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review 2017-06-14 09:35
The Midnight Swimmer - Edward Wilson

Edward Wilson has again crafted an engaging, well-paced, and thrilling novel that brings back William Catesby, a sentimental yet coldly efficient agent in Britain's MI-6. Shuttling from West Germany to London, to Havana, and onward to Washington between October 1960 and the final week of October 1962 (when the world was on the brink of nuclear war), Catesby is given a thankless, yet vital task. That is, to make clandestine contacts and "offer Moscow a secret deal to break the deadlock" between it and Washington. One of the observations he makes during his service in Havana is the following: "The most interesting aspect of international relations wasn’t the conflict between enemies, but the conflicts between allies. You only had to go to an embassy cocktail party to see those conflicts in the flesh. It was easier for Western diplos to talk to the Russians than to talk to each other."


Cross, double-cross, love, the clear and present threat of war balanced against the preciousness of peace . Taken together, all these elements faithfully evoke the spirit of the early 1960s. Wilson has this uncanny skill for blending in fiction with history that will have the reader wondering how much more there may have been to the Cold War beyond what is the common narrative surrounding it today. Read "THE MIDNIGHT SWIMMER" and be amazed.

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review 2016-11-27 12:12
Orphan X
Orphan X: A Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz

I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway to give an honest review. I am pleasantly surprised with the beginning... Very suspenseful and wonderfully written. Looking forward to continuing...


I have finished the book and it is truly a great spy thriller. The writing is excellent and polished and the plot does not languish. It style reminds me of the Bourne movies (although I have not read the books) but by no means is this taken from that. This is new and inventive with excellent plot twists.


My only complaints are my own... there is lots of swearing as the story moves on which I don't feel is necessary. There are two sex scenes which I always feel is not needed in a good book. I have taken a 'star' off for these.


A must read (apparently a movie is in the works) before the movie comes out! I will be reading more by this author.

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text 2016-11-11 10:59
Orphan X
Orphan X: A Novel (Evan Smoak) - Gregg Hurwitz

I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway to give an honest review. 


I am pleasantly surprised with the beginning... Very suspenseful. Looking forward to continuing...

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review 2016-08-23 06:44
Apocalyptic Invasion...
Orbs: A Science Fiction Thriller - Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Even though I've really liked all of the other books I've read by Smith, when I first saw the cover of this book, I was thinking I probably wouldn't like it very much because I didn't like the cover at all, but you know what- I absolutely loved it!  That's a perfect example of why you should never judge a book by its cover!


Of course after I finished reading it, I saw online that Simon & Schuster has given this series a complete makeover and the covers are gorgeous! Honestly, if I would have seen the new covers before I read the book, I wouldn't have hesitated one second to read the story. But hey that's reality, we do it everyday with books, products, people etc. 


So I guess the moral of this review/rant is: this is a fantastic post-apocalyptic book so don't let the (old) covers fool you! The characters in this one could have been fleshed out a little more but other then that, if you like a good action-packed, apocalyptic invasion, then you can't go wrong with this series. Really, you can't go wrong with any of Smith's books. Hell Divers is my ultimate favorite but Orbs is a close second behind it! 


*I received this ARC from NetGalley & Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! 


Professional Reader Reviews Published 2016 NetGalley Challenge

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review 2016-08-15 06:06
Mind Secrets (Perceivers #1) by Jane Killick
Mind Secrets: A Science Fiction Telepathy Thriller (Perceivers Book 1) - Jane Killick

Teenagers with mind powers fight for the right to survive in the thrilling first novel of the Perceivers series.

Waking up without his memories and hunted by Agent Cooper, Michael finds sanctuary with a group of perceivers: telepaths who sense the thoughts and emotions of others. Drawn into their battle to stay free of the cure which threatens to strip them of their powers, he searches for the person who stole his past. As the tension between perceivers and norms erupts into violence, Michael pieces together the shocking truth behind the origin of their power. To save his friends from destruction, he must face Cooper and confront the painful revelations of his forgotten secrets.

A gripping science fiction thriller set on the streets of London, Mind Secrets takes an exciting and dangerous journey into intrigue, friendship and deception.

*Previously published under the author name Chris Reynolds and the title Perceivers.









I thought the concept behind this book was an interesting one.

I wish there had been a more detailed exploration of what its really like to carry, see, hear, feel the burdens of other people's thoughts and feelings.

I really appreciated the concept of friendship and the progression readers are taken on along with Michael. However there is another place readers get to explore another level of emotion they get to experience.

In a lot of ways Mind Secrets reminds me of the show The Tomorrow People because there is so much complexity and multiple levels of adventure and the abilities and the group of friends and all the background suspense and him being on the run its really great.

If we had been given a more personal look at that one angle I believe this book would have been a five star read. I am intrigued and I am interested in following up with the next installments.

























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