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The Watchman of Ephraim (Cris De Niro #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  92 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Cris De Niro worked his way up to the top of the hedge fund world. Yet all of his money couldn't protect him from losing his wife on 9/11. 10 years have passed since the tragedy.

Turning to his faith, De Niro now lives for a higher purpose. He acquires a lackluster counter-terrorism agency, in order to transform it into The Watchman for the United States, but there's not a
ebook, Book Club Edition, 290 pages
Published January 21st 2011 by JarRyJorNo Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mar 05, 2012 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A billionaire ex hedge fund manager and patriot, Cris DeNiro, buys a private counter-terrorism consulting firm. He changes the name of the firm from Liberty Defense Contractors to The Watchman Agency. He installs his brother in law and formerly Commanding Officer of the Naval Special Warfare Center as the agency's President. Add a cabal of Iranian terrorists with ugly plans for the U.S. of A. and you have a great plot. I liked this one.

Gerard is one of my Goodreads friends. If you haven't tried
Jan 10, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book very much! It was very difficult to put down once I got started. As soon as I finished this book, I dove quickly into book 2 just to continue the story - it is equally as difficult to stop reading for any amount of time. Gerard's books are certainly up to par with the great fictional bestsellers that line my bookshelves.
Apr 14, 2011 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: The Watchman Of Ephraim
Author: Gerard
Reviewed by Fran Lewis

Ash, cinders, smoke and fog filled the air, blinded the vision and burned the hands, faces and bodies of many as the two planes minutes apart crashed into the Twin Towers forever changing the skyline of our magnificent city and leaving in its wake a carnage that would forever be embedded in the mind, hearts and soul of every American. Air permeating with a foul and burnt smell that would remain as a lingering perfume that would h
Wynter Adelle
Sep 05, 2011 Wynter Adelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book begins on the morning of 9/11/01, and we follow Cris De Niro’s story through losing his wife, dealing with single fatherhood, and the ways in which the man attempts to save other families from having to deal with what he went through.
In the beginning it started out a little slow for me. There was a lot of catching up to do, as far as De Niro and his relationships were concerned. Eventually, however, the book picked up the pace considerably. The incredibly wealthy De Niro funds the forma
Aug 09, 2011 cyberbookworm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This day next month it will be exactly 10 years since the horrific act of terrorism that was 9/11 in New York city. I am sure that everyone can remember that fateful day as if it was yesterday, they will know exactly where they were when the biggest act of cowardice, deemed terrorism, was afforded on the west leading to the death of over 3000 innocent people. All for the selfish cause of the few. Their deaths will not be forgotten nor will the heroes that emerged from the aftermath.
This is where
Source: Received from author. Many thanks goes to Gerard de Marigny for sending me a copy of his book for review. I received a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 3.5/5

Cris de Niro had everything. A beautiful wife, two young sons, with a third child on the way. Then, in one moment, tragedy struck, and the world would never be the same again. When the towers fell, taking the life of his wife, Lisa, and their unborn child, Cris was left bereft, lost in a s
Sep 11, 2011 ѦѺ™ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The prophet, along with my God, is the watchman over Ephraim, yet snares await him on all his paths, and hostility in the house of his God. - New International Version (©1984)

Cristiano Stephen De Niro lost his wife Lisa on September 11, 2001 when a plane hit Tower One. after the tragedy, he relocates to Nevada with his sons. inspired by a passage from the Christian Bible, he acquires a counter-terrorism agency. ten years later, evil is afoot once more when Aref Sami Zamani partners with a Mexica
Toni Osborne
Apr 09, 2012 Toni Osborne rated it it was amazing
Book 1, in the Cris de Niro series

The "Watchman of Ephraim " is a sparkling debut novel by author Gerard de Marigny, a great geopolitical thriller which intricately weaves current events into an exciting story of international espionage.

The story opens with Cris De Niro, the main protagonist, a successful hedge fund entrepreneur on his way to meet his wife at the World trade Center on 9/11/01 when disaster strikes the twin towers killing her and their unborn son. Many years after the terrible tr
Kate's Reads
Jan 15, 2012 Kate's Reads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Watchman of Ephraim" - Book 1 of the Cris De Niro series by Gerard de Marigny is a timely thriller that will keep you thinking long after the last page.

Cris De Niro lost his wife, Lisa, on 9/11 in Tower 1 of the World Trade Center, even as he raced up the tower stairs to rescue her. Devastated and left to raise his two young sons alone, he moves to Las Vegas for a fresh start. A billionaire hedge fund operator he invests his money in starting a civilian counter-terrorism agency to ensure th
Aug 04, 2014 Ronna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This is the first is a series of action adventure books about a group called The Watchman Of Ephraim based on a Bible verse that describes those who watch over the land. Cris De Niro was a high powered head of a major hedge fund until he lost his wife and unborn son in the attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11. It was after this event that he bought a group of experts together to create a super counter-terrorism agency.

Their first encounter involves a planned nuke attack over Las Vegas. Iranians, Me
Larry Sheridan
Aug 31, 2011 Larry Sheridan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent debut novel with all the potential to be a long series filled with action, adventure and yes, I'm sorry to say, a bit of romance thrown in there too! I really enjoyed getting to know the various characters in the novel and am looking forward to see how each person develops as well. A fast paced read that was a blast to go through. The story line is one I will not be surprised to see turned into a film at some point in time. Thanks Gerard for a good time!
Unrealistic, amateurish and written on a 6th grade level.
Rick Fisher
Excellent novel. Very impressed with the character development. Highly recommend to all GR friends.
This was written by a friend of ours who lives here in Henderson. He was kind enough to share a copy of the book with us. I wish him lots of success!
Sep 11, 2011 Carrie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Looks interesting, thanks for the win!! I won this on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I'll be looking for it in my mailbox!
Sep 01, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed The Watchman of Ephraim, and with the tenth anniversary of 9/11 coming soon, this novel is certainly a testament to those who lost their lives in one of the most horrific terrorist acts to take place on American soil. The Watchman begins ten years earlier when Cris De Niro is in New York City to surprise his wife who is pregnant with their third child. Coming to the realization of how important his family is to him, he buys her flowers and is on his way to the 104th floor when t ...more
S.M. Carrière
Jan 26, 2011 S.M. Carrière rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I start this review, it's important to note, in the spirit of full disclosure, that I know and am friends with the author. Despite this fact, I promise you none of the claims made herein are in any way exaggerated.

This was a great read.

To be sure, there were some things that I didn't like so much. Mr. de Marigny makes no apologies for either his faith or his political orientation - and nor should he! However, as an extremely liberal cynical agnostic myself, some views expressed by the her
Nov 21, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general
September 11, 2001 changed the lives of thousands of families forever, as well as a nation. Cris De Niro witnesses the death of his wife and unborn child as World Center tower they are in collapses. Cris survives because a firefighter reminds him that he can't save his wife and unborn child, but he can save himself for their other two children. This billionaire then devotes his life to protecting his family and country from additional terrorist acts.

"The Watchman of Ephraim" by Gerard de Marigny
This is a debut novel that is written as if he has been a published author for a number of years. If you didn't know, you wouldn't be able to guess either. This is one of the best political suspense thrillers I have read in a while.

The first couple of chapters are hard to read as someone that distinctly remembers 9/11 and knew people both in NYC and DC on the day of the attack. But after those intro chapters, which really are necessary to the story. The rest of the story takes place 10 years lat
Sharon Martin
Nov 06, 2011 Sharon Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A successful hedge fund entrepreneur is on his way to meet his wife, who is pregnant, at the twin towers. Disaster strikes as two planes crash into the towers killing his wife and unborn child. He makes the decision that this can never happen again and decides to recruit the elite from the marines, secret services and government to set up an independent agency to ensure the terrorists never succeed again.

Whilst setting up the agency, an Iranian businessman along with a Mexican drug cartel infilt
John Gastgaber
Sep 11, 2014 John Gastgaber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Watchman of Ephraim" (Cris De Niro #1) by Gerard de Marigny

With today being the 13th Anniversary of 9/11, and having read the description of de Marigny's 1st book, "The Watchman of Ephraim", being based on his protagonist's actions & reactions to his own personal loss on 9/11, something inside of me told me I Had to read this book today. I actually started it yesterday, with intentions of reading the bulk of it, along with finishing it on this day, a Tragic reminder to Every American
Joy E. Rancatore
Mar 07, 2012 Joy E. Rancatore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gerard de Marigny carries his readers along in a religious thriller set around the decade-long fallout of the terror of 9/11. The Watchman of Ephraim examines the life of one man in particular, Cris De Niro, and the lives of all those close to him as they search for meaning in a world deprived of a loved one. De Niro, an extraordinarily wealthy man, finds a purpose and a direction for his overflowing passion for the wife and unborn child he lost in the first Tower. He puts all his financial reso ...more
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Mar 02, 2012 Zohar - rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
The Watchman of Ephraim by Gerard de Marigny is a fictional book taking place a decade after 9/11. The book takes place in all over the United States.

Cris De Nero’s pregnant wife died in the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. Ten years later, still recovering from the shock of losing his wife, Cris creates The Watchman.
The Watchman are a private organization, funded by Cris, a self made millionaire.

The organization which is made out of ex military, uses high-tech equipment and knowledgeable human re
Aug 11, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a long time fan of Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn, I was hesitant upon picking up a new series that I had only heard about via Goodreads. I was worried that my bar was raised too high, and that I would only be disappointed when the hero didn't match up to the likes of Jack Ryan, John Clark, and Mitch Rapp.

Well, having finished the first book of the Archangel series has put my fears to rest. Not only is Cris de Niro every bit the hero I was hoping for, he is also a modern version of one that we
Jeannie Walker
Jul 11, 2011 Jeannie Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like love stories that are also packed with thrilling action …then, this is a book you will like. It moves along nicely, and keeps you entertained all the way through.
Chris lost his beloved wife on 9/11, but he prevailed and made a new life for himself and his two sons. His heart never left the towers that day … I don’t think any of us will ever forget what happened and how it happened. I can only pray that something that horrendous never happens again.
This novel has current events none
Wendy Hines
Jan 16, 2012 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christian 'Cris' Stephen De Niro lost his wife in the terrorists attacks on 9/11. Since, he has been raising their boys alone. He's a billionaire and one of the most respected businessmen in the world, so when he called his brother-law Ricci, ex-SEALS, to help him head up an anti-terrorism consulting firm, he knew he wouldn't say no.

De Niro and his newly assembled team work quickly to turn their newly acquired ground zero building into The Watchman for the United States. However, when they begi
Jan 09, 2012 Monnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a trend I've seen more and more over the last half-dozen years or so - I suppose because publishing companies are cutting their editorial staffs to the bone - but it bothers me enormously to feel the need to get out my editor's red pencil to correct grammar and punctuation mistakes in "professionally" produced books. Unfortunately, my appreciation of this otherwise enjoyable book was marred by the sheer number of them, from incorrect words (it's "short-sighted," not "short-sided," "you're," ...more
Rosemary Cantrell
Jan 25, 2016 Rosemary Cantrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like good characters in a book, and this one delivers on that count. The main character is likeable, a good husband and father, with a sense of morality in life. However, with his wife having died on 9/11, he uses his money to build a security business that works with the government, but also on its own. He steps in to right the wrongs when the government fails to do so. The fact that he is willing to cross certain lines to do so helps to make the character more interesting - even moral charac ...more
Ronnie Dauber
Feb 25, 2011 Ronnie Dauber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this book because it touched on all the emotions that held my interest without losing the emphasis of the story. The first chapter was dynamic and drew me into the book right away, however, there were a few instances where I thought simple conversations or meetings could have been said with less words. As needed as these instances are, too many idle words steal from the anxiousness of the story. Nevertheless, the author was able to continually draw the reader back into the pace ...more
Lynda Coker
Aug 16, 2012 Lynda Coker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One wonders how they would respond, reason, or survive a crisis as horrendous as described in The Watchman of Ephraim. Through author Gerard de Marigny's considerable writing skills, we get to experience such a thing through one man, Cris De Niro. The emotions are intense and raw. If you get to page 17, you'll not be able to put this book aside for long.

This cat and mouse thriller with it's straight, yet curvy plot, explores the threat and violence of terrorism without coloring the pages with un
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