Post Script: Safe From Harm – R J Bailey

Safe From Harm

Safe From Harm

R J Bailey

Simon & Schuster Australia

ISBN: 9781471157172

Description:

London: a city where the super-rich flock – and where their enemies follow. And in this city of eight million people, where any stranger could be a threat, a close protection operative is the must-have accessory for anyone who is anyone.

But not just any close protection officer. A female close protection officer. One who can blend into the crowd, but who is tough enough to counter any threat.

Safe From Harm is the explosive opening to an exciting new series by a thrilling new talent.

 

 

My View:

This is an action packed, adrenaline fuelled thriller! It took me a little time to absorb the acronyms and the back story – the story of PPO’s (Personal Protection Officers) I know this needed to be done but I felt this bogged down the narrative…for a short while, then when we were all up to speed – I could not put this book down!

 

A great opening hook – a job description – sounding more glamorous than dangerous – but don’t be fooled – this is a narrative where what you think you see/read is not what you get! Be prepared to be manipulated, to be conned, to be played…then watch what happens to the protagonist!

 

Told from alternating time frames – twenty months earlier, mostly safe and secure and then this very minute – where there is “a man coming to hurt us. Probably more than one man. Two or three perhaps. Not four. They won’t need four to deal with us. After all we are trapped down here…” p. 3 this really is a heart pounding read! I do not say this lightly – I could feel the tension in my body rising as I delved into this narrative, once engaged with the story I could not put this book down.  I had to read until the end, I had to know the outcome…and I was not surprise for the two mega twists here!

 

If you like your protagonist to be strong, sensible, assertive, combat ready and female and your villains to be dastardly, bold, calculating, incredibly smart and savvy who will fool you at least once, maybe twice in this read…than this is the book for you.   Be warned you will be staying up until you finish reading this book. You will not believe the gut wrenching outcomes…but rest assured there is at least one more book in this series, and if you are a fan or Rachel Amphlett, Ian Andrew, Ben Sanders or Lee Child, you will love this thriller.

 

 

 

 

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Post Script: Who’s Afraid? – Maria Lewis

Who's Afraid?

Who’s Afraid?

Maria Lewis

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780349411149

 

Description:

Incredibly exciting new voice in paranormal fiction.

This is the story of Tommi, a young Scottish woman living an ordinary life, who stumbles violently into her birthright as the world’s most powerful werewolf. The sudden appearance of a dark, mysterious (and very attractive) guardian further confuses her as her powers begin to develop and she begins to understand that her life can never be the same again. The reader will be swept up in Tommi’s journey as she’s thrown into the middle of a centuries-old battle and a world peopled with expert warriors and vicious enemies – this is the start of a series – and a world – you will fall in love with.

 

My View:

For those who like their drama with a huge dollop of supernatural, full moon transformations, blood thirsty revenge scenes mingled with romance, this very adult paranormal is for you!

 

Maria Lewis has created a very confident, independent and as of the last full moon, very were wolf, female super hero called Tommi; blue haired, tattooed, artistic, creative, intelligent…I can see this protagonist winning lots of fans (and her “Guardian” – will inspire more than a few crushes I do think!) An exciting narrative with well-developed characters, this book yells out video game or 2D animation to me.

 

Post Script: One Kick – Chelsea Cain

Echoes of Stockholm Syndrome in an action packed narrative.

One Kick (Kick Lannigan, #1)

One Kick

Chelsea Cain

Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781476749785

 

Description:

Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick’s experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…

 

My View:

 

It took me a little while to engage with the protagonist and the narrative – I found the first chapters spoilt by the over the over the top G I Joe action figure known as Bishop who features in this narrative and for a while I was a little confused thinking I was reading a “cosy” mystery rather than the mystery/thriller I was expecting – but only for a little while – then the action started and I was in no doubt what sort of read I was in for –a fast paced, tension filled, explosive narrative with a strong female protagonist who has a gut wrenching personal story of abuse.

Kick Lannigan’s life story is very much a contemporary head lining grabbing example of what we are currently reading so much about in social media today – child abduction, where the victim is missing for many year before escaping or being found. This book will no doubt create much debate and discussion and will be a perfect read for book clubs or individual fans of crime fiction.

Post Script: Life or Death – Michael Robotham

Outstanding, seductive and intriguing!

Life or Death

Michael Robotham

Hachette Australia

Sphere

ISBN: 9780751552898

Description:

The chilling new psychological thriller from one of the most brilliant crime authors of today.

Why would a man escape from prison the day before he’s due to be released?

Audie Palmer has spent a decade in prison for an armed robbery in which four people died, including two of his gang. Five million dollars has never been recovered and everybody believes that Audie knows where the money is.

For ten years he has been beaten, stabbed, throttled and threatened almost daily by fellow inmates and prison guards, who all want to answer this same question, but suddenly Audie vanishes, the day before he’s due to be released.

Everybody wants to find Audie, but he’s not running. Instead he’s trying to save a life . . . and not just his own.

 

 

My View:

Michael Robotham hits another home run! This narrative is so brilliant it shines like a beacon calling you to read, except… I couldn’t; I was seduced by the story and the character of Audie Plamer and I could not bear to read that yet another disaster had knocked him down to his knees. Instead of reading in one night as I would normally do for such an intriguing narrative, I had to force myself to keep reading, I was so entrenched in Audie’s world and the belief in his innocence and seduced by this character’s serene voice that each time corruption and conspiracy of the highest levels attacked him and I could not see a way out, I feared for Audie and I had to stop reading. I couldn’t see a positive conclusion, just more hurt. It took me days to read…I didn’t want it to end.

 

This is a brilliant narrative, with meaningful dialogue, characterisations and settings that are authentic and a plot that twists and turns with conspiracies a plenty (and did I mention a beautiful love story?) Robotham writes masterfully and seductively. His passion for his craft is obvious in the execution of his work – intriguing, enchanting and fast paced and action packed, his words never tired or dreary or forced. Another brilliant standalone from the master of the psychological thriller.

 

Post Script: Favors and Lies – Mark Gilleo

A thoroughly modern version of the hard boiled detective novel– a great read!

Favors and Lies

Mark Gilleo

The Story Plant

Story Plant, The

ISBN: 9781611881455

  

Description:

Dan Lord is a forty-year-old private detective with a law degree working the blurred line between right and wrong in the Nation’s Capital. As a self-employed solutions broker and legal consultant, he works for a very select clientele. He doesn’t advertise and only takes cases on referral. But when two people close to him are murdered, Dan’s work becomes very personal.

 

With the assistance of a newly hired female intern, extracting clues from a ladder of acquaintances, Dan bounds through both the underbelly and elite of society, each step bringing more questions and yet ultimately taking him closer to the answer he seeks. A bail bondsman, a recluse hacker, a court clerk, a university student, an old-school barber, a high-class madam, an intelligence officer, a medical doctor, and a police detective are among the list of people Dan must cajole for help. His quest will lead him to discover things he never wanted to know, and put him in the position to reveal things that important people would prefer remain unrevealed.

 

Tense, ingenious, and filled with the unforgettable characters that have become a Mark Gilleo trademark, FAVORS AND LIES is the most thrilling novel yet from one of the great new voices in suspense fiction.

 

My View:

Mark Gilleo has created the perfect modern hard boiled detective in Dan Lord: he is tough, he is cynical, he can fight his way out of almost any situation, and he seeks justice for those deserving and has an ambivalent attitude towards the local police and judiciary. Fortunately Dan Lord doesn’t have a drinking or gambling problem – what a relief to find a hero who isn’t a drunk or an addict or one who is weighed down by past misdemeanours and relationships; this is a hero who can hold a conversation, who seeks to solve crime by following the evidence and by using any and all modern tracking and surveillance methods available to him. Dan Lord is a character who is a smart operator, who has charisma, style and principles that endear him to the reader, what a great character.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this modern thriller; it is fast moving, action packed, full of tension and the plot is complex and has a few twists that you will not see coming and the narrative was so engaging it kept me reading into the early hours of the morning until I finished this read. I look forward to reading more of the escapades of Dan Lord.