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Who Knew? Spies Read! When an investigative journalist for a powerful news organization disappears from assignment in the Middle East, a sinister-looking man delivers the news to a mystery writer in New York. With escape to Europe and shadowy figures in pursuit, Jamie Litton will learn that his best friend has become more than a missing journalist. Ben Foulof has become a Who Knew? Spies Read! When an investigative journalist for a powerful news organization disappears from assignment in the Middle East, a sinister-looking man delivers the news to a mystery writer in New York. With escape to Europe and shadowy figures in pursuit, Jamie Litton will learn that his best friend has become more than a missing journalist. Ben Foulof has become a spy! Can secret codes, messages hidden in bestsellers keep them both alive? And if so… for how long? For Newest Edition see ISBN13: 9781909087057 (First edition eBook and Print are no longer available from Aventura eBooks Ltd., London, UK)


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Who Knew? Spies Read! When an investigative journalist for a powerful news organization disappears from assignment in the Middle East, a sinister-looking man delivers the news to a mystery writer in New York. With escape to Europe and shadowy figures in pursuit, Jamie Litton will learn that his best friend has become more than a missing journalist. Ben Foulof has become a Who Knew? Spies Read! When an investigative journalist for a powerful news organization disappears from assignment in the Middle East, a sinister-looking man delivers the news to a mystery writer in New York. With escape to Europe and shadowy figures in pursuit, Jamie Litton will learn that his best friend has become more than a missing journalist. Ben Foulof has become a spy! Can secret codes, messages hidden in bestsellers keep them both alive? And if so… for how long? For Newest Edition see ISBN13: 9781909087057 (First edition eBook and Print are no longer available from Aventura eBooks Ltd., London, UK)

35 review for The Promise: Yposchesi (The Apricot Tree House Mystery #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    We all judge books by their covers, but in this case I’m advising you not to do that! The cover design is one my few criticisms of this book and of course this is merely my personal opinion, but I really don’t think it does the book justice at all. The Promise is very well written and easy to read. The story is told largely in the first person from the point of view of Jamie, an author, under pressure to produce his next novel by a deadline and for it to be the miracle that will resurrect his fai We all judge books by their covers, but in this case I’m advising you not to do that! The cover design is one my few criticisms of this book and of course this is merely my personal opinion, but I really don’t think it does the book justice at all. The Promise is very well written and easy to read. The story is told largely in the first person from the point of view of Jamie, an author, under pressure to produce his next novel by a deadline and for it to be the miracle that will resurrect his failing career. It is not merely Jamie’s career that is in near tatters, but his life. It is clear from the outset that Jamie is running – from everything, his deadline, his failures, his loss over the disappearance of Ben. The plot is slowly revealed as the reader get snippets of Jamie’s ongoing struggles to sort out his life - often in a near stream of consciousness approach mixed with excerpts from the book he is trying to write about his friend Ben, on whom he is way too dependent. Jamie describes it as a co-dependency, yet it is clear that Ben is not dependent upon him in any meaningful way. As Ben’s activities are revealed piecemeal through the novel we come to realise that Ben is in fact far more than a journalist and when he goes missing the mystery around him deepens. The mystery in the story is not really just about Ben’s whereabouts or whether he is still alive; it is about why Jamie is running and how his life has become such a disaster. This is where the theme of broken promises enters - promises to parents, agents and more pertinently between Jamie and Adela (his love interest). These along with Ben’s broken promises and abandonment of his friends are all elements which dominate Jamie’s mind and result in and compound his own personal failure to fulfil his potential. Jamie is the instrument of his own destruction and spends a great deal of time blaming others for his failings. The ultimate resolution of the novel will be whether he turns his life around, stops living in the past, and whether he finds Ben. Early on in the novel, the writing seemed a little too much of a travelogue for me, and less mystery, but it was none the less very enjoyable. (At this point I did wonder if the story was losing its way a little, but in hindsight that was not the case – though maybe this section could have been tightened up a bit.) The random nature of his thoughts and his need to keep moving across Europe both reflected Jamie’s state of mind and desperation very well. Kopman-Owens’ bio states that she has lived and worked in thirtyfive countries and it seems she really does understand the cultural nuances of the countries she focusses on and the descriptions / writing is both detailed and flawlessly fluid as she writes Jamie’s travels; the result is that the whole thing seems real and is easy to visualize. This in itself made this an enjoyable read. (view spoiler)[I would have liked one final scene between Jaime and Ben and to have heard what was said. (hide spoiler)] There is a lot going on in this novel and to intersperse Jamie’s stream of consciousness with bits of his writing and flashbacks to his past, and the occasional switch of point of view to Adela is no easy task in terms of writing and Kopman-Owens handles this with aplomb. I had absolutely no trouble following what was going on and she kept my interest all the way through. She has constructed a complex character with Jamie, one you don’t always like (once or twice I wanted to knock some sense into him) and ultimately gives us great insight into his psyche. Part of the way through, I thought of giving this a 3.5 star rating, yet I found myself surprised at how much I had enjoyed this and in analysing how all the diverse elements of Kopman-Owens’ plot had come together really very well - I've given it four stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dina

    If you like thrills and intrigue, action, and heroes that stop them – this is for you!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    If you've ever walked in London or Paris, you will love this book, but if you haven't, you will still love this book because it will take you there. It's great to lose yourself in a story, and this book captured my interest from the first page. Vivid descriptions make the characters and their lives seem real, and in no time, I was becoming attached to them and eager to know what would happen next. I was drawn to their story of love, loyalty and willingness to accept the unexpected risk that accom If you've ever walked in London or Paris, you will love this book, but if you haven't, you will still love this book because it will take you there. It's great to lose yourself in a story, and this book captured my interest from the first page. Vivid descriptions make the characters and their lives seem real, and in no time, I was becoming attached to them and eager to know what would happen next. I was drawn to their story of love, loyalty and willingness to accept the unexpected risk that accompanied following their hearts. The bonus was that sharing their paths brought back happy memories of my time in Paris, and evoked longing to see new places, like Corfu. I raced through the first book, and immediately ordered the next, happily discovering that the entire series was in e-format, so I didn't have to wait days for the next one to be shipped. I only had to wait for a block of uninterrupted time, as I found I couldn't put the next book down until I'd finished it. This was a great find, and I highly recommend it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This book is fantastic!! The author has artfully crafted the mystery to grab you as you 'enter' the story. Each turn of the page the draws the reader in as the mystery builds and the characters become more fascinating. Having recently finished a University program, I've been a bit book-weary. So as I packed for a trip with a very long flight and a friend suggested this book for some distraction, I was reticent but obliged. OH I"m so glad I did!! I was completely hooked from the first page! It's a f This book is fantastic!! The author has artfully crafted the mystery to grab you as you 'enter' the story. Each turn of the page the draws the reader in as the mystery builds and the characters become more fascinating. Having recently finished a University program, I've been a bit book-weary. So as I packed for a trip with a very long flight and a friend suggested this book for some distraction, I was reticent but obliged. OH I"m so glad I did!! I was completely hooked from the first page! It's a fast read and I am totally invested in the series, now getting into the second book. I would highly recommend this book and the series! A must read, so much fun!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Haseltine

  6. 5 out of 5

    David Belt

  7. 4 out of 5

    Peggy Kopman-Owens

  8. 4 out of 5

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  9. 5 out of 5

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  10. 5 out of 5

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Micki Levin

  12. 5 out of 5

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  13. 5 out of 5

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Rick-Founder JM CM BOOK CLUB

  18. 4 out of 5

    June

  19. 5 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Lowe

  21. 5 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

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  35. 5 out of 5

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