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Ivan Cotter "Author of The Schmetterling Effect" (England)
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Hot Rock Dreaming (A Johnny Ravine Mystery)
Hot Rock Dreaming (A Johnny Ravine Mystery)
Price: £2.15

5.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant surprise, 20 Jan. 2013
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My inspection of the Amazon product description, when considering acquiring this book, left me in two minds. Although the description proper promised a good thriller, the addendum pointing out that the book had been selected as a finalist for the 2011 Australian Christian Book of the Year led me to fear that I might find that the book comprised an evangelical tract masquerading as the entertaining thiller I was looking for. However, having decided to give it a whirl, mainly because the book was set in Alice Springs, which I had visited some 15 years ago, I was far from disappointed. While there were plot elements which were of a possibly supernatural nature and while some of the characters were Christian pastors or adherents to Aboriginal spirituality, the book was nonetheless a very well written and well plotted thriller with interesting characters. It kept me engrossed throughout, as well as successfully concealing the identity of "whodunit" from me till the very end. (There was in fact a short "plug" for Christianity at the end of the epilogue, but only the most bigoted anti-Christian would find this unacceptable.) Altogether, I found this an excellent read and well deserving of five stars.


Discreet Activities: A Vigilante Series crime thriller
Discreet Activities: A Vigilante Series crime thriller
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Vigilante series continues to thrill, 15 Jan. 2013
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Yet another good read in the Vigilante series. In fact, perhaps even better than the earlier ones, with a new and gripping plot angle and with the characters becoming more sharply and interestingly defined as the series has matured.


The Demon Plagues (Plague Wars Series Book 4)
The Demon Plagues (Plague Wars Series Book 4)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Builds well upon its predecessor, 7 Jan. 2013
This novel (Book 2 in The Plague War series) is set 10 years on from the arrival of The Eden Plague (Book 1 of that series). The effects of the Eden Plague have greatly changed the world both literally and metaphorically. Following major conflict between them, there is an unstable balance between respective power blocs that are for, against and neutral about "Edenisation". Characters from the Eden Plague have assumed positions of power under the new system and pursue their respective agendas. The fragile balance is brutally and suddenly shattered by the introduction of the Demon Plagues by an external agent, leading to a need for urgent action to save the situation. All these developments are skilfully crafted into an "edge of the seat" story as the reader tries to anticipate what will happen next. Like its predecessor, you won't want to put The Demon Plagues down.


Mind Games: A Vigilante Series crime thriller
Mind Games: A Vigilante Series crime thriller
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent whodunnit, 27 Dec. 2012
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Chris Barry, the vigilante who made his fortune in IT, continues to dabble in other matters involving IT and criminal law. This time, he acts on a quasi-official police basis and bends the law to employ his IT skills to find out who is perpetrating a fast-occuring series of sex murders baffling Montreal's finest. Maybe I am a bit dim, but (unlike other reviewers) I did not guess who did it. I found the denouement surprising and ingenious. Altogether, an excellent and enjoyable read.


The Consultant: A Vigilante Series crime thriller
The Consultant: A Vigilante Series crime thriller
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read, 27 Dec. 2012
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I enjoyed the first novel in the Vigilante series and was pleased to be able to come to the same conclusion as regards this one. Chris Barry, the main protagonist, is as capable as before. He cleverly finds out what is going on in an import business when hired as an IT consultant to document the company's systems after the murder of the previous IT man, and then puts on his vigilante hat so as to be able to put matters right.


Black Harvest (The Project Book 4)
Black Harvest (The Project Book 4)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another really good one by Alex Lukeman, 8 Dec. 2012
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I recently wrote a review of Alex's earlier work, The Lance, which I enjoyed a lot. So, I acquired Black Harvest to see if my reaction to this one would be as good. It was: in spades. Another really good thriller, continuing to portray the exciting exploits of THE PROJECT, i.e. a special group of cloak and dagger guys reporting directly to the US president. Very highly recommended.


The Lance (The Project Book 2)
The Lance (The Project Book 2)
Price: £3.33

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read, 5 Dec. 2012
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Last Christmas I was given three thriller novels by three well-known authors. Two were excellent. The other (no names, no pack drill!) was utter rubbish: obviously dashed off (and probably ghosted) for a quick buck by a household name. I resented the fact that the kind giver had wasted a lot of money on buying it. What a pleasure, then, to read "The Lance", a most enjoyable thriller carefully (and successfully) crafted to present a good story that could be enjoyed from beginning to end like a good meal placed in front of you when you are seriously hungry. Well done, and thanks, Alex.


Saving Jackie K
Saving Jackie K
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and highly entertaining SF time travel novel, 9 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Saving Jackie K (Kindle Edition)
This book - difficult to put down - deals with the uncertain mechanics and the paradoxes of time travel in a very entertaining and interesting manner. It is based upon the Dealey Plaza incident that took place in Dallas back in 1963. However, instead of speculating about what might have happened if JFK had not been assassinated, the story starts in 2013 from the interesting standpoint of postulating that JFK was not killed, and that what instead happened led to a bad result that needed rectification by travelling back in time and changing that result. The well drawn (but maybe too many) characters, including Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby, make for a fast-paced, suspenseful and gripping story that never flags; and that achieves the required rectification, if not in the anticipated way.


A Game of Proof: A Mother's Fight to Defend her Son (The Trials of Sarah Newby series Book 1)
A Game of Proof: A Mother's Fight to Defend her Son (The Trials of Sarah Newby series Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent, 25 Oct. 2012
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Sarah Newby comes alive - warts and all - from the pages of this book, as do the other characters, all of whom are beautifully drawn. I enjoyed this crime/court novel enormously, so much so that I acquired the other two Sarah Newby books as soon as I had read this one. I have already read one of these and it is at least as good and as deserving of five stars as this one. I am keeping a careful eye open for further sequels.


The Eden Plague (Plague Wars Series Book 0)
The Eden Plague (Plague Wars Series Book 0)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller, 25 Oct. 2012
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David's book is a fast-paced and gripping action story that is truly entitled to be called a "thriller". If you do put it down, you'll be glad to pick it up again - though sorry when it ends! Fortunately, a sequel is already on Amazon.

The nature of the Eden Plague is not as frightening as one might have expected. Or is it? You'll have to read the book to see what I mean. I urge you to do so.
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