Next Exit, Three Miles

Alina Maschik was a resident of New Jersey before leaving to join the forces. Following a murder, she returns and meets up with old friends. Although they work out she’s back because of the murder, they don’t know the full reason. Alina is an assassin and two years ago, missed killing Johann, a notorious terrorist. She’s returned to New Jersey to finish the job. But hadn’t counted on The Engineer also being present. A difficult job just got more difficult. <!–more Continue reading my review of Next Exit, Three Miles–>

Next Exit, Three Miles is a thriller with believable characters. The plot is deliberate throughout, quickening as the end approaches. The end isn’t surprising, but is well written. A good, solid thriller.

Rating (out of 5): ****

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Last Breath

Three days. Three shootings. By a sniper. And if the pattern continues, Washington DC is next. A Washington DC that is engulfed by riots and has a school shooting just hours after Sam Archer arrives in the city. He’s there to visit his niece on her birthday, but that’s only his cover. He’s there to stop the sniper and quickly tracks him down. The sniper was an old colleague. But things aren’t what they seem and Archer is soon confronted by something much bigger than a sniper. And much more dangerous. <!–more Continue reading my review of Last Breath–>

Last Breath is the eighth book in the Sam Archer series. The scene is quickly set and the relentless action gets underway. If fast-paced action thrillers are your thing, this book is an essential and enjoyable read. It’s been the best action thriller I’ve read this year.

Rating (out of 5): *****

The Last Witness

Jack Cullan, a lawyer and fixer in Kansas City, is murdered. Wilson ‘Blues’ Bluestone is arrested for murder, but Lou Mason doesn’t believe it was him and defends his friend, regardless of the danger. Which soon becomes very real to him…

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The Last Witness is a mystery thriller. It maintains a good pace throughout, quickening towards the end as all the facts become apparent. There is also a good twist to the story, which I won’t reveal here, recommending that you read a good book instead!

The characters and situation are believable, which I find always helps the plot and story progression. Mason doesn’t instantly solve everything and pieces things together to help the story progress.

Rating (out of 5): ****

The Jersey

Some teams are able to dominate a sport, but it’s only for a brief period of time. But not in Rugby Union. Rugby Union is dominated by the All Blacks, who have a winning record against every other nation. Few get close and they have transcended the sport. But what is their secret? That’s what The Jersey looks to find out.

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Peter Bills has gained access to past and present players and coaches as he looks to establish why New Zealand are the dominant force in Rugby Union. The All Blacks is the pinnacle in New Zealand, but they have have a strong school system that feeds into the franchises. They also look to establish continuity in the coaching staff and anticipate where the game is going as opposed to reacting to where it is.

But Bills’ study contains words of warnings, especially over whether people will watch if the result is a foregone conclusion. This isn’t just an excellent Rugby or sport book, it’s an excellent book.

Rating (out of 5): *****

Disintegration

Jacob Wells’ house is engulfed by fire and he can’t rescue his child. His twin brother, Joshua, also returns and the brothers return to their childhood roles, with Joshua having control over his brother. It pushes Jacob further away from his wife as they struggle to recover from the fire that has destroyed their home. As Joshua’s influence increases, the stakes become higher and it seems as though there is only one possible ending. Continue reading my review of Disintegration

Watch Me Die

Harvey Mapes is a security guard for a gated community. He works the night shift, which sees little happening. Mapes passes his time reading PI stories. So when Mapes gets the offer from one of the residents to carry out some PI work, he jumps at the opportunity. It seems a simple enough job and the PI’s in the books have made it seem so. But that’s fiction. Will Mapes find it as simple as the fictional detectives he follows? Continue reading my review of ‘Watch Me Die’

Hello World

Algorithms. Not the most exciting of topics. What would be far better would be having an interesting chat over a coffee or a pint. But how about combining the two? An interesting chat about algorithms over a coffee or a pint. Surely not, I hear you cry. Enter Hello World by Dr. Hannah Fry.

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