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Trader Of Secrets: A Paul Madriani Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Steve Martini
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Dec 12 2011 Paul Madriani

“Steve Martini ranks among the top authors of legal thrillers.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“You like Law & Order? Or even a John Grisham novel? Well, Steve Martini is one of the best of the best when it comes to crime thrillers.”
Asbury Park Press

The reasons why Steve Martini is one of the most popular thriller writers around are abundantly clear in Trader of Secrets: an ingenious plot, great characters, gripping storytelling that combines the legal expertise of John Lescroart, Brad Meltzer, and Scott Turow with the heart-pounding political intrigue of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Superstar crime novelist Linda Fairstein says, “Take it from a prosecutor—Steve Martini has created one of the most charismatic defense attorneys in thriller fiction,” referring to Martini’s fearless yet very human series protagonist, defense attorney Paul Madriani. In Trader of Secrets the crusading lawyer is on the trail of dangerous criminals who are trying to steal state-of-the-art weapons technology…with nothing less than the future of America at stake.

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In California, two men argue in aparked car . . . as the plot unfoldsto profitably transfer secret tech-nology into malevolent hands.

In Ohio, a young woman slipsaway from her protectors for amorning run—unaware that thekiller she’s being protected from waits in thedarkness. The woman is Sarah, daughter ofdefense attorney Paul Madriani. Her assailantis the vengeful assassin named Liquida.

Now Paul Madriani—along with hiscompanion, Joselyn Cole, and his lawpartner, Harry Hinds—must venture into the vortex of international terror in search of an ice-cold killer and a trader of secrets beforethe ultimate weapon of mass destructionsets the world ablaze.

About the Author

Steve Martini is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Rule of Nine, Guardian of Lies, Shadow of Power, and others featuring defense attorney Paul Madriani. Martini has practiced law in California in both state and federal courts, and has served as an administrative law judge and supervising hearing officer. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Trader Of Secrets: A Paul Madriani Novel Sept. 27 2011
By L. D. Godfrey TOP 500 REVIEWER
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In Steve Martini's latest novel "Trader Of Secrets" we have a hired killer, rogue scientists selling NASA secrets, government spies , double agents, sleeper cells, then throw into this mix the main character Paul Madriani, his girl friend and his old friend and law partner Harry Hinds,a daughter and a doberman named Bugsy and those are just a few of the characters in this convoluted novel. A novel that has too many characters and too little plot.The book starts out with a bang but soon gets mired down with a paper thin plot supported by this cast of many,and chapters that seemed to be cobbled together just to take up space. The book travels from Ohio, DC, Paris, Dubai and Thailand following Madriani and his crew trying to catch the killer, outwit the various government agencies and unknowing save the world from mass destruction. I usually enjoy Steve Martini's novels but this one was just not my cup of tea. Martini's usual fast paced writing is absent and the book just drones on until the end. So for me this book was a poor choice but if you like this type of subject matter knock yourself out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun, easy read, but... Oct. 7 2014
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what ever happened to Martini writing about battles inside a courtroom? I miss the good old days of cheeses smilies and legalese.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Aug. 10 2014
He did it again, another wonderful novel.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's another Madriani story -- but a legal thriller NOT !! June 18 2011
By Jerry Bull - Published on
Martini's latest is an absolute continuation of "Rule Of Nine", itself a continuation of sorts of "Guardian Of Lies". Despite being billed as the 12th in the Defense Attorney Paul Madriani series, probably Martini's most popular stories, like "Rule", "Trader" isn't a legal thriller at all. Rather, the same characters as in "Rule" are still chasing the Mexican villain Liquida all over the world, from Thailand to Paris to Mexico, following miniscule clues, in an effort to keep daughter Sarah, cooped up in a safe house, from harm. The protagonists have absolutely no more skills to do so than us readers, which seems a silly premise for what is now a three-book tale.

Martini has long been in our second tier of authors. While we read each new entry, hoping for a recurrence of some of his early terrific novels, these international terror thrillers of late, or whatever they are, are generally totally unrealistic and somewhat boring. Unless the author gets back to what he's good at, we're done.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get back to lawyering June 18 2011
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Martini needs to return Paul Madriani to the courtroom. I expect that's what most of his readers want and enjoy. Why he, along with other authors who've veered off the rails, feel a need to "stretch out" into international cloak-and-dagger yarns is beyond me. I won't go into the plot except to say that IMHO it was ludicrous, this week's "End of the World" nonsense. There are many other writers who specialize in spy intrigue, and do it much better, and they are the ones I turn to if I'm wanting that genre. If Martini's next effort doesn't have Madriani back practicing law, then I won't bother picking it up.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money June 13 2011
By Endomorph - Published on
The Paul Madriani series was very good, bordering on great, when the stories were about the lawyer Madriani going to trial. The recent span of Paul Madriani, super action hero have been horrible. I am not going to waste anymore of my hard earned money on this tripe. Don't waste yours either.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cue the Benny Hill Theme Song.... Sept. 2 2011
By E. M. Johnson - Published on
This book is AWFUL, plain and simple. No sophisticated reader of this genre can believe the hypervigilant professional killer Liquida would NOT know Mandrini and company were bumbling behind him in his travels. It's laughable!!! At one point I started to picture them chasing Liquida around Paris with the Benny Hill theme song playing in the background. If you have read the book, you will know exactly what I mean. Realistically Liquida would have taken all of them out by chapter two.
But that's the problem- the characters are way out of their realm and it's all too difficult to believe.

I loved Martini's previous work, not sure what happened here but what a letdown. I hope he is not going the way of James Patterson and cranking out mediocre or worse quality books because he is under contract....or just doesn't care what he puts his name to. (Only the Cross novels are worthwhile anymore).

I was actually rooting for Liquida to end it mercifully for the reader and stick stilettos in Paul, Harry, Paul's girlfriend (HER at least twice...the author's attempt to make her saucy fails- she plays out as a miserable women and it leaves the reader wondering why Paul is with her).

Paul's daughter Sarah is as dumb as dirt here too. The dog was likeable because he was the smartest of the bunch. Herman needs to slap all of them upside the head!

I hope the author gets these characters back to a believable plot.
It was a chore to get through this book.
Don't waste your time and hope the next one goes back to the top notch standard Martini has achieved in the past.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of money! Ouch! Sept. 14 2011
By kimberly c zimmermann - Published on
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The end of a trilogy of course Liquida dies - thank god. Unfortunately I forgot I was going to skip the obvious and boring conclusion and see if Martini reigns Madriani back in to being an attorney in his next book. Maybe I'll call Amazon and see if I can have my money back as I am very annoyed. You know Stuart Woods did this too. He turned a great main character into an international spy fighting terrorism and I was just as disappointed. Not only is it not what I wanted, it was boring and poorly written. I happen to be a physicst and his research on the LaGrange Points did not add to this book. What is the matter with writers today? We read and love their supense novels on court room dramas so the alter the main character and turn him into an unbelievable cartoon spy? So sad. After the Woods fiasco I started taking advantage of the Kindle samples. Then I got lazy and now I paid for my laziness. If you like court room dramas or suspense stay away from this as there was not one mysterious page. I am just mad at myself for buying it. I guess I hoped Liquida would die in 5 pages and things would return to normal. The only good thing is of course Liquida is toast now - thank god. Zero stars was not an option but it is my rating.
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