Sunday 24 November 2013

The Candidate: Luxembourg Thriller by Daniel Pembrey

The Candidate: Luxembourg ThrillerThe Candidate: Luxembourg Thriller by Daniel Pembrey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you have a two to three hours spare and want to be entertained forget TV or the movies, read this short thriller. Nick Thornycroft is working in Luxembourg when he suffers an overnight memory loss, unable to discard this as just an over indulgent night we have all suffered from, he starts to follow his journalist instincts and tries to discover what really happened that night. Who is involved, is it linked to his latest assignment and why can't he remember anything at all? This is a great story full of intrigue and unexpected danger.

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Thursday 21 November 2013

Critical Reaction by Todd M Johnson

Critical ReactionCritical Reaction by Todd M. Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We all know about the Fukushima disaster following the tsunami and how it clearly shows how dangerous the nuclear industry can be. Now go back a few decades and imagine the mess left by the Cold War and it's race to have weapon superiority. Covington Nuclear is charged with clear up of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in north west of USA, the site of US Defence Department's plutonium production facility. One of the staff on site Kieran Mullaney believes he has been overexposed to radiation and resorts to litigation for the truth. At the last minute he has to find a replacement lawyer and calls on his old college friend Emily Hart to help.

The author has done an excellent job, in explaining nuclear physics part very clearly and in simple terms, allowing you to concentrate on the thrilling story as it unfolds. Emily must try and mend her relationship with her father, if she is to succeed and win the battle against the corporate giant and uncover the truth of Kieran's exposure. As the story is told familiar problems arise in the shape of greed and corruption.

This is Todd Johnson's second novel with the legal profession as his subject matter however, the court room scenes have been minimised but they do add greatly to overall effect of the book. Overall I think this is an excellent thriller. I will be looking out for his first book and adding to my reading list.

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Tuesday 12 November 2013

The Troop by Nick Cutter

The TroopThe Troop by Nick Cutter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Boys generally join the scouts for adventure and gaining experience in survival skills, but here Nick Cutter has conjured up a nightmare of epic proportions for the scout troop led by Tim Riggs. Not only are they propelled into learning survival for themselves but are subjected to horrors developed by a mad scientist nicknamed Mengele 2.

It is very difficult to give a preview without stealing some of the books thunder so I will only say keep an open mind. The source of all this horror is mans' vanity and desire for power through military strength. As the scout troop progress through their visit to Falstaff island you are drip fed information on the background to this horror. Good book which has been likened to Lord of the Flies - nothing like it, the only similarity is the story is about youngsters.

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