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Voices Behind the Curtain
Tekijä: Gordon Zuckerman
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This book is third in a trilogy and is a historical political thriller that exposes the levels of greed and corruption that led to WWII and that exist to this day. Though it is the third book in The Sentinels trilogy, it is perfectly effective as a stand alone story (I have not read the first two books in the series yet). The plots are intricately woven in an international web of deceit and intrigue, taking place not long after WWII. The Sentinels are a group of six highly educated men and women who have banded together to try to keep corruption and fascism at bay and prevent future global wars. They have the background, expertise and wherewithal to pull if off, too! I kept being reminded of a Marvel superhero team, with intellect as their superpower. Reading the book gave me a bittersweet feeling, because so many of the details of the corruption, greed and disintegration of our Democracy, the corruption that has led to the out of control spending on the military, and Congressional corruption that we now witness every day ring true and are based on facts, though the story itself is fictional. Unfortunately, we have no Super Heroes, such as The Sentinels; to step in and save us.
It's a highly entertaining read and I wholeheartedly recommend it. I received this book through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program, and am glad to have been introduced to The Sentinel trilogy. I'm definitely planning on reading the first two books in the series.
Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.I liked the concept for the book and the plot line and admire the author for wanting to write his own book without assistance from outside sources. However, I wish the author would have reconsidered accepting help from others on this. There were quite a few typos and areas where the writing was clunky and would have benefited from proofreading. Further, and this may be due to the fact that the book is part of a series, but I would have appreciated a more thorough delineation of the power cycle concept. As a doctoral candidate myself, it just seems less realistic without that added context considering this is the characters' research area and they spent years analyzing it. It was just a tad vague. The story itself wasn't bad, though!
After WWII the Sentinels are pulled into another situation where they are trying to stop the rich and powerful from subverting the country’s interests to their ideas.
Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.Post WWII and the beginnings of the "Red Square". The book focuses on those in the Entertainment industry who wish to expose the corruption behind those forces who want to control the government, U.S. citizens and their freedoms and the military behind the scenes. It makes one wonder how far people with power and money will go to force their agendas and how much truth this book actually tells of what actually happened in the United States post WWII.
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In 1946, peak military industrial contracting has been cut by 400 billion dollars. Some of the same industrial organizations responsible for creating a military arsenals capable of supplying six different wars on four separate continents have become concerned. The economic impact of converting their-war time manufacturing to peace-time production represents risks they are not willing to accept. A consortium of these companies determine they must find a new way to restore the lost military contracting. Their plan calls for them to manipulate the Congressional military appropriations process for their own self-interests. Hearing of the plot, the Sentinels decide to challenge. "Voices Behind the Curtain" is a story about powerful and resourceful people, those who endeavor to implement their plan of corruption, and those who oppose. Jacques Roth and Mike Stone return to lead the Sentinel opposition and devise a plan capable of opposing one of the world's largest conglomerates. Meet Miss Mercedes, a former Miss Universe winner, who's ambition to become a celebrated actress have led to her downfall. Follow her life as she re-invents herself and influence those around her. Natalie Cummins, the retired star of the London and New York musical stages, is determined to use her entertainment experience to find British employment for "Back Listed" Hollywood actors, writers and directors. Marco Tanfredi and Don Cerreta, two second-generation Sicilians, who have learned to it is necessary to resist the 'temptations of the street', if they wish to pursue their American Dream" The reader is allowed to ride side-saddle with these principal characters as they proceed to protect the integrity of Congressional Appropriations process. Their journey leads them through the entertainment industry in Mexico, Southern California, London and New York.
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In 1946, a group of industrial organizations seeks to regain their lost military contracts. They hatch a plan to manipulate the Congressional appropriations process, but the Sentinels, a determined group committed to upholding integrity, discover their scheme and set out to stop them.
Authors John Doe and Jane Smith expertly blend history and fiction, creating a compelling narrative. Led by Jacques Roth and Mike Stone, the characters exhibit strength and resourcefulness as they work to foil the conglomerate's plans.
The diverse and captivating cast includes Miss Mercedes, a former Miss Universe winner striving for success in Hollywood; Natalie Cummins, a retired star of the musical stage helping forgotten Hollywood talents; and Marco Tanfredi and Don Cerreta, two second-generation Sicilians pursuing the American Dream while resisting the allure of the streets.
The authors' attention to detail transports readers to various locations across the globe, from the vibrant entertainment industry in Mexico to the glamour of London, Southern California, and New York.
Voices Behind the Curtain maintains a brisk pace, combining intricate historical and political details with compelling characters and thrilling action scenes. This ensures an accessible and enjoyable reading experience for all.
With its thought-provoking exploration of post-war society, political machinations, and the consequences of power, Voices Behind the Curtain is a must-read for fans of historical fiction. Whether enjoyed in print or as an audiobook, this captivating tale will leave readers eagerly anticipating the potential television adaptation of 'The Sentinels' series.
In summary, Voices Behind the Curtain is a captivating historical fiction novel with engaging characters and a gripping plot. The authors expertly combine history and fiction, transporting readers across the globe. With its accessible narrative and thought-provoking themes, this book is highly recommended for fans of the genre. ( )