The Monarch: A Thriller

Paperback | January 6, 2015

byJack Soren

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Fans of thrilling adventures and international suspense will love Jack Soren’s whirlwind debut novel—a tale of two thieves detoured on the road to redemption.

Imitation is the deadliest form of flattery …

When Jonathan Hall walked away from his career as an international art thief to be a father, he thought he’d made a clean break—from crime, from life as The Monarch, from an early grave.

But when The Monarch’s signature symbol resurfaces, carved into the mutilated bodies of New York’s elite, Jonathan realizes his retirement may have been short-lived. Someone is framing The Monarch for horrific slayings. But Jonathan and his former partner, Lew, know this isn’t just murder—it’s a message.

Now caught in a deadly game against a fanatical madman whose reach penetrates the darkest corners of the globe, Jonathan and Lew have no choice but to play along. But when Jonathan’s daughter becomes a pawn, all bets are off. To win this game, Jonathan and Lew will have to accept one final task as The Monarch—a job that could change the course of history forever. 

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Fans of thrilling adventures and international suspense will love Jack Soren’s whirlwind debut novel—a tale of two thieves detoured on the road to redemption.Imitation is the deadliest form of flattery …When Jonathan Hall walked away from his career as an international art thief to be a father, he thought he’d made a clean break—from c...

Jack Soren was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Before becoming a thriller novelist, Soren wrote software manuals, waited tables, drove a cab, and spent six months as a really terrible private investigator. He lives in the Toronto area.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.08 inPublished:January 6, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062365193

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than just action & suspense. This novel had the best of all genres. The heroes were loveably flawed and the action never stopped! I couldn't put it down. It was more than an action mystery - there was character development that made me want to know more about each person in this novel and root for their demise or their success! I can't wait for their next adventure.
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an ending! A real page-turner. Kept saying "just one more chapter" and BAM, I was done! Worth it just for the ending, which still boggles my mind.
Date published: 2015-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast Moving Full of intrigue, with enough twists and turns to keep you hooked until the end. You will enjoy this book.
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Monarch This book was very interesting plot-wise. It held my interest all the way through. It could have used a bit better descriptions of some of the characters because I had trouble picturing them. Finally, there were still a few typos and some mistakes in the text and grammer that, perhaps, a better proof reader would have detected and corrected. Overlooking that, I give it 5 stars. I really liked how it wrapped up all the loose ends.
Date published: 2015-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Killer Read Here's the thing about THE MONARCH: it's a killer read. If you're looking for whether or not you should buy this book, you can stop here: Yes, buy this book. Read this book. Love this book. Of course, I have more thoughts, if you're interested. I think Soren deserves a lot of credit for creating a lively, complete world full of intrigue and mystery and madness. There's a lot that goes on in this book - I mean, a whole lot. When I reached the end of it, I had to pause to think back where it had all started; I was amazed. Fact is, the characters go a long way, but none of it ever feels forced, contrived or artificial. All the adventure and plot twists and insanity just feel totally organic and natural to the world and characters that Soren's crafted here. There's a lot going on in this book, man. Of course, it's also worth noting that it's a book about relationships as much is it is about the breakneck adventure of the plot. All of the characters you meet are fully-realized people - but special credit goes to Jonathan and Lew's friendship, which is about as fantastic a portrayal of male friendship as I've read. They're distinct in their personal idiosyncrasies, but it's evident why these two totally different men are as close as they are. Without giving away too many of the plot details (best to crash headlong into them with the heroes, I promise you, it's so worth it), I can say that this is the best evil-mastermind-criminal-international-thriller-adventure-action-packed-hilarious-heartfelt novel I've read in a long time. I promise, you're gonna dig it, and then we'll both be rabidly awaiting the next one.
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great debut novel! The Monarch is an incredible story of intrigue, espionage, heist, and suspense. I loved this story! The Monarch plays out like a thrilling movie in your head while you read. The writing is well paced and the characters are intriguing. When the story begins, there are many moving parts and places involved with the plot line. At the beginning of this book, I had to focus on the who and where with each new chapter as we bounced around the globe, but once each individual story line was introduced and the players were developed, the intrigue takes off and I was hooked. This story takes places all over the world, in the present day with flashbacks to where this all began so many years ago. We meet Jonathan and Lew, two partners who became best friends after a chance meeting years ago off the beaten path. They worked together as the Robin Hood of art thieves and were so well known. Yet things changed when Jonathan’s daughter came into his life and both men have left the high adrenaline heist world behind. Yet someone, somewhere is creating havoc in their name and they must take charge to stop the murders and find out who is behind it all. The plot line to this book was one of the things that hooked me. It was different from the slew books I have been reading lately, which was a refreshing experience that I am so happy for. The plot was very well written and brilliantly developed. This book is filled with intrigue, drama, and thrilling adventures. I had no idea what was around the next corner and loved the surprise of the story as I read. The writing style was lovely and I cannot wait to see what Jack Soren has in store for the future. One of my favorite parts to see in any book I read is the character development. The characters introduced within this storyline have the potential to be shallow, considering there are so many moving parts and different people introduced all throughout the book. But Jack Soren is able to take a character and provide them with the perfect amount of back story and create people within each plot line that add authenticity and excitement to this tale. Jonathan was a single dad trying to make ends meet and leave his past behind. Lew was a man who has made mistakes but was fighting for what was right. Emily was the starry eyed writer who learned the truth behind her words. The list goes on and on. Each character is foundational to the story and I was beyond pleased with what each person brought to the table. The Monarch is a must read for anyone who enjoys well written thrillers. It was such an awesome story full of adrenaline and excitement. Do not miss this one!
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great debut novel! The Monarch is an incredible story of intrigue, espionage, heist, and suspense. I loved this story! The Monarch plays out like a thrilling movie in your head while you read. The writing is well paced and the characters are intriguing. When the story begins, there are many moving parts and places involved with the plot line. At the beginning of this book, I had to focus on the who and where with each new chapter as we bounced around the globe, but once each individual story line was introduced and the players were developed, the intrigue takes off and I was hooked. This story takes places all over the world, in the present day with flashbacks to where this all began so many years ago. We meet Jonathan and Lew, two partners who became best friends after a chance meeting years ago off the beaten path. They worked together as the Robin Hood of art thieves and were so well known. Yet things changed when Jonathan’s daughter came into his life and both men have left the high adrenaline heist world behind. Yet someone, somewhere is creating havoc in their name and they must take charge to stop the murders and find out who is behind it all. The plot line to this book was one of the things that hooked me. It was different from the slew books I have been reading lately, which was a refreshing experience that I am so happy for. The plot was very well written and brilliantly developed. This book is filled with intrigue, drama, and thrilling adventures. I had no idea what was around the next corner and loved the surprise of the story as I read. The writing style was lovely and I cannot wait to see what Jack Soren has in store for the future. One of my favorite parts to see in any book I read is the character development. The characters introduced within this storyline have the potential to be shallow, considering there are so many moving parts and different people introduced all throughout the book. But Jack Soren is able to take a character and provide them with the perfect amount of back story and create people within each plot line that add authenticity and excitement to this tale. Jonathan was a single dad trying to make ends meet and leave his past behind. Lew was a man who has made mistakes but was fighting for what was right. Emily was the starry eyed writer who learned the truth behind her words. The list goes on and on. Each character is foundational to the story and I was beyond pleased with what each person brought to the table. The Monarch is a must read for anyone who enjoys well written thrillers. It was such an awesome story full of adrenaline and excitement. Do not miss this one!
Date published: 2014-12-31