The Monarch – Jack Soren


When Jonathan Hall walked away from his career as an international art thief to be a father, he thought he’d made a clean break—from crime, from life as The Monarch, from an early grave.

But when The Monarch’s signature symbol resurfaces, carved into the mutilated bodies of New York’s elite, Jonathan realizes his retirement may have been short-lived. Someone is framing The Monarch for horrific slayings. But Jonathan and his former partner, Lew, know this isn’t just murder—it’s a message.

Now caught in a deadly game against a fanatical madman whose reach penetrates the darkest corners of the globe, Jonathan and Lew have no choice but to play along. But when Jonathan’s daughter becomes a pawn, all bets are off. To win this game, Jonathan and Lew will have to accept one final task as The Monarch—a job that could change the course of history forever.

My opinion

Sometimes books stay on my TBR pile for ages, just because I don’t know whether I like them or not, or I just forget about them. ‘The Monarch’ was such a book and damn, I regret that so much. In ‘The Monarch’ by Jack Soren a mystery/thriller is combined by morality questions. It really is a gripping and great story, but you also start to think about whether stealing art in any way is permitted and if it’s OK to commit murders to make that right. And I also started thinking about whether if you’re uberrich, you’re allowed to do anything and everything.

That whole combination from totally gripping/on the edge of your seat and morale questions, fitted the story of ‘The Monarch’ very well. Of course you don’t want to put it down, as it’s intriguing and you desperately want to know how it ends.

There are a lot of surprising moments in the story, which makes the story intense and of course you’ll also get to bond with the main characters. You want them to finish their assignment and if it ends wel? Well you have to read the book to find out!


‘The Monarch’ by Jack Soren was an unexpected hidden gem between all my books on my TBR pile. I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense and the question of morality in the story.


The Monarch by Jack Soren
Published by Witness Impulse
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 480
ISBN: 9780062365194

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