The Last Con


  • Title: The Last Con
  • Author: Zachary Bartels
  • ISBN: 9781401690564
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Last Con

    THE KNIGHTS OF MALTA WERE THERE WHEN JERUSALEM FELL, THEY WERE THERE WHEN THE TEMPLARS DISINTEGRATED, AND THEY RE 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 He s working a menial job, regaining his bearings in the world, and trying to revive his relationshipTHE KNIGHTS OF MALTA WERE THERE WHEN JERUSALEM FELL, THEY WERE THERE WHEN THE TEMPLARS DISINTEGRATED, AND THEY RE 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 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.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 can t shake, Fletcher is forced to rely on his years in the game to save the only people who mean to him than the biggest con in history.

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    1. Raelee Carpenter

      I have ADHD and an overactive BS meter, so getting through a suspense novel (or even a few chapters of a suspense novel) without either skimming chunks of prose or rolling my eyes Honestly I don't remember the last time it happened. But The Last Con conned me. ;) I loved it. It held my interest through over 350 pages(no small feat in itself), but it also surprised me many times and completely suspended my disbelief. Match that with an incredible depth of character, good humor, and solid research [...]

    2. Staci

      Zachary Bartel's sophomore novel is as unique as his debut. While they are both unique, the novels are very different. The Last Con has a strong historical element which was an integral part of the story.This novel started out very strong and then my engagement fell off some and I re-engaged at the end. My main struggle was with the main character, Fletcher. While I could see realism in his choices, I wanted to shake some sense into him. Ivy and Dante were both strong characters in the novel.Ove [...]

    3. Susie Finkbeiner

      I thoroughly enjoyed this book! So much intrigue and humor and just plain good storytelling. Bartels is one to watch.

    4. Danielle

      This mystery and suspense novel has a unique setting and engaging cast of characters. From Malta in the late 1700’s to current-day Detroit, the moral dilemmas in The Last Con will get you questioning how you’d respond if forced into these situations.Bartels didn’t dumb the reader down by over-explaining unfamiliar settings and situations. He did an amazing job of including these in the storyline while teaching the reader at the same time. The historical line to the plot is well-explained a [...]

    5. Morgan

      Slow to fully grab my attention, but I finished the last 100 pages or so in one (very late) night. Not the kind of book I'd normally choose to read, but not bad all the same. I particularly enjoyed how the author (a Pastor here in Michigan) weaved the message of the Gospel throughout the story, but in an understated & not-at-all-cheesy way.

    6. Allison

      Bartels has done it again with another novel that masterfully weaves the Christian faith and worldview into real life situations. I recommend his novels to anyone who likes clean, suspenseful, and true to life fiction- to anyone who is tired of reading cliche Christian fiction.

    7. Kelly Bridgewater

      I read Zachery Bartels first book, Playing Saint and loved it. When I heard that Bartels had written a second book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. The Last Con reminded me a lot of James Rollins, Dan Brown, and the Indiana Jones movies. There is a hunt for a Biblical artifact, filled with a bunch of twists and turns throwing me for a wild ride. The writing was tight, powerful, and helped keep me glued to the page. I didn’t have to worry about losing my attention because of mispla [...]

    8. Victor Gentile

      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 THEY’RE 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. He’s working a menial job, regaining his bearings in the world, and trying to revive his re [...]

    9. Lisa Johnson

      Title: The Last ConAuthor: Zachary BartelsPages: 400Year: 2015Publisher: Thomas NelsonMy rating is 5 stars out of 5.Last year I read the author’s novel, Playing Saint, which quite exceptional and its tale unique. Now readers are given a different type of story to read that is rooted in historical fact involving the Knights of Malta. I don’t know about you, but what the author shares about history after the ending of the story was new to me and quite fascinating. It is hard to tell if some ch [...]

    10. Sally

      Last year, Pastor Zachary Bartels came out with his debut novel Playing Saint, in which the main character was a smooth talking celebrity pastor promising good things to his followers. Bartels’ second book focuses on another smooth talker, but this one doesn’t stay within the law. During the hunt for a religious artefact, Fletcher is arrested and does time. The last thing he wants after release is to meet up with his former associates, but they manage to find him all too easily on a rare vis [...]

    11. Nadine Keels

      The Last Con, a suspense novel by author Zachary Bartels, deals with some pretty dark themes, but the book manages not to feel overly dark, particularly where bits of humor are mixed in. Fletcher Doyle, a Christian and a former con man now on parole, needs all the skill he once wielded in the game to handle a new con job he’s been blackmailed into, especially when the safety of his wife and daughter are put at stake.Speaking of the daughter, Ivy, she turned out to be my favorite character. It [...]

    12. Mark

      I like books that integrate history into a modern day fictional tale. The author uses the Knights of Malta, which I had never heard of, as a basis for the plot of the book. Since I don't know anything about them, I don't know what was fictional and not, but it made for an interesting book. The story is all about conning. The author evidently did a lot of research on grifting and conning, and spun a great story around it. It is very suspenseful and very much a page-turner. Fletcher, the main char [...]

    13. Hallie Szott

      This review is also posted on Book by Book.After reading Playing Saint last year, I knew I had to read more from Zachary Bartels, so I picked up The Last Con. The story of Fletcher Doyle, a reformed con man recently returned home from prison and drawn back to his old ways, The Last Con has all the qualities I loved in Playing Saint placed within a new and unique storyline. With plenty of suspense, mystery, intrigue and a cast of interesting characters (many easy to like in one moment and then di [...]

    14. Beckie Burnham

      The Last Con is the first book I have read by Zachary Bartels. From what I experienced, I will definitely be reading his others. This novel is filled with mystery and suspense and enough bad guys to keep the reader guessing. With historic details that made me hit Google, a fast-paced and twisting plot and characters that I immediately connected with, this novel is a recommended read from me.Fletcher, an ex-con and grifter, has been out of jail for just a short time. His family is still adjusting [...]

    15. Aaron Heinly

      Ancient religious relics, secret societies, modern day con-men, historic heists, crazy plot twists, action, wit, several unrelated groups of bad guys (some of which you actually care for) all converging and convoluting each other's plans, edge-of-your-seat suspense, a little bit of mysticism, and constant guessing is what this book has to offer. Imagine Da Vinci Code meets White Collar (Zachary Bartels is going to kill me for that) but with far more intricate and complicated relationships and in [...]

    16. Joan

      It took me a while to get hooked on this book, about to the half. There is quite a bit of set up at the beginning until the story really gets going. Much of the elements of the novel have their roots in historical fact, as Bartels indicates in an Author's Note. The main character is a man recently released from prison. Even though he found Jesus on prison, before long he is blackmailed into grifting once again. I felt there was much more about the grifting than there was about the historical asp [...]

    17. Caleb Lang

      A secret life of crime, using charm and wit to get the rich and famous to give you valuable items, or at least get him close enough to steal them lands Fletcher Doyle in jail. Six years later he is released and starts living an honest life, but when his daughter is taken he is forced back into his life of crime to acquire the items the kidnapper demands. Fletcher Doyle is in for a wild ride and he tracks and works to collect clues and information on artifacts dating back to the crusades. Will he [...]

    18. (not your)

      Can a con be too convincing? Did the con man con himself? Or was Fletcher Doyal’s jailhouse conversion real? These are the questions posed in Zachary Bartles The Last Con. It’s been a few months since Doyal’s release and while struggling with the monotony of a mundane job and the challenging fight to regain his wife and daughter’s trust, this former grifter is also struggling with his new faith in the wide open world. When on a church mission trip he is suddenly faced with the allure and [...]

    19. Kristi

      I received this book as a giveaway prize, but I was wanting to purchase it, anyway. I read Mr. Bartels' first book, so I knew this one was bound to be good, too. This story interweaves history and present day to create an intriguing, engaging story that will keep you reading and guessing until the wee hours of the morning. I highly recommend this book (and Mr. Bartels' previous work, 'Playing Saint'), and I look forward to his next publication.

    20. Tom Burkholder

      In the book The Last Con, author Zachary Bartels writes about Fletcher Doyle, a con man who has recently been released from prison. Fletcher is determined to follow God and do the right thing. But then his old life comes knocking to drag him away from his family and God while chasing a series of ancient relics hidden by the Knights of Malta.This was an excellent read and keeps you guessing as to who is The Alchemist. I would highly recommend this book.

    21. Cassandra

      Two unbelievably believable characters take front and center place during the book. I felt that the story as a whole was powerful, but it seems to be broken into a few different things and to really understand you are going to have to pick up a copy of this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book.

    22. Scott

      Mr. Bartels kicked it up a notch with The Last Con. It is a classic redemption story: ex-con trying to get his life back together meets with conflict from his past; but he pulls in enough character development, historical intrigue, and plot twists to make it work in a very exciting way. Bravo! Hopefully, this makes Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr.'s reading list this summer!!

    23. Janice Boekhoff

      Loved this new book from Zach Bartels! This was a peek into the world of grifting that I'd never seen before. Full of twists and surprises, nothing is what it seems at first glance. Bartels takes your perceptions of what's happening and flips them upside down. Fans of suspense will love this book!

    24. Amanda

      This one is hard to put down, though I didn't care for the mild language. Over all though, the story is well written and keeps readers on the edge of their seats!

    25. Barbara Huskey

      It's a little slow and has some seemingly pointless stuff in the beginning, but the author really does manage to pull it all together and by the end it's powerful and entertaining.

    26. Michaela

      Excellent book. Lots of suspense, interesting and likeable characters. The book was hard to put down. Highly recommendable.I won this book at Giveaways.

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