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Many intriguing mind games were played throughout this book by cops, FBI agents, the conniving tobacco mogul and the victim turned serial killer. I found it fascinating to follow law enforcement as they profiled Virgil. I was even more fascinated to read along as Martin the victim, transformed into Virgil, the avenging serial killer. A thought provoking thriller which will take the reader on an unforgettable journey as a serial murderer descends into madness and faces the end of his life. Is Virgil the main villain or the justified victim?
I encourage you to read and decide for yourself. Many thanks to the author and his publicist for my review copy of this book. Feb 17, Katy Noyes rated it really liked it. Tense, exciting revenge story that picking sides on is complicated "Journalist Martin Muntor is diagnosed with lung cancer. An unknown person begins sending out poisoned cigarettes across America, demanding a reaction from the tobacco industry.
It's a beautifully simple plot device. Is Muntor angry? Does he have a God complex? Is it mentally ill? Taking others down with him? Watching his reign Tense, exciting revenge story that picking sides on is complicated "Journalist Martin Muntor is diagnosed with lung cancer. Watching his reign of terror unfold is both horrifying and enthralling.
I loved this, despite knowing that Muntor was targeting 'innocent' smokers. The reactions by the cigarette barons are fairly stereotypical, with corruption and conspiracies rife. With a death sentence hanging over him, will Muntor manage to strangle the response he needs out of Big Tobacco in time? Will America end up on his side or see him as a mindless killer? There's some fantastic scenes as the FBI close in, as Muntor works towards his big finish. It's a cinematic story, one you can see on the screen.
This moves along at a pace, it's a quick read that you have trouble putting down, with a memorable lead character. I wasn't too keen on the ending personally, on one aspect of it anyway, but apart from that I was loving being caught up in the anxiety and nerve-wracking story. Note: I was provided with a copy of this book for review. I have to admit I wavered between three and four stars with this one; I thought about it and decided four was the way to go. For the parts I really liked made it more five than four, and easily outweighed the few parts that made it a three.
I liked the concept of Find Virgil.
I liked the idea of this guy, who had done everything right in his life to suddenly be struck down with cancer and wanting to take it out on those he feel wronged him. While I'll admit it probably wasn't the best way to go about it, and Muntor isn't the greatest person personality-wise even before the cancer, it was extremely clever and well planned revenge. You can't help but admire "Virgil" as he taunts the FBI. He is smart and his jovial nature and committed attitude make you like him even more, and watching as he manages to stay a step ahead and seeing the care and thought Muntor has put into his scheme is excellent.
The narrative covers a short period of time really well. The events in the novel occur in a period of about a month, with a lot happening in that time and Freudberg manages to capture a real time feel for the events that happen. This grounds the novel well, highlighting the realistic nature of Muntor's acts and the FBI investigation and an overall natural feel to the entire storyline. Everyone has an agenda through this book; each character is looking for something, working towards something, and trying to get something from someone else.
There are a range of additional characters and points of view that Freudberg uses in the story, all connected and intertwined with one another making a complicated array of characters. Because of this there are many things happening at once that overlap and interact with one another; highlighting each character's personal motives and intentions.
I understand that they were all connected and one couldn't happen without the other, but I felt that Muntor's story was more engaging, while I never got into Pratt's side as much. Granted they had very different storylines but I found myself not really caring about the people mixed up in Pratt's line, whereas with Muntor's I became easily caught up in what was happening. Because of this there was a steady rise and fall in my engagement as we switched focus.
Not that Pratt's side wasn't interesting or clever, it just didn't seem to hold my attention like Muntor's did.
As it says in the synopsis, you do actually find yourself rooting for the madman, which sounds terrible when you realise he plans to kill hundreds of innocent people but in a clever way Muntor doesn't come across as a madman either. This is Freudberg 's great skill, we get inside Muntor's head, his reasoning and justifications and you actually understand what he is doing. I did find myself rooting for both Muntor and the FBI. It's like watching a nature documentary, you love the little baby impala and want it to be ok, but then you suddenly switch and start cheering on the lion that wants to eat it.
Freudberg's story is driven with unique and curious characters and a well developed and complex narrative, that provides you with a good case of intrigue and wondering if, how, and when 'Virgil' will be caught, and who and how many will suffer in the meantime. I love the premise of this book. The idea is so fresh and original. The setting is key. When I first began this book, I thought, pfffft, hardly anyone smokes now, anyways. Plus, how does this guy get lung cancer from secon I love the premise of this book. Plus, how does this guy get lung cancer from second-hand smoke?
That seems a little extreme. Then, I remembered it was , which had considerably more people smoking. Also, Muntor had a dad who constantly smoked, then a wife and kids who smoked. After that information, I felt a little better. His whole life revolved around cigarettes, and everything seemed a bit more realistic. Freudberg subtly showed the reader that his life is an extreme case. Also, the writing style really gave the feel of the criminal-mystery book. This style is different from what I usually read, and Freudberg pulled it off well.
He uses a third-person omniscient point of view, so the reader knows all that is happening from every side. I do think the book is a bit insipid in parts. For one, every little trial and tribulation is stretched out. Every phone call and hint lasts pages, and the drama seemed over the top. Because of these extra evils, it makes the novel seem less real.
Also, some of deduction skills Rhoads has are too good to be true. Cutting out some scenes, and maybe one more editing cycle would have helped Find Virgil in my opinion. I think I would have also enjoyed it more if it was shorter. Otherwise, I liked stepping out of my box and reading a crime mystery rather than my usual young adult dystopian novels. The writing style is interesting and different, and my only critiques are the length and unnecessary drama. More reviews at Stealingpages. Martin Munter is looking forward to his place in history — even though he may never live to see it. He is a man who feels cheated.
He grew up in a Philadelphia suburb with his chain-smoking, drunken father. His mother committed suicide when he was just a boy. Now, it Martin Munter is looking forward to his place in history — even though he may never live to see it. Munter packaged seven hundred FedEx envelopes with a pack of Easy Lights; a disposable lighter; a survey; and a letter to the recipient. They were laced with a sodium cyanide solution.
Munter waited for the news story to break. Over deaths with multiple injuries all across the United States — but the numbers were just beginning to grow. Tom Rhoads has problems of his own. He has his own PI business. Now, Rhoades is being pulled back into the picture when the FBI seeks him out about the current situation. This became a very compelling and stimulating story as the reader gets to know both Martin Munter who nicknamed himself Virgil and Tom Rhoads. Martin Munter is the killer and we know that from the beginning.
The big insurance companies, it could be argued, were also killers with no conscience — just as long as the bottom line was profitable. Rhoades becomes a very likable character with a lot of common sense. Beatrice Trice, professor of Psychiatry. I rated Find Virgil at 4 out of 5. Having read and enjoyed Baby Please Don't Go, by the same author, I was interested to see what else he had written so I gave this a go.
I found the beginning of this book a little convoluted and hard to follow and I had to really concentrate probably a me thing rather than a book thing but, once I got into it, the time and pages literally just flew by as I was drawn so far into the story it was a challenge putting the book down.
I found this to be a book where again, I wasn't keen on the main ch Having read and enjoyed Baby Please Don't Go, by the same author, I was interested to see what else he had written so I gave this a go. I found this to be a book where again, I wasn't keen on the main character. I understand why he felt the need to do what he did but part of me just isn't OK with the means he took to get to the end.
Nothing justifies what he did. But I guess, in his mind, when you have nothing to lose by doing what you want to then, why shouldn't you!?! I also didn't really warm to Rhodes either although, I liked him a whole lot better than Munter. I found his motivation to be a little off key and, for all he said, I wasn't convinced re the relationship with his brother.
I think for me personally the whole major theme of this book is one of greed and this manifests itself into the majority of the main characters attitudes and selfishness. I get that Munter feels hard done by and I agree that someone should probably be accountable but I can't condone what he did. This makes for quite a tough read in parts. This also keeps the book moving at a cracking pace.
Information is delivered efficiently. I really did like the character of Dr Bea Trice, I found her insights to be very credible and extremely useful. I'd also definitely like her on my side in a fight, She has guts that gal! Finally, I though the ending was justly delivered. I am just sad that we had to go through the rest of the book to get to where we could have got to without so much pain and suffering.
Lessons to be learned by all I hope. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Shelves: reviewed , e-books , spl-reviews , fiction , Originally reviewed for Musings over Nothing I loved the way my affinity and definition of hero kept oscillating between Muntor and TR. Many may not agree with killing of people just to create awareness against smoking. You see sin of smoking is lesser than sin of killing. But again you can not not see the ills of smoking to the smoker and others.
Yes, you are in for a racy thriller spanning in a short period of time and if you like deducing part Originally reviewed for Musings over Nothing I loved the way my affinity and definition of hero kept oscillating between Muntor and TR. Yes, you are in for a racy thriller spanning in a short period of time and if you like deducing part of the thriller you are in for a ride - I was sitting arguing with a friend, whom I was meeting after a long time when I could have done twenty other things, on how the killer would be arrested - and I dont regret it'.
Such was the suspense element. The book comes with the currently over used and hyped tag of psychological thriller - oh great, another one. I picked up the book mainly because the blurb intrigued me saying 'you will root for the killer to win' or something like that - but I didn't care for him at all, maybe because he was 56 years old man with stage IV cancer.
And Muntor is not the guy everyone would take to. In fact I had to try hard to get through his part of story and his constant berating of the "the common people". I actually had problem connecting with any of the characters, even with the good writing. I wish I could have known about Pratt's story and even Trichina's and interestingly I liked his hitman Valzmann better than anyone else.
Bottomline - a fast racy thriller with good writing and no loose end. If you like Fredrick Forsythe and Robert Ludlum you will love this.
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Disclaimer: I received this book from the publicist free of cost in return for an honest review. View 2 comments. I received a free copy from the author and his publicist in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Frank Freudberg! The blurb for this book reads: "Can you imagine yourself rooting for a madman to succeed in a terroristic plot to kill hundreds of people? When Muntor starts indiscriminately poisoning cigarettes I kept thinking, "why don't people just quit?
Despite being a judgmental madman, Muntor is appealing and loves his cat, how can you not like him. His own handpicked nemesis, a retired cop called Rhoads, is also easy to root for which makes this a conflicting book. The final part is simply suspenseful and thrilling, a ticking clock counting down to the satisfying conclusion. The one thing I didn't like was that some interesting plot points eventually didn't lead anywhere and some characters seemed to be forgotten during certain parts of the book. Still, a very solid thriller that will keep you guessing.
I won this novel in a Goodreads contest and I'm glad I did because this is not the sort of book I would normally pick up. I'm not typically into FBI-y, fake mustache-y novels but this one totally got me. It had a somewhat satisfying conclusion, but a magnetic build-up and very exciting climax. The author did a great job of explaining the story and main characters actions through many perspectives; even though Martin was clearly quite insane, his perspective was very well justified and you can't h I won this novel in a Goodreads contest and I'm glad I did because this is not the sort of book I would normally pick up.
The author did a great job of explaining the story and main characters actions through many perspectives; even though Martin was clearly quite insane, his perspective was very well justified and you can't help but be a little sympathetic. I would say that my only complaints about this novel are that a. Trice's character knew far too much about Martin's psychological state than I could find plausible, even with my belief suspended.
I'm glad I expanded my horizons a little. This novel didn't change my life, but it was an enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend to fans of thriller novels. Find Virgil is a hidden gem. It is an extremely intense and fast-paced thriller that kept me on edge. Verdict: EPIC. Full book review here. While Freudberg's excellent book Find Virgil is technically a novel, the subject was and still is so topical that it could almost be considered a hybrid fiction novel.
That said, We now know how the big tobacco companies lied about how addictive nicotine is as well as all the information they withheld and publicly contradicted on how harmful cigarettes are. In this book it explores the issue of second hand smoke another cover up by big tobacco. The lead character journalist Martin Muntor is dyi While Freudberg's excellent book Find Virgil is technically a novel, the subject was and still is so topical that it could almost be considered a hybrid fiction novel. The lead character journalist Martin Muntor is dying of lung cancer and is using his precious time to enact revenge on the cigarette companies.
Without giving the riveting plot away,Muntor uses means beyond what is considered legal, but you still end up rooting for him,because big tobacco and their lobbyists are responsible for his dire condition. I liked this book for its suspenseful plot, subject matter and Freudberg's fluid writing style. Required Disclaimer: I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway contest. Very rarely do I come across a book that grabs my full attention from the beginning page to the end sentence. This book did just that. Find Virgil is a rare read that has "it". The "it" being a book I will re-read, recommend to friends, and consider it one of my favorites.
I haven't read a book like this in a long time. Frank Freudberg is an excellent writer with great style. If this book does not develop into a movie, I w Required Disclaimer: I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway contest. If this book does not develop into a movie, I will be shocked. I cannot say I will be disappointed, though, because the book is always better than the movie. It seems unimaginable, though, that someone in Hollywood wouldn't want to make "Find Virgil" into a movie.
The characters are well-developed in the book and interesting. Mark Muntor aka "Virgil" is the villain but it is a fine line between whether he is really the villain or a vigilant victim committing horrible crime for the greater good of society in the long run. Martin realizes how evil the Cigarette companies are after getting lung cancer and realizing that he has a limited amount of time left. Martin becomes convicted and determined to spend his dying days taking revenge on those who killed him and countless others.
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