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The Last Witness: A Thriller (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Glenn Meade

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The Last Witness



Carla Lane didn’t know it, but that day would begin with life and end with death.

Nor did she know if some fleeting premonition had passed a shadow across her dreams in the weeks leading up to that afternoon, warning her of the terrible event that was about to happen.

Perhaps it had. But all she knew for certain that day was that she was excited as she came out of the doctor’s office, and that she had never felt happier.

She spotted Jan waiting for her, sitting on a park bench across the street, reading a newspaper.

He looked up when he saw her. He flashed his usual lopsided smile, his fringe blowing in the wind, but then he looked more serious as he folded away his newspaper and came to meet her.

“Well? How did it go?”

She didn’t speak.

“Come on, Carla, don’t do this to me, honey.”

“Do what?”

“Keep me in suspense. Is it good news or bad?”

“Let’s put it this way. I’m going to be eating for two from now on.”

His face beamed, and she knew at once why she’d married this man.

“Carla, that’s terrific news.” He kissed her, slid his hand around her waist, and patted her stomach. “Can they tell yet?”

“Jan, I’m only six weeks pregnant.”

“How long before they can tell?”

“Four, five months, maybe. In all the excitement I forgot to ask. It doesn’t matter if it’s a boy or a girl, does it?”

“Not a bit. How about lunch at Barney’s to celebrate? I’ve got a rehearsal at two, so I’m out of handcuffs until then.”

A shadow flickered across Carla’s face. There was something else she had to tell Jan. Something troubling her.

“What’s wrong? You look distracted.”

“Nothing. It’ll keep until after lunch.”

“We’ll have a drink to celebrate. You think the doctor would mind?”

She slipped her arm through his. “Nothing stronger than a glass of sparkling water for me. From now on, Momma’s strictly on the wagon.”

Jan smiled, and whistled to hail a cab.

Revue de presse

". . . puts a fresh spin on the mystery surrounding the deaths of the Romanovs, in particular the possible escape of princess Anastasia." (Publishers Weekly)

“Meade's second foray into international intrigue imagines that Nazis biding time in South America hatch a viable plot to take over contemporary Germany. The novel opens with a splendidly tantalizing episode of eavesdropping by a Paraguayan reporter who, before he's caught and killed, hides a tell-tale tape recording. . . . Fast, sly, and slick, this thriller delivers the goods—tension, action, plot twists—until the smoke clears on the last page.” (Booklist)

"The Irish-born author (Snow Wolf) teeters on the edge of genius and sacrilege with this thriller about a subject known since the time of Christ. When archeologist Jack Cane discovers ancient documents that point to the existence of another messiah, he also quickly finds out that both Israeli and Catholic authorities have reason to possess, or suppress, such documents. Racked with the pain of personal loss, he meets up with an old friend, Lela, who is part of an Israeli police team investigating multiple crimes, including a cold case involving the possible murder of Cane's parents—also archeologists—20 years earlier. Some who have avoided Christian fiction or only dipped in will find this departure from the mold refreshing, even while some regular readers of Christian fiction may find certain passages revolting. Fans of Davis Bunn or Dan Brown won't bat an eye at Meade's unblinking look at the Vatican and the religious secrecy that fuels such novels. With a plot that screams, a controversial edge, and characters with attitude and something to prove, this has all the makings to be the next Da Vinci Code." (Publishers Weekly)

“Dan Brown meets Tom Clancy—Glenn Meade sure knows how to get your pulse racing. I was gripped from page one. Whether The Second Messiah is fact or fiction is up for debate, but one thing’s for sure—it’s one heck of a thriller. You know you’re in safe hands with Glenn Meade—The Second Messiah is a rollercoaster of a thriller that lifts the lid on the inner workings of the Vatican and leaves you wondering just how much of the fiction is actually fact." (Stephen Leather, author of Nightfall)

"Reading similarly to both a Thoene novel and The Da Vinci Code, bestselling author Meade’s The Second Messiah will keep readers on the edge of their proverbial seats . . . The Second Messiah reads quickly and will hold the reader’s attention with its many plot twists. In the story, Meade also addresses the problem of suffering in an insightful comment from the pope. Fans of fiction tied to news headlines will enjoy this geopolitical thriller. Recommended for readers of Joel C. Rosenberg." (Christian Retailing)

"This novel is a Da Vinci Code-type thriller, but it’s far more. The secret scrolls and chases are standard thriller fare, but deftly handled. Some of the characters are particularly captivating, especially the new Pope, a true follower of God who’s tormented by his past and struggling with the future of the Church. This suspenseful book is well worth reading." (CBA Retailers + Resources)

"Written in the mold of The Da Vinci Code—sans all the erroneous claims (thankfully)—bestselling author Glenn Meade’s latest geographical thriller, The Second Messiah, keeps readers on the edge of their proverbial seats with multiple plot twists." (Charisma)

"Meade knows how to entangle, and untangle, an exciting array of characters and plots guaranteed to keep the reader hooked . . . a talented storyteller, he sets the scene quickly before taking off on a rollicking ride that keeps the pages turning. It’s a hard book to put down." (

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you don't stand up to evil then evil will stand up to you 22 août 2014
Par Suncoast - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is a chilling story set around a recent era that we should never forget - the brutal ethnic cleansing during the Balkans' civil wars of the early 1990's which involved butchery not seen on a such a scale since the Jewish holocaust by the Nazi's. While it is not for the faint-hearted, overall it is a compassionate and rewarding read.

Carla Lane's happy marriage to Jan, a up-and-coming concert pianist, is about to be made happier when her pregnancy is confirmed. But it is cut short on the same day when a pipe bomb explodes as Jan gets into his car after a concert. Traumatised by his death Carla talks to the psychiatrist who treated her as a young girl when she arrived in America from Bosnia following the death of her parents. She finds that she has almost totally repressed not only the memories of her happy times with her family but also their terrible experiences in one of the Serbian rape and death camps. After reading her Mother's diary which documents their plight in detail, her memories return and she vows to find the fate of her parents and her beloved younger brother and take revenge for what happened.

Her trauma gets worse when she realises that Jan may have been killed by the Bosnian mafia and that the war criminals responsible for her family's suffering are now living the high life in America. Her earlier life as a lawyer and prosecutor cuts in and she sets out to get justice the men who were responsible for such brutality. It soon becomes clear that she may be the only witness to the depravity handed out at the prison camp at "Devil's Hill" in Bosnia.

This is a memorable book, for all the wrong reasons, written by an author at the top of his form who will surprise you at the end with an unexpected twist in the tale. In the Prologue Chapter Glenn Meade lays out the basic theme of the book "Listen when I tell you that if you don't stand up to evil, then evil will stand up to you" and ""Because if the world never learns from the lessons of its history, then it is condemned forever to repeat the sins of the past". These words are especially prophetic with the barbarity that is happening in the Middle East.

Highly recommended for discerning readers who can stand to be reminded of one of the darkest times in recent human history. 4.5 stars.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loyalty & Secrecy 19 août 2014
Par connywithay - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
Title: The Last Witness
Author: Glenn Meade
Publisher: Howard Books
ISBN: 978-1-4516-1187-8

“‘It’s done. I did what I had to do. What Shavik did makes me cry.’ My mother’s words exactly. What did she mean by that? What made her cry?” Carla asks in Glenn Meade’s book, "The Last Witness."

At four hundred and thirty-two pages, this hardbound targets those who like a suspenseful thriller regarding survival during imprisonment. With some slang, mild profanity, and topics regarding the atrocities of war including rape, torture, and murder, it would not be appropriate for immature readers. This reviewer wishes all pronouns related to God were capitalized for reverence.

In this fictional yarn with a historical background involving the horrific concept of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, thirty-something year old and pregnant Carla Lane anticipates discussing something important with her husband after his piano concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. She never has the chance when a Serbian mafia gang detonates a pipe bomb under their car, killing him and injuring her.

Unable to remember any childhood memories prior to the age of eleven years old, Carla was told as she grew up with her father’s parents in the United States that her parents died in an automobile accident abroad.

Now twenty years later, recurring nightmares have her returning to the same therapist that she went to as a child, hoping to help her deal with her husband’s death. Being sheltered from her buried traumatic past, dreadful reminiscences start to resurface, especially her promise to take care of her brother who was six years younger than her.

After receiving a journal written by her mother, she recalls that her family was sent to a prison run by two vicious Serbs near Sarajevo whose loyalty and secrecy promoted an ethnically “pure” community. Being sent to the rape camp called Devil’s Hill, her mother tried vehemently to protect her daughter from the violent, sadistic men as Carla sheltered her baby brother.

Learning she is one of the last war camp survivors, the young woman makes it her mission to not only locate her parents’ remains and hopefully find her long lost brother alive, she decides to eliminate the two warmongers who have caused her family so much physical abuse and emotional grief.

Although a gruesome, heart-wrenching read of a woman determined to seek answers while planning revenge, Meade’s believable tragic tale of degradation and survival during war based on two families’ feuding shows how humans face their demons years later.

Thanks to Howard Books for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinions.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Meade takes on the age-old questions of good vs. evil 31 août 2014
Par Terry Shaw - Publié sur
Glenn Meade's take on the aftermath of ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia is a powerful, fast-paced book. Meade takes on the age-old questions of good vs. evil, light vs. darkness and whether I would stay up half the night reading vs. getting a good night's sleep on a work night. Well, I was groggy for a few days last week but it was well worth it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Not For the Faint of Heart 21 août 2014
Par Daysong Reflections - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
I will be honest here – if I had paid more attention to the subject matter of this book, I probably would not have agreed to review it. Because I try to fulfill all my commitments, I began to read it. First of all I will say that writing flowed so naturally that it was easy to be drawn into the story. On the other hand, I really wanted to put it down after each chapter but I became so involved in Carla’s story that I had to keep reading. I so did not want to know about the atrocities that took place in Bosnia during that era of horrific ethnic genocide. Current news, especially from the Mideast, indicates that similar carnage is once again taking place (if it has ever stopped). My tendency is to want to bury my head in the sand and live in denial of all evil but of course that is impossible.

The main focus of “The Last Witness” is Carla Lane, one of the only survivors of one of the Serbian death camps twenty years earlier. After the death of her husband, Carla’s repressed memories of that time of her life return and she vows to find out what happened to her parents and brother and to make sure that the men responsible for so many deaths are punished. The plot moves along at a steady pace with details from the past filled in by entries from a journal written by her mother that survived with Carla. The story takes a few twists along the way with at least one major surprise in store.

“The Last Witness” is not an easy book to read. It contains some fairly graphic details that demonstrate the utter depths of depravity men can reach. The fact that the story is based on true historic events makes it that much more difficult to stomach. This novel is very well written with a powerful message but it is not for the faint of heart. I am sure the images in my mind will be with me for awhile.

This book was provided for review by Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Mystery Adventure Thriller Spanning Twenty Years 19 août 2014
Par VicG - Publié sur
Glenn Meade in his new book, “The Last Witness” published by Howard Books brings us into the life of Carla Lane.

From the back cover: After a massacre at a Bosnian prison camp, a young girl is found alone, clutching a diary, so traumatized she can’t even speak. Twenty years later, the last witness to the prison guards’ brutal crimes must hunt down those responsible to learn what happened to her family.

Twenty years ago, after the fall of Yugoslavia, the world watched in horror as tens of thousands were killed or imprisoned in work camps during an “ethnic cleansing” in Bosnia. Carla Lane has little knowledge of what went on halfway around the world when she was a child. She is living a near perfect life in New York City, married and soon to have a family of her own. But when her husband is murdered by a group of Serbian war criminals, strange memories start coming back, and she discovers that she underwent extensive therapy as a girl to suppress her memories. She is given her mother’s diary, which unlocks her childhood memories and reveals that she was, along with her parents and young brother, imprisoned in a war camp outside Sarajevo.

As her memories come back, it becomes clear that she is the last witness to a brutal massacre in the prison and that her brother may still be alive. She sets out to find her brother, but first she must hunt down the war criminals responsible for destroying her life. But these killers will stop at nothing to protect their anonymity and their deadly pasts…and are determined to silence the last witness to their crimes.

From the talented storyteller who gave us The Second Messiah, The Last Witness serves up another captivating and nail-biting thriller that will keep you holding your breath right to the end.

The Dictionary defines genocide as, “the deliberate killing of people who belong to a particular racial, political, or cultural group.” The Nazis tried that during World War II and Slobodan Milosevic attempted it in the 1990s. Mass rapes and concentration camps once again appear and it is into this environment that Carla Lane was thrown. She survives but is highly traumatized and twenty years later finds out her brother may still be alive. And the hunt is on. Carla for her brother and the war criminals are hunting her. I love history and Glenn Meade knows how to blend history and fiction together to the point where you don’t know where one ends and the other begins. Mr. Meade tells us that this story was actually told him by a young woman who had returned to Croatia in the hopes that her DNA might match with the bodies found in the mass graves and thus discover her real family. That event led to the writing of “The Last Witness“. Glenn Meade has given us a thriller as he practically puts the life of Carla in danger from page one. Questions upon questions, deceit and betrayal will keep you guessing and flipping pages as fast as you can read. Adventure, action, and mystery all packed inside a high octane, roller coaster ride of excitement. So buckle yourself in and enjoy it. I recommend this book highly.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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