Spying For Keeps – Review by Midwest Book Review

Spying for KeepsPosted at their Wisconsin Bookwatch is this review:

Spying For Keeps by Jerry Labriola is the story of Jim Hunter, a man who is an experienced undercover agent and called upon to assist Allied forces int heir attack upon the Nazi held Normandy beaches and then in Japanese controlled territories on the other side of the world. After the war is over, Jim is hired by an international organization to identify criminals in a number of nations around the globe who are infiltrating organized crime in the United States. Among Jim’s resources is a slim backpack devise allowing him to send and receive coded messages to intercept and interpret Nazi messages and plant false information to the enemy. A combination of historical mystery and counter-espionage thriller that begins with the world-wide struggle against the Axis powers of World War II and concludes with combating shadowy figures who are seeking to exploit the Mafia in America in pursuit of their nefarious goals. An accomplished novelist of consummate skills and a proven master of the genre, Jerry Labriola continues to employ meticulous attention to historical detail and accuracy as background for his deftly crafted and memorable action/adventure thriller. Attention Hollywood, Spying For Keeps is the stuff from which blockbuster movies are made! Exceptionally well written and an inherently compelling read from cover to cover, Spying For Keeps is an especially recommended addition community library Mystery/Suspense collections, as well as for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs.

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Naugatuck writer releases ‘Spying for Keeps’


Labriola’s latest novel inspired by his visit to Normandy


Jerry's three books


On a visit to France several years ago with his wife, Lois, Jerry Labriola looked down on the beaches of Normandy-the site of the Allied invasion in June 1944 — and over the bunkers used by the Nazis to try to repel the Allied forces that litter the beach still.

Nearby, gravestones marked the final resting place of thousands of American soldiers.

The visit stirred emotions in Labriola.

I remember saying, “Lois, I’ve got to write about this,” recalled Labriola, an 85- year-old Naugatuck resident.

Labriola, a former forensic pathologist in the U.S. Navy, pediatrician and politician who now pens mystery novels, did just that.

Labriola’s latest book, Spying for Keeps, was released in June through Strong Books. The historical mystery novel follows the character of Jim Hunter, an undercover agent who assists the Allied forces in their assault on Normandy and is later hired to track down criminals in the aftermath of World War IL

Writing mystery novels isn’t anything new for Labriola, whose interest in the genre was sparked by such

authors as Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie and Rex Stout.  Spying for Keeps is the 19th book Labriola has written — the first four were co-authored with renowned forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee and focused on high profile criminal cases before Labriola turned his pen to mysteries.

Spying for Keeps does mark a first in Labriola’s writing career, though. It’s the third of three books he wrote in a nine-month period.

Labriola, an early riser in the morning, said he starts writing at about 5 a.m. and typically stops at around lunchtime or a little after. Then, last September, those days become longer, and rather than writing six days a week, Labriola was writing every day as he became more wrapped up in his work.

“I just had the desire; I’m not exactly sure why except I was enjoying it more than I usually did, to write longer,” he said.

LABRIOLA: He wrote 3 novels in 9 months

First came The Blue Baron Mystery, followed by The Saga of Hodge, and finally Spying for Keeps. Each took about three months to write, Labriola said. They were all published this year.

“I didn’t say, ‘OK, I’m going to write three books.’ I didn’t know how many I would write quickly, but I was determined to write more quickly because I had the energy at the time and I had the ideas in my mind,” he said.

Labriola said he never had two books going at the same time, but he had ideas for each book and would often write notes to himself. One of the problems with an idea in writing, he said, is as he gets up in years they are easier to forget.

“I had the ideas in my mind,” he said. “I knew what all three were going to be about.”

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The Saga of Hodge – Review by Midwest Book Review

The Saga of Hodge MysteryPosted at their Wisconsin Bookwatch is this review:

A strange and possibly supernatural entity that calls himself Hodge is targeting people on Earth for thousands of years, claiming their souls and then, later one, returning them under his complete control to Earth as different people. They constitute his Army of Drones. But when this creature experiences the meaning of love he undergoes a transformation as shocking as those he had ordered for millennia. Who or what is responsible for triggering this change? All this is intertwined with Dr. Mark Kralin, his friends and associates in a novel that is a blending of fantasy and mystery. A simply riveting read from cover to cover, “The Saga of Hodge” reveals author Jerry Labriola to have a genuine flair for deftly crafted interesting characters and then skillfully embedding them into a consistently compelling story replete with unexpected twists and surprising turns. “The Saga of Hodge” is one of those all too rare novels that will linger in the mind and memory of the reader long after the book has been finished and set back upon the shelf.

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The Blue Baron Mystery – Review by Midwest Book Review

Posted at their Wisconsin Bookwatch is this review:The Blue Baron Mystery

An expert forensic scientist with an earned reputation for discretion among overt and covert traders in international artifacts, Dr. Paul D’Amean’s career and life are on the line in “The Blue Baron Mystery”, a truly compelling read by author Jerry Labriola who is a seasoned master of the genre. Hired by ‘Gens de Ferite’, an ancient French organization dedicated to tracking down the murderer of six people and to locate the stolen Blue Baron diamond, Paul finds himself traveling in perilous jeopardy following a serious of hazardous incidents that occurs as he finds himself in France, Holland, The Hauge, Belgium, Angola, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, Buenos Aires and Gibraltar. A deftly crafted and riveting read from cover to cover, “The Blue Baron Mystery” is enthusiastically recommended for the personal reading lists of dedicated suspense thriller buffs and would prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections.

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Dangerous Triangle – Review by Midwest Book Review

Dangerous TriangleSynopsis: As a private investigator, Dr. David Brooks had been instrumental in preventing a Japanese-led sarin attack aimed at destroying the world. Now a new generation of Kamikazes are pursuing him wherever he goes. With the assistance of seemingly omnipresent pirates, these descendants of the suicide bombers of World War II are hell-bent on his death.

Critique: Another riveting read from the pen of Jerry Labriola, “Dangerous Triangle” is a deftly crafted and compelling novel from beginning to end, making it highly recommended for personal reading lists and community library Mystery/Suspense collections. Of special note to Jerry Labriola fans is the inclusion of lectures about O. J. Simpson, Sacco-Vanzetti, Charles Lindbergh, forensic science, and mythology which are cleverly woven into complex plot.

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Waterbury Republican American Announces

Waterbury Republican American Labriola gets ‘Dangerous’

Dangerous Triangle

Private investigator Dr. David Brooks finds himself the target of Kamikazes and pirates in “Dangerous Triangle,” the new book by Dr. Jerry Labriola ($24.95, Strong Books). Amazon

The Kamikazes seek revenge after Brooks was instrumental in stopping a sarin attack on the world. They join forces with pirates in attempting to complete the murderous mission of sarin master¬mind Shoko Asahara.

As the three sides close in, Brooks continues his oceanic lectures, this time featuring O.J. Simpson, Sacco-Vanzetti and Charles Lindbergh in the talks.

Jerry Labriola, M.D.

Jerry Labriola, M.D.

This is Labriola’s 18th book. Brooks is a recurring character in his novels. The idea for the current story “came from our talks with some Japanese passengers on several of our 50 ocean cruises, plus being alerted to pirate ships off the coast of Somalia,” Labriola said.

Labriola was a pediatrician in Naugatuck for 35 years before retiring in 1994. A former forensic pathologist in the U.S. Navy, he dabbled in politics before turning to writing.


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Diamonds and Pirates Review by Midwest Book Review

Synopsis: Treasure hunter Paul D’Arneau is hired to locate a diamond box and to determine its relationship to a cartel involved in prostitution, piracy, and international intrigue spread out over the Argentina, Gibraltar, and the United States. Unexpectedly, D’Arneau finds himself embroiled in trying to prevent a Japanese-led sarin attack that would destroy the world. The Kamakazis, among others, are constantly on his tail, requiring him to call upon his many ways of warding off assailants — not the least of which is the martial arts form of jujitsu called Atemiwza. It’s no understatement to say the odds of survival are very much against him and the stakes for the rest of the human race couldn’t be higher!

Critique: A riveting read, “Diamonds and Pirates” by Jerry Labriola is impressively well written from beginning to end and continues to document Labriola as a major storytelling talent in general, and a complete master of the action/adventure mystery/suspense genre in particular. “Diamonds and Pirates” is certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library collections and personal reading lists. For those to whom “Diamonds and Pirates” is their first introduction to Jerry Labriola’s brand of thriller, it should be noted that his has also authored nine previous and highly recommended novels: The Saga of Hodge; Murders at Hollings General; Murders at Brent Institute; The Maltese murders; The Strange Death of Napoleon Bonaparte; Scent of Danger; Object of Betrayal; Deadly Politics; and Global Shadows.

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Diamonds and Pirates Review in Sunday Republican

On Sunday, May 17th, The Sunday Republican provided a review of my latest novel: Diamonds and Pirates.

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Waterbury Republican American Review

The August 24th issue of the Waterbury “The Sunday Republican” provided a good review of Jerry Labriola, M.D. and his latest novel Global Shadows. Several of Jerry’s schedule talks are listed in the article.

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Latest Novel is Released

My latest novel Global Shadows has been released by the publisher – The super attractive hardcover is available at Amazon at www.amazon.com and is significantly discounted from my publisher’s retail price of $24.95. (Printed in the USA)

The eBook for Kindle is also available at Amazon at www.amazon.com The “Look inside” feature at Amazon gives everyone a chance at a peek, but we have enabled “Sample” and “Amazon Prime” to attract new readers. Amazon also offers the Kindle version FREE for those who buy the hardcover.

My publisher says “We are seeking reviews for this new book. We will be announcing ‘Free Download” dates to reviewers through

booksandpals.blogspot.com and www.theindieview.com We have received a wonderful review from Midwest Book Review for August, visit www.midwestbookreview.com

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Synopsis: International treasure hunter and former Yale professor (dismissed from his post due to a compulsive interest in mythology), Paul D’Arneau is hired by the Parisian organization Gens de Verite to investigate the theft of a cabinet containing stem cell research papers. A globe spanning pursuit ranging from Germany, France and Switzerland, to Japan, Africa, and the isle of St. Helena, and involving murder, prostitution, intrigue, lead to unexpected consequences, complications, and resolution.

Critique: The author of ten previous novels, Jerry Labriola is well able to deftly craft intricately woven plots and embed them with memorable characters and all manner of twists, turns and surprises. “Global Shadows” is his latest novel and presents a solidly entertaining read from beginning to end. “Global Shadows” is especially recommended to fans of mystery fiction and would make an enduringly popular addition to community library collections.

Global Shadows

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