Wednesday, January 24, 2018

End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences Book Review

End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences

Book Review

End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences (Antarctic Murders, #3)End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences by Theodore Jerome Cohen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finally! The readers knew, the eventual hero knew, and it seemed obvious, but Munoz just was getting away with murder (literally) and robbery. This book seemed to be a fast read when it was so interesting as it builds and builds to the surprising end.

As an engineer, I appreciate the writing style of Theodore Jerome Cohen who always includes scientific and engineering information along with a mystery thriller! When reading, it makes sense and adds validity to the story to have details such as:

" . . . had replaced the center old CDC 1604 computer with a new Computer Data Corporation CDC 3000 computer."

A computer with core memory! Imagine that.

The reader will have a chance to translate some Spanish, French, and using knowledge of music literature as the plot thickens.

Fun and engaging read.

View all my reviews End Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic ConsequencesEnd Game: Irrational Acts, Tragic Consequences by Theodore Jerome Cohen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Immediately after finishing book 2 in this trilogy I had to read this title, book 3, End Game. I read it straight through and couldn't put it down. I was anxious to find out not "who done it" but how he (Munoz) might eventually get caught in this game of cat and mouse. There were no shreds of hard evidence at the end of book 2 although the reader learns what happened and how he got away with it all -- while still being held in high regard.

What a clever, smart villain people trust (Munoz)! Until the very end the story will keep you wondering how it can resolve and who might be hurt. Along the way, he does some very good deeds that are not very public so this was not for helping his cover-up. Of course, Munoz learned from the very best, his father -- unfortunately.

Included in the text are Spanish phrases and sentences which are fun to decipher if you have taken Spanish classes. There is some French, too. Anyone who was in orchestra or music classes at some time will start to remember their music literature as symphonies feature prominently in the plot. Oh, really, yes, and also so many "engineering/scientific" details to warm the hearts of those see the world that way such as:
"Candia, a man in his mid-40s, had grown up with the mainframe computer industry. He cut his teeth on the old IBM systems that used drum memories. He was still punching cards in the mid-1960s . . ."

You knew all those high school and college classes would come in handy someday!

Don't miss the ever outstanding Epilogues at the end of the Theodore Jerome Cohen books as it helps put everything about a book (or trilogy) in perspective and gives a glimpse into the future for the characters (Mr. Bernard Madoff, a New York-based stockbroker and investment adviser, is mentioned in this section). I love this component of the stories!

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