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Book Review – Alias Emma

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Ava Glass is the author of Alias Emma which was published in 2022. This is her first publication.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Due to scenes of violence and mature language, I categorize this novel as R.

Emma Makepeace has just completed her training as a British secret agent, but that name is only her working alias. Her first assignment seems easy enough. She simply has to escort the son of a Russian dissident across London. And she has 12 hours to do it.

But that is before the Russians hack into London’s extensive CCTV surveillance system. Buses, subways, cars, and trains, the normal means of transportation, are all being watched. Nor can they use a cell phone or a credit card without signaling their location. Emma and her charge must find their way across London without disclosing themselves to the Russian assassins pursuing them.

I enjoyed the 7+ hours I spent reading this 273-page thriller. The novel has action, intrigue, and romance woven into the plot. While I understand the chosen cover artwork, a London city map, I do not think it is very engaging. I give this novel a rating of 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Book Review – Tark’s Ticks War Paint

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Chris Glatte https://chrisglatte.com is the author of more than a dozen novels. Tark’s Ticks War Paint was published in 2022 and is the sixth novel in his Tark’s Ticks series.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Due to scenes of violence, I categorize this book/novel as R.

Tark and his Alamo Ranger squad are still deployed in New Guinea. Added to the unit is a replacement. Not only does the ‘new guy’ need to prove himself, but his Japanese heritage instantly puts him at odds with the rest of the team. They must set aside their differences and carry out their assigned missions.

Their first task is to perform a quiet reconnaissance on a Japanese airfield. As is often the case, plans quickly change, and the squad finds itself in combat. The second mission takes the unit deep into Japanese-held territory. Military Intelligence has uncovered plans for a Japanese General to visit a small island outpost. The squad is to intercept and kill him.

Their final mission in this novel involves a POW rescue attempt. The team is sent in ahead of the main rescue force. They decide to stray from their orders to reach additional POWs.

I enjoyed the 6+ hours I spent reading this 300-page WWII action thriller. This is the second novel (The other was Tark’s Ticks Dark Valley) in the series that I have read. This is just as good as the previous novel. There is plenty of action, but the squad is not able to escape taking casualties. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a rating of 4.5 (rounded up to 5) out of 5.

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If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Resources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 590 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.

Book Review: “The Export’s Revenge”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author J. K. Kelly (https://jkkelly.com) published the novel The Export’s Revenge in 2021. Mr. Kelly has published six novels. This is the second novel in his ‘The Export’ series. I had the chance to interview the author in September of 2019. You can read that interview here

I received a copy of this novel from the author in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of violence. The story takes place at various locations around the world. The primary character is FBI agent Matt Christopher. 

This novel picks up shortly after the first novel in the series, The Export, concludes. Christopher has taken a job protecting a wealthy yacht owner. Christopher barely survives an attack on the vessel. Soon after, he learns that his sister has been brutally attacked and may not survive. He flies immediately to Rome to check on her. He believes that the attack resulted from some of his prior actions. 

Forced to leave the FBI Christopher forms his own company. One of his first hires is Francesca. She is a former Italian policewoman and Special Forces operative. Christopher’s relationship with his ex-wife Claire seems to be growing closer. He has been warned though that he shouldn’t trust her. He is not sure what to believe. The US President offers Christopher a position within his administration. He tells Christopher that he wants him to seek out those who are abusing their positions. This was what Christopher had been trying to do when forced to leave the US years before. He is tempted, but he is wary of the offer. 

Things are happening that seem to have a link to Brit Thomas Sinclair. Christopher had helped an MI5 friend bring down the powerful Sinclair (see book #1). What has happened to Christopher and his family seems tied to the Sinclair family.

I enjoyed the 6 hours I spent reading this 362-page thriller. While this novel can be read stand-alone, it would be best to read The Export first. This is a much better-written novel than the first in the series. It is very exciting and packed with action. The cover art is a little dull, but it is OK. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review: SAS: Red Notice

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Andy McNab (the pen name of Steven Billy Mitchell) published the novel “SAS: Red Notice” in 2021 (originally published in 2012). Mr. McNab has published nearly 4 dozen novels. This is the first of his “SAS (Tom Buckingham)” 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 mature language and violence. The story is set in the contemporary UK. The primary character is SAS operative, Tom Buckingham. 

The SAS and British Intelligence have been after Lazlo for war crimes. They thought they had him cornered in England but he escaped. SAS Sergeant Tom Buckingham was part of the effort to capture Lazlo. His commitment to duty and his country is weighing upon him. It is causing him to struggle in his relationship with the young French woman Delphine. 

When Delphine gets fed up with Tom, she heads back home to France. Tom goes after her and finds himself on the Eurostar train. By coincidence, Lazlo is also on the Eurostar. Once they are under the Channel Lazlo and his team takes the train. Only Tom is in a position to thwart their plans and save the 400 passengers.

Tom uses every bit of his skill and training to confront the terrorists. Will it be enough to save the passengers? To save the Chunnel? To save Delphine?  

I enjoyed the 8+ hours I spent reading this 344-page thriller. This was an excellent thriller. The main character Tom Buckingham is at the center of one conflict after another. Alone he confronts and outthinks the terrorists again and again. His valiant efforts do not leave him or Delphine unscathed. This novel is an action-packed start to a thriller series. I am looking forward to reading more! I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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