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The Trinity Game
The Trinity Game
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vatican assassins, miracles and bad ass priests. Not a bad combination., 2 Jan 2014
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This is the first Sean Chercover book I've read and it's a little difficult to categorise. The story starts with Father Daniel Byrne who is an investigator with the Vatican's ODA (Office of the Devils Advocate). His role is to investigate and either debunk or confirm miracles reported throughout the world. Daniel has been seeking miracles for 14 years and in the absence of finding one true miracle his faith in God's existence is being challenged. Until he is assigned to investigate the Reverend Tim Trinity, a known charismatic preacher that has started speaking in tongues. The difference with the case is twofold: Tim Trinity is Daniel's estranged uncle who raised him, and Tim's predictions are part true. Daniel eagerly accepts the case as he could now publicly debunk Tim as a fraud and conman. But this straight forward case changes with every day that passes: information given to Daniel suggesting that Tim's predictions are partly true turn out to be false-in fact all his predictions are 100% spot on; Daniel's resentment and anger towards Tim for being a grift all those years seem to melt away when Daniel starts to believe that Tim's ability is miraculous; and Daniel finds himself as Tim's protector when it becomes evident that the Vatican and other unknown religious sects will do anything in their power to silence Tim's voice, including several assassination attempts. A lot of the book is set in New Orleans in the aftermath of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. The description of the hopelessness and fear is almost palpable throughout the book and the characters are very believable and multi dimensional. This book deals with some deep issues such as the existence of miracles, the coming of the Messiah and the casting aside of false prophets. There is some Dam Brownesqueness in the form of the all powerful Vatican who will resort to any means necessary to protect its view of Christianity and religion. All on all it's a good book but I didn't take it too seriously. I don't think I will be actively searching for other books by this author though.


The Sacrificial Man
The Sacrificial Man
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5.0 out of 5 stars Assisted euthanasia, suicide or murder. Cannibalism. Freaky...but in a good way., 27 Dec 2013
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The book focuses on Alice Mariani who was arrested for the death of her boyfriend, Jenkins, after responding to an online advertisement wherein he seeks assistance in committing suicide. After her release from custody, her case is handed over to Cate, a probation officer, who is tasked to examine all aspects of the case to reach a suitable recommendation for sentencing. What appears to be a straight forward suicide by Jenkins, turns out to be more sinister, with evidence of Alice partaking in cannibalism. The book is written from both Alice and Cate's points of view, which gives a total understanding of each person's motivations and thoughts. We learn how Alice became to be aloof and cold following the death of her mother at the age of four, how she is also the product of an incestuous rape and we come to empathise with her struggles in life and her resistance in acknowledging her bisexual nature. However, with only two weeks left to sentencing, Cate is given Jenkins' diary he compiled prior to his death which he intended to use to exonerate Alice in his suicide. Every part of the diary is narrated in the book and we learn that Jenkins had an ulterior motive in seeking a beautiful women to assist him in dying. Throughout the book Alice suffers with sickness, headaches and dizziness which she puts down to stress as a result of her imminent sentencing.
This is a very strange book and it tackles themes not normally explored in polite conversation which includes incest, rape, assisted suicide, and cannibalism. Having said that, this book is very well written and is gripping beyond belief. I found myself empathising with the villains and resenting the heroes, only to change my opinions a few pages later. I would strongly recommend this to anyone who likes thrillers with bizarre and unsuspecting twists.


Accidents Waiting to Happen
Accidents Waiting to Happen
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3.0 out of 5 stars This one has potential,,,it's just not reached it yet., 21 Dec 2013
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This is my first Simon Wood book and it was purchased based on the number of positive reviews. It features Josh Michaels, who seemingly has the worst luck imaginable. The book kicks off with him being forced off the road and left for dead in a river, his scorned ex mistress shows up at his house to continue her blackmailing, his flying partner dies in a aircraft he was planning to fly, he is accused of terrorising a frail old women, and so on. Josh believes a hit man is after him and as his personal circumstances deteriorate exponentially and he thwarts several assassination attempts he decides to take action despite the police's scepticism on the veracity of his claims.
Although the premise of the book is good, I found it too protracted for my liking. The writing is a bit stilted and the characters too plastic. It may appeal to some readers, but I didn't find it too much to my taste.


Veiled (A Short Story)
Veiled (A Short Story)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Is it happy never after for Jack & Lacey?, 17 Dec 2013
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The Bone Secrets books have started to grow on me and having finished the third book in the series, Buried, I was quite excited to get stuck into Kendra Elliot's short story, Veiled. It features Jack and Lacey who we met in the first book, Hidden. The love birds are spending the weekend at a hotel in Seaport that specialises in boutique weddings. Whilst contemplating the merit of the hotel as a wedding venue they discover a floating bride in the resort pool. The police are called and Jack is reunited with an old colleague and friend, Terry, who recently joined the police force as their Chief of Police. Before long, another body is found and Lacey is once again kidnapped and faces certain death.
Although the book was a quick read, I found it a mere straw man of Elliot's other books. It lacked a lot of meat and personality and those typical Elliot characteristics (violence, gore and twisting plots) to make it a thrilling read. I don't believe the book has added anything to the series and I could have even skipped this short story. Having said that, I'm really looking forward to Alone, the fourth book which is due for release in January 2014.


Buried (Bone Secrets Series, Book 3)
Buried (Bone Secrets Series, Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even though it tackles some uncomfortable topics it is the best book in the series., 16 Dec 2013
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Buried is Kendra Elliot's third book in the Bone Secrets series. Having read the other two books I must admit that they get better as they progress. Each book features a main character who appears as supporting characters in the other books. It's a great way to keep a familiar feel to a series without having each book cover the same characters. In this book we once again meet up with the gorgeous Michael Brody who was infatuated with Lacey Campbell in the first book. Michael drops his journalist hat when he has a personal agenda after a grisly mass grave found in the woods. Two decades after the disappearance of a bus load of children, their remains are found with strong indications of child abuse. Michael hurries to the site to hopefully lay to rest his missing brother only to find that his brother's remains unaccounted for. And so begins the hunt for his missing brother where Michael teams up with the lovely Jamie, the sister of the only known survivor of the abduction and abuse. However, it seems like the original child sex offender and murderer is on the loose trying to silence the remaining survivor.
This book is full of graphic violence, kidnapping, beatings and fight scenes. It's very tastefully written and totally gripping and in my opinion, it is the best book by far. The romance between Jamie and Michael is well written and I'm thankful that it's not over the top. I'm looking forward to Veiled, the next book in the series.


Chilled (Bone Secrets Series, Book 2)
Chilled (Bone Secrets Series, Book 2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crank up the heat...this is a mighty fine bone chilling thriller, 8 Dec 2013
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Chilled is Elliot's second book and loosely follows on Hidden. It features as the main character, the quiet Alex Kinton, who is Jack Harper's best friend who unselfishly helped him keep Lacey safe. The book starts off to a bone chilling leap with a group of search and rescue team members about to set off looking for a downed aircraft in a sub zero snow storm. Alex forces himself into the group by claiming to be a federal agent looking to search for survivors. The only female team member is Brynn, the group's nurse and these two main characters immediately feel an attraction to each other that surpasses their circumstances. But all is now what it seems: Alex is desperately looking for one of the aircraft passengers, a convicted serial killer who murdered his mentally retarded brother; Paul Whittenhall (the genuine FBI head) is trying everything in his power to prevent Alex from returning alive; and the rescue team is faced not only with an avalanche, but also a dreadfully ill team member making it impossible to return as early as they hoped. The team is stranded in near arctic conditions, with a killer in the lose, diminished supplies and sick and injured team members. Chilled is far better than Hidden, the first book on the Bone Secrets series. The characters are more likeable and thankfully this installment has lost some of the Mills & Boon-ishness of the first book. I'm looking forward to starting Buried and I'm hoping the books improve as they progress.


Hidden (Bone Secrets Series, Book 1)
Hidden (Bone Secrets Series, Book 1)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a bit more fire, I think!, 2 Dec 2013
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Hidden is Elliot's first book in the Bone Secrets series and it features Dr Lacey Campbell an odontologist with the ME office. One snowy night she is called by the ME to consult on a skeleton found beneath a building of one of the city's most eligible bachelors. During her examination, she not only feels inexplicable attracted the the dashing aforementioned eligible bachelor Jack Harper but also realises the bones belong to her murdered friend who fell victim to a serial killer a decade ago. And so a game of cat and mouse begins with Lacey featuring as the central character whilst people around her are murdered or kidnapped. The book is well written and flows easily. 80% into the book the bad guy is revealed and the hunt to catch him continues. There are some sexual scenes of a tasteful nature but other than that I didn't find the book particularly gripping. I'm hoping the next book in the series, Chilled has a bit more vavavoom!


World After (Penryn and the End of Days Book Two) (Penryn & the End of Days Book 2)
World After (Penryn and the End of Days Book Two) (Penryn & the End of Days Book 2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. What will happen with Penryn and Raffi?, 26 Nov 2013
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The World After follows on from Angelfall and Penryn is once again out to save the world, her crazy mom and disabled sister. She longs constantly to be with Raffi as she fights for her very existence. Her sister Paige is returned after being kidnapped by Beliel, but Paige is no longer a disabled seven year old. In fact she is a true monster with Frankenstein stitches all over her face and body, metal teeth and an seemingly thirst for raw meat. Whilst staying with the Resistance, survivors are attacked and Paige is forced to flee. Uriel progresses with his plan for the apocalypse by genetically modifying the human race into locusts, a monster flying scorpion. But his plan goes horribly wrong when he unveiled his secrets to all the angels gathered at a masked ball. Penryn manages to attend the ball as this is where she believes she would find Paige who had disappeared previously. Whilst at the ball she sees Raffi in disguise and during the ensuing bloodbath managed to escape with him. They decide to return to the carnage the following day in the hopes of finding Paige and ultimately also to retrieve Raffi's Archangel wings from Beliel.
This is an awesome book that I zipped through very quickly. It's well written but also very entertaining. I hope not to wait another year got the next book.


Watched: When Road Rage Follows You Home (Kindle Single)
Watched: When Road Rage Follows You Home (Kindle Single)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bullying gets out of hand, but will it ever stop?, 22 Nov 2013
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I love Kerry Wilkinson's Jessica Daniels series and I was excited to read Watched, his new stand alone book. It features Esther and Charlie Pooley who moved into their first house together. On her first day and whilst out shopping, Esther accidentally cut off a fellow motorist, her actions of which has lead to the most unimaginable case of bullying and victimisation. From overturned bins and stolen laundry, to outright vandalism, assault and defamation of character, each attack on the Pooleys escalate to unbelievable proportions. This is the kind of book that is gripping and terrifying in equal measures. I found myself very uncomfortable reading it as it is so easy to empathise with Esther and Charlie and how a case of road rage could escalate and get so badly out of hand. And on the other hand, it's a book you just want to continue reading as it's too gripping to ignore. I found the ending could have been more conclusive as I still don't understand the underlying motivations of the bullies and it seems that something is missing. But overall, it's a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Death by Hollywood
Death by Hollywood
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4.0 out of 5 stars A story within a story within real life...or is the other way around?, 15 Nov 2013
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This book reads like a narrative of events involving Bobby, a drunken screenwriter with writers block, from the point of view of his agent. Bobby witnesses the murder of an acting coach who beds almost any and every aspiring and known actress in Hollywood. Deciding that he could write a real time screenplay he ingratiates himself in the lives of all the people left in the wake of the death, including the actress who committed the crime and the police officer investigating it. But life takes a turn for the worst when Bobby ends up dead and the narrator realises there are some underlying events being put in motion by the main characters.
It is a fun, light read and the book is short enough so you zip through it very quickly. Although I enjoyed it, I won't be seeking other books by this author. ithin real life...or is the other way around?
This book reads like a narrative of events involving Bobby, a drunken screenwriter with writers block, from the point of view of his agent. Bobby witnesses the murder of an acting coach who beds almost any and every aspiring and known actress in Hollywood. Deciding that he could write a real time screenplay he ingratiates himself in the lives of all the people left in the wake of the death, including the actress who committed the crime and the police officer investigating it. But life takes a turn for the worst when Bobby ends up dead and the narrator realises there are some underlying events being put in motion by the main characters.
It is a fun, light read and the book is short enough so you zip through it very quickly. Although I enjoyed it, I won't be seeking other books by this author.


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