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Book Review: “The Gilded Wolves”

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Book Reviews – “The Gilded Wolves” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Roshani Chokshi (https://roshanichokshi.com). Ms. Chokshi has published six novels.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in 1889 Paris, though in an alternate history – a  timeline that includes magic. The primary character is treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie.

The powerful Order of Babel forces Alarie to help them on a mission. He recruits some well-known associates to help. There is the engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a near brother. They, along with Hypnos, the young heir of House Nyx, must confront other houses of magic, avoid the efforts of a fallen house, and protect the Babel Fragment held in Europe.

I enjoyed the 9.5 hours I spent reading this 400-page alternate history fantasy. I think better cover art could have been chosen. I liked the plot and the different approach to magic in the alternate universe. The principal characters are an interesting assortment. I give this novel a  4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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Book Review: “Pandora: Contagion”

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Book Reviews – “Pandora: Contagion” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Eric L. Harry (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_L._Harry). Mr. Harry has published six novels. This is the second in his “Pandora Thriller” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the contemporary US. The primary characters are neuroscientist Isabel Miller, her twin sister Emma and their brother Noah.

The Pandoravirus outbreak has spread around the world. Emma Miller is a carrier but has past the point of being highly contagious. Isabel Miller is still working for the President evaluating the spread of the virus. She is escorted by Marine Captain Rick Townsend her bodyguard and lover. Noah Miller has taken his family to a prepared homesite in rural Virginia to try to avoid the virus and the violence it had been bringing.

Emma makes her way toward her brothers new home. She is still as smart as she was before catching the virus, but has little feelings left. She lets few get in her way and thinks nothing of taking a life. Noah’s plans to set out the onslaught of the virus soon begins to unravel.

I enjoyed the 8.5 hours I spent reading this 300-page thriller. While this isn’t a ‘zombie uprising’ story, it is very similar. I have read a few other of Mr. Harry’s novels and enjoyed them. While it would have helped to have read the first novel in the series before this one, this novel reads well on its own. The story isn’t over so there will no doubt be at least one more novel in the series. I like the chosen artwork for the cover. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Book Review: “Thin air”

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Book Reviews – “Thin Air” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Richard K. Morgan (https://www.richardkmorgan.com). Mr. Morgan has published 10 novels.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language, and a few Mature Situations. The story is set in the future on Mars. The primary character is Hakan Veil, a former a protection specialist for commercial spacecraft. He is equipped with military-grade body tech that makes him a force to reckon with.

Veil is now involuntarily retired from his commercial protection role. He takes on private engagements and finds himself forced to take on the job of bodyguard to an Earth Oversite investigator. It is supposed to be an easy gig.

The easy job turns into attempts on his life, a missing investigator, and the discovery of a conspiracy. Can he stay alive long enough to find the investigator?

I thoroughly enjoyed the near 16 hours I spent reading this 536-page science fiction mystery. This novel seemed to start off very slowly. I almost called a Rule of 50 on it, but I persisted and in the end, I was glad that I had. This feels like a noir mystery the way it is written (Veil reminds me of Philip Marlowe except that he is living a couple of hundred years later and on Mars). The cover art is OK, though something in line with the plot would have been better in my opinion. I give this novel a 4.3 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

Further book reviews I have written can be accessed at https://johnpurvis.wordpress.com/blog/. 

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Book Review: “The Taken Girls”

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Book Reviews – “The Taken girls” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by G. D. Sanders (https://www.fantasticfiction.com/s/g-d-sanders/). This is Mr. Sander’s first novel.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story is set in contemporary England. The primary character is Detective Edina Ogborne.

Ogborne has just been transferred to the Canterbury Police. Even before her official start, she finds herself involved in the hunt for a missing teenage girl. That hunt goes on for days, then the girl turns up. As the investigation proceeds it is discovered that this is not the first girl to disappear then reappear unharmed.

Not only is Ogborne faced with the challenge of the kidnapping, but she also faces initial resistance from her new team in Canterbury. Poor choices in her love life have caused her to be transferred to Canterbury and now the new man in her life is a suspect in the kidnapping. She also comes across oddities in the police records that imply that there has been a coverup.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 400-page mystery. I like British mysteries and I think this is a good one. I like the primary character as well as the others that make up her team. I think they will make for good stories as this series evolves. I have had the opportunity to visit Canterbury so that adds a further attraction to this novel. I like the cover art. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Book Review: “Seek and Destroy”

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Book Reviews – “Seek and /destroy” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Alan McDermott (http://www.alanmcdermottbooks.co.uk). Mr. McDermott has published nine novels. This is the second of his “Eva Driscoll Thriller” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language, and Mature Situations. The story is a contemporary thriller. The primary character is Eva Driscoll.

Driscoll and her allies from the first novel have all been granted secret Presidential pardons for their efforts and have each disappeared. Unknown forces suddenly begin attacking those that have been helping Driscoll. Driscoll calls her allies in from hiding to confront this new threat.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 5 hours I spent reading this 272-page thriller. I read the proceeding novel in the series and liked both. This is readable as a stand alone novel, though reading them in sequence would be preferable. While I really enjoyed this novel, it seemed a little rushed. I like the set of characters that have been created. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Book Review: “Limetown”

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Book Reviews – “Limetown” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Cote Smith (https://www.cotesmith.com). Mr. Smith has published two novels. This novel is the prequel to the popular podcast of the same name.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set about ten years ago, mostly in Kentucky. The primary character is seventeen-year-old Lia Haddock.

Haddock’s mother has been acting strangely. Over 300 people have disappeared from a research center in Limetown, Kentucky. Among them are Haddock’s uncle, Emile Haddock, who she barely remembers. Young Haddock is an aspiring journalist and finds herself compelled to seek answers to the disappearance.

She finds that her parents have been keeping secrets from one another and from her. She finds a mystery surrounding her uncle. She finds that she is not the only one seeking Emile Haddock.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 7+ hours I spent reading this 304-page science fiction mystery. I had not listened to the podcast when I read this novel, but have now. The story is a little odd and borders on the paranormal. I would recommend reading it before listening to season 1, but even afterward it will be of value to the fan of the Limetown podcast. It does explain a lot of the backstory for what happens in season 1 of the podcast. I am not a fan of the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

Further book reviews I have written can be accessed at https://johnpurvis.wordpress.com/blog/. 

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Book Review: “Deep War”

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Book Reviews – “Deep War” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by David Poyer (http://www.davidpoyer.com/home.html). Mr. Poyer has published more than 35 novels. This is the 18th in his “Dan Lenson” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the near future. The US and its allies are at war with China. The primary character is Admiral Dan Lenson, but his wife Blair, Marine sergeant Hector Ramos, and Navy SEAL Master Chief Teddy Oberg all play significant roles.

China has made a devastating nuclear attack against US naval forces. In the US there are beginning to be food shortages and power disruptions. Military and the private sector face various Chinese directed cyber and AI assaults. The US economy is being significantly affected.

A US Naval force makes an attack on China, but it is mostly ineffective due to previously unknown Chinese penetration of military systems. The Chinese Cyber efforts are being directed by Jade Emperor, a powerful AI system. It is out thinking US efforts at every turn. It seems that without taking Jade Emperor out of the war, the US has little hope.

Oberg is behind enemy lines and organizing a guerilla military effort to harras the Chinese. He is sent on a very risky mission with his forces to attack a remote facility in the desert.  He hopes that whatever they are attacking will be worth the losses he anticipates.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 8 hours I spent reading this 292-page thriller. It was a little hard jumping into the middle of such a long-running series, but this novel read pretty well on its own. The way the story is left, there will definitely be another novel in the series. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Book Review: “The Iron Codex”

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Book Reviews – “The Iron Codex” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by David Mack (http://davidmack.pro). Mr. Mack has published nearly 40 novels. This is the second novel in his “Dark Arts” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set the contemporary time frame, but in a slightly alternate world, one with magic. The primary character is Russian Anja Kernova who has been hunting former Nazis in South America.

There are three other principal characters: The American Cade Martin who works for British MI6, but who is now under suspicion because he has been disappearing;  The German Briet Segfrunsdóttir who now serves as the master magician of the Pentagon’s top-secret magickal warfare program; and the Spanish Father Luis Roderigo Pérez of the Monte Paterno Monastery who has been studying White Magic for the Catholic Church.

World War II has been over nearly a decade. Kernova is using her abilities to hunt Nazis. She comes into possession of the Iron Codex that contains many magical secrets. That causes her to be the target of pursuit by agents of the Vatican, Russia, and others. Complicating the situation is the effort by a cabal led by Dragan Dalca to open the way for demons.

Kernova calls on Martin for help. Both Segfrunsdottir and Pérez are drawn into the fray on the side of Kernova. There are many competing groups all wanting to control the Iron Codex for different agendas.

I enjoyed the 12 hours I spent reading this 375-page alternate history fantasy. I found this novel a little hard to read without having read the first novel in the series, but it wasn’t too bad. I thought that the plot was interesting, mixing magic and spies. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

Further book reviews I have written can be accessed at https://johnpurvis.wordpress.com/blog/. 

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Book Review: “American Operator”

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Book Reviews – “American Operator” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Jeffrey Wilson and Brian Andrews (http://www.andrews-wilson.com). Between them, they have published six novels. This is the fourth novel in their “Tier One Thrillers” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the contemporary Middle East. The primary character is former Tier One Navy SEAL John Dempsey, now an agent for the super-secret Ember strike force.

Dempsey is in deep cover on an assignment with the rest of his Ember team standing by on an American airbase in allied Turkey. A terrorist attack leaves the US Ambassador to Turkey dead and his chief of staff, Amanda Allen hostage. Complicating matters is the near-simultaneous attack on the US airbase. The team must fight off aggressors before they can recover Dempsey and begin pursuit of Allen.

Dempsey left on his own after the attack takes down his communications, does what he can to find Allen. He puts himself in the position of taking on Allen’s kidnappers who have a near overwhelming force available to maintain their hostage. The Ember team soon finds there is more in play than just an attack on a US airbase or the taking of an embassy staffer.

I enjoyed the nearly 9 hours I spent reading this 426-page special operations thriller. I have had the opportunity to read all four novels in this series and have enjoyed each of them. While having the background of the other three novels will help, this novel stands well on its own. I like the characters that the authors have created for this series. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

Book Review: “Sugar”

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Book Reviews – “Sugar” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Monique X.

I received an ARC of this novel both through the publisher and through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Mature Situations and Mature Language. This is the autobiography of Monique.

Monique is recently divorced, the mother of two young girls, around 40, and having financial problems. To have some much-needed fun and to help her through her hard financial times she turns to ‘Sugar Dating’. That is, she begins dating wealthy older gentlemen with an expectation of their financial ‘assistance’.

She meets several different men and travels around the world to ‘date’ them. Some of her experiences are better than others. She very definitely distinguishes what she is doing as different from being a Call Girl. They simply take the money and ‘perform’, while she as a ‘sugar babe’ establishes a personal relationship with her ‘dates’.

I found the 7 hours I spent reading this 328-page biography were interesting. This is not the normal kind of book I would choose to read, but when I was approached by the publisher I decided to give it a try. I found Monique’s trips abroad to be interesting as I have been to many of the places she visits. This is not going to be a book for everyone as she does go into mild details of her sexual experiences with her ‘dates’. I did find the book on the whole to be a bit of a slow read. I do like the selected cover art. I give this novel a 3.6 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).