Book Review – When Darkness Falls By James Grippando

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Sypnosis : 

Miami attorney Jack Swyteck is back in the lightning-paced thriller When Darkness Falls. This time Jack gets more than he bargained for when he defends a homeless man who calls himself Falcon.

Falcon is full of contradictions. He lives in a car but he has access to a lot of cash. And he has an obsession with the Miami mayor’s daughter. First, Falcon threatens to jump from the top of the Bay of Biscayne bridge unless he can talk to Alina Mendoza. He ends up in jail, but surprisingly has the bail money and is on the street again in a few hours, earning Jack the enmity of the powerful and vindictive mayor.

Then Falcon strikes again. Hours after his release, the body of a brutally murdered woman is found in the trunk of Falcon’s car. Then Falcon crashes Jack’s car into a motel and takes hostage the woman inside, plus Theo, in the process killing one policeman and injuring another. Now Jack’s in a pulse-pounding race to save Theo and the woman…but what Jack doesn’t know is that the deadly scenario that’s unfolding is much bigger than Falcon, much bigger than he could possibly imagine.

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This Author came highly recommended by a buddy of mine,  so I decided to try reading one of his books.  Little did I know that this one happens to be number 6 of the Jack Swyteck series.  Doesn’t really matter as it does take off from the previous book nor does it lead you on to the next.

The plot is strong and the characterizations very good and it did well to hold my attention throughout.  But as far as twists goes well…. let’s just say for now, I’ve experienced far better.  Still I very much enjoyed James Grippando’s writing style and his wicked sense of humour which he manages to entwine into the tale, a feat not often found in Thrillers!

Book Review – The Righteous Men by Sam Bourne

 

Sypnosis : Someone is murdering good people. Why? This is a blisteringly high-concept serial killer thriller combined with a delicious religious conspiracy theory from a hot new British talent. A pimp is found dead in a rough New York neighbourhood. A far-right extremist is fatally shot at his remote log cabin outside Seattle. An eighteen-year-old computer hacker is murdered on his way home from working at a call centre in India. One thing unites these victims. All had, at some point in their largely wasted and grubby lives, performed an act of exceptional goodness. Someone is murdering good people. Why? For rookie journalist Will Monroe, in his first week on the crime beat for the “New York Times”, the story is a gift, the launch pad for a glittering career. But then his wife Beth is kidnapped, and the riddle becomes personal. When he starts receiving cryptic messages from the kidnappers, who warn him not to involve the police, Will realizes he needs serious help. The rebellious ex-girlfriend he hasn’t seen for five years might be the person Will least wants to see right now, but he knows that if anyone can break the kidnappers’ code, it’s her. And if TC can help save Beth then he has no alternative but to beg for her help. But as Will and TC piece together the clues, it becomes apparent that the kidnappers are motivated by a far higher calling than simple greed…

Well this book makes for a good read though it only really gripped me in the last two chapters.  There are subtle simliarities, though a much lighter and different plot to that of  Da Vinci Code.  Overall it is still a good book though I find the ending that reasons and actions of the ‘Group’ responsible for the killings a tad far fetched.

Book Review-Hell’s Kitchen by Jeffrey Deaver

 Sypnosis :- Every New York City neighborhood has a story, but what John Pellam uncovers in Hell’s Kitchen has a darkness all its own. The Hollywood location scout and former stuntman is in the Big Apple hoping to capture the unvarnished memories of longtime Kitchen residents such as Ettie Washington in a no-budget documentary film. But when a suspicious fire ravages the elderly woman’s crumbling tenement, Pellam realizes that someone might want the past to stay buried.

As more buildings and lives go up in flames, Pellam takes to the streets, seeking the twisted pyromaniac who sells services to the highest bidder. But Pellam is unaware that the fires are merely flickering preludes to the arsonist’s ultimate masterpiece, a conflagration of nearly unimaginable proportion, with Hell’s Kitchen — and John Pellam — at its blackened and searing epicenter.

What makes a thriller great, is when it’s far from predictable.  With Jeffrey Deaver the likely suspects are unlikely while the unlikely suspects are the most likely but then again you may still get it wrong! 

Hell’s kitchen builds up nicely in the beginning then slows down in the middle and accelerates to an exciting finale.  You get to experience why Hell’s kitchen is aptly name through it’s characters and even delve into the sick twisted mind of a pyromaniac through Deaver’s vivid descriptions.

Apparently this is the last novel of the John Pellam series.  Even though this is my first book of that series I enjoyed all the same.

Book Review – Garden Of Beasts by Jeffrey Deaver

 Sypnosis : 

Paul Schumann, a German-American living in New York City in 1936, is a mobster hit man known equally for his brilliant tactics and for taking only “righteous” jobs. But when a hit goes wrong and Schumann is nabbed, he’s offered a stark choice: kill Reinhard Ernst, the man behind Hitler’s rearmament scheme, and walk free forever—or be sent to Sing-Sing and the electric chair.

The instant Paul sets foot in Berlin his mission becomes a deadly cat-and-mouse chase, with danger and betrayal lurking at every turn. For the next forty-eight hours, as the city prepares for the coming summer Olympics, Schumann stalks Ernst, while a dogged criminal police officer and the entire Third Reich security apparatus search frantically for the American. Packed with fascinating period detail and featuring a cast of perfectly realized local characters, Olympic athletes, and senior Nazi officials—some real, some fictional—Garden of Beasts dishes up breathtaking action, a wrenching look at Nazi-era Berlin, and a series of stunning plot twists.

Well you can hardly go wrong with Jeffrey Deaver, even his worst written novel which I have yet to find could still be on The New York Time Bestseller List simply because he is a brilliant writer with a brilliant Chess player’s mind except in his case he’d beat you before you even move your first piece. 

While this book is fiction, the superbly combined factual events and things of that period makes this a very intriguing and an exciting read.  And because if this, I’ve decided to read another one of his books next – Hell’s Kitchen.

Book Review – Simple Genius By David Baldacci

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Brief Description –  In a world of secrets, human genius is power. And sometimes it is simply deadly… A three-hour drive from Washington, D.C., two clandestine institutions face each other across a heavily guarded river. One is the world’s most unusual laboratory, whose goals and funding are a mystery. The other is an elite CIA training camp shrouded in secrecy. Now a man and a woman are about to run a gauntlet between these two puzzle factories, straight into a furious struggle to exploit a potentially world-shattering discovery–and keep some other secrets underwraps forever…

David Baldacci’s characters in his are in-depth with often times complex personalities and colourful histories.  And that is not even diving in to the rich, delicious, suspenseful plots.  In Simple Genius I found that I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next as well as to learn what was it that drove some of the characters to do what they did and why?

In short the title of the book could very well serve two purposes, one in describing the general plot of the book and the second in describing the Author himself! 😉

Book Of Lies By Brad Meltzer

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An easy read with  fast enough paced action that you’ll be able to finish the book in a day or two.  However in so far as great thrillers go this book is not quite in the same league as the best of them.  Why? Because the premise that there is a link between the death of the father of  the creator of  Superman and an ancient weapon of the old testament era is just too much fiction to bear.  Moreover the characters are rather two dimentional hence failing to complement the novel ideology of the book.  

Still it is a rather enjoyable read and what I liked best about the book is that it provided insights as to how the comic book hero Superman was created also not forgetting how Brad combined certain elements of fact with fiction. 

About The Book

In Chapter Four of the Bible, Cain kills Abel. It is the world’s most famous murder. But the Bible is silent about one key detail: the weapon Cain used to kill his brother. That weapon is still lost to history.

In 1932, Mitchell Siegel was killed by three gunshots to his chest. While mourning, his son dreamed of a bulletproof man and created the world’s greatest hero: Superman. And like Cain’s murder weapon, the gun used in this unsolved murder has never been found.

Until now.

Today in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Cal Harper comes face-to-face with his family’s greatest secret: his long-lost father, who’s been shot with a gun that traces back to Mitchell Siegel’s 1932 murder. But before Cal can ask a single question, he and his father are attacked by a ruthless killer tattooed with the anicent markings of Cain. And so begins the chase for the world’s first murder weapon.

What does Cain, history’s greatest villain, have to do with Superman, the world’s greatest hero? And what do two murders, committed thousands of years apart, have in common? This is the mystery at the heart of Brad Meltzer’s riveting and utterly intriguing new thriller.

The World Is Flat – By Thomas L. Friedman

 

Yes I know it has been a long time since I did a book review, well that’s because I was reading the National Geographic Magazine in between.  Also this book is filled with lots of new and interesting business models built on a flat world platform, that it takes some time to understand and grasp the importance born of necessity for it’s survival.  This however will be a short review since there are so many out there already written.

First and foremost, Mr Friedman is a world renowned jounalist with the New York Times and so you can expect a good read with great insights that perhaps only a journalist with a huge travel budget can give you.  What Mr. Friedman means when he says “Flat”, in essence means “connected” and how by getting ‘connected’ the world has changed dramatically.  This book is not so much about telling you what you can espect in the future as it is telling you how much catching up you have to do in order to survive this ever changing technologically advance world.  I’ve lived through and experienced  a lot of what he says in his book, about how computer use grew exponentially, to the dot com bubble burst era etc etc. but had little insight of what took place elsewhere in the world.  This book covers that and a whole lot more… Globalisation 3.0!

Who would otherwise be able to learn about the inside mechanics and measures that was taken by giants like Walmart, FedEx and UPS  to evolve in becoming truly World Class?  Who would have guess that the making of Our Lady Of Guadalupe statues would be outsourced by Mexico to China?  Or that Bill Gates the philanthropist together with the Gates Foundation would initiate the ‘Great Challenges in Global Health’ which got many scientists around the world to collaborate and find solutions to these problems. They ended up awarding and funding forty three grants totalling four hundred and thirty six million dollars! 

The world is not totally flat, in fact it is bumpy in some areas and mountainous in others and there are lots of unanswered questions! However you can start by reading Mr. Friedman’s valuable narrative which would point you in the right direction…..

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