Friday, 4 September 2020

Pandora Deception by David Bruns

The Pandora Deception (The WMD Files #4)The Pandora Deception by David Bruns
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bearing in mind we amidst a worldwide pandemic of Covid19 this story has a lot of relevance. With the threats facing the world changing day by day, a new agency is set up to identify and proactively dissipate new threats before they become a problem. Good idea but not that simple. David Bruns paints a picture of the worst possible scenario with WMD and Bondesque type villains. He builds the tension to a level where it could go any way and you are left imagining all sorts of awful outcomes and will the heroes of the day resolve it before the box is opened. Recommended.

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The Black Art of Killing - Matthew Hall

The Black Art of KillingThe Black Art of Killing by Matthew Hall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A career in killing is all Leo Black has known. Finally forging a different life an old colleague dies and he finds out he was murdered. Is this the catalyst to draw him back to his old life. Matthew Hall let Black wrestle with the problem for a while until he is ultimately back in action trying to save the world from crackpot tycoons trying to utilise far reaching scientific breakthroughs. It will become clear early on that Black is a man of no compromise when it comes to combat. An exciting and thrilling novel full of action.

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Monday, 29 June 2020

Arkhangel by James Brabazon

ArkhangelArkhangel by James Brabazon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Normally I would love this type of story but this seemed to drag a bit. The authors style is okay and easy to read however this one was missing some real oomph. It had all the ingredients of a great story of an assassin traveling the world trying to understand what and why he was given a certain job. As a billy no mates he also finds a friend but never makes it work. Maybe because the weather is great outside at the moment and I was distracted is why for me it just did not hit the mark.

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Double Agent by Tom Bradby

Double AgentDouble Agent by Tom Bradby
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good spy thriller, a follow on from "Secret Service". Kate Henderson's world has been turned upside down but she has to carry on and try and resolve the credibility question of the UK Prime Minister. This is mix of the normal spy stuff I love and relationship problems at home which have been become intertwined. Who done it or who could of done it dominates with Kate and her colleagues trying work it out and if any of them were involved. It is pretty routine spy stuff but entertaining nonetheless and if you like the genre worth trying and reading the first book helps.

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Monday, 18 May 2020

The Dark Continent by Scott Reardon

The Dark Continent (Prometheus Man #2)The Dark Continent by Scott Reardon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good action thriller with government created super human soldiers. The programme was stopped but someone has started again and looks like they going to create havoc. The race is on to try and sort the problem and stop the project for good. This is an action all the way book, making it very easy to read as well as exciting. There is no flowery type language bulking it out, its just action. This is my kind of book and excellent for our current unprecedented situation, substituting a real disaster for a make believe one. It helps to while away some hours whilst in isolation breaks you away from news updates. Just remember its not real.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Brixton Hill by Lottie Moggach

Brixton HillBrixton Hill by Lottie Moggach
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Was expecting a little more but a nice story it is not however a thriller but a drama mystery. Rob is in prison close to release and gets involved with a women named Steph. Things seem to being going his way but things are changing and people are not who they seem to be. It is a very gentle story not the fast action stories I usually read but keeps your interest throughout. The author writes in a easy manner making it effortless to follow with no sudden changes of direction or misdirection, and like the characters in the book their secrets are revealed very slowly. As I said its not my normal read but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Saturday, 25 April 2020

Power Play by Tony Kent

Power PlayPower Play by Tony Kent
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have only awarded 5 stars a handful of times and this is one of them. It is a books that panders to all my needs - action, thrills, political intrigue and requires your non stop attention. Jack Dempsey is an agent who is tasked with one of the most sensitive investigations possible, is the sitting President of USA corrupted? The author tells a great story of how the American dream can also be a horror story. Located in US, UK and Afghanistan, page after page you are drawn into the book and don't want to put it down. With "special services" action combined with corrupt political power is one of my favourite combinations. An excellent novel and will be seeking out other Tony Kent books.

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