Item description for Solomon's Men by Glenn Starkey...
Greg Valdez operates just the other side of the line as a thief for private collectors. He's known as the best in the business. You name it, he's stolen it---from jewels to fine art. Now his mission takes him to an ancient monastery in Portugal to steal a priceless artifact---a Crusader's pouch---from within the altar. But the artifact becomes the ransom for his loved ones and the focus of a team of mercenaries.
Centuries-old oaths and traditions come into play as modern day Templar Knights launch an international search for the thief and the pouch which conceals the true burial Shroud of Jesus.
Glenn Starkey has written a book that will put you on the edge of your seat and keep you there. A real thriller in the tradition of the genre, Solomon's Men will take you on a roller coaster ride you'll wish would never end. You'll be asking yourself when Starkey's next book will hit the stands.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2003
Publisher Word Wright International
ISBN 1932196072 ISBN13 9781932196078
Reviews - What do customers think about Solomon's Men?
Awesome Page Turner! Jun 16, 2004
My usual habit is to have several books going at one time. What I read on any particular night is dependent upon how tired I am...until Solomon's Men! No matter how worn out I found myself, I would be engaged in as fierce a battle to defeat my exhaustion as Greg Valdez was to save those he loved! What normally would have taken me about a week to finish only lasted me two nights.
Glenn Starkey has managed to work just the right amount of descriptive verbiage into a finely woven piece of work. Nothing to bog the reader down...only send them on a fast, fun filled, exciting adventure that all too quickly ends. Definitely leaves the reader anxious for more!
I couldn't read this fast enough! Apr 26, 2004
With swift, adroit definition of characters the reader is immediately immersed into this thrilling account of religious history (the theft of the Shroud of Turin) and present day mercenary activities. Greg Valdez is the thief you have to love. Solomon's Men will grab you and hold your rapt attention right to the dramatic and fulfilling end. Mr. Starkey has a wonderful gift of descriptive writing that propels the reader through adrenaline producing twists and turns, humor, romance, and a good versus evil scenario that leaves the reader begging for more. This book should be made into a movie.
Up until now only James Patterson has provided the demanding, page turning excitement that held me in its grip and would not let go. I didn't want to put Solomon's Men down to go to bed, only to be awakened a short time later with the compelling need to finish the book. Glenn Starkey did not disappoint. He brings the reader full circle, leaving you with a wonderful feeling that all is right with the world once again. I look forward with eager anticipation to the next mind-boggling, heart-wrenching adventure from the depths of Glenn Stakey's mind.
The Full Meal Deal with Accompanying Accoutrements Sep 30, 2003
Usually, my style is reading several books at one time, strategically placing them throughout my home so that I may savour stories slowly, as a multi-course meal should be; instead of having them devour my days. Initially, Solomon's Men was being enjoyed likewise. At page 152, without warning I was seized by the writer's talent and impelled to put aside the usually compelling long-listed The Romantic, along with the other best-sellers currently in open status on my must-read list; as well as the other, more pressing, demands of the day. I love it when that happens. Devoured, this book was delicious to the last page and left me sated and smiling. Yet, hours afterwards, in the middle of the night, find myself wishing there were just a little more left to return to.
Greg Valdez, the complex protagonist, quickly achieves three-dimensional status in the imagination of the reader and thereafter is painstakingly developed into a noble man able to sustain the heavy weight of myth, magic, and modern mysticism placed on his shoulders by the carefully crafted plot. The familiar formula of good vs. evil in a compelling moral battle fought primarily by the lone individual with only good on his side is followed without undue reliance on stereotyping. Starkey, as reflected in his Valdez, never takes the easy way out. Without holding back or merely setting hooks for sequels, Starkey breathes life into Valdez, rousing a character on par with Clancy's Ryan, or more aptly, John Kelly/Clark. Solomon's Men contains all the depth of Without Remorse combined with breathlessly paced action sequences. The razor sharp passages compare to any of the less humanistic action-oriented-post-cold-war popular thrillers, creating a pleasing balance of detail generally only attained by seasoned writers at perfect peace with their art.
At every incursion into a potentially cheesy sub-plot the reader is deftly delivered safely back to the main event, precious nugget of information firmly in hand; this where a lesser writer would have not been delivered from the temptation and thus inadvertently plunged their audience over the precipice. Rather, the segues compactly blending elements of thriller, legend, romance, humor, and human nature are transcendently bridged such that the whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts. All this without the misogynistic under and overtones found commonly in the otherwise comparable works of giants such as Clancy and Crichton.
Solomon's Men was a delight to read. Thank you, Mr. Starkey, for the opportunity to do so.
A genuinely suspenseful novel about an expert thief drawn Jul 19, 2003
Solomon's Men by Glann Starkey is a genuinely suspenseful novel about an expert thief drawn into an extraordinary tangle. Greg Valdez's heist of a modern day Templer's pouch (which contains the true burial Shroud of Jesus), initiates a cascade of power struggles with the life of Greg's closest loved ones in the balance. Exciting and unpredictable, Solomon's Men is highly recommended as an original action/adventure thriller.
Solomon's Men Apr 26, 2003
Mr. Starkey does an exceptional job of weaving a tale about a secret order of knights sworn to protect the shroud of Christ over the centuries. It is a fast-paced, realistic story in which the heroes and villains are often difficult to identify. There are several unexpected turns in the book which keep your attention from beginning to end.