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The Watchman of Ephraim by Gerard de Marigny
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Mar 02, 2012

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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 resources to fight ter­ror­ism in places the gov­ern­ment can­not or will not.

The Watch­man of Ephraim by Ger­ard de Marigny is a fast paced thriller full of intrigu­ing char­ac­ters and sus­pense. The dia­log is tight and the plot moves along in a fast pace.

Cris De Nero, the pro­tag­o­nist, is a self made man, a good father and hus­band. The char­ac­ters, their inter­ac­tion and rela­tion­ships are well defined. The recruit­ing efforts for The Watch­men are described in a fas­ci­nat­ing way and the way the com­pany is trans­form­ing under Cris’ lead­er­ship could make a book by itself.

There are sev­eral themes through­out the novel, patri­o­tism, G-d and coun­try, safety of oth­ers, loy­alty and ethics being a few. I’d like to have read more about how the pro­tag­o­nist, an eth­i­cal smart man, nav­i­gates the filthy swamp which we call Wash­ing­ton DC.

The plot is enjoy­able and solid, yet some­what pre­dictable and the main char­ac­ter is some­what hyp­o­crit­i­cal (a devout Chris­t­ian drive by revenge — but it's not like there aren't enough prece­dences of that in his­tory). That being said, I under­stand that this book is the first of a series and I know that it is always dif­fi­cult to cre­ate an ori­gin story in any medium while keep­ing the final prod­uct down to a man­age­able size.

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