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Repent
Repent
Price: £3.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST MY KIND OF READ!, 2 April 2015
This review is from: Repent (Kindle Edition)
With a house in the woods, a well-paid job, a beautiful girlfriend and a faithful dog, Ben Biller has enough to make him happy. But someone is intent on ruining his life. When he receives a mysterious note, asking him to repent and commit suicide, he thinks it is a cruel joke. But what he takes as a joke takes a turn for the worst when he lost everything within a few days.

Now the once successful Munich businessman is homeless and without a friend. With no one to turn to, Ben Biller is a broken man. In his broken state, he’s determined to track down the man who has made a mess of his life. And this brings him into contact with his childhood sweetheart Annelie, whose heart he had broken many years ago. Together they begin the hunt to track down the psychopath. Repent by Lisa Fink is not one of those few books I would rather not recommend. While the book has enough suspense, the premise is a bit too much to bite.


The Shadow Cartel (The Dominic Grey Series)
The Shadow Cartel (The Dominic Grey Series)
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LAYTON GREEN WEAVES A GRIPPING PLOT!, 2 April 2015
The Shadow Cartel by Layton Green is the fourth book in the hugely successful Dominic Grey series, and follows the three earlier books – The Summoner, The Egyptian and The Diabolist, all of which features intriguing paranormal mystery thrillers with former diplomatic security agent Dominic Grey as the main protagonist.

Like all the previous books in the series, The Shadow Cartel by Layton Green is an excitement-filled cocktail of mystery, suspense, thriller, crime and urban fantasy, and is a truly captivating read. As Layton weaves a fascinating and gripping plot, his attention to details will mesmerize readers who are familiar with the locales. There is no shortage of action, and one’s delight has no end as this is a story that will stay with you long after you turn that last page.


Trail of Broken Wings
Trail of Broken Wings
Price: £3.99

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A STORY FULL OF EMOTION!, 1 April 2015
Author Sejal Badani is a name with which I am not at all familiar, and when I was given the chance to review her book, I waded through the pages uncertain of what to expect. As with many other first-time authors, I was excited but was also well aware of the limitations. And the subject of domestic violence was not too appealing.

Yet, this is a very unique story. Brent and Ranee are just another ordinary couple with three daughters – Sonya, Marin and Trisha. And like many other families, theirs is a dysfunctional family, with the family falling apart. While many readers may not understand the terms used in the book, the author has compiled a glossary of the “foreign” words at the end of the book which one can easily refer to. What I really liked about the story is the depth of emotion and feeling the characters carry with them.

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing for providing me with advance reader’s copy – uncorrected proof of Trail of Broken Wings for honest review.


The Stranger
The Stranger
by Harlan Coben
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AN ENTERTAINING READ FROM START TO FINISH!, 27 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Stranger (Hardcover)
How would you react if someone walks up to you and tell you that your life is not what it seems to be? Or wouldn’t it be difficult if your wife just simply disappeared after texting you: “You take care of the kids. Don’t try to contact me. It will be okay.”?

Adam Price didn’t deserve any of these. He was leading a contented suburban life as a husband and father with a good job and a big house. He has a beautiful wife in Corinne, dignified and composed. And there’s his two adoring sons, Ryan and Thomas, who are the pride of his life. Then one fine day, as he was sitting in the bar of the American Legion Hall in Cedarfield, New Jersey, a total stranger sidled up to him and told him the life he was living was a lie. Adam was also informed how he can confirm the truth.

Adam’s seemingly perfect world crumbled under the weight of disbelief. He realized that all along the life he led and the family he so carefully raised was just a sham. Though he’s unwilling to accept the bitter and shattering truth, he knew better, and wondered whether he ever really knew his wife, Corinne, at all. But the shocking revelation soon sparked off a chain of events beyond his control, with Corrine disappearing and then came the accusation she stole money from the school’s lacrosse treasury. Adam is determined to unearth everything, and for this must find Corinne and also uncover the truth behind the stranger, who also delivered devastating news to a middle-aged woman named Heidi Dann and a medical student in New York city, Michaela Siegel.

The Stranger by Harlan Coben is a twisted-tale with enough doses of suspense to pull you in. It is the story of ordinary people whose lives are irrevocably changed by extraordinary circumstances. Harlan Coben’s characters are finely developed, and one can only sympathize with Adam as his world turned upside-down. Author Harlan Coben is still the same writer who delivered unrivalled story with the usual emotion, wit and wry commentary about life. While The Stranger may not necessarily be best work to-date, Harlan Coben has succeeded in spinning a clever and refreshingly original plot to make it captivating, enjoyable, entertaining and gripping. It is an engrossing read from start to finish.


The Fifth Heart
The Fifth Heart
by Dan Simmons
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WHOLE LOT OF MYSTERY, AND FUN TOO!, 24 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Fifth Heart (Hardcover)
The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons is a 19th century historical mystery thriller about an American author by the name Henry James who is based in London, and whose chance encounter with the genius Sherlock Holmes changed his life forever. Up until then, Henry James was leading a frustrated life. It was probably the result of his books not selling well. His frustration has grown so much that he decided to spend his April 15 birthday in 1893 in Paris, and commit suicide by throwing himself into the Seine at night. But by a quirk turn of destiny, he found himself in the thick of action in a convoluted and intricate case which the famous detective Holmes was investigating.

What is riotously funny is the point of time in which the two met. Sherlock Holmes was in disguise after faking his own death, and Henry James had only self-murder in his mind. It was Sherlock Holmes who literally forced Henry James to accompany him to America to solve a seven-year-old murder case which he considers himself “duty-bound to solve.” The case involves the death in 1885 of Clover Adams, wife of the revered historian Henry Adams. With a suicide note purportedly left behind, it would take only the genius and mind of Sherlock Holmes to establish any foul play.

The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons is simply amazing on many counts – at times witty, the characters are finely developed, the mystery is full of suspense, and Dan Simmons’ writing is rich both in imagination and prose. It is one of those books that you would want the story to continue without an ending. And talking of an ending, it is here the author does an astounding job, finely bringing the story to a logical conclusion without pinching the sensibility of the reader.
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Of Giants and Other Men
Of Giants and Other Men
by Caspar Peek
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ATMOSPHERIC AND ABSORBING!, 24 Mar. 2015
Of Giants and Other Men by Caspar Peek is an atmospheric novel that uses the turbulent twentieth century history of Nicaragua with its culture and politics in shambles as the backdrop to capture the journey of cousins Tomas Delacorte and Fausto, who were almost inseparable as a child. Author Caspar Peek painted vivid images of how war and its debilitating effects play no small part in shaping the mindset of a child as he grows into adulthood.

Weaving a sweeping story of cousins, Tomas Delacorte and Fausto, Peek tells their stories in his inimitable style allowing readers to grasp the full reality of their situation. When young Tomás father Raúl is executed his mother Victoria becomes disillusioned and bitter about life, almost entirely leaving his upbringing on the slender shoulder of Sofia. Tomás is quiet but his cousin Fausto is of a different breed altogether. As they grow up, Tomás goes to a medical school while cousin Fausto becomes a soldier, both following their dreams.

Two lives that were almost knotted together for so long cannot be destined to stay apart forever. Tomás and Fausto find themselves in the thick of the violence ravaging Nicaragua as author Caspar Peek crafted an incredible novel of two brothers who are bound by blood, torn apart by choices in a story of violence, love, revenge, treachery and restoration. While it is certainly not a fast-paced story that will make your blood boil in excitement, Of Giants and Other Men is atmospheric, and definitely enjoyable.


The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age
The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age
by Marina Cantacuzino
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INSPIRING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING!, 24 Mar. 2015
The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age by Marina Cantacuzino, and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, is a collection of thought-provoking real life stories that will convey the powerful message of forgiveness. While the book in itself is not a self-help book, it is one of the best that will enable readers to confront their own sense of bitterness lying deep beneath their souls, like a cancer eating their vital parts away.

Story after story, you read about people who have been grievously hurt but have found the strength and courage to forgive those who have wronged them. The stories are inspiring, and many of them won't simply go away even long after the book is gone. As the author put it, "True greatness is found in humility and compassion"and not resentment and bitterness which many of us carry inside.

One of the most powerful stories is that of Robi Damelin of Israel. In March 2002 her son David was shot by a sniper. David was 28 years old. Her reaction was surprising. She said, Ï saw then that I had a choice about what to do with my pain - to invest it in revenge or try to think creatively." I strongly recommend this book.


Claimed (Servants of Fate)
Claimed (Servants of Fate)
by Sarah Fine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SUPERLATIVE DYSTOPIAN HISTORICAL FICTION!, 24 Mar. 2015
Claimed: Servants of Fate Book 2 by Sarah Fine is a scintillating new adult dystopian historical romance which will be thoroughly enjoyed by the author’s fans who have read Marked, the first book in the series. The story is hugely impressive, and Sarah Fine’s writing is both dazzling and alluring. While there is still enough on Eli and Cacy, the focus has shifted to Galena Margolis – Eli’s sister who is a brilliant scientist, and Declan Ferry, the brother of Cacy.

I was a bit apprehensive if Claimed will live upto the standard set by the first book, Marked. Without mincing words, I can say that author Sarah Fine has done a fantastic job in conceptualizing the story, maintaining a sense of continuity while new readers will be able to wade through the story without getting lost. It is much more than I expected, and I’m totally bowled over by the superbly conceived characters and the opulent world she has created.

Claimed by Sarah Fine is a delicious story, and there is magic all over – in the way the author has crafted the story, the fine development of the adorable characters and the world they inhabited, and how it all unfolds in the end. The only disturbing thing about the book was Galena’s past. Sarah Fine knows how to build up the tempo, maintain the suspense, keep the romance and mesmerize the readers. This is a must-read book not only for fans of Sarah Fine, but for all who love the genre.


Becoming Steve Jobs: The evolution of a reckless upstart into a visionary leader
Becoming Steve Jobs: The evolution of a reckless upstart into a visionary leader
by Brent Schlender
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF STEVE JOBS!, 24 Mar. 2015
Becoming Steve Jobs by veteran tech reporters offers deep insights into the life of Steve Jobs, including the startling revelations that the current Apple chief executive Tim Cook offered to share part of his liver to save Jobs’ life and how Jobs deliberated on buying Yahoo! and many other hitherto unknown aspects of his life.

Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli is a perceptive, fascinating and uplifting biography of Apple co-founder and CEO, Steve Jobs. What is of particular significance is the inclusion of interviews with people who were close to him, enabling the reader to get a glimpse of the different facets of his personality. These interviews painted pictures of the true genius that he was, providing the reader to draw conclusions about Jobs, the working of his mind and why he did what he did.

While much has been written about the man, Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli is the most definitive biography to-date. The book also sheds light into Jobs’ close friendship with Bob Iger of The Walt Disney Company, his relationship with Jony Ive — Apple's designer, and Jobs’ contempt for TV. Brilliantly written, this compelling and intimate portrait of Steve Jobs is a must-read for all who have known and admired him or read about him or would like to dig deeper as to how a reckless and arrogant young man became the most effective visionary business leader of our time. This is one of the finest biographies I have read in a long time!
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NYPD Red 3
NYPD Red 3
by James Patterson
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JAMES PATTERSON IS SIMPLY INDEFATIGABLE!, 17 Mar. 2015
This review is from: NYPD Red 3 (Hardcover)
When it comes to a suspenseful thriller, it’s not easy to pin down James Patterson as no one does it better than this New York Times bestselling author. He has the knack of bringing out an enjoyable read more often than the turn of the season, so much so that you can read thirty pages from a Patterson novel every single day of the year without ever having to re-read the same thing all over again. Though some may get tired of the flood of Patterson books, his incomparable energy and vigour has come as a big boon for those who live and breathe his stories - crisp, explosive, intense, riveting, and suspenseful, albeit a tad too predictable at times.

Coming to think of it, many would agree that most of Patterson’s novels have an inherent nature of predictability, which is also true of NYPD Red 3. In this instance, it involves billionaire businessman Hunter Hutchinson Alden, Jr. and his irresponsible eighteen-year-old son, Tripp, and the inside-world of New York’s high society which Patterson richly detailed in the story, along with the resultant chaos which required the services of Detective Zach Jordan and his partner Kylie MacDonald. While the story is rich in detail, there is still a sense of urgency in its flow but retains an element of predictability yet one keeps leafing through the pages.

NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson in collaboration with Marshall Karp is an unrestrainedly suspenseful thriller. Zach and Kylie have to find what's really behind the murder of the billionaire’s chauffeur and the disappearance of his teenage son. As dark secrets and murkier side of New York’s high society unfolds, Zach and Kylie are faced with the most daunting and biggest challenge of their careers. Another job well done by James Patterson and Marshall Karp, and another exciting read for fans of the series.


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