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Blood Flag: A Paul Madriani Novel by Steve Martini

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Blood FlagPaul Madriani is back for a 14th time in this series’ newest entry, Blood Flag. It starts with Emma Brauer, accused of being responsible for the death of her father, a veteran of WW II. Shortly before he died, he received a mysterious package in the mail, containing what appears to be a safe deposit box key, left to him by another member of his military unit. When a second member of Brauer’s former unit is also found to have died under mysterious circumstances shortly after receiving a similar package, Madriani realizes that these two murders very well could be connected by way of a talisman the unit may have had possession of, the infamous “Blood Flag” belonging to Adolf Hitler. Madriani must try to find out if this relic exists, keep his client out of jail and also figure out how his employee Sophie’s death figures into the equation.

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The Enemy Inside: A Paul Madriani Novel by Steve Martini

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

The Enemy InsideA car crash on a lonely California highway results in the death of a prominent D.C. lawyer, Olinda Serna. The driver of the 2nd car, Alex Ives, claims to have no memory of the accident; the last thing he remembers is being at a party he was invited to by an attractive woman he met by chance and whose name he can’t remember. Paul Madriani’s daughter knows Alex and asks her father to help him. There is much more at stake, however, then simply a young man’s freedom, as Paul discovers that Serna may, literally and figuratively, know where the bodies are buried regarding malfeasances committed by some of D. C. highest ranking public figures. Thus begins a race against time save Alex Ives from a murder conviction and to find out the identity of whoever is willing to kill to keep the secrets known by Serna from being made public.

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The Enemy Inside by Steve Martini is part of a series that should be compared in quality to John Grisham’s work. Martini has created a cast of recurrent characters that have generally worked well for him and he excels at novels where the majority of the action centers around the courtroom. In this case, however, I’m forced to agree with other reviewers in that The Enemy Inside started off strong and ended going off on multiple tangents, which created a lack of cohesiveness. With that in mind, I can only give this book 3/5 stars.

Trader of Secrets by Steve Martini (Review #3)

Trader of Secrets Reviewed by Allen Hott

Quite a beginning. Herman Diggs, the chief investigator used by Paul Madriani and his investigative law firm, is lying in a hospital with what would probably be mortal wounds for most folks. But Herman is battling and as usual the big fellow will probably be victorious. In the meantime Madriani and Joselyn Cole are being grilled by the FBI for more information about Liquida, who although wounded by Diggs in their knife fight, is on the loose.

Martini has used these characters in previous books and has brought them all together again for an exciting and well thought out book. This time Liquida has decided that he will put an end to Madriani, his associates, and his daughter. However he also has business to attend to so he can keep his funds up for the style of life he leads.

As Diggs finally comes to enough to whisper to Madriani his first words scare Madriani very badly. Diggs mumbles “Sarah…..farm” and Madriani immediately realizes that Diggs is warning him that the Liquida is heading to the farm where Harry Hinds, Madriani’s partner, has hidden out with Sarah, Madriani’s daughter.

Trader of Secrets by Steve Martini (Review #2)

Trader of SecretsReviewed by Julie Moderson

Martini is like a fine wine. He improves with age. Every book that I have read that Martini writes becomes my favorite book, the book I tell everyone they must read.

Trader of Secrets by Steve Martini

Trader of SecretsReviewed by Nancy Eaton

Muerte Liquida is looking for revenge and Paul Mandriani’s daughter happens to be the target. She is in a safe place until one day she becomes a little bored and decides to go for a run with her dog. Liquida is determined to kill her to get even with Paul and now he has his chance. Liquida has already wounded Herman Diggs, Paul’s friend.

Paul’s partner Harry Hinds and his girlfriend Joselyn Cole tell Paul they need to go after Liquida before it is too late. Their search takes them to several places and they end up with much more danger then they ever expected.

Are Paul and his friends able to stop Liquida before he gets to them first?

The Rule of Nine by Steve Martini (Review #3)

The Rule of NineReviewed by Allen Hott

How do you bring together a young Congressional gofer, an international terrorist and his hired assassin, a well-known attorney, a dying U.S. senator, a weapons expert, and Paul Madriani who happens to be one of Steve Martini’s favorite heroes?

Steve Martini brings together all of the above plus a few more characters and many plot changes in The Rule of Nine. By killing off the young gofer early in the book Martini skillfully pulls together the boy’s father, who is the well-known attorney, and the hired assassin. And by using a slight maneuver Martini also brings Paul Madriani into the picture. A byproduct of that maneuver also brings the weapons expert into the mix.

While this is going on the U.S. senator is trying his best to somehow outsmart or get rid of a blackmailer who is causing the senator to dip into some funds that have been stashed away illegally for his retirement which seems to be fading away as fast as his health.

The terrorist is busily putting together a scheme that has been paid for by an unknown third party. This scheme will in fact be an earth shaking event if he can pull it all off as he has planned.

However the weapons expert has gotten wind of some type of catastrophic endeavor that is in the works. She and her group are working to keep the world safe from weapons of mass destruction. She and her forces line up with Madriani to chase down and bottle up the terrorist before he can pull off his masterpiece.

The Rule of Nine by Steve Martini (Review #2)

The Rule of NineReviewed by Vickie Dailey

Steve Martini delivers again. The Rule of Nine does rely heavily on characters from Guardian of Lies, but can be read without the background.

In Guardian of Lies Paul was involved in a nearby nuclear explosion in Coronado. Forced by the government to keep quiet. Paul Madriani is approached by Joselyn Cole, a weapons expert, who thinks he needs to go public with what he knows to stop future threats.

The Rule of Nine by Steve Martini

Reviewed by Julie Moderson

The Rule of Nine by Steve MartiniWOW! Steve Martini really puts you on the edge of your seat right off the bat with The Rule of Nine. It is a fast paced novel that you will have a hard time putting down. I have read most of Martini’s novels and the majority of them were legal thrillers but this is more of an exciting page turning thriller that involves a lawyer. I just loved this book and think it is one of Martini’s best books.

Paul Madriani is sort of a modern day hero. He is just getting his life back after an incident involving nuclear weapons. He and his family have been locked in their homes with police protection because of threats. Paul Madriani is in his office when a woman tricks his secretary to get in to talk to him. Joselyn Cole is smart and beautiful. She teams up with Madriani and his partner, Harry Hinds, and that’s when it starts to get crazy. They know that Liquida is back and Thorn is teamed up with him and they find out they are part of a plot to take out part of the US government. Liquida and Thorn are villains from his past books. The book seems so real at times that it is terrifying but Martini really hits the mark.

Guardian of Lies by Steve Martini (Review #3)

Reviewed by Vickie Dailey

Guardian of Lies by Steve MartiniFrom an innocent meeting in a local grocery, Paul, meets Katia, the granddaughter of an ex cold war weapons expert. When Katia’s protector, Emerson Pike, is found murdered on the night she escapes from his home and police find her with Paul’s business card on her person. Paul is suspected of knowing more than he really does.

As Paul and his partner Harry start to clear Katia of murder, they soon discover they are in way over their heads. With FBI, a pissed off DA and an angry assassin after them, Katia injured on a prison transport bus and unable to provide Paul and Harry with any assistance in clearing her name. Paul and Harry soon discover secrets that not only endanger their professional careers but their very lives as well.

Shadow of Power by Steve Martini (Review #3)

shadowReviewed by Allen Hott

Paul Madriani with his partner, Harry Hinds, is at it again. This time they are attempting to defend a guy who looks, beyond a shadow of doubt, to be guilty.

The police pick up Carl Arnsberg, an avowed white supremacist, after Terry Scarborough is found dead in his hotel room. Scarborough championed any cause that would get him notoriety and more headlines. His current cause had been the way that slavery was handled by our founding fathers.

Scarborough’s book, “Perpetual Slaves”, had been at the top of the bestseller list for some time and the amount of money that he was making from it was enormous. He had convinced his agent that he had a very incriminating letter that was only known as the “J letter” and it would be the stepping-stone to his next bigger best seller. The “J letter” supposedly spelled out how a trio of our most famous founding fathers managed to get slavery in this country but keeping the language necessary for that to happen in the new Constitution.