The Last Con, Large Print  -     By: Zachary Bartels
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Christian Mystery Series / 2016 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 500
Vendor: Christian Mystery Series
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.81 (inches)
ISBN: 1628998326
ISBN-13: 9781628998320

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Former con man Fletcher Doyle is finally home after six years in prison. 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.

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  1. Covina, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Disappointed
    November 30, 2015
    Favorite Christian Books
    Covina, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for The Last Con.
    I had very high hopes for this book. Zachary Bartels is a new author for me so I didnt know what to expect.

    Although the idea behind the book was intriguing, I was disappointed in the story. I felt that the author spent way too much time explaining the life of a grifter. He went into great detail about marks, pegs, and other facets of con jobs. Although interesting at first it quickly became to much for this reader.

    The characters were okay. I did feel bad for Fletcher as he had to deal with Brad. I think the author did bring to light a problem for ex-convicts once they leave prison. Fletcher had to deal with the constant reminders of his past as well as criticism from Brad. And although I think his prison conversion was sincere he failed to get a Christian mentor or accountability partner once he was freed. He quickly slipped back into his old life.

    I really wanted to enjoy this story but it just didnt work for me. I hope you will read other reviews. Other reviewer may have enjoyed the story. This one was just not for me. If the opportunity arises Ill definitely try this author again.

    Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  2. California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The cost of the con
    August 13, 2015
    Bern
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Last Con.
    Fletcher is a grifter, a con man. He is finally home and trying to pick up the pieces he left behind when he was sent to prison. While in prison Fletcher finds a faith in Christ that buoys him sustains him. His newfound faith is what keeps his wife and daughter waiting for him. But once he's out, he realizes living the honest life is harder than he thought it was going to be and his faith is wavering.

    Along with Meg and his daughter, Ivy, he goes with their church group to serve in the city that where he once worked grifting. He immediately finds that he is pulled into his past life more easily than he imagines.

    Initially, there's a thrill that comes with the grift - but as the stakes get higher and higher Fletcher realizes that he has gotten in far deeper than he thought he would.

    This novel was a great read! It kept me interested and the twists and turns came at unexpected moments and through unexpected characters. It had a slow start but once I got to know Fletcher and his honest struggles, I wanted to read more. I definitely enjoyed it!
  3. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Complicated novel with good action in the second half
    July 15, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Last Con.
    This is a complicated novel. It took me to about half way to get hooked into the story. I like getting hooked earlier but I am glad I persevered. The second half of the book made up for the complicated aspect of setting the stage in the first half.

    The main character is Fletcher, a grifter recently released from prison. He is trying to restore his place in his family, his wife and daughter having waited for him the six years he was incarcerated. He'd found Jesus in prison and as the book opens, Fletcher and his family are going on a youth trip to Detroit. Fletcher runs into his old mentor and before long is blackmailed into doing work. The job is a serious con involving treasures from centuries past. Before long, Fletcher's wife and daughter are involved and it becomes a matter of life and death.

    This novel is about deception. It is an essential skill of a grifter. But it gives us readers something to think about too. Many of the people in the novel were not who they appeared to be on the surface. Perhaps we do that too. Is it ever right to be dishonest, say, toward a spouse? And what about conning someone? Do we perhaps set up the scene, make our spouse's favorite meal, attempting to influence the outcome? Other issues in the book include the life of a convict when he returns to society and, perhaps, his church. How can he be mentored and helped to be restored to society? Fletcher went along with a youth group mission trip. Was that a good idea?

    I was a little taken aback by all the deceptive actions in the novel. I felt there was much more about the con, especially in the first half, than there was about the history behind the entire scheme. I became more interested in reading the novel as more of the history was revealed in the second half. Be sure to give this novel a hundred pages or so before deciding whether you like it or not.

    In an Author's Note, Bartels reveals the historical background of the book. Much of the action is this novel has its roots in historical fact.

    In the end, I enjoyed the novel. There was plenty of action and suspense in the second half.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  4. Kentucky
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Review - The Last Con By Zachary Bartels
    July 14, 2015
    Jonathan Bryant
    Kentucky
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Last Con.
    The Last Con by Zachary Bartels was a very well written suspense novel, offering a glimpse into the life of a conman named Fletcher Doyle. Caught in the act of a high-stake heist, he was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison. Six years later, hes out on probation and ready to restart his life afresh with his wife and daughter. However, his former partners in crime catch up to him, and soon, he is tossed back into the life of the long con and loving it.

    Will his job in the life of crime be the end of him? Or will he find redemption before its too late?

    The Last Con definitely gets four stars from me. The book has a very intriguing start to the story which gets you very interested. That interest, however, wanes a bit as the action dies down a little, and I think that the conman lingo used (such as grifter, peg, etc.) confuses the reader a bit if theyve never heard of such things before. However, the confusion fades as you begin to remember what the words represent, and the intrigue and suspense pick up where they left off. From then on, I was enraptured in the story, and when I finished, I closed the book with a satisfaction that only a true author can provide for his audience.

    If you havent read it yet, do yourself a favor and go purchase your copy of The Last Con by Zachary Bartels. You wont regret it!
  5. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Con, Tension, Suspense & Mystery
    July 13, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Last Con.
    Zachary Bartels in his new book The Last Con published by Thomas Nelson introduces us to Fletcher Doyle.

    From the back cover: THE KNIGHTS OF MALTA WERE THERE WHEN JERUSALEM FELL, THEY WERE THERE WHEN THE TEMPLARS DISINTEGRATED, AND THEYRE THERE NOW . . . WAITING IN DETROIT FOR A BORN-AGAIN CON MAN TRYING TO SAVE HIS FAMILY.

    Former con man Fletcher Doyle is finally home after six years in the pen. Hes 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 Detroitin the company of the condescending church leader who also happens to be his landlordFletcher finds his old life waiting for him. Within hours of arriving in the city, hes 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.

    Between hiding his reawakened criminal life from his wife and trying to hide her from their relentless landlord, Fletcher is ready to give up. But when his family is drawn into the dangerous world he cant shake, Fletcher is forced to rely on his years in the game to save the only people who mean more to him than the biggest con in history.

    If you like the Television show, Mission: Impossible or enjoyed the movie, The Sting then you are certainly going to enjoy this book. Mr. Bartels has given us one super exciting story. Fletcher, after six years, is just out of prison and all he wants to do is settle down and reunite with his family. However this is not to be. Fletcher is a wonderful character and his development in the story is great fun to watch. Mr. Bartels has given us bad guys, good guys and guys we are not sure are bad or good. There are moments when we are in on the con and moments when we feel we are being conned. Tension, suspense and mystery are all within these pages. This is a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing as to what is really going on. The themes are giving, earning second chances and forgiveness Dont start this book late at night because you will not want to put the book down until you finish. I am so looking forward to more from this talented author.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson. 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.
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