Thursday, August 25, 2011

"Treasure the love you receive about all else. It will survive long after good health has vanished." Og Mandino


In Joseph Finder's novel, "Vanished," someone attacks Lauren Heller while she and her husband, Roger, are out to dinner in Georgetown. Lauren hears Roger shout "Why her?" before she's knocked unconscious. When Lauren wakes up in the hospital, she learns that Roger has disappeared.

Roger's brother, Nick, is a former Special Forces member who is an investigator for Stoddard Associates. As the story begins, he's just prevented the theft of a cargo from a plane in a regional airport near L.A. The cargo that was in question was a large amount of money.

Roger's son, Gabe, gets in touch with Nick and asks him to help. Even though Nick and Roger haven't spoken in years, Nick is fond of Lauren and Nick so he agrees to try to find Roger.

Roger's position is chief financial officer of Gifford Industries and carries the burden of his father's crime. His and Nick's father is in jail for insider trading and securities fraud. Wanting to erase the memory of his father's crime, Roger has been extra diligent in his job.

Lauren also works for Gifford Industries as the executive secretary for the CEO, Leland Gifford. She admits to Nick that Roger told her that he had found something but wouldn't say just what it was. However, she knew it involved a great deal of money. She also admits that Roger may have let the people who were responsible for the espionage know of his discovery. She fears these people may have kidnapped Roger.

As Nick investigates, he finds that there is a corporation similar to Blackwater, that provides government security in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. Much of their activities involves bribes to officials in those countries and sometimes to people in the U.S. Nick finds that military looking people are following him as he begins to find out things about Roger's past and could even involve his father.

This is an intelligently written financial thriller. There is good action and Nick is an excellent character somewhat like Lee Child's protagonist, Jack Reacher. Overall, I found the story to be cleverly plotted and suspenseful. I look forward to reading more of Nick Heller's exploits in future stories.

Giveaway rules:
1. be a follower of this blog
2. follow on twitter if possible
3. with the above link, see my review of "Vanished" on Amazon. Read that review and indicate "YES" it was helpful.
4. leave comment and email that you wish to be entered in the giveaway.
5. U.S. and Canadian only, sorry. Postage.
6. Giveaway runs through midnight September 5th.
7. If you have won a book at this site, please wait 30 days to enter a new giveaway to give others a chance.
Good luck and have fun.


Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love to be entered!
I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards
Twitter @alterlisa
Indicated "YES" it was helpful.
(shared giveaway on Twitter & FB)

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

CelticLady said...

Great review need to enter me as I already have the book....thanks!!!

Tore said...

Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

Denise Z said...

Thank you for the invite about this book and the giveaway, it sounds intriguing.
I's a follower on GFC - Denise Zaky
Twitter ZDz59001
Your review was helpful and so I marked "yes" :)


ann said...

I am a email subscriber

amhengst at verizon dot net

Darlene said...

Please enter me in the draw!

I follow on GFC (Darlene), subscribed by email, and follow on Twitter (@DarleneBookNook). I liked your review on Amazon.

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

Thanks for the giveaway!

ann said...

I went to amazon and read the review and stated that yes it was useful

amhengst at verizon dot net

mamabunny13 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway. I follow you via gfc and email subscription. Liked your review.
mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

Julie S said...

Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the giveaway. I indicated your review is helpful :)

kimyunalesca said...

Good day Mr. Mike many thanks for the message I truly appreciated that.I like your review plus the genre/category of this book is simply fantastic!

I'm a follower

I hope you're prepared for the hurricane.My thoughts and prayers are with you.Take care ^_^

skkorman said...

I would love to read this book—please enter me to win!

I'm a GFC follower (Sheila Korman)
I'm a Twitter follower (@skkorman)
I indicated that your review is helpful

Small Footprints said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this book ... your review is wonderful & I'd love to read it.
I'm a GFC follower & a twitter follower (I'm @smallftprints).
I've indicated "YES" on your Amazon review.
Thanks, again!
reducefootprints at gmail dot com

Connie said...

Hi! Please enter me in the new book giveaway. Thank you! :)

Linda Kish said...

I am a GFC follower

I clicked on the link and indicate "YES" it was helpful.

This sounds like a terrific story. Count me in, please.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway, please enter me in! :)
GFC Follower
Twitter @thekidfromtexas
And I said your review was helpful

Tribute Books Mama said...

sounds good,pls enter me.

tributebooksmama at gmail dot com

Julie said...

Awesome giveaway! This book sounds great, and I did find your review helpful :)
Follower: Julie Witt
Twitter: @jwitt33
Indicated Amazon review was helpful.
jwitt33 at live dot com

Marjorie said...

My favourite kind of book and I would love to read it.
I follow by email and google reader as cenya2.
Thanks for the chance to win.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Patti said...

Thanks for the post and giveaway.
Please enter me.
I follow GFC Patti P
Said Yes to the review on Amazon
Liked the book on Amazon too!
I don't have any idea how to twitter or I would have done that too! LOL

musicalfrog at
Congrats on the book!

mike draper said...

congrdulations to Tribute Books Mama for winning the copy of "Vanished"
Sorry in the dealy, due to Hurricane Irene, I have been without electricity and no cable. Finally fixed today.

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