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James Rollins : Demon Crown (Review)

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James Rollins is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than forty languages. His Sigma series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd pleasers” (New York Times) and one of the “hottest summer reads” (People Magazine). In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets–and he does it all at breakneck speed and with stunning insight.

As a boy immersed in the scientific adventures of Doc Savage, the wonders of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, and pulps such as The Shadow, The Spider, and The Avenger, James Rollins decided he wanted to be a writer. He honed his storytelling skills early, spinning elaborate tales that were often at the heart of pranks played on his brothers and sisters.

Before he would set heroes and villains on harrowing adventures, Rollins embarked on a career in veterinary medicine, graduating from the University of Missouri and establishing a successful veterinary practice. He continues to volunteer his time and veterinary skills in support of the local SPCA. His hands-on knowledge of medicine and science helps shape the research and scientific speculation that set James Rollins books apart.

 

The Demon Crown (2017)
(Book 13 in the Sigma Force series)

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THE DEMON CROWN

Off the coast of Brazil, a team of scientists discovers a horror like no other, an island where all life has been eradicated, consumed and possessed by a species beyond imagination. Before they can report their discovery, a mysterious agency attacks the group, killing them all, save one, an entomologist, an expert on venomous creatures, Professor Ken Matsui from Cornell University.

Strangest of all, this inexplicable threat traces back to a terrifying secret buried a century ago beneath the National Mall: a cache of bones preserved in amber. The artifact was hidden away by a cabal of scientists – led by Alexander Graham Bell – to protect humankind. But they dared not destroy it, for the object also holds an astonishing promise for the future: the very secret of life after death.

Yet, nothing stays buried forever. An ancient horror – dormant in the marrow of those preserved bones – is free once more, nursed and developed into a weapon of incalculable strength and malignancy, ready to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting world.

To stop its spread, Commander Grayson Pierce of Sigma Force must survive a direct attack on the island of Maui. To be there first has always been the core mission of Sigma Force, a covert team forged to be America’s front line against emerging threats. But this time, even Sigma may not be able to decipher this deadly mystery, one that traces back to the founding of the Smithsonian Institution.

With each new discovery, the menace they hunt is changing, growing, spreading – adapting and surviving every attempt to stop it from reconquering a world it once ruled. And each transformation makes it stronger . . . and smarter.

Running out of time and options, Commander Grayson Pierce will be forced to make an impossible choice. To eradicate this extinction-level threat and expose those involved, he will have to join forces with Sigma’s greatest enemy–the newly resurrected Guild – even it if means sacrificing one of his own.

Review

Thirteen books into the Sigma series and as a reader i always worry how a writer will keep a series fresh, new and exciting and with this type of book where cutting edge is key can they keep it in the realm of believable.

James Rollins always amazes me with his ability to write a tight, interesting, action packed story, but most of all his ability to keep coming up with world ending scenarios that are totally realistic. Each and everyone a trial for the Sigma team, to both solve the world ending conundrum and also survive those who are trying to cause the apocalypse.

With a Rollins book its not just the roller coaster ride of the thriller that wins me over, its the absolute attention to detail, the huge depth of subject research, both biological and historical, but also arms and armour. These are not cheaply thrown together beach pulp fiction titles, these are the cream of the Action Adventure, thriller world, and year after year book after book he manages to knock it out of the park.

Demon Crown is quite possibly one of the best to come out of the Sigma Force stable. Infusing history across multiple time periods for both the cataclysmic event, but also the conspiracy that surrounds the Guild, the latest potential technology for DARPA and similar agencies, a new and ancient, deadly, potentially global event, so simple and yet so complex in its devising that it kept me guessing all the way through the book, set in locations so well described you want to pack your bags and visit. As always the whole thing pulled together by characters who while on the heroic side, they also live  , breathe and bleed on every page, making the whole book believable.

A full five stars again for this splendid book, just what i hoped for and always more than i expected.

(Parm)

 

Series
Sigma Force
1. Sandstorm (2004)
2. Map of Bones (2005)
3. Black Order (2006)
4. The Judas Strain (2007)
5. The Last Oracle (2008)
6. The Doomsday Key (2009)
6.5. The Skeleton Key (2011)
7. The Devil Colony (2011)
7.5. Tracker (2012)
8. Bloodline (2012)
9. The Eye of God (2013)
10. The Sixth Extinction (2014)
10.5. The Midnight Watch (2015)
11. The Bone Labyrinth (2015)
12. The Seventh Plague (2016)
13. The Demon Crown (2017)
The Doomsday Key / The Last Oracle (omnibus) (2013)
Sigma Force Novels 1 (omnibus) (2014)
Crash and Burn (2016)
Ghost Ship (2017)
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Jake Ransom
1. Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow (2009)
2. Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx (2010)
Jake Ransom Complete Collection (omnibus) (2014)
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Order of the Sanguines (with Rebecca Cantrell)
0.5. City of Screams (2012)
1. The Blood Gospel (2013)
1.5. Blood Brothers (2013)
2. Innocent Blood (2013)
3. Blood Infernal (2014)
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Tucker Wayne (with Grant Blackwood)
1. The Kill Switch (2014)
2. War Hawk (2015)
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Novels
Subterranean (1999)
Excavation (2000)
Deep Fathom (2001)
Amazonia (2002)
Ice Hunt (2003)
Altar of Eden (2009)
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Novellas
The Devil’s Bones (2014) (with Steve Berry)
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Series contributed to
Indiana Jones (Films)
4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull(2008)
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James Rollins: The Seventh Plague (Review)

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James Rollins
(James Czajkowski)
USA (1961 – )

aka James Clemens

James Rollins was born in Chicago, Illinois, is 1961. With his three brothers and three sisters, he was raised in the Midwest and rural Canada. He graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri and went on to establish his own veterinary practice in Sacramento, California. An amateur spelunker and a PADI-certified scuba enthusiast, he’ll often be found either underground or underwater.

The Seventh Plague: A Sigma Force Novel (Sigma Force Novels)

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Two years after vanishing into the Sudanese desert, the leader of a British archeological expedition, Professor Harold McCabe, comes stumbling out of the sands, frantic and delirious, but he dies before he can tell his story. The mystery deepens when an autopsy uncovers a bizarre corruption: someone had begun to mummify the professor s body while he was still alive.

His strange remains are returned to London for further study, when alarming news arrives from Egypt. The medical team who had performed the man s autopsy has fallen ill with an unknown disease, one that is quickly spreading throughout Cairo. Fearing the worst, a colleague of the professor reaches out to a longtime friend: Painter Crowe, the director of Sigma Force. The call is urgent, for Professor McCabe had vanished into the desert while searching for proof of the ten plagues of Moses. As the pandemic grows, a disturbing question arises.

Are those plagues starting again?

Before Director Crowe can investigate, a mysterious group of assassins leaves behind a fiery wake of destruction and death, erasing all evidence. With the professor s body incinerated, his home firebombed, Sigma Force must turn to the archaeologist s only daughter, Jane McCabe, for help. While sifting through what s left of her father s work, she discovers a puzzling connection tying the current threat to a shocking historical mystery, one involving the travels of Mark Twain, the genius of Nikola Tesla, and the adventures of famous explorer Henry Morgan Stanley.

To unravel a secret going back millennia, Director Crowe and Commander Grayson Pierce will be thrust to opposite sides of the globe. One will search for the truth, traveling from the plague-ridden streets of Cairo to a vast ancient tomb buried under the burning sands of the Sudan; the other will struggle to stop a mad genius locked within a remote Arctic engineering complex, risking the lives of all those he holds dear.

As the global crisis grows ever larger, Sigma Force will confront a threat born of the ancient past and made real by the latest science a danger that will unleash a cascading series of plagues, culminating in a scourge that could kill all of the world s children . . . decimating humankind forever.

Review

I always think any thriller writer stepping into the biblical sphere is taking a big risk, not just because of those who follow religion and that they might jump all over the book, but just the whole sphere of what is actually plausible.

Fortunately Rollins is one of the few writers that can pull it off, and not “just”… he pulls it off with style. The scope of most Rollins novels is broad, but one that includes: Stanley, Livingstone, Tesla and the biblical plagues of Egypt, well you know the story is going to be something special, the fact that he can make you believe the entire plot, and that he may have found the reason behind those plagues… well, its a testament to his writing style, skill and imagination (and no little research).

You can tell that the research that’s gone into this book is exhaustive, Rollins has got to know his characters, Sigma he has a deep knowledge of, but adding in Tesla, Livingston and Stanley, which he has done effortlessly, and this only comes from making them real, and knowing them (research, research research), the same with the plagues and the location. The depth and breadth of his work is what draws me to his novels, he never dials it in. His books are the benchmark of action thrillers.

Highly recommended

(Parm)

Series
Sigma Force
1. Sandstorm (2004)
2. Map of Bones (2005)
3. Black Order (2006)
4. The Judas Strain (2007)
5. The Last Oracle (2008)
6. The Doomsday Key (2009)
6.5. The Skeleton Key (2011)
7. The Devil Colony (2011)
7.5. Tracker (2012)
8. Bloodline (2012)
9. The Eye of God (2013)
10. The Sixth Extinction (2014)
10.5. The Midnight Watch (2015)
11. The Bone Labyrinth (2015)
12. The Seventh Plague (2016)
The Doomsday Key / The Last Oracle (omnibus) (2013)
Sigma Force Novels 1 (omnibus) (2014)
Crash and Burn (2016)




Jake Ransom
1. Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow (2009)
2. Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx (2010)
Jake Ransom Complete Collection (omnibus) (2014)
Order of the Sanguines (with Rebecca Cantrell)
0.5. City of Screams (2012)
1. The Blood Gospel (2013)
1.5. Blood Brothers (2013)
2. Innocent Blood (2013)
3. Blood Infernal (2015)

Tucker Wayne (with Grant Blackwood)
1. The Kill Switch (2014)
2. War Hawk (2016)
Novels
Subterranean (1999)
Excavation (2000)
Deep Fathom (2001)
Amazonia (2002)
Ice Hunt (2003)
Altar of Eden (2009)

Novellas
The Devil’s Bones (2014) (with Steve Berry)
Series contributed to
Indiana Jones (Films)
4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull(2008)

 

 

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Stephen Lloyd Jones The Disciple (Blog Tour) Guest Post

Stephen Lloyd Jones  UK (1973 – )

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Stephen Lloyd Jones and grew up in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire.
He studied at Royal Holloway College, University of London, and now lives in Surrey with his wife, three young sons and far too many books.

Playing catch-upa short piece about why, at the start of a new book, I like to drop readers into the middle of unfolding events, with little explanation as to what has gone before.

Like everyone else, I’ve got a hundred different things demanding my attention. As my third son starts school this term, life seems to be speeding up, not slowing down. Amidst the happy chaos, getting lost in a good book keeps me sane and offers a little breathing space. I used to pride myself on finishing every novel I started, but I can’t say that anymore: my reading time is too precious, and there are too many amazing books waiting to be devoured.

The faster I’m immersed in a new storyline, the greater the chance I will dump everything else to spend more time in the author’s fictional world. During a book’s opening pages, nothing pulls me into the narrative faster than the sense that the story has started without me – that bad things have already happened, and are still happening – and unless I nail it all down pretty fast, it’ll leap ahead of me and escape.

Knowing this about my own tastes, I guess it’s not surprising that it’s reflected in my work. The String Diaries, my debut novel, opens with a young family fleeing through the night. The mother is driving; the husband is bleeding out from injuries sustained earlier that evening. We don’t know anything about them, or what has happened, and it’s quite some time before we find out.

The Disciple, published this month by Headline, opens in similar fashion. Edward Schwinn, a barely-functioning recluse, is returning home one winter evening when he happens across a five-vehicle pile-up. Investigating the wreckage, he discovers the sole survivor: a woman, heavily pregnant, whose impact on his life will be profound.

When Edward enters that scene, he’s playing catch-up to an incident that started without him, and so are we. And while we’re trying to get a handle on Edward’s eccentric personality, we’re simultaneously attempting to understand the situation into which he’s been thrust – a situation that rapidly spirals beyond his control.

When I wrote The Disciple’s opening pages, I didn’t know much at all about Edward Schwinn, nor the particular dangers he would face. I was a passenger, riding beside him, steadily pulled into his narrative. It seems that I like playing catch-up not just when I read, but also when I write.

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They are coming…

On a storm-battered road at the edge of the Devil’s Kitchen, a woman survives a fatal accident and gives birth to a girl who should never have lived.

The child’s protection lies in the hands of Edward Schwinn – a loner who must draw himself out of darkness to keep her safe – and her arrival will trigger a chain of terrifying events that no one can explain.

She is a child like no other, being hunted by an evil beyond measure.

For if the potential within her is realised, nothing will be the same. Not for Edward. Not for any who live to see it.

 

Series
String Diaries
1. The String Diaries (2013)
2. Written in the Blood (2014)
Novels
The Disciple (2016)

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James Rollins and Grant Blackwood : War Hawk (review)

James Rollins

(James Czajkowski)
USA (1961 – )

aka James Clemens

James Rollins was born in Chicago, Illinois, is 1961. With his three brothers and three sisters, he was raised in the Midwest and rural Canada. He graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Missouri and went on to establish his own veterinary practice in Sacramento, California. An amateur spelunker and a PADI-certified scuba enthusiast, he’ll often be found either underground or underwater.

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Former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his war dog Kane are thrust into a global conspiracy that threatens to shake the foundations of American democracy in this second exciting Sigma Force spinoff adventure from New York Times bestselling authors James Rollins and Grant Blackwood.Tucker Wayne s past and his present collide when a former army colleague comes to him for help. She s on the run from brutal assassins hunting her and her son. To keep them safe, Tucker must discover who killed a brilliant young idealist a crime that leads back to the most powerful figures in the U.S. government.From the haunted ruins of a plantation in the deep South to the beachheads of a savage civil war in Trinidad, Tucker and Kane must discover the truth behind a mystery that leads back to World War II, to a true event that is even now changing the world . . . and will redefine what it means to be human.With no one to trust, they will be forced to break the law, expose national secrets, and risk everything to stop a madman determined to control the future of modern warfare for his own diabolical ends. But can Tucker and Kane withstand a force so indomitable that it threatens our very future?”

Review

James Rollins is one of my go to reads when i need a break from Historical Fiction, something that is certain to provide a fast paced action filled read, i cant think of a time he has ever let me down…. Tucker Wayne is no exception to that rule, where it is different is in style, because one of the main characters is a dog. When i first heard this i was dubious, but Rollins has such an innate knowledge of animals that it even caries over to how they potentially think. producing a high level, intelligent persona for the dog, one which is highly believable and readable.

The story its self is another success, i powered through the whole of this book in a day, with his usual page turning style reproduced in conjunction with Grant Blackwood and delivering what all fans have come to love and expect. Im not shocked at this continuity of style and quality having really enjoyed the series Rollins produced with Rebecca Cantrell (a truly wonderful series).

The book description above gives a great background for the plot, the cyber war, terror and power hungry conglomerate combination is powerful and works so well in this modern day world of greed and distrust of the ruling elite. The name of the main protagonist while a little jarring for UK audience should be no hindrance, Clive Cussler after all has made a career from Dirk Pitt.

So for thriller fans, or those looking for something fun to break from the norm, this is well worth a read.

(Parm)

Series

 

Sigma Force
1. Sandstorm (2004)
2. Map of Bones (2005)
3. Black Order (2006)
4. The Judas Strain (2007)
5. The Last Oracle (2008)
6. The Doomsday Key (2009)
6.5. The Skeleton Key (2011)
7. The Devil Colony (2011)
7.5. Tracker (2012)
8. Bloodline (2012)
9. The Eye of God (2013)
10. The Sixth Extinction (2014)
10.5. The Midnight Watch (2015)
11. The Bone Labyrinth (2015)
The Doomsday Key / The Last Oracle (omnibus) (2013)
Sigma Force Novels 1 (omnibus) (2014)
The Seventh Plague (2016)



 

Jake Ransom
1. Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow (2009)
2. Jake Ransom and the Howling Sphinx (2010)
Jake Ransom Complete Collection (omnibus) (2014)

 

Order of the Sanguines (with Rebecca Cantrell)
0.5. City of Screams (2012)
1. The Blood Gospel (2013)
1.5. Blood Brothers (2013)
2. Innocent Blood (2013)
3. Blood Infernal (2015)

 

Tucker Wayne (with Grant Blackwood)
1. The Kill Switch (2014)
2. War Hawk (2016)
Novels
Subterranean (1999)
Excavation (2000)
Deep Fathom (2001)
Amazonia (2002)
Ice Hunt (2003)
Altar of Eden (2009)

Novellas
The Devil’s Bones (2014) (with Steve Berry)
Series contributed to
Indiana Jones (Films)
4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull(2008)

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Chris Kuzneski : Prisoners Gold (Review)

Chris Kuzneski attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he played football, wrote for three newspapers, and passed most of his classes. He earned a master’s degree in teaching, then taught English for five years before pursuing a career in writing. His first novel, THE PLANTATION, introduced the characters of Payne and Jones, and received rave reviews.

Prisoners Gold:

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Book three in the #1 bestselling action series

THE TREASURE:

At the end of the 13th century, Chinese Emperor Kublai Khan gave an Italian merchant unfettered access to his kingdom. The traveler was Marco Polo, and his journey would become legendary. Aided by a special passport that protected him throughout the land, Polo amassed unbelievable wealth and hid it before his return to Italy. To this day, the location of his treasure remains a mystery.

THE MISSION:

The Hunters – an elite group assembled by an enigmatic billionaire to locate the world’s greatest treasures – are tasked with finding the missing fortune. Guided by firsthand accounts of Polo’s travels, they quickly discover there are hostile forces willing to do anything to stop them from taking the riches from Chinese soil. Before long, the treasure hunt becomes a deadly game of cat-and-mouse that will rewrite history while taking the lives of many.

THE PRIZE:

As the danger mounts, will the Hunters rise to the challenge? Or will the team be killed before they find Polo’s treasure?

Review

Chris Kuzneski has over the course of the Hunters series become a guilty pleasure, his characters remind me of the fun and enjoyment I felt when I first read Clive Cussler, and it was amusing to see he had emulated the man with a small cameo (I hope he keeps these up, they always give me a laugh).

This is book three of the Hunters series and sends our team once more on a seemingly impossible mission, first Nazi treasure, then the tomb of Alexander the Great, now they search for the treasure of Marco Polo. The team are still mourning the loss of one of their own when a new member is introduced adding a new dimension to the team, and much needed expertise on a search thats begins with rumour and worse than third hand knowledge. In the background Cobb is still trying to uncover why they are being asked to solve these great mysteries and why the Frenchman takes no credit for them, who is really pulling the strings and for what reason, and how much danger are the team in?

As per the rest of the series the book is an explosive action packed thrill ride, tempered with real laugh out loud moments, (usually courtesy of their resident sniper and weapons expert, you just can’t beat gallows humour). Many of this style of action adventure lack plot maturity, but that’s not the case with Prisoners Gold or the other books in the series, the plot has multiple layers and enough twists and turns to wrap you in knots, and yet a balance and flow that means you just cannot put it down, once again the author has written a sleep killer of a book.

Highly recommend this and cannot wait to see it on the big or small screen, because its perfect for either format.

(Parm)

Series
Payne and Jones
1. The Plantation (2000)
2. Sign of the Cross (2006)
3. Sword of God (2007)
4. The Lost Throne (2008)
5. The Prophecy (2009)
6. The Secret Crown (2010)
7. The Death Relic (2011)
8. The Einstein Pursuit (2013)
Slipcase: Sign of the Cross / Sword of God / Lost Throne(omnibus) (2011)

Hunters
1. The Hunters (2013)
2. The Forbidden Tomb (2014)
3. The Prisoner’s Gold (2015)

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Tom Harper Black River (Review)

Author Bio: (pinched from his own web site and in his own words) Tom Harper AKA Edwin Thomas

Author web site

I was born in West Germany in 1977 and grew up in Germany, Belgium and America. I studied history at Lincoln College, Oxford, worked for a while in the glamorous world of pensions services, and now write full time. I live in York with my wife and our sons Owen and Matthew. At last count, my novels have been sold into twenty languages, from Brazil to China.

Under the name Edwin Thomas I’ve also written a series of historical adventures set in the Napoleonic wars. The first of these, The Blighted Cliffs, was runner-up for the CWA Debut Dagger award in 2001.

I organised the Debut Dagger in 2005-2006, and in 2010-11 I was Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association. I’m a member of the Crime Writers’ Association, the Historical Novels Society, the Society of Authors, the International Thriller Writers and the Historical Writers’ Association.

If you’d like to contact me, I’d love to hear from you. You can e-mail me at tom_AT_tom-harper.co.uk (replace the _AT_ with @ in your e-mail program). E-mails with subjects that make reference to me or my books are more likely to be read than those that reference Cialis or Viagra. You can also tweet me @tomharperauthor.

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Released 10th Sept 2015

Black River

When Kel MacDonald joins an expedition looking for a legendary lost city in the Peruvian Amazon, he’s expecting the adventure of a lifetime. But things are not what they seem.

Paramilitaries, drug cartels, and wildcat prospectors all want what the jungle has to offer – while untamed local tribes will fight desperately to protect their way of life. Maps of the region have been doctored. And what exactly happened to the previous expedition, a government vaccination program that went upriver and never returned?

Soon the expedition finds the lost city is the least of their troubles. The jungle hides deadly secrets that must be hidden at all costs. And someone in the group wants to make sure they never get out.

Review

Up until 2013 i had a bunch of Tom Harper books that i “intended to get around to reading”, but so many new books come out every year that reading my TBR of already released books is a pleasure i never seem to have time for. Then out came Orpheus Descent and i was hooked, this was fast followed by the fabulous Zodiac Station and Tom Harper joined the ranks of my guilty pleasure reads, after immersing myself for weeks on end in ancient Rome and Greece etc i need to break out and enjoy a full throttle thriller.

As with every thriller the writer for me needs compete with themselves, can they outdo their last thriller? Often this can be too much, the plot is too OTT. Tom Harper thankfully doesn’t try to compete with his own work, with a new fantastic out of this world plot, he just ramps up the tension, the characters, the plot twists and takes you (the reader) on a nerve wracking ride.

The location of this book set in the Amazon was interesting for me because my next most recent thriller was also set in this location. I would not be able to do anything but compare the writing of the Bear Grylls fiction debut to Tom Harper a man who gets better with every book and is clearly one of the better writers in this genre, Bear Grylls a man so immersed in knowledge of the wilds of the Amazon, but failing so badly to communicate its danger to the page, so could someone else with much less knowledge get across the dark, dank danger of this endless green basin?

Yes; and not just in simplistic terms, Tom Harper brought the Amazon alive in ways that so many authors fail to do, from the majestic size and complexity of this vastly unknown part of the planet to the dark earthy dangerous wildlife/ insects and the very trees and bushes.  Its in this wonderfully described and immersive setting that the author drops his characters, in a tale told from the perspective of Kel McDonald, a man who is offered one more chance to let that wild unexplored part of his soul free. His wife and daughter (do what lets be honest would not happen often) , they allow him to join an expedition to search for El Dorado, hitching his wagon to a wildly eclectic group who are pulled together on a shoestring, but armed with the clues they believe will allow them to find what has been lost for so long. What they don’t know is that they are not the first to head this way, or why the other group did……and is everyone in their team working to help them survive and succeed.

From the minuet i picked this book up i was utterly hooked, the characters are totally believable (which is uncommon for a thriller like this) and the setting is amazing. The pace of the plot is perfect, when pace was needed i was grabbed by the scruff of the neck and dragged down river on a rip tide, when the plot needed a more intimate pace Tom Harper delivered it, the whole package cost me sleep over a couple of nights, my reading time is usually around 10pm onwards, so i often woke up in the morning with the book on the pillow having read until my eyes couldn’t stay open any more. The plot took over and coloured my dreams and lit the passion for adventure that burns in us all, its just an incredibly immersive tale.

I highly recommend this book, not just for Thriller readers, but for those who love great books, this makes Dan Brown look like a Peter and Jane book.

(Parm)

Series

Demetrios Askiates
1. The Mosaic of Shadows (2004)
2. Knights of the Cross (2005)
3. Siege of Heaven (2006)
Novels
The Lost Temple (2007)
The Book of Secrets (2009)
The Lazarus Vault (2010)
Secrets of the Dead (2011)
The Orpheus Descent (2013)
Zodiac Station (2014)
Black River (2015)
Novellas
The Twelfth Tablet (2013)
Polar Vortex (2014)

As Edwin Thomas

Series
Reluctant Adventures of Lieutenant Martin Jerrold
1. The Blighted Cliffs (2003)
2. Chains of Albion (2004)
3. Treason’s River (2006)

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Rebecca Cantrell: Chemistry of Death (Review)

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Rebecca Cantrell
USA
Rebecca Cantrell has a two book deal from Tor/Forge for a mystery series set in Berlin in the 1930s. She has also published short stories and essays.

The Chemistry of Death  (2015)
(The third book in the Joe Tesla series)

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In the third thrilling instalment of this award winning series from New York Times bestseller Rebecca Cantrell, tortured genius Joe Tesla is on the trail of a sadistic serial killer who lures his victims into the bowels of the Manhattan subway system–and who holds the keys to Joe’s crippling condition. Can Joe stop the murderous rampage, or will he become the killer’s next victim?
Review
Rebecca Cantrell arrived on my radar as part of an excellent series with James Rollins ( Blood Gospel,Innocent Blood andBlood Infernal ). This opened up the question about her stand alone projects. So she dangled her Joe Tesla book one under my nose.
 This began with The World beneath and i have to say it was an excellent book, something a bit different and unexpected, rather than lose that individuality or flog the idea to death in The Tesla Legacy and now Chemistry of death she has produced a fantastic story arc following the exploits be they mental, emotional or physical for Joe Tesla in his search to return to the outside world and discover how he became trapped. He character building has been excellent and to such a degree i can really see now how and why she worked with a man of Rollins calibre, not just worked with enhanced.
I shan’t spoil Chemistry of Death for any regular readers but suffice to say there are a lot of startling discoveries / revelations for all in this book, the drama is as ever teased out and keeps you gripping the book and turning page after page no matter the time of day. I tore through the book in no time what so ever in my desperation to get to the end and find out what would happen…. and would there be more…..
I highly recommend this series to thriller fans, it really is great action packed, tense writing.
(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)
5. A Time of Night and Fog (2015)

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)

Joe Tesla
1. The World Beneath (2013)
2. The Tesla Legacy (2015)
3. The Chemistry of Death (2015)
Novellas
On the Train (2013)
The Man in the Attic (2014)

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