Thursday 30 March 2017

The Ulterior Motive by Jack Coleston

The Ulterior MotiveThe Ulterior Motive by Jack Coleston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We all know about the despicable deeds of the extremist groups from recent events around Europe. It is now the turn of the U.S. to succumb to their terror. As chaos and death hits Washington, Stanley and Anna Carmichael, both employed by the CIA but in totally different roles, try to track down and eliminate the threat of yet more terror. Anna a legend in the service is quietly happy to be back in the field again however she never expected the hunt for their target to be as dangerous. Expertly written the author has produced a very exciting full action thriller which fully conveys the fear generated by the actions and lack of morality of the terrorists. He has also used the thriller staple of revenge to drive the main story line. Excellent story if not possibly a little close to reality.

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Tuesday 21 March 2017

Crimson Lake by Candice Fox

Crimson LakeCrimson Lake by Candice Fox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Candice Fox has done it again, another excellent thriller. This time a detective is accused of a child abduction has to escapes attention by moving to Crimson Lake, a remote crocodile infested area in the North of Australia. He needs to work again, and teams up with an unlikely partner, a private investigator with a murderous past. The author expertly uses these circumstances to build a strange environment for them to investigate a missing person case. All the locals having a downer on both investigators deserved or undeserved, adds another dimension. This is a complex case the details of which provide a few twists and turns. Running alongside this, Ted (the detective) tries to resolve his own predicament and clear his name. Although it deals with very serious crimes it has its humorous moments with Ted's partner cycling everywhere, refusing lifts. Very different set up to the previous Candice Fox books but equally exciting and thrilling.

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Monday 20 March 2017

A Quiet Death by Cari Hunter

A Quiet Death (The Dark Peak, #3)A Quiet Death by Cari Hunter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is not often I award five stars, so put this book on your want to read list. Cari Hunter has delivered an excellent thriller on the thorny topic of people trafficking, but in the peak district. Detective Sanne Jansen is assigned to the mysterious death of a young Pakistani girl, whose body is discovered on the moors. The author leads us through the detective process to find the identity and cause of death of the young girl. As the investigation starts the community close out the detectives, who must try and get a lead on the case before the trail goes cold. As the excitement increases so does the peril for the investigators, which is cleverly interwoven with Jansen's own issues and that of her partner Dr Meg Fielding adding to the overall tension. The book runs at a fast pace compelling you to just keep reading.
Highly recommended.

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Before the Dawn by Jake Woodhouse

Before the Dawn (Amsterdam Quartet, #3)Before the Dawn by Jake Woodhouse
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Third book in the Jaap Rykel series. Based in Holland I found this book a little flat, (pun intended) with a very slow start and never really hitting any high points of excitement, tension or suspense. It is however a decent story but not a thriller, an intricate plot surrounding the murders of unconnected people. Can you apply logic to be able to solve this mystery, Jaap uses all his skills to analyse the facts and try to find a lead. Although there is a twist at the end I was not satisfied with ending, but that may be only me wanting all the loose ends resolved. Could mean there will be a fourth story.

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