DNF'd at 35% - A memoir for golfing fans interested in Michael and his struggle with bipolar disorder. Had I known anything about the author or about gDNF'd at 35% - A memoir for golfing fans interested in Michael and his struggle with bipolar disorder. Had I known anything about the author or about golf this may have been an interesting read. Alas I just felt a tad nonplussed and skimmed read then gave up.
3.5 out of 5 Information as to the key points of the storyline are in the synopsis so I won't add any more as I do not want to giveaway any more of the3.5 out of 5 Information as to the key points of the storyline are in the synopsis so I won't add any more as I do not want to giveaway any more of the plot line.
Plot wise though there is a lot going on, a heck of a lot from the opening scenes of an offshore platform disaster in the Gulf of Mexico to the trials and tribulations of the sociopathic drugs cartel leader Jimmy Garcia and his family, chiefly his sister; we flash back to WWII and Nazi Germany to witness the development, and then the experimentation of nerve gas agents on human guinea pigs by the Japanese. Then we are brought bang up to date again with Superstition's involvement as an undercover agent.
I didn't have a problem keeping up with the multitude of threads in the story, but I did wonder how Gericke would plausibly mesh them together. There was never a dull moment and Gericke does an fantastic job of keeping the action and tension flowing in perfect symbiosis and tying up those lose threads.
Particularly engrossing are the chapters concerning Suspicion 'Sue', initially of her devastation at losing her husband in a gun battle with drug traffickers and her resilience and sheer gutsy determination to bring the killer to justice. Oh, and in the process saving millions of American lives from an agonising death.
The Fury is gritty, exciting and at times extremely violent. It's a fast, snappy paced thriller, one which I think would make a tremendously entertaining TV series.
I'd definitely recommend The Fury to fans of Lee Child and anyone wanting a cracking good read.
Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of The Fury was provided by TLC BOOK TOURS & Tantor Media Inc in exchange for an honest unbiased review....more
A team of scientists working in Russia have been wiped out in order to keep secret knowledge of the latest weapon they were working on. Th3.5 out of 5
A team of scientists working in Russia have been wiped out in order to keep secret knowledge of the latest weapon they were working on. The weapon? The Peitho Pill, aptly named after the Greek goddess of persuasion. In the right hands (or wrong in this instance) this weapon will cause the ultimate shift in power from the US to the USSR. Once the pea sized pill is injected into its victim, the target will not be harmed as long as he does the controllers bidding. Should he fail in any way, either he or his loved ones will pay the price.
Frank Ferris a brilliant scientist apparently commits suicide. Alex Ferris, our main protagonist, does not believe that his twin brother would kill himself and decides to find out what really happened.
Victor Tito, a 'sleeping agent', and citizen of the USA, has been awoken and summoned back home to the USSR to receive new orders from Vasily Karpov a KGB General.
The action is about to ramp up and escalate...just hold on tight and enjoy the ride.
With a multitude of characters to keep track of, a useful “Cast of Characters” list is included at the beginning of the book. After an initial period of confusion mainly over the Russian names, I quickly recognised who was who and only referred to the list as and when new characters appeared.
Tigner spent some considerable time as an intelligence agent in Russia, at the end of the cold war, and it is obvious that he has drawn upon his extensive field of expertise and experience to bring some authenticity into play in this novel. Even so, there is still a large element of belief suspension required as Coercion is pure entertainment with our action-hero on a 'mission impossible', and one who always manages to save the day. Coincidences features highly in the plot, and our invincible hero is always in the right place at just the right time.
Coercion is a high octane political thriller about power, control, loyalty and trust. It is an exceptional, and intelligently written espionage thriller with well developed characters, including some pretty formidable ones at that.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Coercion to fans of Lee Child, Robert Ludlum, and Vince Flynn or to fans of Mission Impossible and The Jason Bourne films.
Certainly, it has everything you'd want from an action packed, fast paced spy-espionage read and I seriously hope that this is the start of a great series as I think it would certainly give Jack Reacher a run for his money.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary digital arc copy for my honest, unbiased review....more