It surprises me just a little that I only just discovered David Morrell's books. He writes thrillers, he's been doing so since before I was born, yet...moreIt surprises me just a little that I only just discovered David Morrell's books. He writes thrillers, he's been doing so since before I was born, yet I'd never heard of him, let alone realised he was the brains behind the Rambo franchise.... Okay, that latter point is not a huge selling point, unless you like seeing people sawn in half with a machine gun for the final act of a movie (Hint: my answer is yes).
In The Protector we have a protective services operator, Cavanaugh, protecting a client, Prescott, from two groups who want Prescott dead... Guess where the idea for the novel's title came from. Of course there is more to Prescott than it first appears, the groups after him are highly resourced, and the straight forward protection assignment goes sideways. Car chases, gun fights, black helicopters, several fires and a knife fight for good measure: you know, thriller.
This book moves at a cracking pace and was very entertaining. I'm definitely checking out more of David's novels.(less)
I'm not sure that there are enough sci-fi thrillers out there. Maybe we should get James Patterson to churn out a few dozen this year, or maybe someon...moreI'm not sure that there are enough sci-fi thrillers out there. Maybe we should get James Patterson to churn out a few dozen this year, or maybe someone can point me in the direction of a few dozen authors like Hiroshi Sakurazaka.
People may be aware of All You Need Is Kill because of the film adaptation starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, retitled Edge of Tomorrow because 'kill' had such negative connotations. I haven't watched the film yet, but have heard very good things, which makes sense, since this is a very good book. The premise for the book (and film) is that Earth has been invaded by terraforming robots - Mimics - who are preparing the planet for an alien race to come live here. These robots have a special trick they use to help them win battles: they can send a signal back in time to allow time loops to play out until they win. Keiji Kiriya is a new recruit, but in his first battle he gets caught in the loop, and he is able to alter the future by learning from his mistakes.
Obviously this sounds a lot like the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day, just with less Bill Murray and more giant robots trying to destroy the planet. The story never lets up, despite the fact that the two days (the day before and day of the battle) are on an endless loop until either Keiji or the Mimics succeed. And the twist ending caught me somewhat by surprise. I recommend this book to any fans of thrillers, unless you can't stand the idea of people in robotic suits fighting alien robots for the future of the planet - which is, of course, impossible not to love.(less)
Enjoyable short story that acts as a lead up or side story for The Emporer's Tomb. I'd say that this short is essentially only for the fans of the Cot...moreEnjoyable short story that acts as a lead up or side story for The Emporer's Tomb. I'd say that this short is essentially only for the fans of the Cotton Malone series, as this story needs the larger world of the series to make much sense. Fortunately I'm a fan and enjoyed this outing with Cassiopeia Vitt, and how Cotton's book shop wasn't destroyed.(less)
If you ever want to feel better about yourself and your life, there is nothing like reading a book with characters that have a litany of personal prob...moreIf you ever want to feel better about yourself and your life, there is nothing like reading a book with characters that have a litany of personal problems and struggles. I can't think of too many people with serial killers for dads, so that has to make your lot in life look better.
Unlike the previous Will Trent story I read from Karin Slaughter, this novel novel is split into two timelines, one in the modern day with Will, the other in the 1970s focuses on the early career of Will's boss, Amanda Wagner. Karin handles the multiple POVs and timelines seamlessly and I really enjoyed the trials and tribulations of Amanda's first homocide investigation, and the insights it gave into equality. It is really odd to think that only 30-40 years ago that people would have been phoning the police to report women impersonating police officers, because the idea that women could actually do the job seemed too ridiculous. Check out the interview with Karin discussing this:
It's good to know that society has come a long way in a generation, not that you'd notice on the Youtube comments section.
Despite enjoying this novel, the characterisation, the social insights, the murder mystery, I could only give it 3.5 stars. The only reason for this was that I've had a very busy time of late, with many things competing for my spare time, and this book wasn't compelling me to pick it up and keep reading it. I didn't have to force myself to read it, by any means, more that I wasn't drawn to it in the way I am with my favourite reads.
I'd recommend this book for people who've already read some of the Will Trent series, as they'll get more out of the story than someone new to the Will's world.(less)
There's nothing quite like a fast paced thriller to keep the blood pumping. Well, except perhaps a double shot of espresso washing down a hit of speed...moreThere's nothing quite like a fast paced thriller to keep the blood pumping. Well, except perhaps a double shot of espresso washing down a hit of speed after an eightball. I think reading might be easier on the heart, though.
Jeremy Robinson's Secondworld has probably one of the more suspenseful openings I've read in a while. His hero, Lincoln Miller, is stuck underwater with no air left, only to surface and find no air to breath thanks to some mysterious red flakes soaking up the oxygen. If the lack of air wasn't bad enough, he's being hunted by a shark. Like I said, suspenseful.
Of course, no air, poisonous red flakes falling from the sky, sharks, that's just the beginning of a thriller that sees skin-heads and a Nazi plot started back at the end of the Second World War, trying to purify the world. Welcome to Secondworld.
Jeremy handles the plotting and pacing well, reminding me a lot of James Rollins. This book is a lot of fun and is very entertaining. My problem with the novel comes from some of the details that jarred me straight out of the story. To most readers this wouldn't be a problem, but for me it was. An example was a .38 Super revolver being referred to as a hand-cannon, something that is a stretch for a yoga master. These errors and the inclusion of an overly obvious ending - not to spoil it, but add cryogenics and Nazis together and what cliche do you get? - and I had to downgrade my score on what was an otherwise entertaining read.(less)
This was essentially my first Captain America edition. I've read other single issues or one shots, but not an arc like this. The arc Brubaker sets up...moreThis was essentially my first Captain America edition. I've read other single issues or one shots, but not an arc like this. The arc Brubaker sets up is clearly leading into a much larger story, essentially stamping his mark on the series. Others have referred to this as a classic series, I guess I'm one step into finding out how worthy that tag is.(less)
Despite being a big Brubaker fan, I somehow missed the launch of this series. This is quite simply excellent. Also, if you are also a Bond fan, take a...moreDespite being a big Brubaker fan, I somehow missed the launch of this series. This is quite simply excellent. Also, if you are also a Bond fan, take a look at the artwork and play spot the movie scene. (less)
I have to admit, I haven't read a Janet Evanovich book in years, possibly close to a decade. I haven't read a Lee Goldberg book in a least a couple of...moreI have to admit, I haven't read a Janet Evanovich book in years, possibly close to a decade. I haven't read a Lee Goldberg book in a least a couple of months. So when I picked up this collaboration between two witty and highly entertaining authors I was playing "try to figure out who wrote which bits" without any success. Unlike some author collaborations, this was an actual collaboration.
I will now try to write a paragraph without using the word 'collaboration'...... Dammit!
Lee and Janet have written a very entertaining novel and I think this will make for a cool series of adventures. The setup is the standard odd couple device we've seen done to death. Fortunately Lee and Janet have the charged paddles of 'interesting take' on the odd couple romp. I think it was the stock moments that kept this good novel from being great. Then again, they did manage to include a conman, FBI agent, thief, corrupt lawyer, embezzler, fake drug lord, and real pirates in the same heist novel. Add in ninjas for the next one and it could be perfect.(less)
For anyone not familiar with the Killer Thrillers group, Karen is one of many great authors who are on the list with Zoe Sharp, Sean Black and Boyd Mo...moreFor anyone not familiar with the Killer Thrillers group, Karen is one of many great authors who are on the list with Zoe Sharp, Sean Black and Boyd Morrison (to name just 3 off of the top of my head). They have a tag-line: Great reads - guaranteed. I think it holds true.
Anyway, Freezing Point is an eco-thriller that moves along at a cracking pace. Plenty of conspiracies, corporate greed, wacky environmentalists, scientists in the frozen wilds, idealists caught in a mess, and rats that have developed a taste for humans, all competing for the most precious resource: water.
I enjoyed this novel, which I believe is the first in a series of related eco-thrillers by Karen. The only thing I disliked was the abrupt ending. I felt there was more to come, several chapters worth, but it was wrapped up with a few lines in what was essentially an epilogue. Regardless the "great reads" tag-line holds true.(less)