The Disappearance of Anna Popov

A gripping psychological crime thriller. (The Jack Rogan Mysteries Book 2)

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
487 Pages
Reviewed on 04/08/2022
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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 series for the thinking reader.

As a lawyer with a passion for history and archaeology, Gabriel had to wait for many years before being able to pursue another passion—writing—in earnest. However, his love of books and storytelling started long before that.

‘I remember as a young boy reading biographies and history books with a torch under the bed covers,’ he recalls, ‘and then writing stories about archaeologists and explorers the next day, instead of doing homework. Whilst I regularly got into trouble for this, I believe we can only do well in our endeavours if we are passionate about the things we love; for me, writing has become a passion.’

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.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Disappearance of Anna Popov is a work of fiction in the psychological thriller and suspense subgenres, and it serves as the second installment of the Jack Rogan Mysteries series. It is aimed at the mature reading audience and was penned by author Gabriel Farago. The book follows Rogan after the accidental discovery of a clue about a pair of missing girls draws him into an investigation of a dangerous gang that has left a trail of tragedy in their wake all across the outback. With the aid of his agent and an occultist with her own agenda, Rogan's only hope of survival is to find the truth.

This was a thriller that spun a deep web of mystery for its protagonists and readers to get lost in together, with twists in the tale timed flawlessly to shake up the narrative whenever we came too close to feeling overly secure in what we thought was happening. Author Gabriel Farago has created an exciting cast of characters for this mystery thriller, led once more by Jack Rogan, who has been dragged into this narrative by his own investigative instincts. Cassandra is an engaging addition to the team, sharing a dynamic with Rogan that adds a complex level to the plot as the two allies are unable to fully trust each other. Overall, The Disappearance of Anna Popov is a whirlwind of exciting prose that paints a gorgeous and dynamic picture of the Australian outback as a perfect backdrop to this dark and dangerous thriller. An exciting read that I’m happy to recommend to any reader.

Charla White

Anna Popov, Cassandra and Rebecca Armstrong all have one thing in common – Jack Rogan, struggling journalist and writer. But they also have the evil and vile Wizard, a terrifying biker leader with a strong interest in the occult. Together Jack and Wizard dance around one another like a cat playing with a mouse.

“You’re an adventure junkie, Jack, who’s got cold feet. Post-excitement blues. Go back to bed and sleep it off,” Rebecca said.
This is a fast paced, mesmerizing thriller that leaves the reader spinning in stunned shock as each chapter reveals more clues and twists. The story unfolds with Jack and his friend Will discovering a bracelet and a hastily scratched message of help. These clues lead Jack, his PR manager, Rebecca Armstrong and Will into the midst of fighters, aboriginals, ghosts and other supernatural events in the remote Dreamtime-wilderness of the outback to track Anna down.

Farago carefully weaves each character and event into a moving and precise tale of love mixed with adventure, action and superstition with the turn of each page. The love of a mother for her child, the love of a man for a woman, the love of family, all intertwined into a deadly tale of greed, lust and obsession.

Rogan is a strong character with a sensitive side who always keeps his promises even at the risk of his own life. And he’s quite a ladies man whose luck may have just run its course! Using his wits and every connection he has, Jack tries to defeat the Wizard at his own game … but how do you fool the devil?

“You wanted a beautiful death – remember? Arsmoriendi. This is your chance to show them how it’s done. I’ve kept my side of the bargain. I even turned on some music for you … see you in hell.”

Farago provides a well written thriller that keeps readers on the edge of their chair waiting for the next reveal. Uniquely Farago, he draws the past into the present and writes the future. Drawing upon heavy historical research into the lives of aboriginals and art, Farago captures the attention of his readers.

He builds his characters carefully and fully allowing the characters to become more than description. He tweaks each one building connections between the story, character and reader making each one realistic through action and dialog.

Farago’s writing style is easy to read, exciting and gripping! I look forward to reading more books by Gabriel Farago soon!