The Conciliators by James J.  Kaufman audiobook

The Conciliators

By James J. Kaufman
Read by Joe Barrett

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780989757133

The Collectibles Trilogy: Book 3

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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 readers 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.

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Summary

Summary

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 readers 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A financial thriller in the vein of Michael Crichton, with a pay-it-forward protagonist that deals with Russian mobsters, the FBI, and marital problems with panache and grace.” Manhattan Book Review
“Kaufman concludes the Collectibles series on a high note, using a morally centered CEO to make corporate finance interesting and engaging.” San Francisco Book Review
“James Kaufman hooked me in the first chapter when the FBI showed up at Preston Wilson’s home at night, armed with intimidation tactics that would terrify any business owner. How many of us have been the dupe/fool to our best friend’s betrayals and tricks? This devastatingly possible scenario that Kaufman unfolds kept me spellbound till the very end. The serpentine plot twists and the dead-on court scenes ring chillingly accurate. Get used to the edge of your seat when you read this one.” Catherine Lanigan, author of Wings of Destiny
“A plot steeped with secrets, suspense, and bad guys. A soul-stirring thriller that compels the characters to search for the truth to find the peace they desire.” Denise O’Neal, Chicago Sun-Times writer and author

Reviews

Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

What a Pleasant Story

One word sums up this book: cordial. Any tension in this book is weak. Most of the book is people being pleasant to one another, making mountains out of molehills then quickly resolving them to come out the other side nicer than before. This book feels more like an exercise in creating a pleasant world populated with pleasant people. That’s not such a bad dream, but it makes for a lousy story.

The financial and legal issues are presented as thrilling, but only come across as dull and an attempt at surface education offered by the author, who is a former judge. It also smacks of a book meant to build sympathy for the one percenters, presenting them as nice and innocent people and those who are investigating them as career-enhancing opportunists. And Kaufman’s understanding about the state of journalism and how the papers operate is woefully out of date.

Thank goodness for Joe Barrett’s narration. He is lively and provides a wide variety of distinctive voicing that isn’t over the top. He is the best part about this audiobook.

Author

Author Bio: James J. Kaufman

Author Bio: James J.  Kaufman

James J. Kaufman is the author of the award-winning novel The Collectibles and its sequel, The Concealers. Both books draw heavily from his experiences in law, his dealings in the business world, and his interactions with people from widely different backgrounds. Kaufman is an attorney, former judge, and businessman—CEO of the Kaufman Group, Ltd. and chairman of the board of Imaging the World, a nonprofit health care company delivering ultrasound services to Uganda and other underserved populations in an effort to save lives that might otherwise be lost. He is also a proud member of the esteemed Players Club, Gramercy Park, New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 12.12
Audience: Adult
Language: English