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review 2017-10-10 15:28
"Casino Havana", by Graham Tempest
Casino Havana: An Oliver Steele Thriller - Graham Tempest

Book # 5, an Oliver Steele Thriller

In this latest our intrepid forensic accountant is tasked with another mission this time to Cuba he goes to find a friend, who was kidnapped and put in prison. 

This is another suspenseful story in the Casino series hard to put down. Mr. Tempest creates interesting intrigues that pulls you in and manages to keep you captivated till his protagonist wraps up his mission. This one reads more like an espionage thriller than a mystery. The Castro era is winding down, Cuba is in a process of a big political change and officials are jockeying for position but some are very corrupted, Oliver must tread the line very carefully.

The story keeps a steady pace, is exciting and full of red herrings especially when Oliver mounts an attack on an island prison trying to reach his friend .Throughout this nail biting journey, one crisis after another happens to our loveable adventurer. Along the way we have details of old style Cuba, its 1920’s music and how things were then and how things are since the Castro era. Recurring characters from previous adventures are weaved in to show us that Oliver still has to deal with bribery and intimidation at every turn. No dull moment with Oliver. 

“Casino Havana”, has an interesting and well-written plot with good characterization and is an enjoyable entertainment from cover to cover.

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review 2017-06-12 11:10
Stranger of Tempest - Tom Lloyd

felt a lot like a first novel, too many characters viewpoints for my liking, Lynx's PTSD was well dealt with.  Please no more worlds with great god battle and dead god bodies for a while...

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review 2017-06-11 00:00
Beautiful Tempest
Beautiful Tempest - Johanna Lindsey The Malory series is how I discovered Johanna Lindsey. She was one of the first authors I read where the women were as essential to the action as their male counterparts. At the time, there were not many historical romances with heroines who would risk walking into danger and rescuing themselves. Ms. Lindsey broke ground in that aspect. To this day there are less damsels in distress and more fearless lionesses. Beautiful Tempest keeps that legacy going with a suspenseful, adventurous tale of danger, family and romance. It felt like catching up with friends. Now a little bit older and a whole lot wiser, I'm as in love with those rowdy Malorys and feuding Andersons as the day I met them.

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review 2017-01-21 14:52
"Casino de France", by Graham Tempest
Casino de France: An Oliver Steele Thriller (Volume 4) - Graham Tempest

An Oliver Steele Thriller and the 4th in the Casino series

This is a fast-paced thriller set in Paris where most of the action takes place. The protagonist is a forensic accountant who plays the role of a “fixer” you only have to call on him when you are in a very bad spot and all your troubles will fade away…..so the story goes…. Although “Casino de France” may be the 4th in the series this book works well as a stand-alone, there is enough back story to situate us and able us to move forward without losing parts of the thread.

The author in his plot included recent events that occurred in Paris in the past year and he has added personal twits to make this story exiting by making Oliver pocking his nose into everything, matching wits with a brilliant terrorist to save Paris. Of course our intrepid protagonist stood in the ways of many people including a dictator, a corrupt attorney and many others to help those in need. Along his crusade, we readers are plunged into an exciting saga.

I like this story. It is a fun and fast read with great plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat from page one. This is a strong and captivating storyline hard to put down. The style is not taxing, no need for dictionary, it is smooth sailing from start to finish. We find an exciting main character that manages to outwit the bad guys and be entertaining while doing so. The other cast members are well-drawn to play perfectly each their roles and are interesting people to follow.

This story is a good read and I wish to thank Mr. Tempest for providing me with a copy of his book for review.

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review 2017-01-16 15:06
"Casino Caribbean", by Graham Tempest
Casino Caribbean - Graham Tempest

Book # 1, in The Casino series

I enjoyed this book for its appealing story that kept my attention from start to finish. Action-packed with frequent plot twists sending a freelance sleuth into a timely journey involving the lucrative world of internet gambling.

Oliver Steele the main character is a forensic accountant by profession who was hired by billionaire Carlton Tish to squash the operation of a casino in Antigua. Along with an exciting mystery we fall in a world of international laws concerning casinos, travel to different places from Antigua to the States, to London, Belize and other exotic places. The experience is very visual and the description of the locals and customs made everything seemed quite possible. This is a fast and suspenseful read with multiple characters showing up; some good guys but some tough ones to give our sleuth a hard time. The style is simple but well-done to be a captivating and an alluring adventure. This introduction was a fun read that combined many facets in which we find some humour, a lot of technology, a solid mystery with plenty of action and one populated with unconventional characters.

After this introduction I can say yes I will read more by this author.

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