I’ve always been leary of sequels, having been burned a few times. After reading last year’s The Tourist Killer by FCEtier, I had high hopes for a follow-up, but at the same time worried it wouldn’t measure up to the original in feel, emotional texture or style…
This installment happily matches my anticipation!
FCEtier pursues yet another conspiracy in The Presidents Club. I was beginning to suspect that Etier is an avid fan of conspiracy theories, although he doesn’t seem to take any of them very seriously. In this latest entry of the “Barry-Hixon Conspiracy Series,” Etier further develops characters introduced in The Tourist Killer, as the elderly men who visit the Louisville Tavern and find their lives endangered. Billionaire Jay Thibaut enlists ex-FBI agent John Hixon to protect the men and neutralize the danger.
One of the most fascinating things in The Presidents Club is a national crisis that is treated coincidentally as Hixon and associates deal with a triple assassination and strive to protect the watering hole’s patrons and their favorite bartender. Etier provides rich and needed details about the characters, allowing us to better understand them, their relationship, and their actions. Also intriguing are the elderly men themselves, their histories, and their opinions. Although they are, at times, catty, insulting, and sly, they seem like people we’d want to know (Hey, Louie, bring me a beer.) Etier has captured real conversations as the characters’ comments overlap, entertain, and yes zing each other.
I’m hoping that they will appear in future novels in future sequels.
One of the delicious flavors of The Tourist Killer is that no one is safe, making you care for those that survive instead of considering everyone a “throw away” character. With that in mind, some may be disappointed at the loss of some of that book’s central and supporting characters, but Etier provides enough excitement to carry us through to the very end. The Presidents Club is filled with enough assignations, assassinations, double- and triple-crosses, and dirty political maneuvering to keep its readers riveted. Like its predecessor, it features a female character whose ethics are questionable, but who isn’t afraid to act on her beliefs. It is a quick, enjoyable read and a terrific break from the mini-dramas of our daily lives.
One of theorists’ favorite topics, the Kennedy assassination, “celebrates” its fiftieth anniversary this year (what were you doing when Kennedy was assassinated?) and Etier gives a brief tip of the hat to that dreadful moment in history, as well as to some of the theories that have been circulated.
The Presidents Club is currently available as an e-book, and will soon be available in paperback. Its timely release coincides with both the JFK assassination and the holidays, and it makes enjoyable reading for both conspiracy theorists and those who just like a good story… like me.Powered by Sidelines