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Sunday, 23 April 2017

The Red Cobra - James Ryker #1

The Red Cobra: a James Ryker Thriller by [Sinclair, Rob]

The Red Cobra follows on from the Enemy Series featuring Carl Logan.  In The Red Cobra we meet James Ryker an ex secret agent who used to work for the JIA and his partner Lisa.  They are living a nice quite life, no one bothers them and things are good. 

The next thing his old boss Winter has found him and is sat in his house, asking for help.  True to form Ryker (aka Carl Logan) can’t resist the temptation especially when he hears that the person they are hunting is The Red Cobra.  Ryker had dealings with Red Cobra when he was Carl Logan and they have a history.  The Red Cobra however is female and it was great to read a book where the assassin is female.   

Before we know it Ryker has left the secret life he was living and is back in the thick of the action in true Carl Logan style. This book takes us to Spain, where Ryker becomes acquainted with a UK detective Paul Green who thinks Ryker is a freelance investigator and there to assist them.  We are treated to action in small villages off the beaten track, we are even treated to areas where traditional bull fighters would have trained, all the while on the hunt for The Red Cobra. 

The story continues with short pacey chapters, each one having you turn the pages wanting to know what happens next.  It was such a great read and boy did the book end with a need to want and know more.  What an ending and I cannot wait to see what is next in store for Ryker / Logan.

My thanks got to Rob Sinclair for allowing me to read an eARC of this book.  This review is my unbiased opinion and views are my own.      

Blackout - John Milton #10

Blackout - John Milton #10 (John Milton Thrillers) by [Dawson, Mark]
Blackout is the tenth book by Mark Dawson featuring John Milton and is just as good as all the others.  
In this book John Milton’s life is about to change, we meet Milton who is sober and no longer drinking and also whilst he’s working in a cafe, a complete change to his former government work we know him so well for.  He is told some unexpected news and news that shocks him.  After digesting this news he decides to head for Manila to check out this news and see if it’s correct.  However, not all goes to plan on arriving there and the next thing is Milton is in a Filipino prison, for murder. 
Has Milton completely gone overboard and done something completely stupid!
Life in a corrupt prison is anything but easy as you can imagine.  However in true Milton style we are treated to how Milton copes and the way in which he gets through each day.  As well, we meet a police officer who becomes embroiled in Milton’s case, wants to ensure that justice is served, which also has drastic consequences to the officer.  However the investigation being conducted is hindered at each possible junction.

Mark Dawson is one author who has certainly made it into my Top 10 authors.  I love all his books and with the Milton series it is recommended that you read the earlier books as well.  This can be read as a standalone but to fully understand what makes Milton tick and the mechanics of his mind it is best to read the earlier books and that way you can enjoy Milton even more.
My thanks go to Mark Dawson for allowing me to read and review an eARC of this book.  This review however is my complete and unbiased opinion.   

The Promise - Casey Kelleher

This book is one that I read whilst on holiday in Fuerteventura at the end of February.  It was a great book that kept me company on the plane and one that I could read in short bursts when my daughter was happy to read her own book.

The Promise is about two sisters, Georgie and Marnie Parker.  The sisters have a close bond and have been through a lot of things at quite a young age, they have a mum who is a prostitute, albeit an aging one and therefore have to learn to cope with the many frequent visitors that their flat has.  One of those “visitors” ends up dead (murdered) and their mum is sentenced to a prison sentence for this murder.    

The girls are left to face life without their mum and despite not being the best mum to them, they miss her and would give anything to have her back.  They end up in a children’s home and I for one was hoping for a nice conclusion for them both, but having read some of Casey’s previous books knew that this wasn’t going to happen.

They end up in danger and make a run for it from the children’s home and meet Delray Anderton.  Despite knowing that he is a London gangster with a violent nature are  taken in with his charm and kindness, and throughout the story we are treated to the inner thoughts of Delray and what his ulterior motive really is with regards to the girls.

The Promise had me hooked from the first page and is a gritty crime novel, making me what to read another chapter and then another chapter to find out what was going to happen.  I love Casey Kelleher’s books and this one was no exception to the rule.  I now have another couple on her books on my kindle and will even be going back to read one I’ve read before when I get chance.

My thanks go to NetGalley for allowing me to read an eARC of this book and also the publishers Bookouture.   I am just sorry my review took so long to write.      

The Promise: A gripping thriller you won't be able to put down by [Kelleher, Casey]

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Ragdoll - Daniel Cole

This book was amazing and kept me hooked from the first page all the way through.  I loved how the main character as portrayed and how he dealt with all that was thrown at him.

WOLF is Detective William Fawkes who having recently been reinstated by the London Met is called to a crime scene opposite his apartment.  A case of bodies stitched together to form a Ragdoll..  Who are the various people involved and what connection do they have to WOLF?  Why has the press being given details of who the victims are / will be and the dates of their deaths? 

The most answered question of all is "Can WOLF track down the person responsible before it's too late or will he become a victim"?

I cannot wait to read more by this author and will be keeping a close eye on any future books he decides to publish.

My final thanks go to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me to read an eARC of this book.  My views however are my own. 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Paradise Prison - Faith Mortimer

                                              ParParadise Prison - A Gripping Psychological Thriller in The "Dark Minds" Series: The Perfect Hiding-Place...Haven...or Hell ? ("Dark Minds" Psychological Thrillers Book 4) by [Mortimer, Faith]adise Prison (Dark Minds #4) - Faith Mortimer

This is book 4 in the Dark Minds series but can be read as a standalone.

This book hooked me from the beautiful cover as well as from the opening chapter. The book is centered around two main characters Harry and Gillian. Gillian is fleeing from an abusive relationship and the opening chapters set the scene. She befriends Harry and the escapes on his yacht hoping for a peaceful life away from the troubles at home. Little did she know that an easy life is far from what she will get.

Harry comes across as a nice kind gentle man and gives the impression that he cares for Gillian, being sweet and kind to her promising her a peaceful place where she can gather her thoughts which is described as an idyllic island in the Caribbean.

I felt from the way that Faith was so descriptive in the book that I had been grabbed by the throat and transported into the book. I as reliving the scenes as they were played out and found myself gasping for breath reading some of the chapters. How can a little idyllic island in the Caribbean be such a horrible place.

Well all I can say is if you are curious and want to know you are going to have to read the book and find out for yourself.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Games People Play

                                               Games People Play - Charlie Cameron #1

First of all my thanks go to Bloodhound Books and the author Owen Mullen for allowing me to read and review a copy of this book. My views are my own.

This book is a brand new series featuring a PI called Charlie Cameron. Charlie has been hired to find out who has taken a baby from a beach during a family day out. Charlie doesn't normally take abduction cases and we are given a glimpse as to why that is as the book progresses along with details of his background and how this is relevant pieced together slowly as the story progress.

Charlie's office is in a bar called New York Blue (NYB), a pub set in Glasgow and all the staff and regulars in there also hold secrets of their own. We are treated to the trials and tribulation of the people frequenting the pub discussing their problems over a pint!

I found this book very slow at the beginning and wondered where the story was going, but once I got just over a quarter of the way through the pace picked up for me. Once I understood the scene and discovered which characters were which and how they were involved I found this book enjoyable.

I look forward to reading more by Owen Mullen and his second book in the series Old Friends and New Enemies is due for release later on this month (21.02.17).
Games People Play: a chilling serial killer thriller by [Mullen, Owen]