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review 2017-12-12 20:17
Irresistible nonsense
The One - John Marrs

I really wanted to dislike this book but found myself racing through the text and you know what I enjoyed! The plot is absurd and reads as follows; It has been discovered that within each one of us there a "match" gene. The secret of a successful relationship is to find your future partner who will have exactly the same "match" gene, and once you find each other future happiness is assured. To do this all that is required is a simple DNA swab  which will be entered into an online database and then wait patiently for a confirmation email that you future partner has been found...hurrah! The entrepreneurial founder Ellie (also chasing a life partner) is fast becoming a very rich lady. It is not difficult to berate this premise, for in order for this "imatch" to be successful every human being on the planet must donate their DNA working on the assumption that there is only "one" life partner.


We follow the story through four main characters; Ellie, Jade, Mandy and Nick nicely presented in alternate and clear chapters. The reader never loses interest as the separate adventures for all four is quite different but as will be discovered not everyone's intentions are honourable. Now if you add to this mix a deranged serial killer then we have all the ingredients for an additive read or a tale of nonsense depending on your viewpoint. John Marrs is the kind of author I like to delve into periodically when I simply want some entertainment. He doesn't take himself too seriously, presenting a fun read with little concentration needed. I'm not saying I am about to dash out and acquire his latest book but just like a cup of hot chocolate, nice to drink occasionally.

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text 2017-12-12 17:15
Reading progress update: I've read 140 out of 253 pages.
Death of an Airman - Christopher St. John Sprigg

Well at least now it makes a little more sense. I feel like it's going to turn out to be murder after all though.

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text 2017-12-12 13:05
NEW Ozzie Novak Thriller Game ON by John W. Mefford | Author
Game ON (An Ozzie Novak Thriller, Book 2) (Redemption Thriller Series) (Volume 14) - John W. Mefford

NEW Ozzie Novak Thriller 
Game ON by John W. Mefford | Author
(Book 2) (Redemption Thriller Series) 

'Will Ozzie be able to save the daughter he never knew existed? This one will have you biting your nails waiting to find out.' reviews Miki's Hope​

'Ozzie will travel where ever he needs to in order to save his daughter. Plenty of twists and action going on. Pretty much an edge of your seats story. Another great addition to Mefford's saga.' reviews Espacular Aiesa​


A callous prank or a deadly test of conviction?

Ozzie has known one life -- his adoptive life. Until he received the letter.

Could there be another family member out there?

Ten years have passed. Too much has changed.

But blood runs deep.

It's a twisted game of riddles. And a girl's life is on the line.

Ozzie can't deny the connection. But is it all just a cold-blooded trick?

Ozzie won't stop…can't stop until he finds her.

The yakuza have made their mark. But what other forces are in play?

For Ozzie, it's a test unlike any other. Pass, and he saves a life he never knew existed. Fail, and death will swallow her whole.

Will cruelty finally win out?

And can Ozzie risk everything to trust Alex Troutt to help?

Blood will be spilled. Blood will be imbibed. But whose blood will it be?

Buy Game ON now

Find out more on the book, series and author here....

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text 2017-12-12 10:58
Reading progress update: I've read 1266 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

I think Wolsey may be in trouble...

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review 2017-12-11 15:55
The role of guilt in shaping my reading choices
The Young Lloyd George - John Grigg

This weekend my wife and I started watching the second season of The Crown, which so far we're enjoying immensely. I was especially interested in watching the fifth episode, "Marionettes," which is centered around a 1957 controversy surrounding an article that criticized the monarchy as outdated. I was interested in it, because I had twice met the author of that article, John Grigg (as he became when he disclaimed his title in 1963). Seeing him portrayed on the show reminded me was a great person he was – warm, generous, and a first-rate writer. It also reminded me, though, that of his seven books I had read only one: the first volume of his (sadly incomplete) multi-volume biography of the British prime minister David Lloyd George. Now I feel ashamed that I haven't read the other volumes, and determined to rectify that in the near future.

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