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Gods and Fathers

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Raves for A World I Never Made:
"An outstanding first novel, and a wonderful thriller."

And Blood of My Brother:
“Author James LePore is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in the thriller genre, and Blood of My Brother proves it with a twisting, multifaceted plot that entertains and keeps readers guessing at every turn."
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Story Plant, The (first published December 6th 2011)
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Misty Rayburn
Feb 06, 2012 Misty Rayburn rated it it was amazing
Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney. Any sort of relationship with his son was shattered when his marriage ended badly and his ex-wife turned their son against him. All of this is thrown to the side when two cops arrest his son, who they believe murdered his own girlfriend.

Now Matt is in a battle to clear his son who he believes whole heartedly is innocent. This will require him to quit his job and make enemies of former friends as he finds that everything is interconnected and th
Feb 07, 2012 Inga rated it it was amazing
My review:

Gods and Fathers is a powerful book! It draws you into it and odes not let it go before you have turned the last page. It is well-written, interesting, it is rich on plotting and tells you a disturbing story of a father and a son. James LePore gives you much more than an relationship between a father and a son, he also gives the reader an interesting story of how politics between US and Middle-East and a struggle between orthodox Muslims and progressive Muslims can influence a family.
Jan 06, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of thrillers/suspense
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Disclosure: I received a free eBook ARC from in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis from NetGalley: Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney with more than his share of emotional baggage. His marriage ended disastrously, his ex-wife has pulled their son away from him, and her remarriage to a hugely successful Arab businessman has created complications for Matt on multiple levels. However, his life shifts from troubled to imperiled when two cops - men he's known for a lo
Kim (Bookishly Me)
Jan 21, 2012 Kim (Bookishly Me) rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
This is the first book I read by James LePore, but it defenitely isn't the last book I will read by him.

Gods and Fathers is a well written and developed story and with it's only 260 pages a fast read. Due to the different points of view you get a good look from different sides of the story, but it does not give anything away about the plot of this story. That is the strongest part of this book: not knowing what will come next. It also made me flip page after page just to see what would happen n
Feb 19, 2012 Monie rated it really liked it
Matt Demarco is a successful prosecuting attorney with an ex-wife who married a rich Arab businessman and a son who he can no longer connect with. He has just about given up on mending his relationship with his son when Michael is arrested for the rape and murder of his girlfriend. Matt quits his job and will stop at nothing to prove his son is innocent.

Gods and Fathers is my second LePore book. I love the author's non-stop action in both books. The one thing that prevents this book from being
Feb 06, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing
This is the type of thriller I have been missing. A little dark, but with moral lessons, and great characters, Gods and Fathers will be a suspense/thriller that I think about for quite awhile after I have finished it. I will continue to process what happened in the book and think about the characters. It's a true thriller in that it kept me turning the pages, but it also had me invested in the characters. Mr. LePore has scored a home run with me with Gods and Fathers and found a loyal fan to rea ...more
Dec 23, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
Published by The Story Plant
ISBN-10: 1611880297
ISBN-13: 978-1611880298
At the request of The Story Plant, an ARC EBook Edition was provided, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.

Synopsis (from publisher): Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney with more than his share of emotional baggage. His marriage ended disastrously, his ex-wife has pulled their son away from him, and her remarriage to a hugely successful Arab businessman has created complica
Mar 14, 2012 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Set in New York, Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney. His marriage ended badly and his ex-wife turned his son, Michael, against him. She went on to marry a very successful Arab businessman that complicates Matt’s life even more. They are out of town so Michael, now a graduate student, is staying with him. He thought things were bad when two of his son’s friends stopped by. There was just something off about them.

Later that night life goes out of control when two police officers he
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Police, politics, attorneys, terrorists, ruthless murderers, and money.....lots of money. Put all of these together and you get a complicated, "shady" case of who done it. Had Matt really killed his girlfriend or was he framed?

The characters are intense, wealthy, and quite interesting. They range from police detectives to wealthy attorneys and from spoiled, rich children and wives to house help....some who really shouldn't be trusted. Each character has his or her own unique characterization and
Jan 14, 2012 ILoveBooks rated it really liked it
Matt DeMarco hasn't had the perfect life. His divorced wife took his son with her when she left, leaving him with a nonexistent relationship with his son. He is a successful attorney, but his focus on work leaves much to be desired. It is interesting to watch what happens when someone's life changes so completely overnight-which is exactly what happens to Matt. His son's girlfriend is murdered and his son is the main suspect. Matt must work quickly to prove that his son is not guilty and to unco ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Initial reaction on reading the first few pages - I couldn't wait to keep going! It was one of those books that the minute you have any free time you want to pick it up because you have to know what is going on. I liked that it was fast paced, meaning there was always some action going on, but that the passage of time seemed likely. It didn't all happen in a week but was spread out from January to March.

I liked Matt right from the start, even though he had anger management issues that flared in
Feb 08, 2012 Babs rated it really liked it
Matt has to save his son who has been set up claims he rapped and murdered his girlfriends best friend. Matt's ex-wife has connections to Islamic terrorism through her new husband. With all the espionage and twists the pages will keep turning as you will want to know what happens next or what could happen.

The author does a fantastic job with research and crime scenes. The characters are well believable and the action keeps you on the edge of your seat.

** Note **
I received this book free from S
Lynnette Phillips
Feb 07, 2012 Lynnette Phillips rated it it was amazing
James Le Pore has become one of my favorite authors so I when he gifted me with his newest title I was anxious to delve into another superbly crafted novel. I wasn't disappointed!

Gods and Fathers opens with Matt DeMarco, a Manhattan attorney with the District Attorney's office, bringing his summation before the jury in his first murder trial to a brilliant conclusion. Sixteen years later Matt's life is picked up as his son is accused of rape and murder.

The plot entwines international intrigue, d
Mar 06, 2012 Bookworm rated it really liked it
Gods and Fathers is the gritty, fast paced story about Matt DeMarco and the plight he goes on to prove his sons innocence.

Matt is an ex-marine turned successful lawyer. His ex-wife is now married to a rich Syrian businessman. Matt has been estranged from his teenage son Michael, and the two have a strained relationship. Michael is spoiled rotten, due to his step-fathers funds and now finds himself in deep trouble. He is accused of raping and murdering his girlfriend.

Matt is trying to pro
Feb 01, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
What would you do if your only child has been arrested for allegedly committing murder? Would you do everything within your power to prove his/her innocence? What if there are costly and possible deadly ramifications for your actions? These are the questions and dilemma that Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Matt DeMarco faced in Gods And Fathers.

Matt DeMarco is a successful Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, who has not had an easy life. He's always had to fight for what he wanted, and
Elizabeth A.
Feb 20, 2012 Elizabeth A. rated it really liked it
“You’re a tough guy, Matt, a stoic, but you’ve got a lot of friends.” – Jade Lee

Manhattan prosecutor Matt DeMarco is going to need every ounce of his toughness and every one of his friends to get through the nightmare he finds himself plunged into in Gods and Fathers, the latest thriller from author James LePore.

The failure of his marriage sixteen years ago bothers Matt, but what really kills him is the wedge that was driven between him and his now twenty-two-year-old son, Michael, when Matt’s e
A Book Vacation
Jan 27, 2012 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Lepore never ceases to amaze me with his action packed, intricate, carefully planned legal thrillers. Every detail—from the dates, times, and places, to the characters’ dispositions—is carefully placed and adds to the authenticity of Lepore’s stories, leaving the reader questioning all s/he previously knew upon concluding the novel. Lepore’s newest release, Gods and Fathers, coincides with recent developments within the United States government and other countries, painting a fictitious
Jan 07, 2012 Louisa rated it it was amazing
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Feb 02, 2012 Sapphyria rated it it was amazing
What a tangled web Mr. LePore weaves within the pages of Gods and Fathers. This book kept me on edge from start to finish. When Matt's estranged son, Michael, is accused of raping and murdering his girlfriend, Matt pulls out all of the stops to figure out what the hell is going on. This leads down a sinister path where friends become enemies and those you trust can no longer be trusted.

Matt's ex-wife Debra, who is also the mother to his son Michael, is remarried to a very successful and promine
Viviane Crystal
Feb 07, 2012 Viviane Crystal rated it it was amazing
Matt DeMarco is not too happy with his life. He has finally begun to be successful in his law career but has the lousiest possible relationship with his son, Michael. His ex-wife has married an Arab who is very rich and she's turned his son against him. Michael is a spoiled brat who all of a sudden is in very, very big trouble. He is arrested for rape and murder of his own girlfriend. Matt decides no matter how big the rift is between them, he must do all he can to find out what has really happe ...more
Feb 24, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-books
Matt DeMarco's relationship with his son, Michael, has been strained since his divorce from Michael's mother many years before. But when Michael is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Matt comes to his defense. He is fairly certain his son is not a murderer, but the attorney assigned to the case doesn't seem to be digging deep enough. So Matt takes it upon himself to uncover the truth.

In Gods and Fathers by James LePore, we see a father who is willing to do just about anything to save his son.
Donna Brown
Feb 06, 2012 Donna Brown rated it really liked it
Gods and Fathers starts with Matt DeMarco trying his first ever murder case: successfully, as it turns out. Fast-forward 16 years and this slick attorney with his high profile boss has ticked all the boxes professionally but his personal life is a mess.

It’s about to get much worse.

When Matt DeMarco’s son is arrested for murder the void between the two makes it practically impossible for DeMarco to offer the emotional support to the young man that he’d like to. Instead, he has to fight hard behin
Alan Williams
Dec 23, 2011 Alan Williams rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
From the book's start the author paints a very cleverly confusing picture of who is on the side of good and bad. There is sufficient truth and sufficient doubt that the author doesn't reveal, exactly what happened or who did what, until much later in the story, making for a tale with many a twist and turn.

There's a murder that seems to suggest that all is not as it first appears, that the evidence of guilt may not be all that it seems, that there is more than meets the eye. That murder might be
Maria Miaoulis
Aug 11, 2012 Maria Miaoulis rated it it was amazing
How far will one father go to clear his son of a wrongful murder charge? That is the question thriller writer James LePore explores in his latest heart-pounding novel, “Gods and Fathers.”

For the last sixteen years, Matt DeMarco has worked to make a name for himself in the Manhattan DA’s office, mostly in an attempt to bury the demons of his past. He finds himself angry and alone, constantly at odds with his bitter ex-wife who’s responsible for Matt being estranged from his only son, Michael, a p
Some authors have a knack for getting their readers interested in their books right from the start and James LePore is one of that select group.

Matt DeMarco is a prosecutor for the Manhattan District Attorney's office. At the start of the story he leads the prosecution into finding a young Arab man guilty for the killing of the man's fifteen-year-old sister, who the man thought was becoming too westernized and had an American boyfriend.

Years later, Matt is at home with his son, Michael, a gradua
Paula Ratcliffe
This book was sent to me via The Story Plant for a honest and fair review, as part of Partners In Crime Book Tour. Thank you for that.

This book was awesome. It starts out with Matt a divorce Lawyer and father to Michael. He tries a case and ends up sending someone to jail. Then finds his own son about to face some jail time and does things a parent would do but not normal people. He digs deep to find out what happened. It was incredible being dragged into the world that James LePore writes about
Jan 12, 2012 MarytheBookLover rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
My Opinion:
Gods and Fathers was a great suspense filled novel that you enjoyed and were turning pages as fast as you could. I really enjoyed it. We are taken on a journey of fathers and their sons. Matt who is the father of Micheal who has allegedly killed his girlfriend. Micheal and Matt don’t get along. Matt’s ex-wife Debra is at fault. Matt is a defense attorney and is trying to find out why Micheal is accused of murdering his girlfriend. What a thrilling ride the whole way. Matt is a semi li
Jan 28, 2013 Read2review rated it really liked it
If you’re looking for a novel with plenty of twists, intrigue and political conspiracy, look no further than God’s and Fathers. It’s a novel that will appeal to any crime reader, or any reader that wants a fast paced story.

The plot revolves around an attorney called Matt DeMarco, who we discover early on has some military background and a fairly dark past (but then who doesn’t in crime thrillers?). When his son is arrested on suspicion of murder, he pulls all his resources to try and save him. H
Ryder Islington
Apr 09, 2012 Ryder Islington rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of Jewish history, mystery and suspense
BOOK REVIEW: Gods and Fathers by James LePore

Review by Ryder Islington

I was quite surprised by the interweaving of current events and believable circumstances that form not only the main plot but several subplots in this thriller by James LePore. It’s not enough that the main character, Matt DeMarco, is swimming in personal problems, including the fact that his ex-wife is married to an Arab multi-millionaire who has managed to turn Matt’s son into an entitled, arrogant, disrespectful user. Matt’
Nadine Larter
When confronted with a book like this one I often feel a little ill equipped to give a fair review. The thing is that while this book is very well written I can't say that I enjoyed it. It's one of those books that I refer to as a "boy" book. I didn't gel with the character dynamic, often feeling a little oh-for-heaven's-sake about the exchanges between them. The main character is barely likable, but isn't awful enough to excuse the fact that you just don't really care what happens to him. His s ...more
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