The Manhattan Swindle
The Manhattan Swindle, penned by Jay Perin, is the second historical thriller in the One Hundred Years of War series that chronicles the continuation of blood feuds, criminals, oil barons, politics, and undertones subterfuge that propelled the origins of this series.
The Kingsleys and the Sheppards were well-established familial dynasties located in the United States during the harrowing eras of the 1970s and 1980s. Moreover, the families were rivals for years before deciding to join forces to jointly protect their wealth from the criminalistic oilman Jared Sanders– who covertly attempted to assassinate the young heir, Harry, in an attempt to assert his criminal intentions within the oil industry. Not only was the demonstrably corrupt Sanders a domineering criminal—his objective was nearly in reach via seizing power within the White House.
Shortly after the vicious assassination attempt from Sanders, the power families joined forces with Senator Temple, who was arch enemies with the reprehensible Sanders, to stop his political takeover and protect the White House. The longstanding opposing families agreed and concluded that Lilah should take Sanders’s place in the oil industry after disposing of him.
Harry and Lilah’s relationship was strained from the attacks from Sanders and arguments within their families, and the couple chose to separate. The couple managed to maintain their romantic feelings for each other while in separation. Harry’s rebellious spirit led him to join the Navy Seals, and Lilah forged her own path and furthered her autonomy as a woman and pursued her studies at MIT. Although the pair was no longer together, they periodically ebbed and flowed through each other’s lives and eventually found their paths back to each other.
Author Perin’s visually detailed depictions of the undoubtedly motley characters exuded quality storytelling capabilities, which rendered the characters believable as they are memorable. Perin also conceptualized the traumatic events that had molded the characters’ personalities, which divulged a reverence for the effect of traumatic stresses on the human psyche.
Furthermore, the novel’s ending was nothing short of riveting. Several burning questions will require answers in The Cuban Gambit, the third novel in the One Hundred Ye ars of War series. Indeed, this series is a fantastic choice for any reader who enjoys a thrilling book with unexpected twists and turns that will keep the reader curiously enthralled.
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|Page Count||545 pages|
|Publisher||East River Books|
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