Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Unsavory Delicacies by Russell Brooks

A three-course story collection with a side-order of revenge.

For fans of Barry Eisler, Robert Ludlum, and Clive Cussler. Three short stories of suspense with unsavory results.

Crème Brûlée—Rogue operative, Monique Beauvais, cons a software genius into selling her a coveted technology that would allow its user to control CIA drones while they’re in flight. And she will go as far as killing him in public in order to have it.

To the Last Bite—A renowned food critic—whose scathing reviews have closed down restaurants—gets a savoury surprise.

Shashlyk and Morezhenoe—CIA operative, Ridley Fox, leads a team against one of Russia’s most powerful crime families. He discovers secrets, but not one that he was expecting to find.

Three stories with three consequences. All containing three Unsavory Delicacies.

I got this ebook for Kindle from the author. It is a series of 3 short stories, Creme Brulee, To the Last Bite, and Shashlyk and Morozhenoe.
Creme Brulee is about an undercover agent on a mission. Monique is required to get info from Curtis, which she does. But the end doesn't come as she had planned...
To the Last Bite is about a Food Critic. Dennis has the best meal of life and LOVES the recipe. After finding what it is, he wishes he didn't know...
Shashlyk and Morozhenoe is about a Mafia type transaction involving undercover CIA agents. Ridley Fox confronts Maksim Antanov and gets what he needs, in a very unconventional way...
I personally liked Creme Brulee the best. Monique is a character that I could see myself in "cahoots" with. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, as it is definitely a page turner! As per author suggestion, I would definitely recommend NOT reading this book while eating! But don't let this detour you from reading it, as the parts I'm referring to aren't too descriptive.

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Vampires Rule By K.C. Blake

They don't call him Jackpot for nothing. 

Jack has always beat the odds... at least until now. When he was attacked by a werewolf, vampires saved him. When he got tired of living the vampire life, another werewolf attack freed him, making him human again. Now Jack just wants to live a normal life, but what's normal about a hunter girlfriend, a brother who wants to stake him to be on the safe side, and a head werewolf building an army to rule the world? 

I received this book through Bee's Knees Reviews. This is definitely a read for any/all Vampire book lovers. I had never really been into the whole "sci-fi" type books but after reading the Twilight series a few years ago I started becoming interested in other vampire stories as well. This series (Vampires Rule/Werewolves rule) is far from the typical "vampire/werewolve/other" love triangle that most books are based on. With only a few chapters read, Vampires Rule became a definite page-turner for me. I literally read it in about 6 hours!  Jack (Vampire turned human) and Silver (Hunter) dominated their little town and after several run ins with the Werewolves, had figured out who they needed to kill. I can't wait to follow Jack and Silver in their "adventures" in Werewolves Rule!

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Millennium People by J.G. Ballard

Millennium People

The peasants, goes a tedious old joke about Wat Tyler's mob, are revolting. In JG Ballard's unnerving, prophetic novel Millennium People, however, it's the middle classes that are staging the revolution: blowing up the NFT, burning their books and defaulting on their maintenance charges. Rejecting, in short, everything that they've worked so hard for--The Bonfire of the Volvos, as one rather droll chapter heading has it.
At the forefront of this petit bourgeois insurrection are the occupants of Fulham's Chelsea Marina, (as ever with Ballard) an exclusive housing community. Led by the charismatic Dr Richard Gould, a disgraced paediatrician turned "Doctor Moreau of the Chelsea set", Marina residents Kay Churchill, a former film lecturer; civil servant Vera Britain and Stephen Dexter, the parish vicar and an injured airman (another Ballard perennial) have unleashed an arson campaign against targets deemed suitably middle class.
David Markham, a psychiatrist and the book's steely narrator, is drawn into the Marina's inner circle after his ex-wife Laura is killed in an apparently meaningless bomb attack at Heathrow airport, (prime Ballard territory, of course). Meaningless is the insistent motif: Markham's current wife Sally was crippled in a freak accident and the murder of a banal if inoffensive television presenter (loosely modelled on Jill Dando) is one of the seemingly random violent acts unleashed by Gould, precisely because of their apparent randomness. "The absence of rational motive", as he says, "carries a significance of its own"

I won this book on Goodreads First Reads. This was a very interesting book to me. It accurately depicts what COULD happen in any culture if you push people far enough. All it takes is one person that doesn't like a change that is happening and a bunch of people that are willing to follow that person in retaliation. Some of the acts that were carried out were a bit disturbing on some levels, but overall the author gave some pretty accurate scenes. Unfortunately this book took me longer than I wanted to read. The author is British and there were several terms that I wasn't familiar with, and me being the curious soul that I am, I had to look up what each one meant before moving further in the book. Other readers may not have this problem though, I am just a curious person and try not to "assume" anything when reading. Overall this was an excellent book. I would recommend it to other readers that enjoy reading about fictional revolutions.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

A new beginning :)

After being prompted by a fellow blogger, I have decided to make a Book Review blog. So...here it is :) I will put my reviews of future books here, as well as try to get some of my previous reviews up too. Happy Reading :)