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review 2018-04-16 15:25
"Riskante Manöver": Spannende Krise eines unsympathischen Pharmakonzerns
Riskante Manöver: Ein Fall für PR-Agent ... Riskante Manöver: Ein Fall für PR-Agent Mats Holm - Birand Bingül

Ein unsympathischer Pharmakonzern, ein für Kinder tödliches Medikament und zwei verschwundene Mitarbeiter: Die Krisen-PR-Spezialisten Mats Holm und Laura May werden von Wenner Pharma für einen schwierigen Fall engagiert. Die beiden sollen den Konzern durch die Krise führen. Dabei werden sie nicht nur mit einer wütenden Öffentlichkeit und einer gewissenhaften Presse konfrontiert, sondern geraten auch mit einigen arroganten, besserwisserischen Mitgliedern des Unternehmensvorstands aneinander.


Autor Birand Bingül erzählt die Geschichte realistisch und rasant. Einzig einige Entwicklungen im Bereich Mord und Folter fand ich überzogen und unnötig für die Geschichte. Der Rest liest sich jedoch sehr spannend. Gerade der Kontrast zwischen der kühlen, berechnenden Welt des Pharmakonzerns und der chaotischen, erschütternden Krankheitssituation der kleinen Sophie charakterisiert die beiden Seiten hervorragend. Mats und Laura müssen hier einen gewaltigen Spagat hinlegen, um ihren Auftrag erledigen zu können.


Neben dem komplexen Fall erzählt der Krimi auch die persönliche Geschichte von Mats und seiner verstorbenen Frau Helena, die Lauras Schwester war. Zwischen den Erwachsenen und Mats‘ 19-jähriger Tochter Liv gibt es eine Menge Konflikte. Wodurch diese ausgelöst wurden, erfährt der Leser erst nach und nach in kurzen Erinnerungen. Alle Protagonisten sind mit großer Liebe zum Detail gezeichnet, so dass man schnell mit ihnen mitfiebert. All diese Elemente fügt Bingül zu einem gelungenen und fesselnden Debütroman zusammen.

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review 2018-04-05 02:20
Young Zak got trained as an agent
Agent 21 - Chris Ryan

Zachary's parents were killed in a mass poisoning. 


He was left with his aunt who didn't like him or wants the responsibility. 


He now being target to a Bourne like agent who faked his death and trained him as a agent at 13.


The training part is okay. But to treat a boy that young with such intensity and taken away his freedom, that he couldn't go back to his old life is a bit much.


His being an agent is only like a boy trying to please the adult around him. Unlike adults, couldn't use normal incentive to draw him in. He has an account but he only want some toys. He is not old enough to need to spend any real money yet. 


So what is his motive? 


To get a new family, to be adopted with someone who care for him.


That's the part is not so great. There is not enough moment to show him that he is wanted as a child.


His trainers fit the bill. Still not enough moments build in to justify that one.


So he got close a drug lord by befriending his son. 


That's part is easy enough. Again, the teenager is pretty good by Cruz not liking him even after Zak saved his life. 


Found a mistake. Cruz should have called Zak Harry Gold, his undercover identity. But one of the dialogue outed him.


The rest is pretty good. A bit too typical. Like a B teenage young spy movie. 


4 stars. 


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review 2018-03-13 05:37
Review for Knox (Out of the Cage #3) by Lane Hart
Knox (Out of the Cage #3) - Lane Hart

What an adorable, sensitive, dork Knox turned out to be! I’ve read all three books in the series and I can’t really say he’s my favorite but he is definitely the sweetheart of the three!

In this third and final installment we get to know more about Knox and how he ended up at the house with the other kids. His backstory was not as tragic as the other’s however I think it made him more endearing and sweet. The romantic story actually takes place parallel to the two previous books so I definitely recommend reading them before jumping to this one.


I’m not really sure how to feel about Jade. There were some issues with her character that just didn’t click with me. Some of the things she did and said felt out of sync with the woman she was supposed to be. Nevertheless, the attachment she and Knox formed felt genuine and honest, so even if it all started as insta-lust, by the end of the book I could definitely tell there would be much love and respect between them.


***** This book contains what I consider a very graphic description of non-consensual sex, which in my book means rape, so heads up. *****


I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.

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text 2018-03-08 04:17
Reading progress update: I've read 391 out of 391 pages.
The Accidental Agent - Andrew Rosenheim

just an update, that clears up any confusion over my final rating for this book, after mainly hinting it seemed kind of slow: the last 100 pages were sooo good! in that light--a book with a 3 to 3.5 star vibe for two-thirds, with a 5 star final 100 pages...well, I guess that's 4 stars! this happens sometimes, but yes, the extended finale saved the whole book, made the entire affair work.


but I'm not doin' 5 stars.

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text 2018-03-07 14:48
Reading progress update: I've read 292 out of 391 pages.
The Accidental Agent - Andrew Rosenheim

at this point I would say this book is a bit too quiet and slow to really emerge as a favorite Spy novel of mine--even though I am enjoying it, and it has a very smooth style--but I'm curious to see if the last 100 pages or so can spruce things up.

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