|Posted by [email protected] on December 18, 2014 at 8:15 AM||comments (5)|
The scene of the story is set in the Island of Singapore, where the Israeli government are seeking to put an end to the Palestinian conflict; however several Israeli officials want to kill their own leader and plan to assassinate him by framing an innocent reporter called Jethro Westrope, commonly known as Jet West, who works for the country’s leading lifestyle magazine.
Jet initially thinks that one of the men that is chasing him is the husband of the wife he has been sleeping with and has no idea until Niki Kishwani, a public relations manager of the Singapore Tourism Board tries to warn him that there are some men who are following him and want to fame him for the murder of an important person. Jet finds himself in a situation where he is being chased by Chan’s henchmen while at the same time trying to clear his good name as Yung kills Niki, in an attempt to set Jet up for the murder. Jet is forced to go into hiding and meets Michael Dexter, who offers him refuge in his mansion. Michael encourages Jet to contact Nikis best friend, Nicole Wong and convince her he didn’t kill Niki, and that’s when even more dangers await as Jet goes from one threat to yet another and the smear campaign to make him a scapegoat for further murders only multiplies as the dead body count increases.
Will Jet be able to clear his name in time before he is framed for the Israelis Prime Minister premeditated murder, or will Chan and his men achieve their ultimate mission that will in effect change the course of all their paths?
Chan Boon Seng – Chief protocol officer of the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Characteristics – A big brusque man who doesn’t care if people like him or not, black eyes, black hair that’s shaved along the sides, streaked with white sleeked back. A graduate from the London School of Economics, exceptional military career, rising to the rank of Colonel, trained by the Israeli army.
Captain Eli Aviram – A tall lean man in his forties with a thin scar across his left cheek, Chan’s long time Israeli friend.
X – An old mysterious man, a former Israeli spy who is now a military consultant.
Jethro Westrope – Well-toned good-looking Eurasian, reporter, age 35, assistant editor at one of Singaporeans leading lifestyle magazines, half Irish, half Chinese.
Niki Kishwani – Public relations manager of the Singapore Tourism Board, age 28, a law graduate from a local university, a covert operative for Chan, a double agent.
Mary Yeo - Niki Kishwani assassin. Yung murders her in cold blood in a church she was seeking repentance.
Nicole Wong - Niki Kishwani best friend, a deputy public prosecutor.
Yung – A remorseless assassin, who was sentenced to a mental institution for observation and then to be hanged. Chan paid for his freedom after Yung had spent two years in prison, in return Chan expected absolute loyalty. A special operations force solider gone wrong, trained in counter-terrorist actions.
Michael Dexter – United States Ambassador to Singapore, a CIA official, his specific mission is to save the Israeli leader from assassination.
De Angelo – Loyal colleague of Dexter’s.
The dialogue is natural and flows well throughout the whole book with no signs of forced and unnecessary speech patterns with little or no reference to the use of profanity.
Smokescreen is undoubtedly one of the best written espionage thrillers I have had the honour of reading. I have read numerous spy novels but this book is in a league of its own as one of the greatest fast-paced, gripping and thought provoking plots that involves high-level politics, government cover-ups, covert missions and a high pursuit chase of an innocent man trying desperately to prove his innocence.
Khaled Talib is a master of depicting real life scenarios such as the current connections between Israel and Singapore into a work of unforgettable fiction that will leave you breathless and wanting more. I highly recommend this book to readers of Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy.
Superbly Written Espionage Thriller
|Posted by [email protected] on December 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM||comments (22)|
DEAD AND BURIED
BY C S DIXON
Linda and Alex fancy a change of scenery and decide to venture into a derelict cemetery to enjoy their first session of outdoor sex. Shortly after their fun fornication they both realise their flip-flops have disappeared from the spot they left them in but their backpacks and mobile phones are still there as Linda discovers her phone buzzing with a spooky message that reads, “You walk among the dead.” Alex presumes the message is off one of Linda’s friends messing around but Linda’s not convinced. Soon after the atmosphere around them begins to change as there is a strange noise coming from one of the trees nearby that looks like a ghostly white outline of an owl perched on a large oak tree. They soon both discover they have no signal on their iPhones and make an attempt to get out of the cemetery as quick as possible as they both sense something of a sinister nature following them. However their many attempts to flee in the dark in their bare feet across broken glass and debris results in ending back at the same spot to where they started. . . Unaware there are even darker forces at work that will prevent them ever leaving the cemetery alive. . .
I managed to devour this short story in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed the suspense, mystery, tension and fear.
C S Dixon is a master of depicting things of an unnatural nature and injects plenty of twists and turns to grip the reader from the very onset.
High stars and highly recommended.
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|Posted by [email protected] on November 28, 2014 at 4:05 AM||comments (0)|
And Then There Was You
By Suzy Turner
Eve is happily married to Matt, or so she thinks despite having a one night stand with a handsome stranger called Adam while on one of her book tours. Eve has never been unfaithful to Matt in all their years of marriage and struggles to come to terms with her infidelity and decides to keep it a well guarded secret. Unaware her one unforgettable night of passion would go on to shape and change the course of her entire existence and that of her husband’s, in a way she never imagined or thought possible.
Three years later and Eve discovers in a state of perpetual panic that her new neighbour is Adam and to her surprise he is newly married to a fun-loving blonde named, Charlie, who is keen to strike up a close friendship with her and Matt.
Eve does all she can to avoid her new neighbours but Matt insists they both get to know the newly wedded couple as he discovers Charlie shares many of his hobbies and interests. While Eve and Adam do all they can to conceal their attraction to one another for the sake of their marriages and resist the temptation to repeat their one night of passion all those years ago, something unexpected happens, a cruel twist of fate, and it’s not until the child is born that both Adam and Eve discover that Matt is the father and Charlie has been deceiving them all along.
Eves head is a mess and she goes and visits her parents on the Algarvean Coast for some time to figure out what she is going do with the rest of her life. She feels betrayed and heartbroken that she put her marriage before her feelings for Adam when all the time her husband was deceiving her. Before she leaves for the sunny climates and the comfort of her childhood home, she accidentally befriends Adams first wife. Lisa, who tries to convince her that she and Adam are made for each other and pleads with her to return home sooner rather than later, or never.
After a few weeks of self-discovery Eve returns home to find out that Matt has put their house on the market and has moved in with Charlie. Distraught she turns to Adam for refuge and confesses her heartbreak about never being able to conceive children. She loves Adam like no other man and wants a future with him however; another cruel twist of fate is just around the corner throwing their relationship in to turmoil once again. Lisa, Adams ex-wife falls ill with cancer and her last dying wish is to have her husband, children and new best friend Eve around her. Eve does all she can to fulfil her best friends dying wishes even though she feels like a spare part who shouldn’t be there. Adam suddenly confesses he still loves Lisa and starts to drink heavily and blank Eve.
The day of Lisa’s death, Eve leaves after fulfilling Lisa’s wishes and books a flight to Canada to find what’s left of her life again, convincing herself that she must forget all about Adam and focus on her career as a writer as she is never going to get the fairytale ending she wants, however she is mistaken as Adam travels the end of the earth to convince her that she is the one he wants to spend the rest of his life with.
I don’t usually read chick-lit or romance but this book engrossed me from the beginning to the end and had quite a hold on me all the way through. It is cleverly written and a real asset to the S. Turner. It is sexy, intelligent and very compelling and I would challenge anyone who loves a good work of fiction to put it down as I certainly couldn’t. Don’t forget the box of tissues as there are some weepy scenes as well as many humorous ones. Highly recommended, keep them coming.
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|Posted by [email protected] on November 9, 2014 at 3:05 AM||comments (0)|
How far would you go to protect your brother from a ruthless killer?
|Posted by [email protected] on November 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
This book is the second instalment in the War Kids Series and continues to follow the lives of several young people who were once trapped in the war in Syria who flee to America to start afresh. In this character driven story the reader is introduced to a number of new characters, all of which blend nicely in with the main Characters, Annabel, Jada and Ethan, who each have their own unique back story.
On Annabel’s journey to freedom and a better life she befriends another homeless guy by the name of Brandon, and confides in him about killing the tramp who tried to rape her. She also confesses that she is the key witness in the Big Red Trial and that she has escaped a witness protection program because the WBR kept finding her.
Jada is on a mission to find her father who is believed to be in a prison fifty miles away from Damascus, the lost city and that Gerard and Christian are working on plans to go there. However, along the way Jada reads a letter from her mother that is addressed to Gerard and discovers a shocking secret that will change the course of her mission.
Ethan is hell bent on avenging his father’s death with a deep hatred for Western culture.
After a year of transition in to their new lives in New York City, the City itself is soon caught up in a terrorist attack on Rikers Island, and they find themselves fleeing to escape one danger to enter yet another and soon realise that they would have been much safer in Syria, as the unknown threat continues to cause chaos and mass destruction, as people start to loot and die when one of many bridges explodes. Victoria dies as her head is crushed by a car. Jada and Annabel’s paths meet in the chaos and Jada warns Annabel and Brandon to get out of the city as fast as they can as this is only the beginning of the terrorist attacks and perhaps a decoy to an even bigger threat. Big red starts running after Annabel as he spots her with his gang in orange jump suits. The adrenaline fuelled scene when Big Red catches up with Annabel is breathtaking, yet terrifying and adds more tension and conflict to a unexpected, yet phenomenal ending.
I can honestly say I am hooked and can’t wait for the next instalment. H.J. Lawson is a genius story teller and her writing skills are exceptional beyond doubt.
|Posted by [email protected] on November 4, 2014 at 9:35 AM||comments (0)|
Graduation Day 2001 – I will never forget, I was the only female boasting a rather distinctive blonde bob, pictures will follow when I find them.
Found this in The Yorkshire Evening Press Archives
Glittering prizes for York College graduates
THREE York College graduates were awarded memorial trophies for their outstanding achievements during a graduation ceremony which took place at the college.
|Posted by [email protected] on November 1, 2014 at 8:15 AM||comments (0)|
3 x 5 Star Reviews for my books
|Posted by [email protected] on September 26, 2014 at 3:20 AM||comments (0)|
The Rapture begins on Jerry’s normal, everyday route to work. Jesus swiftly returns to earth to take all the believers with him back to paradise. Jerry soon finds himself transported up in the clouds to live a new life in heaven; however the last thing he witnesses on earth is a heavily pregnant woman holding her hands to her ears waiting for the trumpet to stop, unaware this would haunt and question why she was abandoned by God. After several weeks Jerry discovers that not everything’s perfect in paradise as the timing of the rapture was a mistake, due to error in software testing that had forced God’s hand with the Second Coming and that no one was really ready for it. In order for Jerry to save his girlfriend, Rachael and his family and friends from their eternity in Hell and the threat of oncoming Tribulation he must put them through the re-trial process, but first he must get Jesus’ permission. Jerry seeks the help of his mentor, Bob and his friends who are familiar with the passages in the Bible that will provide Jerry with a good argument in court, unaware his arch enemy, Nathaniel is out to destroy any evidence that may help his case in the high court.
Will Jerry succeed in his mission to rescue Rachael from an eternity in hell? If so, at what cost? Or could it be the main protagonists are left with a number of different choices?
There are over a dozen distinctive voices that help to differentiate the characters; one example of this is Bob, Jerry’s mentor, who has a distinctive east end southern twang. The general dialogue is easy to follow and understand and the conversations all stay on track. No detection of unnecessary or forced or unnatural speech patterns.
A Brief Eternity examines a number of predicaments and paradoxes that are commonly believed concepts by Christians with regards to the afterlife.
P. Beaumont writes beautifully, with rich descriptive scenes of heaven and hell, described in such detail, you can almost imagine you are there the whole time. His ability to inject humour, comedy, satire and parody to engage, entertain, provoke and question the readers own religious’ ideology is pure genius and flawless. I felt a strong connection to the main protagonist, Jerry who is initially naive, yet as the story unfolds he is forced to challenge the true nature and hypocrisy of early biblical scripture into his favour in an attempt to save Rachael.
A Brief Eternity has all the merits of a standalone post-apocalypse first novel however, with its unpredictable and highly memorable ending; I daresay it’s also set up for a follow on (fingers crossed) as I would love another instalment.
|Posted by [email protected] on September 20, 2014 at 6:45 PM||comments (0)|
Dance with the Enemy
Written by Rob Sinclair
Attorney Frank Madena, of the USA is kidnapped and Charles McCabe, an elite member of the Joint Intelligence Agency (JIA) insists upon hiring special field agent Carl Hogan to locate the attorney’s whereabouts. However the JIA aren’t convinced that Hogan’s the right man for the job as they believe he’s a liability, unhinged and incompetent as five months prior Hogan had been tortured and left for dead by one on the world’s most wanted terrorist Youseff Selim, who the JIA suspect of having some involvement with the attorneys kidnap. Hogan sees this as an opportunity for revenge and begins his search with some unlikely leads, he isn’t convinced that the kidnap of the attorney is by Islamic terrorists as the police and FBI initially suspected. Hogan’s relentless journey for the truth leads to a string of lies and deceit that surrounds the real reason for the kidnapping and once again Hogan finds that his life is on the line. Will his mission succeed? Or will it fail? There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing as the pages are turned in this fast paced espionage thriller.
Carl Logan: Special field agent. He has a back story that unveils itself throughout the chapters. Trained extensively in martial arts, instructed in knifes, handguns, rifles and psychological training that will help him stay alive.
Charles McCabe: One of six commanders to the Joint Intelligence Agency (JIA) Also Carl Logan’s boss for 18 years.
Frank Madena: Attorney General to the USA.
Youseff Selim: Biggest arms dealer in the Middle East linked to many Islamic extremists and one of the worlds’s most wanted men.
Richard Blakemore: Drugs and arms dealer.
Angela Grainger: FBI agent.
There are several distinctive voices and the conversations tend to stay on track within the chapter parameters. The dialogue is natural and flows well throughout the whole book with no signs of forced and unnecessary speech patterns.
Dance with the Enemy is a superbly written Espionage thriller and deserves to be placed at the top of any Crime/Thriller/Action list and I imagine it’s just a matter of time before this book becomes an international best seller.
R. Sinclair is a genius story teller with an exceptional imagination, not only does he introduces us to a real life likable heroin, he also leaves the reader hungry for the next instalment.
This is a fast paced breathtaking edge of the seat thriller with plenty of twist, turns, thrills and excitement to keep the reader guessing and anticipating what will happen next and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys crime fiction.
|Posted by [email protected] on September 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM||comments (1)|
All The Pretty Dresses by Steven J. Clark
Someone is killing beautiful young women. All are dressed in expensive evening gowns when found. Can Cass Rosier, a thirty-one-year-old single mom and the first female deputy ever hired by Nicholas County solve the mystery? The answer to the question may determine whether she succeeds or not in her unexpected appointment as the acting sheriff.
When Samantha (Sam) Martin, a highly successful New York attorney and Cass’s best friend since childhood, suddenly shows back up in Summersville fleeing a nasty divorce, Cass recruits her as a special investigator on the case.
Together Cass and Sam must deal with Sam’s abusive ex-husband, Ricky, Cass’s budding new romance with Dr. Gary Coleman, and at the same time unravel the harrowing twists, turns, and surprises they encounter as they try to solve the perplexing mystery of Nicholas County’s evening gown murders.
5 Stars – My Review
This book has it all – An exceptional ingredient of suspense, mystery, and thriller all in one go.
I’d challenge anyone to try and put this book down when you start to read the opening chapters – As I definitely couldn’t.
Cass Rosier, is a well developed character who I felt I could instantly relate to. She is strong with a good methodological approach using her analytical and critical eye in narrowing down the when and where. She has all the qualities of a real life heroin, while struggling to establish herself in a male dominated environment.
This is crime fiction at its best and I will recommend it to everyone I know as a truly addictive read.