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Saving Sophie

(Liam Taggart & Catherine Lockhart #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  8,015 ratings  ·  644 reviews
From Ronald H. Balson, author of Once We Were Brothers, Saving Sophie is the powerful story of the lengths a father will go through to protect his daughter and an action-packed thriller that will take you on an unforgettable journey of murder and deception, testing the bonds of family and love.

Jack Sommers was just an ordinary accountant from Chicago. That is, until his
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Published September 15th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Shani This is the second novel I have read by the same author. Also read "Once we were brothers". In that novel I remember 3 inconsistencies and/or errors…moreThis is the second novel I have read by the same author. Also read "Once we were brothers". In that novel I remember 3 inconsistencies and/or errors with facts that really annoyed me (can't remember now as read it a few years ago).
In both novels here were several grammatical errors and typos.
Author needs a new editor!! (less)
Joan Hi Nicole
3/13/18 The library I have has the ebook and another library in my circle has the audio, the sight is called Sails , don't know if Have this…more
Hi Nicole
3/13/18 The library I have has the ebook and another library in my circle has the audio, the sight is called Sails , don't know if Have this in your area. Ask your librarian, they will get you the book if they can for OUT OF NETWORK if they can find it.. I found two sights here. Hope this will help.
Maybe you found it . Joan

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Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
Jack Sommers has just run off with Eighty Six Million Dollars.... (Very clever scheme, for a man who is never been a thief until now).
Jack's daughter Sophie has been kidnapped by her Palestinian grandfather.

Jack, (Jewish), Alina, (an Arab), and daughter Sophie were living in Chicago. Jack was
a partner with Jenkins & Fairchild law firm. Alina gets word that her mother back home in Hebron is very sick. She goes home to visit. Her mother recovers...but instantly
Diane S ☔
3.5 A child kidnapped by her grandparents and taken the Middle East, millions of dollars missing, two dead in Chicago, possibly planned terrorist attack and a few other background stories make up, this novel. Entertaining at times, distracting at others, feel that almost too much was going on. It was a good read, interesting and I did like the explanation of what is going on between the Jews and the Arabs that I really had not understood. Also liked the descriptive writing describing these ...more
Jack Sommers seems to have it all—a good job as an attorney at a prestigious Chicago law firm, a happy marriage to a beautiful wife, and a sweet little daughter named Sophie. But after visiting her parents in Palestine, Jack’s wife becomes ill and dies. Jack’s secure world begins to fall apart after her death. Sophie is kidnapped by her grandparents and taken to Palestine after a bitter custody battle. Desperate to bring his daughter home, Jack takes part in a scheme to embezzle money from a ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Intriguing premise with the embezzlement and kidnapping storylines. At times, I thought that there was too much material that the author could have cut out. There were also moments in the book where I felt like I was being preached at or taught a lesson about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Overall, I would recommend Saving Sophie. There's a lot of action and plot twists, and a big payoff in the end.
Loved the Chicago placements and context as rarely is that in any way accurate. This was.

The plot itself reminded me more of a Grisham, rather than a Patterson. There is depth to the story line and in most ways to the principals' emotive motivations surrounding the criminal acts. But that was a bit of the "trouble" to me and its believability. Because nearly everyone in the book, except maybe for the bad guy father-in-law, WAS that over-riding motivation and nearly nothing else. I find this can
Judy Collins
Following Once We Were Brothers, Ronald H. Balson returns with another riveting page-turner, SAVING SOPHIE A child kidnapping, terrorist activity, ransom, and an embezzlement.

Chicago PI Liam Taggart and his fiancée, lawyer, Catherine investigate an act of embezzlement, plus more. A Jewish accountant Jack Somers has been hiding in Hawaii after misdirecting $88 million—a business transaction, while trying to save his six-year-old daughter, Sophie. She has been kidnapped by his late wife’s
** My thanks go to the author and to St. Martin's Press via Net Galley for my copy**

Once We Were Brothers is the first in the crime series, however, they can be read as stand alone.

Liam and Catherine are the Investigation team that were on the "job" in the previous book, its just different cases, so its fine to read as a stand alone.

We have here a Father whose child is kidnapped. Not only that, he is being accused of the crime. He is also being accused of embezzlement among other things.

ARC received courtesy of giveaway

I loved this book! It had it all: international intrigue, a father's love, kidnapping, a terror plot and much more! I couldn't put this book down and had to finish it quickly. I think some of these characters may have been introduced in an earlier book but it made no difference to my enjoyment of the novel. This is an author I'll be on the look-out for!
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could not put down until I finished the book.
So very contemporary. Everything a good book should have: great characters, a little history & geography, intrigue, mystery, family, sadness & joy, love, respect and just a great story.
Guess I have to read Once We Were Brothers next.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucky enough to read an earlier pre-release copy of this book. It's another winner. Great character development, fast paced and exciting read. Mark it down on your list for September 15.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting book in a series I’m enjoying. I had some difficulty getting into this one. There were so many different characters introduced at the beginning that I did something I’ve never done before—I made a list of characters with their descriptions. Then there were the Arabic character’s names going me trouble. Both of these things may be hazards of listening to the audio versions . . . or maybe it’s that I’m getting old since I celebrated my 82nd birthday last week! Thankfully I was ...more
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, thriller
Jack Sommers helps misdirect $88 million in a corporate acquisition to try to recover his daughter, who was kidnapped by her deceased mother's Palestinian parents. The story has many plotlines, from the young girl's unhappiness in Hebron, the rage of the megalomaniac seller whose money was stolen, to Middle Eastern politics. Liam is hired by the insurance company to find the money, which mission conveniently dovetails into finding Jack and the kidnapped daughter, while Catherine is asked to ...more
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Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
All that Jack Sommers wants is to get his daughter back. He’s tried all of the legal ways, including through the State Department but has gotten nowhere.

Jack, a Chicago accountant working with a large law group specializes in mergers. Until a year ago his life was good. He and his wife Alina were happy together, they had a little daughter Sophie, whom they adored. When Alina’s mother is said to be very ill she returns to Hebron to visit. Immediately upon returning home Alina falls ill with what
Schuyler Wallace

Long time attorney and author Ronald H. Balson follows up on his successful first novel, “Once We Were Brothers,” with another look at family ties and conflict in “Saving Sophie.” Here we have a troubled accountant, Jack Sommers, who has been given the task of putting together a business sale and gets involved with embezzling the proceeds. He intends the ill-gained money to be used to rescue his daughter, Sophie, who has been kidnapped by her maternal grandfather, a Palestinian terrorist.
Bonnye Reed
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
XXX I received a free copy of this novel from Ronald Balson and Courtney with St Martin's Griffin on January 12, 2016. I look forward to a great read - thank you for sharing your hard work, and for participating in the Goodreads Giveaway program.

This is a complex story, but told in a way that is very easy to follow. The characters are completely human and even the protagonist is very empathetic. I loved the detailed descriptions and history lessons of Palestine, especially Hebron and Jerusalem,
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Catherine and Liam team up again, this time to help a law firm discover how one of its employees, Jack Sommers, made away with $86 million, costing them a lucrative deal. Of course, Liam and Catherine also become obsessed with why, when they discover that Jack’s wife died tragically, and his eight year old daughter has disappeared, presumably abducted by her estranged grandparents.

The story moves at a great pace, and holds your attention, with details on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,
I loved the first book in this series (which can be read as a standalone) but this sequel was just nonsensical and overloaded with info dumping. The plot involves embezzlement, kidnapping, bribery, and a terrorist plot that alternately involves Americans, Russians, Isrealis, and Palestinians. These things are not particularly interconnected, resulting in a mish mash of events that never resolves itself into one big picture. The parts of the book dealing with the extended background on the ...more
I don’t know why this is called series. This book has nothing in common with Book I and Book III except for a lawyer and a detective. The other two books are filled with history, both set during WWII in Poland, and this one hardly has history in it except the Palestine-Israel conflict and it’s more of a suspense work than a good historical fiction/novel. Loved his other two books, but this one is a misunderstanding. The plots are all over, some not even realistic, not holding well together, not ...more
Maureen DeLuca
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very difficult for me to rate this book for there is WAYYY too much going on here. At times I wanted to give this book 2.5 stars, other times 5 . The kidnapped part of the book was excellent- and the Jews vs Palestine part of the book was amazing!! If you decide to read this book, have an open mind and most of all a clear mind. It was the 2nd in this series and the only link are the two main characters: Kathryn the lawyer and Liam the PI . All in all I'm glad I read it but whew!! Like I ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I won this book on Goodreads.

I liked this book. It had thrills and suspense with a little humor and romance. There were far-flung locations, interesting good people, and very bad villains. I even learned something about the history and the current political status of the Middle East. What happened to the bride was just mean, but otherwise, I enjoyed reading this story.

Note: I did notice one typo, but I was reading an uncorrected proof.
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Short chapters and historical background the only pluses. Cannot believe the rave reviews, implausible stories, flat characters, couldn't wait to finish it. Book club selection, or I would have left it long ago.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the author's first book, Once We Were Brothers. Not nearly as much heart. But still an entertaining read, and thrilling in parts.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful book from this brilliant author a solid 4 stars and well recommended...
Ronald Keeler
Nov 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This book will be interesting for those who hear repeated “keywords” on the morning news as background noise while going to work and don’t really know what is going on. Perhaps they cannot find the West Bank or Gaza on any map; they would like to but haven’t discovered a painless or entertaining way to do so. This book fills the bill as historical fiction with a heavy influence on the historical. The fiction is clearly identified by the author in endnotes. As with any emotional, currently ...more
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't get too annoyed at the beginning of this book because there are a lot of pieces to this puzzle. Jack Sommers is a key accountant with a large Chicago company, that has just closed a deal worth $88, 000,000 but somehow the money has disappeared....and so has Jack and his company buddy, Dennis Harrington. Did Jack take the money?
Actually the story starts earlier in Jack's life. He has married a beautiful Arab woman named Alina, much to the dismay of Alina'a father Arif. Arif has disowned
Glencoe Public Library
This is the newest legal thriller by Chicago trial attorney Ronald Balson, who wrote When We Were Brothers, a huge success at our library. I expect nothing less from Saving Sophie, which was published as a paperback original in September.

Main character Jack Sommers was one of two attorneys on a huge deal in which 88 million dollars of the clients money went missing. The client, a prominent manufacturer who dabbles in fixing sporting events, is furious – and wants his money! The other attorney in

Hazelj jones
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book Saving Sophie from a Goodreads giveaway!!!I really enjoyed this book!! It shows all the efforts a parent will go through to protect and eventually rescue his daughter from her maternal grandfather who is involved in a terrerist group in Palestine.
But it also shows us the strength and faith a little girl(Sophie) has in her father the man who promised to always love her and be there for her .No matter what she was told she clung to her belief that her daddy would never
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to thank the author, Ronald H. Balson, and the publisher, St. Martins Press, for the ARC copy of Saving Sophie. Also, thank you to Goodreads for hosting this opportunity through the First Reads program.

Being an ARC edition, there are still a number of editing corrections to be made, but this copy is fairly far along and already as good as some finished publications I've unfortunately seen in the past.

I really liked this story, with multiple angles playing out around the world, yet all
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When he’s not writing books, Ron is a practicing attorney with the firm of Stone, Pogrund & Korey in Chicago. He has been a civil litigation attorney for forty-three years. He was an adjunct professor of business law at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business for twenty-five years and was a frequent lecturer in the federal bar certification course and in trial advocacy seminars. ...more

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“The sad fact is this—both sides are victims to the terrorists. As President Peres said, ‘The Arabs are not Israel’s enemy. The terrorists are the enemies of both of us.’ And the consequence is further polarization of the two peoples, which, of course, serves the terrorists’s goals.” 1 likes
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