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review 2017-11-22 18:52
Great addition to the World of Shadows
The Vatican Children (World of Shadows) - Lincoln Cole

This second book in The World of Shadows has a somewhat slower build than the first book, but that doesn't make it any less compelling. As Arthur and Niccolo search for the Bishop, they must also learn to trust each other. Niccolo soon finds that his naiveté about the world and the evils that lurk may either be his undoing or push him to lengths he never believed possible, while Arthur learns that his resolve to do things differently may not be so easy to accomplish. The story builds in suspense as well as action as our heroes uncover the Bishop's terrifying plans. With a heart-pounding conclusion unveiling a plot that is the stuff nightmares are made of, The Vatican Children is a solid addition to the series and has this reader anxiously awaiting what comes next.

As the World of Shadows is an ongoing story, I highly recommend reading The Everett Exorcism before starting this one. The series is wonderfully written and impossible to put down from the very first page.

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review 2017-11-12 16:38
"Dancing With Shadows", by Adrian Churchward
Dancing With Shadows (The Puppet Meisters Trilogy) - Adrian Churchward
Book #2, in The Puppet Meisters trilogy

“Dancing With Shadows” is the second book dealing with state abuse of power featuring Scott Mitchell, a human rights lawyer. This sequel to “Moscow Bound” is a gripping and exciting read from start to finish. This time we have Scott on suspicion of laundering $250 million for the Chechen mafia and we follow him through a sea of untrustworthy characters from London, to different Russian cities, to Budapest and Malta in a cat and mouse game while he tries to prove his innocence.

Scott is the lead in this story but many characters we came to know in the first book are re-introduced and play important roles: Ekaterina, Gravchenko and Pravda. Ms. Churchward doesn’t shy away from introducing multiple new characters also. The plot has multiple threads to follow that need our attention and can be overwhelming but the author set the stage expertly by including a group of well-developed players, beautiful surroundings and a touch of gastronomy delights. No doubt, this gripping tale filled with unexpected twists and turns is well worth reading. If you enjoy a thriller rifles with conspiracy and danger and have a soft spot for some Anglo-Russian shenanigans, give this one a try. 

My thanks to NetGalley and to Silverwood Books for the opportunity to read this book
 
 

 

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text 2017-11-11 03:37
Reading progress update: I've read 296 out of 470 pages.
A Dance of Shadows - David Dalglish

since I won't read the Book 5 preview at the back of this entry, I'm done at page 441...which means I should wrap this up tomorrow morning, if I go long. ready for a mystery, probably a return to Elizabeth Daly's Henry Gamadge series after many, many years. before that, a Mystery or two to be resolved here, such as who impersonated the Watcher.

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text 2017-11-11 00:52
Reading progress update: I've read 268 out of 470 pages.
A Dance of Shadows - David Dalglish

visit lovely Veldaren...where, as of now, everyone wants to spill the blood of someone.

 

actually, I'm enjoying this book, but for the first time I'm considering dropping my usual 4 star rating down to a 3.5, as a bit of a comment on creeping "samey-ness" as of Book 4. we'll see. it's all still a lot of fun...but urban warfare and death in the streets have really carried this series along.

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text 2017-11-10 14:43
Reading progress update: I've read 210 out of 470 pages.
A Dance of Shadows - David Dalglish

Veldaren--and Alyssa's mansion in particular--gets rocked by a night of violence the likes of which it hadn't seen in many a moon...all because the reports of one's death were greatly exaggerated. meanwhile, was that Zusa's finest hour, in the direst straits? no, probably not--still a long way to go!

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