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Thrillers Of The Month - January 2014

The Thrillers Of The Month are:

- Shadow Of The Rock by Thomas Mogford, published by Bloomsbury

- Japantown by Barry Lancet, published by Simon & Schuster

- Plan X by Rory Tate, published by Thalia Press

- Cold Killing by Luke Delaney, published by Harper Collins

- Fallen Angel by Jonelle Patrick, published by Penguin/InterMix

- The Nostradamus File by Alex Lukeman

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    Shadow Of The Rock by Thomas Mogford
Review by RR Gordon, author of the bestselling Gull Rock

An enagaging hero, detective Spike Sanguinetti, and exotic location, Tangiers, combine to make this an original and engrossing read.

An interesting and multi-faceted character that carried the central thrust of the book with ease, and more importantly with a sense of believability. Mogford’s prose is sharp and the plot is well drawn. An excellent thriller..

Rating: An excellent thriller

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 Japantown by Barry Lancet
Review by Leslie Gardner…

Energetic and skilful, Lancet’s story is driven by a PI with personal and historic motive to find out who killed his wife; and when he discovers the same ‘kanji’ or Japanese character drawn on ground near a murdered family – Japanese mother, father and two children – killed in the US, the past starts to collide with his present, and his future is threatened in the embodiment of his young daughter.

The story starts with a great bang: the multiple, gruesome murder – and Brodie is drawn in by his close friend, a policeman on local force who knows his expertise in Japanese affairs – and then a Ninja style mystery figure who talks to his young daughter on their doorstep. Brodie takes action and his anxieties are quadrupled when a multi-millionaire rogue businessman hires him to find a killer with similar mojo to deaths he’s witnessed so far. Drawn farther and farther in, violent encounters erupt, and I found I was speed reading to find out what was drawing all this together: Brodie goes on a trip to Japan, stunning lethal women, and ruthless betrayals and friendships of his youth spin around fast.

In this debut of a new series, there is a great deal of back story deftly shoved into place, and authentic detail about Japanese culture both at home and away embellishes the action – gang warfare and ancient ritual gestures and martial arts which Brodie is expert in deploying make this a breakneck read. I am truly impressed. and I certainly want to read about Brodie and his daughter again. My only concern is that so much plotting occurs in this one, and so many ends are tied up from his past as it crashes with his present so neatly - I wonder how the series (which I hope he means to do) will play out next. This is really an entertaining and sterling beginning to something that could run and run.

Rating: Highly recommended

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 Plan X by Rory Tate
Review by Jane Brown …

Plan X is a mystery/crime/spy novel. The Protagonist is Bozeman Police Officer Cody Byrne who returns from a tough tour of duty in Afghanistan where she had a close encounter with an IED. She is traumatised and suffers from panic attacks (she reminded me of M R Hall’s character the Coroner Jenny Cooper).  This story crosses international borders from Montana to England and back.

It feels at first like this is just going to be a crime novel, but after an arson attack and murder at a Bozeman university this explodes, affecting Cody Byrne’s life and uncovers centuries old pages spread around the university, her family and the globe that could be part of Shakespeare’s final and unpublished drama. This could be the Shakespearean holy grail.

I enjoyed this as I warmed to Cody. There is a great mystery story entwined with an insight into M15. This is a roller coaster of a read from the first page and I was hooked. What a find.

I had not come across Rory Tate before and she is now on my wish list to read her other novels.

Rating: Highly recommended!

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 Cold Killing by Luke Delaney
Review by RR Gordon, author of the bestselling Gull Rock

A top-rate, edge-of-your-seat thriller that keeps you guessing all the way. Delaney’s inside knowledge of the police force – he is a former murder squad detective – ensure a realistic tone throughout as you are sucked into his world. Characters are well-drawn, never black & white, leaving the reader an impression of the complex and multi-faceted world that today’s police deal with.

A good benchmark of a book is whether you would rather read it or watch television on an evening. Well, this book takes me back to the first couple of John Grisham novels – a different type of story but the same impulse to turn the page to find out what happens next. The best book I have read for years.

 

The second book in the series came out just before Christmas – and it’s just as good. Watch out for full review next month.

Rating: Best book I have read for years – Grisham-esque page-turning thriller

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Fallen Angel by Jonelle Patrick
Review by Leslie Gardner…

The new release in Patrick’s series set in Tokyo continues the thrumming relationship of Yumi and the young police detective Kenji; school friends who rediscover each other. Yumi is engaged to marry by arrangement, the son of an important family; her own family’s happiness depend on it. She has been avoiding Kenji for months and months, avoiding temptation, but they are thrown back together when a hostess from a club Yumi’s close girl friend frequents is murdered – except no one believes it’s murder except Kenji.

The hunt for the murderer takes us into exotic byways of the city, and we learn more about Japanese ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture told in light and entertaining style. Motivations and plausible wishes and desires are played on really well, and there is no shortage of violence that makes the stakes high – and in the end Kenji’s courage and self-sacrifice recommend him again to Yumi just as she witnesses flawed behaviour in her fiance. The book leaves us on an upbeat – I am waiting for the next one in the series. Good light entertainment.

Rating: An excellent read

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The Nostradamus File by Alex Lukeman
Review by Jane Brown…

This is the sixth book in Alex Lukeman’s Project Series - Dan Brown meets Indiana Jones and is a great read. I read this over a couple of days as I could not put this book down.
Alex Lukeman continues to amaze and inspire me with great story telling and excellent writing.
The book starts off with  an ancient manuscript containing Nostradamus lost quatrains.This gives reference to the Knights Templar (giving the reader further insights to their secrets) and the excitement of the race to find the Ark of the Covenant. To add to the melting pot an endeavour to foil a nuclear war with Iran and Israel. The ending has been kept open-ended to keep the reader thinking. I recommend this fascinating and explosive readRating: A fascinating and explosive read

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