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review 2018-09-10 03:39
A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas (audiobook)
A Conspiracy in Belgravia - Sherry Thomas

Series: Lady Sherlock #2

 

After enjoying the first one so much, I felt like Halloween Bingo gave me a good excuse to dive right into the second one. This one ended up being all spies and agents and codes, but there was a murder thrown in there so that's the square I'm going to be using this for.

 

I have to say that I really enjoy reading about Charlotte. There's just something that I like about her. I could have done without being treated to the details of Livia's literary pursuits, however. It comes across as trying too hard to wrap everything into the Sherlock Holmes mythos, and I find it unnecessary. 

 

It looks like the third book will be out early October, but since I've been enjoying the audio so much, I'm not sure if my library will have the audio soon enough for me to use it for Halloween Bingo. I must be running out of possible squares for these books anyway, shouldn't I?

 

I'm counting this for the "Murder Most Foul" square.

 

 

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text 2018-09-05 21:30
Reading progress update: I've listened 636 out of 636 minutes.
A Conspiracy in Belgravia - Sherry Thomas

Done!

 

Now I just need to decide whether to count it for the "Terrifying Women" square or the "Darkest London" square. I did have something else initially pegged for Darkest London, but this would work for it too... Or it would also work for "Murder Most Foul". I don't think I had explicitly chosen a book for that, just a few possibilities...

 

Decisions, decisions.

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text 2018-08-22 12:10
Guest blog post: Chuck Waldron

Why write a conspiracy thriller?

 

I sometimes ask myself the same question. Why in one’s right mind would try and compete with today’s news. Conspiracy is one of the most searched words on Google? While The Cleansweep Conspiracy is loosely based on a real event, the story is a complete, total figment of my imagination. Freud reportedly said a cigar is just a cigar. For me, a story is just a story, intentionally created as fiction.

 

When you read The Cleansweep Conspiracy, you won’t find a story about FEMA coffins, Knights Templar, Area 51, Elvis sightings or the JFK conspiracy. 

 

Reading thrillers is my passion. Not surprisingly, my writing follows that same passion. It’s great fun to put characters in harm’s way. It’s great fun to create characters that have that dash of evil thriller readers expect. Creating roadblocks and dead ends is a given, but always providing my character, Matt Tremain, with a way to keep going. He’s not a Hollywood hero. Matt’s flawed, yet filled with resolve to get at the truth of a conspiracy he’s uncovered. He’s committed to exposing the conspiracy, even at the cost of his life.

 

Matt is up against Charles Claussen, a character representing evil but looks the opposite. Maybe he’s like the saying that the Devil’s greatest trick is convincing us he’s not real.

 

The story woven throughout The Cleansweep Conspiracy could never happen in real life . . . or could it?

 

Read about Matt’s story, and you decide.

 

Chuck Waldron

Author, The Cleansweep Conspiracy and The Cleansweep Counterstrike

 

 

 

Chuck Waldron is the author of four riveting mystery, thriller and suspense novels and more than fifty short stories. Inspired by his grandfather’s tales of the Ozark Mountains and local caves rumored to be havens for notorious gangsters, Waldron was destined to write about crime and the human condition. Those childhood legends ignited his imagination and filled his head with unforgettable characters, surprising plots and a keen interest in supernatural and historical subplots.

 

With literary roots planted in the American Midwest and South, and enriched by many years living in the fertile cultural soil of metropolitan Ontario, Waldron now resides on Florida’s fabled Treasure Coast with his wife, Suzanne. While keeping an eye out for hurricanes, alligators, and the occasional Burmese python, visitors will find Waldron busy writing his next crime thriller.

 http://www.chuckwaldronauthor.com/

https://www.ireadbooktours.com/

 

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review 2018-08-22 12:08
The Cleansweep Conspiracy

Reporter/Blogger Matt Tremain has stumbled on to a conspiracy that could make his career if it doesn't get him killed first. This book starts with a bang as a riot breaks out in the city of Toronto with building being torched and people being murdered. Now Toronto is looking for ways to keep it from happening again and have turned their security needs over to billionaire Charles Claussen. Claussen's plan is called Operation Cleansweep and its goal is to rid the city of undesirables. In the rush to feel safer the city has overlooked that people are loosing their freedoms and putting their way of life in jeopardy. It's up to Matt Tremain and a handful of others to stay alive and expose the conspiracy. 

 

The Cleansweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldron is a story that gets right into the action and never lets up. The events in this book are fictional but you can see that a lot of the ideas in it come right out of the news. Claussen's main influence is Nazi Germany but he feels that he knew where the Nazi's went wrong and he can correct their mistakes. Also the idea of giving up freedoms to feel safer is something we see put forth by different governments. This book is like a social commentary on how the government manipulates its people by using their fears against them. If you enjoy thrillers with a little mystery and a lot of action then this is a must read. 

 

The Cleansweep Conspiracy

http://www.chuckwaldronauthor.com/

https://www.ireadbooktours.com/

 

 

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review 2018-07-12 21:05
A Conspiracy of Whispers by Ada Harper - My Thoughts
A Conspiracy of Whispers - Karen Harper

This was a fun, action-packed, sexy, romantic, delightful read!  Recommended on Twitter by Bree, one half of the Kit Rocha writing team, it seemed this was the book EVERYONE in Romancelandia was reading last week.  :)  I had a bit of a worry at the back of my mind that this could be another case of me hating a romance that everyone else was head over heals for (ie: The Bollywood Bride), but quite happily, I loved it!

So it's a sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, hints of fantasy book, peopled with a truly diverse cast of characters.  Two nations, very different in most ways, one a very technical, almost robotic type of nation and the other more future-medievalish.  The heroine is a trained assassin from the former and MAN, is she one helluva badass!  The hero is the brother to the leader of the latter, the general of her armies and he's pretty damned badass himself! 

Not only is there all the action part of the story - plots, wars, fights, murders, espionage, escapes etc...; there is also the theme of consent and equality and possession and justice for everyone that runs through it.  And you're not getting lectured, thank God, 'cause I'd have DNFed it right away had I felt I was being lectured, it's just the tale of these civilisations in the beginning of a period of upheaval being told. 

It was a great story, peopled with endearing characters, a tale of love and soulmates (which I don't normally go for, yet, it worked for me here) as well as friendships and found families and I totally enjoyed it!  Looking forward to the next book!

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