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Simon Scarrow: Playing with Death (Review)

Simon Scarrow

Simon Scarrow is a Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author. After a childhood spent travelling the world, he pursued his great love of history as a teacher, before becoming a full-time writer. His Roman soldier heroes Cato and Macro made their debut in 2000 in UNDER THE EAGLE, and have subsequently appeared in many bestsellers in the Eagles of the Empire series, including CENTURION, THE GLADIATOR and most recently INVICTUS.

Simon is also the author of the novels YOUNG BLOODS, THE GENERALS, FIRE AND SWORD and THE FIELDS OF DEATH, chronicling the lives of the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte, and of SWORD & SCIMITAR, the epic tale of the 1565 Siege of Malta, and HEARTS OF STONE, set in Greece during the Second World War.

Simon has also co-written two bestselling novel with T.J. Andrews, ARENA and INVADER.

He lives in the historic city of Norwich.

For the most up to date info and news on Simon, visit his Facebook page

Author web site

Lee Francis worked for several years in the world of film, TV and advertising as a script reader and assistant director. PLAYING WITH DEATH, written with his former lecturer Simon Scarrow, is his first novel.

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Playing With Death

PLAYING WITH DEATH is a gripping, edge-of-your seat contemporary thriller that marks a new direction for legendary historical novelist Simon Scarrow, writing with exciting new talent Lee Francis. Not to be missed by readers of David Baldacci and Michael Crichton.

FBI Special Agent Rose Blake has faced evil and survived.

Haunted by a failed undercover mission, Rose is finding it hard to shake the memories of her close encounter with a ruthless serial killer – one who is still free, and could strike again without warning.

The call to investigate a suspected arson attack that’s left a man dead is a welcome distraction. It’s not the kind of case usually assigned to the FBI, but nothing about this crime is usual. As Rose digs deeper, she finds herself confronting the sort of imagination her son might see in the fantasy worlds of his video games.

But when your opponent is a killer, nothing feels like a game. . .

Review

I approach every Scarrow book with caution, Not because of the quality but because I’ve been fortunate enough to know both brothers for quite a few years and have really enjoyed their books. Simon’s books were among my introductory books into Historical Fiction and as such they have to have a special place in my reading and has helped define the reader i am now. So every new book has the potential as a voracious reader of the genre to find a fault, to pick holes and its never something i feel totally comfortable with. Fortunately Simon rarely offers me the opportunity.

So when something new comes along, Simon Scarrow doing Crime Fiction, i have to think, Hmmmm? ok! lets give it a go. Also a collaboration, and something adapted from a TV series idea…. this could have car crash all over it, and how do i review that?

Starting the book i have to say i was concerned, the writing didn’t have the feel of Simon’s usual work, the writing felt a little clunky and simplistic. But i think as much as anything that was the building of the concept, how to explain it to the reader, and so it came over as talking to the reader, and me projecting my concern onto the concept a little, also reading in bite sized morsels where this book needs to be read in large chunks to really absorb the concept.

In Playing with Death,  Simon and Lee tackle some really interesting concepts around modern society, social media and gaming.  Simon surprises and uses a female as his central figure (not something you would expect from the writer of Macro and Cato, but integral to this plot) and it works very well, if a little male in thinking occasionally, which can fit with the male orientated profession. But the concept of the books criminal and the “Skin” soon takes flight in the book, mixed with the backdrop of the chase for a deadly serial killer with a personal dislike for the lead FBI agent Rose Blake and the misdirection for the crimes happening. The chase gets more and more twisted, the concept of the tech and mix of social media more and more real and uncomfortable building to a thrilling conclusion. Wrapped around this is the family life of Agent Rose Blake, a family that gets drawn into the mix as inextricably as we all do to the world of the internet, caught up in the social media world and all its pit falls.

Simon and Lee shine an uncomfortable family light on our personal dependence on Social media and gadgets, that urge, desire to pull out your smart phone to check facebook, to check your email. The drug that is the internet has changed the world and we need to remember to turn it off, to disconnect and be part of a more realistic world, because the fake news, fake world and impossible world of photo shopped celebs and everything of its ilk on the internet all impact and shape our children and ourselves. Its that message that makes this book stand out, makes it a book that i really recommend and helps make this a very good crime thriller.

(Parm)

Other work from Simon Scarrow

Series
Eagles of the Empire
1. Under the Eagle (2000)
2. The Eagle’s Conquest (2001)
3. When the Eagle Hunts (2002)
4. The Eagle and the Wolves (2003)
5. The Eagle’s Prey (2004)
6. The Eagle’s Prophecy (2005)
7. The Eagle in the Sand (2006)
aka The Zealot
8. Centurion (2007)
9. The Gladiator (2009)
10. The Legion (2010)
11. Praetorian (2011)
12. The Blood Crows (2013)
13. Brothers in Blood (2014)
14. Britannia (2015)
15. Invictus (2016)
16. Day of the Caesars (2017)
Eagles of the Empire Series Book 1-5 (omnibus) (2017)
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Wellington and Napoleon
1. Young Bloods (2006)
2. The Generals (2007)
3. Fire and Sword (2007)
4. The Fields of Death (2010)
The Wellington and Napoleon Quartet (omnibus) (2015)
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Gladiator
1. Fight for Freedom (2011)
2. Street Fighter (2012)
3. Son of Spartacus (2013)
4. Vengeance (2014)
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Roman Arena (with T J Andrews)
1. Barbarian (2012)
2. Challenger (2012)
3. First Sword (2013)
4. Revenge (2013)
5. Champion (2013)
Arena (omnibus) (2013)
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Invader (with T J Andrews)
1. Death Beach (2014)
2. Blood Enemy (2014)
3. Dark Blade (2014)
4. Imperial Agent (2015)
5. Sacrifice (2015)
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Novels
The Sword and the Scimitar (2012)
Hearts of Stone (2015)
Invader (2016) (with T J Andrews)
Playing With Death (2017) (with Lee Francis)
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Novellas
Red Christmas (2014)
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Nick Louth: Bite (Blog Tour Review)

After graduating from the London School of Economics in 1979, Nick Louth was City Editor of Prestel CitiService before joining Reuters in 1987.

During 12 years working for Reuters, Nick Louth worked in New York, Amsterdam, London and Hong Kong. His articles have appeared in many of the world’s major newspapers, from USA Today to the Wall Street Journal. He has interviewed some of the world’s most powerful executives, from Microsoft’s Bill Gates to Jack Welch of General Electric, and he has appeared on Reuters Television, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service.

Freelance since 1998, Nick has written for the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle, and MSN. Multiply Your Money, Nick Louth’s UK savings and investment guide was published by McGraw Hill in November 2001, the three volumes of the Bernard Jones Diaries in 2007/8 by Harriman House, and a best-selling thriller, Bite, in 2007. His Investor’s Chronicle Piece ‘Making Sense of Chaos’ was the 2013 article of the year for the UK Chartered Financial Analysts society..

Author web site

 

Book Description

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Tomorrow should be the greatest day of Erica Stroud-Jones’s life. In just 24 hours this brilliant young scientist will present her secret work to a conference in Amsterdam – research that promises to revolutionise the battle against a deadly tropical disease. Millions of lives could be saved; a Nobel Prize beckons.

Arriving to watch her are sceptics and rivals, admirers and enemies. Erica’s own eyes will be on sculptor Max Carver, her American new love to whom she will dedicate her achievement.

Tomorrow never comes.

Erica vanishes during the night. Max, desperate, terrified, sets out to find her, descending into an underworld full of malice and cunning. But even he is shocked by the dark terror he finds in the heart of the woman he loves.

Review

Its always nice to be involved in an authors blog tour. It helps though if the book has been fun, and in this case it was…. fun in that it left me with the itch you get from books about insects, the scratch of the bite, the paranoia from the potential for illness. It reminded me a little of Robin Cooks Outbreak, it gave that same paranoid feeling. But the book then has another surprising edge, a criminal tale, a war zone, a tale of revenge and a tale of love twisted by time and circumstance.  I’ve not read anything by this author before but have to admit to being very surprised by how much he packed into what on first glance appeared a simplistic thriller.

The timeslip element keeps the reader on tenterhooks throughout, pulling you along from one scene to the next, constantly wanting to jump forward or back in time. The characters are well drawn, there are no super heroes here, Max our main character barely escapes a scene without injury, and despite the billing Erica only really exists in the past, the female in the present has just as many skeletons in her closet, and Nick Louth teases them out like a pro.

This thriller is more than a poolside make weight, its deserves some reading. (in fact i wouldn’t read it anywhere you need to wear mossie spray)

Recommended

(Parm)

 

Series
Bernard Jones diaries
1. The Funny Money (2007)
2. Bernard Jones and the Temple of Mammon (2007)
3. Dunces with Wolves (2008)
Novels
Bite: The Most Gripping Thriller You Will Ever Read (2007)
Heartbreaker: Love, secrets and terror (2014)
Non fiction
Multiply Your Money: The Easy Guide to Savings and Investments (2001)

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J D Robb Obsession in Death (Blog Tour Review)

Romance novelist Nora Roberts

J D Robb

A pseudonym used by Nora Roberts

With a phenomenal career full of bestsellers, Nora Roberts was ready for a new writing challenge. As her agent put it, like Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and caffeine-free Pepsi, a pseudonym offered her the opportunity to reach a new and different group of readers. The first futuristic suspense J. D. Robb book, Naked in Death, was published in paperback in 1995, and readers were immediately drawn to Eve Dallas, a tough cop with a dark past, and her even more mysterious love interest, Roarke.

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Obsession in Death

(2015)
(Book 40 in the In Death series)
A novel by J D Robb

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Lieutenant Eve Dallas walks the thin line between love and hate in this fabulous 40th thriller from #1 New York Times – bestseller J. D. Robb…

Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She – and her billionaire husband – are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation.

But now Eve has become the object of one person’s obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her – again and again…

With a murderer reading meanings into her every move, handling this case will be a delicate – and dangerous – psychological dance. And Eve knows that underneath the worship and admiration, a terrible threat lies in wait. Because the beautiful lieutenant is not at all grateful for these bloody offerings from her “true and loyal friend.” And in time, idols always fall..

Review

I have never read this author before, so i have to say i was astounded that this is book 40 in the series, and not the authors only series.

That fast alone meant that i was fairly sure the book would be credible, no one gets away with 40 books of average or below. So my first concern, how on earth does a newbie step into a series so late on? Not a moment of concern, not a beat missed, there is nothing in the story that made me stop and think i was missing out, not seeing a hidden reference or joke, the author has very cleverly woven the plot to keep fans happy and suck in new fans.

Her characterization is complex, strong and clever, and woven so carefully into a future setting that i was sucked straight into the authors  world. Add in some great twists turns and plot devices and any reader can see why the Name J D Robb is a regular feature in book shop crime sections.

I recommend these… well worth a read.

(Parm)

Series
In Death
1. Naked in Death (1995)
2. Glory in Death (1995)
3. Immortal in Death (1996)
4. Rapture in Death (1996)
5. Ceremony In Death (1997)
6. Vengeance in Death (1997)
7. Holiday in Death (1998)
8. Conspiracy in Death (1999)
9. Loyalty in Death (1999)
10. Witness in Death (2000)
11. Judgment in Death (2000)
12. Betrayal in Death (2001)
13. Seduction in Death (2001)
14. Reunion In Death (2002)
15. Purity in Death (2002)
16. Portrait in Death (2003)
17. Imitation in Death (2003)
18. Divided in Death (2004)
19. Visions in Death (2004)
20. Survivor in Death (2005)
21. Origin in Death (2005)
22. Memory in Death (2006)
23. Born in Death (2006)
24. Innocent in Death (2007)
25. Creation in Death (2007)
26. Strangers in Death (2008)
27. Salvation In Death (2008)
28. Promises in Death (2009)
29. Kindred in Death (2009)
30. Fantasy in Death (2009)
31. Indulgence in Death (2010)
32. Treachery in Death (2011)
33. New York to Dallas (2011)
34. Celebrity in Death (2012)
35. Delusion in Death (2012)
36. Calculated in Death (2013)
37. Thankless in Death (2013)
38. Concealed in Death (2014)
39. Festive in Death (2014)
40. Obsession in Death (2015)
41. Devotion in Death (2015)
Naked in DeathGlory in DeathImmortal in DeathRapture in Death
Ceremony In DeathVengeance in DeathHoliday in DeathConspiracy in Death
Loyalty in DeathWitness in DeathJudgment in DeathBetrayal in Death
Seduction in DeathReunion In DeathPurity in DeathPortrait in Death
Imitation in DeathDivided in DeathVisions in DeathSurvivor in Death
Origin in DeathMemory in DeathBorn in DeathInnocent in Death
Creation in DeathStrangers in DeathSalvation In DeathPromises in Death
Kindred in DeathFantasy in DeathIndulgence in DeathTreachery in Death
New York to DallasCelebrity in DeathDelusion in DeathCalculated in Death
Thankless in DeathConcealed in DeathFestive in DeathObsession in Death
In Death (Novellas)
Midnight in Death [short story] (1998) (in Silent Night)
Midnight in Death (1998)
Interlude in Death [short story] (2001)
Remember When (2003) (with Nora Roberts)
Haunted in Death [short story] (2006) (in Bump in the Night)
Haunted in Death (2006)
Interlude in Death (2006)
Eternity in Death [short story] (2007) (in Dead of Night)
Eternity in Death (2007)
Ritual in Death [short story] (2008) (in Suite 606)
Ritual in Death (2008)
Missing in Death [short story] (2009) (in The Lost)
Missing In Death (2009)
Big Jack (2010)
Chaos in Death [short story] (2011) (in The Unquiet)
Possession in Death (2012)
Chaos in Death (2013)
Ritual in Death / Missing in Death (2013)
Taken in Death (2013)
Midnight in DeathRemember WhenHaunted in DeathInterlude in Death
Eternity in DeathRitual in DeathMissing In DeathBig Jack
Possession in DeathChaos in DeathRitual in Death / Missing in DeathTaken in Death
In Death Omnibus
In Death Three-Book Set (2003)
Three in Death (2008)
In Death: The First Cases (2009)
Rapture in Death / Ceremony in Death (2010)
Creation in Death / Strangers in Death (2011)
In Death Books 1-5 (2011)
Time of Death (2011)
In Death Books 6-10 (2011)
In Death Books 11-15 (2011)
In Death Books 16-20 (2011)
In Death Books 21-25 (2011)
In Death Books 26-29 (2011)
In Death Books 30-32 (2011)
Midnight in Death / Interlude in Death (2013)
Chaos in Death / Possession in Death (2013)
Haunted in Death / Eternity in Death (2013)
In Death Three-Book SetThree in DeathIn Death: The First CasesRapture in Death / Ceremony in Death
Creation in Death / Strangers in DeathIn Death Books 1-5Time of DeathIn Death Books 6-10
In Death Books 11-15In Death Books 16-20In Death Books 21-25In Death Books 26-29
In Death Books 30-32Midnight in Death / Interlude in DeathChaos in Death / Possession in DeathHaunted in Death / Eternity in Death
Novels
Naked Came the Phoenix (2001) (with Nevada Barr, Mary Jane Clark, Diana Gabaldon, J A Jance, Faye Kellerman,Laurie R King, Val McDermid, Pam and Mary O’Shaughnessy, Anne Perry, Nancy Pickard, Lisa Scottoline and Marcia Talley)
Naked Came the Phoenix
Omnibus
Silent Night (1998) (with Claire Cross, Dee Holmes andSusan Plunkett)
Bump in the Night (2006) (with Mary Blayney, Ruth Langanand Mary Kay McComas)
Dead of Night (2007) (with Mary Blayney, Ruth Langan andMary Kay McComas)
Suite 606 (2008) (with Mary Blayney, Ruth Langan andMary Kay McComas)
The Lost (2009) (with Mary Blayney, Patricia Gaffney andRuth Langan)
The Unquiet (2011) (with Mary Blayney, Patricia Gaffney,Ruth Ryan Langan and Mary Kay McComas)
Mirror, Mirror (2013) (with Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas and R C Ryan)
Silent NightBump in the NightDead of NightSuite 606
The LostThe UnquietMirror, Mirror
Collections
Out of This World (2001) (with Laurell K Hamilton, Susan Krinard and Maggie Shayne)
The Other Side (2010) (with Mary Blayney, Patricia Gaffney, Ruth Ryan Langan and Mary Kay McComas)
Down the Rabbit Hole (2015) (with Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas and R C Ryan)
Out of This WorldThe Other Side
Short stories
Midnight in Death [short story] (1998)
Interlude in Death [short story] (2001)
Haunted in Death [short story] (2006)
Eternity in Death [short story] (2007)
Ritual in Death [short story] (2008)
Missing in Death [short story] (2009)
Chaos in Death [short story] (2011)

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Rebecca Cantrell The World Beneath & The Tesla Legacy (review)

Bio

Rebecca Cantrell author photographNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Cantrell has published nine novels in over ten different languages. Her novels have won the ITW Thriller, the Macavity, and the Bruce Alexander awards. They have been nominated for the GoodReads Choice award, the Barry, the RT Reviewers Choice, and the APPY award. She and her husband and son live in Berlin. Find Rebecca Cantrell on Facebook, Twitter, and at www.rebeccacantrell.com.

STORY BEHIND THE STORIES…

A few years ago Rebecca Cantrell quit her job, sold her house, and moved to Hawaii to write a novel because, at seven, she decided that she would be a writer. She wrote the Hannah Vogel mystery series set in Berlin in the 1930s, including A Trace of Smoke, A Night of Long Knives, A Game of Lies, and A City of Broken Glass.

She also wrote the Order of the Sanguines trilogy with James Rollins. The trilogy includes:The Blood Gospel, Innocent Blood, and Blood Infernal.

She also writes the Joe Tesla mystery series set in Grand Central Terminal and the tunnels underneath New York City. The series includes: The World Beneath and The Tesla Legacy.

A faded pink triangle pasted on the wall of Dachau Concentration Camp and time in Berlin, Germany in the 1980s inspired the Hannah Vogel series. Fluent in German, she received her high school diploma from the John F. Kennedy Schule in Berlin and studied at the Freie Universität in Berlin and the Georg August Universität in Göttingen before graduating from Carnegie Mellon University.

When she visited Berlin in the summer of 2006, she was astounded to discover that many locations in her novel have been rebuilt and reopened in the last few years, including the gay bar El Dorado and the Mosse House publishing house.

Her short stories have appeared in the Missing and First Thrills anthologies, and are available online.

Her screenplays The Humanitarian and A Taste for Blood were finalists at Shriekfest: The Los Angeles Horror/Sci-fi Film Festival.

The World Beneath

(2013)
(The first book in the Joe Tesla series)
A novel by Rebecca Cantrell

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Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Cantrell drops you into a vast, dark world: 100 miles of living, breathing, tunnels that is the New York City underground. This subterranean labyrinth inhales three million bustling commuters every day. And every day, it breathes them all out again… except for one.

Software millionaire Joe Tesla is set to ring the bell on Wall Street the morning his company goes public. On what should be the brightest day in his life, he is instead struck with severe agoraphobia. The sudden dread of the outside is so debilitating, he can’t leave his hotel at Grand Central Terminal, except to go underground. Bad luck for Joe, because in the tunnels lurk corpses and murderers, an underground Victorian mansion and a mysterious bricked-up 1940s presidential train car. Joe and his service dog, Edison, find themselves pursued by villains and police alike, their only salvation now is to unearth the mystery that started it all, a deadly, contagious madness on the brink of escaping The World Beneath.

The Tesla Legacy

(2015)
(The second book in the Joe Tesla series)
A novel by Rebecca Cantrell

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In New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Cantrell’s sequel to the award-winning The World Beneath, software genius, Joe Tesla, confronts an equally brilliant and far more powerful foe.

Still crippled by agoraphobia and confined to the tunnels under New York City, Joe is haunted by the fact that he cannot even attend his father’s funeral. His father’s death brings threats to the safety of Joe’s underground home: guilt over the broken relationship that can never be healed, a mysterious box of papers inherited from eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, and a ruthless enemy determined to steal those papers no matter the cost.

Mystified by why his inheritance is so valuable, Joe and his service dog, Edison, follow clues left a century ago by Joe’s famous ancestor to reveal the power of his family legacy. While Joe must rely on his considerable talents as a hacker, he must also reach out to friends.

But whom can he trust as he battles to save his beloved city from . . . The Tesla Legacy?

Review

No messing around on this one, straight into a simple question, please read these two books and someone please tell me how on earth these are being self published and are not coming out via a major publishing house?

Its not like the author hasn’t proven herself with the simply impeccable Order of the Sanguines series, she and James Rollins have created one of my favorite supernatural series of all time, each author seemingly bringing something better, deeper out of the others writing.

The Tesla series is an excellent, original and addictive series. Book 2 the Tesla Legacy shows some of the skills that i think consciously or unconsciously that she has drawn from writing with James Rollins, im going to be very intrigued to read his next stand alone, i feel he will also have picked up something.

I find that the series is very brave with its lead character, trapped as he is by his agoraphobia, any resolving of a crime or running from authorities, criminal, anyone at all is hindered, restricted to the tunnels. But those tunnels are vast, bigger than you can imagine. They go everywhere and give access to so much. Rebecca Cantrell brings those tunnels to life, makes them living arteries to the world of Joe Tesla. Unlike many authors she also knows the power of the supporting cast, who are drawn in, filled out and made fully fledged members of the plot, so you care what happens to them.

I rocketed through both of these books in a couple of days, and really want to get my hands on book three. Rebecca Cantrell is firmly ensconced as one of my go to Thriller writers now, bring on book 3

Highly recommended

(Parm)

Series

Hannah Vogel
1. A Trace of Smoke (2009)
2. A Night of Long Knives (2010)
3. A Game of Lies (2011)
4. A City of Broken Glass (2012)
A Trace of SmokeA Night of Long KnivesA Game of LiesA City of Broken Glass
Order of the Sanguines (with James Rollins)
0.5. City of Screams (2012)
1. The Blood Gospel (2013)
1.5. Blood Brothers (2013)
2. Innocent Blood (2013)
3. Blood Infernal (2015)
City of ScreamsThe Blood GospelBlood BrothersInnocent Blood
Blood Infernal
Joe Tesla
1. The World Beneath (2013)
2. The Tesla Legacy (2015)
The World BeneathThe Tesla Legacy
Omnibus
Adrenaline Rush (2014) (with Brett Battles, Sean Black,Robert Gregory Browne, Gregg Hurwitz, C J Lyons andZoë Sharp)
Adrenaline Rush
Novellas
On the Train (2013)
The Man in the Attic (2014)
On the TrainThe Man in the Attic

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2015: Titles i hope to review….

Every year around this time i post a list of books that i would like to review… its only ever a starter for 10, it only includes the ones i know, there are many i don’t, many that will be a surprise: Its a line in the sand (and maybe a hint for the lovely publishers 😉

I hope it also helps my fellow readers and bloggers know what is coming…..

Title Author Publisher Date
Rain on the Dead Jack Higgins Putnam 30/12/2014
The Providence of Fire: Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne: Book Two Brian Staveley Tor 15/01/2015
The Last Roman: Honour Jack Ludlow Allison & Busby 22/01/2015
The Mime Order (The Bone Season) Samantha Shannon Bloomsbury 27/01/2015
Blood Infernal: The Order of the Sanguines Series James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell William Morrow 10/02/2015
Guns of the Dawn Adrian Tchaikovsky Tor 12/02/2015
The Autumn Republic (Powder Mage trilogy) Brian McClellan Orbit 12/02/2015
Master of War: Defiant Unto Death David Gilman Head of Zeus 12/02/2015
Kings and Emperors: An Alan Lewrie Naval Adventure (Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures) Dewey Lambdin Thomas Dunne 24/02/2015
Fields of Wrath: A Renshai Novel Mickey Zucker Reichert DAW 24/02/2015
Wings of the Storm Giles Kristian Bantam 25/02/2015
Those Above (The Empty Throne) Daniel Polansky Hodder 26/02/2015
Gallow: The Anvil Nathan Hawke Gollancz 26/02/2015
The Boy Who Wept Blood (Erebus Sequence 2) Den Patrick Gollancz 28/02/2015
Maximus Richard L. Black Shadow Mountain 03/03/2015
Rome’s Lost Son: Vespasian VI Robert Fabbri Atlantic Books 05/03/2015
Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Four Christian Cameron Orion 12/03/2015
The Assassin (Isaac Bell Series) Clive Cussler Michael Joseph 12/03/2015
Sword Of The North (The Grim Company) Luke Scull Head of Zeus 12/03/2015
Empire of the Moghul: Traitors in the Shadows Alex Rutherford Headline 09/04/2015
Eagles at War: (Eagles of Rome 1) Ben Kane Preface 09/04/2015
Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Five Christian Cameron Orion 09/04/2015
Gallow: Solace Nathan Hawke Gollancz 09/04/2015
The Skull Throne (The Demon Cycle, Book 4) Peter V. Brett Harper Voyager 09/04/2015
The Patriot Threat (Cotton Malone) Steve Berry Hodder 09/04/2015
Thunder of the Gods (Empire) Anthony Riches Hodder 16/04/2015
The Curse of Anne Boleyn C C Humphreys May-15
Keane’s Charge Iain Gale Heron Books 07/05/2015
At the Ruin of the World John Henry Clay Hodder 07/05/2015
At the Ruin of the World John Henry Clay Hodder 07/05/2015
Absolution (The Carnivia Trilogy) Jonathan Holt Head of Zeus 07/05/2015
The Girl Who Walked Into The Fire Manda Scott Bantam 07/05/2015
The Watchman of Eternity Paul Witcover Bantam 07/05/2015
The Seeker (Damian Seeker 1) S. G. MacLean Quercus 07/05/2015
Solomon Creed Simon Toyne Harper Collins 07/05/2015
Black River Tom Harper Hodder 07/05/2015
Tom Swan and the Siege of Belgrade: Part Six Christian Cameron Orion 14/05/2015
Blood and Steel (Throne of the Caesars, Book 2) Harry Sidebottom Harper Collins 21/05/2015
Piranha (Oregon Files) Clive Cussler Putnam 26/05/2015
Greatcoat’s Lament Sebastien De Castell Jo Fletcher 02/06/2015
Tintagel Book 1 M. K. Hume Headline 04/06/2015
Whose Business is to Die Adrian Goldsworthy W&N 11/06/2015
The King’s Assassin Angus Donald Sphere 15/06/2015
The Liar’s Key (Red Queen’s War, Book 2) Mark Lawrence Harper Voyager 18/06/2015
Queen of Fire: Book 3 of Raven’s Shadow Anthony Ryan Orbit 02/07/2015
The Bone Labyrinth: A Sigma Force Novel (Sigma Force Novels) James Rollins William Morrow 02/07/2015
Uprooted Naomi Novak Tor 02/07/2015
The Immortal Throne Stella Gemmell Bantam 02/07/2015
Kingmaker 2: Betrayal Toby Clements Century 02/07/2015
The Insider Threat: A Pike Logan Thriller Brad Taylor Dutton 07/07/2015
Wars of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou Conn Iggulden Putnam 16/07/2015
The Madagaskar Plan Guy Saville Hodder 16/07/2015
Ruin John Gwynne Tor 16/07/2015
Ruin John Gwynne Tor 16/07/2015
Marston Moor (The Civil War Chronicles) Michael Arnold Hodder 16/07/2015
Half a War (Shattered Sea) Joe Abercrombie Harper Voyager 28/07/2015
Hereward: The Immortals: (Hereward 5) James Wilde Bantam 30/07/2015
Vanishing Games Roger Hobbs DoubleDay 30/07/2015
The Protector S.J. Deas Headline 30/07/2015
Saxon: The Pope’s Assassin Tim Severin Macmillan 30/07/2015
The Eternal World Christopher Farnsworth William Morrow 04/08/2015
Salamis Christian Cameron Orion 13/08/2015
Fool’s Quest (Fitz and the Fool, Book 2) Robin Hobb Harper Voyager 13/08/2015
Sword of Apollo Noble Smith Thomas Dunne 18/08/2015
Scourge of Rome: Gaius Valerius Verrens 6 Douglas Jackson Bantam 27/08/2015
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms George R. R. Martin Harper Voyager 06/10/2015
The Prisoner’s Gold (The Hunters 3) Chris Kuzneski Headline 08/10/2015
The City of Mirrors Justin Cronin Orion 08/10/2015
The Hanging Tree Ben Aaronovitch Gollancz 19/11/2015
War Hawk James Rollins, Grant Blackwood Orion 07/01/2016
Fire C C Humphreys Century 05/05/2016
King of Ashes (The War of Five Crowns, Book 1) Raymond E. Feist Harper Voyager 05/05/2016
The Ember in the Ashes: The Book and the Sword: 2 Antoine Rouaud Gollancz 16/06/2016
Robin Hobb Untitled 3 (Fitz and the Fool, Book 3) Robin Hobb Harper Voyager 14/07/2016

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Parmenion Books 2014 : The best books i have read this year.

As i do every year i have struggled and struggled with this list. How do you compile it, who goes in it etc… There are so so many great books in 2014 and many many authors not mentioned who deserve a mention, EG: Paul Collard, Anthony Riches, Douglas Jackson, SJA Turney, Robert Fabbri, Michael Arnold, Ben Kane, Nick Brown, Conn Iggulden, Simon Scarrow, Alex Scarrow, Harry Sidebottom, Angus Donald, Andy McDermott, Sam Sykes, SJ Deas/Nathan Hawke, James Wilde … see what i mean!!

There was a new Robin Hobb this year, CC Humphreys produced another splendid book, The very underrated Noble Smith had his second book out, there were some debuts that blew me away, inc I.D Roberts and Kingdom Lock and Toby Clements Kingmaker… If someone could figure out how i could just sit and read and still earn a living please let me know… because keeping up with all these amazing writers is becoming a full time gig, i think at last count i have read 127 books this year (and i still have time to get over the 130 mark).

Best of the year.

Best Short Story

Part Three (2013)

Tom Swan: Christian Cameron Blog Review

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (20 Nov 2014)

Best Short Story/ Novella Honourable Mention

Murder at KH

Murder at the Kinnen Hotel Brian McClellen Blog Review

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 74 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.

Best Compilation:

DOF

Day of Fire: Stephanie Dray, Ben Kane, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn, Vicky Alvear Shecter Blog Review

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Knight Media, LLC (4 Nov 2014)

 Best Fantasy (Joint Winner)

The Incorruptables

The Incorruptibles: John Horner Blog Review

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (14 Aug 2014)

One of the splendid debuts this year, incredible world building.

Fools

Prince of Fools : Mark Lawrence Blog Review

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (5 Jun 2014)

First in a wonderful new series, by a man who is a master of the genre (and a bloomin nice chap too)

 Best Historical Fiction

GoV

God of Vengeance : Giles Kristian Blog Review

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Book Trailer

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (24 April 2014)

(many will note that I have not picked a Christian Cameron book for best Historical Fiction, it was a deliberate omission to allow others to shine forth. Both Long War and Great King are books that could have sat along side this title, But i felt that God of Vengeance deserved to shave it on pure merit, it’s a stupendous piece of writing. Giles writing has a poetic almost musical quality even when the blood is flying and the swords are singing, hence my winner)

 Best Crime

abduction

The Abduction: Jonathan Holt Blog Review

A very evocative crime thriller, transports the reader.

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (8 May 2014)

Best SCi Fi

red rising

Red Rising: Pierce Brown Blog Review

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (28 Jan 2014)

One of the best debuts i have ever read.

 Best Action Adventure

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Pyramid: David Gibbins Blog Review

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (6 Nov 2014)

A man who lives his craft, he is Jack Howard, and it shows on every page.

 Best Debut

traitors blade

Traitors Blade: Sebastian De Castell Blog Review

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (6 Mar 2014)

The Dumas for the fantasy genre, and a stupendous debut.

Best Young Adult

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Half a King: Joe abercrombie Blog Review

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; 1st edition (3 July 2014)

People said Joe Abercrombie couldn’t write Young Adult…. oh so wrong.

 Non Book Highlights

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Thorkil Jewellery Blog Review

A master craftsman, bringing the past to life using very old tools and skills.

2014: Book that affected me the most:

goldenred rising

To be Honest it is Golden Son by Pierce Brown, but technically that a 2015 release, so I will instead choose Red Rising. I really do NOT like SCiFi, fantasy, history,crime etc… love it, most genres I really enjoy, I watch SciFi, but I cannot read it. Yet Red Rising  (and Golden Son) had me in their grip from first page to last. I enjoyed them immensley. Pierce Brown is a very very talented man.

Blog Review (Golden Son)

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (8 Jan 2015)

I look forward to sharing 2015 with you all, publishers, readers, reviewers, everyone. this is a hobby that gives and gives, i hope im giving back in some small way.

(Parm)

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Ben Aaronovitch Foxglove Summer (Review)

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Ben Denis Aaronovitch is a London-born British writer who has worked on television series including Doctor Who, Casualty, Jupiter Moon and Dark Knight. He is the younger brother of actor Owen Aaronovitch and British journalist David Aaronovitch.

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In the fifth of his bestselling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London – to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can’t take the London out of the copper.

Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what’s more all the shops are closed by 4pm

Review

I’m a big fan of this series, ever since the very first book its been utterly original, witty, clever and a riveting read. Foxglove Summer was the same and yet a different experience for me to a certain degree, the usual wit was there, and moving the story out of London added a new element, a different edge to the plot, and for much of the book i was utterly riveted, i had read the whole book in 2 nights (and given that’s just bed time reading that’s fast).

What threw me in the book was that it didn’t feel like it had the same complexity and depth that the previous books have had. despite Peter being allowed off the leash by Nightingale, and that Beverly is there leading him astray again, and Lesley is poking her nose in at the wings, I still felt that there was a layer a dimension to the complexity that was missing, an element of that clever wordsmith(erey) that the author portrays in this series that just didn’t feel like it was there.  And the bit that really let me down was the ending, lt felt like the end of an episode left unfinished in a TV series, the final chapter rushed to a conclusion as if there was a need to finish by a specific date or word count rather than complete the story. But despite that im still left in awe of the writers skill, with so many questions i would like to ask, and hope will be answered in the next book, and there are so many teasers for the world of the fae and the world of magic, we have still only just taken the top layer off, each book giving a little bit more of a glimpse and that’s the beauty of reading the story through Peter Grants eyes, we learn as he learns.

If this was any other author and any other series this would get a 3/5, but a ruined ending does not ruin the story, the incredible characters, the totally original plot line and depth of imagination the author displays. so 4/5 and i hope book 6 is solid all the way to a full conclusion.

a series i will always recommend

(Parm)

 

Series

 

Peter Grant
1. Rivers of London (2011)
aka Midnight Riot
2. Moon Over Soho (2011)
3. Whispers Under Ground (2012)
4. Broken Homes (2013)
5. Foxglove Summer (2014)
6. The Hanging Tree (2015)
P C Grant Novels: Rivers of London / Moon Over Soho / Whispers Under Ground (omnibus) (2013)
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P C Grant Novels: Rivers of London / Moon Over Soho / Whispers Under Ground

 

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