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Guardians of the Night (A Gideon and Sirius Novel)
Guardians of the Night (A Gideon and Sirius Novel)
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SUPERBLY WRITTEN, COLOURFUL CHARACTERS!, 6 Dec. 2014
Guardians of the Night by Alan Russell is the riveting sequel to the bestselling novel Burning Man, and marks the return of Detective Michael Gideon and his German shepherd partner Sirius enmeshed in a strange and bizarre case, unlike anything they have ever encountered before. In a tale stranger than fiction, a homeless man reportedly witnessed what he believed to be the murder of an angel.

Gideon and his partner Sirius care called upon to investigate the baffling case. Reluctantly the duo set off to investigate the case. Their halfhearted investigation soon turns more bizarre with the death of the homeless man. Now it is up to Gideon and Sirius to make sense of the strange murders and establish the identity of the man referred to as “the Reluctant Hero.”

Author Alan Russell has written an engrossing novel that is both awesome and delightful. While the story in itself is both amazing and incredulous, mixing mystery with suspense and thriller brilliantly. Guardians of the Night borders on science fiction while it is a crime thriller with a lot of suspense and mystery thrown in. Alan Russell’s passion is contagious and many readers will find this book difficult to put down.

by Stephen King
Edition: MP3 CD

14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Revival (MP3 CD)
Stephen King's Revival will rock you to your bones! Yes, you heard me right. This period piece set in the mid-20th century about faith and addiction is so petrifying that author Stephen King was quoted as saying, "It's too scary. I don't even want to think about that book anymore. It's a nasty, dark piece of work. That's all I can tell you." For fans who have missed his trademark spine-chilling harrowing tales with the sedate Mr. Mercedes: A Novel which was more in the mold of a thriller than a horror novel, Revival marks a triumphant return to a genre which is almost synonymous with his name.

Revival by Stephen King is the story of Jamie Morton and Reverend Charles Jacobs, whose lives disturbingly interlock, with serious consequences, for fifty long years. Jamie was only six years old when the Reverend Charles Jacobs with his beautiful wife Patsy and infant baby first set foot in the sleepy hamlet. Like most people in the small Methodist congregation, Jamie quickly bonds with the Minister and his family. Jamie and Jacobs share a lot of things in common, but electronics was their abiding passion. Things seem to be going great for everyone.

Though the Reverend Jacobs is an affable man: well-loved and adored, everything he stands for crumbles under the weight of grief and fury, transforming even his very own life. A gruesome car accident claimed the lives of his wife Patsy and their child, leaving Jacobs devastated. The horror of the accident left an indelible mark on Jacobs. He begins to question his faith and the very purpose of his existence, and buries himself in the pursuit of his hobby - electrical experimentation to tap into the secrets of the universe which is "one of God's doorways to the infinite." Physically and emotionally exhausted, Jacobs's harsh experience drained him of all his faith and belief in God prompting him to give a fiery sermon which would have made an atheist hang his head in shame. He was sacked and asked to leave town.

At the other end, Jamie grows up to be a rhythm guitarist but in a whirlpool of drugs, sex and rock `n' roll, traveling and performing all over. He's no longer the devoted Methodist youth that he once was. He has matured over the years and has become a skeptic. A chance reunion with Jacobs at his electricity-based carnival act sparks off a chain of events which take both Jamie and Jacobs to the edge. Jacobs too is no longer the amiable minister that he once was. He has been transformed almost beyond recognition - a frenzied man intent on unearthing secrets which are beyond the realms of humanity. Jacobs heals people with the electrical inventions he has made but Jamie discovers that there are more to it than meets the eye.

In Revival, horror master Stephen King crafted a tale of two men brought together by faith, separated by tragedy and reunited by their obstinate passion for the extraordinary. It is an unsettling story of a man driven by an unquenchable passion and a scientific curiosity that borders on madness. It is a spellbinding supernatural thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat with the frightening portrayal of its main characters and the suspenseful plot which will leave even long-time fans gasping for breath. Revival by Stephen King is designed to rock you to your bones.

Playing It My Way: My Autobiography
Playing It My Way: My Autobiography
by Sachin Tendulkar
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.50

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DEFINITIVE BOOK ON SACHIN TENDULKAR!, 7 Nov. 2014
Playing It My Way: My Autobiography by Sachin Tendulkar, and co-authored by renowned cricket historian and media personality Boria Majumdar is the much-awaited official autobiography of cricket's batting icon Sachin Tendulkar. Fans of the master-blaster are treated to delightful strokes of not the bat but the pen as the batting legend discussed all aspects of his life that have not been shared previously.

Beginning with his childhood, the memoir is a journey through the life of Sachin through twenty-eight informative and insightful chapters, from the first time he lifted the bat to his last walk back to the pavilion. It is as much a memoir of Sachin as much as it is a history of cricket in India.

Sachin's autobiography covers his family, wife Anjali, his first tour, his captaincy of the Indian cricket team, the period that severely tested his career, about music: his second love, the highs and lows of his prolific career and the glorious World Cup triumph. While Sachin's life has been an open book, fans will get to know him better through this memoir as he shared many personal thoughts which will surprised many.

Sachin's autobiography will also benefit charitable causes as the proceeds from the sale of Playing It My Way: My Autobiography by Sachin Tendulkar with Boria Majumdar will be used to support two charitable causes: the alleviation of malnutrition in children and the provision of clean water to the underprivileged. All the more reasons for fans to buy the book, if not for keepsake alone!

Hope to Die: (Alex Cross 22)
Hope to Die: (Alex Cross 22)
by James Patterson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.00

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR ALEX CROSS!, 6 Nov. 2014
After a numbing fall to the depths of disappointment with Cross My Heart, the 21st installment in the Alex Cross series, bestselling author James Patterson returns with his most famous creation in a sizzling sequel which will restore the confidence of the faithful in his skill as a master-storyteller, and earn him many more new fans. With his reputation as the world’s most popular thriller writer at stake, Hope to Die is a high-risk gamble which will either bury the fiasco that was Cross My Heart or put the final nail in the coffin of a legendary fictional character, Alex Cross.

Which way will the scale swing?

Simply put, James Patterson seems totally unfazed by the rampant criticism with which Cross My Heart was received. This is apparent as the story continues in the same vein and in the same JP trademark short chapters. Patterson really surprised me by entering enemy territory with Marcus Sunday and his true-crime book The Perfect Criminal hogging the limelight in the introductory chapters. As the story progresses he captures in vivid details, though blurred at times by the necessity of the plot, the fate that befell the Cross family in Cross My Heart. The picture becomes clearer with each new chapter, focusing on plot of the villain to wreak a final storm on Alex Cross while Alex is working on his own plan to unleash a befitting retribution.

Hope to Die (Alex Cross # 22) by James Patterson is explosive, riveting and enthralling with high-octane action sequences, superb dialogue and a fantastic storyline. Alex Cross is simply superb, as always, and the pain he feels comes right through the pages of the book. I have always loved the Patterson books for the simple reason that they are entertaining. Hope to Die is no different and I get hooked from the beginning. Pure habit forces me to flip to the last page and see how it ends. Hope to Die is one of the best Alex Cross novels, with an intimate and equal portrayal of all the main characters. With a climax that is both surprising and unexpected, a far cry from the frustration of Cross My Heart, Hope to Die is one of James Patterson’s best novels in a long time.

The Burning Room (Harry Bosch)
The Burning Room (Harry Bosch)
by Michael Connelly
Edition: Audio CD

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Maverick Los Angeles Police Department homicide Detective Harry Bosch has come a long way since he first made his appearance in the 1992 detective mystery thriller, The Black Echo. In that premier book of the series a man found in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam was just another statistic for the police department. But when Harry Bosch stepped in it became personal because the murdered man was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who had fought side by side with him in a hellish underground war.

Twenty-two years later in his nineteenth avatar in Edgar-winner Michael Connelly’s superbly crafted The Burning Room, Harry Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with an unenviable job of solving a very old case with a lot of twists and impediments. It concerns a case which begins almost ten years earlier with the drive-by shooting of Orlando Merced as he played with his band in Los Angeles's Mariachi Plaza. The bullet that struck him in the spine caused grievous damage leaving him paralyzed.

When Bosch and Lucy get to work they are confronted with lack of evidence which make the investigation all the more difficult. They got a vital lead when an anonymous tipster informed Detective Lucia Soto that the shooting of Orlando Merced is connected to the 1993 devastating fire which took place at the Bonnie Brae apartments that killed nine victims, mostly children. Incidentally, Soto could have been one of the children consumed by that raging fire twenty years ago but survived while some of his friends didn’t. The mariachi musician was a victim of a conspiracy to bury the truth behind the arson as he was believed to have known the people involved. Bosch and Lucy also unearthed connections between the two incidents with the robbery of an EZ Bank.

With powerful people coming into the picture, master storyteller Michael Connelly skillfully maneuvered this compelling police procedural with a lot of unexpected twists and turns. Juggling between suspense, crime and mystery, there is no dull moment as Harry Bosch just simply refused to fade into oblivion and reinvented himself through the deft handling of his character by Connelly. Beautifully written and wonderfully paced, The Burning Room is not only for die-hard fans of the series but also for new readers who want to explore the world of Harry Bosch.

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird)
A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird)
by Claudia Gray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A THOUSAND STARS FOR A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU!, 6 Nov. 2014
There are three different things that usually draw me to a book - the title, its cover and the blurb, but not necessarily in order of preference. I believe a great book usually has a great title, an awesome cover and an appealing blurb that will suck a potential reader right into the story. Messing up one of them can destroy everything an author has been painstakingly working for.

A Thousand Pieces of You passed the test on all three counts. I was a little intimidated but totally seized by the title. I think it is absolutely sweet and teasing! As for the cover, it is one of the most beautiful covers I have seen in a long time. Just simply incredible! There's no denying that the book blurb is catchy, and introduces the reader to what all that one needs to know to decide whether you want to read the book or not. Having passed the litmus test on all fronts, all I wanted was for the story between the covers to be just as good.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is an absolutely stunning young adult dystopian science fiction which encompasses romance, time travel and mystery with heavy doses of the paranormal while firmly planted on a rock-solid storyline. It is the first book in the Firebird trilogy, with characters full of flaws and frailties, an enchanting setting and a not so subtle multi-dimensional story with an ending that is too good to be true. If you want a feel-good ending to a delightful and compelling story, you won't want to miss Claudia Gray's A Thousand Pieces of You.

The Fire Seekers (The Babel Trilogy)
The Fire Seekers (The Babel Trilogy)
by Richard Farr
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Fire Seekers by Richard Farr is the first book in the planned Babel Trilogy. Full of adventure, excitement and action, this mystery thriller about our mythology and destiny witnesses a seventeen-year-old boy being thrown into an international game of survival and intrigue after his father discovered a secret. The secret pertains to the origin of human language and the non-human who Architects who created it.

An atheist and a genius, Bill Caler is the father of Daniel. When Bill announces that the inexplicable "Phaistos language" is proof of the existence of an unknown civilization, people labeled him of being a heretic. Bill's claim is strongly opposed, many by people with vested interests. It is vehemently opposed Julius Quinn who recently founded a fast growing worldwide religion. According to Quinn, the Phaistos language is unlike anything the world has ever known before.

With his father at the center of a major worldwide furore, Daniel should be concerned but he isn't. His nonchalant attitude turns to great alarm when a series of events unfold. The death of his mother in a freak accident is followed by the discovery of an ancient warning at the ruins of Babel tower. And more alarmingly, people from all over the world started starting with any reason. Things turn to a head when Daniel's dad, Bill, disappears as he was working on a Phaistos clue in Rome. When Daniel attempts to save his father he stumbles on something more sinister than anything he has heard or seen before. The world may witness its worst ever catastrophe if Quinn is not stopped.

Richard Farr crafted a stupefying mystery thriller is deeply rooted in mythology. Partly drawing inspiration from the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, the story with a liberal dose of imagination and facts explored what really happened at the Tower of Babel? The Fire Seekers is about the Architects who came down to us as the source of all our myths and religions, the source of civilization, and possibly the source of our very humanity. Well-conceived and brilliantly written, this is one book you won't want to miss.

End of Secrets
End of Secrets
Price: £3.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: End of Secrets (Kindle Edition)
Ryan Quinn may not be a prophet of end-times but his suspenseful and riveting techno-thriller End of Secrets is a grim reminder of the times we are living in. While the story and the characters are imagined and a product of his creativity, there is no denying the harsh truth the world could be heading toward such an environment, if not already.

End of Secrets by Ryan Quinn centers on cyber espionage through which personal and sensitive information are obtained, secretly and illegally, without the knowledge and permission of the holder. Information obtained through cyber spying from individuals or entities may be used for economic, political and personal benefit. The National Security Agency (NSA) monitors, collects and decodes information and data. Quinn crafted a timely thriller on how the privacy of individuals are being invaded and used as a weapon against them.

CIA agent Kera Mersal unsuspectingly stumbled on the biggest case of her career when she investigated into the disappearance of several artists. When her investigation leads her to the world’s largest multimedia company, she discovers startling truth, too bizarre to believe and its consequences too horrendous to comprehend. With no one to trust but her gut and instinct, she is bent on exposing the truth.

End of Secrets by Ryan Quinn is about the big bad world of cyberspace. It is about big data, cyber espionage, privacy and technology. In Kera Mersal, Quinn has created a female protagonist who is certainly believable, and fits her role to a t. What makes the book a real treat is the effortless reading made possible by the absorbing plot twists and unexpected turns. This is a thriller everyone should read, especially those who are online most of their waking hours.

The Unimaginable
The Unimaginable
Price: £3.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT WILL MAKE YOU BOTH LAUGH AND CRY!, 1 Nov. 2014
This review is from: The Unimaginable (Kindle Edition)
When I posted my review there were already four reviews. And the rating so far has been as varied as the landscape of the setting of the story – a lowly rating of one star garnering the most positive votes, and a five star rating coming up a distant second. The two-four stars are almost negligible. I’m not going to give a different spin to the book. It’s been stated already, and I’m, sort of, just repeating it.

This book is a compelling read if you are looking for adventure and romance, as well as a tear-jerker!

Yes, you are in for some unbelievable and truly unimaginable storytelling with The Unimaginable by Dina Silver. It is inspiring, adventurous and romantic. The story is quite unique, and that means refreshingly different. For many readers it will be difficult to put down as it is full of emotion. It is about dreaming dreams, and following your dreams. The story is searingly pain and inspiring. It is a book based on two real-life stories with different endings. One will break your heart and the other will make your spirit soar. Author Dina Silver has meticulously laid out the two real-life stories at the end of the book as an epilogue.

The Unimaginable by Dina Silver is something that will make you both laugh and cry. Far from being disappointed, I believe many readers will truly enjoy this if they have the heart for a gut wrenching story.

Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ENGAGING AND QUITE ENJOYABLE!, 1 Nov. 2014
This review is from: Ticker (Kindle Edition)
After entertaining readers with delightful and gripping reads like Eyes Like Stars and Perchance to Dream, bestselling young adult author Lisa Mantchev returns with a stunning new standalone novel, Ticker, which is a young adult steampunk science fiction fantasy adventure featuring a young girl named Penny Farthing, who zips about the city of Bazalgate on a motorized velocipede.

One of the best steampunk adventures released this year, Ticker is a real page-turner with Lisa Mantchev’s main protagonist Penny Farthing turning out to be a class apart. Penny is no ordinary character as she is a girl with a faulty clockwork heart. Unknowingly she has drawn her friends into her own family’s dark history imperiling their lives leading them into a plot involving terrorist bombings, human augmentation, and the world beyond the veil.

Swiftly paced and beautifully narrated, Lisa Mantchev pulls out all the stops to create an endearing character in the person of Penny Farthing. There are other memorable characters as well, both likeable and contemptible. The world-building and plotting is magnificent and simply awesome. It is several notches better than her earlier books, and many readers will agree that Ticker by Lisa Mantchev is a dazzling young adult fantasy steampunk science fiction which is both exhilarating and imaginative. If you are up for a fast-paced adventure full of memorable characters, tension and risks with a lovely dose of romance, you won’t want to miss this.

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