I am thrilled to be a part of the blog tour and to be sharing my review of the latest book in the incredible; Alex Cohen series; The Mensch by Leopold Borstinski.
Series: Alex Cohen #7
How can a crooked man ever go straight?
Jewish gangster, Alex Cohen settles down in Florida surrounded by his wife and family. But his past life in the criminal underworld stalks his every move and when a bullet whizzes past his ear, he must decide whether to run or fight.
In his desire to go straight, Alex inserts himself in the East Coast porn film industry, only to find that the tentacles of the mob are clasped tight around his life. With the Feds using new laws to hunt down mob bosses, and rats in his own organization all too ready to testify against him, Alex must clean the house before the authorities throw him in jail or the mob kills him to stop him from ratting them out.
The seventh book in the Alex Cohen series is a historical thriller novel, which reveals the dying embers of Jewish organized crime in America. Leopold Borstinski’s crime fiction shines a light on the death of the old-style mob in an explosive finale.
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Alex Cohen is back for one last ride before our gangster hangs up his guns – that’s if they’re not shot from his hands!
I have absolutely loved this series, from that very first outing into Alex’s dangerous world I was hooked. I have always thought that despite Alex being a ruthless gangster he had some sort of integrity, not integrity or morality that most of us would be proud of but, he follows rules (of a kind).
If by chance you haven’t read any of the seven books I would recommend you start from the start. I suppose you could read them as stand-alone, but I would recommend you read the earlier books first, Alex goes through a lot throughout the seven books and you won’t really get a proper grasp of his character unless you see him develop from the start
I have always thought that he falls loosely into the lovable rogue category because despite all he has done – and believe me throughout the series, our Alex has been a bad ‘un, he appeals to people. If anyone read reviews of the earlier books then you will remember that I likened him to the famous Tommy Shelby (Mr Peaky Blinders for those who have been living under a rock for the past ten years) that opinion has varied throughout the series, but he still has a little of that ‘Peaky’ quality about him.
Life-long gangster; Alex Cohen has spent his whole life living life on the edge, never abiding by the law or rules (except his own). His reach goes far and wide, he has faced the Mob, FBI, Cartels – well you name it and Alex has either had a run-in with it or walked all over it. After 7 decades it’s now time for Alex to settle down, hang up his guns, hand over the reigns of his empire and retire to finally spend some quality time with those he truly cares about. He may have driven his ex-wife away but he still loves her dearly and there are some really lovely moments throughout which softens his raw edges slightly.
Only can it be so easy to walk away from the only way of life he has ever known, or will this really be the ultimate curtain call for Alex Cohen?
I really like how the author has not only Alex but also the readers thinking back and reminiscing over all of the trials and tribulations which has come before throughout the series. Alex is also thinking of what is happening now in the present and trying to put things in place as he starts thinking of his future and that of his empire, I thought that was a lovely touch and one which we can all relate to.
Being the last in the series, I was expecting big bangs and an explosive finale, but I was actually surprised how emotional I got to say goodbye to a loved character, this book and the ending are perfect for Alex!
This book, like the entire series, has been a huge joy to read. It doesn’t disappoint, it will enthral and entertain, you will be hooked and like Alex himself living on the edge of your seat, a definite must-read from start to finish!
It’s always sad to finish a series, especially one on which I have been completely hooked, it’s thrilling, dramatic, unexpected and highly entertaining.
What am I going to do without Alex Cohen in my life? – the answer to that is to read the series all over again!
Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.
There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.
He lives near London and is married to one wife, one child and no pets.
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