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Golden Dawn

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Golden Dawn is a high-octane international thriller from a seasoned journalist and New York Times bestselling nonfiction author Thomas Kostigen.

Trailing his IRA bomber uncle, journalist Michael Shea stumbles onto the biggest story of his life: a plot to smuggle nuclear material into Iran. Discovered and marked for death, Shea flees the Iranian secret service. His only help
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Forge Books
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Glenda Bixler
There have been a number of writers offering books about religions, secret documents or artifacts, and end-time news, but none of them have been as satisfactory for me as Golden Dawn by Thomas M. Kostigen. Why? Because he has confronted the major divisive religious issues that have dominated the world for many years.

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Ben Rand
Just terrible. I wanted to stop about 50 pages in, and then it was like this train wreck happening in slow-motion that I couldn't help but see through to the end. As proof, here's a sample paragraph that I could have pulled at random from almost anywhere in the book:

The jet crashed into one of the burned-out apartment buildings by the airport. It stopped. O'Shaugnessy and Abramov scrambled to their feet. They had made it. Sort of.

On and on it went. Like that. Excruciating. Little did I know what
You know, I really don't like to give novels bad reviews, mainly because it makes me look like an idiot for buying it in the first place, but let's face it some fiction is just better left unpublished; this one qualifies. Two Irish rogues, not only related but with names so similar that you sometimes forget who's speaking, are engaged in trying to save the world from a mad Iranian leader–well, one is...sometimes—who is intent on destroying the world. And if the plotless premise isn't predictably ...more
Lynda Coker
This story falls under the category of adventure-thriller that mixes a lot of history (real and fictional) with religious premises. It's a plot driven story that the author moves along at a lightening speed. But in this case, at the expense of his characters. Even though a plot may be intense and intriguing, if I don't feel connected to the characters, if I don't care about their outcome as well as the plot resolution, I'm just not going to enjoy the read. I also found the writing to drag somewh ...more
Thomas Kostigen
May 03, 2012 Thomas Kostigen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Best thriller I have ever written!
Michael Griswold
The starting criteria that I use for political thrillers is whether the plot seems plausible because I've often found that political thrillers tend to veer towards the frighteningly realistic or descend towards outright implausibility.

Golden Dawn by Thomas Kostigen is a brilliant example of the former. While on the hunt for his IRA bomber uncle, journalist Michael Shea stumbles into a plot to stumble nuclear material into Iran. This makes him the target of SAVAMA-the Iranian secret service. His
Michael Shea, Irish journalist has just gotten a lead on his uncle Sean O'Shaughnessy, renegade bombing expert from the Irish Republican Army. He has spent his adulthood trying to bring his uncle to justice. Michael still blames himself for a bombing in Omagh at which many died. He was only a teenager but he felt implicit because his uncle had used him to give false information to the police. Now his lead has taken him to Iran and a chance to get back at his uncle.
And so starts Thomas M Kostig
Sarah Beth
This is a GoodReads First Reads Giveaways review.
Thomas Kostigan's novel, "Golden Dawn," is ambitious piece of literature. First, it's obviously flawed. There is too much going on although it's easy to catch up in the book. The novel begins with Michael Shea, a Northern Irish journalist, who is on assignment in the Middle East. He gets involved into a whirlwind adventure and ride through Turkey, Iran, and Italy. The characters here including the protagonist aren't well-developed enough. The nove
I received this as a free First Reads copy and I was not disappointed! Once I started this book, it was difficult for me to put it down. Part of this is due to the fact that the chapter lengths in this book are very short, so I kept reading "just one more chapter". But I also found the story gripping and I was intrigued that Michael and Neda were able to keep eluding the SAVAMA agents pursuing them. Michael Shea is a journalist who covers world events. He also has a personal mission to stop his ...more
Kiran Poet
Golden Dawn keeps the reader speeding up and down hills with the stars. Shea, an Irish journalist, sets out to stop his uncle in his "ghost" tracks. Shea's uncle involves himself in a plot for mass assassination with the president of Iran, Talib. Along the way, Shea meets Neda, a widow and native of Iran with a secret. Shea must find out her secret and kill his uncle before Talib destroys the world. Shea fights for his and Neda's life in Golden Dawn. Uncover the secrets of Golden Dawn with Shea ...more
George Ilsley
Every time I read one of these thrillers, I think, why did I bother? Have I not yet learned my lesson.

Just a slow learner, I guess. This one is better than most of the others I read recently. The genre seems to have little room for creativity -- every character is a stereotype, and then they die. The notion that intelligence agencies are involved in terrorist schemes is hardly a revelation. I actually liked this book until the last few pages, where the author had sketched out an ending but then
David Hickey
As much as I tried, I couldn't finish this book. It was too convoluted for me to really understand what was going on.
Lori Tatar
Golden Dawn by Thomas M. Kostigen is a thrill ride from the very beginning to the absolute, surprising ending. It is packed with adrenaline and testosterone in fairly equal parts. If you want a book filled with global intrigue of pre-biblical proportions, this one is for you! Thank you Goodreads!
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I am a New York Times best-selling author and a longtime journalist. My debut novel, Golden Dawn, will be published in October.
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