It all started with a blind promise - now Preston Wilson faces a dilemma that will ultimately destroy him or define him.
In The Collectibles, Book One of the Collectibles trilogy, James J. Kaufman delivers the gripping and unforgettable story of Joe Hart and Preston Wilson, two strong men from different worlds - one touched by tragedy, the other by greed - brought together by a promise that changes six lives forever.
In The Concealers, Book Two of the trilogy, Kaufman's listeners meet Katherine Kelly, a budding journalist driven to find the truth. As she investigates bank fraud in Long Island, she discovers the identity of her father, only to learn that he is being drawn into her investigation. Too soon, she learns the agony and price of the truth she seeks.
In The Conciliators, the conclusion of the Collectibles trilogy, Preston Wilson's life is once again imploding - this time as headline news, bylined by Katherine Kelly. Under fire thanks to the financial shenanigans of a longtime friend, the CEO finds himself in trouble with the FBI, the Russian Mafia, and his creditors. If he doesn't come up with a plan (and quickly), he could lose everything and find himself, his wife, and his shareholders in prison.
Inspired by Joe Hart's life lessons, Preston sets a new course, vowing to fight for what matters most: his family, his friends, and the Collectibles.
©2015 James J. Kaufman (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The Collectibles, The Concealers, and The Concillators are best thought of as a single 32 hour novel. The primary protagonist of the trilogy is attorney Joe Hart. Although Joe Hart dies of a malignant brain tumor in Book 1 (The Collectibles) it is the force of his honesty, expectations of himself, and his impact on his friends, the wounded souls he collected, and their friends that determines the outcome of the trilogy. In another sense one could view judgmentally challenged auto dealership magnate Preston Wilson, the most capable and most blundering of the wounded souls, as protagonist. Or neophyte turned star journalist Katherine Kelly could be viewed as the protagonist. The character other than Joe Hart himself who best exemplifies what he stood for is Katherine Kelly.
Although a legal thriller the real message of the Collectibles trilogy is the importance of honesty and making/keeping commitments in the relationships, personal or business or otherwise, of people. One can only wish that at least a few of elite journalists with national publications like NYT, WP, and WSJ shared Katherine Kelly's commitment to honesty.
These three books are easily the best I have read or listened to this year. The narration of Joe Barrett is stellar.
Finally, it likely seems that I pick many of the books I listen to and review are based on reviews by Audible Listener Shelley. It's true. If you like thrillers, may I suggest that you follow her reviews also. And give her "helpful" votes when her reviews are helpful. (I have never met or communicated with Shelley!)
All! And I wish Joe Barrett would narrate more mystery/thriller books. He is one of the narrators I regularly search for and because of him I found these books.
If you have read my reviews of the first two books in this trilogy you will know that I think these book are phenomenally well written and narrated. I honestly think these three books are my favorites of this year. I sincerely hope James Kaufman will continue to write books of this caliber. Most HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You.
I enjoyed these books so much, I listened to one a day and with little sleep in so doing! Excellent storytelling and narration. I wish there were more! The author cleverly tied it all together in a satisfying, intelligent, and uplifting conclusion--and that's a rarity.
The first book in this series was awesome and is why I wanted to listen to the next. This book however, followed the plot of a fairy tale, the kind Disney invests in where only good endings happen. The book had thousands of opportunities to take the story in different directions to make it more complex, but it did not. I finished it, but by the last couple of hours I felt chained. It's an okay listen/read if you need only happy endings.
I have listened to or read all three Collectible novels. I liked this one the best - perhaps because it tied up all the loose strings. It's a good series.
This trilogy is one of the best series I have encountered in a long time. My only regret with this story is the fact that it ended. It is definitely set in a way to continue and I hope it does. The character development builds with each book and portrays so many real-life obstacles- both personal and professional. I found this series as a daily deal and I am glad I took a chance on something new. Looking forward to many more books by Kaufman.
I downloaded the first book in the series and got hooked. I think each book could stand on its own, but together the make an outstanding read. Look forward to future books by James Kaufman as well as naration by Joe Barrett. Joe's characterization made it easy to distinguish each character and convey the meaning and emotions of the story. Well done!!!!!
Mr. Kaufman is such an amazing writer, who has the ability to weave such a variety of characters, situations, areas of interest and varying careers, intense and traumatic events, that is nothing short of brilliant! On top of this, his novels evoke one's every emotion and truly melt the heart.
I love novels with substance, not fluff, yet despite the trying events the characters may suffer, to my relief, they ultimately prevail and there is a happy ending, which is the ultimate joy!
Joe Barrett is an excellent narrator and does an awesome job on all 3 novels in this trilogy.
There are references to prayer and trusting God in the novels and I'm very grateful for that, as I am a believer in God, His Word and the power of prayer. Many principles from God's Word are contained in the books, without being referenced, but it's easy to see the parallels if one has a mind to.
The battle of good versus evil, as well as hard choices we all have to make in life, and the strength and fortitude to endure through heart-rending pain and loss are a few of the parallels and life lessons I've alluded to.
I would give all 3 novels in this trilogy 50 stars in each category, if it was available. In closing, I highly recommend "The Collectibles " series and believe each novel would greatly enrich the lives of every listener and reader who chooses to enjoy them.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
The conclusion of The Collectibles Trilogy is a legal thriller, with the Russian mafia closing in on Katherine as she investigates the bank fraud case that she is reporting on. Preston, having reneged on his promise to Joe Hart to keep in touch with and care for "The Collectibles" finds himself in a precarious position, both in his business and in his personal life. Having been led into financial ruin by hiring an old friend from prep school and not listening to the sound advice of his CFO, Casey, Preston has fallen back into old habits, and is on the brink of losing everything, including his wife, Marsha . . . and possibly going to jail . . . I found myself shaking my head and getting mad at Preston for reverting back into his old, familiar ways . . . until I admitted that we ALL do that to some extent . . . but for the grace of God, we all would be miserable failures . . . the "something" that Joe Hart saw in Preston, and the other "collectibles" kept coming back to mind . . . and Preston's new relationship with Katherine, his daughter that he was now coming to know and love became a positive foundation in his life at a time that he most needed it . . . all of the collectibles soon came back into the picture, one by one, beautiful . . . and flawed . . . each with their own story of pain and healing . . . and of caring for one another . . . this trilogy is one of the most meaningful stories of the strength of the human spirit and how "each one can reach one" . . . and although the mention of God is subtle, its there and it is understood that our strength and hope come from Him . . .
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