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The Demeter Code (An International Spy Thriller) (Ridley Fox/Nita Parris Spy Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Russell Brooks has done a great deal of research ( see his bibliography at the end ) and gives very clear explanations involving biochemical developments and items of weaponry, both of which are vital to the development of the plot. Ridley is quite anarchic, always following his hunches, many of which are correct, but in so doing raising the hackles of those supposedly giving him his orders. Parrish brings her scientific knowledge to bear as well as her physical abilities, and Katy just tries to keep her head down and survive!
It is a rollicking read, a real page turner with a realistic scenario that is frightening in its concept.
This is one of those books that you cannot go into lightly, it has a very busy plot with a variety of characters to keep track of. If, like me, you’re used to reading books with a basic start, middle, end, and a small cast, this one is sure to tax your brain. Not meaning to be sexist, but this is a book that men would definitely enjoy. It contains violence, lots of it, which often felt over written, fight scenes would go on and on with excessive details and though the actual scenes were fast and furious, for me, it slowed the pace of the story and caused me to lose interest, put the book down and take my time getting back to it.
I think my main issue was that as the book started we were given various different stories, that were obviously going to tie together eventually but they were quite short and didn’t stick in my head, so I started to get confused and had to scroll back and reread bits to try and make sense of it all. That doesn’t work for me, I’m a quick fix reader who doesn’t want to have to think, I’m too impatient for that.
This is the fourth book I have read by Russell Brooks, the second that has Ridley Fox. He was a well developed character in the last book, Pandora’s Succession’ but has grown somewhat in this instalment as most people do in reality over the years, so it was nice to see that he hadn’t stayed exactly the same.
Though I didn’t particularly enjoy ‘The Demeter Code’, I can appreciate the work that has gone into it, the attention to detail, the planning to tie it all together and the thought that went into keeping all those characters and plot lines straight was pure genius on the authors part and he deserves any success he achieves through his writing skills.
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So, what's the catch? The story starts with a-hell-of-a-ride. Nita Parris is in the middle of gun fire trying to save one man who is a target of killers. A guy who sells company secrets has been murdered along with his pregnant lover. Ridley Fox is on his way to infiltrate himself in case chasing the man responsible for the bombing of two American Embassies. A woman is convicted for food poisoning at the military camp in Afganistan. They are all connected, they are all involved.
Want a murder, you have it. Want an international espionage, you have it. Want an action movie on a paper, you have it. Want a suspense or mystery, just name it! Whatever you like in the thriller section, you have it here! And definitely, there is no lack of blood. Bullets are everywhere, you can almost feel them while reading! The story is so full of turnovers, sometimes it is hard to follow. One thing I can say for sure, it is addictive. You can not miss a sentence. One line missed and you are off the train.
I don't know if there is a movie based on this book, but I know one thing, it would be a kick-ass movie. For all the lovers of Die Hard, this is a book for you. A story full of adrenaline with a plot that can not be predicted. An absolute must-read for international espionage lovers.
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