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review 2017-12-15 23:22
Harm, Threat, Malice - The Rina Walker Series (Books #1-#3)
Harm - Hugh Fraser
Threat - Hugh Fraser
Malice - Hugh Fraser

Looking back at the books I have read this year, Hugh Fraser's three novels, Harm, Threat, and Malice, are without a doubt some of the most memorable reads: I cannot remember the last time I read a series that I had so many problems with, and that, at the same time, made me laugh so much and was so gripping that I had to read the entire series. 

 

I had problems with the first book, Harm, a few weeks ago, and in particular the depiction of a gritty side of London (and it hardly can get any grittier or more violent, and - in parts - more sickening). In fact, all three books are full of similar elements - except that the award for scenes that made me go "eeeww" has to go the Threat for its graphic displays

of murder and necrophilia

(spoiler show)

 

And yet! I had to read on. I loved Rina, our kick-ass main character. Considering she is an assassin, she's not as amoral as the her job title makes her out to be. She's motivated - so we are told - by the wish to take care of and make a better life for her kid sister. Having been thrown into a life of crime, she makes the best of her circumstances, which just happens to lead to ... more crime. But just as Rina and her friends are not all bad, the characters who are portrayed as fitting in with society are not really all that good. A part of the enjoyment of reading about Rina is reading about how she is able to hold a mirror up to respectability and show that it isn't all it is cracked up to be.

 

Of the three books, I liked Threat (book #2) best, even tho it did gross me out, and even tho the chapter set in Berlin was awful. 

In addition to Rina being contracted as a more colourful version of James Bond, it also showed more about Rina's relationships at home, and how she cares for her kid sister and her girlfriend. 

 

The third book, Malice, seems the most sedate of the three, but it may just be that I could not muster up that much interest in London gangsters. Malice certainly lacked the - what I call - "WTH-elements" of the first two books.

 

I hope there will be more books in the series, and I am probably going to read them if there are: the books are entertaining, and I loved reading them in between more serious tomes. Still, it is better to approach them the same way I would approach a Bond novel ... with a glass of wine and a pinch of salt.

 

Harm - 2.5*

Threat - 3.5*

Malice - 3*

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text 2017-11-24 21:06
Reading progress update: I've read 74%.
Threat - Hugh Fraser

And it was going so well. *sighs* Literally, the whole chapter set in Berlin was annoying.

 

Also, eww, ewww, and ewwww.

 

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-11-24 07:45
Reading progress update: I've read 35%.
Threat - Hugh Fraser

Nick gets to his feet and puts his glass on the mantlepiece.

‘I’d like you to meet my boss.’

‘Have I got a choice?’

He laughs. ‘Not really.’

I swallow the rest of my whisky and lead him to the front door. He puts his hat on and says, ‘Shall I send a car for you in an hour?’

‘If you want.’ I go to open the door but he puts a hand on my arm.

 

 

 

‘Won’t you be happier knowing that you’re serving your country?’

‘I’m not sure it’s that simple.’

‘There won’t be any need for you to curtail your other activities.’

I open the door for him.

 

(spoiler show)

 

 

‘Goodbye Rina,’ he says, as he walks towards the lift.

I go back into the lounge, pour myself a whisky, sit down on the sofa and take a long drink. My life’s like a lobster pot; dead easy to get into but fucking difficult to get out of.

Hahahaha... Wouldn't you know it,

MI6 is on the scene!

This is a kind of Bond novel after all,

(spoiler show)

but it is a lot more fun.

 

 

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text 2017-11-22 17:30
Because it is ...
Threat - Hugh Fraser

... bugging me like nothing else that book # 1 ("Harm") in this series is still in my head with way too many questions to be answered.

 

Given the prospective setting of book # 2 (hired assassin, in the mid-1960s), I would not be surprised if it ends up reminding me of a Bond novel ... with a main character that is much more fun.  

 

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review 2017-11-08 13:09
My Review of A Threat of Shadows
A Threat of Shadows (The Keeper Chronicles) (Volume 1) - JA Andrews

A Threat of Shadows by J.A. Andrews is the first book of The Keeper Chronicles. We follow Alaric on his journey to find a cure for his dying wife.

 

I just love J.A.'s writing style. She lured me in with the first sentence and kept my attention throughout the book. I fell in love with the characters. They were believable to the point of making sure I had tissues on hand. This is a wonderful love story? Maybe...but definitely a story of determination and love so strong that you have to ask yourself, "How far would I go for a loved one?" Truly an amazing tale. I can't wait for the next book!

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