Book Review Appointment with ISIL by Joe Giordano

Authors: Joe Giordano
Category: Adult Fiction, 299 pages
Genre: Literary Thriller

About the Book

This time, Anthony's libido threatens his life. He flirts with Russian mob boss, Gorgon Malakhov's mistress. The Russian deals in death. ISIL, the Islamic State in the Levant, wants the product. Russian Intelligence supplies the means, and an art theft funds the scheme. ISIL's targets are chilling. The chase across the Mediterranean is on. Can Anthony thwart ISIL? Will he survive?

My Review
Giordano Crafts an Excellent International Thriller in Appointment with ISIL.  While I love the intrigue of an international thriller or a political/crime thriller--I often find that they can be a bit drawn out or so overly wordy or ridiculously complex that I struggle to maintain interest.  During every step of Provati's journey; however, I felt included and invested in the book.  I fell into the settings and the changing plots and into the action quickly and easily from the very first page.   Readers are transported to other countries, are immersed into a variety of cultures and meet a host of characters as the book's story line unfolds.  The author does a wonderful job in creating his settings and telling the story in such a way that readers will find it believable, exciting and engaging. 

Provati's Adventures Include More than ISIL Scenes.  I almost opted to not read and review this book.  I was expecting a full book of ISIL interaction and terrorist plots--and terror related crimes.  The first chapter of the book began as I expected--but, the author's writing style pulled me into the story anyway.  As the second chapter began, I realized that this novel was much more involved than just an appointment with ISIL.  The author employs a number of plots and subplots to take the reader on multiple adventures with his characters.  Of course, there is a terrorist group element that is key to the story and the book moves the readers toward that connection in some unexpected ways at times. 

Would I recommend Appointment with ISIL by Joe Giordano?  I enjoy thrillers and I enjoy international/political/crime dramas.  This book is one of the best that I've read this year.  The author takes real-world, current issues and creates a very intricate book without making it too complex for a reader to enjoy.  If you enjoy a book that transports you to worldly places and into dangerous situations in a more reasonable, realistic fashion; this book should be on your reading list this summer.  I look forward to reading more books from this author and enjoying future adventures with Anthony Provati. 

Praise for Appointment with ISIL:

"A roller-coaster ride to the finish, this book confirms Giordano as a writer to eagerly watch."
- Kirkus Reviews

"A sexy, all-in-one-breath read, this is a story for those eager to strap on their boots and immerse themselves in a whirlwind adventure that will take them from espresso in New York with the Italian Mafia to walking the Old City of Jerusalem with the chief of Israel’s security service."
- The iRead Review

If you like gritty intriguing thrillers involving the FBI, Russian/Italian mobs or Islamic Terrorists you will absolutely love this book…. The characters, the plot and prose come together for an outstanding work of contemporary Americana. PRIMO highly recommends Appointment with ISIL."
Primo Magazine

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Meet the Author

Joe Giordano was born in Brooklyn. He and his wife, Jane, have lived in Greece, Brazil, Belgium and the Netherlands. They now live in Texas.

Joe's stories have appeared in more than ninety magazines including The Monarch Review, The Saturday Evening Post, decomP, The Summerset Review, and Shenandoah. His novel, Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story, was published by Harvard Square Editions October 2015. His second novel, Appointment with ISIL, an Anthony Provati Thriller will be published by HSE in June 2017.

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  1. Thanks for the time and attention that you gave to my novel. Joe



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