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review 2017-07-18 11:30
Spannender Post-Brexit-Thriller
Die Lieferantin: Thriller (suhrkamp tasc... Die Lieferantin: Thriller (suhrkamp taschenbuch) - Zoë Beck,Thomas Wörtche

Die Fronten in Zoë Becks aktuellem London-Thriller „Die Lieferantin“ sind von Anfang an klar definiert:

 

Auf der einen Seite stehen die alten Drogendealer, die klassische Unterwelt. Sie verkaufen ihre meist gestreckte) Ware vor allem auf der Straße. In ihrem Milieu herrscht Gewalt. Einschüchterung, Schutzgelderpressung und Auftragsmorde gehören zum Alltag.

 

Auf der anderen Seite steht Ellie Johnson, die online nur anonym als „die Lieferantin“ auftritt. Sie bringt den Drogenhandel ins Zeitalter der Digitalisierung. Wer ihre (hundertprozentig reine) Ware beziehen möchte, lockt sich ins Darknet ein, lädt sich anschließend ihre App herunter und erhält die Drogen per Drohne.

 

Diese beiden Seiten prallen im Buch auf spannende Weise aufeinander. Gleichzeitig schafft Zoë Beck einen interessanten politischen Hintergrund für ihren Thriller, in den sie die Rivalen einbettet: Wir befinden uns in der nahen Zukunft in einer Welt kurz nach dem Brexit. Wohnungskrise, ein schlechtes Gesundheitssystem und gewalttätige Ausschreitungen prägen Großbritannien. Die Regierung plant eine Verschärfung der Drogengesetze und will unter anderem die Unterstützung und Versorgung von Abhängigen beenden. Über diesen sogenannten Druxit soll das britische Volk demnächst in einem Referendum abstimmen.

 

Das gruslige an diesem fiktiven Szenario ist, dass ich mir ohne Probleme vorstellen kann, das es in der Realität passieren könnte. Zoë Beck hat das aktuell angespannte politische Klima sehr gut charakterisiert und treibt es auf die Spitze.

 

Die Lieferantin verbindet ihren Drogenverkauf mit sozialem Aktivismus, denn der Erlös finanziert zum Teil die Anti-Druxit-Kampagne. Es klingt paradox, dass der illegale Verkauf von Drogen die Legalisierung dieser erreichen soll. Diese Widersprüche machen den Thriller zu einem komplexen, gesellschaftskritischen Werk. Hier stehen sich nicht einfach nur Gut und Böse gegenüber, sondern vielschichtige Charaktere, die ihre eigene Agenda verfolgen.

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review 2017-07-09 20:05
great story and characters
The Way You Bite - Zoe Forward

Dr. Vee Scarpa only had a short amount of time to get to her sister Brook’s  wedding.  Then one of the other Doctor’s  that was getting other hours to Vee and said there was a person in room one who refused to be helped by anyone other than the Dr. Scarpa. He was a new client. Vee was a vet but if she seen this patient she would be late. Only three more months and Vee could disappear by faking her death and go to the island in Southeast Asia. No vamps, no wolves, no forced marriage. Just her and the technology to let her know when a nonhuman entered her domain. Then Vee could reinvent her life again.  The man in the room was a Mr. Eric  Vorste. Crystal who was e tech said the man was odd and foreign and the dog was huge actually was a werewolf as was the man. The King of Werewolf’s  rumored to have eyes so light in color and this wolf had very light colored eyes.  Vee thought of a threat her father had said along time ago “ never get involved with them”. She knew she could be killed for helping by her father, although her powerful fiance would probably save her life but not punishment and her fiance was sadistic enough he would watch her father bring on said punishment. Her fiance was Ambroise DeFalco who preferred men.. Vee had a very complicated relationship with Ambroise. Roman was the werewolf’s regional primary care doctor. Vee asked why Mr. Vorste didn’t follow protocol and told him they were not safe being at her office. Then Vee also told Mr. Vorste they would have to see another doctor and not allow a shift to happen. Then Mr. Vorste asked Vee if her father Dominic and Ambrose  knew about the incident in California. Vee was the daughter of North American Vampire leader. The Vampires were at war in the United States Vee said she helped on a case to case basis with a referral basis only as a favor to Roman Vee felt murdering kids regardless of species wrong why she had tried to help in California and the only wolf to survive was about fourteen. The Vampire’s squad had ambushed the wolves right in Vee’s yard. Then Vorste brought up the fact that a wolf had supposedly murdered her mother but Vee knew that her mother’s murder had been set up to make it look that a wolf had done it. Ambroise stayed neutral in the war.  Then Vee’s mental scan revealed at least six wolves in the immediate area. Vee now knew her patient was Aleksander Dimitrov - the Werewolf King. Vee did know both Ambroise and her father Dominic feared the  Werewolf King.  Vee took care of the wolf and got the two bullets-  one in his left shoulder and one in his left thigh. Vee felt a strong desire for her patient which made no sense. Vee had never felt any attraction for Ambroise. Aleksander said he was called Lexan when he took human form. When all had been said and done Vee said “ let’s not run into each other again”. Lexan replied “ you’re going to need me”. Vee knew a connection had passed between her and Lexan and it had nothing to do with threats or blackmail. Lexan said they were to wait for Vee to leave before they did that way she would know they were still around and they would talk later. Lexan’s mother had died as a Vampire’s slave centuries ago. Lexan knew he wanted Vee but not as a one night stand He wanted to know everything about Vee : what she liked, how she tasted what noises she made during sex. He just needed to teach Vee how to handle her shifting from Vampire to werewolf  and put her in a country that wasn’t in the middle of the wolf hate zone. Velvet Scarpa was not Dominick’s biological daughter. Lexan had made a promise to a very ancient Vampire that he intended to keep. Vee’s biological father was Blaylock the very ancient Vampire Lexan had made a promise to. Vee was a healer but she would also be hunted and executed when Ambrose's father finds out she is not a purebred but a hybrid of an a vampire and werewolf. Lexan had never reacted to a woman like he had Vee. he was centuries old, this kind of crazy didn’t happen to him. Lexan had been captured by vamps and kept for one hundred years in chains and forced to fight other wolves. Her father had found out about Vee helping the Werewolf King. Dominic also wanted to inject Vee for forty eight hours with the treatment then Ambrose would have sex with her for three days if she lived through the meds she would get pregnant. Dominic and Ambrose’s father thought it was a good time for an heir Dominic was dancing with Vee and told her to leave but one of Dominick’s men stabbed before she took him down but she did get off Dominic’s estate. Trace was Dominic’s Captain of the guard but also Vee’s brother. Years ago Trace had taught Vee how to protect herself. Vee was not doing well with the injury when she got to her apartment Lexan was there and healed her. Vee didn’t know she was half werewolf and would be shifting with the moon in a couple of days. But like a werewolf she was also in heat. Lexan was there to help her through the shift and out of the states if she wanted to go. As much as Lexan wanted Vee to go he couldn’t force her. Then Lexan realizes Vee is his mate.

I loved. this story and the plot and pace of this story. I loved the action ,I loved the vampire vs werewolf idea and what had happened along time ago. Although I really prefer vamps and wolves being friends this was still great. But I also loved Vee learning she was half werewolf after she got used to the idea. I loved how she used her wolf to save one of Lexan’s Guardians. I loved Lexan and his  determination to keep Vee safe even putting himself in jeopardy. I wasn’t happy when Trace drugged Vee to get her to go back to Charlotte with her but I did love the fact it was to get their Aunt Carol who had basically raised them and then he wanted to get them out of the country. I loved how Lexan was willing to to give up being King for Vee. All and all just loved this book and didn’t find anything to complain about which is great. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I highly recommend.

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review 2017-07-07 03:07
Queer, There, and Everywhere
Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World - Sarah Prager,Zoe More O'Ferrall

I was very disappointed by one of the entries in the glossary for this. Scratch that. I was angry. Under the LGBTQ entry, it talked about other common additions to that abbreviation and mentioned A. It said that A stood for either asexual or ally. It does not stand for ally. Each letter in that abbreviation stands for a type of queer identity. Ally is not a queer identity. They are not part of the abbreviation. Asexuals get erased enough from the queer community, often with people saying the A is for ally and ignoring asexuals completely. I don't need a queer history book that's supposed to be for queer people validating that line of thought. It didn't even mention that the A can also be for agender.

 

Outside of that complaint, the book was a bit of a disappointment anyways. The title is very misleading, as is the introduction which gives a brief history of queer people in each area of the world. With the title including the word "everywhere" and the introduction highlighting areas all around the world, one would think the people chosen for the book would also be from all over the world. Instead, more than half the entries are from the US. The majority of the remaining people are from Europe. The author's notes in the back mention that she left out a lot of people due to not having enough sources to write a chapter for them. But I don't see why shorter sections couldn't have been done for those people. It just was very strange to have sections of the world get a short history in the introduction, but not have a single person featured from that area in the main body of the book.

 

The people who were featured were all interesting figures, although the short chapters meant there was only a brief look at each. There are sources in the back for each person if you want to learn more about a particular person. Also, if you're looking for definitive labels for each person, you'll be disappointed. A number of the entries only have speculation on how the person might have identified.

 

Overall Queer, There, and Everywhere is a short, easy read that features a brief, but interesting look at various queer figures from history (and a couple who are currently still living). It just had a more narrow global focus than I had expected and that issue with one of the glossary terms.

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review 2017-07-03 23:12
Book Review For: The Way You Bite by Zoe Forward
The Way You Bite - Zoe Forward

'The Way You Bite' by Zoe Forward is the story of Lexan Dimitrov and Vee Scarpa.
Vee has a fiancé and a controlling father who has plans for Vee. Vee has her own plans which she hopes to go forward with in three months when she has raised enough money to fake her own death. Vee has never really gone along with what her father does. Lexan is the King of Werewolfs and is in town due to Vee's father. There has been a war going on between Vampires and Werewolfs and things are just heating up. This was an exciting romance read! This was my first book by Ms. Forward but it won't be my last.
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review 2017-06-01 04:47
Charlie Fox is back!! (and as good as you remember)
Fox Hunter: A Charlie Fox Thriller - Zoë Sharp

I honestly had given up on seeing another Charlie Fox novel -- which was a cryin' shame, but I get that authors have to move on sometimes. But then a couple of weeks ago, when I logged onto NetGalley to take care of something, there it was on the front page -- and I jumped to request it (despite promising myself I was taking a NetGalley break to catch up on other things).

 

“You were a soldier, Miss Fox , and you are now a bodyguard. There is an old saying that is true in both cases : To survive—to protect a life— you have to be lucky every day. But your enemies, they have to be lucky only once.”


Following his near-miraculous recovery from the injuries no one expected him to survive, Charlie Fox's love/boss, Sean, hasn't been the same. Now, it looks like he's settling old debts -- not necessarily his own. The fact that he's doing that is bad enough -- it's not quite de rigueur for someone in his position to go around exacting vengeance. But the way these debts are being settled (if that's what's happening) speaks to someone not in full control. Charlie fights for the opportunity to do the boots-on-the-ground investigation to prove that it's not Sean's handiwork.

 

This ground is Kuwait and Iraq, and before she knows it, Charlie is dealing with soldiers/mercs that she's annoyed in the past, Russians with a grudge, Iraqis trying to defend cultural artifacts and certain three-letter agencies mucking around in it all -- and every sign is that Sean's up to exactly what Charlie is convinced he's not doing. Before the book ends, she'll come face to face with multiple faces from her past (none of which she ever wanted to encounter again) and will be forced to reassess some of the most formative events of her past and career.

 

For those new to Charlie Fox -- this would make a pretty good entry point, by the way -- she's former British Army, who received some special forces training, before her career was derailed. Since then she's done plenty of work as a bodyguard and worked other types of security. She's stubborn, loyal, inventive and tenacious. And deadly -- it eats away at her, but when push comes to shove, Charlie's as lethal as you can find.

 

Killing because your life—or that of another—is in immediate danger is one thing. I’d been trained to accept that possibility right from the start of my army career. But appointing yourself judge, jury, and executioner is quite another. As is doing it anyway, only to discover that it doesn’t trouble your conscience nearly as much as it should.

Sharp has given Charlie a strong voice -- one you can believe can accomplish all she needs to, yet one that's entirely human.

 

The new characters are well developed -- and we see plenty of old faces, too. One unexpected antagonist is almost too evil to be believable (but, sadly, I imagine that plenty of Armed Forces have people just like him). There's one death that was a real gut-punch for the reader (or at least this one) -- that's a testimony to Sharp's skill that she can create someone like that in a brief period.

 

I don't remember any of the previous novels being all that tied to current events, but Fox Hunter clearly took place post-Brexit and during the Trump administration. I'm not saying that's bad, but oddly specific -- and changes when the rest of the books happened as well, because this didn't take place long after Die Easy despite the 5 years between the novels -- I'd have had an easier time swallowing the book without that specificity, but not much -- I note it because I found it strange.

 

That aside, this is exactly what Charlie Fox readers have come to expect from her -- she takes the proverbial licking and keeps on ticking, and kicking, swinging and everything else. Best of all, she thinks -- she plots, she improvises, she keeps on trying. Not to sound cliché, but this damsel finds herself in plenty of distress -- and gets herself out of it (occasionally with help -- but not in a Nell Fenwick sort of way; more like Lt. Templeton Peck way). Plenty of action, plenty of violence, plenty of suspense -- all with some character development, moving ongoing story arcs forward (while re-evaluating everything before).

 

Not much else to ask for -- except another volume soon.

 

Disclaimer: I received this eARC from W. W. Norton & Company via NetGalley in exchange for this post -- thanks to both for this.
N.B.: As this was an ARC, any quotations above may be changed in the published work -- I will endeavor to verify them as soon as possible.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/05/31/fox-hunter-by-zoe-sharp
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