Saturday, January 24, 2015

Review - Diamonds and Cole: A Cole Sage Mystery #1 by Michael Maxwell

Diamond & Cole is book one of A Cole Sage Mystery series. It has everything, love lost, a mystery, romance, danger, faith and some violence. I loved it and will read more from t his author. I love the way he wove his struggle with faith into the story. His descriptions and characters were realistic.
As many have complained, there is a lot of description, but it was very well-written, and it was a little slow starting, but as I turned each page, it became more and more interesting. In my opinion I believe the story should have started on Chapter Two with chapter one woven into it. That's the only reason I didn't give it a 5.

About the Author

Micheal Maxwell was taught the beauty and majesty of the English language by Bob Dylan, Robertson Davies, Charles Dickens and Leonard Cohen. Mr. Maxwell has traveled the globe, dined with politicians, rock stars and beggars. He has rubbed shoulders with priests and murderers, surgeons and drug dealers, each one giving him a part of themselves that will live again in the pages of his books. The Cole Sage series brings to life a new kind of hero. Short on vices, long on compassion and dedication to a strong sense of making things right. As a journalist he writes with conviction and purpose. As a friend he is not afraid to bend the law a bit to help and protect those he loves. Micheal Maxwell writes from a life of love, music, film, and literature. He lives in California with his lovely wife and travel partner Janet.

Blurb

Cole Sage, a once brilliant journalist, has just about reached rock bottom. Haunted by the longing for the woman he lost, Cole is jarred to a crossroads when a hostage negotiator is killed in front of him. Later, Cole is stunned to receive a one line cry for help from his one great love. Face to face with his past, and an uncertain future he tries to find her estranged daughter. 

The path to keeping his word is blocked at every turn by the husband who abandoned her, his shady real estate deals, violent con men, street thugs and the lure of a fortune in diamonds that unite them. The anger, sorrow, and crippling guilt of twenty years fires Cole's drive to keep a promise, that in the end, will heal and return the soul to the great journalist. 

Beaten, bloody but determined, Cole Sage conquers greed and hatred with a strength that only love and a will as hard as diamond can achieve. 

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