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The Machiavelli Covenant by Allan Folsom

The Machiavelli Covenant

by Allan Folsom

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Slow start... long and moderate-paced plot buildup... page-turning, nail-biting finish. Government conspiracies, planned assassinations, bio-terrorism, New World Order... it's all here, but it's no 'Da Vinci Code' as some have reviewed. Might make for a better movie though. However, the story ends with a niggling loose end.... not unlike movies such as 'Godzilla' and 'Anaconda' where after the monster is dead, a nest of undiscovered eggs hints at a sequel.
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
This is a fast moving 554-page thriller that moves from the USA to Malta to Spain to France, England and Germany. It has interesting historical references and clever cross plots. It's "can't put down" entertainment. ( )
  SusanGrimesGilbert | Mar 13, 2010 |
Former LAPD detective, Nicholas Marten is at the bedside of childhood sweetheart, Caroline when she dies. She called him to Washington from England because she though someone had intentionally injected her with a virus. Nicholas begins to investigate and uncovers a secret society dating back to author Niccolo Machiavelli, and whose purpose is to keep the rich and powerful in charge. The plot thickens when president of the United States, John Henry Harris goes missing. Along with French photographer, Demi Picard, they try to out run the CIA, secret service, and Spanish Intelligence.

This was a global conspiracy thriller that didn't get exciting until after about 100 pages. The story was captivating for a short while, but then the plot became extremely unbelievable (more than the average political thriller) and the book seemed to drag on. This is the second book of a trilogy and I didn't read the first, but I do not think that would have helped. Only recommended if you are really into political/global thrillers. ( )
  jayde1599 | Feb 6, 2010 |
A complicated conspiracy thriller which begins with our hero sitting beside his childhood love as she dies of a mysterious disease, leading him to a South African bioterrorist who's involved with a secret society bent on creating a new world order. Along the way he teams up with a French journalist, the President of the United States (who's fleeing that very same New World Order Gang in his own administration), and an Australian ex-pat living in Italy who acts as Sancho Panza to their Don Quixote. Hopefully unrealistic to the point of absurdity, I don't know why I kept reading - except that somehow Folsom managed to keep me wanting, if not more, then to at least find out how it would all end. Truly a potato-chip book: read it, enjoy it, and barely remember it by next week. ( )
  OliviainNJ | Aug 11, 2009 |
The Machiavelli Covenant, by Allan Folsom, is a conspiracy thriller that follows Nicholas Marten - a former LAPD detective - as he searches for answers in the death of a former girlfriend. Along the way, he meets up with the President of the United States, on the run from a murderous cabal made up of the rich and powerful, and Demi Picard, a French journalist who is searching for the truth behind the disappearance of a family member. As the story unfolds, we discover that all of these events are intertwined and are leading to the unraveling of various governments around the world.

There is no doubt the story is far-fetched, which was part of the appeal to me (sometimes escape literature is a good thing). However, I found the pacing of the story somewhat uneven, the writing rather stodgy, and the characterizations slight and ineffective. The plot started out moving along pretty well, but the scenes in the tunnels seemed to last forever. I didn't really connect with any of the characters - probably the character I felt I knew the most about was Viktor, a bit player in the story. The Machiavelli Covenant was a diverting enough read for the business trip I just took, but I wouldn't highly recommend it. ( )
  Talbin | Mar 15, 2008 |
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In Washington, D.C., Former LAPD rogue detective Nicholas Marten has come out of hiding to hunt down the killers of his childhood sweetheart.  The wife of a controversial United States congressman, she and her husband and son were mysteriously murdered soon after the congressman discovered a massive clandestine bioweapons program.

In Europe to meet with distinguished heads of state prior to a crucial NATO summit in Warsaw, US President John Henry Harris may well face the same deadly fate.  A secret cabal within his own administration orders Harris to have the president of France and the chancellor of Germany assassinated. Refusal, he knows, will mean his death.

Afraid to trust anyone, even his Secret Service protectors, the President flees for his life. Pursued by the Secret Service, the CIA, and Spanish Intelligence who believe he is the victim of foul play, Harris joins forces with Nicholas Marten and the beautiful but enigmatic French photo-journalist, Demi Picard. Together the three uncover one of the most secretive and brutally powerful groups the world has ever known, a brotherhood of blood that will stop at nothing to realize their own depraved ambitions. The assassination of world leaders, a genocidal attack on a major civilian populace with of weapons of mass destruction -- nothing is beyond them. 

The origin of their evil reaches back to the Renaissance when the dying political thinker Niccolo Machiavelli fashioned a sinister addendum to his most infamous work, The Prince. Titled simply The Covenant, it is a terrifying blueprint for the gaining and keeping of true political power. For five hundred years this despotic order of the supremely rich and powerful has kept Machiavelli's original manuscript hidden away under heavy guard, the document itself worshiped like some divine artifact. Bonded by complicity in ritual murder and dedicated to a singular vision of global domination, over the centuries they have prospered far beyond any dreams of power and avarice. Outmanned, outnumbered, outgunned, three people now stand alone against it: Nicholas Marten, Demi Picard and John Henry Harris, President of the United States.

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For 500 years, a cabal of ruthless power brokers have operated secretly, guided by stratagems revealed in a long-hidden unpublished manuscript by famed thinker Niccolo Miachiavelli. No despotic act is beneath these furtive plotters, who include corporate moguls, military leaders, and prominent politicians. Into this seething miasma of evil plunges Nicholas Marten, a former LAPD detective intent simply on solving the mystery of an ex-girlfriend's death. Da Vinci Code-like intrigue by the author of The Exile.Nicholas Marten's former girlfriend is mysteriously killed--along with her child and congressman-husband. A former LA cop, Marten learns her husband had just discovered a secret and illegal bioweapons program. When the feds fail to investigate, Marten pursues the killers himself.… (more)

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