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Acts of Violence (Macmillan New Writing)
Acts of Violence (Macmillan New Writing)
by Ryan David Jahn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.04

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW what a debut! Get's you thinking while telling a great story, 6 Nov 2009
Wow what a read, my favourite book this year. A Literary thriller at its best. Gripping, terrifying, powerful, compassionate, angry and gripping cold all be used to describe this story.
Inspired by a true story. Katrina Marino is murdered outside her building, and is seen by many of her neighbours. Yet none of them react or phone the police as they all think someone else has. The author then tells the story through the many eyes of both the victim, murderer and witnesses and their stories and what they think.
The witnesses include a terrified Vietnam draftee, the woman who thinks she has killed a child, a former soldier planning suicide, the elderly teacher, an amateur blackmailer and a corrupt cop. It is a very powerful story that gets you thinking and maybe wondering what would I have done. Not only does it get you thinking, it tells you a very good story.
Ryan David Jahn is a powerful new voice and I would recommend everyone reads it.

Reads like a Tarantino film, with intensely powerful scenes and graphic violence.

The Hit
The Hit
by Patrick Quinlan
Edition: Paperback

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TARANTINO OF BOOKS? YOU DECIDE, 22 Sep 2009
This review is from: The Hit (Paperback)
Is it like Tarantino like the synopsis says, yes I think it is. This has car chases, raging storms, some great laughs, twists and some brilliant crazy characters.
Really liking Quinlan's books. This time he has two bounty hunters, one good looking bored wife, two mad crazy villains, two lesbians and their dog. The ending to the book involves a explosion, guns, bodies, all set in a storm on a boat. Then add a double cross and not knowing who might survive at the end of the book, and it all adds up to a brilliant plot, well executed.
Try this and enjoy, I did and I hope others will to.

The Surrogate (Brennan and Esposito)
The Surrogate (Brennan and Esposito)
by Tania Carver
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SLIGHTLY TWISTED? BUT VERY GOOD, 22 Sep 2009
A great read that had me hooked from the first page through to its conclusion. There are a number of gruesome scenes that you try desperately hard not to imagine until you get to the next one. Yet running through this is two characters that really grow on you, you could say there is a love story running through it. By the end you are really engrossed in their story. You may even start to feel sorry for the villian.
Tania Carver certainly leaves nothing to the imagination, and the whole plot is slightly sick and twisted but somehow you are pulled in and can't let go till the last page has been read and all the secrets are out.
The two main characters, Phil Brennan and Marina Esposito, I believe will be back and we will find out more about the two of them. At the end of the SURROGATE you may be waiting to get the next book, I know I am.

Where The Dead Lay: Frank Behr series 2
Where The Dead Lay: Frank Behr series 2
by David Levien
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.18

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FOLLOW UP BOOK, READ HIM HES GOOD, 11 Aug 2009
David Levien really has got a great character forming here. Frank Behr, an ex policeman, who would love to get back on the force. Has demons to deal with, but still has a level-headedness about him. I think in this book we get to learn a lot more about him, and I personally like his back story.

This book sees Frank Behr dealing with a variety of situations. First we see a friend of his is murdered and he wants to find out who is responsible. We then see a private detective agency want him to find two of there own investigators, he turns this down but ends up having his old police colleague asking him to help out. With the chance of him perhaps getting his foot back in the door of his old job, and with the current situation with his relationship with his partner also in the story, I feel we get a lot better picture of his character. Like his style of writing, where we start with various stories that all eventually merge.

This is a great read and lets hope he can keep this level of writing up for his next book.

Just Watch Me
Just Watch Me
by Peter Grimsdale
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.09

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT THRILLER THAT HITS THE SPOT, 3 Aug 2009
This review is from: Just Watch Me (Hardcover)
Yet again Peter Grimsdale produces another fantastic thriller. This time the main character is Dan Carter, who sees and participates in an incident he shouldn't have. Later we see Dan, wife and two children going on there first holiday together, but Dan's passport goes missing and his family continue on their own, but later Dan learns the plane went down, and that when the questions start to form! Was his passport disappearing an accident? Did his wife make sure he wasn't on the plane? Was he the intended target?
The suspense is really built up well and who Dan can trust continues to sway between different characters. This story starts with a explosion and continues with a plane going down, cover ups, bike chase and twists that you don't expect.
The author has worked in film before and you can see this being made into a film. A definite thumbs up from me and will be recommending this to others.

by Sean Black
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.86

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE TO WATCH FOR THE FUTURE, 3 Aug 2009
This review is from: Lockdown (Hardcover)
New author, new series. A great start for Sean Black. His main character is Ryan Lock, ex-soldier now bodyguard, he explodes onto the scene and made me want to finish this book in one sitting. The plot speeds through and often moves around, it starts with an assassination and kidnap and then ends up with so much more potential carnage. Just when one threat in the story has been sorted another appears, the story is told in a way where you have different stories and characters that don't necessarily have anything in common, that is until the author decides to link the stories up.
Definitely worth reading and I think a author to watch for, I am certainly interested to see how he develops Ryan Lock's character (as I assume there are more to come).
If you like Lee Child or Simon Kernick then I think you will enjoy this. If you just love a great read then you could try this as well.

Burn: Number 2 in series (Jake and Jouma)
Burn: Number 2 in series (Jake and Jouma)
by Nick Brownlee
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC READ THAT LEAVES YOU WANTING MORE, 15 July 2009
This is the second book in the new series set in Kenya, featuring Jake, an American ex-policeman, and, Jouma a policeman in Kenya. A great continuation with 3 deaths in the first 3 chapters! This is really well written and the ending keeps you in suspense and waiting eagerly for next book to see what happens next!! Not going to spoil it for you but it's one of those endings where you want to read the next book straight away! Once again you see 4 different stories emerging before they all link to show you the big picture he wants you to see. There is plenty of action and mystery, again also the main suspect is not fully identified till the end.
There are plenty of bodies, a great feel for Kenya and some great new characters.
If you liked Bait then you will love this, everyone should give this a read, he is a author that I am going to keep an eye on as I really like this.

EVEN (David Trevellyan Thriller 1)
EVEN (David Trevellyan Thriller 1)
by Andrew Grant
Edition: Paperback

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER JACK REACHER? YOU DECIDE!, 9 July 2009
Really enjoyed this debut novel. Thought the story was a good one, that did flow nicely and it certainly had me wanting to read it in one go. However, I felt some of the descriptions, though great as descriptions on a couple of occasions were too descriptive for the story.
As you are aware by now this is Lee Child's younger brother. David Trevelyan is his main character, he is currently backed by the British navy so not quite the same independence as Jack Reacher but the same tendency to sort things out for himself. In this we see flash backs to his training days as ways of telling us a bit of how he thinks, am certainly looking forward to seeing how this develops in later books (as I assume this isn't Trevelyan's only outing!)
As I said I enjoyed this and I think a lot of people will also. Nice fast pace, some great characters and now looking forward to see how Andrew Grant will proceed with his next book.

Black Flies
Black Flies
by Shannon Burke
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and worrying at times, 24 Jun 2009
This review is from: Black Flies (Paperback)
The author worked as a paramedic in Harlem and at times you wonder how true to life this book is. It really draws you into the story, and although there are medical terms and procedures mentioned it does not ruin the book at all.
It is based around a team of paramedics and the incidents they see, and how they deal with life after seeing so much life, death and daily horrors. How being a paramedic can ruin relationships, unhinge people and how mentally strong you have to be. How people treat paramedics when they are helping them, I felt it was very insightful and actually works alot better than I thought it would when I first read the back cover.
This is a little gem of a story, that is pretty gritty as well.

by Tony Black
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Black, a great writer who needs to be read, 24 Jun 2009
This review is from: Gutted (Hardcover)
A great author, this is his second Gus Drury novel. Gus Drury is a ex-journalist in Edinburgh who while out one night falls onto a gutted body. Immediately he is a suspect, and what makes it worse is the detective investigating is dating his ex-wife. This is a dark and shady view of Edinburgh, but so well portrayed.
Gus is one of those characters that you love as he doesn't have special training, he drinks too much, yet, he is a ex-journalist so you know he will put his nose in to get a story. The situations seem very real and you hope he will always come out on top.
Think Tony Black is a fantastic writer and is going on to great things, recommend all give this a read. This had me hooked from the beginning and then raced through a great story, and left me wanting more.

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