Book Review : Primal Origin, Jack Silkstone

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REVIEW

Take two CIA agents, a British  aeronautical engineer/weapons technician, drop them in Abu Dhabi with a group of terrorists, each wanting the other dead and you have a pacy, action packed novella introducing  the Primal series of books. Primal Origin, is a great little novella that gives the background to how the undercover anti-all-things-bad group, PRIMAL, came into being.

Realistic dialogue, not for those who are easily offended, the CIA agents Vance and Ice are quickly introduced; a couple of cool customers who are experts in their line of work, along with their oppo Mitchell.

What I also liked about the novella was certain technical terminology, that was foreign to me, was highlighted by way of a hyperlink to the author’s website, explaining exactly what a UM45 or M4 CQBR was. An excellent website too, which I would recommend you take a look at – for a moment I could pretend I was part of a MI5/CIA briefing. With a background in Military Intelligence, Counter-Intelligence and Special Operations, the author blogs about his thoughts on the interesting things happening in the world today.

I shall definitely be reading the other PRIMAL books which, if the closing sentence is anything to go by, will be equally action packed …

‘We’re gonna make Mossad look like a bunch of cookie-selling Girl Scouts!’

DESCRIPTION

PRIMAL is a team of elite operatives, hell bent on fighting for the downtrodden and oppressed. A renegade agency waging a secret war against the untouchables; powerful criminals, greed driven corporations, and twisted politicians. With cutting-edge technology and tactics they strike across the globe with impunity, stepping in where government agencies fail.

PRIMAL Origin is the first short story in the PRIMAL series. It is a short 35 page prequel to the full-length PRIMAL Unleashed novel and reveals the origins of PRIMAL.
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Abu Dhabi is a city that dazzles with the trappings of wealth. Beneath this thin veneer lurks a sinister threat. A rich and powerful supporter of terrorism who will stop at nothing to rid the Emirates of Western influence.

Two CIA operatives are given the mission to track down an unknown terrorist group. Forced to question the morality of their government, they take matters into their own hands.

The head of counter-terrorism operations in the Emirates is a man trapped between honor and morality. Surrounded by enemies, he must look for new allies to bring justice to the untouchable.

In this world of turmoil and intrigue, a new organization is formed, a group of men willing to bring justice to a world filled with evil. Who are they?

They are PRIMAL.

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Kicking that list!

It’s been a busy week for me. I started off with the longest list, ever, of things to do and at one point thought I was going to have some sort of meltdown. However, I’m pleased to report meltdown was avoided and embracing my new mantra of ‘Fearless’ (some of you might have read my Fearless blog post) I attacked the list in true Bruce Willis fashion. Yippee-ki-yay!  Not much of a list left now – go me! 🙂

I won’t bore you with all the tedious things on that list but there are a couple worth a mention.

The week started off very civilised with a RNA lunch in Southampton. I met Mandy Baggot, Laura James and Catherine Miller for a quick coffee and a catch up before enjoying a nice lunch with about 15 other members. Lots of laughter and food – I’m not sure why they put us on a separate table…

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Also this week I’ve finished the first draft of my novella ‘Closing In’ . This is about to be sent off for proofreading and editing, meaning I’m still on target for my release date of 14 March.  I’ve also finalised the cover and blurb.

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Ellen Phoenix is running from her past, but her past is out running her.

A new job. A new identify. A new life. She thinks she’s safe.

The quiet coastal village  of Middleton-on-Sea seems the perfect sanctuary for a person who doesn’t want to be found.

However, it appears someone has other ideas. Who knows her secret? Who has betrayed her? Ultimately, who has the most to lose?

Also noteworthy, I’ve had a very short week at work, just one day (today) and one hour tomorrow :-), I’ve finished reading ‘Orion’s Gift’ by Anneli Purchase (will be posting my review on Monday) and have officially registered for the London to Brighton bike ride in June.

And finally, as it’s Valentine’s Day (you seriously didn’t think I was going to ignore this, did you?)

I’ve treated myself to some chocolates

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and now all I need to do, is to decide which of these films to watch tonight

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Will leave you with a song appropriate for today by the great Dionne Warwick

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day

Sue

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Unveiling Christmas by Gina Dickerson

unveling christmasA Novella of approximately 33,000 words

Families silenced by secrets, lost heirlooms and a ruthless killer…who can be trusted?

When Suzy Harte discovers on her wedding day that her bridegroom-to-be has been hiding a huge secret, jilting him at the altar seems the best option. What she didn’t anticipate was he wouldn’t ever make it to the altar either and being found in the church cemetery in her wedding dress with a bloodied knife dripping onto the snow really seals the day as her worst ever.

Suzy’s life picks up crazy momentum upon discovering her bridegroom found a lost diamond ring worth millions of pounds. The problem is someone else wants the ring and they’ll stop at nothing to have it, not even serial murder.

As the body count rises, Suzy races to unravel the mystery, stumbling across years of family secrets while the killer closes in.

Can Suzy unscramble the secrets before it’s too late? Will she find true love again? Or will the secrets which silenced many before her lead her to a grisly end?

My Thoughts

Suzy doesn’t have much luck, not only is her bridegroom murdered on their wedding day but a few others she comes into contact with meet an unfortunate end too.  It seems Suzy has got something a certain someone wants and will stop at nothing to get it.

The plot twisted and turned its way through this romantic suspense – I couldn’t second guess what was coming next, the tension being kept right up until the end.

Links for Gina Dickerson

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Blogspot : http://ginadickerson.blogspot.co.uk/

Website : http://www.ginadickersonwriter.co.uk/

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/ginadickersonwriter?ref=ts&fref=ts

Twitter : @GinaDWriter

AMAZON LINK TO BUY HERE

Got A #Kindle? Here Are My 5 Star Reviews This Year

Not sure what to download to your e-reader? Well, here are the books that got a 5 star review from me this year, together with a few I would highly recommend (click on the book cover for link to Amazon) …

My 5 Star Reviews of 2012

Never Coming Home

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Sophie’s Turn

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Devils With Wings, Silk Drop

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Devils With Wings, Frozen Sun

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Shades of Appley Green

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Highly Recommend

The Silent Touch of Shadows

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Taking Charge

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Night Watcher

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The Wind Weeps

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Passenger 13 (a novella)

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How Do You Voodoo? (a novella)

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Thank you all for your support of my blog this year – much appreciated

Happy new year everyone and happy reading

Mistletoe in Manhattan – Talli Roland

As the daughter of Christmas-any-time party planners, Holly West has been surrounded by the holiday spirit since birth. Trouble is, she’s not exactly filled with festive cheer. In fact, Holly can’t wait to ditch the Santa suit for champagne and celebs, and become a party planner to the stars. 

When TV star Dean Layton hires her parents’ company to throw his holiday bash in Manhattan, Holly jumps at the chance to help, confident she can handle a little Christmas in exchange for access to Dean’s exclusive world. 

But New York and Dean’s over-the-top demands are more than Holly bargained for. Can Holly deck the halls and make it a party to be proud of, or will this Christmas end her dreams for good?

Holly West, a 22 year old from an English village, finds herself in New York organising the Christmas party of all Christmas parties.  She is used to being the Elf for her parents’ all year round Christmas party company but celebrity Dean Layton is in a different league.  Can she pull this off and make her dreams come true or is it a case of be careful what you wish for?

A delightful short read, great for curling up on the sofa on a cosy wintery night.

Mistletoe in Manhattan  also gives readers a sneak peek of Talli Roland’s novel The Pollyanna Plan, due out late November.

Links for Talli Roland

Blog : http://talliroland.blogspot.co.uk/

Twitter : @TalliRoland

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/talliroland

To buy Mistletoe in Manhattan and other books by Talli Roland on Amazon click HERE

Passenger 13 by Scott Mariani

Five years before the events of The Alchemist’s Secret… 

June 2003: the world is still on fire in the aftermath of 9/11. Fresh from the bloody conflict of the Second Gulf War, SAS soldier Ben Hope returns to Britain for some R&R leave, only to find himself embroiled in an intrigue deadlier than anything he’s encountered on the battlefields of Iraq. 

When a passenger aircraft piloted by Ben’s former army comrade Nick Chapman crashed off the Cayman Islands killing everyone on board, the official line was that Chapman committed suicide. But things don’t add up, and Ben’s old friend is barely in his grave before unfolding events point to something far bigger and more sinister going on. What did Chapman witness that powerful forces would do anything to suppress? Who was the mysterious thirteenth passenger on board the doomed flight? 

Following the trail of clues from the rugged Welsh borders to the Caribbean paradise that Chapman had made his home, Ben quickly discovers that some kinds of knowledge will get you killed – fast. Knowledge that threatens to unmask a global conspiracy of shocking proportions and change the way we view the world… and its masterminds have just made Ben Hope their principal target.

My Thoughts

I’ve read a couple of Scott Mariani’s books before and very much enjoyed them. When I was searching through ebook/ Novellas on Amazon, I came across Passenger 13 and as it was a ‘Ben Hope’ book, I downloaded it without hesitation. I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

Ben Hope is a great hero for the book and I love the fact that he has his flaws as well.  Although Passenger 13 doesn’t have the historical references that some of the later books have, it’s a great read and gives some background to Ben Hope which was nice to find out about. Lots of action, fast paced, twists and turns in the plot as always, stuff that really keeps you on your toes.

Links for Scott Mariani

Webpage : http://www.scottmariani.com/index.html

Amazon link : Passenger 13

Marry In Haste by Christina Courtenay

‘I need to marry, and I need to marry at once’ 

When James, Viscount Demarr confides in an acquaintance at a ball one evening, he has no idea that the potential solution to his problems stands so close at hand …
Amelia Ravenscroft is the granddaughter of a earl and is desperate to escape her aunt’s home where she has endured a life of drudgery, whilst fighting off the increasingly bold advances of her lecherous cousin. She boldly proposes a marriage of convenience. 

And Amelia soon proves herself a perfect fit for the role of Lady Demarr. But James has doubts and his blossoming feelings are blighted by suspicions regarding Amelia’s past. 
Will they find, all too painfully, that if you marry in haste you repent at leisure?

My Thoughts

This novella has all the ingredients I enjoy in a book; romance, adventure and tension. For a book of 117 pages there is quite a lot going on, but it all blends in so easily and effortlessly that you just get drawn into it.  There is the main story of James and Amelia but there is also more than one sub-plot running throughout.

I liked Amelia’s determination and the fact that she wasn’t a push-over and James although not perfect, was a great hero.

I always enjoy Christina Courtenay’s writing style and this was no exception – I felt transported into the era and caught up in all the happenings.  A thoroughly good read, one which I would quite happily have read as a full length novel.

Webpage http://christinacourtenay.com/

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/christina.courtenay.9?fref=ts

Twitter : @PiaCCourtenay

Published by Choc Lit Publishing : http://www.choclitpublishing.com/

Marry In Haste is available to purchase as an e-book on Amazon.co.uk  …. HERE