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A King's Ransom. This is the first Grippando…

A King's Ransom. This is the first Grippando book I have read and I found… (original 2001; edition 2001)

by James Grippando

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Title:A King's Ransom. This is the first Grippando book I have read and I found it gripping reading. The complexity of kidnapping amazed me. The constant danger with no guarantees makes kidnapping such a terrible crime, where lives can be destroyed so easily. Fantastic reading.
Authors:James Grippando
Info:PerfectBound (2001), Edition: Adobe Ebook Reader Ed, Unknown Binding, 432 pages
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THis is the first book of James Grippandos that I have read. I found his writing very exciting. The story is action packed. I was amazed at the complexity of kidnapping and how easy it was to double cross many times during such a ransom transaction ( )
  nilbett | Dec 26, 2012 |
very suspenseful story of a kidnapping in Columbia - similar to Proof of Life movie. ( )
  afarrington | Dec 6, 2011 |
  DONNAMONTEIRO | Aug 14, 2010 |
Fresh out of law school, Nick Rey lands a job with a prestigious Miami law firm, and he's at the top of his game. But a dark cloud of misfortune is moving in - his fiancee breaks off their engagement, and his father Matthew is kidnapped while tending to his fishing boat business in Columbia. Demanding three million dollars, the guerrilla captors can be dealt with easily enough. The real threat comes from men in suits - the lawyers, the insurance company, and the FBI. ( )
  jepeters333 | Sep 7, 2009 |
A book that follows the kidnap and release of a father and the son who is doing everything he can to get his father home. The story takes a good look at the harshness of the kidnap trade, but also weaves an interesting action plot through the story. The plot was overwhelming at times, slow at others, but in the end a good book. ( )
  adriel | Mar 3, 2007 |
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Miami attorney Nick Rey was perturbed by his fiancée's ocean-side pronouncement that in the future her title should be preceded by "ex-". So perturbed that he barely noticed when, seconds later, a sharp-shooting seagull dropped him another plate of the same. Odd to think that he'd shortly look back on it all as, well, a day at the beach.

Then again, having one's father kidnapped and held for ransom by Columbian revolutionaries will alter one's perspective, as will hearing that the FBI's declined to pursue the matter as they suspect the kidnappee, Matthew Rey, is not a commercial fisherman at all, but a drug smuggler. The state department, citing official policy against paying kidnappers, won't intercede and, oh yes, the insurance company that sold dad his $3,000,000 kidnap-and-ransom policy won't pay up because they think he's as much in cahoots as he is in Cartagena. Nick's sister, Lindsey, who's probably in South America, hasn't been heard from in a month, and his mother's pregnant.

And that's just the starting block as Nick and the beautiful insurance investigator, Alex Cabrera (also a former revolutionary), run waist-deep into pan-American treachery and deceit--and nifty plot twists and surprises--much of it supplied by Nick's own law firm, Coolidge, Harding and Cash.

Throughout A King's Ransom, author and Miami attorney James Grippando deftly balances first-person (Nick's) and third-person (Matthew's) narrative with true-to-life dialogue and characters drawn as well or better than most. It's fast, it's gripping, and it's getting to be a habit with him. Grippando bolted from the starting gate (and, presumably, the courtroom) with 1994's breath-holder The Pardon; if his sixth book in eight years is any indication, he'll neither slow down nor reenter the courtroom for some time to come. --Michael Hudson

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A Miami lawyer must battle his own firm to rescue his father from Colombian kidnappers.

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