Friday, 23 June 2017

Justice by Another Name by E.C. Hanes

Justice by Another NameJustice by Another Name by E.C. Hanes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You would think that greed and corruption is the province of Wall Street and City of London but no it is alive and well in the pig farming industry of North Carolina. With the tragic death of a father and son within a few months of each other, Will Moser the local deputy sheriff takes on the most powerful man in the county to try expose the truth. You will be fascinated how interwoven and connected the families in the county are and how everyone knew each other when growing up. This is a very good novel, about a widow who has lost everything and tries to understand why she has suffered this injustice. Providing the story line is good I will judge the merits of book by how easy it is to read. EC Hanes novel passes muster easily. I was attracted to the book initially by the synopsis which set the story in unusually in hog land, I was not disappointed. Recommended.

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The Expansion by Christoph Martin

The ExpansionThe Expansion by Christoph Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a difficult book to categorise, not a thriller, not a mystery, not a political story, not espionage, not a murder. What is it? It has all of these but all take equal share. I was quickly taken in by the easy reading style of writing and although there is no particular outstanding element is does grab you and is a exceptionally good read. The main character Max Burns childhood and background is dealt with at the beginning, in order you can get on with the main story line of the Panama Canal expansion project. The author expertly compresses several years of bidding and construction and concentrates on Max's interaction with the father and son relationship of the Rocos who are leading the project. This may not be to everyone's taste but I enjoyed it.

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

The Ridge by John Rector

The RidgeThe Ridge by John Rector
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Willow Ridge is community built by a company for their employees, on first impression it is like Stepford but that’s where the similarity stops. Megan and Tyler Stokes relocate there into the middle of nowhere from Chicago. Megan believes Tyler who works at the “Institute” is too familiar with the next-door neighbour and following an argument over this sets Megan to question everything around her. As time passes things become stranger and as some twists in the storyline develop it causes Megan’s life to become a nightmare. The author allows you to quickly get that feeling of something strange is going on, but cleverly keeps it secret to the end. This is a fairly fast moving story with good suspense and twists which makes it a book I would recommend to all thriller lovers.

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Executive Order by Max Allan Collins

Executive Order (Reeder and Rogers #3)Executive Order by Max Allan Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four CIA agents are caught in a border incident in Eastern Europe, but why and who sent them there? The President did not authorise the mission and the Secretary of the Interior is murdered, what is happening? This is a very fast paced exciting political thriller full of conspiracy and misguided patriotic nonsense that seems to only exist in America. Reeder and Rogers are old partners who suspect something is awry when their separate cases appear to be connected, and Reeder who is hired directly by the President is very quickly targeted for elimination by an unknown group. The race is on for the attackers to be identified and neutralised. Throughout the book the author maintains the pace, action and the easy to read writing style. Everything is straight forward with no jumping back in time or dream sequences, it is my type of book, a pleasure to read. Recommended.

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Cast Iron by Peter May

Cast Iron (The Enzo Files, #6)Cast Iron by Peter May
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Scottish detective in France is not your everyday crime thriller but Enzo Macleod is making his sixth appearance in this novel. An extreme drought in the west of France has uncovered a skeleton in water reservoir with a bag over its skull. The remain belong to Lucie Martin who disappeared fourteen years earlier. Enzo has been challenged to solve cold cases and this is the sixth. As he starts to dig into the details of the case he finds he has some strange connections which he cannot quite explain. He needs to resolve the case quickly as everyone close to him is in peril. This is a classic detective thriller where the investigator gets too close to the crime for comfort. It is a good recipe for a very entertaining read, it may not be the most riveting book to read but steady and predictable, in that there are twists you did not expect that spice up the action.

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The Reason by Quentin Brent

The Reason: It's about More Than Just the MoneyThe Reason: It's about More Than Just the Money by Quentin Brent
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Zane works selling insurance for an asset stripping organisation, but his wife and family are abducted. His search for his family, with help of his friend Tec, starts to uncover some disturbing facts about who controls the company he is working for. The plot is classically complex, as government is involved but hidden from view but combines well with the author’s easy reading writing style, making the story easier to digest. As events progress Zane must make life or death decisions on exposing the truth or preserving the status quo in the financial world. The story examines the thorny subject of morality, should I or should I not, what comes first, money, family or? All this whilst presenting a regular government conspiracy theory. It all makes for a very interesting, thrilling and very original storyline. By the way did I mention that almost all of Zanes friends are into martial arts.

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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Red Sky by Chris Goff

Red Sky (Raisa Jordan Thriller #2)Red Sky by Chris Goff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Raisa Jordan is sent to identify a U.S. Diplomatic escort caught up in the crash of flight 91 from China to Poland. From the start she is curious about the cause of the air crash, and starts to poke around. Her investigation draws the attention of Nye Davis of Reuters news agency, as she follows the bodies of the escort and his prisoner to the morgue. The story develops at a very quick pace, into a very exciting thriller, as Raisa and Nye try to identify who is responsible for the crash, and ultimately prevent a new Cold War between the super powers. For me author has written a first rate story, which is not only engrossing but very easy to read. Recommended.

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