Wednesday 23 July 2014

Kill Zone by Harry Ledowsky

Kill ZoneKill Zone by Harry Ledowsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From dealing with fallout from the Cold War in his first book Harry Ledowsky has moved onto the fallout from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a nuclear nation Pakistan scientists have developed a nuclear bomb in a small briefcase and is now in the hands of terrorists. This exciting thriller follows Major Ryan Nash as he works with the CIA to track down and recover the bomb before it is used. The author describes very clearly the problem with the secret services, there is too many secrets, lots of corruption and who can you really trust. This story got its hooks in from page one kept me captivated until the end. It has special services combat, black ops, double cross and treason, it has all the ingredients you need for a good thriller and Harry Ledowsky's recipe is first class. I like that for his second book characters are not repeated from his first. I look forward to the third book.

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Wednesday 16 July 2014

Chasm by James Bruno

CHASMCHASM by James Bruno
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As a West Wing fan I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book. It started slowly and this is the reason I have only rated it at 3 stars, so don't give up it gets much better. The storyline is very good with political wrong doing at the centre. The main characters are Mike Gallatin, an insurance investigator and Lisa Valko, a White House publicist, they meet each other as Mike investigates his daughter's close escape from serious injury. Chasm is a hidden operation to resettle war criminals in the US, as an easy way to remove a problem, and provide a peace dividend in the world's trouble spots. This novel makes you wonder what is actually hidden from sight in the US government, and how close this is to reality. James Bruno considers the age old problem of power corrupts and corrupts at the highest level. The corruption can also be very violent as the gains are taken at almost any cost. Even if this is only partially true, it is very scary

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Tuesday 8 July 2014

Dark Side by Margaret Duffy

Dark Side: A Gillard and Langley British Police ProceduralDark Side: A Gillard and Langley British Police Procedural by Margaret Duffy
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

My status for this book is a lie, I have not read it, well not all of it, only three quarters and I reached my limit of frustration. A short format book was unfortunately not short enough. The writing style of Margaret Duffy I found, as another reviewer also suggested was challenging. The story was very difficult to follow and there was a total absence of hooks to keep your interest. This book would be a contender for a high score on the Hawking Index, for books that readers are most likely not to finish reading. The crime mystery is one in a series of featuring the Gillard and Langley partnership where one of their colleagues is the target of a drive by shooting in London. After the first chapter it becomes increasingly difficult to follow and understand who is who and where you are. It may be me and my expectations are set to high, but I don't think so.

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