Life of a Double Agent – Kenneth J Kerr

life of a double agentOh dear, what can I say, I had high hopes for this one, spies, I thought, cool, I thought, but no, there is nothing interesting about this at all, it is boring, slow, repetitive and just generally dull. I had problems with the writing, it is documentary style, with no descriptions, no excitement, just “Jim went here, did this, talked to so and so, there is no action at all in regards to being a spy, OK, so not all spies are like James Bond, but I had expected something more. There is a lot if writing in the book that is not necessary, for example, we don´t need to know that on page 377 Jim negotiated an acceptable price with the taxi driver to take him home, for me it is just not necessary to add to the book and it happens over and over again.
There are also times in the book where there are acronyms for companies, but there is no explanation of which company it is.

There is no depth to the novel. It is supposed to be a suspense thriller, but there is nothing suspenseful or thrilling about it. Unfortunately the ending is also without emotion, it just finishes and that’s that, it doesn´t give any information on the rest of Jim’s life, this would have been interesting, the author doesn´t elaborate.

The best part about it is all the travel Jim undertakes, Russia, Vietnam, Japan, and the list goes on. I also enjoyed the list of characters at the end of the book, although this might have been better at the front rather than the end. This could have been a good book, but it isn´t. I don´t recommend this book. I give this book 1 star.

Guest Interview – Geoffrey T Hudson

I am honoured to interview this amazing author who has written a stunning debut novel. CLICK HERE to read my review, it is one of the best books I have read this year, and I am not one to rate 5 stars out of 5 very often.

geoffrey t hudsonWhat is your hope for your writing in the future?

 Despite the sense of accomplishment that came with holding the first copy  of The String Theory in my hands, I still consider myself a reluctant writer. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy writing, I’ve found those solitary late nights when my fingers struggle to keep pace with my thoughts to be almost euphoric.  But for me, writing was never about a grand dream of commercial success. Writing for me is an escape.

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The Leveling – Dan Mayland

the levelingSummary from amazon.com scroll down for my review, it may contain spoilers.

Spy/thriller
ISBN
1612183360 (ISBN13: 9781612183367)
300 pages

These days, Mark Sava spends more time in tutoring sessions than in cloak-and-dagger rendezvous. The former CIA station chief of Azerbaijan has settled into the modest life of a professor in Baku…until an assassin makes a brazen attempt on his life in the hallowed halls of the national library.

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The Diabolist by Layton Green

the diabolistThe Diabolist by Layton Green. 5 stars. I  obtained a copy from Netgalley.com

Summary from goodreads.com scroll down for my review: In this gripping thriller, the bizarre murder of a Satanic priest in San Francisco draws Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, to the scene. Witnesses claim a robed figure, seemingly able to appear and disappear at will, set fire to the priest. When the leader of another Satanic cult in Paris dies under similar circumstances, the case only grows stranger… and more dangerous.

My Review. Convinced that a charismatic New Age prophet is behind the murders, the investigators undergo a perilous journey into the world of the occult as they try to penetrate the prophet’s inner circle. From the catacombs of Paris to London’s nefarious East End, from the haunted walls of York to a monastic fortress in the Sicilian wilderness, the case plunges Viktor and Grey into a vortex of black magic, ancient heresies, and the dark corners of their own pasts.

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Special Guest Interview – Matthew Keith

I had the pleasure of interviewing  Matthew Keith after reading his superb debut novel called Watchers of the Night. CLICK HERE to see my review of book one and HERE for book two

Matthew Keith1.-What is your hope for your writing in the future?

Watchers is / was my debut novel. With a number of favorable reviews already, first and foremost my plan is to continue the series. I have a storyline up through a trilogy with the intention to allow a continuance past that if the fan base is there.

 I have three other stories in the works, as well – all them in some way or another focus around dreams. One is a little darker, one focuses on the concept of déjà vu, and the last is set in a more fantasy-rich environment.

 2.-How did you come up with the story idea?

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Worlds Away From Home by Samilla Roberts

worlds away from homesummary from goodreads.com, scroll down for my review.

After an extraordinarily gruesome day at school, feeling humiliated by her math teacher, Ashley decides to take a nap on her new deckchair. Little did she know her deckchair was no ordinary one.

 

I give this book 2 stars.
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My Review. The author has written an inspirational little story for younger readers, it lacks depth and emotion, but there are some good descriptions of the locations or worlds the main character goes to, it sort of gives an Alice in Wonderland feel, with some wild and wonderful places and some great imagination. I might also compare it to a video game where you have clues to the next clue and so on, it is a fun read all the same. Continue reading

Watchers of the Night by Matthew Keith

watchers of the nightSummary from goodreads.com scroll down for my review: Paul Bennett doesn’t realize that his sleep disorder is actually a gift that allows him to travel the night free of his body. That is, not until he is approached by a member of Astralis; an organization funded by the government that uses people with his talent to gather information for the greater good.

At Astralis, Paul finds inclusion and friendship on a level that he’d never had the chance to experience and begins to believe that Astralis could provide a new life for him. It isn’t long, however, before he realizes that Astralis is an organization under siege from within. Paul finds himself forced to either choose a side or leave Astralis forever.

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When Pigs Flu….. by Jake McKenzie

When Pigs Flu...Summary from goodreads.com, scroll down for my review.

Based on an actual event –the inadvertent shipping of pathogenic H2N2 strains world-wide, this thriller is the suspenseful tale of missing samples falling into the wrong hands. Despite her best efforts, heroine, SGT Maria Alvarez, USMC, is thwarted by all too common government bungling that dooms her mission impossible. Once Pandora’s box has been opened, can the pathogens ever be returned? Despite the concerted efforts of the military, international police, and medical experts, the risk of pandemic surprisingly comes from a most unexpected source.

There is a wonderful variety of characters, from Navajo born Maria, a marine sent to find the missing virus samples, to young kids surviving in the streets of Jakarta and Talal a Jordanian living in Amman trying to get his life back in order. You might ask what they all have in common?

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Johnny Vegas – The Death of Innocence by T. L. Huston

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Info from Goodreads.com scroll down for my review, beware it may contain spoilers.

When the gates of hell are breached, and evil men evade the halls of justice, the Organization calls on Johnny Vegas. Johnny delivers a savage brand of poetic justice that is swift, painful, and biblical in its application. Devoted to what he believes is his destiny, Johnny’s life is consumed with death, destruction, and loneliness—-until a chance encounter challenges everything he believes in and threatens to expose the Organization.

This book was definitely a surprise which I thoroughly enjoyed, when I first read the blurb I didn´t really know what to expect but it was a very good book.

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The String Theory by Geoffrey T. Hudson

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Summary (taken from Amazon): Scroll down for my review

Johnson’s Auto Garage would be considered anything but remarkable. With its faded cinder-block walls and unpaved driveway, it seems an unlikely location for a scientific breakthrough. Perhaps even more perplexing is the outwardly average mechanic who made it. But Adam James is not who he pretends to be. With his practiced Southern drawl, disheveled hair, and well-soiled mechanic’s uniform, he’s able to deceive those who presume to know him. None would learn of his genius or past misdeeds, not if he could help it. His self-imposed exile was to be penance for the mistakes he’d made, but truth be told, this new life in rural North Carolina has rescued him from the brink of madness. Still, almost five years later, he can’t escape the haunting nightmares that keep him tethered to the day he killed her.

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