For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only is a collection of five short stories featuring James Bond. Most of the stories have Bond on some kind of mission, but he does listen to a story about a dinner guest in one of them. Despite being short stories, Fleming includes plenty of detail in each of the stories. However, with them being short stories, they never develop into the thrillers that the series is noted for.

Rating (out of 5): ***

Goldfinger

A chance meeting at an airport after a mission results in James Bond encountering Auric Goldfinger and discovering how he cheats at cards. Upon his return to England, Bond gets assigned a case. The man in question? Goldfinger. Bond soon discovers a plot that could never have been imagined by anyone. But can he share his knowledge?

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Dr. No

Dr. No is the sixth book in the James Bond series. Bond is finally back to full health and back in the office. The recommendation is that Bond shouldn’t be pushed too hard, so a trip to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of the Service’s man on the island is what M sends him on. It seems an open and shut case with no danger. Little does M, or Bond, know…

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From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love is the fifth book in the James Bond series. SMERSH has decided that, after some high profile failures, they need to successfully hit back at Western intelligence agencies. Their target? James Bond.

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Diamonds are Forever

Diamonds are being smuggled out of Sierra Leone and making a big profit in America. The Spangled Mob are thought to be behind it and James Bond is tasked with with breaking the pipeline of diamonds.

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Moonraker

Britain will soon be safe from attack with the testing of the Moonraker. Sir Hugo Drax is masterminding the project. But he cheats at cards and James Bond works out how. Little does he know where it will lead…

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Live and Let Die

Live and Let Die is the second novel in the James Bond series. Bond heads over to America to find out about gold coins, which brings him face to face with Mr. Big.

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Casino Royale

Casino Royale is the first novel in the James Bond series by Ian Fleming. Bond is introduced with a relatively straight forward case in which he has to bankrupt Le Chiffre by playing baccarat. Whilst successful at this, not everything that follows goes to plan.

Bond is well introduced in this novel, which has a simple plot to it. Fleming provides plenty of detail to both characters and locations, making it an engaging read. Despite the detail of description, the plot moves forward at a good pace throughout. It’s an enjoyable read that delivers a straight forward thriller.

Rating (out of 5): ****

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): *****

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): ****

To Be Or Not To Be

When I was younger, it was the books of Roald Dahl that got me hooked on reading. After joining the library, I enjoyed a series of books about a Swedish detective, Agaton Sax, and Choose Your Own Adventures. As I got older, I discovered the joys of Shakespeare and Louis de Bernieres. So imagine my delight with a birthday present that combined an old delight with a new one.

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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’

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

Origin

During the construction of the Panama Canal, something is discovered. It’s taken back to America and kept top secret in an underground facility. The reason? It might be the Devil. So when it awakes, there are questions. But the team inside the facility all want something, which the creature is happy to give them for a price. Which ultimately results in it escaping it’s captivity. The President actions the contingency plan of a nuclear weapon. But can the team escape? And will the creature?

Origin is a horror thriller and the pace increases after the creature escapes. The book was a little different to what I normally read and was ok. I can’t say it was impossible to put down, but it was an easy enough read.

Rating (out of 5): ***