I am reviewing the SAS thriller Rough Justice by Stephen Leather which is an excellent book that I bought from a car boot sale. This book is part of the Spider Shepherd series about an exSAS trooper who now works for SOCA who are a part of the police who deal with organised crime. Out of the books I have read in this series this is the best installment. It has lots of delicious snippets of information a bit like the kind of thing you find in Andy Mcnab novels. It’s also well researched. It is a very topical subject about vigilante policemen who target villains but mostly foreign ones. It’s set in Britain with the vigilantes doing things like castrating rapists and chopping the hands off burglars and warning them to get out of the country in a specified time period or face death. One child killer who has served his sentence and is about to go into hiding is murdered and they know it is an inside. It’s difficult not to feel some sympathy for the baddies although like in a lot of really good thrillers you understand their motives but they take retribution too far. Some interesting stuff in it is about the organised criminals from Albania. There are apparently lots of immigrants from there wanted for murder in their home country. However they have a less than perfect legal system which makes things a bit difficult. Some claim to be refugees from Kosovo and the British police in a lot of cases don’t keep tabs on them. There is a lot of organised crime in Albania which these then bring with them. Often these gangster can arrange a marriage of convenience to help them stay in the country and the Bill of Human Rights is a nightmare to traverse when it comes to deportation. It has to be said those that come from any country are often people willing to work for a living and just want to make a living. It’s just the bad seeds tend to get the newspaper headlines. This book is around 500 pages so is a decent length. I very much enjoyed it and do recommend it.
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I am reviewing the novel Dreamcatcher by Stephen King which is a very good book that I bought from a car boot sale. This novel is set around Bangor, Maine where the author lives. The plot centres on a group of men now in there 30’s who were childhood friends and still meet up every year to go on a hunting trip. There is an extraterrestrial creature that is psychic and has tormented them for many years. A man and a lady turn up separately who have been victims of this creature. The army also are hunting it down. They have to fight for their survival. King has based this creature and the fact it is connected to aliens called grays on actual sightings of aliens. He appears to have done his research and at the start of the book are some newspaper headlines quoted from the real thing. There is a form of alien fungus growing in the area too that is dangerous. It is enjoyable book. They do trap the creature in a mineshaft and kill it in the end. This book is around 600 pages so a decent length. It was published in 2001 and a feature film was made starring Thomas Jane. The creature is capable of controlling people and gets into their minds hence presumably the title Dreamcatcher. I did enjoy it and do recommend it. This isn’t one of his better books but is pretty good all the same. He is my favorite author.
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I am reviewing the novel The Map Of Love by Ahdaf Soueif which is a very good book that I bought from a car boot sale. This book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999 although I’m not sure if it won or not. It is a combination of a political drama and a love story. It is set in Egypt in both the early 20th Century and the present day. Anna a ladies grandmother visited Cairo and started a scandalous relationship with an Egyptian political activist whom she later married. Isabel her granddaughter finds her diary and letters in a trunk and is on tour of Egypt herself when she reads them. Anna’s relationship was an ill fated one where he died prematurely but not before the family split because of the scandal. It is an insightful look into Egyptian politics at that time. I really like books that give you a glimpse of a world I know little about. Ahdaf grew up and lived in both Egypt and England. This book is around 520 pages so is a decent length. I enjoyed it and do recommend it. I am reviewing the novel The Map Of Love by Ahdaf Soueif which is a very good book that I bought from a car boot sale. This book was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999 although I’m not sure if it won or not. It is a combination of a political drama and a love story. It is set in Egypt in both the early 20th Century and the present day. Anna a ladies grandmother visited Cairo and started a scandalous relationship with an Egyptian political activist whom she later married. Isabel her granddaughter finds her diary and letters in a trunk and is on tour of Egypt herself when she reads them. Anna’s relationship was an ill fated one where he died prematurely but not before the family split because of the scandal. It is an insightful look into Egyptian politics at that time. I really like books that give you a glimpse of a world I know little about. Ahdaf grew up and lived in both Egypt and England. This book is around 520 pages so is a decent length. I enjoyed it and do recommend it.
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I am reviewing the novel The Girl On The Trains by Paula Hawkins which is a very good book that I bought from kindle. Paula was born in Zimbabwe although lives in Britain now. She worked in journalism for 15 years before writing this her first novel. This book has been number 1 on the bestseller chart for a few weeks as well as being currently the top selling e-book on kindle at the moment. I can understand it being popular as it is well written. It fuses elements of thrillers, romance and literature. It is about a young lady someone sees on a train and nicknames Jess and the man who is often with her Jason. She at that stage doesn’t know their identity. She later her husband has been romantically conversing with this lady on the phone. The one lady travels to a fictitious town called Whitney and seems to disappear making the husband look like he has murdered her. There then is a search for the two and they are happy and well. This is the kind of literature with lots of life lessons and is skillfully put together. The book is around 320 pages so is a decent length. It is unusual for a debut novel to be a huge success and I am sure Paula has a great career ahead of her. I did enjoy this novel and do recommend it.
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I am reviewing the thriller Grave Secrets by Kathy Reichs which is a very good novel that I bought from a car boot sale. This book is about 420 pages so is a decent length and is part of the Tempe Brennan series. It is about a forensic anthropologist which is Kathy’s career in real life and in this book she has to journey to Guatemala. It seems the Canadian ambassador to Guatemala’s daughter has gone missing initially presumed murdered especially when a young person’s corpse is found in a septic tank near Guatamala City. Tempe seems the ideal person for the job and although she normally works in Quebec strings are pulled in high places and she finds herself assigned the investigation. Guatemala is a country recovering from a civil war that has had a civilian government since 86 but the police remain attached to the army. There is a lot of corruption and even though there are meant to be UN observers here many of these have disappeared presumed murdered. Tempe is treading a fine line where even judges fear if they sentence the wrong person they and their families could be murdered. The ambassador’s daughter turns out to be allive and well which then means they must work out who the bodies they find are. This all makes for an interesting read. Although the cases mostly get resolved it is mostly done quietly with little publicity. If it happened in Britain or Canada it would be front page news. I did enjoy this book and do recommend it.
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I am reviewing the novel Ash by Jason Brant which is a very good book that I downloaded for free from kindle. This is the first book in the Asher Benson series. Jason normally does the first book in each series he writes for free. Asher is short for Ashley and she has psychic powers brought on by an accident. The government in America where this is set it trying to develop these people’s psychic abilities although Ashley is the most powerful one with this ability. Murdoch with his special ops team are hunting her down and also there is a plot to kill the US President, President Thomas. Jason has had the sense to spend lots of pages with them developing Ashley’s which you find often spoils these sort of books. Instead he gets on with the adventure. I think I prefer the Hunger Series also by Jason. Ash is more of a thriller. It is probably suitable for teens. The book is around 250 pages so a decent length. There is also a happy ending with Asher saving the President but having whilst working for the government to accept that they are going to keep a close eye on her. There is a lot of edge of the seat stuff with Murdoch hunting her down. I did enjoy this book and do recommend it. I will also probably also read the rest of the series.
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I am reviewing the urban fantasy novel Ravaged by Jason Brant which is a very good book that I bought from kindle. This book is around 320 pages and is the conclusion to the Hunger series. In this book the group of people come under attack from werewolfs they call weres and find that the vampires called vladdies are developing intelligence. Previously these were like mindless zombies that couldn’t see and attacked at random. They also realise terrorists developed these things to undermine the Under States and there is a centralised nest for the vladdies. This they are going to destroy and it is a 12 hour journey which they will use tankers and RV’s for. They are going to burn the nest but this requires a huge amount of fuel. They also use a cessna airplane and helicopter in the attack. There is a rather disturbing attack for them when a guard is kidnapped and used as bait to draw them out of the camp and then the same thing is done with one of the women. They also throws rocks to try and smash the lights. As far as repeling them their superior intelligence over the creatures has been a big factor because they are well outnumbered. This book isn’t too gory as obviously it is aimed at teenagers although I’m not a teenager and I’m sure many adults would enjoy it. You can probably guess there has a happy outcome where in the conclusion they face the new challenge of having new born babies. I did enjoy this book and do recommend it.