In the first Cole Sage book, we find Cole at the low point of his career. Now, he's returned to the paper where he started his career, The Chicago Sentinel. Instead of writing the big stories, he's doing the work of a rookie reporter. His "big story of the day" is a cat caught in a tree. During its rescue, the cat's owner takes her Good Samaritan neighbor hostage. Cole witnesses something so disturbing it reawakens the journalist's desire to write again.
Returning to the paper, Cole finds a desperate message asking for help from Ellie, one that got away. The one that has continually haunted his life. Cole drops everything and flies to California. He must find what would make her so desperate, she would call him after so many years. Cole finds her terminally ill, and abandoned by her husband. He discovers while Ellie was heavily medicated, she mistakenly signed a power of attorney. Now her estranged daughter Erin's inheritance won't go to her, but her abusive step-father. Cole vows to find the girl and right the situation.
The path to keeping his word is blocked at every turn by the husband who abandoned her, his shady real estate deals, violent con men, street thugs, and the lure of a fortune in diamonds that unite them. The anger, sorrow, and crippling guilt of 20 years fires Cole's drive to keep a promise, that in the end, will heal and return the soul to the great journalist.
Beaten, bloody but determined, Cole Sage conquers greed and hatred with a strength that only love, and a will as hard as diamond, can achieve.
©2013 Micheal Maxwell (P)2016 Micheal Maxwell
This book started out slowly for me. But the summary and other reviews kept me going. I'm so glad I kept listening, I was so immersed in the story, that I had a hard time pausing the book. I really like Cole's sense of justice which is based on protecting the underdog and those given a raw deal.
I was pleasantly surprised by the old country preacher. As Cole searches for answers, he finds them without compromising his respect and dignity
The reader soon learns that Cole has no patience for those that exploit the helpless and vulnerable.
I hope that the author lets us know what happened to a few of the characters in the other books. Especially Whisper.
I wish Audible had all his books narrated, not just "Diamonds and Cole". I loved the narrator.
I strongly recommend this Audible book.
I enjoy reading/listening to a variety of different genres. I was over joyed that there wasn't any profanity and not one bit of sexual content! I have deleted so many books and audios without hardly starting them because, I have no desire to fill my mind with such trash! I read for a good story and this was a good story! I only gave it 4 stars on the story part because the story was a bit predictable, but enjoyed it anyway. I am definitely going to add Michael Maxwell to my list of favorite authors!!
heart warming a real change to so much I usually read. I can share this book with you 11 year old or my wife and know the essence of the story will shine brightly. Yet it's the sort of story you can't put down..
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