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Introducing Blood Flag
Introducing the Author
IN WRITER STEVE MARTINI'S BESTSELLING FOURTEENTH novel in his Paul Madriani series, Blood Flag, defense attorney, Paul Madriani, uncovers a chilling conspiracy dating back to the Second World War
Lawyers Paul Madriani and Harry Hinds of California are celebrating their latest legal victory, which has just put them in a favorable financial position. But rather than take a vacation and relax, the two attorneys get working on rebuilding their law firm. Feeling pumped and ready to go, they decide to hire a new, young legal assistant named Sadie "Sofia" Leon and acquire more clients.
One of their new clients is Emma Brauer, a woman accused of mercy-killing her ill 89-year-old father, a World War II army veteran, Robert Brauer. Emma strongly denies the accusations made by the police, and she’s counting on Madriani and Hinds to win her case. The two lawyers believe the case is simple enough and should be resolved in no time.
Madriani asks Sofia to look into a mysterious package that was sent to Robert shortly before his death. Emma insists the package has something to do with her father’s passing. Things become complicated and dangerous, however, when Sofia's dead body is discovered.
While digging further into the case, Madriani finds out that there are other members of the army unit in which Robert served who had also recently passed away – and under very suspicious circumstances. The lawyer finds himself on the trail of the Blood Flag; a feared Nazi artifact, which disappeared after the war and is now sought after by collectors and dangerous entities.
With his young assistant already dead, his client's life and his own life at risk, Madriani must find the Blood Flag before it falls into the wrong hands and jeopardizes the lives of more people. At the same time, he needs to prove his client’s innocence.
American Author, Steve Martini, is behind several bestselling legal thrillers featuring the character of defense attorney Paul Madriani. Some of his books include The Enemy Inside, Guardian of Lies, Double Tap, Shadow of Power, The Rule of Nine, The Second Man, and Trader of Secrets. Martini is a former lawyer who practiced in California’s state courts and federal courts. He also worked as supervising hearing officer and an administrative law judge during his legal career.
AUTHOR OF MYSTERY AND THRILLER NOVELS, STEVE Martini, was born on February 28, 1946. He is originally from San Francisco, California, but he grew up in the Bay Area and Southern California. His parents are Ernest Martini, a rancher, and Rita, a homemaker. Rita also later worked in the San Gabriel local library in California.
Martini graduated with honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 1968, he received his degree in Government - Political Science. He first worked as a journalist before becoming a lawyer and then a writer. He was once a newspaper reporter in Los Angeles and a correspondent at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. There, he specialized in both political and legal issues.
Martini is a former lawyer. He received his law degree from the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law. In 1975, he was admitted to the bar, and he started practicing immediately. Martini started his private law practice in California, where he appeared in both the state courts and the federal courts. He also worked as a supervising hearing officer and as an administrative law judge during his fruitful legal career. In addition, Martini also served as a California Victims of Violent Crimes Program special counsel and State Bar of California legal representative.
It was in 1984 that the author started his career in fiction writing. His first novel titled The Simeon Chamber was released in 1987. In 1992, his second book titled Compelling Evidence was released. This novel introduced the character of California lawyer Paul Madriani, who would later become the lead character in his series of bestselling novels. The Paul Madriani series of novels also features Madriani's law partner, Harry Hinds.
Many of Martini's books have become New York Times bestselling novels. Some of his titles include Blood Flag, The Second Man, Shadow of Power, The Rule of Nine, Guardian of Lies, Double Tap, The Enemy Inside, Trader of Secrets, and Undue Influence. He resides in the Pacific Northwest.
Paul Madriani and Harry Hinds, following a big legal win, decide to rebuild their firm. What do you think of their plans for the business?
Paul and Harry decide to take Emma Brauer's case even though she's not a high-paying client. Why do you think they made this decision?
The police suspect Emma had motives to euthanize her ailing father, Robert. Do you think the police's theory makes sense? If so, how?
While reading the book, did you find Emma suspicious? Did you also think, at one point, that she might have euthanized her father?
Once Emma is arrested, the story shifts away from her and gains traction. How did this affect your reading experience?
Emma is convinced that a package sent to her father has something to do with his death. Why do you think she is so insistent on this?
Robert is agitated when he sees the contents of the package sent to him. How did his reaction influence your thoughts about the key and slip of paper sent to him?
When Emma's house is ransacked, she doesn't report the incident to the police. What do you think of this decision?
After Sofia is asked to look into the package that was sent to Robert before his death, she is found dead. How did you feel about her death?
There are other deaths in the book. Which one did you find most suspicious and why?
The Blood Flag is a sough-after World War II artifact. Did its description strike fear in you as a reader? If so, how did the writer achieve this?
The plot involves Hitler and World War II. How much information did you have about this historic event before reading the book?
Paul and Harry have different styles as lawyers. How would you describe each of them? To which one do you relate more easily and why?
Blood Flag is a legal thriller novel. Which part of the book is most exciting for you? How about the most predictable?
How did you find the book's ending? Do you consider it climactic? If so, how?
Blood Flag is a New York Times bestseller. Do you think the novel is worthy of being in this bestsellers list? Why or why not?
Blood Flag is the fourteenth book in Steve Martini's Paul Madriani series. Do you think it lives up to the author's previous bestselling books?
The book has been well received by critics. What is your personal take on it? Do you like or dislike the book?
The author is often commended for being able to craft suspenseful twists and turns. Do you agree? If so, how does the author show this in Blood Flag?
There are critics that say some parts of the story are predictable. Do you agree? What weak points do you see in the book?
The plot includes historical elements related to Hitler and World War II. How do you think these elements contribute to the story?
Paul Madriani is a recurring character in the author’s books. Do you think the character has developed well over the years?
The book touches on a lot of legal matters. Do you think the technical details are convincing and are well relayed to readers?
Some critics think Emma is a weak character in the book. Do you agree? If yes, in what ways is she weak?
Have you read any of the author's past books? What changes in his writing style, if any, did you notice?
Steve Martini is known for his bestselling Paul Madriani novels. Have you read any of his other books? How would you compare it to Blood Flag?
The author is often commended for creating exciting legal thriller stories. What do you think of the writer’s style?
The author is a former lawyer. How does his experience as a lawyer come out in his writing?
The author also worked as a journalist. Do you think this also influences his style? If so, how?
The author specializes in legal thrillers. Does his style remind you of other writers? If so, of whom?
Emma’s house is ransacked, and she suspects this is related to the package sent to her father. If you were Emma, would you have reported the incident to the police?
Paul Madriani and Harry Hinds, didn’t really need to take Emma’s case because they had just won a profitable legal battle. If you were either of the lawyers, would you also have taken Emma’s case? Why or why not?
If you were Sofia, how would you have handled the task given to you by Paul? What would you have done to be more careful in investigating the package sent to Robert?
Emma is arrested as a suspect in her father’s death. What direction do you think the plot would have taken had the police not arrested her?
The artifact called Blood Flag is related to Hitler. If it weren’t tied to an historical figure, do you think the object would be as impactful? Why or why not?
If you were Paul or Harry, would you still pursue the case knowing it has international ramifications? Would you risk your life to uncover the truth behind the Blood Flag?
If you were to rewrite any part of the story, which part would it be? What changes would you make and why?
If the author were not a former lawyer, how do you think this legal thriller would turn out? Do you think it would be as successful or not?
True or False: The book’s plot is related to events during World War I?
Lawyers, Paul Madriani and Harry Hinds, hire a new legal assistant named ______.
The package sent to Robert Brauer contains two items. They are a ______ and a slip of paper.
The police suspect Emma ______ her father, which is the alleged reason for his death.
The ______ is an artifact wanted by both collectors and dangerous entities in the book.
The dictator, ______, is said to have used the Blood Flag during the war.
True or False: Paul and Harry were planning to sell their law firm?
Steve Martini worked as a ______ before practicing law.
The author is famous for his ______ series of novels.
True or False: The author is juggling careers as a writer and a lawyer?
The author’s first book is titled ______.
The author specializes in writing novels in the ______ genre.
False. The book’s plot is related to events during World War II.
Sadie "Sofia" Leon
False. Paul and Harry were planning to rebuild their law firm.
False. The author is working full time as a writer.
The Simeon Chamber
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