Tag Archives: Fiction

Review of “The Rogue Agent”

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Book Reviews – “The Rogue Agent” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Daniel Judson (http://danieljudsonbooks.com/). Mr. Judson has published a dozen novels. This is the second book in his “The Agent” 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 character is former covert ops agent Tom Sexton.

Sexton thinks he has been hiding and invisible to his former boss. He finds that is far from the truth. He is drawn back into his past when he is approached by his former boss to help protect a young girl.

This quickly leads Sexton and his girlfriend into one dangerous situation after another. He also learns much about his family that had been kept hidden from him up to now.

I really enjoyed the 7 hours I spent reading this 354 page fiction thriller. I liked the characters that were developed for the novel as well as the plot. 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).

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Trailer for “A Quiet Place”

Trailers – The trailer for the film “A Quiet Place” is very different. The family living in the remote farm must be quiet at all costs, thus the trailer is without dialog. Should the family make sound by accident, they will be hunted. The synopsis from IMDB:

A family lives an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound.

It looks interesting as a ‘horror’ movie. We’ll see how good it is when it opens in April of 2018.

 

Review of “Crossed Lines”

Book ReviewsShort Stories – The short story “Crossed Lines” was written by Jack Lockwood. This is a quick (10 minute) read of a Mystery short story.

A man phone’s his wife and gets a crossed phone connection. He listens to her talk with her current lover. Most upsetting though is her casual mention of hiring a neighbor to kill him, her husband. While still in shock over what he has heard, the killer shows up at his office.

Review of “Besieged”

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Book Reviews – “Besieged” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by A. J. Tata (http://www.ajtata.com). Mr. Tata has published 9 novels. This is the third of his “Captain Jake Mahegan” 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 character is US Army Captain (retired) Jake Mahegan.

While Mahegan is retired from his time as a Special Forces operator, he is still loosely connected. When responding to a call for help from a deceased colleague’s daughter, he is drawn into the plot for an attack on the US by terrorists.

Mahegan must avoid terrorists that come after him. He must also find a young girl they have kidnapped. She is autistic, but a brilliant mathematician. Her math and programming skills are sought by the terrorists to aid in their large scale attack on the US.

I really enjoyed the 10 hours I spent reading this 464 page Fiction Thriller. I have read other novels by Mr. Tata and really have enjoyed them. He does a good job crafting a modern military thriller. I thought the characters were well developed and I liked the plot for this novel. I liked the inclusion of drones into the plot. The choice of art work was very appropriate for this novel. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “The Case of the Missing Stradivarius”

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Book Reviews – “The Case of the Missing Stradivarius” eBook was published in 2016 (the original paper edition was published in 2009) and was written by Emanuel E Garcia. This is Mr. Garcia’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 ‘G’. The story is set during the heyday of Sherlock Holmes. As you would expect, the primary characters are Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.

A noted violinist comes to London to give a performance, but his rare Stradivarius violin is stolen. He and his wife seek out help from Watson and Holmes to recover the rare instrument.

I was disappointed with this novella. I was really expecting more of a mystery with this 133 page Homes tale. The characters of Watson and Holmes were well represented, but I did not think much of the mystery they set about to solve. The cover are is OK, but I would have chosen something with a violin in it since that was the focus of the mystery. I give this novel a 2.7 (rounded up to a 3) out of 5.

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Review of “Checkmate for China”

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Book Reviews – “Checkmate for China” eBook was published in 2017 (original paper edition published in 1969) and was written by Geoffrey Osborne. Mr. Osborne 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 the midst of the Cold War. The primary characters are James Dingle and Glyn Jones, both British secret agents.

Commercial passenger aircraft have disappeared with no trace. On board have been leading space scientists from both the UK and Russia. Dingle and Jones are given the mission to determine who is behind the abductions and find the missing scientists. Jones, along with Russian agents, pose as space scientists, but they too disappear. Dingle follows a lead to China, but feels like he is immediately being watched.

I thought that this was an interesting 4.5 hour read for this 208 page Spy Thriller. It is a little aged, but still not a bad story. I liked the characters. They closely follow the ‘James Bond’ mold. I am not a fan of the cover art. I don’t think is has anything to do with the story. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “Black Phoenix”

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Book Reviews – “Black Phoenix” eBook was published in 2017 (original paper edition was published in 1994) and was written by George Bernau. Mr. Bernau published three 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 and Mature Situations. The story is set in the closing days of World War II. The primary character is US Army Major Thomas Sheridan, an Army Intelligence officer.

Berlin is about to fall to Allied troops. The Nazis are all but crushed, but they still have a plan. Key officials are secretly transported to South America along with a deadly substance known as Black Phoenix. Sheridan, along with his partner and lover Debra Marks, are sent in search of the fleeing Germans and for a lead on Black Phoenix.

They find that Nazi leadership still has a plan to conquer the world, and thousands may die. It becomes a race to see if they can survive the German fanatics and save the world.

I thought that this was an interesting 8.5 hour read of a 291 page World War II era Thriller. This is a little old and shows its age some, but it is still an interesting read. I am not sure why the cover are was chosen as rockets are not part of the plot. I give this novel a 3.4 (rounded down to a 3) out of 5.

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Review of “Blackout”

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Book Reviews – “Blackout” eBook was published in 2017 (original version published in 2012) and was written by Marc Elsberg (http://www.marcelsberg.com/en/). This is Mr. Elsberg’s third 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 Violence. The story takes place in contemporary Europe. Several characters play significant roles in the story. The most prominent character is Italian former hacker and activist, and currently software developer Piero Manzano.

Without any warning power starts to fail across Europe. As the power outage lingers, officials soon realize that the blackout has resulted from an attack. Power companies struggle to get the grid back up, but they encounter one problem after another. Manzano makes some interesting discoveries as to the cause of the blackout, but is received with more doubt than open arms. His past make many think he is involved with the attack.

After days without power, civilization and government across Europe begins to break down. Manzano must take some severe risks to prove he isn’t involved and uncover those who are.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 6.5 hours I spent reading this modern techno-thriller. I have read many technical articles concerning the power grid in both Europe and the US, and this fictional story does not sound all that far fetched. I enjoyed the wide cast of characters in the story. I’m not sure what the cover art is supposed to depict. I think there would have been other choices that would have related more to the story. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Review of “Remember, Remember”

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Book Reviews – “Remember, Remember” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Anna Elliott (http://www.annaelliottbooks.com) and Charles Veley. Ms. Elliott has published 17 novels and Mr. Veley over a dozen. This is the fourth book in their “Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James Mystery” 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 ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the Victorian are of the original Sherlock Holmes. The primary characters are Sherlock Holmes and the young American woman Lucy James.

James wakes up outside the British Museum without any memories of who she is, but with a sore bump on her head. She begins to search for her identity and she soon finds herself being pursued by people she doesn’t know. She does seem to have a feeling about the name Sherlock Holmes. The mystery quickly grows beyond her identity as she is drawn into an effort to identify German spies that have infiltrated the British government.

I really enjoyed the 5.5 hours I spend reading this Sherlock Holmes mystery. The story was well crafted and fits into the original story line of the Holmes mysteries. I liked the characters as well as the plot. It almost had the feel of two separate story lines in one book, one dealing with James’ amnesia and the other with the german spies. The novel cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Review of “Traitors Gait”

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Book Reviews – “Traitor’s Gate” eBook was published in 2017 (original paper edition was published in 1969) and was written by Geoffrey Osborne. Mr. Osborne 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 ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set during the late 60s during the height of the cold war. The primary character is British secret agent James Dingle.

Dingle, along with long time friend and partner Glyn Jones are sent to the Soviet Union to obtain copies of plans for a space based bombardment system. The mission seems to be going well until Dingle is captured by the Russians. he soon learns that he was betrayed by one of his team.

Will he be able to escape? Will he be able to bring justice to the turncoat?

I enjoyed the 2.5 hours I spent reading this Thriller novella. The story was clearly dated, but it still was a good read. I do not think the cover art adds much as the story had nothing to do with tanks. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.

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