Richard I. Levine

Richard I Levine is a native New Yorker who grew up in the shadows of Yankee Stadium.
"I fondly remember the days of sneaking into the Stadium through the bleacher seat entrance to watch Maris and Mantle play, sipping egg cream sodas at the corner candy store and playing (surviving) Bronx style sidewalk games until mom called out from our fourth floor apartment window that dinner was getting cold."

After working in the auto parts business for several years and a one year wanderlust trip that took him coast to  ...See more >


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"A tense gripping narrative...A solid, entertaining political thriller.."

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IndieReader.com's Best Indie Books of 2013, 2013: BEYOND REDEMPTION

IRs Best Indie Books of 2013, 2013

IRs Best Indie Books of 2013, 2013


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THRILLERS
Pub Date:
ISBN: 978-1481216746
Page count: 412pp

A mild-mannered chiropractor must solve the mystery of his brother’s disappearance and unravel a vast government conspiracy in Levine’s sequel to Eye of the Redeemer (2012).

Ray Silver, a chiropractor residing in Hawaii with his new wife and twin daughters, thought he had made peace with his past and the disappearance of his brother, Frank. However, the past soon comes back to haunt Ray, starting him on the path to discovering what really happened to Frank. Called to testify before a government committee investigating possible misconduct by CIA operatives, Ray is interrogated at length about his involvement in a CIA operation in the Philippines by Francine Manetti, a ruthlessly ambitious congresswoman fixated on the fate of Frank—and a package of politically sensitive documents in his possession. His curiosity piqued, Ray asks a young news reporter named Jenna Grant to help him investigate his brother’s disappearance and the documents Manetti is intent on retrieving. Ray and Jenna’s investigation sets off a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the congresswoman, who’s willing to stop at nothing to safeguard her political secrets. Levine deftly marshals an almost impenetrably dense plot into a tense, gripping narrative. The conspiracy uncovered by Ray has more tentacles than an octopus, and at times, readers may need a chart—like the charts used by Jenna Grant during the investigation—to keep track of all the characters and plot twists. This task is complicated by frequent references to characters and events in Levine’s previous book; however, Levine includes enough back story to provide adequate context while tying together the events in both books. Ray is an amiable hero who anchors the action and gives the narrative momentum. He’s assisted by a well-developed supporting cast of characters, including his family and the clinic’s staff. Although Francine Manetti comes across as a one-dimensional villain, a surprising twist provides a better understanding of her motivations.

A solid, entertaining political thriller, but readers should start with the prequel. 

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

EYE OF THE REDEEMER
Fiction

Newly divorced and with two grown kids off to pursue their Naval careers, all Dr. Raymond Silver wanted to do was move on with his life as peacefully as he could. But unanswered questions, guilt, and an unfulfilled desire to carry on a family tradition to serve his country gnaw away at him. When he sets out on a personal quest to atone for his past and validate his existence, he never imagined that he would be the catalyst for three others longing to do the same. As his life becomes intertwined with a young marine biologist, a nurse and an elderly veteran, this 45 year old “average Joe” chiropractor battles with bureaucrats at the local veterans hospital, becomes the love interest of two beautiful women, and finds himself on a 60 year old naval relic sailing for the Philippines, an accidental key player in a CIA operation to stop a terror group from unleashing a nuclear holocaust.

Published:
ISBN: 1466482036
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THE LAST ANGEL IN HELL
Fiction, Thriller, Suspense,

THE LAST ANGEL IN HELL is the third book in the Dr. Ray Silver action adventure saga. In book one, (Indie Reader Discovery Award finalist EYE OF THE REDEEMER) we meet this average Joe chiropractor in a story that explores the age old values of honesty, integrity, honor, courage, and morality. But in his midlife crisis search to make sense of his life and validate his existence, Ray gets suspended from his job, becomes the love interest of two beautiful women, and finds himself on a 60 year-old naval relic sailing for the Philippines—an accidental key player in a CIA operation to stop a terror group from unleashing a nuclear holocaust. It is during this mission in the jungles of Luzon Ray spies two CIA agents meeting with a contact who looks like his brother Frank—a former Navy SEAL thought to have been killed many years before. In book two (5-star Kirkus reviewed BEYOND REDEMPTION), Ray’s search for his brother continues, even as his new wife encourages him to surrender to the simplicity of their Hawaiian family life. But his innocent search is not so innocent and he’s not the only one interested in the outcome. Red flags arise at the CIA, NSA, and with powerful San Francisco congresswomen Francine Manetti—preoccupied with Frank and a package of documents he supposedly had…documents, if in the wrong hands, could derail Manetti’s quest to become the most powerful woman in America. Ray and his family soon learn how far reaching and painful the effects of a vindictive power-hungry congresswoman can be. Francine Manetti also learns how far Ray will go to protect his family. THE LAST ANGEL IN HELL finds Ray physically and emotionally spent as he tries to recover from two back-to-back life threatening adventures he never imagined could ever happen to someone like him. His progress is slow but steady and as he tries to finally enjoy the warmth of the white sands of Lanikai and a laid-back family life with his beautiful young wife, Leigh Anne, and their twin baby girls, he continues to struggle with the guilt of having been the catalyst for attacks on his loved ones. Just when Ray thinks he’ll be ok, his past involvement with the NSA comes back to haunt him—especially since he holds a secret that could damage the president. Because of that secret his two eldest children are being used as pawns in a cloak and dagger war being waged by two NSA advisors competing for the top post in president Jack Walkers National Security council. Will Ray abandon the promise he made to Leigh Anne and allow himself to be drawn in to the fray? If he honors his promise to her will his children become collateral damage? If he jumps back in will it cost him his marriage? Will it cost him his life?

Published:
ISBN: 1497319617
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