Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana.
But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy. In the end, will Elaine find the love and happiness she truly seeks…or will she turn to a life of obscene wealth, power and corruption?
©2011 Mike Wells (P)2013 Mike Wells
Starting life as a beloved daughter is a good thing, isn't it? Until it's not. Going to a classy school as a teen is a good thing, isn't it? Until it's not. Saving for college is a good thing, right? And being tagged for modeling if a few classes are taken is good, right? No. But finding a purpose and a goal (revenge) is invigorating. Finding what you need to major in and doing well in college and FBI training is good, right? So is being sent abroad and finding out that you are uniquely qualified for special tasks is good, right? Until it's not. Well, you get the picture, but that's less than half of of this complex tale. So, no more hints or spoilers here. Just get a copy and get into it.
Ms Sharp did a fine job of audio interpreting the characters, their smugness/ambivalence/joy/rage and all, greatly enhancing the writer's work.
I received this book courtesy of AudioBook Blast
While Elaine did have some 'duh' moments, she was a woman who could take care of herself. Her time in Secret Service training comes in handy thru out the book. Her determination to get into the Service in the beginning of the book and her later quest for the truth made Elaine a stronger woman.
Ms. Sharp did wonders with the accents and the foreign words. I would have never been able to pronounce them. Ms. Sharp made the book even more interesting and kept me wanting more.
At over 10 hours, this would be hard to do in one sitting. It is really 3 novella length books packaged altogether. You could break it up by book and not lose any of the suspense.
Lust, Money and Murder, Books 1, 2 & 3 is the story of Elaine, a girl from the rough side of Pittsburgh and her determination to avenge her father. As the story progresses, we see Elaine make the decision to enter the Secret Service and what it takes to get there. Her attention to detail attracts the attention of a few people and Elaine is drawn in to 'the other side' of the law. Can she escape and get away from it all? Listen to find out.
Mr. Wells writes a well rounded story of intrigue and suspense. While there were a few cliche moments, all in all this is a story that I would recommend to my friends and family who enjoy a good mystery/suspense novel. Appropriate for ages 17 +
My reading/listening tastes vary between several different genres and authors. Lust, Money & Murder very quickly made it to my must read/listen list. I am very impatiently waiting for the second part of this trilogy to be completed and available on Audible.
There are several twists and turns and as soon as you think you know the way the story is going to go, it changes again. Definitely a book I had a hard time putting down.
The end of book 3 was amazing and took me by complete surprise. Although the entire book was amazing, the ending was my favorite.
Elaine's initial sexual experiences had me laughing so hard I had tears streaming down my face.... "Go Rodriguez Go!"
Let me start by saying, I came across this book because the author sent me book one for free. About 20 minutes into the book I realized that was not going to be enough so I immediately purchased books 1-3 from Audible. Although I had never heard of this author before, he very quickly made it to my top 10 list. I was not disappointed and you will not be either. This series has all of the major elements needed for a good crime/mystery/thriller with some added humor and romance for a bonus.
Nothing. This is a stupid story with unbelievable characters and plot
Shame for having been sucked into buying and listening to it.
One chapter of crime for every 10 of romance.
Make it a crime/thriller story.
NOT A THRILLER!
i thoroughly enjoyed listening to every moment of this book. the narrator was perfect. the story line kept me holding on to every word. i was praying i wouldn't drive off the highway, i was just that engrossed.
i liked the ending. the villians body was never found, leaving open the possibility of a sequel and i liked the lead character was a strong woman who could take care of herself in just about any situation.
i like her voice and the pace of her reading and the accents of the different characters.
i was completely glued to every word.
Business & Computing Strategist
Great plot, surprise, but hoped for, ending
Elaine Brogan, a dedicated servant caught in a web of evil not seen
She kept her characters very real
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
The first time I've heard of Mike Wells was on Twitter, when he gave me the first ebook volume of Lust, Money and Murder. I read the first one and couldn't stop reading it. That's when I found out there was the audiobook version for the trilogy. I bought it and couldn't stop listening. It took me two days to finish the whole thing. WOW!
The first one is basically the story of Elane Brogan and how she started on the secret service. The second one is about how she was used and how her life was turned around by other people. She was a good person and an honest agent. How could she have fallen into this web of lies and deceit? And the third one is the story of Girgio Cattaretti and his empire, and of course, the great ending to this intertwined, fast paced, well written thriller!
Sue Sharp, the narrator, does a top notch job on the voices of the characters, especially in the ones with the Italian accent. Magnifico!
I highly recommend it.
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