Category Archives: Thriller

Review of “Wind of Death”

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Book Reviews – “Wind of Death” eBook was published in 2016 (original paper edition published in 1990) and was written by Robert Jackson (https://www.fantasticfiction.com/j/robert-jackson/). Mr. Jackson published more than 50 books.

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 mostly in Germany and Poland during the closing years (1944) of World War II. The primary character is British SAS Captain Callum Douglas.

Douglas and his band of SAS commandos are sent into Poland to destroy a secret German rocket base. The base has developed a multistage rocked capable of reaching both London and Moscow. To make matters worse, intelligence sources have evidence that the Germans have developed a potent nerve gas. The gas together with the new rocket means that the Germans can attack and kill entire cities.

Douglas must penetrate the secret base and destroy the rockets before they can be used against the Allies and turn the tide of the war.

I enjoyed the 4.5 hours I spend reading this World War II Thriller. This is the sequel to “Attack at Night”. I have read several of Jackson’s novels and have enjoyed them all. The cover art is reasonable for this behind the lines commando mission. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “Gunmetal Gray”

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Book Review – “Gunmetal Gray” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Mark Greaney (http://markgreaneybooks.com). Mr. Greaney has published six novels on his own in the Gray Man series, and seven more with Tom Clancy.

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 China, Vietnam and Thailand. The primary character is Court Gentry, the Gray Man.

Gentry has taken on an assignment for the CIA. A Chinese cyber warfare specialist, Fan Jiang, is on the run and it is trying to get out of China. The Chinese want to kill him, while the US and Russia want to help his escape and find out all he knows about China’s cyber warfare capabilities.

Things get complicated after Jiang gets involved with asian gangs in his attempt to make it to Taiwan. Gentry and the Russians keep bumping heads as they both try to extract Jiang from the gangsters who have taken him. Gentry also finds himself with a little dangerous romance. But all is not what it seems and Gentry soon finds that he has not been told the full story.

I enjoyed the nearly 13 hours I spent with his spy novel. I thought that the plot was interesting and this was a pretty typical spy thriller. I would certainly read another in the series. The cover art is OK, but does not convey much about the story. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “Battle for Glory”

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Book ReviewWWII – “Battle for Glory” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Chad Ehler (http://ghqhomeforces.com). This seems to be Mr. Ehler’s first publication.

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 mostly in England and some in France during the early days (1940) of World War II. The primary characters are RAF pilot Sherlock Owen Templeton and Luftwaffe pilot Herr Oberst Erich Mathieu Von List.

Templeton has seen action, but because of a terrible accident has been flying a desk for the past few months. He meets a mysterious American girl just as his orders change, putting him back into action.

The girl, Faith Hannah Fuller, is a pilot and part of a Churchill special project. She will be using her significant skills as an amphibious aircraft pilot to rescue downed airmen.

Von List is not only a pilot but also part of the SS. He comes across a tunnel from the French coast nearly to England built by the Romans for their planned invasion.

These three become intertwined. Von List encounters Fuller in the air, but is intrigued by her beauty and flying skills. Templeton flies reconnaissance missions and searches for the mysterious girl he met in London. Von List prepares for the German invasion of England through the tunnel he discovered. As he sneaks out at the newly made opening in England, he finds the beautiful girl he almost shot down to be stationed very near where the tunnel exit is hidden. Using his polished English, Von List mixes with the locals, gathering intelligence for the invasion and romancing Fuller.

Fuller becomes romantically entangled with both Von List, who she thinks is English, and Templeton. The secret invasion quickly approaches. Will Von List succeed with the invasion? Who will Fuller end up with? How will the growing rivalry between Von List and Templeton end?

I enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 217 page World War II Thriller. I did like the premise of the plot as well as the characters. Some of it was kind of far fetched, but then that is often the case with thrillers. The way the novel ended there could easily be sequels. I hope that there are. The cover art is OK in that it is, in part, a story about flying, but the chosen picture does not relate closely to the plot. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Trailer for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”

Trailers – I enjoyed the first of these movies “Kingman: The Secret Service” and I’m glad to see that there will soon be a sequel on the big screen. I have always liked these “James Bond” type thrillers since I was a kid in Junior High and read the first Ian Fleming novels.

This looks to be another great tale of spies, gadgets and special affects. The official synopsis of the movie is:

“Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced the world to Kingsman — an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the U.S. called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

Unfortunately we won’t get to see it in the theaters until September 22. It looks like it may well be worth the wait for this fun adventure.

Review of “Nomad”

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Book Review – “Nomad” was published in 2016 and was written by James Swallow. Mr. Swallow has been a prolific author with many publications to his credit. This is the first in his “Rubicon” 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 set mostly in the UK and Europe, though with a little in the US. The primary character is Marc Nash, formerly of the Royal Navy and now a member of MI6.

He and his team are making a raid on a suspected terrorist ship in the harbor at Dunkirk. Nash is part of the support crew stationed in a nearby truck to guide the real shooters as they make the approach to the ship. In moments the mission blows apart, literally and figuratively. The entire team is dead, including Nash’s lover Samantha Green, and he barely escapes with his life.

Nash is being pursued and must find his way discretely back to England. But when he gets back to MI6 he is the primary target in the investigation into what happened to team “Nomad”. He must clear his name or he will be buried forever.

Rubicon is an organization run by a billionaire with a strike force of its own. Rubicon hears of Nash and needs to find out what he knows. They tell Nash that they are the good guys, but he has serious doubts. Soon he and Rubicon agent Lucy Keyes are struggling for their lives and are in desperate pursuit of terrorists that are determined to take their war to America.

I thought this was an enjoyable 13+ hour read. This was a typical intelligence/spy story, but I did enjoy it. There was plenty of action and a good plot. The cover art was nice, but really didn’t give much insite to the story other than it dealt with the Middle East. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Trailer #2 for “Atomic Blonde”

Trailers – I posted the first trailer about a week ago. This new one shows a few different scenes. This looks to be an action packed spy thriller much in the vain of the original James Bond thrillers. The film is based on the graphic novel “The Coldest City” and is set during the final days of the Cold War.

From the looks of the two trailers this could be a very entertaining movie. We will know when it opens July 28.

Trailer for “Atomic Blonde”

Trailers – Interesting British spy thriller set during the cold war, full of action with Charlize Theron playing the lead role. The story line is “An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.”

The movie certainly seems to have a lot of action scenes. It might be something to watch for when it premiers July 28.

Review of “Codename Lazarus”

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Book Reviews – “Codename Lazarus” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by A. P. Martin (http://www.apmartin.co.uk). This is Mr. Martin’s first publication.

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 and Mature Situations. The story is set in Germany and England during the years 1933-1940 . The primary character is history professor Dr. John King.

King has spent time in 1933 Germany before Hitler rose to power and left just as the Nazis were beginning to take control of the country. Later in 1939 his old Oxford professor called him in to a secret meeting. The professor had been working for British Intelligence and sought King as a new recruit for a secret mission. King agrees even though the though of faking his own death does not sit well. King returns to Germany to find out more about the ever more powerful Nazis before a well conceived hiking ‘accident’ in Switzerland renders ‘John King’ dead.

King, now using the name James Kemp, takes the place of an ousted German who has been leading a spy ring in the UK. King works the traitors, gathering information on each of them and their contacts. The Battle for Britain is at its height and all fear that Germany will soon invade. King finds himself the subject of a search by Scotland Yard’s Special Branch and by a real German spy sent into the UK to revive the spy network.

I enjoyed the 10.5 hours I spent reading this 365 page World War II Thriller. I liked the time scale that the novel covered. The plot was interesting, though not exactly unique. There was intrigue and a little action, though I think more action would have made this a better read. I also was not happy with the conclusion as it left many loose ends. Perhaps a sequel is planned. The cover art is OK, in line with the Swiss accident. I give this novel a 3.9 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “The Tao Deception”

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Book Reviews – “The Tao Deception” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by John Green (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_M._Green). This is Mr. Green’s fourth novel and is the second of his “Tori Swyft” thrillers. It is available on Amazon. for the Kindle.

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 takes place in the US, North Korea and in China. The primary character is Dr. Tori Swyft, a former CIA operative and now an analyst for the private firm SIS.

Swyft and colleague Frank Chaudry, formerly of MI6, are involved with brokering a huge deal between a Chinese telecommunications company and Greek firm. As they work with both parties, they begin to suspect something is going on with the Chinese company. Coinciding with this, an unheard of Islamic group in China, RUA, takes credit for assassinating the Pope, then the Prime Ministers of Australia and Russia. This causes great unrest around the world.

Swyft and Chaudry find themselves in the middle of the unrest and on the trail of a secret that will rock the world. While she tries to send information back to a contact in Washington, her reports are untrusted. It becomes a race to see if Swyft will be able to find the proof that is needed and convince those in Washington that she is not part of the conspiracy before a disaster strikes the US.

I really enjoyed the just shy of 9 hours I spent reading this 388 page Thriller. There was both action and political intrigue in this contemporary spy novel. I liked the character of Tori Swyft and will look forward to future novels in the series. The author did a fair job of including some twists and turns in the plot to keep the real villains from becoming apparent too soon. The cover art is reasonable for the story. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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