Sunday, 8 April 2018

Star of the North by D.B. John

Star of the NorthStar of the North by D.B. John
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoy a great story that uses current events as its base, add in politics and espionage and all my needs can be catered for. Did D.B John succeed with this recipe, yes he did. North Korea and the USA are at the brink of war and the author uses this to explore what life is like under this regime whilst delivering a thrilling political novel.

Jenna Williams joins the CIA an hopes that she might uncover the truth of her twin sisters disappearance 12 years previously. Now during a high level meeting in New York she meets Cho a representative of the North Korean government sent to lead their diplomatic mission. As we progress through the story with each event the dots are being connected and the tension is rising on how this will resolve itself.

This is a very skillful piece of work drawing on all available knowledge of the workings of this terrifying regime. A thrilling and revealing adventure into North Korea.

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Redemption Point by Candice Fox

Redemption Point (Crimson Lake, #2)Redemption Point by Candice Fox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is second in the Crimson Lake series but Candice Fox expertly provides a stand alone novel as well as the continuing story of Ted Conkaffey. With Amanda Pharrell they take on a gruesome murder in the Barking Frog pub providing the main storyline however it is meshed with the continuing story of Ted's predicament of how to prove his innocence of the child abduction crime he was accused of. The pub murder is giving up few clues but Amanda's unique perspective starts to unravel this very clever mystery. Although a very ugly crime the author adds some light humour to ease the horror of the investigation but still retaining all the thrills and excitement of a good crime thriller. Ted is reluctantly drawn into into investigating his own case following an incident with the victim's father who is looking for answers and justice for his daughter. This is a first rate crime thriller which keeps you captivated until the end. Hopefully the series will continue.

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Monday, 26 February 2018

The Lost Codex by Alan Jacobson

The Lost Codex (OPSIG Team Black #3)The Lost Codex by Alan Jacobson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not my first Alan Jacobson novel but my first in this OPSIG Team Black series. I was a little daunted by the length of the book, but I should not have been as it is excellent and the pages flew past. Ancient documents threaten to destabilise the current world order. Religion as we know is very divisive and responsible for most of the world conflicts. These ancient religious scripts stand at the centre of a battle between foreign governments and religious extremist groups, endangering the lives of millions.
What makes this book exciting is the inclusion of all the right ingredients of spies, politics and a good dose of terror. The OPSIG team are tasked to find the documents and capture/eliminate those responsible for the attacks in the US. The story moves at a fast pace, providing a very thrilling and exciting read you don't want to put down. The author has skillfully linked current terror threats that are commonplace today to the existence of old religious scrolls to weave an excellent thriller.

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The Scandal ( Beartown ) by Fredrik Backman

BeartownBeartown by Fredrik Backman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My version of this novel is titled "The Scandal", "Beartown" was the title used for US publication. I think this alternate name provides a better clue to the content. You are also dragged along waiting for this scandal to happen. I say dragged as the major part of the book deals with the story of a small community deep in the Swedish forest struggling for survival and where the sport of ice hockey is everything. At the ice rink the junior team is preparing for the semi-finals in the national tournament, something that has never happened in recent history , promising the riches of national recognition and subsequent investment in the town.
The author quietly builds up to the match profiling the main characters and their relationships, this part is not a thrilling read but is compelling as you wait for the scandal.
It is a very good novel which examines the lives of people in a harsh and demanding environment, how can anyone live here during the long winter months without having some reason to stay. For them it is ice hockey.

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

Here and GoneHere and Gone by Haylen Beck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Small town America is always portrayed as having significant problems with either crime, sex abuse, interbreeding, poverty and in fact any other symptom of neglect. This story however is centred around extreme greed and corruption. Audra Kinney with her children is fleeing her husband and an abusive relationship, when travelling through a small town she runs into trouble with local law enforcement. Her kids are taken into care but they are nowhere to be seen and she has no access, what is going on? This is a very tense and thought provoking story and examines the extremes people will go to satisfying their egos and greed. Recommended

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Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Hell Divers (Hell Divers #1)Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you have read any other books by Nicholas Sansbury Smith then you might understand why I was very excited to be reading another. Was I disappointed? No I was taken to Earth in the future, where life continues after it was nuked in WWIII until it was uninhabitable. The human race is surviving in two monster airships circling the globe. The author has an imagination which is credible enough to draw you right in and make you believe it could be reality, whilst supplying you with endless action and thrills. A fantastic book and look forward to reading the next instalment.

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Red Tide by Jeff Lindsay

Red Tide (Billy Knight Thrillers #2)Red Tide by Jeff Lindsay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Billy Knight is a LA cop retired to Key West as a fishing guide. With pressure form his friends he tackles an immigration problem - Haitians are being killed instead of being landed in Miami. Billies instincts tell him something is very wrong but needs to get evidence of what and where. First up Billy has to sort out his personal problems from then on the action starts. Very good story well written and entertaining. It is a story that is bang up to date with the immigration problems around the world. The story illustrates very clearly if this problem is to be solved someone has to take the first step. It may however require more resources than one ex LAPD man, governments worldwide need to take responsibility to get a lasting solution.

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