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Happily married, Carla Lane loves living in New York. But after her husband is murdered by Serbian war criminals, repressed memories bubble to the surface and she discovers that she was the only one to survive a brutal massacre outside of Sarajevo. She's determined to hunt down the killers---but will they silence her first? 400 pages, hardcover from Howard.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2014
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ISBN: 1451611870
ISBN-13: 9781451611878
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After a massacre at a Bosnian prison camp, a young girl is found alone, clutching a diary, so traumatized she can’t even speak. Twenty years later, the last witness to the prison guards' brutal crimes must hunt down those responsible to learn what happened to her family.

Twenty years ago, after the fall of Yugoslavia, the world watched in horror as tens of thousands were killed or imprisioned in work camps during an “ethnic cleansing” in Bosnia. Carla Lane has little knowledge of what went on halfway around the world when she was a child. She is living a near perfect life in New York City, married and soon to have a family of her own. But when her husband is murdered by a group of Serbian war criminals, strange memories start coming back, and she discovers that she underwent extensive therapy as a girl to suppress her memories. She is given her mother’s diary, which unlocks her childhood memories and reveals that she was, along with her parents and young brother, imprisoned in a war camp outside Sarajevo.

As her memories come back, it becomes clear that she is the last witness to a brutal massacre in the prison and that her brother may still be alive. She sets out to find her brother, but first she must hunt down the war criminals responsible for destroying her life. But these killers will stop at nothing to protect their anonymity and their deadly pasts...and are determined to silence the last witness to their crimes.

From the talented storyteller who gave us The Second Messiah, The Last Witness serves up another captivating and nail-biting thriller that will keep you holding your breath right to the end.

Author Bio

Glenn Meade was born in 1957 in Finglas, Dublin. Several of his novels have been international bestsellers, translated into more than twenty languages, and have enjoyed both critical and commercial success.

Editorial Reviews

". . . puts a fresh spin on the mystery surrounding the deaths of the Romanovs, in particular the possible escape of princess Anastasia."
“Meade's second foray into international intrigue imagines that Nazis biding time in South America hatch a viable plot to take over contemporary Germany. The novel opens with a splendidly tantalizing episode of eavesdropping by a Paraguayan reporter who, before he's caught and killed, hides a tell-tale tape recording. . . . Fast, sly, and slick, this thriller delivers the goods—tension, action, plot twists—until the smoke clears on the last page.”
"The Irish-born author (Snow Wolf) teeters on the edge of genius and sacrilege with this thriller about a subject known since the time of Christ. When archeologist Jack Cane discovers ancient documents that point to the existence of another messiah, he also quickly finds out that both Israeli and Catholic authorities have reason to possess, or suppress, such documents. Racked with the pain of personal loss, he meets up with an old friend, Lela, who is part of an Israeli police team investigating multiple crimes, including a cold case involving the possible murder of Cane's parents—also archeologists—20 years earlier. Some who have avoided Christian fiction or only dipped in will find this departure from the mold refreshing, even while some regular readers of Christian fiction may find certain passages revolting. Fans of Davis Bunn or Dan Brown won't bat an eye at Meade's unblinking look at the Vatican and the religious secrecy that fuels such novels. With a plot that screams, a controversial edge, and characters with attitude and something to prove, this has all the makings to be the next Da Vinci Code."
“Dan Brown meets Tom Clancy—Glenn Meade sure knows how to get your pulse racing. I was gripped from page one. Whether The Second Messiah is fact or fiction is up for debate, but one thing’s for sure—it’s one heck of a thriller. You know you’re in safe hands with Glenn Meade—The Second Messiah is a rollercoaster of a thriller that lifts the lid on the inner workings of the Vatican and leaves you wondering just how much of the fiction is actually fact."
"Reading similarly to both a Thoene novel and The Da Vinci Code, bestselling author Meade’s The Second Messiah will keep readers on the edge of their proverbial seats . . . The Second Messiah reads quickly and will hold the reader’s attention with its many plot twists. In the story, Meade also addresses the problem of suffering in an insightful comment from the pope. Fans of fiction tied to news headlines will enjoy this geopolitical thriller. Recommended for readers of Joel C. Rosenberg."
"This novel is a Da Vinci Code-type thriller, but it’s far more. The secret scrolls and chases are standard thriller fare, but deftly handled. Some of the characters are particularly captivating, especially the new Pope, a true follower of God who’s tormented by his past and struggling with the future of the Church. This suspenseful book is well worth reading."
"Written in the mold of The Da Vinci Code—sans all the erroneous claims (thankfully)—bestselling author Glenn Meade’s latest geographical thriller, The Second Messiah, keeps readers on the edge of their proverbial seats with multiple plot twists."
"Meade knows how to entangle, and untangle, an exciting array of characters and plots guaranteed to keep the reader hooked . . . a talented storyteller, he sets the scene quickly before taking off on a rollicking ride that keeps the pages turning. It’s a hard book to put down."

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  1. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Mystery Adventure Thriller Spanning Twenty Years
    August 19, 2014
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Glenn Meade in his new book, The Last Witness published by Howard Books brings us into the life of Carla Lane.

    From the back cover: After a massacre at a Bosnian prison camp, a young girl is found alone, clutching a diary, so traumatized she cant even speak. Twenty years later, the last witness to the prison guards brutal crimes must hunt down those responsible to learn what happened to her family.

    Twenty years ago, after the fall of Yugoslavia, the world watched in horror as tens of thousands were killed or imprisoned in work camps during an ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. Carla Lane has little knowledge of what went on halfway around the world when she was a child. She is living a near perfect life in New York City, married and soon to have a family of her own. But when her husband is murdered by a group of Serbian war criminals, strange memories start coming back, and she discovers that she underwent extensive therapy as a girl to suppress her memories. She is given her mothers diary, which unlocks her childhood memories and reveals that she was, along with her parents and young brother, imprisoned in a war camp outside Sarajevo.

    As her memories come back, it becomes clear that she is the last witness to a brutal massacre in the prison and that her brother may still be alive. She sets out to find her brother, but first she must hunt down the war criminals responsible for destroying her life. But these killers will stop at nothing to protect their anonymity and their deadly pastsand are determined to silence the last witness to their crimes.

    From the talented storyteller who gave us The Second Messiah, The Last Witness serves up another captivating and nail-biting thriller that will keep you holding your breath right to the end.

    The Dictionary defines genocide as, the deliberate killing of people who belong to a particular racial, political, or cultural group. The Nazis tried that during World War II and Slobodan Milosevic attempted it in the 1990s. Mass rapes and concentration camps once again appear and it is into this environment that Carla Lane was thrown. She survives but is highly traumatized and twenty years later finds out her brother may still be alive. And the hunt is on. Carla for her brother and the war criminals are hunting her. I love history and Glenn Meade knows how to blend history and fiction together to the point where you dont know where one ends and the other begins. Mr. Meade tells us that this story was actually told him by a young woman who had returned to Croatia in the hopes that her DNA might match with the bodies found in the mass graves and thus discover her real family. That event led to the writing of The Last Witness. Glenn Meade has given us a thriller as he practically puts the life of Carla in danger from page one. Questions upon questions, deceit and betrayal will keep you guessing and flipping pages as fast as you can read. Adventure, action, and mystery all packed inside a high octane, roller coaster ride of excitement. So buckle yourself in and enjoy it. I recommend this book highly.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    August 19, 2014
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Last Witness is a riveting story about a woman discovering the secrets to her past. Carla Lane is a survivor of the Bosnian rape camp better known as Devil's Hill.

    Carla's young mind completely suppressed all of her memories of the atrocities that she and her family went through. But on the day that her husband Jan was killed by a car bomb a Pandora's box was opened and the nightmare that she had gone through began to surface.

    This is a story full of intrigue and plot twists that kept me up way too late because I was only going to read one more chapter. Unfortunately it is also a horrific story that is based on very real events. These unfathomable crimes happened a little over twenty years ago. I vaguely remember the news reports. Quite frankly it all happened during what I refer to as the diaper years. Across the globe from me a genocide of unbelievable proportions was raging on, but I was too busy with what was in front of me to take much notice.

    I must applaud Mr. Meade for penning this eye-opening suspense thriller. It would have probably been easier to write something totally made. Instead you chose to remind us through the use of storytelling that not only did this event happen, but unless we pay attention it can happen again. Thank you. I pray that this work makes its way into the hands of the masses so that we can all be reminded to never forget.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  3. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Part Fact, Part Fiction, Both hard to believe but worth reading til the end!
    August 15, 2014
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There are just some books that will forever touch your heart and soul and stay with you long after you turn that final page. "The Last Witness" from best-selling author Glenn Meade is just that novel. Based on a story of a young woman he met while traveling and learning of her survival during the Bosnian war, set the tone for his latest suspense thriller than I can guarantee you won't be able to put down. I found it hard to think how in 1991 while the crisis was happening in Sarajevo, ethnic cleansing, mass rapes and concentration camps once again reared their ugly head even after we swore as a global community that we could never allow something like the Jewish Holocaust to happen again, but it did.

    Carla Lane is beginning to discover through repetitive nightmares that something has been missing in her life, something she can't explain. When she tries to make sense of it, she comes up empty handed. Just beginning her own perfect dream as a soon-to-be mother, she is hoping that she can talk to her husband, Jan about it after his concert tonight. When an explosion in their car happens just outside the theater, she spends the next four days recovering in a hospital only to learn that Jan didn't survive. It appears that he has his own secrets he was keeping from Carla. Secrets Carla has been keeping buried in her mind to protect her from the atrocities that she witnessed when she was a girl living in Bosnia with her parents.

    It will take the work of a therapist to help her unlock the mysteries to her nightmares along with a diary her mother left behind detailing the life she has managed to block out. One that no child would ever want to remember. One that claimed the lives of countless men, women and children as she was imprisoned in a death camp in Bosnia that is every bit as horrible as the concentration camps like Auschwitz. Now she is about to set out on a journey to discover the people responsible for the death of not only her husband but her parents and brother as well and the first place she needs to begin is with the only witness that has ever come forward claiming to have survived the horrors. Will she be able to provide the clues she will need to unlock who is responsible and will she be able to do what she has planned to pay back those responsible?

    I received The Last Witness by Glenn Meade compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. In the Author Note's section, Glenn clarifies for the reader how he got the idea for the story and how it set the tone for showcasing the horrors most have missed that happened in 1990-2001 , as the crisis unfolded when Slobodan Milosevic, Serbia's leader in 1991, tries to rein in the Yugoslav regions of Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia, a bloody conflict that would split the country apart along ethnic and religious divides. While the story is hard hitting, the truth is that this did happen and to this day graves are still being uncovered. It it hard to fathom that we as a global community continue to let things like this happen instead of doing all we can to prevent it. Well researched, and beautifully written to allow the reader a front row seat to just what Carla Lane and her family had to endure and learn to live with and thus the reason for a 5 out of 5 star rating in my opinion.
  4. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Last Witness
    August 12, 2014
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I began reading this latest work of fiction by Glenn Meade, there came a time in the novel I wasnt so sure I wanted to read further. However, after reading the authors note, realizing it wasnt just fiction but also based a nameless womans experience, I felt compelled to keep on turning the pages. The farther along I got in the work, the more I had to sit back and ask myself why I never knew anything like this was happening. I was in college at the time this story takes place, but I dont remember the events placed on a time line shared before readers ever get to the writing. So I asked myself, Why dont I remember any of these events or the brutality of what transpired overseas in beginning of the 1990s? While there can be multiple reasons why I dont remember, there is one question that still stirs my heart, Were Americans ever aware of these atrocities? I have no answer for that one, but what I do know is I am thankful that the nameless woman shared her story with Glenn Meade. I am thankful that the author wrote some of the story in this book as fact and other parts are just purely fiction with no ties to actual events.

    In the beginning of the story, I came across a statement that was profound: Because if the world never learns from the lessons of its history, then it is condemned forever to repeat the sins of the past. (pg 6). The novel centers on the ethnic cleansing and war that took place in the Yugoslav regions of Crotia, Slovenia and Bosnia. While at first it was hard for me to read, as I pressed on, a mystery started springing up, the action began taking off and before I knew it I was lost in the story.

    What the novel shares is a story of hope and redemption beyond the darkest days, both for many citizens and a young couple in love. However, what we are introduced to at first is a woman named Carla who is in a therapists office, coming to terms with her husbands recent death and recurring nightmares. The dreams are of a people she doesnt know, events she doesnt remember and so begins her journey of discovery. Throughout the novel I was reminded that there are people who choose to love and others who choose to hate. The choice that is made then directs the actions the person takes, and the repercussions of that choice can have negative or positive effects on people for years.

    The Last Witness will stir your heart, emotions and mind perhaps in a way few fictional books have before. It is amazing to read this historical novel that happened not too long ago in history and we would be wise to remember what happened so as not to repeat it. I cannot recommend this book high enough. It will stay on my shelf for years to come, and I hope you will grab a copy to read and perhaps one to share with a friend.
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A very thought provoking story and a reminder to why we need to remember history.
    August 11, 2014
    Kate
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm glad that I have started getting into WW2 era books, there is a history there that we should always remember and try to prevent again from happening. Sadly though, history tends to repeat its self and not only does it repeat, but it becomes worse. Knowing the history of the concentration camps is good to know when diving into The Last Witness, a story that takes place twenty years ago. We were all alive then, unlike seventy years ago for Auschwitz. And it's a good reminder of history with what all is going on in the world today and how it needs to be prevented from happening again.

    The Last Witness was a different story then what I'm used to reading, but the change of pace was a good one. This book is a thriller, mystery, and history all mixed together. And it is a fast paced story. Once I hit the last 100 pages, there was no putting this book down.

    We follow Carla, mainly through this book. When we are introduced to her, she is just a regular girl, who is happily married to her college sweetheart, who just happens to be one of the best pianist in the world. Instead of basking in the fame, they enjoy the quiet life. Things drastically change suddenly and because of certain circumstances, nightmares start to haunt Carla. With the help of her grandmother and family friend, her history that her mind hid from herself resurfaces.

    It is here when we learn about the camps that were set up for the "ethnic cleansing" of her childhood country. The similarities to what the Nazi's did is heartbreaking, no one should ever have to go through that, but these camps upped it a bit in the brutality and humiliation.

    Carla, after reliving her past again after having it buried and dealing with the death of her husband, not only wants to seek justice for her family and for those who died at the camp, but she wants to make it personal as well. In all of this, Carla is also determined to find the remains of her family, which makes everything more emotional.

    The settings and the characters were presented in a fantastic and very realistic fashion without being hard on the reader. Carla was an interesting character, with everything she went through, I would not have blamed her to have an emotional and psychological melt down, but she didn't she stayed strong and pushed forward. The only thing that rubbed me the wrong way about Carla were a few instances when in communication to others, she would just say, "Explain" or "Tell me" several times. It was a bit repetitive, but in no way took away from the story.

    Then there was the ending...I honestly didn't see it coming. With the way the story was presented, I was expecting something else entirely. I honestly don't know how I feel about one character at the end. There is such a jumble of thoughts over this person. It was an interesting turn.

    A note to the reader: This story shows the life in one of these prison camps. There are mentions of murder, attempted murder, rape, and beatings. There are also a couple of minor swear words. They all do play a part in the telling of this story. If they were not included, it wouldn't have done justice to the victims.

    Thank you to Howard Books, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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