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D.E.M. - Quid Pro Quo (D.E.M. - Deus Ex Machina Book 2) by [Ness, Lee]
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Lee Ness writes both fiction and non-fiction books and non-fiction articles. He has a historical fiction series set around the Olympics in Ancient Greece circa 440BC and a technological thriller called D.E.M. - Deus Ex Machina. His first book The Sports Motivation Master Plan passes on the experience of many years coaching athletes in multiple sports. Lee's articles appear in Athletics Weekly, on speedendurance.com and on stack.com. Lee is head coach at City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club and was Wiltshire Sport Coach of the Year in 2014.

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Action from the get go, sadly there is not much story/plot in the first seven chapters of this book, second in the series. With NO synopsis at the beginning or character introduction, readers who have not read the first book will be completely lost!

Dave, Debs, Rachel and Cam are all sat in a hotel room after the rescue of Rachel. Are they safe? No! Debs, operational team member, used to being on her own, is now responsible for three others. Can she delay the men chasing them long enough for the other to get to the BMW? Who is coming after them? Debs, a bi-sexual, has not given up on Rachel but Rachel is still involved with Cam. Will their plan to lead the hunters to them and attack work? No! Who is Mr. Brown? He wants the four of them to work for him. Their other option? Death! What do the Piri Reis map, Visigoth bishops and Rohonc Codex all have in common?

How is Rachel connected with the Israelis? What do her now deceased parents have to do with it all? The real story starts in earnest in Chapter 20 when Rachel and Cam start working together like in the first book. Abdul Qahhar (Hezbollah) recognizes Deb? Why/How? Debs history comes out in Chapter 25. Connecting the dots it is a small world. The team manage to prevent Ben's (Mossad) team from executing Hezbollah members on UK soil but Cam is kidnapped by the Mossad. Can Debs beat the others to the Rohonc Codex? What is Room 39? How does this news affect Dave?

If you like a book with plenty of violence and coarse conversation with plenty of "F" words scattered throughout then this might be for you. There are NO sex scenes but lots of innuendo. The story is wrapped up at the end so the reader is not left hanging.

This book needs a brief overview at the beginning along with a character summary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars D.E.M. ... Deuxième Partie (part two..) 26 Feb. 2016
By TolkienFan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was asked by the author if I wanted to read his latest work, this one, and I agreed. I don't know Mr. Ness, but because I had read the original story, D.E.M.: Deus Ex Machina, I decided to read this one as well. I was not disappointed. Like the original book, this is a "techno thriller". And because it is the second in a series of two (there is no indication that there will be more books in the "D.E.M." series...), you could call it a sequel, or perhaps "the concluding chapter..". For those who have not read the original book, this one will start in a sort of "head-scratching" manner....

I hate reviews that give too much away, so there will be no spoilers here.!! On the other hand, you need to know something about this book, so... For those who have read the first book, this one picks up where the first one stopped. The characters are fully developed (for the most part..) and the action starts immediately. Like the first book, this one centers around espionage and then moves forward to encompass a very interesting conspiracy plot. If you have read some of the Dan Brown stuff like "The DaVinci Code" or maybe the more recent "Inferno", you will understand when I say that Lee Ness takes you on a scavenger hunt in this book. The underlying tenets are fiction of course, but still, .... it creates tension and keeps you wondering (and thinking..).

One of the best parts of the first book is the character dialogue. And this one is much the same. Dialogue is one of Ness' strong suits. The story flows well and it is easy to become absorbed in the characters. There is little to dislike here in the way the story progresses. The four main characters, Rachel, Cam, Dave, and Deb who were so abruptly left in the first book, are picked up again here and moved forward into an insidious inner circle of spycraft and espionage. The plot development moves quickly, leaving our characters scrambling about and trying to catch up as the opposing elements play off against each other. Our little group is cast into the fray against their wishes and is forced to take part in a rapidly developing race across Europe. They deploy some amazing technology assets and with the help of a governmental "handler", are tasked with stopping three major political and geographical adversaries (really four if you count the Brits who are behind our group's effort...) in their quest to obtain documents and maps that could change the political climate of the entire world. The dirty underbelly of governments is exposed, and the relentless push by terrorist organizations to gain control and to dominate opposing thought is shown here for what it is.... all in the name of a fictional account of course.!!

This book moves along and provides a satisfying amount of each character as they struggle against the odds. Our characters remain true to form but are completely fooled at one point late in the book when a supposed supporting element abruptly turns against them. In the end, the story comes to a very satisfactory conclusion that seems to tie up most of the loose ends. Unlike the first book, this one seems to put this story to rest.

So, once again, I like the story. I like the characters. And I like the dialogue. The story progresses well and has no real dead space. Having said that, the editing and the proofing could use some improvement. There are enough errors to be noticeable, although they didn't really detract much from my enjoyment of reading. There is a lot of coarse language in this book, just like in the first one. I think some of it could have been handled a little better. Using more appropriate euphemisms in place of some of the F-bombs would have toned down the coarseness with no deleterious effect on the story.

Overall, a good story and a satisfactory conclusion to a two book series. Good story resolution. Four stars for another enjoyable read. If you read the first book before this one, you will enjoy this resolution to the story. Recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ~~ The danger continues for Rachel, Debs, Dave and Cam ~~ 26 Feb. 2016
By Richard and Liz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Action from the get go, sadly there is not much story/plot in the first seven chapters of this book, second in the series. With NO synopsis at the beginning or character introduction, readers who have not read the first book will be completely lost!

Dave, Debs, Rachel and Cam are all sat in a hotel room after the rescue of Rachel. Are they safe? No! Debs, operational team member, used to being on her own, is now responsible for three others. Can she delay the men chasing them long enough for the other to get to the BMW? Who is coming after them? Debs, a bi-sexual, has not given up on Rachel but Rachel is still involved with Cam. Will their plan to lead the hunters to them and attack work? No! Who is Mr. Brown? He wants the four of them to work for him. Their other option? Death! What do the Piri Reis map, Visigoth bishops and Rohonc Codex all have in common?

How is Rachel connected with the Israelis? What do her now deceased parents have to do with it all? The real story starts in earnest in Chapter 20 when Rachel and Cam start working together like in the first book. Abdul Qahhar (Hezbollah) recognizes Deb? Why/How? Debs history comes out in Chapter 25. Connecting the dots it is a small world. The team manage to prevent Ben's (Mossad) team from executing Hezbollah members on UK soil but Cam is kidnapped by the Mossad. Can Debs beat the others to the Rohonc Codex? What is Room 39? How does this news affect Dave?

If you like a book with plenty of violence and coarse conversation with plenty of "F" words scattered throughout then this might be for you. There are NO sex scenes but lots of innuendo. The story is wrapped up at the end so the reader is not left hanging.

This book needs a brief overview at the beginning along with a character summary. The first few chapters need to be cut and made into one chapter. As for editing errors, there are way too many for this being a second book. A good editor would/should have caught many of them. There is a linked index which is great for accessing the chapter you want. I agreed to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review. I removed one star for poor introduction and beginning content and one star for poor editing. I debated on 2 or 3 stars settling with 3, as I need to push some of my personal views aside when reviewing a book and even if I don't enjoy a book, realize that others might. Thanks, Liz
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Against the odds, can they prevail? 28 Feb. 2016
By Charles A. Ray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Rachel and her friends, Cam, Deborah, and David are on the run, being pursued by a person or persons unknown. All they know is that if they don’t run, they will die. They’re finally cornered and given a stark choice, accept a dangerous mission or die. If they accept the mission, they will be given their freedom, a kind of quid pro quo, but in order to prevail they must overcome the shadows of their own pasts.
D.E.M.- Quid Pro Quo by Lee Ness picks up where book one leave off, and continues the amazing adventures of a team of experts who have to rely on their wits and individual skill to fight against the power of governments and potent organizations. Tight writing, profound character development, and excellent pacing mark this second in the Deus ex Machina series. A definite recommended read for thriller lovers that hooks you from page one and hangs you out limp and spent by the end.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars “I think it’ll take years of therapy to get over this episode.” 11 April 2016
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
British author and coach Lee Ness writes fiction and non-fiction books and his articles appear in Athletics Weekly, on speedendurance.com and on stack.com. Lee is head coach at City of Salisbury Athletics and Running Club. His first book THE SPORTS MOTIVATION MASTERPLAN passes on the experience of many years coaching athletes in multiple sports. His second book, GROWTH: USING THE MINDSET MODEL FOR SPORTING SUCCESS is a mini-book aimed at parents, coaches and athletes. His fiction novels include HOPLITE (in 6 Parts) and D.E.M. - Deus ex Machina – the first book now of what appears to be another series – D.E.M.- Quid Pro Quo. Lee is a polished fiction writer. Like D.E.M.: DEUS EX MACHINA, this second installment is a thriller and a suspense story that is very much a picture of today - the influence of the Internet on the way we manipulate our lives and are manipulated by others whose input is not always constructive.

Style he has, and the courage to terrify us in his opening paragraphs: ‘Rachel sat on a couch wrapped in a blanket. She wasn’t sure where it had come from. They were in a large hotel room…. “I’ll help you take your mind off it,” Cam said through a grin. “Now? Seriously?” Rachel snapped. Cam’s grin froze on his face and Rachel felt for him. “Maybe later,” she added and winked. “So who are those dead people?” she asked. “Can you remember when you asked me about the version control and I said it was sorted?” Dave said. He waited for Rachel’s nod and then continued. “Well, that was sorted by another team, a slightly more aggressive one. We all have our strengths, theirs is violence and aggression. That’s who came after you and are now lying in another field.” “But how did they know?” Rachel asked. “Lloyd-Patmore.The shifty bastard was playing both sides of the fence,” Debs said. “Once he put you in touch with the Israelis he called his contact and put them onto you as well. He was trying to curry favour after his screw up.”

But to enter the further adventures of our characters we met in Book I Lee offers the following: ‘Rachel, Cam, Deborah and Dave are on the run. They are being hunted by person or persons unknown but they do know they are in grave danger. When they are eventually tracked down, they are offered a stark choice. Execution or a mission. Their freedom in return for a task. Quid Pro Quo There really is no choice for the team, but when their individual histories start to rise from the darkness, the danger is beyond what any of them could have imagined.’

Lee's economical writing style manages to pull the reader through this series of dilemmas and intrigues that the book is over in what seems under an hour! Lee Ness has created and enviable position in being able to teach through his non-fiction books and enthrall through his fiction. He has a heady career blossoming. Grady Harp, April 16
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great techno thriller 3 April 2016
By David Watson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
D.E.M. – Quid Pro Quo by Lee Ness is the sequel to D.E.M.: Deus Ex Machina. After Rachel, Cam, Deborah and Dave completed their last mission they found themselves in a dangerous position. A group of men are on the hunt for them and no matter where they hide someone is there. When they finally get cornered they are offered a mission and if they don’t accept it they die. They take on the mission but immediately wish they hadn’t as they find their task to be impossible and all of their past secrets come into the light.

The best thing about D.E.M. – Quid Pro Quo is that it starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. It picks up right where the last book ends with the major players in the last book in grave danger. You have to have read the first book to know what is going on but even if you didn’t you would find what is going on entertaining.

One of the best ways to describe this book is as a technological thriller. The book deals a lot with computers and hacking but there is also a lot of action. You could also look at this book as a spy thriller, with characters that come across as realistic and likable. This is an excellent action adventure and if you are a fan of Dan Brown, James Bond movies or conspiracy theories you will love it.
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