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Man of Steel (Cold Cases, #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  133 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
When twenty-something journalist Joe Jonas was sent to cover a press conference in Texas he figured it was just another crackpot JFK assassination conspiracy theory. But as he's slogging through the legwork he stumbles across something that makes him wonder if this one's for real. He?s even more enthusiastic when Abby Reno, a pretty reporter from Austin, insists on working ...more
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Published (first published April 4th 2008)
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Martin Pingree
Aug 15, 2015 Martin Pingree rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy JFK conspiracy stories you'll love this book. Very entertaining and very fun to read. Plot and characters were fun and I thoroughly enjoyed his book.
Matt Schiariti
Nov 15, 2012 Matt Schiariti rated it really liked it
This novel is an interesting take on the JFK assassination conspiracy. Two journalists, Joe Jonas and Abby Reno stumble onto a conspiracy theorist in Dallas who most people think is just another crackpot. As it turns out, some of what he has to say leads them to an even deeper mystery. As the journalistic duo delve deeper into the case they realize that there's more to the conspiracy than they thought. What starts out as a fluff piece on a perceived crazy JFK nutjob turns out into the story of t ...more
Lynda Kelly
Nov 02, 2013 Lynda Kelly rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating story based around JFK's assassination but set in 1982, nearly 20 years after he died. Makes you think when the 50th anniversary is almost upon us. I've always been a Kennedy family buff-I find them very interesting indeed. A lot of this story WAS based around a LOT of fact which made it even better. I say it's a story but it could be true. There are enough conspiracy theorists around to keep us going into the next millennium but unfortunately I think I'll be long gone bef ...more
deeann linford
Aug 01, 2014 deeann linford rated it really liked it

Joe and Abby are two newspaper reporters thrown together when assigned a crackpot story of the century. It changes to a possibility the farther they investigate. Then people who are involved start dropping dead or leaving the country. Bullets fly, cars explode and that is just the start. For a slam, bam, on the edge of your seat mystery this is it. The reason I gave it a four star is some of the story is a little over the top but still very entertaining. I will read more by th
May 15, 2012 Joyce rated it liked it
A pair of young reporters (he is from NC, she is from TX) are investigating aspects of the Kennedy assassination together. The more they investigate, the more people are killed to stop them by a 'mysterious' group that was never named. I am not a big fan of conspiracy literature of this type, but found it to be somewhat interesting reading. The young reporters were somewhat unrealistic (every reporter I have ever come into contact with was way too competitive to work closely with someone from an ...more
Karen B.
Sep 22, 2015 Karen B. rated it liked it
This is a novel about two reporters looking into a conspiracy theory regarding JFK's assassination. I enjoyed reading this because I like to read fiction that is based on some fact. The protagonists seem to be constantly running and it is a little difficult to believe that an industry could have so many men chasing them 20 years after the fact. What I did like about the book is that in the "afterward" the author explains what parts of the book were factual. I am curious about some of the things ...more
Starla B
Feb 28, 2011 Starla B rated it liked it
It took me a little bit to get into this book. However, soon, I was just flying through it. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next! I was at the edge of my seat! And ended, a little abruptly, I felt. I really did like the story, and the thoughts behind it were fascinating. I feel like the ending leaves you guessing. I know what I would like to happen...and maybe that was the point. I have no idea. All in all, it was a pretty fun, action-packed (at least at the end) book. It was ...more
Donna Bailey
Jan 12, 2015 Donna Bailey rated it liked it
It was okay but is the kind of book that one might read to fill in a reading space when you do not for sure what kind of book you want to read next. Joe & Abby are nice characters. Unfortunately some of the situations they find themselves in are a bit hard to believe. Mr. Conifer clearly enjoys the role of storyteller. Some of the sequences were a bit hard to follow. I would recommend the book for something to be read quickly in a world where you simply need something g to read and are somew ...more
Brian Turner
Jul 21, 2014 Brian Turner rated it really liked it
Shelves: action
Two reporters, sent to listen to the latest revelation about the JFK assassination find themselves following a trail that leads to a shady group who want the truth kept quiet.

Quite a well put together story, with the heroes running from clue to clue and trying to stay ahead of the group who decide they are getting too close to what really happened. It moves at a good pace, with plenty going on, and gets quite tense towards the end.

It sounds as though this may be the start of a trilogy (or more),
Aug 22, 2014 Gene rated it liked it
An interesting read. It's another take off on a JFK conspiracy theory. What is interesting is that the location of the story plot centers on the Western Pennsylvania - West Virginia area; specifically, Pittsburgh and Morgantown with references to places in Texas, North Carolina and Washington, DC. A fast read and an easy one at that. BUT --- character development leaves much to be desired in this reviewers opinion.
Feb 13, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it
Excellent what if book. Twenty years after the assassination of John Kennedy, things are still be looked at for conspiracy issues. two different reporters for two different areas of the country start working together and, then the chase/bodies begin.

As an aside, I was a senior in high school in Dallas when the assassination took place. I have always wondered more. Even now, 50+ years later it is still a hot topic
Aug 13, 2014 Denise rated it it was amazing
I loved 'Man of Steel'. This book is full of action and thrills. The storyline is written well and with such an intriguing premise that I could not put it down. I loved the characters. Jonas and Reno definitely had a lot of good luck and some really bad luck. I liked how this story played out. A great add to your tbr list. Definitely recommended.
Mary Mathews
Jun 14, 2014 Mary Mathews rated it really liked it
This was an interesting theory about the JFK assassination. I like the decision to place it in 1983. It made a better story without the use of the internet and cell phones.

I too was disappointed with the ending. There just wasn't enough there. Perhaps we are meant to complete it on our own and make it to our liking.
Bill Donhiser
Oct 22, 2012 Bill Donhiser rated it really liked it
Great story combining history and fiction a slow start. once i got into it hard to put down. I expected more from the ending but i would consider other books by this author in future. I read this as a free Amazon Prime selection
Feb 01, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
An alternative conspiracy theory for JFK's death. ext in the series. Would have to be free.More specifically about Ruby. First of a series. I received it for free. Don't know if I will be reading the n
Daniel Ace
Jul 23, 2014 Daniel Ace rated it really liked it
It takes something good to make a thriller series stand out. This first story went by so quick but it provides an angle into the Kennedy assasination that really impressed me. This series does have potential.
Oct 17, 2015 Mleehall rated it really liked it
Fast paced Action From Likable Characters

Although the Kennedy conspiracy is well ploughed ground, Dave Conifer found new nuggets using unique protagonists. Looking forward to new stories
Paul Fussner
May 14, 2015 Paul Fussner rated it really liked it
Great mystery Novel

You will mesmerized by this author,he will have researching the history of the Kennedy assassination to verify what we were told by the government verses what's going on in the books storyline. This is a real page turner I couldn't put the book down.
Apr 24, 2015 Robbie rated it really liked it
As I read this book, I kept thinking I would ultimately be disappointed in it. I was wrong - it seemed to get better and better. I'm looking forward to reading other books in this series. I rated this one 4.7 stars.
James Austin
Aug 03, 2014 James Austin rated it it was amazing


I really like Dave's two young reporters! Can't wait to see how much trouble they have in the next caper. You will thoroughly enjoy this book.
Feb 16, 2016 Donna rated it it was amazing
Dave Conifer's story on the JFK assassination was quite intriguing and interesting. With just enough fact mixed in with the fiction this made a fast paced mystery. A very edge of your seat story.
Aug 10, 2014 Barb rated it really liked it
Really liked this book. Intriguing JFK assassination theory.
Jul 15, 2015 Kevin rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the storyline and plot. did not enjoy the writing style. conversations and events seemed disjointed. felt like I was reading a story for a grade school student.
Nov 29, 2015 5ngela rated it liked it
Good story and lovely characters even though a little bland. At first I am very surprised with the ending until I realized that there's sequel. Cannot wait to read the sequel
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