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June 19, 2015

THE CIRCLE by Mario Escobar







THE CIRCLE
A Dark Psychological Thriller
by
Mario Escobar
Gretchen Abernathy (Translator) 

SUMMARY
(FROM AMAZON)
From Amazon’s Top 100 Books sold in the USA, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Mexico and Spain.
(Full Book)
Soon adapted for the big screen.
A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

“After the hit saga MisiĆ³n Verne and The Cloud, Mario Escobar sweeps us up in a riveting adventure set against the backdrop of the financial crisis, the dark nooks and crannies of power, and the city of London.”

Comments from readers on Amazon:
“This is an entertaining read, a really interesting story full of intrigue. When I got to the ‘To Be Continued’ spot, I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the second part... Good thing it’s ready now so I can keep reading.”
Claudine Bernardes

“This one grabs you from the very beginning. It’s enjoyable and light but captivating. It’s an easy read, and you learn history as you go. I highly recommend it. It really draws you in.”
Dancas

“It’s got a dynamic, well-constructed plot. I totally recommend it. It’s so current day. It’s a quick read, and you don’t feel the time going by. It draws you in right away.”
Rrivas

“One breathless night to save his family and discover the mystery locked inside his patient”

The plot of the novel The Circle:
The famous psychiatrist Solomon Lewin has left his humanitarian work in India to serve as the chief psychiatrist at the Center for Psychological Illness located in London's Square Mile financial district. Though well paid, the job is monotonous, and Solomon is also going through a rough patch in his marriage with Margaret. He begins scrutinizing the more mysterious cases of the center’s long-term residents hoping to find something worth his time. When he comes across the chart of Maryam Batool, a young broker from London who has lived in the center for seven years, his life will change forever.
Maryam Batool is an orphan from Pakistan who became one of the most promising female employees of the financial institution General Society, but in the summer of 2007, at the start of the financial crisis, the young broker loses her mind and tries to kill herself. Since then she has been stuck, able only to draw circles yet unable to understand their meaning.
A snow storm looms over the city at the start of the Christmas holidays. Before Christmas Eve dinner, Solomon receives an urgent call from the center to come at once: Maryam has attacked a nurse and seems to be awakening from her long stupor.
Solomon heads downtown in the snow, clueless that this will be the most difficult night of his life. The psychiatrist does not trust his patient, the police are after them, and his family seems to be in danger. The only way to protect himself and those he loves is to discover what “The Circle” is and why everyone seems to want his patient dead. It’s a surprise ending and a mystery you won’t believe.

What is hiding in the City of London? Who is behind the biggest business center in the world? What is the truth behind “The Circle”? Can Solomon save his family?

Mario Escobar is a historian and writer with more than 40 published titles, and his work has been translated into over twenty languages. His essays and novels have already conquered hundreds of thousands of readers.

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBhSDCXUbAU 
Web: www.marioescobar.es

AUTHOR(from Amazon)
Mario Escobar Golderos has a degree in History, with an advanced studies diploma in Modern History. He has written numerous books and articles about the Inquisition, the Protestant Reformation, and religious sects. He is the executive director of an NGO and directs the magazine Nueva historia para el debate, in addition to being a contributing columnist in various publications. Passionate about history and its mysteries, Escobar has delved into the depths of church history, the different sectarian groups that have struggled therein, and the discovery and colonization of the Americas. He specializes in the lives of unorthodox Spaniards and Americans. Books.
The Circle is the book of suspense Amazon Bestseller Europe.

About the Author

 What did writing The Circle mean for you?
It was a delightful surprise. It was my first suspense novel. I'd already written several intrigue novels, and I thought suspense would be even more exciting.  In suspense, the readers suffer almost as much as the characters themselves. The Circle has all the marks of a detective story. The reader doesn't know the truth until right at the end.
Why did you set the book in London's Square Mile
Tax havens are one protagonist in our current worldwide financial crisis. London is the world's largest financial center, and it holds a lot of secrets, just like the protagonist of my novel.
What should the reader expect from this new book? 
An avalanche of suspense. A major dose of intrigue and action but also the inner workings of a family struggling to fit in with their surroundings. A marriage that's not working. Disdain for boring daily life that, after all, turns out to be the most important thing we've got. The personal demons of a world that has no idea where it's headed. Solomon faces countless moral dilemmas, like judging people too quickly, recognizing he can't defeat evil by himself, and understanding that Evil with a capital "E" has a name and a face.
Why does it take place in the middle of a snow storm right on Christmas Eve?
The storm is another protagonist in the plot. In some ways it's a symbol of the internal turmoil of the characters. This is not a novel of good guys vs. bad guys. It reflects the complexity of being human, our contradictions and how we face them. The Circle has reached tens of thousands of readers from Germany to Australia, Latin America to Spain, because, at our core, we've all got the same fears and hopes. We're all part of this big family called Earth.


REVIEW
I didn't care for the book until about half way through.  I almost quit reading it.  It just seemed blah to me.  I kept reading and then the action started.  Once it did, I found that I couldn't put the book down.  The plot had a lot of twist and turns, like a woven web. The author wrote a suspense thriller that is for those readers who love these kind of books.  He wrote a very unexpected ending. I have a small problem with the author.  He seems to go on and on about irrelevant issues.  At the beginning of the book, the introduction of the characters were detailed about their lives.  The author just did a little too much unnecessary detail about the plot and the characters.
I would recommend the book to any suspense thriller reader because every reader has their own conclusion of a book.  This just happens to be mine

I was given a complimentary copy of THE CIRCLE from the author, Mario Escobar for my view of the book.

I would give this book 4 STARS.



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