"A remarkable thriller about money, technology and geopolitics that manages to feel both timeless and timely" - BestThrillers.com
The new cold war is heating up - pump primed by oil and the race to control the pipelines. Cyber warriors mine the dark side of international finance. Their money trail stretches from Macau and New York to Rio de Janeiro, Cyprus, Beirut and Odessa, and the finance lines of governments and gangsters criss cross through Ukraine and Crimea.When Jorginho the Black Hat hacker goes AWOL in Portugal with the secrets of America's role in the Arab Spring rebellions, Maknazpy is enlisted to bring him back - dead or alive.Maknazpy tracks the runaway through the narrow streets of old Lisbon until he is betrayed and the hunter becomes the hunted.Juggling a hot money scam and cold war treachery, only his animal cunning for self preservation keeps him one step ahead of his US handlers, Chinese Military Intelligence, the Russian Mafia and a Brazilian street gang.No one has a monopoly on moral authority in this dark world and Maknazpy is no knight-errant asserting the moral good - and that's why he may just survive.
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Gerard Cappa only read Irish books when he was younger - James Stephens, Flann O'Brien, Michael McLaverty, John McGahern, John Banville, the Blasket books. Or else Irish politics, history and philosophy. He must have lightened up a bit later on, that's when he started reading about murder as entertainment. The classics, of course, Hammett, Chandler, Cain, Himes, Parker, Macdonald, Jim Thompson. Then Ellroy, Mosley, Burke, Ian Rankin, John Harvey then all the Scandanavians. Started to match books to the places he travelled to -Orhan Pamuk in Turkey, Camilleri in Italy, Montalban in Spain, Mercier in Portugal (originally in German). He started to write yhe Maknazpy books as standard thrillers, no big messages. Then he realized he couldn't help it, all that stuff about being an underdog, free will limited by inherited cultural baggage and everyone's basic human right to be treated with dignity, it was all bound to come out.Review:
"A remarkable thriller about money, technology and geopolitics that manages to feel both timeless and timely. There's a lot here that is new, particularly in terms of style. Cappa constantly blends elements of traditional noir with subject matter that could only exist in the present. Mambo Italiano serves as a soundtrack while black hat hackers create mayhem, and campy pulp thriller dialogue is delivered alongside contemporary concepts like 'Pipelineistan' - Thanks to Cappa's gift for storytelling, the end result is extremely satisfying." - Bella G Wright - BestThrillers.com
Cappa's perspective is similar to that presented in Max Friedman's book 'Rethinking Anti-Americanism' - international actors sometimes characterized as innately anti-American change their positions as America's policies change. And the same holds for the position of the U.S. with regard to Russia, China, and the broad span of Middle Eastern nations: if their policies are consistent with ours, we can work together, or at least not be at each others' throats. Loaded with action, stabs-in-the-back, heart-felt loss, tense standoffs and even a hint of mysticism. Complex, indeed - Bob Bickel
You come out of the novel knowing, like Maknazpy, that whatever the truth today, especially if it is truth as defined by the CIA, it will be different tomorrow. The action is non-stop and the sound of the jigsaw continual. This can lead to a dizzying experience for the reader. Take your time over each chapter, savor the dialog and enjoy the pieces coming together - John J Gaynard 'Green Blood is for France'
"Unique and unpredictable, always a nice experience, especially in a genre that is fraught with derivative copycats. Some really great concepts worth deeper deliberation. Almost literary at times, with the easy-flowing prose and powerful word choices - a well-written, intelligently complex novel with truly unexpected twists that will open your mind and keep you on your toes" - Indy Book Reviews
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