Sunday, 22 March 2020

The Last Hunt by Deon Meyer

The Last Hunt (Benny Griessel)The Last Hunt by Deon Meyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Unexpected and great story, translated from Afrikaans it chronicles the struggle of the South Africa to live up to the promise of the Mandela era. With corruption rife the Hawks ( special operations group) pride themselves as not being "captured" or corrupted, are landed a peculiar case of a murder on a luxury train. Another thread follows Daniel and his life in Bordeaux, what is the connection? This a well written thriller, as it switches from story to story the gaps get shorter as the tension builds. It is difficult to say too much without spoiling, except you won't be disappointed. Try it.

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Sunday, 8 March 2020

Blind Target by Brent Ladd

Blind Target: A Codi Sanders ThrillerBlind Target: A Codi Sanders Thriller by Brent Ladd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my kind of book, something to keep your interest the whole way through. A great story originating with events taking place during the Cold War and resolving themselves in current day. Codi and Joel are FBI agents who always seem to attract trouble, but this means we get entertained. The author has a style that is effortless to read but does the main part of providing the information needed for a good story really well. You would wonder how on earth two FBI agents end up in China trying to "save the world" but they do, Brent Ladd writes in a very direct way which is very refreshing, no waffle, no fillers, allowing you to totally immerse yourself in the story. This is the second in the series and I will now look to read the first one "Terminal Pulse".

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Monday, 2 March 2020

Critical Incidents by Lucie Woodhouse

Critical IncidentsCritical Incidents by Lucie Whitehouse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good enough story but got very slow about half way through and had to work at it to finish. This novel is about a detective with a lot of self doubt, is it me or them? Encompassing all the common ailments of society with corruption, drugs, prostitution and violence. By setting it in Birmingham the author illustrates that these problems are not just the preserve of the capital where police detective Robyn Lyons trained and got experience. Sacked from her job she goes back to her home town where life does not get much better.

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Monday, 10 February 2020

All the Rage by Cara Hunter

All The Rage (DI Adam Fawley, #4)All The Rage by Cara Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Who knows what goes through a teenagers mind? This is an age old problem and central to the story line of this detective novel. Cara Hunter's fourth DI Adam Fawley story is very easy to read and up to date with all latest problems of today's teens - sex, sex id, peer pressure and mobile phones. Two crimes are committed, potentially linked by geography but more worryingly linked to an old case from Fawley's early career. Overall it is a great book that moves along fairly fast and always presenting new elements that add complications to the plot but never confusing. Only down side is there is nothing new in style or content, however it is a great format that works well used by many of the good crime novelists.

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17 Church Row by James Carol

17 Church Row17 Church Row by James Carol
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Very topical with AI and possibly what the future holds. The story starts with a house move to make a new start after a family tragedy, but this develops into a very sinister view of the downsides of high tech. We have all seen the rise of AI with Alexa and Siri, but it can be used in many ways and for the most part the intelligence is missing. But imagine something different and you may just touch on James Carol's thoughts. He expertly uses the tough times being experienced by the Rhodes family to good effect by using their distraction to penetrate their weakened natural defences. This is a good story but to tell you any more will spoil the plot, so this is your chance to have a peek at an alternative AI future.

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Sunday, 12 January 2020

Scrublands by Chris Hammer

ScrublandsScrublands by Chris Hammer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is one of those books with a story, which if you thought things were bad they just might get even worse. Martin Scarsden is in a small outback town to report on the anniversary of a mass killing, but whilst having to battle the heat and drought he also has to contend with the fact there is more to this than just a mass killing. Using his talent for journalism Martin unpicks the history of the killing and find more about life in an unforgiving outback town. The author paints a very real picture of hardship inescapable if living in the outback - drought, heat, dust, heat and yet more heat.

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The Coldest Warrior by Paul Vidich

The Coldest Warrior: A NovelThe Coldest Warrior: A Novel by Paul Vidich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A CIA story based on a true story of cover up. When ever the CIA is mentioned you always picture the worst. Spying missions and assassinations immediately spring to mind with a liberal dose of foreign despots. The despots are not in this story however something equally despicable is, the US Government is conducting drug experiments on their own, but who? Jack Gabriel is suspicious and starts to investigate and build a case. I guess as this is based on true events the author has given himself a very narrow window to work in and as a consequence it has made not as exciting as you would expect. I found it dragged a little whilst the back story was told,which made it more predictable. It was not billed as thriller so I was not disappointed on that score, but a little more action would have helped.

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