Diamonds and Cole
Diamonds and Cole: An emotional pile-driver, that takes you from the windy streets of Chicago to the California heat.
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.
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. https://www.facebook.com/michaelmaxwellbooks
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For years I had been reading Fiction both for personal enjoyment and also for research. Thus each time I pick up a fiction, I have the above two, and then a third (review) purpose in mind. Fortunately, the book came to me just before I traveled to a totally isolated camp-site where I was teaching, and thus I had plenty of distraction-free time at hand to read the book in a leisurely manner.
The author picks the theme of genuine love and weaves a story around how love can put a person in unbelievable situations and how such persons try to go to any length for the sake of their love. The theme looks very simple, but it becomes complex when human ego, misunderstandings, and every-day circumstances add unexpected components to the recipe. The question now is, would circumstances, misunderstandings, human ego, and human frailities quench love or would people find a way to sustain love by rising above these factors. The story therefore becomes one filled with complex questions.
The author has woven it all in a very expert manner so that the reader does not lose the thread and each moment wishes to know what would happen next. There is no obvious answer to that question, and this makes the story absorbing and interesting.
The novel comes to an unexpected and unbelievable conclusion, but that conclusion is greatly satisfying to the reader. It also conforms to the moral expectations of those who want this society to be a good place. As always, I will not give away either the story of the end of it so as not to reduce the charm of reading it.
I can summarize my review only by saying that this turned out to be a superb novel and that I strongly recommend it to everyone.
A tale of regret and coming to terms with it told in a very well-put-together way.
Cole Sage is a newspaper hack working for the Chicago Sentinel, having worked his way down from a top-flight award-winning career with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine. The fire had gone. Then the love of his life, the woman he let slip away, contacts him asking for help. And so his path back to caring begins.
The story encompasses diamond smuggling, money laundering, horrible husbands, sincere cops and eager journalists, the forgotten residents of nursing homes and a crook with a good heart. Beginning with what Cole believes is the simple matter of making sure his ex-love is cared for while she succumbs to a terminal illness, he soon finds himself on the receiving end of threats and a beating.
Maxwell knows how to keep his readers interested, unfolding the story evenly without any dips. I liked his fleshing out of the secondary characters as well as the primary with, among other things, natural dialogue. Combined with a fluent use of language and good plotline it made for a well-rounded story. One I enjoyed.
This is the first book in the Cole Sage series.