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Greenwich, Connecticut socialite Jaspar Moran has it all-a magnificent estate, two beautiful children and a loving husband, Trevor, serving as the Secretary of the Treasury. Protected, admired and living in the lap of luxury, Jaspar is reeling from the news that his government jet has crashed just as her children vanish without a trace. An ominous message warns her to keep ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Rosemary Beach Press LLC
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Jaspar Moran and her two children, Theo and Chrissy were having a wonderful time with friends and neighbours – the laughter and delight of the children was especially poignant. Jaspar had been feeling a little uneasy when her husband Trevor, Secretary of the Treasury, had left for his latest overseas trip – his assurance that they would discuss it when he returned home had kept her worries slightly at bay. But when she was notified that afternoon that her husband’s government jet had plunged int ...more
Frank Errington
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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Jaspar Moran, the wife of the U. S. Treasury Secretary, is thrust into a desperate attempt to save her two children, kidnapped, after the apparent murder of her husband.

Someone is manipulating the world's financial markets, taking advantage of the President's economic stimulus plans for their personal gain. One more push and they'll reach their goal and plummet the world into financial chaos.

Jaspar is promised she'll be reunited with her children, Theo and Chrissy, providing she remai
Don Gorman
Mar 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
1 1/2 stars. This one was pretty weak. The story is convoluted and almost totally off the wall. The author has a good knowledge of some foreign cities where he describes interesting attacks upon our leading lady and her indestructible assassin sidekick. We do have a wonderful dog and the richest, wisest Indian chief on the planet for comic relief. Lowell cannot decide if he wants this to be a Christian based book or not and it is annoying. I hope his second effort is a litttle stronger.
Is the glamor of power and social status worth the lives of your family? When Jaspar learns that her husband’s plane has crashed and he is nowhere to be found, she thought her world had turned upside down. When her children disappear without a trace and contacting the authorities is out of the question, the widow of the Secretary of the Treasury refuses to standby in agony waiting to learn the fate of her children. Jaspar throws caution, morals and the safety of her comfort zone to the wind as s ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from Net Galley.

What a ride this book was, one that I truly did not want to end!!

I had a little trouble getting into it at the beginning as it seemed to give too many details that weren't actually necessary. However, once the story got going it did not stop. In one day, Jaspar's husband, the Secretary of the Treasury is killed in a plane crash and her children are kidnapped from a highly secure fortress in which they live.

In a plot lin
Peggy Roberson
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are no words to describe this amazing read!! Mr. Lowell did a wonderful job on this book!! You are going to be hooked on this book from the very beginning, and not want to put it down until you finish it!! There is quite a story put in between the covers, and the ride takes you places you won't believe!! I loved the book, and am passing my copy on to close friends to read. To others I plan on telling them to read it!! Don't miss your chance!! I'm thrilled to have had the chance to win my c ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Action-packed from the beginning this intriguing thriller kept me guessing throughout. This is a complex story involving high finance, government, mafia links and at its heart a mother’s quest to recover her kidnapped children. I think author Cym Lowell did a good job of juggling the various threads to lead readers to the eventual conclusion. The further I read the more engrossed I became, eventually reaching the point where I couldn’t stop reading until I had finished the book. I thoroughly enj ...more
Schuyler Wallace
Apr 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Cym Lowell’s outlandish novel “Jasper’s War” is close to being foolish in its concept. The actions of the protagonists are so unrealistic in their depiction that I was tempted many times to close the book, throw it on my discard pile, and move along to something more believable. But I didn’t, staying the course to the end.

First, let’s discuss the people created by Lowell. There’s Jaspar, a lovely woman raised in genteel surroundings, engaged in an idyllic lifestyle with beautiful children and a
John Purvis
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Jaspar’s War” published in 2014 was written by Cym Lowell ( This is Cym’s second novel.

Socialite Jaspar Moran is suddenly thrust into a different world when the plane carrying her husband Trevor, the Secretary of the Treasury, is lost over the North Atlantic. Only minutes after being informed about her husband, she discovers that both of her children are missing. Then she receives a strange call telling her to keep silent about her husband’s involvement in the Presiden
Angela Amman
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
My chest tightened as I read about the disappearance of Jaspar’s children in Jaspar’s War. For the rest of Cym Lowell’s novel, my thoughts were that of a mother molding herself into someone who would find her kidnapped kids.

For readers looking for action and adventure, Jaspar’s War has that bursting from its seams, but I found myself focusing on the lengths to which Jas would go to save her children. Seeing an intelligent, fit mother turn into a human weapon works for an action story, but I was
Mary Picken
Mar 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Jaspar’s War is a story of a socialite mother and political wife whose disappears in an air crash and who then finds herself in an extraordinary chase to save her kidnapped children. She is put in touch with Nulandi, a trained assassin and Alice, his faithful trained guard dog. Jaspar learns the ways of an assassin and on her journey, suffused with Christian overtones, she has to learn to cross all her moral boundaries in order to save her children. All this takes place across several continents ...more
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
After a socialite Jaspar Moran's husband, the Secretary of the Treasury, goes down in a plane crash, and her children are kidnapped, Jaspar is warned to keep silent. Jaspar disappears and undergoes some serious combat training; she comes back a warrior. An interesting read as Jaspar takes her war from Australia to Italy. If you like non stop action with a female hero, this is the book for you!
Bree Hodges
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
This book is a thriller, mystery, and a ..mess. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading it, but once I finished it I felt it was like any other thriller I've read. I will reread this next year to see if I feel any different...
Barbara Woodford
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of my free books from Goodreads. It was exciting all the way through. Since I am not a technical person I tended to get lost in all the goings on in the financial realm. It realistically showed the love of a mother and all she was willing to do to get her children back.
John Morrison
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What more of a thriller could you want? It is awesomely detailed and very gripping. I won this book through the giveaways.
Donna Foster
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This was one extremely crazy political thriller that leaves you hanging.
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jaspar’s War: Cym Lowell

How far would you go to avenge the death of your husband? Would you kill? Would you become a warrior and seek out those that not only killed your husband but separated you from your children too. When Jaspar Moran learns of the death of her husband Trevor, the Secretary of the Treasury, her mind and body take a huge hit. Lost over the North Atlantic, Trevor’s body is shark bait. But, minutes pass as she learns that the same people behind his death just kidnapped her two c
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Jaspar's War is an action packed saga of a female Jack Ryan-type character as envisioned by author Cym Lowell. Jaspar Moran is the wife of the US Secretary of the Treasury and the mother of two young children. She and her husband were college sweethearts and remain deeply in love, so of course she is devastated when the government jet he is on is lost at sea. At almost the same time her children turn up missing from a birthday party on the grounds of her own home, an estate in Connecticut, which ...more
Michelle Bowles
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Stepping out of my comfort zone of genres, intrigued by the plot of Jaspar’s War by Cym Lowell, thoughts of this complex yet fascinating thriller was anything but boring. For me personally, there wasn’t that instant hook to reel me in the beginning but when it did, it felt like it could leap straight to the big screen. Led by a fierce protagonist that is pushed to her limits to do what she never could’ve imagined, she faces the ultimate question to be answered, how far would you go to save your ...more
April Hollingworth
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth

I found Jaspar’s War to be a bit of a mixture to be honest. Fast paced but slow and plodding. The story line was excellent. But, when it slowed there was excessive praying. A strange comment to make but at one stage Gaspar and Nul left the church, only to kneel in the grass and pray. This baffled me a lot, and I felt it slowed down the pace of the book. But in saying that I found it to be well worth reading. I can imagine a mother going to the extremes Jaspar
Rachel Carr
Mar 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
I received this book from a goodreads giveaway.

I generally like adventure/thriller stories, which this one sounded like in the description.

If you can suspend your sense of reality, then you might like this book. I did not like this book, though I tried very hard to like it and did read it all the way to the end.

The plot line was truly unbelievable, to the point of distraction. I could not keep track of the pace of the story as far as the timing of events. Connections between characters were ver
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If women dressed as nuns disrobing and then running through the streets in order to detract attention from the bad guys whets your appetite, then Cym Lowell's Jaspar's War is the novel for you. This manly man's thriller topped with some testosterone and a side of C 19 H 28 O 2 has male written all over it with characters such as Henre Tremont, "world-famous grand prix driver . . . who moved like a leopard, the result, perhaps, of Olympic quality gymnastics routines" (40-41), Nulandi, whose "life ...more
Maria Beltrami
Io credo fermamente nel principio di realtà, cioè nel fatto che, una volta stabilito il sistema di valori entro il quale la storia si svolge, a quel sistema di valori il romanzo si deve attenere, sempre.
Questo significa che se del sistema di valori fa parte il concetto che gli asini volano, ci troveremo probabilmente di fronte a un fantasy, e gli asini voleranno senza in alcun modo ledere il principio di realtà.
Il sistema di valori a contorno di questo romanzo è quello nostro di tutti i giorni,
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A tremendous book. Pure entertainment. One that refuses to let you put it down. It is very difficult to believe that this is a debut novel. An American author and an American setting. It reminds me of the work of British author, Dan Brown in so much as the premise of the story is based on actual fact and this gives it that believable edge. You find yourself wondering if perhaps this really did happen this way. But many of the episodes and adventures within the book are frequently so far fetched ...more
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Shelly Itkin
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Although this is Mr. Lowell’s debut novel you can bet he will be an author talked about and not forgotten. I compare him to David Balducci with his knowledge of government, violence, murder, and kidnapping to name a few.

We are introduced to Jaspar Moran whose husband Trevor is the Secretary of the Treasury and is killed in a plane crash. If that is not upsetting enough we learn that on the same day her two young children Theo and Chrissy are kidnapped.

Before Trevor left he had confided in Jasper
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Jaspar’s War by Cym Lowell

Rating: ***. 3.25/5

The synopsis of an action packed thriller grabbed my attention. Jaspar’s War had all the elements to make it on to my list of favorite novels. A young mother of two children and wife of a successful politician, Jaspar Moran is leading the ideal life. That is until she receives news of her husband’s death in his government jet, followed by the kidnapping of her children. Contacted by the kidnappers she is warned not to reveal her husband’s role in th
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Exciting and unpredictable, Cym Lowell’s debut novel “Jaspar’s War” is everything you’d want in a thriller.

I probably couldn’t summarize the plot any better than one of the characters does: Your premise is that the economic health of the world is under attack. Its only defense is an Aborigine, a society woman and a dog?

The society woman is Jaspar Moran, whose husband is the US Treasury Secretary. Within minutes of learning her children are kidnapped she learns his plane has crash and he is presu
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jaspar' has a wonderful husband (U.S. Secretary of the Treasury), two terrific children, and a great house. Her husband must go to a meeting but tells Jaspar and he need to talk when he gets back as he has discover a problem and needs her advice. The plane her husband is flying on crashes. After learning that, she gets a phone call saying she won't get her children back if she doesn't stay "quiet." Jaspar is going through her rosaries and finds a thumb drive with important financial information ...more
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Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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A political and economical thriller that by using the economic fall of 2008 crafted a great thriller that is so modern - I loved it! The pacing was fantastic, it didn't stop until the end and there was no lull at the beginning, this story picked up and didn't stop. Although the economic side of the story was hard, it was presented in a way that I think I got most of it.

The characters and setting made this book. With fantastic settings abroad and a
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Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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jasper starts with her husband being distant he promises to tell all when he comes back then all breaks loose when he his pronounced dead and her children kidnapped jasper must go to her old home with nul and his dog alice to become a warrior to do what she must to save her children whilst her enemies persue her
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Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
​I found Jaspar's War difficult to follow at times. I do not understand all the workings of the stock market and when Mr Lowell wrote some passages pertaining to the market my eyes wanted to glaze over! That said, Jasper's War was an interesting thriller. Very surprising and bloody at times. I received a copy for reviewing.
Mohammed Yimer
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Sherri Lewis
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book is about a politician who's plane crashes on the way home, creating devastating consequences for his family. This book is very fast paced, and full of adventure. I would have liked more depth to the characters and the story to have more focus. While this book had a lot of potential, I never felt connected enough to the characters to be invested in the storyline.
Byron Bright
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great job on a debut novel! This is the perfect summer book read.

Jaspar’s War is a thriller that incorporates strong and memorable characters throughout the page turning action. It is a story of a wealthy mother that suddenly finds herself in a bizarre chase to save her kidnapped children. She is met along the way by powerful characters, such as Nulandi, a trained assassin and his guard dog, Alice. Jaspar must learn to fight, to kill, and to push herself passed her moral boundaries in order to f
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I was unable to finish this book and cannot give a review.

It is very American but and not my style of reading but would suit an American audience, or someone who loves anything American.

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review from Net Galley.
Jay Williams
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
An imaginative and exciting story of a mother's effort to recover her children, set on a stage of international finance. The characters involved are larger then life, adding almost a comic book mentality, who is played out in scenes of great violence and grisly torture. I enjoyed the story right up to the end, when the writing seemed to get a little pretentious. The end itself was marred by a highly improbable plot wrinkle. Well worth reading, but could have been so much better.
Sue Hunter
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant! Terrifying, scary, defying belief, with many twists and unexpected turns along the way - what a mix of emotions as I read this.

When your husband is killed, and your children disappear, how would you react? It is certainly worth reading to find out what courageous Jaspar does.
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Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jaspar's War goes beyond entertainment, although it does that very well. Jaspar's War forces the reader to look at accepted cultural values and practices. It mandates the re-evaluation of what it means to train a young person to carry out the activities of a soldier, and when the war is ended, to return to "normal" society. Jaspar's war is a very engaging adventure/mystery, full of action and surprises and suspense and hope. But by the time the reader closes the book, they may be besieged by com ...more
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I am a novelist who has lived a lifetime in the world of international finance. As a tax lawyer, I have been intimately involved in the operations and financing of global business. I use this expertise to craft stories about endearing people caught-up in world changing events.

When I am not traveling the globe on business matters, I can be found writing stories by the ocean in Rosemary Beach, Flor

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