Tag Archives: Thriller

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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Review of “The Candidate”

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Book Reviews – “The Candidate” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Lisa Wiehl (http://liswiehlbooks.com). Ms. Wiehl has published 14 novels. This is the second in her “Newsmakers” 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 across the contemporary US. The primary character is journalist Erica Sparks, a top-rated cable news host.

Time is approaching for the parties to choose their presidential candidates. Sparks is on location where two potential candidates are to have a debate before their party’s convention. A bomber strikes and a candidate, along with many others, are killed. The remaining candidate, Mike Ortiz, is now guaranteed his party’s nomination.

Sparks begins to have questions about Ortiz. On the surface he is a strong candidate, but the more she digs into his background the more questions she has. As she seeks assistance from others to investigate Ortiz, many die under questionable circumstances.

Can Sparks confirm her fears before the election and will she be able to bring the truth to the American people?

I enjoyed the 6+ hours I spent reading this 348 page Mystery Thriller. I liked the character of Sparks and those regulars around her. I thought that the plot concept of a presidential candidate who is possibly under someone’s control was interesting. There were twists and turns in the plot keeping me very involved with the story. While I think that the ending could have been stronger, I liked the novel. The cover art is OK, implying Washington intrigue. I give this novel a 4.2 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “A Line Too Far”

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Book Review – “A Line Too Far” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by B. C. Colman. This is Mr. Colman’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 ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in and around contemporary Australia. The primary character is Australian Prime Minister Gary Stone, though there are many other characters of significance.

China makes a sneak attack on Australia, taking over all of the military bases in the north of the country. Thousands of military are held hostage and negotiations begin to formalize the new ownership of the north. Stone decides on an extreme plan of action that he hopes will bluff the Chinese into leaving Australia.

The story encompasses conflict within the Australian government. You are taken on missions by the Australian SAS and Navy. There is also a few stories of how the invasion affected some of the civilian.

I enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 324 page Thriller. I liked the characters depicted in the story. I thought that this was a good plot. The cover art is OK, but doesn’t really convey much about the story. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Vignette for “Life”

Movie Trailer – The movie “Life” opens on March 24. The core of the story is that a sample thought to contain indications of life is returned from Mars to the International Space Station for analysis.

The six on the ISS do find signs of life. They also discover why there is no longer any life on Mars.

Looks like an interesting Science Fiction/Thriller/Horror movie. I hope it is more of the first two. From the scenes included in this clip, they seem to be trying to make the footage on the ISS believeable. We will get a chance to discover for out selves when it opens in a couple of weeks.

Review of “Translucid”

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Book Review – “Translucid” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Zen DiPietro. Ms. DiPietro has published 9 novels. This is the first in her “Dragonfire Station” 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 mild scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set in the far future. The main characters is Emé Fallon, the security chief of Dragonfire Station.

She wakes up from an accident without any memory of who she is, though strangely she remembers all of her skills. As the looks into her accident, she begins to feel that it was more likely the result of tampering with her shuttle.

She has many suspects, as she remembers no one. Her wife, the Captain of the station, her second in command – the list is endless. She does begin to discover things, and she gradually finds some people that she thinks she can trust. The more she digs, the more signs she sees that her injury was not from an accident, and that it is likely part of some much larger plot.

I really liked this 275 page Science Fiction novel. There is a bit of Mystery and Intrigue, as well as a little action. There is a bit of romance between Fallon and her wife. I liked the plot line of the story and the characters that populated it. It looks to be a good start to a series. The cover art is reasonable, as most of the story takes place on the depicted Dragonfire Station. I give this novel a 4.7 (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).

Review of “Rogue Threat”

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Book Review – “Rogue Threat” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by A. J. Tata (http://www.ajtata.com). Mr. Tata has published seven novels. This is the second in his “Threat” 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 some Mature Situations. The story is about a Special Operation operator, Matt Garrett. He is still recovering from the wounds suffered during the mission described in book #1, ’Sudden Threat’.

Islamic Terrorists are discovered to be planning new and potentially devastating attacks against the US. Garrett is put on their trail. He is also searching for missing drones that it is feared will be used to deliver weapons of mass destruction agains US targets. Two beautiful young women enter his life helping him in his pursuit of Terrorists, but he is not sure if he can truly trust either. They are not the only players in the US intelligence structure that he is not confident in.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 10 hours I spent reading this 338 page thriller. I liked the characters. I also liked the good job the author did of keeping the suspense up until near the end. There was plenty of action and intrigue throughout the story. The cover art does a good job of implying the threat from the missing drones, but the story goes far beyond this. I give this novel a 4.8 (rounded up to 5) out of 5.

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