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- File Size: 348 KB
- Print Length: 107 pages
- Publisher: Free Downloads of Audio Books Like Sidney Sheldon, Danielle Steel, James Patterson, Stephen King, Publishing Company (18 Jan. 2014)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005638LWK
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- Average Customer Review: 177 customer reviews
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Lust, Money & Murder - Book 1: A Female Secret Service Agent Takes on an International Criminal Kindle Edition
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First off and most importantly, as many have said before me; you need to be aware that this is not a full book, so if you're going to read it you need to be aware that if you enjoy it (which is likely) then you're going to need to buy the next ones in the series. And there's a few.
The short story/extract is the first in the Lust, Money and Murder series by Mike Wells. It opens with a steamy scene between a young Italian girl and her older lover before moving on to the childhood of the main character Elaine Brogan. Brought up in Pittsburgh, USA Elaine has big ideas about her future career but when these dreams land her and her family in big trouble she grows up seeking only revenge.
It's a very fast paced novel exploring the American Secret Service which is something I've never really read much about. Most books in the crime/thriller genre tend to focus on the FBI or in rare cases the CIA or local law enforcement and bureaus so it was interesting to explore a different side to American law enforcement.
As I say it's fast paced, it moves from Elaine's childhood to her career in a matter of pages but that's not necessarily a bad thing. A good thriller tends to need to skip out the intense description of say a fantasy or romance book.
If I had one criticism it would only be that the author has done what a lot of male authors writing a female lead do, Elaine is often the victim of sexual harassment be it from her martial instructor or her new boss and if she tries to stand up for herself is accused of 'feminism'. Although I am of course aware that women, particularly women in these types of jobs are often victims of these sorts of things I just find it a little 'overdone'.
Other than that I found it to be a very interesting starter novel and would recommend it to fans of Lee Child, James Patterson and similar authors.
The author’s let himself down badly with this one. It actually deserves much more than a 3 Star because it’s an intriguing storyline with a number of sub-plots, likeable characters and edge-of-your-seat danger. But it’s not a trilogy.
Truth to tell, I’m not even sure Mike Wells claims that it is a trilogy, which by the way dictionary.com describes as “a series or group of three plays, novels, operas, etc., that, although INDIVIDUALLY COMPLETE, are closely related in theme, sequence, or the like.” In ancient Greece a trilogy was “a series of three COMPLETE and usually related tragedies.” And there’s the rub, for when you pick up a book you expect it to be complete of itself.
The marvellous Genghis Khan series by Tim Ellis can be read as individual complete books, as can the fantastic ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy by Philip Pullman (Harry Potter for grown ups). However ‘Lust, Money and Murder parts 1, 2 & 3’ are just one book (for the price of three).
I was really enjoying the book when it suddenly came to a grinding halt without even bothering to work its way down through the gears. No doubt Mike expects the reader to immediately download volume 2, but not me. I’ve got 100 books on my Kindle waiting to be read, and I won’t read another Wells’ book out of principal because I think this finished with a cheap shot.
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