Book Review-Red-Tide

 

Red Tide 

(Billy Knight Thrillers #2)

by

Jeff Lindsay

Read: September 2018

My second consecutive Billy Knight ‘thriller’ by Jeff Lindsay, and I must confess that it was a thrill to read/listen to the last pages of this, again, boring ‘thriller’. If anything it was less interesting than Billy Knight #1.


I would suggest googling the definition of thriller before Billy Knight #3 or any other so-called ‘thriller’ is published. Better still read some of Jennifer Hillier’s books, or even Dawn Girl by Leslie Wolfe. I enjoyed Dawn Girl so much that I have several more of Wolfe’s novels to read.


Finally as an Australian reader (and reviewer) may I suggest that taking a swipe at Australia and anything Australian (or any other nationality, for that matter) is not the way to win friends and influence people: especially when it happens in each of Billy Knight’s books.

“Your name’s Billy, not Silly” said Aussie character Nicky who always seemed to have a few Kangaroos loose in the top paddock. Lindsay then proceeded with a lengthy description of Australian rhyming slang. Lindsay concludes this must be because we name our towns/places with names such as Kalgoorlie (Western Australia), Woolloomooloo and Wollongong (New South Wales). Sure there are many place names which are taken directly or are derivatives of Native Australian local languages/dialects. In both Billy Knight 1 & 2, Lindsay is happy to take the mickey out of Nicky.

I would suggest he have a bopeep in his own backyard before taking the micky out of anyone again. At least get the research right. Click, or copy and paste this link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of…

to find a list of Native American Place names which have direct links to, or origins from either Native American, Mexican, Polynesian or Athabaskan languages.

Struth! If this bloke had got off his Khyber Pass and bothered to take a Captain Cook on the world wide web, or even get on the old Dog an’ Bone and asked someone who might know, he would have quickly learned, maybe, that Aussie rhymin’ slang and our unusual place names have little in common. Why? Coz one is local, the other originates in the Mother Country with a few Down Under twists. With better research this could a bin a ripsnorter of a read. Instead it’s a Barry Crocker! 

Only ONE star from this reader and no more Billy Knight thrillers for me.

 

At the time of completing this review,

on September, 2018

Goodreads readers have rated

Red Tide

an average of 

3.53 stars

from 147 ratings and 34 reviews 

Tropical Depressions rates:

3.64 stars, 175 ratings, 29 reviews

 A read.

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Red Tide

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Book Review-Tropical-Depression

 

Tropical Depression 

(Billy Knight Thrillers #1)

by

Jeff Lindsay

Read: August 2018

I initially borrowed Billy Knight #2 (Red Tide) from the local library, and decided to listen to the Billy Knight #1 Thriller, Tropical Depression.  Before I commenced the ‘thriller’ I noticed another Goodreads reader commenting that 75% of a very dull story was enough.   The first chapter/track seemed so disjointed that I had to listen to it twice.  However, I will concede that first listen consisted of very short drives.  Listening to the beginning of new book requires some concentration and extended periods of listening to ‘get into it’.

I still don’t know why we needed to hear how untidy and high the weeds were in Billy’s garden.  We were also introduced to several acquaintances all of which had little or nothing to do with the story line.  One such character was an Australian….with a Cockney accent!!!  To make matters worse the narrator could not even hold the accent.  Sentences would begin with a Cockney sounding accent and slowly revert to the narrator’s normal voice.

 

Again in my opinion there is a fine line between conversation and narrative in a thriller or mystery.  I do not like either one to outweigh the other especially if it appears to simply be filling a page or chapter.  When authors begin to describe the height of weeds in a garden, the hues of wall paint, provide in-depth detailed descriptions of another character’s clothes or dust in a room, it has to be relevant to the story.  I find that narrative very, very boring.

The short version of this story is the Billy Knight is an ex-cop.  A friend’s son is killed.  Soon after which the aforementioned friend is also killed.

I did listen to the whole story.  Not the worst book I have heard/read, however certainly not the best.  I will also give Tropical Depression two stars; one for publishing and one because I could not write a children’s book let alone a novel.  However, it has a long way to go before it is of thriller status, in my opinion.

 

At the time of completing this review,

on August, 2018

Goodreads readers have rated

Tropical Depression

an average of 

3.65 stars

from 172 ratings and 28 reviews 

 A read.

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Tropical Depression 

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Book Review-Girl-in-the-Blue-Coat

 

Girl in the Blue Coat 

by

Monica Hesse

Read: April 12, 2018

Girl in the Blue coat was my first Monica Hesse novel. 

Set in Amsterdam during World War 2 during the Nazi occupation.  Girl in the Blue Coat focuses on a group of young people who are either involved in the resistance or the underground/black market.

Girl in the Blue Coat gives a good sight into life in occupied Amsterdam.  A life were cannot imagine.  Apart from food rationing, Nazi rule other and similar issues, we also find that, as in other parts of Europe, the Jewish community are also being persecuted. 

Girl in the Blue Coat focuses on a small group of young Jewish residents of Amsterdam and their efforts to help other community members, young or old, during Nazi occupation.  It also tells of how they risk their lives while trying to improve life for others in their Amsterdam community.

“While I enjoyed Girl in the Blue Coat it was not a fast moving story.”  The previous comment was made after reading Girl in the Blue Coat, in April 2018.  However, I still rated it a 4 star read on my Goodreads library.

At the time of completing this review,

on August 12, 2018

Goodreads readers have rated

Girl in the Blue Coat

an average of 

4.03 stars

from 10,396 ratings and 1,672 reviews 

 A 
read.

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Girl in the Blue Coat 

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Book Review-The-Farmer’s-Wife

 

The Farmer’s Wife 

(Jillaroo #2)

by

Rachael Treasure

Read: May 28, 2015

As you can see it has been a while since I read The Farmer’s Wife.  However most of my review was written at the time of reading.

The Farmer’s Wife was described to me as ‘chick lit’…and to a degree it was.  It was probably the first book I have read in which lead roles are female.

However, I enjoyed listening to this story and could relate to much of it after spending fifty years on a farm.  It’s not all about farming and at some points I was thinking ‘we could skip that’ but was enjoyable.

I found that I was familiar with some  of the towns regions mentioned int The Farmer’s Wife.  In my opinion this always makes a book a better read/listen.

I will look out for more of Rachel Treasure’s books.

A three and a half star (for the rural setting) read.  However, if you are not inclined to rural settings you may not enjoy this book.

On August 06, 2018

Goodreads readers have rated

The Farmer’s Wife 

an average of 

3.77 stars

from 594 ratings and 75 reviews 

 A solidread.

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Book Review-Freak


Freak

by

Jennifer Hillier

Freak is my third Jennifer Hillier book and one which appears to be a sequel to Creep.  Many of the good guys, along with a bad gal, make a reprise in Freak.  Creep characters, Sheila, Maurice, Marianne and Jerry are all central characters in Freak, fast-moving and interesting story particularly as some it is set in a prison which was my last place of employment.

 

I thought the villain of Freak was fairly obvious.  However, each and every time I thought I had identified to the villain I was either incorrect or they turned up dead a few pages on.  I guess that makes me still incorrect. 

 

I enjoyed Freak, although I still think The Butcher is the pick of the three of Hillier’s books which I have read.  That said, Freak kept me guessing while The Butcher villain was obvious early on it was his methods and catching him which kept readers on edge.  And that, according to Doctor Google, is the difference between a mystery and a thriller.

 

However, the end of Freak was totally unexpected and one which has left the door wide open for a sequel. 

On August 1st, 2018

Goodreads Readers have rated

Freak

an average of

3.89 stars from 3,253 ratings and 338 reviews 

 A solidread.

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Freak

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Freak not available at Booktopia

Book Review-Hammer-of-God-Greig-Beck

Hammer of God

(Alex Hunter #5.5)
by

Greig Beck

 

Hammer of God commences with a nuclear explosion somewhere in Iraq.  Naturally this upset the status quo a coalition peace keeping force was trying to bring to the region.  To exacerbate the situation the last images from the area do not show and sign of an airborne device being used.  The only thing out-of-place is a huge man/person carrying a rather large package on its back right into ground zero.

Major Jack Hammerson and Alex hunter (The Arcadian), join forces with an old ally and Mossad spy Adira Senesh.  They are soon enmeshed in a story of ancient prophecies which appear to be true.

Again Greig Beck has written about the ancients and prophecies of evil and shaped it into a plausible storyline.   However it was not one of his best books I my opinion.  That may be entirely due to the subject of his story which are these giants walking around with nuclear devices strapped to their backs.  It was not until the first explosion that I remembered reading/listening to it about four years ago and I felt I was going through the motions of reading ‘because I had started the book’.  A book needs to be really bad (in my opinion) before I will discard before completing it.  Hammer of God was good enough to listen to a second time, but I find I am liking books which do not have monsters lurking…somewhere these days.  A sign of age?  Maybe.

******

I think

Hammer of God

 

is a

read.

***

In 2018,

Goodreads readers have rated

Hammer of God

 an average of 4.09 stars from

346 ratings and 28 reviews.

I am also surprised that so few have bothered

to rate and review this novel.

 

Hammer of God

can be purchased on-line at

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Booktopia does not have Hammer of God.

Book Review-The-Games


The Games

by

James Patterson

 

The Games is set in Rio at the time of the World Cup (Soccer) finals and just prior to the 2016 Olympic Games opening two years later.  One location, two events which the Private Security Company has major input.

Jack Morgan is again the lead character in The Games, which sees him fighting to save kidnap victims, and stop a scientist out to destroy the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games.  The scientist has two reasons for wanting to destroy the Opening Ceremony; however you will need to read the book!

I enjoyed The Games.  It is the first audio book I have heard which has background, or mood, noise incorporated into the narration.  However, if you listen to while driving and have a car which emits all kinds of beeps as warning signals be forewarned.  There is one section in the book when I thought my car was falling apart or at least warning me of oncoming dangers.

My only negative with the writing is that the characters never, question, mumble, chuckle, grumble or laugh, when speaking.  All dialogue is simple.  ‘I will open the door’ he/she/I said.  I am sure there are other ways of writing conversations to make it more meaningful.  Using the word ‘said’ all the time is akin to primary school writing.  I am fairly certain that I have read other authors who have also used ‘said’ constantly.

I have heard this question discussed on radio.  Who is writing James Patterson’s books these days.  Did Mark Sullivan write the story and James Patterson only approving it?  Or are Patterson and his myriad of co-authors actually writing books together?

Typical of Patterson’s works, The Games is fast moving with several interwoven plots which eventually are all solved.

Considering the subject is contemporary, set recently and combine this with background sounds, I will stretch its rating to four stars.  Without the aforementioned three and a half stars, and this cannot be accommodated in a Goodreads rating.

James Patterson fans will love it.

 Goodreads readers have rate 

The Games an average of 3.97 stars, from 7,396 ratigns and 504 reviews.

Aread.

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The Games

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