The Fifth Estate

Published Date: March 29, 2013

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The First Estate is the clergy.

The Second Estate is the nobility.

The Third Estate is the general population.

The Fourth Estate is the press.

Then there is…

The Fifth Estate

A late night knock sends writer SEBASTIAN WREN mentally back 30-some years because the woman at the door resembles his former lover, MORGAN O’CONNOR. It is Morgan’s born-out-of-wedlock daughter CHELSEA. She came to solicit Sebastian’s help to get back her kidnapped mother. Sebastian realizes Chelsea could not be his daughter, but the twin mysteries of her parentage and her mother’s abduction, along with a scant clue on a cell phone, send the pair to L.A. where Sebastian is reunited with several old friends from his college days.

The reunion introduces friends to help the pair on their journey. A phone call demands a ransom to be paid in Seattle—where Morgan had moved to ensure Chelsea’s father would have no knowledge of her. The couple trek up north only to face kidnappers that manage to pull a switch; Morgan is free, but Chelsea becomes captive, and the action switches back to L.A. where a plot more sinister than kidnapping and simple ransom is finally revealed.

If The Fifth Estate was a movie it might be directed by Ben Affleck.?

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Customer Reviews

8 thoughts on “The Fifth Estate

  1. A magical mystery tour. As Faulkner said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” And so the ’60s come knocking for writer Sebastian Wren, pulling him into a mystery involving friends and affairs of years gone by. Steve Berger’s novel is fast-paced and engaging, hooking me with nice twists from start to finish. And all the wonderful details on 1960s music and counterculture – times and places I knew well – made me feel right at home with Sebastian and friends. Looking forward to a sequel!

    1. The Fifth Estate is a fast-paced thriller with a first-class wise ass as its protagonist.Los Angeles throbs as the setting, and cultural references to the 60s and 70s will delight those of you who came of age then. Don’t start reading this unless you have time to finish since it’s best enjoyed in one sitting.

      1. A great noir mystery for the 21st century.
        Shades of Raymond Chandler and nostalgia, but despite the setting, it’s a novel for today. The story has enough twists to almost make you dizzy, but while it won’t reveal who really killed JFK, you will find out what the 5th estate actually is – or isn’t? It’s the most enjoyable book I’ve read in a long while. Let’s hope there are many more where this one came from.

        1. You’ll be sorry when you’re done.
          Quite an entertaining read! Loved the 60’s and 70’s references. Mr. Berger has written an engaging tale that you will enjoy!

          1. Thrilling mystery is a great read. An evildoer is no match for the wry and witty Sebastian Wren in this thrilling mystery. One part mystery, one part paean to the ’60s, and even a love story, all packed into this entertaining novel. Worth the read — bring it to the beach this summer!

            1. Amazing read. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A compelling mystery and walk down memory lane into the greatest music of our time. Now I need an answer to my question: is the fifth estate real or is it Memorex?

              1. Brings back memories!
                This fast-paced and entertaining novel was definitely a trip down memory lane! Growing up in the Sixties and Seventies in Los Angeles, this fun-filled, original story was an incredible blast from the past, and I enjoyed every minute of it! You’ll fall in love with the characters and become part of the story, as you sing along with Janis Joplin and the Beatles, and revert back to the priceless and familiar dialogue of that era. The novel is well written, clever, and a real page-turner. I strongly recommend starting the book when you have time to finish it because you’ll definitely not want to put it down!

                1. Not just a page-turner mystery. I also loved the witty banter and strong female characters, and the tie-ins to the 60’s and 70’s really put a different twist on the story. It was very entertaining and I look forward to reading more from this author!

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