A Thousand Suns
A kind-hearted, ex-spy cowboy, a reformed European punk genius physicist (who happens to be Einstein’s great-granddaughter), a surly tank of a Russian spy, and a couple groups of neo-Nazis. Nothing could go wrong, right?
This was so much fun to read! I loved Rulon’s quirks. I fell in love with his dad, I have a (not-so) tiny crush on Boris, and I want to be Yohaba. Well, maybe without the nose ring. Haberkorn has crafted a believable story with engaging characters that is extremely difficult to put down, and has me waiting anxiously for the next installment.
A Thousand Suns is the second book in the series, but it is definitely a stand-alone novel. Ha. As soon as I can, I’m hunting down the first book … Haberkorn’s characters are just too much fun for just one book!
My Rating: 4.5 stars. There were a couple of little sections that I didn’t quite understand their importance … but I have a feeling that if I had read the first novel Einstein’s Trunk, it’d be a little more clear.
Afterward: You know how some books just stick with you after you’re done? This one did … to the effect that I purchased Einstein’s Trunk and devoured it in one day (to the dismay of my kitchen). Delightful! Can’t wait for more!
Elizabeth Marsh http://readingforsanity.blogspot.ch/2013/09/a-thousand-suns-jim-haberkorn.html
A Thousand Suns: I have a new favorite author of intrigue and suspense…Jim Haberkorn! I just devoured his newest book, A Thousand Suns and wanted to read more. I love books and Haberkorn’s writing has garnered him a permanent spot on my bookshelf. I want his book always visible, always waiting for me to pull it out again and get lost in its exciting pages. Move over Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, and Tom Cain. Haberkorn writes just as fast and keeps my interest tied just as tight without the crudeness, language, sex or graphic details. Like a correctly delivered roundhouse, Haberkorn packs power in his style. The writing is intelligent, crisp and rapid. It flows over the page with no wasted words… For more see: http://www.tlynnadams.com/p/reviews-and-interviews.html
Terri Lynn Adams, YA author of the recently movie optioned ‘Tombs of Terror’ adventure trilogy
A Thousand Suns:It’s not often that I read a book worth RAVING about, but A Thousand Suns blew me away! The bags under my eyes testify that I read all 320 pages in less than 24 hours – good thing my kids can cook, because I couldn’t put this book down. I love action, adventure, suspense… unfortunately, most authors seem to think those elements also involve profanity, and, if you’re familiar with my reading taste, you know I hate profanity. Haberkorn’s writing is so ingenious he doesn’t need to stoop to harsh language to portray his story. I loved the witty interchange between “Cowboy”(Rulon) and his sassy wife Yohaba. We have an alter-ego “Boris” that lives at our house, and he came to life in this book. My only regret is that I didn’t read the first in this series, first. I will now be reading it, then I will pass both onto my husband and teenaged son! http://stephanieworlton.blogspot.ch/2013/03/a-thousand-suns-by-jim-haberkorn.html —-Stephanie Worlton, author of Hope’s Journey
A Thousand Suns: In Jim Haberkorn’s A Thousand Suns, we pick up a few years after the end of Einstein’s Trunk (the first book in the series—which I recommend reading first, of course) where Rulon and Yohaba are settled happily on a ranch in Idaho. Everything is perfect until a fight between Rulon and some Nazis turns the small group against him. All of a sudden, everyone’s after Rulon: Nazis, KGB, and even a few freelancers. When Rulon is put into the hospital, Yohaba decides it’s time to end this and off she goes back to her homeland (Switzerland) with Boris (a KGB agent) in tow. All the characters are full of life, whether they be good or evil. Yohaba always has a comeback, and Boris makes a great sidekick! Tracking through the ‘wilds’ with the two of them makes for a great time!
At times gritty, always funny, and full of non-stop action, A Thousand Suns will keep you up late into the night, racing through the streets of Switzerland and wondering if there will ever be ‘happily ever after’ for Yohaba and Rulon. We don’t find out yet, by the way, so keep your eyes open for part three in the future! Emily from Compass Book Ratings 4.5 stars.
A Thousand Suns: I haven’t met a cowboy I liked more than Rulon Hurt. Even better than Ezra Rohm (The Aurora Reckoning), and that’s saying something. This is every bit as action packed as Einstein’s Trunk, which you really should read first. And it looks like another sequel is in the works. Haberkorn has created a unique hero, who is always in trouble, and always as a result of doing something good for somebody else. Such is life for the laid-off cowpoke/spy and his spirited wife Yohaba. She’s the second hero in this book, and proves herself to be just as gritty and resourceful as her husband. Anna Baker
Einstein’s Trunk: Thrillers are another of my favorite genres to read, and Einstein’s Trunk did not disappoint. James Haberkorn did a wonderful job in developing his characters, both the main ones and the secondary ones. His descriptions of places I’ve never been made it easy to picture in my mind. I loved the humorous chemistry that develops between Rulon & Yohaba – it’s fun and refreshing. Rulon has a “John Wayne grit” that doesn’t need foul language or immorality to establish it. Yohaba, while “worldly” by Rulon’s standards, exhibits a moral integrity and courage that’s balances and compliments Rulon. Even the “villians” exhibit a form of “moral integrity” in their own way. I love the Einstein quotes at the beginning of each chapter — several made me stop and think about them for a minute before I read on. All in all a fast-pasted “DaVinci Code” type thriller that kept me engaged from the first page til the end – even leaving it open for another book. Definitely one I would recommend adding to you reading list. Kay Curtiss
Einstein’s Trunk: I am a male school teacher who loves spy/espionage novels and this book ET is a thriller rollercoaster that doesn’t disappoint. Newby novelist Jim Haberkorn obtains a real gift to create imagery in the reader’s head by providing thorough detail in his writing and is a reflec- tion of his obvious personal history (namely the Marines). The novel twists and turns between Idaho and Zurich and gives some wonderfully interesting factual insight about the workings of atom bombs, asteroids and even the importance of life! Each chapter begins with a relevant and often thought provoking quote from the man himself, Einstein, which invigorates the mind before each chapter commences. Without giving too much away, I found this book to be both gripping and informative and was a definite page turner. So much so, that I took it with me on my honeymoon on a tropical paradise and was glued to it for two days to find out what hap- pens in the end. Tanning combined with a great book = perfect honeymoon (oh, and of course the perfect wife). The ending was well constructed and I eagerly anticipate the sequel. —Brad
Einstein’s Trunk: Real Thriller, and Funny, too. Got an ARC copy of this and loved it. Big ole Rulon Hurt is a real cowboy who earns extra cash by spying for the U.S. He claims to not like physical contact, but easily holds his own in a fight. During a routine caper, he gets fired from his job. When he tries to remove the bugs he had planted in a luggage store, he stumbles into a very danger- ous and unplanned search for a special formula to increase the power of “the bomb” by 60 times. Everyone is after Einstein’s trunk, wherein lies the formula, and wants his great great granddaughter to help them find it. There follows a great chase, with Russians, Serbians, Americans and Swiss, all clamboring to get the formula. Filled with action and wonderful humor, I just could not put this down. A great, great read. —TPring
Einstein’s Trunk: Do you like conspiracy theories? Stories full of action and suspense? Are you a fan of Dan Brown, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy or John Grisham? Then meet James Haberkorn! Whether it’s inside the workings of a US embassy/consulate, spy infiltration, weaponry, or foreign cities, Mr. Haberkorn knows his stuff and gives us an insiders’ look. Rulon Hurt is working undercover but discovers something much bigger than the ‘small’ job he was given! This begins a scramble from the Russians and Serbians, a lot of intense fights that include some seriously ingenious methods (hammers and tables??), and a race to find a trunk that belonged to Albert Einstein that will (hopefully) hold the answers on how to save the world from impending doom!
I enjoyed this book even more as I’ve been to many of the cities mentioned in the book, so I could ‘see’ it even better; AND to top it all off, I just happen to be from Idaho as well! The talk of ranches and Idaho cowboys (hicks! Ha!) had me smiling and missing the rural lands of the West. I loved the chapter headers with thoughts from Einstein, laughed at all the movie quotes, and squirmed (in a good way) during all the awkward ‘DTRs’ (Define The Relationships). I loved the undercurrent of the importance of family, morals, and true love, even within a world of spies and revenge. There are twists and turns galore, and the ending gives you enough closure that you aren’t angry at the cliffhanger! ‘Einstein’s Trunk’ is a well written, page turning, ‘suspense thriller’ genre with a good moral theme. —Emily from Squeaky Clean Reads, Overall Rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Einstein’s Trunk: This mystery/thriller piqued my interest immediately and I didn’t want to put it down. The plot is exciting, suspenseful, gripping and keeps the reader wondering what’s going to happen next. The good guy is really “good:” an international spy who believes in no sex before mar- riage, and who doesn’t drink, smoke, or cuss. No gratuitous sex or vulgar language. The characters are so well drawn and the locale so well described that 2 weeks later I still have visual pictures of both in my mind and am waiting for the next adventure from this talented author. I can imagine a movie being made of this. —Linda
Einstein’s Trunk: James Haberkorn tells a great story in “Einstein’s Trunk“. The backup detail seems well researched and adds much to the story. I have no idea how much of the detail presented is really true, but it all seems so accurate that I take it all as fact in the course of the story telling. Haberkorn’s command of so many geographies and cultures is captivating. The pace of the book is fascinating, matching the actual story line. The story starts slowly and meticulously, then gradually builds speed to its wild and unexpected climax. The humor is at once unexpected and in character, the essence of great humor. The primary characters are so well devel- oped and completely human that I would like to have them over for dinner to get the rest of the story. —JamesR in SLC
Einstein’s Trunk: Can spies get laid off? Apparently so. Rulon Hurt, sometime spy, sometime cowboy, gets canned right in the middle of a caper. When he tries to “undo” that caper, he gets hurdled into another, much more dangerous one. This is one of the best chase stories I’ve read, filled with suspense and humor, as Rulon races to beat the bad guys to one of Einstein’s most “explosive” discoveries. —D the cat lover