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Locust (Playing The Game)
Locust (Playing The Game)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really great series, 31 Oct 2013
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This latest book in the Playing the Game series is every bit as good as the previous novels. Meticulously researched by the author..a Warrington based senior manager for a well known fast food company..the story is carefully constructed and the characters beautifully drawn. I confess I'm not a great fan of the 'Two months earlier' 'Present day' alternative chapter technique..and there's quite a bit of this in the earlier part of the book..but, the author having drawn the full picture, we stay in real time for the bulk of the story.
Simon is a hugely gifted storyteller and in Detective Patton he has a creation who will rival some of the more well known figures in crime fiction. And I love the way in which, in the final pages, the scene is set for the next book in the series.
I can totally recommend this book, and this author, to all lovers of crime fiction. Having read this story you'll be, like me, eagerly awaiting the next one.
Not to be missed and an absolute snip at the price.


The Wrath of Angels: A Charlie Parker Thriller:  11
The Wrath of Angels: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 11
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissappointing, 25 Aug 2013
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I have read and enjoyed every Charlie Parker story so far. This one is dire...and I gave up less than a third of the way through.
The story, such as it is, crawls along, and is frankly sleep-inducing.
It grieves me to say this about an author whose work I have enjoyed for years, but I guess all good things come to an end.


Standing in Another Man's Grave: A John Rebus Novel
Standing in Another Man's Grave: A John Rebus Novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Rebus., 7 Aug 2013
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Rebus is back and it's as if he never went away. Brilliant storytelling from an absolute master of his craft...this book has everything that the army of Rebus fans have enjoyed over the years.
I've enjoyed all the stuff Ian Rankin has published since he 'retired' Rebus, but the Rebus stories are really in a different league. Hopefully Rebus will rejoin the force and we'll be able to enjoy more books before he is finally and irrevocably put out to pasture!


High Heat: (A Jack Reacher Novella) (Kindle Single) (Jack Reacher Short Stories)
High Heat: (A Jack Reacher Novella) (Kindle Single) (Jack Reacher Short Stories)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Totally implausible, 7 Aug 2013
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I'm a huge Jack Reacher fan. I've read every novel and eagerly await every new Reacher story. But why Lee Child felt the need to write this novella, I really don't know.
The whole thing is so completely unbelievable. The 16 year old Jack has all the qualities of the present day Jack...same height, same weight, huge geographical knowledge, fantastic psychological insight...need I go on. This 16 year old manages to outwit and physically overpower a major New York gangster, and along the way puts several of his thugs into hospital. Totally ridiculous. Oh, and there is also a completely gratuitous and very graphic sex scene...almost as though Lee Child wants to prove that anything E.L.James can do, he can do as well!
It's a Jack Reacher story, so it's a decent enough read, even allowing for the equally implausible ending. But please, Lee, no more of these silly novellas. Stick to what your massive army of loyal Reacherites love best...modern day Jack righting wrong wherever he goes.


Natalie's Revenge (Frank Renzi Novels Book 3)
Natalie's Revenge (Frank Renzi Novels Book 3)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally brilliant, 3 Jun 2013
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I really love the Frank Renzi series, and am already looking forward to the next one later this year.
Here we have a really imaginative plot, cleverly constructed, with plenty of thrills and spills along the way. I'm not normally a fan of 'flashback' sections..and there are plenty in this book..but somehow the author makes it work, and the reader never loses track of things.
This is a really great read, as were the previous 2 Renzi stories, and Susan Fleet ranks amongst the very best of the new crop of thriller writers. I've a feeling she'll be around for a very long time.
Thanks Susan for another great read.


Park Avenue (Book Six in the Fifth Avenue Series)
Park Avenue (Book Six in the Fifth Avenue Series)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb read, 3 Jun 2013
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Let me say, right at the outset, that if you've not read the previous books in this compelling series, and are contemplating reading this one....don't. Whilst it can just about stand alone, I suppose, you really need to have tracked the misfortunes of the Redmans through the previous 5 books to fully appreciate this one.
This is a cracking read from one of the very best of the new crop of thriller writers..great characters, great plot, clever twists and turns...it really does have everything anyone would want in a thriller.
Could there be more in the series...well, some of the key characters managed to survive this one, so quite possibly the story will continue.
And if and when it does, there'll be plenty of readers heading for the download button...me amongst them!
Thanks Chris for another great read.


ABSOLUTION (Frank Renzi Novels Book 1)
ABSOLUTION (Frank Renzi Novels Book 1)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in every way, 8 May 2013
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This is the first of the Frank Renzi books, which I happened to read AFTER Diva, which is number two in the series. But that didn't in the least present a problem..the books, whilst linking, are nonetheless pretty much stand alone.
I'm really so impressed with Susan Fleet. She devises clever plots and the progress to the ultimate apprehension of the bad guy flows smoothly with many twists along the way. In this particular story, Renzi and all of us readers know who the bad guy is pretty early in the story, and the rest of the excitement concerns his attempts to prove his theory and apprehend the villain. Which of course he does.
Brilliant story construction, wonderful characterisation..this book really does have everything a lover of the genre could wish for. I'm now about to move on to Natalie's Revenge, the third in the series which I know will be every bit as good as the first two.
I can totally recommend this series and this author. And apparently she plays a mean trumpet too! Obviously no end to her talents.


The Last Man (Mitch Rapp 13)
The Last Man (Mitch Rapp 13)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally brilliant, 28 April 2013
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I really could read Mitch Rapp stories 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. They are that good.
The plot and sub-plots flow smoothly without the constant forwards/backwards/sideways chapters that seem to typify many of the newer writers. You also won't find the often ridiculous 6 metaphors per page which many of the newer writers seem to think is a pre-requisite for a modern thriller.
Vince Flynn is an absolute master of his craft and sets standards that any writer should aspire to.
I'm not going to waste time commenting on the story itself. If you've been following the Mitch Rapp series, you'll know exactly what to expect. If you're thinking of reading about Mitch for the first time, then don't buy this book. Go to number one in the series and when you've read it, experience the sheer pleasure of knowing that you've another twelve to look forward to. I just hope that when they start filming the series, as surely they must,they won't cast a diminutive actor in the role as, inexplicably, they did with Jack Reacher. Think Gerard Butler, and you won't go far wrong.
Vince, you're a genius of the genre. Keep 'em coming.


Where Angels Fear the Dark; Dark Teen: Horror (Teen Hunting Angels Diaries 3)
Where Angels Fear the Dark; Dark Teen: Horror (Teen Hunting Angels Diaries 3)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful!, 23 April 2013
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This is total nonsense...frankly not worthy of Conrad Jones whose books I have read with such pleasure over the past year or two.
Firstly, it's not a novel...hardly even a novella. I read it in 25 minutes..hardly more than a short story.
Secondly, unlike most books that form part of a series, if you hadn't read the parts that preceded this, you wouldn't have the faintest idea what it was about. Most series books do at least give you a bit of 'what happened before' information if you happen to join the series part way in.
In fact, even having read the previous books in this very strange series, I didn't really know what it was about. It's not a story as such..in fact I'm not sure what it is. It seems like an additional couple of chapters which should have been tacked onto the previous book in this series. It doesn't in any way justify a book of its own.
OK..that's the criticism out of the way. Now let me say that Conrad Jones is an author I hugely admire and enjoy. His thrillers featuring Alec Ramsay and 'Tank' Tankersley are up there with the best you'll find. But this strange series is so far removed from his other work and will not appeal in any way to his army of regular followers. Yes, they might attract some new readers with somewhat different tastes, but all I can say is...for God's sake Conrad, drop this weird stuff and get back to the stuff that has successfully built your very considerable readership.


DIVA (Frank Renzi novels Book 2)
DIVA (Frank Renzi novels Book 2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping from start to finish, 23 April 2013
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My first book by this author, but definitely not my last.
This is a fabulous read..a clever developement of two seemingly unrelated storylines which continually intertwined.
Superbly drawn characters, both 'goodies' and 'baddies', made the whole story very plausible and keep the reader hooked to the final page.
Now I'm about to download the other Frank Renzi books and am looking forward to reading them.
Totally recommended.


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