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Permanent Interests (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

James Bruno

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"Readers of Silva, Forsyth and Ludlum will enjoy this taut political thriller in which corrupt White House officials sell out to the American and Russian mobs to re-elect a weak President Corgan at all costs. American ambassadors and Russian spies who get in the way are killed. Diplomat Bob Innes falls into this conspiracy of political intrigue and murder and becomes the target of hired assassins and Russian mafia hitmen. He and Lydia, a beautiful Russian escort to powerful men, work with the FBI to bring down the President's men and the Russian mob's Godfather. Al Malandrino, a colorful New York mob boss, becomes their unexpected ally. PERMANENT INTERESTS authentically captures political intrigue, greed and treachery in the highest levels of government. And it all comes crashing down in face of relentless pursuit of the truth by the system's would-be victims."

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Corrupt White House officials sell out to the American and Russian mobs to re-elect a weak President Corgan at all costs. American ambassadors and Russian KGB officers who get in the way are killed. Diplomat Bob Innes stumbles into this conspiracy of political intrigue and murder. He and a young aide, Colleen McCoy, become the targets of hired assassins and Russian mafia hitmen. On the run, they seek to expose the cover-ups. And they fall in love. With Lydia, a beautiful Russian escort to powerful men, they work with the FBI to bring down the President's men and the Russian mob's Godfather. Al Malandrino, a colorful New York mob boss, becomes their unexpected ally. The story climaxes with a plot to assassinate a popular presidential rival known as the "Cajun Kennedy." PERMANENT INTERESTS authentically captures political intrigue, greed and treachery in the highest levels of government. And it all comes crashing down in face of relentless pursuit of the truth by the system's would-be victims.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Permanently Entertaining! 4. Januar 2007
Von Paul Berg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Permanently Entertaining! The most frightening thing about this can't-put-it-down page-turner is that a lot of it could be true! It's about a Faustian pact between a corrupt White House and organized crime. Italian mafiosi get worn down by the up-and-coming Russian mob; American ambassadors are assassinated; a compromised NSC chief goes crazy. And it turns out from his bio that author James Bruno himself is steeped in both milieus: the State-Pentagon-CIA permanent bureaucracy of nerds and buck passers as well as the New York Italian-American hangouts where men in sleek suits pass money from palm to palm with no need to even whisper omerta. History shows, and you've gotta figure there's still some overlap in these two equally hardball worlds of American power, and sure enough, here are the denizens, backstabbing, blackmailing and scheming against each other and through it all extracting more and more blood.

The Washington scenes are totally convincing, as mediocrities and the terminally pompous meet and meet and decide nothing except to continue their pointless meetings, the stultifying "interagency process." The New York scenes, with the Italian mob painfully coming to grips with the competitive ruthlessness of the Afghan War-trained Russians, are unbeatable ("You lose because you become soft, like rest of American society...Now mafia exists only in movies. This will not happen to us.") So much mafia fiction these days reads like twice reheated Mario Puzo or worse; who can believe a word of the dialogue? This one is different ("We got Beaver Cleaver working at Gangsters R Us. He'll get in the way.") When the Italians and the Russians meet at "Pironi's," a classic New York Little Italy joint, every word and every action is plausible; you come away feeling you've been there, maybe you even want some of that tiramisu the wiseguys hog down as they bluff out their respective turfs.

Then the good guys, including an ex-Marine who hires on as security for the mafia don, and a beautiful Russian escort to powerful men confront forces apparently too strong to resist: the U.S. Government plus two, make that three, rival mobs. But then...read the book. I guarantee you will finish with that eerie feeling of roman a clef; you may never again be able to watch Washington bigshots on Sunday morning talk shows without feeling they are all on the take, or worse.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Just didn't get it. 26. Februar 2011
Von tom4416 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I almost never put a book down without finishing it, no matter how bad it might be but I made an exception here. I read 20% of the book and other than some poorly written murder scenes, absolutely nothing was happening and the story had yet to touch on the supposed plot as described on the jacket. Probably the most ponderous 100 pages of text I've read in a long time. Shallow characters, no real protagonist identified other than the generic "mafia" of various countries. I really wanted to like this book as it had been recommended by one of my favorite authors, J.A. Konrath, and I thought for sure it would be a home run instead of a DNF. I've really got to start learning to download the free samples for Kindle books before rushing into just purchasing them.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen the best part was the price 19. Februar 2011
Von Robert Arning - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've gotten about half way through and I don't think I'll continue. Cardboard characters, cheesy dialog and a low thrill level. Oh, well.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen ESPIONAGE AND SUSPENSE IN A CONTEMPORARY SETTING 9. September 2013
Von Adam James - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Permanent Interests is a startling account of espionage and suspense in a contemporary setting. Twenty-five years ago, the Red Army withdrew from Afghanistan and Mikhail Gorbachev became president of the USSR. The world had begun to tilt. Before the end of 1989, the Berlin Wall had fallen, the USSR had crumbled into dust and the poles of worldwide, geo-political reality had flipped. Everything changed. There was a new game in town. To what extent and in what way was not apparent at the time. Now it's 2013, and we're finding out. Fortunately, we have James Bruno to explain everything. Case you haven't noticed, the entire world has turned inside-out.

In this changing world, adaptation, learning and growth are the keys to survival. That this edict equally applies to forces from the darkside, along with the rest of us, should come as no surprise. In Permanent Interests, James Bruno lays it out for everyone to see. I'm amazed this novel ever saw the light of day. More astounding is that Bruno has followed up with two more blockbusters: Tribe (Jul 16, 2011) and Havana Queen (Apr 25, 2013). His first novel, Chasm (Feb 6, 2007), I've totally overlooked. He claims all this is just fiction, but it certainly comes across with a ring of truth that bites harder than, Bubbie, my old Rottweiler.

Blast straight through all of Bruno's masterpieces. Do it before they're pulled off the shelf and buried at sea somewhere. I found Bruno's characters fascinating and alive. His scenes are vivid and quite often chilling. In Chapter Nine of Permanent Interests, the visit to Pironi's Restaurante outdoes the scene in Goodfellas, where the camera follows Ray Liotta around as he introduces various Wiseguys, like Nicky Eyes and Jimmie Two Times. [...] In the background, you can hear Mina Mazzini singing Il Cielo In Una Stanza (The World We Love In), a song so beautiful it nearly rips the heart out from your chest. [...] Bruno tops all this, while dropping an occasional one-liner on you funny enough to make you laugh out loud. But, trust me, Permanent Interest is no comedy. Suspense builds and bullets fly all the way to the book's heart-pounding conclusion.

It has been my pleasure to discover the fascinating world of James Bruno. Those having read my past reviews will find this is my longest to date--and for good reason. If you're a fan of Allan Furst, Philip Kerr, Olen Seinhauer or David Ignatius--as I am--then you'll also want your spezzatino di manzo served with a healthy portion of realism--just like in James Bruno's stories.

Abbondanza! And good reading. Permanent Interests
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A political thriller with an underlying ring of truth. 17. Mai 2015
Von Charles A. Ray - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When the American ambassador to Italy, a bungling political appointee with a dubious personal reputation, is brutally murdered in Rome, the Washington bureaucracy is quick to label it a politically-motivated terrorist killing. But, mid-level diplomat Bob Innes, who is thrust into the middle of the mess, thinks it’s a different thing altogether, and in his efforts to prove his thesis, finds himself targeted by bureaucrats attempting to cover up malfeasance, and the Russian mob.
Permanent Interests by best-selling author James Bruno is a compelling story of bureaucracy at its worst, the back-room deals that make Washington the quagmire it is, and how crime and political greed intersect. Underlying non-stop, graphic action there is also a story of human dignity, decency, and love, in a story that will keep you reading from page one.
While I found the description of the Marine Security Guards who stand watch at our embassies a bit off—the commander of the Marine guards is usually a senior sergeant, not a major as Bruno depicts in his story—the story pins the tail very accurately on the bureaucrats in Washington and elsewhere who are often more concerned with their next promotion than in actually doing something useful. Bruno writes about these things with credibility and a ring of authenticity. Sure, it’s fiction. After all, it is a political thriller. But, take it from someone who has worked there, it’s not all that far from the truth.
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