westwood books. This was a bad attempt by the author to put his "Michael Moore" type theories into a book. He should have just written a political commentary instead.
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