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A pulse-pounding, page-turning thriller involving corruption, secrets, and lies at the very deepest levels of government and media.

"A twisty, nonstop conspiracy thriller that only has one gear: high! The Network delivers."-Andrew Gross, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"This is mandatory reading for any thriller aficionado."Steve Berry, New York Times Bestselling AuthorA shadowy group is manipulating society—and they've only just begun.Late one night, investigative journalist Jack Logan receives a surprise visit from U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips at his New York apartment. Disheveled and in a panic, the senator swears that he's about to be murdered and pleads with Jack to protect his wife Taylor, who happens to be the only woman Jack has ever truly loved.

Days later, Phillips is found dead in a hotel room in Micronesia, the apparent victim of an allergy attack. While the nation mourns, Jack and Taylor race to find the one man who knows the truth. As they're pursued by unknown assailants, their desperate hunt leads them to the Institute, an immense facility shrouded in mystery that has indoctrinated a generation of America's political and media power players. Led by the enigmatic Damon Crosse, the Institute has its tentacles everywhere—but Taylor unknowingly holds the secret to the one thing that Crosse needs to carry out his plan.

Taking readers on a thrill ride from the back halls of Congress to the high-rise offices of Madison Avenue and a remote Greek island, The Network is a provocative, pulse-pounding novel that dares to ask the question: who's really in charge?

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"A twisty, nonstop conspiracy thriller that only has one gear: high! The Network delivers."-Andrew Gross, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"This is mandatory reading for any thriller aficionado."Steve Berry, New York Times Bestselling Author
A shadowy group is manipulating society—and they've only just begun.

Late one night, investigative journalist Jack Logan receives a surprise visit from U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips at his New York apartment. Disheveled and in a panic, the senator swears that he's about to be murdered and pleads with Jack to protect his wife Taylor, who happens to be the only woman Jack has ever truly loved.

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"A twisty, nonstop conspiracy thriller that only has one gear: high! The Network delivers."-Andrew Gross, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

"This is mandatory reading for any thriller aficionado."Steve Berry, New York Times Bestselling Author
A shadowy group is manipulating society—and they've only just begun.

Late one night, investigative journalist Jack Logan receives a surprise visit from U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips at his New York apartment. Disheveled and in a panic, the senator swears that he's about to be murdered and pleads with Jack to protect his wife Taylor, who happens to be the only woman Jack has ever truly loved.

Days later, Phillips is found dead in a hotel room in Micronesia, the apparent victim of an allergy attack. While the nation mourns, Jack and Taylor race to find the one man who knows the truth. As they're pursued by unknown assailants, their desperate hunt leads them to the Institute, an immense facility shrouded in mystery that has indoctrinated a generation of America's political and media power players. Led by the enigmatic Damon Crosse, the Institute has its tentacles everywhere—but Taylor unknowingly holds the secret to the one thing that Crosse needs to carry out his plan.

Taking readers on a thrill ride from the back halls of Congress to the high-rise offices of Madison Avenue and a remote Greek island, The Network is a provocative, pulse-pounding novel that dares to ask the question: who's really in charge?

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      • premium: False
      • source: BBC, “Ten Books to Read in December”
      • content: "With a decades-old cabal, ancient relic, conspiracy, action, and twists, THE NETWORK delivers on the goods. The result: an addicting read that keep you up long past bedtime."
      • premium: False
      • source: The Free-Lance Star (Fredericksburg, VA)
      • content: "Exhilarating . . . . From the opening pages to the thrilling conclusion, The Network is an intense and action-packed roller-coaster ride of emotions. . . . The suspense and intrigue is relentless from beginning to end. It has it all: political corruption, religious under tones, immorality, hidden treasures, historical artifacts, conspiracy, heart-pounding action, along with a cast of characters you'll love and hate. The conclusion leaves the reader with a bit of a cliff-hanger and certainly wanting more."
      • premium: False
      • source: New York Journal of Books 
      • content: "The Network" is thriller-writing at its best: a sinister conspiracy with international power, a pulse-pounding chase to save the world, an unlikely romance with heart-wrenching complications, and one mysterious hero to untangle it all. Jack Reacher and Jack Ryan, watch out! Jack Logan is hot on your trail."
      • premium: False
      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: "A staccato-paced series opener that will appeal to readers seeking conspiracy-laced thrillers."
      • premium: False
      • source: Booklist
      • content: "Revel in L.C. Shaw's thriller, The Network. . . . Part Dan Brown, part Ira Levin, part Ian Fleming, part Steve Berry—and wholly terrifying—The Network displays Shaw's talents, skills that enable her to produce nearly unbearable tension and multiple shocks as she seizes the reader and never lets go, not even on the final page."
      • premium: False
      • source: Suspense Magazine 
      • content: "THE NETWORK offers a superb blend of a political, speculative, and action thriller. Lynne Constantine manages this delicate balancing act with a skill and aplomb that is both a throwback to Robert Ludlum and testament to Dan Brown. The kind of tale Alfred Hitchcock would have loved to adapt and thriller lovers are certain to devour."
      • premium: False
      • source: Steve Berry, New York Times Bestselling Author
      • content: "This is mandatory reading for any thriller aficionado."
      • premium: False
      • source: Anthony Franze, author of The Outsider
      • content: “There are books that keep you up at night, and there are books that keep you up all night — L.C. Shaw's THE NETWORK is the latter. Sophisticated, suspenseful, and unpredictable, Shaw's deft plotting and breakneck pacing set the standard for the modern political thriller. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop. Absolutely electrifying.”
      • premium: False
      • source: Jennifer Hillier, USA Today bestselling author of Jar of Hearts
      • content: "Readers with a taste for action thrillers will best appreciate this one."
      • premium: False
      • source: K.J. Howe, international bestselling author of SKYJACK
      • content: "Once you start reading, you'll be hooked."
      • premium: False
      • source: Jon Land,  USA Today bestselling author
      • content: "THE NETWORK is a thriller with all the right ingredients: power-drunk capitalists, corrupt politicians, existential moral questions, and global conspiracies spawning life-or-death consequences. Add into the mix well-crafted characters and the result is a recipe for success. With Shaw's breakneck pacing, intricate twists, and constant cliffhangers, thriller fans will blaze though this book in one sitting."
      • premium: False
      • source: Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author
      • content: "Wow! Talented storyteller L.C. Shaw has perfected the vacation-airplane-beach read! Unfailingly entertaining, riveting, and breathtakingly timely—you will absolutely devour this thrilling and cautionary tale. Attention, Hollywood: this one has blockbuster written all over it."
      • premium: False
      • source: Allison Leotta, author of The Last Good Girl
      • content: "Political intrigue, religious artifacts, great characters, and plot twists galore. You will not be able to put THE NETWORK down."
      • premium: False
      • source: DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper thriller series
      • content: “Washington power plays, Supreme Court intrigue, religious relics, and a chase for the ages. Fans of Brad Meltzer and James Rollins will love L.C. Shaw's THE NETWORK.”
      • premium: False
      • source: Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally bestselling author of The Murder List
      • content: "The merciless Crosse makes a timely villain in this thriller from Lynne Constantine, who with her sister Valerie writes under the name Liv Constantine."
      • premium: False
      • source: Carter Wilson, USA Today bestselling author
      • content: "Shaw's blistering pacing, compelling drama, and tight prose mesh together to create an unputdownable read. Journalist Jack Logan rips down the curtain masking one of mankind's oldest secrets in an all-out battle for the human soul. Tune into THE NETWORK for the gritty news of today—and yesterday. Breathtaking."
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        October 7, 2019
        Investigative journalist Jack Logan, the hero of this uneven series launch from the pseudonymous Shaw (Lynne Constantine, coauthor with her sister of The Last Mrs. Parrish under the name Liv Constantine), is in his East Village apartment when Sen. Malcolm Phillips appears with a wild story about how he will soon be murdered. He wants Jack to give a packet of information to his wife, Taylor, about a plot to take over the U.S. Jack, who was once Taylor’s fiancé, jumps at the chance to reconnect. After Malcolm is poisoned, Jack and Taylor go on the run. Meanwhile, megalomaniac Damon Crosse, the director of a research facility known as the Institute, has selected medical student Maya to bear his child. Cue the Nazis and the 30 pieces of silver Judas received for betraying Jesus, and the plot becomes a mash-up of Dan Brown tropes held together with romantic prose (“The stirrings of desire fluttered as she remembered the feel of those strong arms”). Romance readers with a taste for action thrillers will best appreciate this one. Agent: Bernadette Baker-Baughman, Victoria Sanders & Assoc.

      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
      • content:

        October 15, 2019
        The search for the 30 magical silver coins Judas received for betraying Jesus drives a thriller with Dan Brown aspirations. Teens die imitating a perverted reality show. A U.S. senator expires on a diving trip after a fishy anti-vaccine vote in Congress, and bad guys move in to kidnap his pretty young wife. A pregnant woman is imprisoned and abused by a sadistic doctor at an evil institute. Who you gonna call? Jack Logan (not Jack Ryan, but close), investigative journalist-turned-action hero, who fortunately has taken an evasive driving class and done a stint undercover as a bodyguard in Colombia. Logan is the creation of Shaw, a pseudonym of Lynne Constantine, who, together with her sister, writes under the name Liv Constantine (The Last Time I Saw You, 2019, etc.); since the cover proclaims this "A Jack Logan Thriller," it's apparently the first of a series. If Tom Clancy inspired the character's moniker, Dan Brown is the model for many other elements, down to the wooden writing and laughable, expository dialogue. "I mean, exploiting vulnerable teenagers for ratings with no regard to the consequences. It's unconscionable." "The same Saint John who wrote the Gospel?" Maybe you have to read it in context to get the joke; do so at your own risk. While Brown often uses Christian mysticism and iconography as plot elements, Shaw's story makes faith itself central. The good guys are saved, and the bad guys represent Satan; they need those silver coins back to support their various evil plans. "What does increasing the abortion rate do for your cause?" one character asks another. "There's nothing more precious in the eyes of God than new life. Anything I can do to destroy those lives, I'll do. If I can prevent the birth of just one true believer who might shape the world in a better direction, I'll have done well." A Christian fable with a right-wing agenda lurks beneath the surface of this action/adventure debut.

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      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
      • content:

        November 1, 2019
        Investigative journalist Jack Logan is speechless when U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips (now married to Jack's ex-fianc�e, Taylor) pushes into his apartment, claiming that Logan placed Taylor in grave danger by scuttling a bill Phillips was ordered to push through. Phillips insists that if he's killed, Jack must protect Taylor and take her to a man named Jeremy who can explain everything. If anything, Jack expected to read that Malcolm had suffered a breakdown, so he's shocked by urgent reports that Malcolm has suddenly died in a diving accident. Jack rushes to Taylor, and they barely escape men attempting to break through her door. As they dive underground, Malcolm's final letter leads them to the horrific truth: Taylor is being hunted by Damon Crosse, the leader of a shadowy but well-connected scientific organization. Crosse believes that Taylor holds the secret to finding a hidden relic he plans to pair with genetic science to draw humankind away from God. A staccato-paced series opener that will appeal to readers seeking conspiracy-laced thrillers with strong Christian themes.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
      • content:

        July 1, 2019

        Shaw is the pseudonym of Lynne Constantine, who, with sister Liv, just about knocked our eyes out with the thrillers The Last Mrs. Parrish and The Last Time I Saw You. Here, investigative journalist Jack Logan is visited by a desperate U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips who believes he's targeted for murder and begs Jack to protect his wife, Taylor--Jack's one true love. With the senator soon dead (it looks like an allergy attack), Jack and Taylor follow clues to the Institute, which has been sneakily influencing political players for decades and hopes Taylor will spill a final secret needed to assure their success. With a 75,000-copy paperback and 20,000-copy hardcover first printing.

        Copyright 2019 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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