End Game


His nation destroyed, his people maligned, an innocent man finds himself falsely accused of crimes against humanity. Chased cross country by bounty hunters, he is arrested and brought to a politically motivated world court to be judged. During the course of his incarceration and trial, he struggles to find the true meaning of justice, honor, and liberty in the face of an unyielding superpower.

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Once again L.S. Temmer’s investigative writer, Ulyce Robideaux, and his assistant, Marianne Popovich, go up against well concealed global villains. This time in the war‑torn former Yugoslavia. Unlike the fictitious events of her earlier book, Death Of An Activist, much of which took place in an unnamed South American country, the plot of End Game is masterfully woven into the real history of a real place. In this respect End Game is more of a historical thriller than the earlier Robideaux book.

Compared to their adventures in Death Of An Activist, Robideaux and Marianne have somewhat of a lower profile in this book. Three richly developed characters ‑ an opportunistic Bosnian bounty hunter, a narcissistic, careerist Swiss prosecutor for the kangaroo court set up by the West to try war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and a Serbian army officer ‑ take center stage. The army officer, falsely accused of war crimes, is on the run, chased by the bounty hunter and is eagerly awaited by the prosecutor.

In addition to the thrill of the chase and the farce of the ensuing political show trial, Temmer also exposes us to a history lesson. She effectively layers on the device of minor characters relating the history of the region and the West’s malevolent role in shaping much of that recent history. Those readers who get their news largely from the American corporate media will be surprised to learn that much of what they were told about the violent happenings and their causes in the former Yugoslavia are simply not true. The West’s and especially America’s diplomatic and military interventions were not selflessly noble as was portrayed in the media but rather viciously self‑serving with tragic consequences for the region’s inhabitants. Nor were the Serbs monstrous mass murderers and the Croats and Muslims innocent victims. Those three groups were in fact embraced in a death dance choreographed by the West.

As in all good thrillers, End Game treats the reader to colorful local scenery and customs, believable supporting characters who help move the story along, plot twists and unexpected outcomes. Temmer’s already excellent writing style in Death Of An Activist is ratcheted up a few notches in End Game. The recent insider’s revelation about government’s pervasive electronic surveillance of us all is opening people’s minds to the possibility that there is much more to the workings of our world than we have been led to believe. End Game provides us with a finely crafted glimpse of a fragment of that nefarious, hidden world. It’s a worthy sequel to Temmer’s Death Of An Activist and hopefully only the second of many more books yet to come in the Robideaux series.

As an aside, it’s very much worth viewing the superb trailer for End Game on either You Tube or on the author’s Amazon page. It’s comparable in quality to the best of Hollywood’s teaser trailers.

Metacynic