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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  69 reviews
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
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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
Shelves: review
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 the
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
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
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
Shay Williams
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: suspense, net-galley
Lately I have been reading a lot of fantasy so for a change, I reached for a suspense novel whose blurb looked really good. And with a woman as a main character whose motivations is protecting her children. Can't really go wrong, can you?

Unfortunately, I have to say that you can. I wasn't impressed by either the characters or the plot. If I am reading this genre, I want the book to grab me, to make me care about the characters and what is happening. Instead, I found JASPAR'S WAR to start out in
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always been intrigued when an author assumes the character of a woman. And what a woman. With all the strength of a superman and the maternal instinct of a tigress, Jaspar has to do unconscionable things to try to recover her kidnapped children after the death of her husband. Against an invisible enemy, bent on destroying the world economy, she has the knowledge to foil the plot, so she must be eliminated. Aided and abetted by a stalwart bunch of characters, including an Indian chief, a gov ...more
Margaret Wilkening
Jul 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is one of the few books that I would truly say is awful, and one of the very few that I couldn’t stick with in hopes that it would get better. I couldn’t finish the thing.

The book sounds like it could be a good political page turner. Jaspar Moran, wife of the Secretary of the Treasury, lives an idyllic existence. Large estate in Greenwich, Connecticut. Two perfect children. Rich. Talented. What more could a person ask for? Her world is shattered when her husband’s flight crashes in the Arti
Jun 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
No, just no.

That's what the author should have said when deciding whether or not to publish this thing.

I won a copy of this book on Goodreads through the First Reads giveaway program. As promised, here is my review.

I hated everything about this book. From the names of the characters, down to every last crazy little bit of plot. I literally could not read this book. It would've killed me. After 50 pages of insanity, I skipped to the end, only to find more insanity.

The main problem I had with this
O. Sainz
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Adults who enjoy action/adv. thrillers
Jaspar's War is outrageously action-packed. The novel had a good story line and it is evident that the author is knowledgeable about politics, economics, and the various locations in the novel. I found the two main characters (and the dog) to be so "perfect" that they are almost "unbelievable". At times, the action scenes are so wildly far-fetched they seemed humorously unreal.

Overall, Jaspar's War was well written and I enjoyed reading it. I recommend it to those who enjoy fast-paced action/adv
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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JASPAR'S WAR by Cym Lowell is an exciting Thriller/Suspense/Mystery set in Greenwich, Connecticut, Italy and other international areas. Fast paced, action thrilled adventure and one with lots of drama and mystery. With high finance, terrorists, kidnapping and the rescue of two innocent children, you will be on the edge of your seat with suspense. A great read! Very interesting and intriguing. Received for an honest review.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addicti
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Good story. Lots of action. Kept my interest until the end. Jaspar Moran's husband, Trevor is killed in a plane crash, but just before he left he told Jaspar he wanted to talk to her about concerns he had regarding his Treasury job. Shortly after the crash Jaspar receives an anonymous note warning hr to keep her mouth shut or she will never see her 2 children again.She then finds out that they have been kidnapped. In order ...more
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. Jasper is your typical soccer mom - socialite in Greenwich, CT. She has two kids, an investor millionaire husband serving as the Secretary of the Treasury, the good life all around. It all comes crashing down when during a party, her kids are kidnapped and the plane her husband is travelling on crashes. Her phone rings, the caller ID shows it's her husband, but it isn't. The message says her husband is dead and her children will be too unless she keeps her m ...more
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.
Christine Lussier
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Ehhh--seriously? Too unbelievable. I read this as a NetGalley book, & thought it had me at the beginning. Murder mystery? Kidnapping? Mom to the rescue? Sounds good. In reality, way too far fetched & too descriptive at times. I found myself skimming along towards the middle/end, just to see how it did end--was my prediction correct? (btw, yes). What would happen? (typical, left the door open for a sequel).

Better mystery/drama reads out there in my opinion.
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads

I received this book from the Goodreads Giveaway.

I was thrilled when I finally received a copy of this book. I have read some of the reviews and totally disagree with those that say the "characters are totally unbelievable". Perhaps "they" should stop reading fiction. Jaspar may be a little outlandish, but to me she is a female James Bond or Jack Ryan. Who said "fiction had to be believable"?

The book was like watching a fast-paced action thriller in my head. It was a real page turner
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
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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
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, first-reads
I received a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you!!

I thought the premise of the story was a good one, but the execution of it was lacking. The author was all over the place in thoughts and actions, this book was very hard to get through.

I found the main character Jasper to be unfocused and unbelievable, and just could not find any redeeming qualities about her.

With a bit of work this book could be a great story. Thank you for the opportunity to read.
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overall it was a good read. I loved the different locations and cultures that were in Jaspar's journey as she struggles to find her children. The character Nul was my favorite. The only disappointment were in some of Jaspar's actions. I think if I had lost my husband, my children were kidnapped and the one man helping me was in a gunfight, the very last thing I would think to do is strip and scream naked. It made me lost respect for her fight at that point.
Again, overall a good read, just could
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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.

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