Claudette Walker

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Danielle Steel meets Tom Clancy ...,
This review is from: To Love The Rose (Is Washington Stoned?)
 (Kindle Edition)
... is how I describe this book to my friends who have not read it. To my enormous delight, I recently discovered Claudette Walker, now hot on the block of international political thrillers. Thank God "To Love The Rose" has a sequel, since I grew extremely attached to her characters, all of which were developed exquisitely. Claudette Walker's excellent sense of place fittingly took me back to some of my old haunts ... San Francisco, Washington D.C,, Florida, and New York City. Her depiction of the U.S. political climate, as well as the U.S. role on the world stage is spot on. "To Love The Rose" provides an insider's view of power, high finance, government and the people who live in these worlds. I am now reading Walker's second book, "C Street" with even greater amazement at her knowledge of global intrigue and high-level maneuvers. I have always believed that to pursue truth one must read fiction and there is much truth in this extraordinary author's romantic thriller.

Book Review

The espionage/thriller novel C Street by Claudette Walker is a roller coaster ride of suspense, tension and excitement. It is next to impossible to categorize C Street as merely a thriller, as it contains a myriad of components that demonstrates the author's ability to transcend genres. Ms. Walker has an uncanny ability to transport the reader into a foreign world where power, wealth and corruption reign supreme. Some have dreamed of wielding this kind of ultimate world power, but few have enough insight to depict this arena in all its magnificence, allure and yes--its concomitant dangers.

But who are the mysterious characters of C Street and what mechanisms allow them to wield such omnipotent power? With hundreds of millions of dollars at their fingertips and modern secret weapons at their disposal, reminiscent of but more sophisticated than James Bond, these undercover operation teams are able to penetrate the veneer of normalcy in many countries of the world. Disguised as wealthy but often ordinary looking professionals, they travel easily and lithely across every continent without arousing suspicion.

The reader learns very quickly to tune out any distractions while reading C Street, unless one is willing to endure the consequences as a result of one moment of inattention. After the first few pages, it was literally impossible for this reader to think of any mundane chores without the overwhelming desire to return to one of the exotic locales or intriguing characters in C Street. Each character, no matter how peripheral they appear to be at first, is brilliantly woven into this web of deceit and treachery with seamless ease. The reader cannot wait for the next chapter that ultimately culminates in a dramatic unveiling of the entire mystery. However, I advise potential readers of C Street to never get too comfortable with any premature attempt to assess who did what to whom and how--lest one is willing to endure the future "shock and awe" as a result of one glance away from this addictive novel.

The main character and keeper of secrets left to her by her loving husband, Solomon Rosenberg (and an assassin for the CIA), Jacqueline Rose is sultry and sassy with the emotional and physical strength of many men. Expertly trained and powerful men often incorrectly assume there must be a weakness or crack in her armor. Both she and her daughter, Marie, are worthy adversaries for even the most proficient CIA, FBI or military professional. In tandem they are unbeatable, as they outwit the best and brightest on the world stage with a delightful twist in every well-developed scheme and plot. Both Marie and Jacqueline serve as human weapons of mass destruction as they achieve their ultimate goal of exposing the nefarious mission by the secret members of C Street.

Simply stated, C Street by Claudette Walker is an unforgettable novel. It is a must read for anyone who enjoys intrigue, enigmas and haunting memories of a fulfilling thriller.

                                        Laura Schultz, Los Angeles, CA

Book Review
Gary Sorkin, Pacific Book Review

“Men like us believe we are gods,” is the innuendo of the belief of CIA operatives woven into the fabric of C Street, a novel by Claudette Walker. 

Possessing the absolute power with unlimited resources of the government’s Central Intelligence Agency,  Jacqueline Bovia Rosenberg (having shortened her name to Jacqueline Rose) is being watched as she traces the prior path of her late husband’s career working within the clandestine organization.  Solomon Rose had amassed evidence of the agency’s illegal and unethical activities throughout many international operations, and had a collection of audio tapes secretly held for his wife to retrieve in case of his death.  Although his death came about naturally, Jacqueline remained under surveillance and investigation by the CIA until the agency could get possession of this revealing and possibly incriminating series of audio tapes.  Unfortunately for Jacqueline, the CIA represented not the only government seeking to get at these secrets, and to get to her!

From her London home, Jacqueline traveled to the US; first to Tampa, Florida, and then up to Manhattan on a mission to retrieve the tapes.  Constantly looking over her shoulder, she takes precautions and she believes she’s not being followed until she meets an Israeli colleague of Solomon’s when she is given new identification documents; surprisingly showing a photo of her taken without her knowledge.  Knowing very well not to trust anyone, she becomes swept into the current of people with power and influence, deep into a world of sex and violence, murder and betrayal with characters not having her own best self interest in mind.

Claudette Walker takes the reader on a very detailed journey throughout the secret methods of falsifying responsibilities within the back operations of government intelligence organizations in C Street, revealing new and fascinating methods of how our history has been manipulated by those in power.  Walker masterfully develops and sustains an intelligent level of suspense throughout her novel, capturing and holding hostage the reader while being totally in control of the information revealed.  Unlike authors which use quick “snippets” of storytelling to create within the reader’s mind a series of fast moving action scenes, Walker embellishes her scenes with descriptions based on her research and experience.  She noticeably narrates as seen through a feminine mind’s eye of Jacqueline, complete with the coupling of vulnerability, her fortitude of strength, and instinct for self preservation.

Her novel is clearly written in a fashion which lends itself to her screenplay adaptation, which I believe is available, and would no doubt gain innumerable accolades by audiences especially for having her feminine character, Jacqueline Rose, yet appear once again and become so memorably articulated.  
C Street has it all, and done in a way you’ll be looking over your shoulder when reading this extraordinarily entertaining book.

Gary Sorkin, Pacific Book Review

Nancy Denofio, Blog Talk Radio

"Congratulations Claudette - and may everyone have the opportunity to read "C Street," I have and from page one it stimulates the brain cells! A young woman returns to America feeling it is safe, she begins to tell the story of her life. The excitement, fire, spark of espionage - like playing center field in a baseball game - is all around you. Even after death it continues to haunt her, follow her, as she is determined to know everything. I don't want to give all the GREATNESS of this novel away - but believe me, you will never be disappointed, right from page one to the end. You travel with the main character, live in her shoes, feel her emotions. I am so excited for Claudette and the future for her - and for new readers to join in and be part of her crowd.

C Street Reader Comments

"Simply stated, C Street by Claudette Walker is an unforgettable novel. It is a must read for anyone who enjoys intrigue, enigmas and haunting memories of a fulfilling thriller."  Laura Schultz Book Reviewer

"Your book is like a conversation with Ian Fleming! Way to recall the atmosphere of 007. Dan Brown has a page-turner competitor! Bravo!"

                                  25-time Emmy award winning, journalist and novelist Michael Cogdill - C Street Book Reviewer, book back

Just finished it. Wow. The farther I got into it the harder it was to put down. I absolutely loved it. Thanks for the journey.

Randy Schimmelpfennig
"One of the best books I've read this year.....right up there with good ole' James Patterson! Thanks Claudette!"  Brenda Smith

"C Street is Your Street." Scott Wannberg

"Absolutely incredible book. Don't just buy one. Order two... one for yourself and one for someone you love."  Don Mersel

Two strangers met at Chicago O'Hare Airport ~ because they had one thing in common, both were reading C Street.  Holly & Chris

 Ralph Swanson enjoying the warm Florida weather outside and a good book - Claudette Walker's "C Street".

Congratulations Claudette - and may everyone have the opportunity to read "C Street," I have and from page one it stimulates the brain cells!  Nancy Denofio

I've been hearing about this for months! This one I will pay to see in the theater. Thanks Claudette!"
Lorna Mack

Just wanted to tell you how "disappointed" I was in your book.......that it ended! This was like the season finales of ER, Dallas, etc. How long do I have to wait to pick this... back up? My imagination is running wild! Hope you're almost done with the next, because I may be bugging you frequently! LOL Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this! :-) Brenda Smith

“Claudette's book C STREET is a page turner.” Don Mersel

If a movie of your book gets made, i'll be first in line!  Amy Roberson

The book is phenomenal... Renee Hand

“Walker takes the reader on a very detailed journey throughout the secret methods of falsifying responsibilities within the back operations of government intelligence organizations in C Street, revealing new and fascinating methods of how our history has been manipulated by..." Gary Sorkin, Senior Book Reviewer, Pacific Book Review 

"Loved, loved your book. Couldn't ask for more in a thriller. I absolutely love a book that takes me all over the world as yours did. Just when I thought I had it figured out even with your "subtle" clues I was mistaken. I always do that with a book and I was not disappointed."   Brenda Smith

“Am just starting C Street and am enjoying it already, Claudette!”  Nancy Denofio

"I owe you a review - promise ASAP.... what a wonderful book - and for those who read this, buy it now! Thanks Claudette for writing this wonderful novel. Nancy Denofio

”This is the book you must read. I promise. By Claudette Walker”  Don Mersel

"A must read you guys..." Neil Helfrich
‎"C Street is the most amazing book I have read in years! The characters seemed so alive to me, that I simply could not put it down." Cathy G. Sesta
"This is the book you must read.  I promise. by Claudette Walker"  Don Mersel
"Claudette Walker's Blockbuster." Don Mersel

“I always like that you write like a poet!” Amy Roberson

“The Book Everyone is Talking Claudette Walker”  Don Mersel

"I didn't just like the book.  I LOVED THE BOOK--SERIOUSLY!"   Laura Schultz, Book Reviewer 

“Claudette Walker's Incredible book and screenplay.” Don Mersel
“Excellent book so far! I love it!” Meg Collins

“My level of excitement is escalating as I read further into your book!” Nancy Denofio

“Story/plot is very exciting!” Katrina Ruth, PhD, Literature

“The plot is great and you keep Jacqueline moving in adventure!  I love the settings!” Katrina Ruth, PhD, Literature

“This has been very interesting reading; with the Trojan, CLIPP programs, etc, you had to have done loads of work creating/mapping out this whole system.  Bravo!”   Katrina Ruth, PhD, Literature

“I absolutely love the descriptions of London!   Beautiful! .,..Know all those places oh so well. [Kings Cross is King's Cross...use it constantly..lovely train station; I marked where]  Again, great carefully put together w/ detailed work!” Katrina Ruth, PhD, Literature

“Yes!  Great story---I can see how much meticulous planning you've done.  What a big, carefully done project.”  Katrina Ruth, PhD, Literature

“Exciting political story!  Very intriguing!   Political spoiling...great!” Katrina Ruth, PhD, Literature

“Very good story.  Very interesting and well thought out plot.  As a reader, I hope she can trust Mark after everything.  Lots of good twists, lots of good information revealed n the plot.”  Katrina Ruth, PhD, Literature

"Love the book, still reading and loving every moment I escape into their world. Thanks again!"  Leslie Vincent

"And yours on C Street is stunning. Just back from D.C., a place I truly love. One of the most fascinating parts of the world! Bravo!"  Michael Cogdill

"Claudette Walker's Incredible book and screenplay."  Don Mersel
Your book is like a conversation with Ian Fleming! Way to recall the atmosphere of 007. You deserve every bit of laud that flows to this heart-throbbing piece. Dan Brown has a page-turner competitor! Bravo!"  25-time Emmy Winner, reporter and author Michael Cogdill

"Good Morning Claudette-this is an amazing read and I have been enjoying your book immensely.”  Meg Collins

“A marvelous read, one that will keep you turning pages every single day. C Street, it tells quite a riveting story, by Claudette Walker.”  Meg Collins