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Ben Brice lives alone in the New Mexico wilderness where he battles memories of Vietnam with oceans of Jim Beam. Miles away in Texas, his estranged son, John, an Internet geek-turned-billionaire, half watches his daughter Gracie's soccer game while conducting business on his cell phone. When her mother Elizabeth arrives, the coach reports that her uncle has already collected Gracie. But Gracie has no uncle-she was kidnapped. From international best-selling author Mark Gimenez comes a terrifying thriller in which dark family secrets make the finding of ten-year-old Gracie Brice more uncertain with every passing minute. And so begins a furious race against time to save Gracie from unknown kidnappers. With the FBI camped out in the Brice mansion, the family offers a reward of $25 million. Somehow, Ben and John Brice must find Gracie before it is too late. As the story unfolds with riveting twists and turns, the reader discovers that behind the kidnapping is an extraordinary government plot that could change the course of American history. And time is running out....
Mark Gimenez is the best-selling author of The Color of Law . Raised in Galveston County, Texas, he attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and earned a B.A. in Political Science with honors. He then attended Notre Dame Law School in Indiana and earned a J.D. degree magna cum laude. He practiced law with a large Dallas law firm and became a partner. After ten years, Mark left to practice solo and to write. He currently lives outside Fort Worth with his wife and two sons.
In a departure from the legal-thriller framework of his successful debut, The Color of Money (2005), Gimenez goes for straight-out suspense in this fast-moving story of kidnap and retribution. When 10-year-old Gracie Brice is abducted, her tough, high-powered attorney mom doesn't hesitate she immediately offers a reward of $25 million for Gracie's safe return. The money, coupled with the dramatic circumstances, brings out the paparazzi in droves. Gracie's dad, John, a high-tech geek who is about to become a billionaire following the sale of his company, melts under the pressure. But Gracie's grandfather, Ben, a highly decorated war vet, puts together a plan based on his instincts and a lone, credible tip phoned in among hundreds of bogus calls. The technogeek teams up with his battle-scarred dad, who has long handled his traumatic war experiences by drinking heavily, to bring Gracie home. Although there are implausible elements, including Gracie's irritatingly precocious manner, they all fade away once the pulse-pounding narrative kicks in. Gimenez's rage toward the media and bureaucracy only adds to the entertainment value.--Wilkinson, Joanne Copyright 2007 Booklist
Library Journal Review
John R. Brice should be on top of the world: he's brilliant, has a beautiful family, and his company's about to go public, which will make him a multimillionaire. But when his ten-year-old daughter is kidnapped, which exposes fractures in the Brice family, John would give it all up in a heartbeat to get her back. More than just a kidnap-for-ransom, though, Gracie's abduction is part of a plot that threatens the White House. When the FBI and local law enforcement close the case, it's John's father, Ben, a Vietnam vet, who helps the Brice family unravel the long-held secrets that hold the key to Gracie's return. In his dynamic follow-up to The Color of Law, Gimenez has written a startling, multilayered thriller in which complex characters and a fast-moving plot grab the reader immediately. Smart dialog and a spunky Gracie, who never loses her cool, make for a memorable read that twists and turns until the final, cinematic conclusion. Highly recommended for all public libraries.-Amy Brozio-Andrews, Albany P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.