I picked up the debut novel by Mark Pryor a year ago, based on the title The Bookseller, and was instantly hooked with his protagonist Hugo Marston. OI picked up the debut novel by Mark Pryor a year ago, based on the title The Bookseller, and was instantly hooked with his protagonist Hugo Marston. Obviously, I’m not the only person enjoying his series as there is already a fifth book in publication. So I was a little hesitant when I was handed a standalone book titled Hollow Man, even with the Lee Child blurb on the front cover, I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. Rather it pushed the bar higher on the talent-o-meter of this author.
From the start we are immersed in Dominic’s world; a British native practicing law in Texas with a passion for songwriting. It doesn’t take long for the author to pull at one little thread, and slowly Dominic’s world begins to unravel. He experiences a demotion at work, cut in pay, accusations of stealing someone’s song, all of which leads to disillusionment with doing what is right. Hearing from his closest friend about a ‘fool-proof’ heist, who can blame him for reflecting on it as a solution to his current troubles?
Involving his roommate, an unhappy security officer at the end of his tarnished career, and a mysterious woman that has recently entered his life, a meticulously planned operation is devised. As in life, the unexpected occurs and suddenly Dominic is immersed in a cat and mouse chase as the carefully planned heist turns into a deadly shootout with plenty of unexpected consequences.
With solid characters, and a slight hint of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter reflecting off of Dominic, this isn’t for anyone expecting a cozy or Disney ending. Rather I found the subject and main character just flawed enough to grab hold of my interest and never let it go.
The author stepped outside of the box on this novel and it is well worth investing a few hours of your time into. Now I’m off to purchase the rest of his series....more
The teaser was better than the book, and I probably should have read a few reviews before picking up. In my mind another Gone Girl over-hype with theThe teaser was better than the book, and I probably should have read a few reviews before picking up. In my mind another Gone Girl over-hype with the only character I remotely liked being a bit player, Andy, a red-herring that really had no real purpose in the story.
I tend to read a fair share of books, around 200 a year, and I will admit to a snobbish preference for series characters. The norm in reading a higherI tend to read a fair share of books, around 200 a year, and I will admit to a snobbish preference for series characters. The norm in reading a higher percentage of thrillers and mysteries is that the men protagonists tend to outnumber the females, especially when it comes to the rough and tumble. Yes I admit to watching Tomb Raider, all the time shaking my head in the knowledge that the action sequences were unbelievable. A 140lb woman swinging at the jaw of a 245lb man and decking him tends more toward the fantasy realm.
This is where Zoë Sharp’s character Charlie Fox succeeds. Using wit, firepower, and jujitsu moves we are immersed in the world of personal protection specialists through Charlie’s eyes.
In this recent escapade, Charlie and her long-term partner Sean are asked to provide protection for a previous client during a gala fund-raiser in New Orleans on behalf of Katrina victims. Charlie is hesitant to offer Sean a spot on the team as he coming off rehabilitation after recovering from a gunshot wound that left him in a coma for 4 months. Close to his physical prowess at the time of the shooting, it’s his memories and thoughts that have suffered the largest setback, leaving Charlie confused and second-guessing in critical situations. The person she’s tried to emulate and live up to has suddenly reverted to an unknown.
Throw in money, missiles, plenty of spent brass, and revenge and we have the makings of an un-put-down-able book. I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish Die Easy, and worth every minute of lost sleep. This is the best of the series thus far and I am already anticipating the next book from Zoë. ...more
If you like intrigue, double-crosses, secret agents, and a protagonist that is rock solid to his core beliefs, this is a very satisfying read. LieutenaIf you like intrigue, double-crosses, secret agents, and a protagonist that is rock solid to his core beliefs, this is a very satisfying read. Lieutenant Albert Ryan left Ireland to fight with the British against the Nazi’s in WWII. Upon his release he soon discovered he had no civilian qualifications and was recruited by military intelligence.
It’s 1963 and as his country anticipates the arrival of American President John F. Kennedy, Ryan finds himself tracking down a killer of German nationalists and being ordered to ally with a Colonel Otto Skorzeny, ‘Hitler’s favorite commando’. Caught in a maelstrom of lies and deceit, Ryan finds there is only one person he can rely on, himself, but will that prove to be enough?
Stuart Neville introduces a sometimes naïve, but not innocent individual in his latest stand-alone novel. Set against a backdrop of espionage and distrust, misplaced loyalties, he drops the reader into a world of political chess and greed, then deftly leads us through a minefield and turns the lights out.
Having read Ghosts of Belfast recently, I was expecting this book to shoot out of the starting blocks, and instead found the pacing much slower than I had anticipated in the beginning. There is a lot of history involved in Ratlines and Stuart’s meticulous research shines through by not losing the reader, rather enlightening those of us who aren’t as familiar with the political landscape of the time. Upon reading about celebrations thrown after Kennedy’s assassination, it struck home just how well of a job he’d done when it played perfectly well with Skorzeny’s character.
Another solid read that I will be highly recommending....more