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When your beloved is kidnapped, and you’re caught in a bank heist, being held hostage is damned inconvenient.
Carl Best's bucket list has plenty of things he might never do, thanks to being stuck in a Witness Protection Program as a bank teller in a Podunk town in upstate New York. When he is framed for grand larceny, gets beat up in jail, and then becomes a hostage at the bank in a bank heist? Yeah. Those weren't on his bucket list, either. He was thinking more along the lines of going to New York City to see the New York Hall of Science Museum.
When he uncovers that the heist has international consequences, and his wife Sarah has been kidnapped by a rogue police officer bent on killing him, he's convinced someone gave him the wrong bucket list. Now if only there were some way to escape the robbery in time to stop the kidnapper from killing Sarah, his rock and life's purpose
Note from the Author
I've always loved the trope of a heist, from Die Hard to Ocean's Eleven to the "Cops & Robbers" episode of Castle. It was only natural that I try my own version of a bank heist. I didn't know it would lead to addressing the status of women in religion. From there, I reached out to feminist leaders among spiritual communities, rabbis, reverends, and others, to share with me their insight in essays at the end of this book.
When it came to how this story's climax should be told, a certain storytelling method of this story was inspired by both the Japanese film Rashoman and the "T.R.A.C.K.S." episode of Marvel's Agents of Shield. As for the actual content of this book, I threw ideas at the wall to see what would stick. When my wife saw the mess on the wall she made me clean it up.
No bankers were harmed in the making of this book.
A Note From the Publisher
5.0 out of 5 stars
I can’t remember when I actually read and completed a book in one sitting!
June 26, 2018
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Although I enjoyed an excerpt of Deborah’s Number posted on a Blog I follow, I was hesitant to read it, because it was Book 3 of a Series, called The Torah Codes, which I had not read. I’m so glad that I decided to read it. Wow! A rollercoaster ride from start to finish. So much so that I did not stop reading until I finished the book. So happy that I had a few hours free to pamper myself and indulge by reading a story that was fun, and filled with lots of whimsy. I can’t remember when I actually read and completed a book in one sitting. Deborah’s Number kept my interest and curiosity piqued throughout the entire story. The Characters are memorable. Be prepared to continue to think about them and their story long after you finish reading the book. Books 1 and 2 are up next.
-Mary Van Everbroeck
5.0 out of 5 stars
July 7, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was a fun read, like Barany’s other books. We are eagerly waiting for the next one.