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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Manhattan Swindle is the second book in the One Hundred Years of War series by Jay Perin, a compelling novel with a strong historical setting in the seventies. Jared Sanders is a powerful man and a criminal who has made a fortune from the oil business, and he is about to gain control of the White House. But someone stands in his way, an old enemy: Senator Temple. This time Temple has allies, and they are ready to do everything and anything to destroy Jared Sanders, each of them with a strong background. It is a chess game designed to destroy Sanders without spilling blood, and they are as cunning as they are resourceful. But can they succeed in bringing down a man with so much power and vast resources?
The first thing that grips the reader is the complexity with which the author writes the characters. Lilah is a strong woman with a painful past who still struggles with the trauma of being sexually harassed in Libya. She has been through a lot. Harry brings unique traits and military backgrounds that complement the other characters. Alex is a character whose good looks have a powerful effect on women, a man with intense sex appeal. The writing is stellar, sprinkled with poignant insights about life. From the very beginning, the enemy makes known their philosophy: “the best time to deal with a problem is before it becomes one.” The bonds between the characters are intricately woven, and I adored how the author writes motivation in each of them. The genuinely flawed characters, the dazzling prose, and the beguiling plot points make this story irresistible. The writing in The Manhattan Swindle is filled with symbolism. Jay Perin is a master storyteller who delivers the entertainment that readers look for in deftly plotted thrillers with memorable characters.