Thursday, 13 June 2019

Tokyo Firewall by Elizabeth Wilkerson

Tokyo Firewall: a novel of international suspenseTokyo Firewall: a novel of international suspense by Elizabeth Wilkerson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sadly this could have been a five star book but the author made the character appear to be a bit thick and naive for the hot shot lawyer she was meant to be. The plot was fine but it became apparent very early on that Allison was not the one in trouble and all the suspense was dissipated. The book however was entertaining enough to give three stars. I did like the trawl through old tech of dial up computing, bringing back memories of myself travelling and using the old tech. Perhaps if the author had concentrated more on the suspense it would have been worthy of better praise.

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Thursday, 23 May 2019

One way by S. J. Morden

One WayOne Way by S.J. Morden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great combination for me, greedy corporations and Sci Fi. The story has an unusual setting - Mars but the motives and competing agendas are fairly regular. Convicts are recruited to swap there life sentences for life on Mars building the first base there. The story follows Frank Kittridge and his interaction with the other convicts and the only company man Brack. It moves along at a quick pace even although the storyline spans years but retains adventure, mystery and twists all the way. Interestingly the author also paints a realistic picture of what life on Mars may be like for the first residents. Recommended

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The Island by Ragnar Jonasson

The Island (Hidden Iceland #2)The Island by Ragnar Jónasson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is perfect example of Nordic Noir. Set in Iceland Hulda is a police detective who picks up an unusual case of a suspicious death on a uninhabited island. It has to be one four friends as no one else was on the island or was there. The writing is very smooth and easy to follow building the tension as it goes without giving any major clues. Yes it is just a glorified "who done it" but it combines it with the problems of life in Iceland, long days or nights and the struggle with mental health. Unfortunately I expected more thrills hence only three stars but it was entertaining nonetheless.

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Monday, 15 April 2019

Out of the Dark by Gregg Hurwitz

Out of the Dark (Orphan X, #4)Out of the Dark by Gregg Hurwitz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My type of book, dark dealings by the executive. With fake news getting a very high profile it makes you wonder what are they hiding. This book explores one of those dark programmes that no one has responsibility for but this one was the baby of the current Potus when he was at the DOD. Orphans taken from their foster homes and turned into killing machines. Orphan X decides that he is under threat if he himself does not remove the controller - the president. This is a well written story of evil turned to good or at least that what we hope. Thrilling throughout with some great action. Recommended .

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Secret Service by Tom Bradby

Secret ServiceSecret Service by Tom Bradby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kate an agent on the Russia desk in MI6 is convinced there is a mole in her office but who is it. Good spy thriller with action and surprising twists. The author makes it a very easy read, no complications or complex plots. The book explores the delicate relationships between Russia and other states showing how these relationships are shrouded in total mistrust. Not your George Smilely novel but for me a better alternative and more entertaining.

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Friday, 22 March 2019

Sound of a Furious Sky by H.N. Wake

Sound of a Furious Sky (FBI Agent Domini Walker #1)Sound of a Furious Sky by H.N. Wake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a new series from HN Wake, with a great new character in Domini Walker a FBI agent. Just returning to work from a break following completion of a high profile case she is given a missing person case to ease her back into things. What appeared to be an easy case soon escalates into something much bigger and more complex. The author has not lost his skill in providing a great storyline in a very easy to read style. Like other HN Wake novels this is exciting with thrills and plot twists. If you have not read this author before this would be a great place to start. Recommended

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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox

Gone by MidnightGone by Midnight by Candice Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Crimson Lake series just gets better and better. The odd partnership between Ted Conkaffey and Amanda Pharrell works well adding new dimensions to the regular detective stories. This time the pair are investigating the disappearance of a young boy from his hotel bedroom whilst Ted gets to grips with the first stay over visit form his daughter Lillian. You will be gripped from the start by this thriller wondering what will happen next and to whom. Candice Fox has a very easy writing style and develops the plot in such a way it is difficult to put down until complete. Don't think you have it all worked out because this book is action and thrills the whole way. Excellent.

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