Casting Stones Book Review & Giveaway

About the Book
Jay Beck has continued writing about the fascinating adventures of political consultant, Mark Young, in his next book, "Casting Stones." Set in Greece during the 1985 elections, the historical novel pits the United States against the Soviet Union in a battle over Greece's future political economic soul. The novel is set in the turbulent times of airline hijackings, terror bombing and assassinations. The Soviet KGB, Greek secret police and terrorists all conspire against Mark Young as he tries to win a national election while simultaneously rescuing the most valuable ancient sculpture ever created. Mark is torn between the turmoil in Greece and a critical situation threatening to end his relationship with his girlfriend, Vicki back in Washington, D.C. All of these diverse threads come together in an unexpected and thrilling conclusion.

My Review
Casting Stones Offers More than an Election Story.  The author blends so many subplots into this novel and does so in an easy to follow, well-written format that readers move from character to character and page to page without missing a beat as the storyline moves and evolves.  While the Greek elections are central to the story--readers visit Greek culture, learn Greek and Soviet history, explore the politics and influences at work in the 1980s, and become immersed a bit in art, antiquities and architecture and explore the more private lives and motivations of the novel's characters.

Beck brings realism to his fictional piece.  I have read many spy novels and international thrillers--but, I have rarely read one that feels so realistic.  This novel reads more like a memoir of Mark Young combined with a section by section insights into the lives of the other characters--as if written from their diaries and memories as well.  The author grabbed my interest from the very first pages and kept me reading through to the very end.  Beck shares interesting characters and stories that will draw readers into this story--and excite them for future adventures.

Would I recommend Casting Stones by Jay Beck?
  I did not read Beck's first book--but, I intend to read it and to make sure that I watch for future books from him as well.  I loved his writing style.  He navigated this novel through a very complicated political landscape with ease--and shared characters that I can't wait to follow into new adventures.  If you enjoy history, anthropology, art history, and political intrigue--I highly recommend Casting Stones by Jay Beck. 

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About the Author 

By writing fiction, I’ve try to expand on my history and the events I have observed. I still have a long way to go in tapping into all of that rich material, particularly since politics and entertainment so often go hand in hand, as I hope I have demonstrated in my work. These will be exciting areas for me to investigate and discuss while I continue to write about them. As I mentioned earlier, the third book in the trilogy concerns the interactions between the campaigns and the time of history of Ross Perot, Bill Clinton, and George Bush, a vast political world for me to plumb. I have stories to tell.

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