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Man of Steel (Cold Cases Book 1) by [Conifer, Dave]
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When twenty-something journalist Joe Jonas is sent to cover a press conference in Texas he figures it’s just another crackpot JFK assassination conspiracy theory. But as he’s half-assing through the legwork he stumbles across something that makes him realize this one might be for real. It gets even better when Abby Reno, a saucy reporter from Austin, insists on working on the story with him.

As Jonas and Reno circle closer to the plot they come to realize that the protectors of the secrets are still on the job and they don’t take prisoners. The bodies pile up while the reporters look over their shoulders wondering if the story of the century is worth their lives.

"Very intriguing twist on the JFK assassination story! Was there really a plot behind the assassination, and not just a single shooter? The author has clearly read the findings of the Warren Report -- and the footnotes, which include some strange and interesting facts!" -- Smashwords review

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  • Language: English
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This is a great book that keeps your heart racing. A new twist on a well known conspiracy theory. I really enjoyed the characters. Looking forward to more books by this author.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x996a15a0) out of 5 stars 145 reviews
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HASH(0x9b721138) out of 5 stars Perfect reason for Kindle Sept. 16 2011
By Badgerboy - Published on
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This is a good book, and a perfect example of the Kindle advantage...I never would have paid $17.99 for the physical book, but for a $0.99 download, a very good value. I am a Kennedy Assassination buff (if you believe Oswald was the lone assassin, your naivete is larger than the state of Texas), so I was curious. The story started a bit slow, and it took some patience, but once you gain traction, things happen fast. The character development builds over a significant period of the story, so it takes time to get to know the two main actors...they seem a bit shallow for awhile. The "regular Joe" hero of the story is believable, which is not always the case in an action thriller. In summary, if you are interested in the Kennedy assassination, download this book. If you are looking for something a bit different than the cookie-cutter techno/politico/crime action novel, download this book. If you have the patience to get to the action and know the characters, download this book (I say download, because my recommendation changes at $17.99).
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b721384) out of 5 stars Fast-paced and exciting! Feb. 8 2009
By CS - Published on
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Two journalists - Joe Jonas and Abby Reno - are assigned to cover yet another crackpot conspiracy theorist with his own idea about the JFK assassination plot. However, there may be more than meets the eye this time. Now Jonas and Reno have to find the truth - against the wishes of their editors and other people who are trying to kill them to keep decades-old secrets dead and buried.

Dave Conifer does an excellent job of explaining the major real-life players of the JFK scandal to readers who may not be intimately familiar with the intricate details (*raises hand*). Combining the pace of an action thriller with the backdrop of JFK, the author uses one of the biggest scandals of the 20th century to weave an intricate tale of historical fiction in "Man of Steel."
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b721348) out of 5 stars Not quite believable, but lots of fun Nov. 19 2011
By John Beyerlein - Published on
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I am not going for the Kennedy assassination plot at the heart of this book, but the book is an entertaining read. Suspend disbelief and enjoy it. It flows, the protagonists are likable. The writing is good. It's a fun read, not to be taken too seriously.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b72163c) out of 5 stars Another winner from Conifer April 30 2012
By Matthew Schiariti - Published on
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This novel is an interesting take on the JFK assassination conspiracy. Two journalists, Joe Jonas and Abby Reno stumble onto a conspiracy theorist in Dallas who most people think is just another crackpot. As it turns out, some of what he has to say leads them to an even deeper mystery. As the journalistic duo delve deeper into the case they realize that there's more to the conspiracy than they thought. What starts out as a fluff piece on a perceived crazy JFK nutjob turns out into the story of their lives. If they survive long enough to escape those who would do anything to keep the true nature of the assassination a secret.

Man of Steel is a different take on the JFK assassination. It's nice to see something original written about a well known and theorized topic. Using actual events and facts from the Warren commission reports, Conifer tells a fun and fast paced thriller. He does a good job of throwing in a multitude of facts that you may or may not have known about JFK, both from his past and from his time as president (I admit I didn't know a lot of it) as he fought with both the oil and steel industries. What's more is that all the facts and theories don't bog the book down. They're interwoven into the story seamlessly, never taking away from character development, never slowing the novel down.

The protagonists are also fun to read. Joe Jonas is an everyman who gets in way over his head and Abby Reno, his feisty sidekick and natural born researcher is always pushing him to go the extra mile.

All said and done, this is a fun and fast read by a very good author. After reading several of his books it seems that Conifer is just one big break away from getting the notice I feel he deserves. As long as he keeps writing I'll keep reading!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b721b34) out of 5 stars A Great Read Oct. 19 2011
By Buddy Gott - Published on
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We all know about the conspiracy theories around the JFK assasination. There's more than you can count. Contained in this story is a great fictional version of what may have happened.

The two main characters are reporters who are looking for a good story but soon find themselves in way over their heads. I'd like to write more about what they uncover while working on their story and the dangers they encounter while doing so, but I don't want to give away any major plot points. Part of the fun of reading a book like this is discovering things as you turn the pages and I don't want to spoil anyone else's fun.

I'll just say this: There's enough good suspense and action in this novel that I kept turning the pages and had a hard time putting my Kindle down until I got to the last page. It's a very compelling story and the author did a great job with it.

This was the first book I read by author Dave Conifer. After reading it, I definitely want to read more by him.