Clovenhoof

A new system is introduced in Hell and Satan is subject to performance reviews. When his performance is judged to be sub-standard, he gets banished to live on Earth. Solihill to be precise. Something that he’s not happy about as he struggles to adapt. It would probably be fair to say that his neighbours are also not best pleased as Jeremy Clovenhoof causes chaos. But things are not quite as they seem in Heaven. And Jeremy Clovenhoof can put it right…

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The Fourteenth Protocol

Cade Williams works at an email company as a technician. He gets called up to the mysterious floor 17 to solve a problem and whilst briefly up there, he hears mention of Tucson, the latest town in America to suffer a terrorist bombing. At the same time, Special Agent Jana Baker overhears a conversation between two people who are discussing the attack and future ones. This sets up a race against time to prevent an unimaginable attack on America.

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Sea of Shadows

The German economy is in trouble. The German Chancellor has found a solution though – selling arms. The buyer? Siraj, an oil-rich state in the Middle East, but one under heavy UN sanctions. The German government looks to sell them clandestinely, sending four state-of-the-art submarines. There are suspicions in the American government, but an incident with two British ships end all suspicions. The American government are determined that the weapons will not get to Siraj, but can a foe who knows exactly what you will do be stopped? <!–more Continue reading my review of Sea of Shadows–>

Wow! What a book. Sea of Shadows is excellent. It’s fast-paced throughout and manages to increase a gear or two when action occurs. The action is described superbly and is generally incredibly tense as ships take on their unseen foes. I could write several more paragraphs detailing what a great read Sea of Shadows is, but that would only be taking away time from you when you could be reading it. I cannot recommend this book enough – it is the best book I have read in a long time.

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

Loos 1915: The Unwanted Battle

The outbreak of war in 1914 saw large early successes for the German army on the Western Front, before counter-attacks pushed them back. When the Western Front stabilised, Germany had still made significant gains, including holding territory in France. The French were determined to remove all German soldiers from French soil and as quickly as possible. Attacks were launched in 1915, with an attack in September and October including a reluctant British Expeditionary Force at Loos. <!–more Continue reading my review of Loos 1915: The Unwanted Battle–>

Loos 1915: The Unwanted Battle looks at before, during and after the battle. Before the battle focuses on why the British did not want the battle, whilst after looks at the impact it had on the British army. Corrigan writes in a clear style and sets out the facts, making it clear when he is offering his opinion. Prior to reading the book, I knew very little about the battle; I now have a greater knowledge of why, and how fiercely, the battle was fought.

Rating (out of 5): ****

The Last Legs of Norman Pilbeam: The Diary of Yesterday’s Man

Norman Pilbeam has retired. He loves Shakespeare, but his quotes often fall on deaf ears as he struggles to keep up to date with the world around him. Arguably, this is not helped by the presence of his formidable wife. Continue reading the review

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): ****

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): ****

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

Darkness on the Edge of Town

There’s a murder in a small town and the local police require help. Enter Laura Cardinal from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Cardinal is an excellent investigator, but not necessarily the most popular. She soon begins to make inroads into the case. But not even Cardinal could predict where the investigation will lead her. Continue reading the review

Desert Places

Andrew Thomas is an author of crime thrillers. A successful author, with an enviable lifestyle. But one day, things abruptly change when he receives a note advising there is a body on his property. The instructions in the note need to be followed or else the police will be notified. With little choice, Thomas follows the instructions. But he could never imagine where following the instructions would take him or what he would discover as a result. Continue reading my review

The Liquidator

British Special Security are tired of embarrassing situations; it inevitably leads to embarrassing questions. It’s decided that action is needed to avoid situations in the future. Mostyn, the second-in-command is entrusted with ensuring that problems are removed before they become a problem and he believes he knows just the man – Boysie Oakes. When Oakes heads off for a weekend away with Mostyn’s secretary, he soon finds himself embroiled in a plot that would result in a situation beyond embarrassing. Can Oakes save the day?

The Liquidator is the first in the Boysie Oakes series and gives the back story as to how Oakes became a secret agent. It also shows what type of character Oakes is and he’s not the standard secret agent/assassin material.

A gentle comedy combined with a thriller, it’s different to what I’ve read before and was an enjoyable read.

Rating (out of 5): ****

D-Boys

An American system has been hacked into and Mike Brown, a computer expert, joins a SWAT team on a regulation mission to apprehend the culprits. Moments later, he’s the only man left standing. They’ve stumbled upon something bigger and Brown is soon assigned to the D-Boys, an elite unit that is unknown outside of those who need to know. Brown joins them on missions around the world, but it seems as though an online game is the key. Terrorists are able to communicate in secret and practice against targets. Power cuts in America are followed by chemical attacks. When it appears as though things can’t get any worse, it is discovered that in the game missions have been undertaken against a nuclear weapon storage facility. This was only a rehearsal and in real life, the facility is stormed and there’s a nuclear weapon on the loose with the West Coast of America the target…

D-Boys is an excellent thriller that moves along at a fast pace throughout. With the online game as well, it can almost be described as a thriller within a thriller. The action is frequent throughout and takes place at a frenetic pace. It’s well worth a read.

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