Wednesday, 16 October 2019

The Chemical Detective by Fiona Erskine

The Chemical DetectiveThe Chemical Detective by Fiona Erskine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A good up to date story of organised crime at it's worst. It is fiction however I am always amazed at the risks and violence that they undertake in pursuit of an illegal living. This is made more topical by the linking to Chernobyl following the success of the recent drama on TV. The story is easy to follow and on point the whole time - no complicated bios or flashbacks to contend with which in my mind is always good. There are one or two surprises and twists but in all it is a fast moving and exciting action adventure for Jaq Silver our chemical detective.

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Friday, 4 October 2019

Blood in the Dust by Bill Swiggs

Blood in the DustBlood in the Dust by Bill Swiggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The gold rush in Victoria, Australia is the backdrop for this excellent story of Toby O'Rourke whose parents have been murdered by bushrangers raiding their small homestead. Not only do we get a great story of a young man maturing in the most difficult conditions and circumstance we also get a very real look at what life must have been like for those trying to build the new colonies of Australia. No cell phones, no TV, no internet, no electricity, no nothing - just imagine how you would fair in this environment, far less carve out a more comfortable life for yourself. Great book.

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Cold Storage by David Koepp

Cold StorageCold Storage by David Koepp
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever scared of going to the fridge, well you might think differently after reading this and might not look at mushrooms the same way again. After investigating a suspected bio-terror incident Roberto Diaz recovers a fungus which is stored in cold storage underground for eternity, or is it. I initially thought this story was going to be an endless series of lengthy character bios but once the essentials were in place the book went into top gear to the end. The author, like with Jurassic Park plays with the "what if" this time not extracting DNA from insects trapped in amber but a fungus sample from a Sky Lab experiment that returns home. It is this linking that provides the credibility needed to make it exciting and thrilling.

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Monday, 23 September 2019

Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Elevator PitchElevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I suppose you could say this book has its ups and downs, but it has a lot more. An excellent thriller, which starts out as a search for a serial murderer morphing into something very different. Located in high rise Manhattan, New York the author plays on everyone's fear of lifts, what happens when they go wrong? Full of intrigue and unexpected twists the story is jam packed full of thrills and high level terror. As if New York had not already had enough terror, now there is a whole new scenario to contemplate which makes you want to take the stairs all time. Recommended

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

By the Feet of Men

By the Feet of MenBy the Feet of Men by Grant Price
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

World leaders need to read this book and understand what climate change will do. Grant Price's vision of the world after climate change has taken hold and really done some damage, is scary. With this back drop, this story describes the journey two "runners" make in a bid to save and restore the world as we know it. It is your future story of two truckers who are not making your regular delivery to the supermarkets, but delivering the future of the world. It is a very sobering story of a potential future scenario that no one wants to imagine but is entirely possible.

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Monday, 5 August 2019

Single Source by Peter Hanington

A Single SourceA Single Source by Peter Hanington
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Arab Spring was a media dream, the only story, you had to be there. William Carver however finds out some disturbing truths and starts to track them despite the protests of his editor. Yes there is always money to be made where there is unrest. The story centres on two schemes both common, illegal and international. Corruption and people trafficking. The most harrowing is the story of two brothers making the trip from Eritrea to Europe and describes in some details the horrors the thousands pay large sums of money to undertake. The book is using real life events and opening up the details of events going on from day to day in the real world.

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Sunday, 4 August 2019

Goodbye Paris by Mike Bond

Goodbye Paris (Pono Hawkins #3)Goodbye Paris by Mike Bond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great book with normal special forces action and thrills, but what makes it great is the integration of Islamic terrorism. The author cleverly avoids tagging every Muslim a terrorist but shows them as terrorist who have hijacked a religion. Paris could be doomed with report that Mustapha has arrived or is about arrive and could only mean trouble. Not only does it provides exciting action, it also raises some important questions for European societies on how the surge in Islamic migrants are integrated into local cultures or prevented from entry. The terrorists have been able to hide easily without restriction and this is multiplying the danger, sobering.

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