a historical thriller
Finalist in the 10th Annual Indie Excellence Award for the Political Thriller category --
It's the end of the Reagan years, with Iran-contra still smoldering, and G.H.W. Bush looking like a winner in the ‘88 elections. Rob Price is a Nam vet with attitude who's lost his Wall Street job and takes one with a small obscure government agency. When he smells Mossad and a fellow agent is killed, he disappears himself with a satchel of black money. When he turns whistleblower, he finds himself with a corporate tiger by the tail and a Eurasian martial artist girlfriend that other guys envy.
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Epstein’s Pancake is a very political and sometimes violent book about a straight arrow Navy vet who turns whistleblower on his agency. Rob Price is making it up as he goes along, and you wonder how long he can keep it up. Set in the murk of Iran-contra, it's infiltrated with black humor by smart people who know what they’re doing. The characters are strong and clear, and enjoyable. There’s also a subtext about intimate relations between the spy business, government drug-running, the arms industry, and dirty banks. Price is up against well-connected people with big offices who can lobby their way out of a jam. It’s a hard day’s night for all parties, and more than a good read.
— Jill Yesko, author of Murder in the Dog Park
Epstein’s Pancake, the thrilling novel by Bjarne Rostaing, gives readers an incredibly realistic window into the world of espionage, political machinations, whistleblowing, and international conspiracy that surrounded the Iran-Contra affair.
— SPR Review
An exciting and adventurous new read by author Bjarne Rostaing, Epstein's Pancake: A Political Thriller will take readers down a path they certainly may not have expected. Following the story of Vietnam veteran Rob Price just at the tail end of the Reagan years, readers will find enough intrigue and innuendo in this storyline to fill three books! Rob has just lost his Wall Street job, and has taken a new one at a small government agency. He definitely has a chip on his shoulder, and when he finds that the obscure little agency he's working for isn't quite the way it first appeared, well, that's definitely where the real action begins!
I very much enjoyed Epstein's Pancake. In a unique tale of secret deals, secret manipulations, and secret government agencies, readers will find that they are truly surprised as the story wends this way and that, and will never quite be sure where it will end up. Author Bjarne Rostaing has done a great job in creating interesting and dynamic characters that will stay in a reader's head long after the story is done. If that isn't a hallmark of a great writer, I'm not sure what is. I am pleased to recommend Epstein's Pancake to any reader interested in political thrillers, especially those that they won't be able to figure out from the very start. I certainly hope that author Bjarne Rostaing is already hard at work on his next novel. With his unique voice and talent, any new offering would certainly be a winner!
-- Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite