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Former con man Fletcher Doyle is finally home after six years in the pen. He’s working a menial job, regaining his bearings in the world, and trying to revive his relationships with his wife and twelve-year-old daughter. No easy feat.But when Fletcher and his family go on a mission trip to Detroit—in the company of the condescending church leader who also happens to be his landlord—Fletcher finds his old life waiting for him. Within hours of arriving in the city, he’s been blackmailed into doing a job for a mysterious criminal who calls himself The Alchemist.A series of relics hidden by the Knights of Malta, as ancient as they are priceless, are in the sights of The Alchemist. What he needs is a gifted grifter with a background in ecclesiastical history . . . what he needs is Fletcher Doyle.
This mystery and suspense novel had a unique setting and engaging cast of characters. From Malta in the late 1700’s to current-day Detroit, the moral dilemmas in The Last Con will get you questioning how you’d respond if forced into these situations.
The historical line to the plot is well-explained, and is the basis for the mystery. The mystery, suspense and action throughout the book really made me think and allowed me to follow along and solve a bit here and there. There were several exciting scenes with some mild and some rather intense following action.
Bartels didn’t dumb the reader down by over-explaining unfamiliar settings and situations. He did an amazing job of including these in the storyline while teaching the reader at the same time.
There is a great variety of characters in The Last Con: obvious bad guys, likeable criminals and many (at first) ambiguous players. I’m not sure there was even one truly innocent soul due to the circumstances they’re drawn in to. I had my opinion of who I liked, and by the end of the book, I had a firm category for each person, based on his or her actions, as either a good guy or bad.
This story definitely made you wonder who you can trust in the world and reaffirmed some of the characters’ beliefs in themselves and their friends and family. The characters dealt with giving and earning second chances, as well as forgiveness. There were great conversations with God and pastors by those who were finding their faith, questioning it and/or leaning on it.
I would definitely love to see another book with these characters and can’t wait to read more by Zachary Bartels!
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**I received this book from the author (Zachary Bartels) in exchange for my honest review**