Montaro Caine

Montaro Caine

A Novel

Book - 2013
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A baby is born with a coin in her hand. An orphan crafts a mysterious wooden object. The CEO of a large corporation finds himself under extraordinary pressure at work and at home. And on a remote hilltop on a Caribbean island, a medicine man seems to understand the meaning of all these events and to hold the key to the future.
Montaro Caine, CEO of the Fitzer Corporation, is losing control of the company he built just as his teenage daughter is experiencing her own difficulties. At this moment of crisis, a man and woman appear at his office with a coin of unknown provenance, composed of a metal unknown on Earth. Montaro immediately recognizes it as the companion of a coin he analyzed as a graduate student working in a lab at MIT, which was later returned to its unidentified owner. The coin's appearance draws the attention of scientists, collectors, financiers, and thieves, all of whom vie to get their hands on it, and Montaro himself hopes that the discovery of the coin will save his company. But the value of the coin lies not in its monetary worth but in its hold on the people who come into contact with it. These include the young woman who is not aware of the object that was found in her hand at birth; an old man who, as a boy, crafted a wooden compact as a gift for a young Montaro Caine; and the elusive healer Matthew Perch, who, from his hut on a small Caribbean island, knows precisely why these people have been brought together and what wisdom the coin imparts.
In his first novel, the beloved actor and director Sidney Poitier takes us on a wild and unexpected adventure--from New York to Europe to the Caribbean and beyond. The novel offers Poitier's heartfelt message about the potential each of us has within ourselves, and about being open to the possibility that there are mysteries in the universe, and here on Earth, far greater than we can imagine. An enthralling journey into the magic of existence, Montaro Caine is a radiant debut from an American legend.

Praise for Montaro Caine
"Some might feel it's quintessentially Poitier. Elegant, if a book can be elegant, with a bit of mystery and Caribbean flavor thrown in for good measure. Like his famed movie roles in Lilies of the Field and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, he once again offers up a moving performance." -- USA Today
"An intricate, electrifying journey. Academy Award winner Poitier creates multifaceted characters, with Montaro in particular exhibiting a rare realism; Montaro's encounters with others are at once honest, intense, and mesmerizing. While the narrative has an urgency that will keep readers anticipating, it is also poetic. . . . Part mystery, part science fiction, this book excites like Agatha Christie's Murder of Roger Ackroyd and will appeal especially to lovers of suspense." -- Library Journal

"[A] captivating blend of corporate intrigue and science fiction . . . a thought-provoking tale of caution and hope that is as elegant and riveting as the legendary actor and director himself." -- Booklist
"Surprisingly intricate . . . sure to please his many fans." -- Publishers Weekly

"Elegantly written and keenly observed . . . a Little Prince for grown-ups." -- Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780385531122
Branch Call Number: LC DLC
Characteristics: 308 pages ;,25 cm.


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Aug 24, 2013

One of the best books I have read lately. Very interesting and very well written. You can practically hear the author as you read to yourself.

Jul 31, 2013

As a child/student of the Universe, this story was so enjoyable and informative with universal principals for living. It was chock full of words of wisdom, revelations and truths. My crush on Sidney Poiter is even deeper now.

ontherideau Jun 18, 2013

The storyline and the author compelled me to read but it felt it was almost over edited. The ending dragged on after I felt the story had concluded. Still an achievement for a person in the 80's.

Cdnbookworm Jun 12, 2013

Well, I was intrigued enough that Poitier had written a novel to want to read it, especially as I had really enjoyed both his memoirs. I found the novel interesting enough, but not at the same level as the memoirs. Here we have the title character as the CEO of a multinational mining/chemical company, although you get little sense of just what the company does. When Montaro was a child his father travelled to Washington, D.C. to work on a research project about into autistic people. On the return trip, the plane crashed and his father was killed. But someone involved in the research project had given him an object for Montaro and that object and his research notes survived the crash.
Montaro seems to be in jeopardy of being replaced as leader of his company through some internal politicking. When he is approached by two strangers and asked to look at a coin, he is immediately brought back to his university days when he analyzed a similar coin. The story of the two coins is at the heart of this book, their origins and the people who have held them along the way.
There is a moralizing heart to this book about the need for peace, scientific discovery and forward-looking people working for the good of the planet rather than their own wealth. So it has got a bit of science fiction to it, along with an underlying commentary on doing good. However, I didn't really connect with any of the characters, finding that they seemed a bit flat to me. The story was interesting as was the underlying premise.

BB1017 May 28, 2013

I really couldn't get into this book. I tried... I really did. The synopsis was intriguing, but the book itself failed to capture my attention. It was absolutely unremarkable. The characters were flat and uninteresting; I just couldn't bring myself to like or dislike any of them because I couldn't connect with any of them. The author had a really good idea with the plot of this book, but it was executed poorly. I felt as if the author was working with a deadline instead of writing from his heart. Overall, it was just a boring book.

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