The Curious Case of the Missing Head

A Medical Thriller (Jack Rogan Mysteries Book 5)

Fiction - Thriller - Medical
577 Pages
Reviewed on 03/09/2020
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Author Biography

Gabriel Farago is the international, bestselling and multi-award-winning Australian author of the Jack Rogan mysteries and thrillers for the thinking reader.

Born in Budapest, Gabriel grew up in post-War Europe, and after fleeing Hungary with his parents during the Revolution in 56, he went to school in Austria before arriving in Australia as a teenager. This allowed him to become multi-lingual and feel 'at home' in different countries and diverse cultures. Shaped by a long legal career and experiences spanning several decades and continents, his is a mature voice that speaks in many tongues.
Gabriel holds degrees in literature and law, speaks several languages and takes research and authenticity very seriously. Inquisitive by nature, he studied Egyptology and learned to read the hieroglyphs. He travels extensively and visits all of the locations mentioned in his books.

'I try to weave fact and fiction into a seamless storyline,' he explains. 'By blurring the boundaries between the two, the reader is never quite sure where one ends, and the other begins. This is of course quite deliberate as it creates the illusion of authenticity and reality in a work that is pure fiction. A successful work of fiction is a balancing act: reality must rub shoulders with imagination in a way that is both entertaining and plausible.'

Gabriel lives in the Blue Mountains in Australia just outside Sydney, surrounded by a World Heritage National Park.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Curious Case of the Missing Head is a work of thriller fiction set in the medical sub-genre and was penned by author Gabriel Farago. This involved and cunning mystery is a standalone novel, but it also features as the fifth book in the Jack Rogan Mysteries series. In this particular adventure, the Australian journalist Jack Rogan finds himself derailed once again in the search for answers about the vanishing of his mother years ago. When a famous astrophysicist is kidnapped, Jack dives in headfirst to search and rescue, but when his exploits see him arrive at a horrifying hospital ship, things really take a turn for the worst.

Author Gabriel Farago knows how to make a good thriller tick, and the pacing of this quite long novel makes for a fast and furious read that will keep you turning its pages. The different obstacles and enemies which come into play in the novel are grounded in realistic roots, which makes them all the more dangerous and exciting to read about as Jack gets deeper into the mystery. Fans of detective fiction are sure to enjoy this capable hero for his intellect and sharp thinking in a crisis, but there’s also a generosity from the author to allow us to share in the investigation without everything being spoon-fed to us as we solve it. Overall, The Curious Case of the Missing Head is a heart-stopping adventure tale that is sure to become a favorite amongst fans of thriller and crime action books alike.

Viv Byrnes

Cutting edge science thriller

During a recent overseas trip, I had the pleasure of downloading an e-book ‘The Curious Case of the Missing Head.’ by Gabriel Farago. I purchased a copy because all of Gabriel’s’ previous novels have been excellent. This really affected my travel plans because I could hardly stop reading it! I used my iPhone to read the book in all sorts of locations; while standing in queues, in museums, cafes, curled up waiting for buses and boats. You know those annoying people who read during a long distant plane flight when everyone else is sleeping? That was me!!
Readers will find Gabriel’s book contains a lot of suspense. There with many “twists and turns” which will captivate your interest until the thrilling conclusion. The lovable Australian rogue, Jack Rogan, who has featured in previous novels, reappears in the story to make the story very entertaining. Jack’s investigations take him to a wide variety of interesting locations.
Gabriel’s research into new medical science and cutting-edge techniques has resulted in an astounding book for the ‘Thinking reader’ who enjoys having their intellect and imagination stretched to the limit.

Reviewed in Amazon Australia on 18 February 2020

Charla White

A boxset of great mystery thrillers!

I have read all of Gabriel Farago’s Jack Rogan series and loved them! I was delighted to see them sold together in a box set. Jack Rogan is an author with many different talents and job skills. In each of his adventures the mysteries are different, dangerously exciting and involving many types of characters. I cannot name my favorite because each of his Jack Rogan books are unique in their own way.

Farago is a master story teller of mystery thrillers - historical, medical, psychological, religious and more! Farago deliberately plots the story line and builds the characters accordingly making each one unique to the situation. There is some overlap between the stories, but each can be read as a stand-alone.

Farago captures the reader and won’t let them go until the last word is read and even then, Jack Rogan rarely shuffles off quietly, he tends to linger in the readers thoughts for a bit. There is an ethical question or situation that must be addressed by Jack Rogan.

This is an impressive set of books that I will love sharing with others!

Reviewed in Amazon United States on December 20, 2018

Sally Asnicar

5.0 out of 5 stars A great Christmas present for an avid, 'thinking' thriller-fiction reader!

Jack Rogan is an intriguing character and one of the best ways to get to know and understand what makes him tick is to read all the books in Gabriel Farago's Jack Rogan Mysteries Series. Each book is standalone, and reveals a little more about the 'rogue' writer and self-styled mystery solver.
If you’ve read any of Gabriel Farago’s novels or novellas, you know you’re in for a ride. And it’s not an easy journey – Farago’s novels require you to stay switched on. The cutting-edge science in his latest two books might seem far-fetched, but in fact it’s based on actual breakthroughs in genomics being worked on right now in Sydney, Australia.
In addition to Jack Rogan, there are other characters who always seem to become drawn into Rogan’s latest adventure, such as Tristan, who can ‘hear the whisper of angels and glimpse eternity’.
There are many other intriguing characters in this series; some are good, others are just plain evil.
Fans of Farago’s imaginative, globetrotting plots will enjoy whiling away the hours with this box set - a great Christmas present for an avid, 'thinking' thriller-fiction reader!

Dianne Daunt

BRAVO for a compelling complex series

An absolutely marvelously researched series. Hard to tell where facts end and fiction begin they are so seamlessly blended together. Loved the way many of the characters from the first book appear in later narratives. Each book introduces new characters too. I took a break between each of the books to let my brain rest and absorb all I had learned. The geography, history, and science and personal insights were wonderful.
What I didn’t like was when the series ended. Certainly hope there are more to follow.

D Parker

To say that this book is amazing is not enough of a descriptor. I found the book BEYOND amazing.
It took me on a whirlwind of emotions and locations. I could not ever guess the events that unfold in this book nor could I ever have expected such an ending.
Gabriel has crafted a masterpiece that should be on your must read book list!

Reviewed in Amazon Canada on November 26, 2019