Jay Ryan has been living in Byron Bay for some time, recuperating from shooting injuries he sustained a year ago, and enjoying the surfing and a quiet...moreJay Ryan has been living in Byron Bay for some time, recuperating from shooting injuries he sustained a year ago, and enjoying the surfing and a quiet life. But his life in the military is never far away, and his job as one of the top interrogators in the Australian Army seems to follow him, even though he left it all far behind...or so he thought!
When a routine wait in the long queue at the local RTA to renew his drivers’ license ends up with someone trying to kill him, and an anthrax attack at the Big Day Out Concert on the Gold Coast kills some young people, things start to heat up very quickly.
All of a sudden Jay is being hunted by rogue soldiers and dirty cops, and it seems there are very few people he can trust. Toni (‘is that her real name?’) seems to be on his side, and helps him escape yet another attempt on his life, but he can’t work her out.
Racing against time, trying to stop more bodies turning up, trying to find the source of the anthrax, and the horror of what could happen, that’s what Jay does best. But will his best be enough this time?
This is Australian author JJ Cooper’s second novel, with The Interrogator being his first. It was extremely fast paced, with lots of twists and turns. But the twist at the finish had me very shocked...I did not see it coming!
I would recommend this to all lovers of a fast paced thriller! (less)
I really didn’t like this book. I couldn’t seem to warm to any of the characters, let alone the main character. Robbie was fourteen, just going into h...moreI really didn’t like this book. I couldn’t seem to warm to any of the characters, let alone the main character. Robbie was fourteen, just going into high school, and had developed a crush on his English teacher, Miss Peach. But Robbie was an extremely selfish, self-centred boy (more so than usual I think!) He and his best friend Billy Currie, an Aboriginal, had been mates for a very long time, ever since Billy and his family came to Penola, in SA, from the Mission. But Robbie had no hesitation in letting Billy take the rap for something he did…..
The story didn’t seem to go anywhere, the book was written over Robbie’s first year of high school, and broken up into the terms. (As they were back in 1964) Robbie’s father was the local policeman, and in the small town of Penola, everyone knew everyone else.
I picked this book up because of the location it was set in, as I spent almost 20 years of my life near Penola, driving through the town pretty much every week. I knew the surrounding locations which were mentioned in the book…but I wish I hadn’t wasted my money on this one! (less)
Costas was fishing in his little seaside town of NSW. He loved to fish, but he was packing up, not having caught anything this time, when his line sna...moreCostas was fishing in his little seaside town of NSW. He loved to fish, but he was packing up, not having caught anything this time, when his line snagged a big one. After a massive effort to land it, he was horrified to see the body of a naked young woman at his feet.
Detective Adam Bennett was called to the scene, and once the coroner had given his preliminary findings, she was taken to the morgue. But to Adam’s surprise, she didn’t appear on any of the Missing Persons lists, with no leads coming after DNA testing either. It was almost as if she didn’t exist. With his investigation stalling, he came across another Jane Doe who had been unidentified for some time, and she had also been washed up on a beach, this time in Brisbane.
With his findings linking other unidentified bodies which had been found along Australia’s coastline, and also in the US, he knew he needed to bring in more teams from the different departments across Australia and the US.
Kate Kovacs worked as an IT consultant, and was currently working at a scientific research centre in the same town as the young woman had been found. She knew Adam, they had been seeing each other for a couple of weeks. When Kate’s beloved brother Greg, who worked in the NT, was discovered brutally murdered, she had no idea her life had just changed dramatically.
With Adam and Kate discovering strange but tenuous links between Greg’s death and the unidentified bodies, and information which went back as far as the war in Vietnam, the pace stepped up. They knew there were secrets much bigger than anything they’d ever faced before, and the criminals were determined they would remain secret. They also knew they were in great danger…
This suspense thriller was absolutely brilliant! There were quite a few plots, which all tied in together by the finish….there were also a lot of characters, but after the first few chapters I was able to keep up. The twists and turns were there, and the incredible pace of this novel made it one I had difficulty putting down. I downloaded Aussie author Iain Edward Henn’s next novel, Disappear, as soon as I’d finished this one!
I would highly recommend this novel to all the thriller lovers out there. (less)
Thea Farmer, 77 year old retired school principal, had just sold her dream home, one she designed and had built as her retirement home. But the “finan...moreThea Farmer, 77 year old retired school principal, had just sold her dream home, one she designed and had built as her retirement home. But the “financial crash” saw her lose everything, so the sale of her home was unavoidable. She had a small cottage across the road, which she called the hovel, into which she moved when the sale went through. Thea was a recluse who lived with her labrador Teddy, her companion for the past thirteen years, and she didn’t want anything to do with her new neighbours, especially seeing as they had taken over HER house.
But Frank and wife Ellice were a friendly couple, and they also had their shy, quiet niece Kim, living with them. Kim was Frank’s brother’s child, but had never known a “real” home, not since she was around three years old. Over time, Thea and Kim became unlikely friends, forming a bond and a gentle friendship. Thea was concerned for Kim, as her uncle seemed a little strange and her aunt very vague, quite uncaring toward her niece, so she had Kim over to her cottage as often as she could.
I had trouble getting into this novel, as a matter of fact I almost put it to one side, but in the end I finished it. It did get better, but the first part of the book was very jumbled and rambling. The characters were not easy to like, especially Frank and Ellice. Kim I found the most likeable, but all the characters seemed a little stiff and unnatural to me. It is called a psychological thriller…I have read many of these, and this isn’t one, in my opinion. The best part of the book was the beautiful Blue Mountains of Australia! (less)
Makenna, Lucas, Bonnie, Adam and Ben. Five students at Catherine Vale high school on the outskirts of Sydney. They have absolutely nothing in common,...moreMakenna, Lucas, Bonnie, Adam and Ben. Five students at Catherine Vale high school on the outskirts of Sydney. They have absolutely nothing in common, don't really know each other (other than to comment that Lucas is 'hot' but he's also a jerk!) Makenna and her best friend, Aliysha have been close since Makenna moved to Catherine Vale with her Mum after her parents divorced, and her Dad moved overseas. She hasn't seen him since she was 13, and she is now 17...
Suddenly one day at school, weird things begin to happen. For some reason, Makenna is drawn to go over to Bonnie, who is with her goth friends, and talk to her! Bonnie is similarly struck and is feeling extremely uncertain, but sure they need to talk. (They haven't talked before - ever!) When the same thing happens with the other three during the course of the day, the five are bewildered, a little scared even. Makenna had a dream the night before, and it seems to be linking with what's happening to them all...
Keeping her strange feelings from Aliysha, plus the contact she is having with the other four, prove difficult, and her friend gets upset with her. But fortunately Aliysha has a new boyfriend, and her thoughts are on him, so Makenna feels a little less guilty!
During the course of the next three months, over Autumn, the five, who slowly become friends, find themselves together, all with different abilities, training and practising, (as well as studying - their excuse to their families for spending so much time together). An event is coming up, which no-one else must know about, and their town, plus their lives, will be in terrible danger.
Can the five friends prevent disaster on the 31st May, without themselves or anyone else getting hurt? Will Lucas remain a 'jerk'? What will be the outcome?
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and would recommend Aussie author Jayne Fordham to everyone!(less)
This is the fictional story of Paul Bannerman, who became a member of the Jesus People when a teenager, and spent seven...morePassage by Caroline Overington
This is the fictional story of Paul Bannerman, who became a member of the Jesus People when a teenager, and spent seven years with them, praying and working, near Euroa in Victoria, back in the mid ‘70’s.
Paul had no idea what to do with his life, and one day, when he was wandering into town from uni, dissatisfied with life, he came across Brother Ruhamah, and in the ensuing 24 hours, was convinced to leave with him, and make his way to the commune, where he was welcomed and set to work.
Paul tells the story 30 years after leaving the commune, when he is married to Ruth, with 3 beautiful children, and is also a politician, and very much in the public eye. He was asked by a reporter ‘Do you miss the life, Paul?’
A short, interesting and easy little read by Caroline Overington.
One of the 10 short stories in this little book...