Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The Eye by Bill Pronzini & John Lutz

The Eye: A Novel of SuspenseThe Eye: A Novel of Suspense by Bill Pronzini
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very good detective suspense novel situated in New York. Unlike other novels we know the identity of the killer from the start, and the suspense is created by the chase to find him before the body count gets to high. The killer Lewis Collier is obviously a crazy who believes he is acting out Gods justice and cannot be caught. He spys on his victims from the other side of the Hudson River using his telescope "the eye of God". The authors flip from one character to another as they build the story, but cleverly tell you each time they change character so it is easy to keep track. E.L. Oxman is the main detective assigned to solve the case. Can he find the killer before he himself is in danger?

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Monday, 21 April 2014

The Last Chameleon by James North

The Last ChameleonThe Last Chameleon by James North
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As the second novel in the Vanguard series my expectations were high, unfortunately James North has missed a great opportunity to deliver a worthy follow on story. The storyline is an excellent idea but the book has not quite delivered the exciting thriller to the standard of Deep Deception. Vanguard a secret organisation formed after the ending of the Cold War, is tracking down illegal nuclear supplies to Iran and North Korea and deploys Caroline Dupre on her first important mission. I think this is where it goes wrong, the lead character does very little for the mission until late in the day, with all the detective work and heroics being completed by others in the organisation - the lead character needs to do this. It is still a good book with the author getting hold of current issues, highlighting the problems in the world today driven by power and greed.

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

The Remaining by D. J. Molles

The Remaining (The Remaining, #1)The Remaining by D.J. Molles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lee Harden a Captain in the US Army has an unusual job, he waits in isolation for something to happen. Part of the Hometown project Lee must stay in his protected bunker when catastrophe threatens the US. A plague ravages across America and Lee along with Tango his dog is living underground for thirty days before he can emerge to carry out his mission. The plague is turning the population into zombie like creatures intent on killing any normal humans they spot. As Lee finds out fulfilling his mission criteria is not going to be easy.

The Remaining is the first part of a series by DJ Molles and if the subsequent books are as scary, thrilling and compelling to read he has a winner. The author's description of the events is very believable and therefore scary. As a fan of The Walking Dead TV show I can draw some similarities but thats all it is, the storyline is clear it is all about survival in a new world and trying to establish a new society. I look forward to reading the follow on books in the series and recommend it to any The Walking Dead fans. 

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Killing Season by Mason Cross

The Killing SeasonThe Killing Season by Mason Cross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Chicago sniper one of the most notorious of serial killers, has just escaped from custody on the way to his execution. The hunt for this vicious killer is on and the FBI call in Carter Blake for help. This start had all the hallmarks of an exciting fast paced thriller, I was not disappointed. Set only over a few days the action is very intense but compulsive reading. It is what it seems, a manhunt, but it has more making it even more thrilling. Carter Blake is not the only hero in the story, he is teamed with special agent Elaine Banner of the FBI. Together they track the killer Caleb Wardell to try and capture him before the body count increases.

Mason Cross has written an excellent first novel, I have no hesitation in recommending it, and look forward to the next Carter Blake story.

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