I liked the book, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the others in the series. This one didn't have so much of a mystery in it and the reader knows whoI liked the book, but I didn't enjoy it as much as the others in the series. This one didn't have so much of a mystery in it and the reader knows who the 'baddies' are long before the detectives do. I don't like that in a crime novel. My preference would be the reader should figure things out along with the investigators, not before.
I will probably read the next one, I just hope it goes back to the "whodunit" style of mystery rather than this type....more
I do enjoy these Ben Hope thrillers, but I am noticing a trend in a lot of suspense and detective books for a while now: the main character always seeI do enjoy these Ben Hope thrillers, but I am noticing a trend in a lot of suspense and detective books for a while now: the main character always seems to have some dark or angsty past. Can't we just have a detective/investigator who are good at their job and don't have the dark past? It's getting to be a bit of a cliche now....more
Dr. Tony Gabriel is a science writer for a magazine called Insight and most of the time he works on exposes of fraudulent cases of3.5 rounded up to 4
Dr. Tony Gabriel is a science writer for a magazine called Insight and most of the time he works on exposes of fraudulent cases of psychics, mediums and fortune-tellers. As a scientist, Tony doesn't believe there is any evidence to support paranormal activity.
After his mother’s death, however, Tony soon comes to doubt that. For there are people out there who seem to know things about him, that even Tony doesn't know. How do they know all these things? Is any of it real, or is Tony just being led up the garden path?
His mother was involved in something called the Chadwick Foundation and after her death, Tony discovers all these papers and something even stranger: a human skull. What was his mother involved in? And why didn't he know any of it before?
The book is well written and keeps up the pace. The action takes place in three time lines, the present day, 1700s France and after World War II and they all blended together well. Tony is a likeable and engaging character and the reader feels they are on the quest with Tony as he tries to figure everything out.
We have everything from palm-reading, I Ching, physiognomy, numerology and people who will pay millions to find out if any of them are true, including governments and the rich elite. But Tony's investigations haven't gone unnoticed and someone doesn't want him to find the truth, someone prepared to kill to keep their secrets.
Eve was a mysterious Femme Fatale, but I just didn't feel any chemistry between her and Tony at all, but I can't put my finger on why. They had sex, but they may as well have been sitting down to tea and eating sandwiches. I just didn't feel their attraction to each other at all.
I enjoyed the book, it was an interesting tale with lots of twists and turns that would keep any mystery fan happy, but I'm afraid the ending let it down.
The rest of the book was so exciting, leading up to something and then with the ending - it just sort of ambles along and finished. But it didn't feel finished. I was surprised when I turned the next page and the book didn't continue. It ended with a whimper rather than a bang and it left me disappointed at the end....more
The setting is unusual, all I know about the Falklands were that it was the scene of conflict in the 1980s and that there are penguins. The islands ar The setting is unusual, all I know about the Falklands were that it was the scene of conflict in the 1980s and that there are penguins. The islands are a small community, so everyone knows or thinks they know everyone else's business.
Almost three years to the day when Rachel was responsible for the death of Catrin's two sons, another child goes missing. This time one of the visitor's children, but in the past two years two other children have also disappeared and never been found. No one wants to think they are living with a murderer among them and suspicion for this third disappearance falls on the visitors from the cruise ship.
But the other two children disappeared when there were no visitors. The small community is coming to the conclusion that they must face facts - perhaps someone on the islands is a murderer. It could be someone they know, someone they trust, someone they love...
The book is told through the eyes of three characters: Catrin, Rachel and Callum, Catrin's ex-lover. But all three are damaged characters and there may be a case of unreliable narration going on - Catrin is still grieving over the deaths of her children, Callum suffers from PTSD and blackouts where he doesn't know what he's done and Rachel seems to be suffering from post-natal depression two years after the birth of her youngest son.
There are so many twists and turns in the book it's like a maze and just when you think you have it all figured out, you haven't. The author knows how to keep the tension and the attention going. You just have to read on to see what happens next.
It's a book about pain and loss, grief and understanding, but most of all it's a book about characters. Ms. Bolton has created a memorable trio with Catrin, Callum and Rachel and you know that for evermore their lives will be intertwined, no matter what happens.
I did have one niggle with the book, but that's only a preference, most of it is written in the present tense, which is not my favourite for a novel. But because I love the writer, I carried on reading. And in such a tense situation, the present tense did give it a sense of urgency that perhaps past tense wouldn't have.
Arthur Malory doesn't just share Thomas Malory's surname, he is also his descendant, and like his ancestor, Arthur too has a fascination with the HolyArthur Malory doesn't just share Thomas Malory's surname, he is also his descendant, and like his ancestor, Arthur too has a fascination with the Holy Grail.
A chemist, who works at a physicist company in Basingstoke, Arthur is also a member of a loose society of friends who also have an interest in the Grail and they call themselves the Grail Loons.
After witnessing one of the Loons' murder and almost dying himself, Arthur is set on the path to find the Grail and finish his mentor's legacy. But Arthur isn't the only person searching for the Grail and some of them have no qualms about killing to get what they want.
This book endeared me from the start, when it was revealed that Arthur worked in Basingstoke, a chemist who works for a physics company, as we live in Basingstoke and my husband is a chemist who works for a physics department! As far as I know, he hasn't had the urge to go search out the Grail, at least not yet.
Like most of Mr. Cooper's other books, the tale takes the reader from the present day to various other points in history from the Big Bang, to the time of Christ, the time of Arthur and his knights, to 1800s Barcelona and Gaudi, to the time of Thomas Malory as he writes his opus, the Morte D'Arthur. Each section blended well with the whole as you try and connect the dots and you feel as if you are on the quest with Arthur.
It was an engaging, entertaining read and I adored Arthur. He was an ordinary man put on a path to find something extraordinary and he was noble and pure of heart, as someone who would go looking for the Grail is supposed to be.
It had romance, adventure, a great plot with an interesting melding of science and faith. The book ends on a cliffhanger and at first I was disappointed at that. But as I thought about it a bit more, that was really the only ending the book could have. That ending fit the book perfectly.
I have a wee niggle, which I often do with books set in Britain with mainly British characters, but then the spelling and idioms used are American. It's jarring to me and does take me out of the story somewhat.
Niall Faulkner is an engineer working with companies to decommission oil platforms safely and ecologically. He spends a lot of his time on oil-rigs wiNiall Faulkner is an engineer working with companies to decommission oil platforms safely and ecologically. He spends a lot of his time on oil-rigs with a few meetings each year to give safety talks to the oil company employees back on land. His life consists of routine and he never expected to fall instantly in lust at one of the meetings, which were normally quite dull affairs, even for him.
Finn Hallan is Niall's every dream come to life: he's drop-dead gorgeous, over six-foot tall and towers over Niall and he exudes sex-appeal from every pore. It doesn't help that Finn is part of Delta, the Norwegian special forces team that protects the seas around Norway, and the oil fields Niall works on. Niall always did have a soft spot for a man in uniform and Finn fits his uniform very well.
Finn too is enamoured straightaway with the nerdy scientist in his glasses, who stumbles more than walks and seems out of his depth. Finn thinks it's adorable and he sets his sights on Niall.
Now, normally I am not one for a book where two characters meet and fall into bed together straightaway, but boy did it work for these two characters! The sexual tension simmered between them from the beginning and the love scene itself was so hot I was surprised I didn't burn my fingers holding my Kindle. It was passionate, sensual, erotic and romantic too.
Their one night stand turns into Niall and Finn getting together a few times over the next few months, but Finn rarely stays the night and Niall wonders where it's all going.
He's in love with Finn, but Niall doesn't really do love, or he never has before. That all changes when Niall is taken hostage on board an oil-rig he was set to decommission by terrorists.
Although a short novella, the book is a complete story. It has eveything you need; romance, adventure, tension and the hottest love scenes I've read in a book for a long time. Finn and Niall were wonderful, I adored both of them and you'll be rooting for them to get their happy ever after. An excellent read....more
A real page-turner with an intriguing plot. I might have given 5 stars except for near the end when there was a lot of discussion about various parasiA real page-turner with an intriguing plot. I might have given 5 stars except for near the end when there was a lot of discussion about various parasites and what they can do, made be feel a bit ill reading those to be honest!...more