The Convert's Song

A global manhunt sweeps up a former federal agent when his childhood friend becomes the chief suspect in a terrorist rampage.His hazardous stint in U.S law enforcement behind him, Valentine Pescatore has started over as a private investigator in Buenos Aires Then he runs into a long lost friend Raymond Mercer, a charismatic, troubled singer who has converted to Islam AA global manhunt sweeps up a former federal agent when his childhood friend becomes the chief suspect in a terrorist rampage.His hazardous stint in U.S law enforcement behind him, Valentine Pescatore has started over as a private investigator in Buenos Aires Then he runs into a long lost friend Raymond Mercer, a charismatic, troubled singer who has converted to Islam After a terrorist attack kills hundreds, suspicion falls on Raymond and Pescatore.Angry and bewildered, Pescatore joins forces with Fatima Belhaj, an alluring French agent They pursue the enigmatic Raymond into a global labyrinth of intrigue Is he a terrorist, a gangster, a spy Is his loyalty to Pescatore genuine, or just another lethal scam From the jungles of South America to the streets of Paris to the battlegrounds of Baghdad, The Convert s Song leads Pescatore on a race to stop a high stakes campaign of terror.
The Convert s Song A global manhunt sweeps up a former federal agent when his childhood friend becomes the chief suspect in a terrorist rampage His hazardous stint in U S law enforcement behind him Valentine Pescatore

  • Title: The Convert's Song
  • Author: Sebastian Rotella
  • ISBN: 9780316324694
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Convert's Song”

    1. This is a gripping thriller with a "ripped-from-the-headlines" plot that focuses on international terrorism. At the heart of the story are two longtime friends--virtually brothers--named Valentine Pescatore and Raymond Mercer. The two grew up together in Chicago, and Raymond, who loves the glamorous, high-risk life he sees in movies like "Carlito's Way," leads his younger friend into some increasingly dangerous situations. Finally one night, Raymond asks Valentine to back him up as he attempts t [...]

    2. Valentín (“Valentine”) Pescatore is an Italian-American, an ex-Border Patrol agent and a current special investigator for a high-level private Argentine security agency run by Facundo Hyman, an Israeli. One evening in Buenos Aires Valentín is suddenly reacquainted with Raymond, a childhood friend, a Mexican-American former drug runner-turned informant-turned Muslim--turned terrorist, whom he hasn’t seen in years. Valentín and Raymond spend an evening of drunken revelry together in the b [...]

    3. ARC received courtesy of giveawayThis is the story of two men who have been friends since grade school. When one decides to live his life playing both sides of the law, both national and international, the other must decide how to bring him to justiceor not. The settings went from Chicago to Buenos Aires to Europe and the Middle East. The supporting characters were just as exotic as the locations.Until the Part 3 of the book, I found it cumbersome with characters and details that weren't always [...]

    4. This review first appeared in The Los Angeles Times: latimes/books/jacketcoAt the center of "The Convert's Song" — Sebastian Rotella's riveting follow-up to his 2011 debut novel, "Triple Crossing" — are two childhood friends thrown together after 10 years of mutual silence, when their paths in life have clearly diverged. It's an affecting drama of human ties, raising big themes of loyalty, obligation, loss and love. It's also a thriller about a global manhunt and an international ring of Isl [...]

    5. I liked Triple Crossing a lot and think that Sebastian Rotella has a lot of good stories in him. I don't think The Convert's Song is one of them, though. Too many holes, the writing doesn't flow, and the dialogue ranges from wooden to very believable. At a high level, the plot was interesting and I liked the way it was wrapped up, but getting there was problematic. Without trying to be a spoiler, I don't believe somebody like Raymond would be able to make it to the level where he ended up, I don [...]

    6. Every once in a while, it's good to be engrossed in a novel that takes place in another country - in this case, Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am probably like a lot of folks who, without thinking much about it, assume that life around the world is a lot like my life. I really enjoyed the South American setting, which revealed places that clearly have a sliding scale of right and wrong. But wait - that implies that American values are always righteous. And terrorists are always driven by dogma. In t [...]

    7. Rotella, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and multiple award-winning journalist, has the distinction of making the linar notes on Bruce Springsteen’s “Ghost of Tom Joad” for a 1993 story he wrote (‘’Children of the Border’’) when he was a San Diego-based reporter for the Los Angeles Times. The story helped inspire the song Balboa Park on that album. Rotella made the transition to author on his first book, Triple Crossing, which is on my bookshelf, but I have yet to read.In Convert’s Son [...]

    8. I enjoyed this thriller dealing with two old friends who meet up again in an airport in Buenos Aires. Valentine and Raymond were kids together until they both went their separate ways. Valentine is content with his job with a private security firm and Raymond has converted to Islam and joined a nasty group of terrorists. Valentine finds himself sucked into his friend's illegal dealings after a horrible terrorist attack that leaves many dead at a mall and the rumblings of future attacks, maybe in [...]

    9. When Valentine Pescatore runs into a friend from his childhood on the streets of Buenos Aires he finds himself sucked into a world of terrorism, murder, and double dealing.I’m always a bit skeptical about novels like this because, much of the time, it ends up being a really gross exercise in Islamaphobia. Thankfully The Convert’s Song avoided that by bringing in characters from diverse backgrounds and pointing out flaws with U.S. policy and attitudes. I absolutely enjoyed the plot with all i [...]

    10. This is the second novel by Rotella. His first, Triple Crossing, was better. I think I have finally burnt out on the mystery/thriller genre. Picked up the latest Michael Connelly, Burning Room, and after 50 pages he had only introduced one new idea. All the rest was filler. The same can be said for Grisham. I used to love him, but a good writer could take what these people write, tighten it up, and come out with a long short story or short novella.Rotella's Triple Crossing was a wonder. He moved [...]

    11. 2.75? I can't put my finger on what it was about this book that didn't grab me. The story bounces to multiple locations in several continents but doesn't capture a sense of place anywhere. I found myself struggling to keep up with the geography of the plot. The characters are, with the exception of Raymond, not terribly compelling. It was like watching a black and white movie and the scenes with Raymond were in technicolor. I suppose that's kind of the point, but it made it the kind of book you [...]

    12. "Sebastian Rotella has succeeded in blending a rip-roaring international terrorism thriller with a thoughtful examination of the nature of friendship. I’m sorry to admit I haven't read Rotella’s first novel about Valentin Pescatore (Triple Crossing) because I would like to get to know this character better. Raymond Mercer is utterly so much more fascinating than the good guy. But then I always have had a soft spot for bad boys." - Donna Chavez, BookBrowse. Full review at: bookbrowse/reviews/ [...]

    13. I was a little skeptical when I first received this free copy through First Reads, but this book was so easy to get engrossed in! I'm not one for political thrillers, but Rotella really knows his stuff! I really enjoyed how well he immerses the reader in the culture of each destination Pescatore goes to. The plot is always changing, hardly predictably, and really keeps you guessing to the end. So don't be a skeptic, dive in, and let Rotella take you on a multi-cultural thrill ride that won't le [...]

    14. Engrossing from the start The Converts Song is a terrorism thriller/ crime novel, which for me is a new genre. I had worried that I might get lost in the minutiae of the worlds various conflict points, but the author made the action gripping and easy to follow. Early on in the book I figured that the main character must have been involved in an earlier book(s), and worried I would be lost without back story, but again the author made this terrific as a stand alone. To use a cliche I was unable t [...]

    15. Rotella maintains suspense with all necessary elements. International plots but closely related to the main front, the USA. I recommend it to anybody who likes action adventure readings. It needed more romance with Fatima and a triangular situation with Isabel Puente. This novel does what it says it will do. Entertain. Gracias.

    16. This book lacks originality and creativity. It seems like the author used a sixth grade research paper on the middle east as his source material. Predictable and boring. For the life of me, I can't understand why NPR recommended this. I read it so you don't have to.

    17. Pretty decent terror thriller that takes you around the globe and keeps you interested throughout the book. I didn't care for the characters much as they seemed kind of cliche'ish at times but if you can get past that then you're left with a pretty fun ride.

    18. good story; well paced and exciting ending a bit contrived; butwhen world terrorism is concerned all bets are off? can an individual truly "disappear"? not so sure. has been said before.uth is stranger than fiction?

    19. This book is hard charging as it moves around the world following informants, drugs, and terrorists. I enjoyed the travel and the writing on locations. Some of the relationships seemed sincere, but others fell flat. The writing makes for engaging and quick reading.

    20. This is the book for you if you're a news junkie and need more insight on the daily geopolitical gore taking place every day around us's also written in the same clipped style of news magazines.

    21. Entertaining, timely. Pretty good thriller and author is clearl familiar with the territory. It's definitely written by a journalist and there are moments that read more like a feature than fiction.

    22. Antisemitic terrorism in Argentina. Sound familiar? The author is a reporter for Pro Publica. Really great read!

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