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Publisher's Note:

Rulon Hurt is a straightlaced, religious, and hardworking farmer from Idaho. Yohaba Melekson is a wild, worldly, and impossibly intelligent physics student from Switzerland. But when the two discover a trunk full of Albert Einstein's secret writings, they learn that opposites attract in this electric tale that pits truth against lies, faith against knowledge, heart against mind, and an epic struggle for survival against the planet's imminent destruction.…

Einstein’s Trunk

by Jim Haberkorn

Overall Book Review:

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.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Cedar Fort

Content Analysis:

While this is MUCH cleaner than most other suspense thrillers out there, it still had its moments.  

There is only one instance of profanity, which is very refreshing!  

There are no described or insinuated sex scenes.  Two characters kiss a few times, and there are some thoughts mentioned, but they stay true to ‘rule number one’, as they call it.  One character finds out more of her history that includes a lot of children out of wedlock, but there wasn’t anything described or drawn out.  

There is quite a bit of violence, though.  There are a lot of skirmishes where characters are maimed but not killed.  The maimings aren’t overly described.  Many characters die brutally.  There are shootings and hammer slingings and a scene where many characters are smashed under a table while another character jumps on them.  One scene where a character is tortured starts to get a bit graphic—I think I actually closed my eyes!  Ha!  Hard to do when you’re just reading it!—but thankfully, it’s not drawn out.

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I read anything and everything. I love the smell of books. My kids giggle at me when I open a new box of books from Amazon and I inhale the new pages and rub the shiny new spine against my face! 🙂 My husband just rolls his eyes at me and is grateful he has me on a budget! 🙂