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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Steel Imprint Publishing (21 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957199236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957199231
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,593,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Currently writing the sequel series to 'Ominous Borders Coffee', featuring Inspector Vasseur... One critic described him as "a character who could be out of a Gabriel García Márquez novel"... The follow up has the working title "A Circle of Dark Squares”.

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Quote "Paris found itself covered by the shawl of darkness, the wiles of city life partly hidden from his informed and prying eyes... by day his visual instincts peaked, and Paris again became naked, his City. He loved the uniform of the gunmetal stone buildings with their historic restrictions... they existed in stark and solid contrast to the continuous movement in the streets and walkways they sheltered.”

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By FSamuel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 April 2014
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Ominous: Borders: Coffee is a very hard book to review in my opinion. You will love it or hate it.
It actually reads like if you are watching one of these old French film noirs. Personally, I have greatly enjoyed reading this psychological thriller.
The characters are complex and I have found that the author has really grasped the French's psyche. Camille, for example, is the perfect example of the brilliant artist with a tortured soul, her sensibility is 'a fleur de peau' (sensitivity very near the surface?), her self doubts are ripping her apart. Then, her unlikely friendship with Edith, another brilliant mind, but of another type. Edith is efficient, loyal to a fault, the epitome of the best friend. What brought them together? their love of coffee. Around them gravitate a myriad of other characters, including my favourites, Inspecteur Vasseur, a very charismatic man, the bumbling Michel that you cannot help wanting to slap most of the time and the enigmatic Kelile.
What I have found interesting is that the bad guys in the story have no name. They are the Stalker, the Paymaster, the Analyst, the Receptionist etc... the result is that there is an air of menace all along the book and a feeling of ominous disaster.

Ominous is not a book for everyone, in my humble opinion. First, if you don't like coffee, you'll get bored. If you like fast action, you'll get bored. It is a suspense thriller with a few murders to solve, but it is not a fast book. Everything is cause and effect. It is like good coffee or a good wine, you take your time to savour it.
But if you like travels, psychos with sexual perversions, music and deep, deep complex emotions, then this book is for you. And coffee, of course.
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A thriller true to it's name, ominous:borders:coffee sends you on an intriguing journey through alleyways, across borders and over bridges, joining the host of fascinating characters as they piece together the significance of their relationships in a beautiful yet disturbed Parisian setting. Extremely well written and riveting from the get-go, a must read for thriller enthusiasts. Best served with freshly brewed coffee and a handful of almonds.
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I loved this edgy book and found the characters totally authentic and compelling. The elements of humour in this thriller enhance a smart read. I felt a strong sense of 'the place' both in Paris and Addis, and the suspense in the story-lines never lets up.
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Thoroughly enjoyed the book; the suspense, taut relationships and varied pace. The writer has an excellent grasp of setting the scenes perfectly and keeping the reader enticed. A Thriller for anyone's collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 23 July 2012
By Annadem - Published on Amazon.com
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I found it difficult to put this book down!If you enjoy the new breed of thriller, this is a must read. The author has the ability to evoke the senses in this edgy novel set in Paris and Addis Ababa, both cities immersed in the culture of coffee and food. It explores the psychosis of borders and borders within borders, whether they be physical or psychological . Inspector Vasseur sits in his cafe in Paris trying to solve inexplicable murders all carried out on different bridges on the River Seine in Paris. Will he succeed or will the dark forces overwhelm him? Who is his bete noire who leaves tell tale clues on each of his victims?

The intrigue builds as each character and sub-plot is introduced . The characters come alive and the Analyst , the Paymaster and the Stalker are immersed in convoluted worlds and the levels at which they are connected to each other and to two beautiful women. Throw in romance, obsession and suspense and the tight plot is complete. The mix of suspense , intrigue and seduction is a heady one and the effortless prose allows the characters to be credible and often menacing. This is the mark of a true story teller. Ominous Borders:Coffee is a page turner of note, I look forward to more novels from this fine author.

Ominous: Borders: Coffee: (The Paris Thriller. A Novel.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oui! 15 Jun. 2014
By Coldfingers - Published on Amazon.com
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Odd: Quirky: Engaging. Different yet respectful of the genre. I liked it very much. Paris: if you've been there, it's the City alive and breathing. If you haven't, you'll know it better when you do. I imagine it's the same regarding Addis Ababa.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing craftmanship 9 Jun. 2012
By Mac - Published on Amazon.com
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... sets the mind spinning with its layered subtleties, effortless eloquence and lively characterisations ... an intriguing, compulsive and spell-binding read. Ominous: Borders: Coffee
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ominous:Borders:Coffee 7 Jun. 2012
By George - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is full of intrigue from the very first page. Well researched with a host of extremely interesting characters.

A wonderful story - highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must read 26 Nov. 2012
By shelly b - Published on Amazon.com
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loved the book, couldn't put it down. From page one you are intrigued and want to know more. I enjoyed the character development and the mystery surrounding each one. A must read if you like a combination of thriller detective novel with a very fresh twist to it: )
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