(PRWEB) March 27, 2012
John H. Manhold, a 92-year old author and finalist in the INDIE Excellence Book Awards has penned a thriller with a chilling Al-Qaida twist. The Coin is an exciting quest for an ancient Persian artifact that plays out on an international stage and parallels the true life story of the author-adventurer himself.
“I have always loved adventure, travel, and exploring other cultures,” says Manhold, “and I have been fortunate to have spent a great deal of time in the Middle East and have really absorbed the Muslim culture which forms the core of my novel.”
Manhold is a true Renaissance man. A sculptor, competitive golfer, gun aficionado, international traveler, former (military) officer, and pathologist, Manhold has experienced the places and events he writes about, especially the inner working of the Muslim characters. This is an author who truly writes what he knows and the result is an action-filled novel that will appeal to both men and women whether they are reading it on the beach or in an airplane crossing the continent.
The Coin is a thrill-a-page quest for a rare ancient coin. Filled with twists and turns across an international landscape, lovers of well-plotted fiction with well rounded characters, fast-paced dialogue, and exotic locations will find that this new novel truly fulfills its promise of a ‘great read’.
With an unforgettable cast, readers will be drawn into the twist-filled story and will meet unforgettable characters like Jassy the beautiful, wealthy and provocative wife of multi-millionaire collector James Weston whose parties are known for their surprise endings – including murder. There’s the handsome Cy Lane, former attorney turned elite private investigator. Lane is part guerrilla warrior and part cat burglar, and as every woman who meets him will attest – he’s all man and hired to find a three thousand year old coin first struck to commemorate the rule of a mighty Persian king. Finally, there’s the exotic and mysterious Natasha Drobanovich whose charms tempt our hero into bedrooms from New York to Paris unwilling to let him out of her sight or out of her arms. But is it the man she longs for or the million dollar antiquity?
The story plays out on a breathtaking international stage as Lane chases intricate and deadly dangerous clues from New York, Paris, Andora, Spain, Morocco and Mexico. Yet every time Lane gets close to the coin his mission is undermined by a vast cast of menacing characters a shadowy middle easterner, a rabidly anti-Muslim bishop's acolyte, members of the Mafia, the CIA, and finally the U. S. Attorney-General.
Who will live and who will die? Who will love and who will lose? And will the coin be found or will it remain hidden for another three thousand years? The last chapter will reveal all.
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