Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Executive Force by Gary Grossman

Executive Force (Executive #4)Executive Force by Gary Grossman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the fourth in a series by Gary Grossman but that did not matter. This novel stood well on its own without the prior knowledge of the previous books. The author unlike a lot of other series did not dwell on bios of the main characters, this was built on as the story progressed. The story was and should be the main event, here it did not disappoint. Scott Roarke is your all american secret service hero who is going to save the USA from an ingenious plot that has been many years in the making and threatens the stability of the union itself. Full of action and real tension making this an exceptionally good thriller.

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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Body on the Shore by Nick Louth

The Body On The ShoreThe Body On The Shore by Nick Louth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a real mystery thriller with unexplained murders and plot twists that are inconceivable to the man in the street. It starts with the murder of an architect in his own office in London, but the murder gives the impression of being impossible. Firstly Gillard the detective works out how it was done but then is stumped by who, there are no plausible assassins in the area at the time of the murder. Nick Louth has written a first class murder mystery story that delivers you into a crazy world of blood feuds that just don't belong into today's modern society. Excellent.

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Debris Line by Matthew FitzSimmons

Debris Line (Gibson Vaughn, #4)Debris Line by Matthew FitzSimmons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Drug and criminal businesses stretches all round the world and even in an idyllic place like the Algarve. Fugitive Gibson Vaughn and his three friends living in shelter provided by the local drug lord, soon find out they still have not outrun trouble, as the ransome business takes a new turn. Baltasar Alves their landlord requests (commands) help to release his latest drug shipment from a ransom demand, failure to do so would plunge the crime boss into serious problems with supplying Mexican cartel. The author puts on paper what you see with TV series like El Chapo or Narcos, graphic violence to protect the family and the business from any possible takeovers. It is well packed with action, some mystery and of course the no holds barred bloodshed.

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Final Strike by William S Cohen

Final Strike (Sean Falcone, #3)Final Strike by William S. Cohen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Everyone likes a good apocalyptic story story and this appears to fit the bill. Early on we know that the earth is threatened by an asteroid which could devastate everything if it hits. The book however concentrates on the politics for too long before getting to the business of saving the earth. That out of the way, the author builds a good picture of the horrors that could happen should Falcones team fail in their mission to get key information out of Moscow. Normally I would have rated higher but you have to be patient which I am not.

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Sunday, 29 July 2018

In The Dark by Cara Hunter

In The Dark (DI Adam Fawley, #2)In The Dark by Cara Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For a detective story this seemed to be too simple but it turns out to be the opposite. Cara Hunter takes us to the university town of Oxford for this extreme case of of abduction. She starts out with what appears to be and straight forward abduction of a young female but as the case develops the detectives have to revise their thinking and find other suspects as the main suspect is increasingly bring ruled out. Excellent twist and turns build the excitement and catch out some of the detectives into displaying their weaknesses. In the main it is fairly fast moving and exciting however once or twice it gets a bit bogged down in mostly unimportant detail. Well worth a read.

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Skin Deep by Liz Nugent

Skin DeepSkin Deep by Liz Nugent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was never quite what I expected and was surprisingly good. The format was new to me, the end was at the beginning (starting with a murder) and finished with the same murder. The story is essentially a life story but with this murder hanging around in your waiting for it to all join up. Full of unusual twists and turns with very atmospheric locations and events. The story is also a bit of a history lesson as it spans around four decades which only goes to increasing the interest. Good book I have given 4 stars to so is worth a read.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Girl on Fire by Tony Parsons

Girl On Fire (Max Wolfe #5)Girl On Fire by Tony Parsons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my second Max Wolfe novel and it delivered the same excitement, thrills and twists of the first. This time Max is involved in finding the terrorists who brought down a helicopter on a shopping mall. A complex enquiry but Max uses his natural instincts to make good progress discovering a family of immigrants who are suspected. From then on it is action all the way. The story like the previous one is interwoven with the trials and tribulations of Max's private life and his efforts to cope and handle the issues he has. Overall the story is very topical with the terrorist angle and Max as a single parent. This is a good series and when I get the chance will read the others.

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