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Sirena Quest

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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  17 reviews
The New York Times Sunday Magazine piece famously opened: She has pouting lips and high round breasts. Thousands of men have dreamt of her. Hundreds have chased after her. Two have died in pursuit. Her name is Sirena, she weighs 193 pounds, and she vanished in 1959. Without a trace. Barrett College s legendary Greco-Roman sculpture s fate was still a hot topic in 1970 when ...more
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Published January 6th 2015 by Poisoned Pen Press
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Rob Slaven
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
As if very often the case, I received this unit free in exchange for a review. Also as usual I give my candid opinions about it below.

The nutshell view on this book is fairly straightforward. The cover seems to want us to believe that it's a mystery but there's not really much of a mystery to it. Instead it's a middle-aged men's adventure novel centering on a group of forty-somethings who go on a grand adventure looking for a long-last statue. Their travels take them to a few Midwestern locales
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caper, fiction, quest
Michael A. Kahn may be best known for his mysteries featuring attorney Rachel Gold. And, Rachel does may a brief appearance in his latest novel, The Sirena Quest, but she isn't an essential part of this story. This is really the story of a quest, as the title states. But, what a quest! It's a caper, the story of the search for a missing statue, and the story of the brotherhood of four men. In the end, it's the story of determination to see an adventure through to the end.

Lou Solomon is a widower
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this very fun read, the reader will be told of a beautiful woman who has lived at Barrett College, a small college in New England for many years. Her name is Sirena, she is a little on the large size weighing 193 pounds and is a sculpture that has been kidnapped from the college. An extremely wealthy alumnus of Barrett has offered a great deal of money in a challenge to any graduate that is able to find the statue of Sirena that has been missing for thirty-five years and return it by the upco ...more
Steve Gross
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun. Rachel Gold makes a half-page appearance.
Victor Gentile
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael A. Kahn in his new book, “The Sirena Quest” published by Poisoned Pen Press gives us a quest.

From the back cover: The New York Times Sunday Magazine piece famously opened: “She has pouting lips and high round breasts. Thousands of men have dreamt of her. Hundreds have chased after her. Two have died in pursuit. Her name is Sirena, she weighs 193 pounds, and she vanished in 1959. Without a trace.”

Barrett College’s legendary Greco-Roman sculpture’s fate was still a hot topic in 1970 when f
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This story begins by describing a day in the life of St. Louis attorney Lou Solomon. Lou is a popular widower with an air of sadness surrounding him. The setting and events at the beginning of the novel seem similar to a typical legal procedural. Then, Lou gets together with his old college roommate, Ray Gorman, and the action begins. When Lou, Ray, and two other college roommates begin their hunt for a statue that has been missing from their college for over 30 years, the tone of the novel shif ...more
Christine Zibas
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Those who enjoy following along with the clues to a good mystery are likely to be disappointed with this latest novel by Author Michael Kahn. It's more a feel-good story about college roommates reuniting after twenty years apart than it is about locating their college's missing statue. Indeed, the missing item is located about half way through the book, with not much suspense made of the clues that lead them to her.

Sirena, the legendary college sculpture, has been hidden away for years after hav
Diane Coto
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Have you ever been on a treasure hunt? If you have, I bet it’s not as elaborate as The Sirena Quest. Sirena is Barrett College’s Greco-Roman sculpture. “… she’d been kidnapped and rescued and kidnapped again and rescued again. And that she’d disappeared. And then years passed. And then decades.” Silicon Valley billionaire Robert Godwin of the class of ’59 has pledged $23 million to the college and another $2 million reward to Sirena’s rescuers if she is found and returned by June 17, 1994, in ti ...more
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it

This new novel, is a fun puzzle story. The reader travels along with four men who are about to return to college for their 20th reunion. They reunite in advance of the reunion for quest to find a missing statue that has intrigued graduates of Barrett College for years. The reader takes a road trip with the characters. Along the way each character has the chance to share their feelings and thoughts on the successes and failures in their lives.

This is a fun light novel to read. It will take peopl
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to agree with Publishers Weekly who called The Sirena Quest by author Michael A. Kahn "equal parts rollicking adventure, existential and spiritual quest , and coming of (middle) age tale..this heartwarming misadventure isn't so much about four middle-aged men finding a statue as about finding themselves."

One of my favorite movies of all time is It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World which has competing groups searching for a treasure. The Sirena Quest involves college alumni groups searching for
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-crime
Four former college room mates 20 years have passed and now they are on the quest of a life time. Old wounds will be healed new ones will be inflicted but always the quest for Sirena holds them.

It has been 20 years since Lou, Ray,Gordie and Billy have seen each other much less spent more than a few moments catching up. Lou has lost his wife and is raiding his 2 kids alone, Billy is teaching Spanish, Gordie has allowed his screen writing dreams to die as he writes copy at a Chicago Advertising Co
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A graduate from a New England college offers a reward for $23 million if a statue that has been missing for 35 years is returned before the 150th anniversary of the college. He offers $2 million for the rescuer of the statue. Four former college roommates decide to band together to find the statue. The journey turns out to be sentimental and transformative for the men. Do they find the statue?

This novel has adventure, It is an existential and spiritual quest. It is also a coming of middle-age jo
Jennifer Lyon
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book on the whole. It is a reunion of college buddies who go on a mid-life crisis adventure to find the missing statue of Sirena, the beloved unofficial college "mascot". It kept me drawn in to the story line. I don't really see the need for the quantity of swearing however. The story was good on its own. There was no need for the "filler" in my opinion. Some may think me a prude but personally my vocabulary is big enough to be able to use alternative words. Reading around that I d ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: r-ng, r-sa
The Sirena Quest by Michael A. Kahn is a light and easy read, sometimes funny and sometimes nostalgic. It is a book about men but is not centered on espionage or warfare, or other such topic. It is about seemingly ordinary people having a somewhat out of the ordinary adventure as they search for a statute and compete for a $3 million prize.

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Reviewed based on a publisher’s galley received through NetGalley
Maurynne  Maxwell
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: are, mystery
Michael Kahn is a good writer; I remember his Rachel Gold mysteries fondly. I think mystery fans will enjoy this, though it's more of a buddy quest. A college mascot, the titular statue Sirena, disappeared one night, and an alumnus of the college has promised a huge endowment if the statue is found and returned by Founding Day. Adventure, nostalgia, and humor ensue.

(I received a galley from Poisoned Pen for review)
T.H. Silver
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kahn's novels are always page turners, and this is a great one to take to the beach or to curl up with by the fire. The story centers on the quest for a long-ago kidnapped college statue. Of course, the quest for the lost statue is really a metaphor for lost youth. There's a double treasure hunt, with heroes and villains to root for and despise along the way. I couldn't put it down.
Paul Franco
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A sorta treasure quest story, this involves the search for a long-missing statue; if it’s returned in time for the big reunion their college gets a bunch of money and they get a big finder’s fee. I have nothing bad to say about it, and it’s certainly not terrible in any way; I just felt like it could have been better, or at least more entertaining.
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Pseudonym for Michael Baron.

Michael Kahn is a trial lawyer by day and an author at night. He wrote his first novel, GRAVE DESIGNS, on a challenge from his wife Margi, who got tired of listening to the same answer whenever she asked him about a book he was reading. "Not bad," he would say, "but I could write a better book than that." "Then write one," she finally said, "or please shut up." So he sh
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