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A Review of Hell’s Corner


Hell's Corner
Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Review of Hell’s Corner by David Baldacci
Review by: John H Glen
Date; 28 May 2012
Format: Paperback
ASIN: 0230706169
Publisher: Macmillan
My rating: 4 stars

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

On the night of the State Dinner honouring the British Prime Minister, Oliver Stone witnesses an explosion as the motorcade leaves the White House. A bomb has been detonated in what looks like a terrorist plot directed at the President and the Prime Minister. In the aftermath, British MI5 agent Mary Chapman, an experienced, lethal operative with an agenda of her own, is sent to assist and coordinate the investigation alongside American authorities. Stone, together with Harry Finn, Alex Ford and the rest of the Camel Club, is drawn into the inquiry. But everything is not what it seems, and what happened in the park may not have been the actual plan. It seems the mysterious attackers had another target in their sights, and it’s up to the Camel Club to stop them, or face the catastrophic results.

What Do I Think?

I like the books of David Baldacci he is a superb story-weaver and one of the most naturally gifted writers in the action thriller, crime genres.

I initially read one of his books when in hospital in 1996 it also just happened to be his first one “Absolute Power” and I thought it was outstanding and I wasn’t the only one because the following year it was, Absolute Power (1997), starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman, since then I have endeavoured to read everything he has and will write, although it appears that I might have missed some.

Of all of David Baldacci’s series, the Camel Club stories are my favourites, this rag-tag gang of amateur detectives and conspiracy theory nuts have developed over the course of a series of five novels into quite the distinct and gifted crew of crime-busters.
With their so called unfeeling and righteous ex-government assassin

Oliver Stone as their leader they don’t half get themselves into some tight spots.
With “Hell’s Corner”, David Baldacci has woven another pleasing thriller, fast, action packed and exciting.
The characters are all fully developed, and the squabbling, the fidelity, and friendly joking is perfect for a well grounded team.
As predictable for the Camel Club series, constancy and camaraderie are a large part of the story as they unite to help each other and get to the bottom of the crime / mystery under discussion.
Baldacci’s gift for fast paced stories remains utterly integral to my enjoyment and each time I start a book I say to myself just 3 chapters and then its bedtime and wouldn’t you know it I end almost finishing the book.

This master weaver of good fast paced action thrillers always puts in a few interesting twists and lovely reveals that can keep you guessing for a very, very long time about what is truly happening.

To conclude, I can truly say that I enjoyed reading “Hell’s Corner” it has all the hallmarks of a great story woven by a great story weaver, you just can’t go wrong with an outing with David Baldacci.

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A Review of Midnight Reflections by Katrina Michaels


Midnight Reflections, Katrina Michaels

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Details:

Format: Kindle Edition

File Size: 481 KB

Publisher: StoneGarden.net Publishing (9 Nov 2010)

Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

Language English

ASIN: B004BLJABO

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

All Tara Daston wanted was a fun night out dancing with her boyfriend. Getting killed was certainly the last thing she ever expected and waking back up three days later as a vampire was the last thing she ever wanted. And just when she finally begins adjusting to her new life, a friend is killed by a creature nobody can identify. At first, she tries to move on because, after all, she’s just a newly risen vampire who was still trying to learn about existing as the Undead. But despite it all, she can’t stop thinking about her friend. As more killings happen, she realizes that she can’t ignore it any longer. Deciding to investigate a little, she meets Tom Duncan, the lead agent of the Preternatural Investigation Agency, who is not amused at her interference. Whether it’s because they are both vampires or because he keeps treating her as if she’s five years old, but Tara really enjoys riling the agent. Also, now that she’s gotten involved, she doesn’t want to stop. And when the killer notices her and is intrigued, she no longer has any choice, forcing her to work together with Tom and the rest of the agency to stop the murders.

What Do I Think?

This new weaver of the vampire story (new to me anyway) Katrina Michaels has an innovative way in writing about the Undead and the conflict of the human and paranormal worlds that is both revitalizing and electrifying.
Her cast of characters has its eccentricities to provide the comedy that I think all books of this genre needs; the story has several distinctly scary occurrences, which only goes to prove that this story weaver is not afraid to get her hands dirty with all the unpleasant aspects related with genre.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone keen to try new authors, believe me you will enjoy the event.

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A Review of Tribune of Rome (Vespasian #1) by Robert Fabbri


Tribune of Rome (Vespasian #1), Robert Fabbri

My rating: 5 of 5stars

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

ONE MAN: ONE DESTINY 26 AD: Sixteen-year-old Vespasian leaves his family farm for Rome, his sights set on finding a patron and following his brother into the army. But he discovers a city in turmoil and an Empire on the brink. The aging emperor Tiberius is in seclusion on Capri, leaving Rome in the iron grip of Sejanus, commander of the Praetorian Guard. Sejanus is ruler of the Empire in all but name, but many fear that isn’t enough for him. Sejanus’ spies are everywhere – careless words at a dinner party can be as dangerous as a barbarian arrow. Vespasian is totally out of his depth, making dangerous enemies (and even more dangerous friends – like the young Caligula) and soon finds himself ensnared in a conspiracy against Tiberius. With the situation in Rome deteriorating, Vespasian flees the city to take up his position as tribune in an unfashionable legion on the Balkan frontier. Un-blooded and inexperienced, he must lead his men in savage battle with hostile mountain tribes – dangerous enough without renegade Praetorians and Imperial agents trying to kill him too. Somehow, he must survive long enough to uncover the identity of the traitors behind the growing revolt

Robert Fabbri read Drama and Theatre at London University and has worked in film and TV for 25 years. He is an assistant director and has worked on productions such as Hornblower, Hellraiser, Patriot Games and Billy Elliot. Now, his life-long passion for ancient history, especially for that of the Roman Empire, has drawn him to write his first novel. He lives in London and Berlin.

What Do I Think?

A very good read this the author without a doubt has a sincere love of the historical genre and this stood out all through.
The characters were agreeable and I found the relationship between Vespasian and Magnus entertaining and unforgettable.
Clearly this story weaver knows his facts and wove them into a believable story, with a whole horde of books out there with the Roman army in action, a story weaver has to do something distinct to get their stories noticed, what Robert Fabbri has done in this story is placing one of the most fascinating of the Roman Emperors who emerged to this lofty rank about AD 68.
Robert Fabbri has written a story of style, well plotted with superb characters, with fiction and non-fiction brought together well.
So now we have probably a fresh challenger to Simon Scarrow, Ben Kane, Conn Iggulden, Douglas Jackson and the like competing for the prime position of this genre.
In conclusion I can truly say if you’re a enthusiast of Roman historical novels then this is an unquestionable must read.
Buy it, you won’t be disappointed!

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A Review of Angels of Apocalypse, Part I: Alignment by J. J Harkin


Format:    Kindle

ASIN:        B005ZXRO10

My rating:     4 stars

Angels of Apocalypse - Part 1 Alignment, J.J. HarkinAngels of Apocalypse, Alignment

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

Apocalypse visits most dimensions at some point or other; it can rarely be avoided. In one particular universe – parallel to ours and not too far away – the last apocalypse has only just concluded. It is a similar enough world, though perhaps a more blessed place. Their dark time lasted only a year – a “light apocalypse,” as some are now calling it. Herein all is recounted: the last records of the parallel world that was, and the tale of its development into the ever-changing permutation of today. Readers can look forward to watching the gaps between universes evaporate in surprising ways, as the once-secret lives of angels effortlessly connect the dots between dimensions. In Angels of Apocalypse, Part I: Alignment, we learn how and why the first battle lines were drawn in the age-ending conflict of Parallel Earth, and witness the forces, which drew the members of two distinct groups toward opposite ends of the globe, hastily preparing for war.
It all began when Den Ulrik came into possession of a mysterious island in the South Pacific. Never could he have guessed that his curiosities concerning alternative energies might somehow be connected with the dawning of a new age, or that a lost friend would soon be visiting from beyond the grave in any capacity. But when an offended girlfriend eventually learns of his exploits, the resultant contest of wills goes sideways fast, and Den is unexpectedly forced to make hard choices. Meanwhile, as far stranger – and initially seemingly unrelated – mysteries unfold concurrently in the Middle East, reports of unexplained deaths, kidnappings, and disappearances increase there by the day. War was imminent; it was all anyone could agree on. Amid the tumult of those days arises the Mahdi, bearing an unexpected message of peace, and the revelation of a devilish mastermind. Lines are drawn as the powers of darkness spread, only to be crossed with indecent quickness. This, the first volume of the Angels of Apocalypse trilogy, begins the tale of that last, dark year of fabled difficulties, setting the scene for a most eventful and profitable catastrophe.

What Do I Think?

I like the genres of Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Paranormal, this new weaver of tales is at ease in all of them and the first of what will be a trilogy of well-woven tales is intricate and fascinating.
The commencement of this story has a hook that grabs you straight away just like a good story should, but you don’t really understand that you are about to take a journey into the great unknown and then before you know it the sci-fi fundamentals kick in and I was hooked again this time by the mystical actions.
I liked the hypothesis of someone making use of technology to utilize the religious beliefs of diverse peoples to cause the end of the world. J. J. Harkin is an original story-weaver and weaves a story in his own imitable style.
With this first of the “Angels of Apocalypse” he skilfully weaves, an intricate story with a cast of characters that are so well developed you, feel that this whole story has been in his thoughts for a long time.
I found that the most interesting things about “Angels of Apocalypse” are just how he reveals in minute side tales who, what and how his characters are involved; he gives you little insights into just how this tale would be seen as a film, in my mind anyway.
In conclusion, J. J. Harkin has created something unique with “Angels of Apocalypse” and I can’t wait to read the second tale in this trilogy.
Buy it for 77p on Amazon it’s just too good a bargain and a brilliant read to pass up the chance.

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Review: Tempt


Tempt
Tempt by Claire Farrell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

Authors/Publishers Book Description/Synopsis

There’s a monster running around Dublin, and it’s up to Ava to catch it. The pressure’s on, and she’s becoming as cynical as Peter. But when a demon marks her friend, and a possible threat from England spells war, Ava’s left with a huge choice to make. The lives of one or many.
With a little help, Ava has the chance to win all of her battles… if the darkness doesn’t take her over first.

What Do I Think?

I enjoyed this book just as much as I liked the other 2 books in the series, the action packed plot and the revelations and twists and turns all through the story made for an exciting read, I imagine that the next instalment will be just as good if not better as Claire Farrell develops her main cast of characters more.

Ava is a forceful heroine while she isn’t perfect; she does hold a darkness inside one that desires to break free.

For those who liked the first two books, this book follows on perfectly where the second finished, Eddie uncovers a bit more about himself and we start to see a more of the other characters develop; Esther, Gabe, and of course Peter.

These stories are building into what could become a long and interesting series from a very accomplished weaver of stories.
Get the books and have an enjoyable weekend transported to world and place far away from everyday troubles and woes.

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