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Mr. 100% by Lance Morcan – book review and giveaway

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Mr. 100% by Lance Morcan to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

Mr 100% by Lance Morcan

Here is the book blurb.

New York defense lawyer Madison Harley only takes on clients he believes innocent. He’s known as ‘Mr. 100%’ because he has never lost a case, and consequently he is Public Enemy No. 1 in the eyes of the NYPD, the District Attorney’s Office and the media.

The bad press has taken a toll on his personal life. His wife has moved out, taking their two young sons with her and instigating divorce proceedings. When his latest client confides that he is guilty of the horrific rape-murder he’s accused of, a depressed and guilt-wracked Harley hires a contract killer to terminate him after the jury delivers a Not Guilty verdict.

It’s 1987 and groundbreaking developments in the field of forensic science sees DNA profiling used for the first time in criminal investigations in America. The release of DNA test results causes Harley to rescind his order to carry out the hit on his client. Unfortunately for him, the killer doesn’t change direction once a ‘kill’ order has been placed.

The nightmare scenario that follows sees Mr. 100% negotiating with the Mafia for his client’s life, his own life and the lives of his estranged family, stalking a contract killer and acting as a minder for a client who it appears really is innocent and who is oblivious to the mayhem unfolding around him.

Throughout it all, Harley is sustained by the affections of a new woman in his life – a prosecutor with the DA’s Office no less.

This is a short story of just 85 pages, so I read it very quickly. I am surprised at how much of the story has been revealed in the blurb, so there is not too much more that I can add.

The story set in 1987 begins 2 days after Harley, a defence lawyer successfully achieved a ‘Not Guilty’ verdict for the rape and murder charges against his client Hughes. Harley currently only represents clients that he believes innocent so was shocked when Hughes then thanked him for helping him get away with the perfect crime. So devastated that he was contemplating suicide.

But then he comes up with a better idea. Why not right a wrong by hiring a contract killer to take out Hughes. The blurb already reveals some of what follows and I’m certainly not going to give away more.

A good short story. Mr. 100% is available on Amazon, currently priced at £1.99 in Kindle format and the story also features in Lance’s 5 Short Story Gems compendium which I mentioned in my review of Once Were Brothers.

I’ve now read 8 of Lance’s titles, but my favourite remains Silent Fear which he wrote jointly with his son James.

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Madam Tulip and the Serpent’s Tree by David Ahern – book review

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I have previously loved reading the Madam Tulip mysteries, so I was very pleased to receive a free e-copy of the fourth book in the series “Madam Tulip and the Serpent’s Tree” by David Ahern to review.

Madam Tulip and The Serpent's Tree by David Ahern

Here is the book blurb.

Actress Derry O’Donnell, moonlighting as fortune-teller Madam Tulip, finds herself in a famous pop singer’s entourage. But at the star’s glittering birthday party in the Dublin mountains, Derry finds a band riven by rivalries and feuds. Behind the trouble is a mysterious Russian guru, a shaman hated by everyone but the singer whose life she dominates.

When the shaman mysteriously disappears, suspicion threatens to tear the band apart. Was she victim or poisoner? Guilty or innocent? Dead or alive?

Two brilliant and beautiful musicians; an ambitious band manager with a shady past; a sax player entranced by Vikings–each has a secret to share and a request for Madam Tulip.

Madam Tulip and the Serpent’s Tree is fourth in the Madam Tulip mystery series, in which Derry O’Donnell, her sidekick Bruce and best friend Bella, play the most exciting and perilous roles of their acting lives.

The story begins with Derry, an actress trying to scrape a living in Dublin, accompanying her best friend Bella to meet Pat Kelly, bar and club owner and manager of famous pop band Maramar. Bella sells them to Kelly as a theatre company who could perform at his venue. So they along with friend Bruce start to plan their first production, when Bella lets on that Kelly also wants Derry as Madam Tulip, her fortune-telling persona at a birthday party for Aileen, Maramar’s lead singer. Derry doesn’t want to do it, but Bella says that without Madam Tulip, the theatre deal is off, so Derry reluctantly agrees.

They head to an estate in the Dublin mountains for the party, where Derry as Madam Tulip begins her evening’s work by telling fortune for band member Mia who is taken ill during the reading. Has Mia been poisoned?

Readings follow for Nils, the saxophone player who particularly criticises Kira, Aileen’s shaman. Then for Aileen who is worried because Kira has disappeared.

Meanwhile, Derry’s artist dad, Jacko is writing a biography. Her mother Vanessa says it will ruin Jacko’s career and begs Derry to stop him.

The main mystery appears to be regarding Kira. Why has she disappeared? Is there something sinister? And as Derry starts to unravel it, is she in danger herself?

Madam Tulip and the Serpent’s Tree is newly published on Amazon, currently priced at £3.10 in kindle format. Another great mystery which I thoroughly recommend. And I love how humour is wound into the story too. I certainly hope there will be a book 5.

Here are the links to my reviews of the previous Madam Tulip titles.
Madam Tulip
Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts
Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance


About the author

David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland. He become a research psychologist in Scotland and the Netherlands, before inevitably his genes kicked in and he absconded to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.

After stints playing in great bands, all doomed to obscurity, and writing equally obscure plays, he took to novel-writing. He now creates the Madam Tulip mysteries, in part as a tribute to the way actors never give up dreaming, but mostly to make himself laugh and scratch his head. David Ahern loves pretending this is actual work.

David lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, a cat, a tame pheasant, a clan of badgers and a vegetable garden.

You can learn more about David Ahern and the Madam Tulip mysteries from his website www.davidahern.info

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Past Deeds by Carolyn Arnold – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Past Deeds by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. I’ve now read a number of Carolyn’s books, so I was very much looking forward to reading this one, particularly as it stars FBI Agent Brandon Fisher just like the first of her books I read. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Past Deeds by Carolyn Arnold

Here is the book blurb.

The sun was just coming up, and the sniper’s hands were sweaty as she looked through the rifle’s scope to the streets eight stories below and point eight miles away. In mere minutes, the target would be dead.

A prosecuting attorney is murdered in a sniping that takes place in Arlington, Virginia, less than fifteen minutes from Washington. FBI Agent Brandon Fisher and his team with the Behavioral Analysis Unit are called in to investigate the threat level and to determine if the lawyer was targeted. The FBI hadn’t anticipated previous victims stretching from coast to coast.

The team splits up across the country, but more than jet lag is getting to Brandon. As their profile on the shooter takes shape, their one theory on motive strikes too close to home and has him battling with regret over a past decision. He comes to discover some choices not only haunt us but can have long- and far-reaching repercussions we couldn’t even begin to imagine. Will Brandon be able to set aside his personal issues for long enough to stop a serial killing spree before there’s another victim?

Past Deeds is a gripping psychological crime thriller that will have you flipping the pages as you try to put the clues together faster than the FBI. To stand a chance, you’ll need to unravel the psyche of a killer. This mystery will also make you think and reflect—and you just might wonder if any past decisions you’ve made are stalking you, ready to strike.

Become addicted to an international bestselling series that will take you into the minds of the most heinous and disturbing serial killers the world could ever imagine.

This is book 8 in the series featuring FBI agent Brandon Fisher, but works fine as a stand alone read. The dynamics of the team have changed as Zach left at the end of book 7, replaced by Kelly. And now Jack is mentoring Kelly, so Brandon has been reassigned to partner with Paige. This is somewhat awkward as they have history. However I haven’t read whichever book they had a relationship in, and didn’t find this detracted from the overall read.

The story starts in Arlington, Virginia with a skilled sniper killing her target, a lawyer, Darrell Reid across town from 8 miles away. What an opening to lure you in. I can’t even begin to imagine a shooting like that. Chapter 2 moves forward just over an hour to the start of the FBI investigation, as we follow the ideas of different team members in turn, with intermittent chapters focussing on the sniper, so the reader always knows a bit more than the FBI, although of course not the whole picture.

About a quarter of the way into the book, the investigation widens across the country once similarities are matched to earlier victims. We have a serial killer, across a chain of different towns. Will they find the killer before there is a other victim? How come the earlier killings weren’t linked up before?

This book had me on the edge of my seat, turning the pages, as they follow the trail of breadcrumbs.

But one small point. I did grumble about this in book 7, but the author is still using acronyms like BAU – Behavioural Analysis Unit. But maybe these are more widely known in the US than over here.

Past Deeds published today, is available on Amazon, currently priced at £13.99 in paperback or £5.55 in Kindle format. Once again, Carolyn keeps us on the edge of our seat with this gripping story. A real page turner.

Here are the links to my reviews of other books by Carolyn Arnold.
Remnants
Power Struggle
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh
On the Count of Three
Shades of Justice
Exercise is Murder

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The Red Death by Birgitte Märgen

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Red Death by Birgitte Märgen to review.

The Red Death by Birgitte Märgen

Here is the book blurb.

DEATH HAS A NEW COLOR
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A fast-paced, gripping thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton, Robin Cook, and Dan Brown, The Red Death is a thriller fueled by the re-emergence of an ancient plague that gave rise to the Black Death–and the people trying to stop it. The question is: How do you stop something that you can’t see?

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AN ANCIENT DISEASE re-emerges in the heart of New York City–a deadly bacteria that gave rise to the Black Death. Maggie De Luca, an epidemiologist who is fighting her own demons, works to uncover clues to contain the disease, but is always one step behind–her fate determined by the flip of a coin. Microbiologist Michael Harbinger believes he can make a vaccine that can stop the disease, but to do so would require an elusive plant that only grows in a remote region of the Amazon.

With the help of J.D. Stallings, a paleoanthropologist, and Samantha Boutroux, a bacteriologist, they set out to find the plant that holds the key before the Red Death pandemic grips the world–or has the First Horseman of the Apocalypse, Plague, already opened the gates to our final annihilation?

The mother of all plagues is back.
Let the death toll begin . . .

The book starts by introducing us to Juan Martinez on August 18th, so I assumed he would be central to the story. But no, 3 days later he is dead. The autopsy reveals similarities to the bubonic plague, but again no, microbiologist Michael Harbinger discovers it is a new bacteria.

Meanwhile more deaths are occurring. The reader knows the connecting link between these people but Maggie De Luca, epidemiologist (no I didn’t know there was such a word either), is trying to piece the jigsaw together in order to attempt to contain the disease.

Michael discovers that the bacteria matches an ancient plague from the Bronze Age researched by his old college mate James Stallings, a paleoanthropologist. James’s paper implying that only the Motombu cannibal tribe in a remote part of the Amazon had immunity due to a plant in their diet, which only grows there.

Michael’s boss refuses to fund research into developing a vaccine, so Michael and James, along with Samantha Boutroux, a bacteriologist head off to Brazil to try to find this elusive plant, whilst Maggie continues to follow clues.

This is a real page-turner weaving different strands of the story together in a brilliant plot. I think it would make an excellent film.

The Red Death is available on Amazon currently priced at £10.94 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. A gripping read that I couldn’t put down. Highly recommended.

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The Meerkat Murders by R J Corgan

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I have received a free e-copy of the book The Meerkat Murders by R J Corgan to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

Meerkat Murders by R J Corgan

Here is the book blurb.

After an old friend calls in a favor, geologist Kea Wright joins a team of biologists studying meerkats in the Kalahari.

Seduced by the expedition’s luxurious accommodations, state-of-the-art equipment, and daily baskets of fresh muffins, Kea begins to wonder if she picked the wrong field of research. Until people start dying…

This is the sequel to Cold Flood which I reviewed last year, again with Kea Wright as the central character, but works as a stand-alone read too.

In the previous book, she was in Iceland. Now she is in Botswana in the Kalahari desert at a meerkat colony. Her friend Tamaya and husband Addi, who are in charge of a team of biologists studying the meerkats, had invited her to join them. It will be their last season in the field before Addi retires.

But middle of the next night there is a scream. Addi has been bitten. Is it a snake? Scorpion? Whilst three of the team drive Addi to the hospital, Kea, Katherine and Gwen search for the creature. Kea succeeds in capturing a furry spider, which they identify online as a sand spider, the deadliest spider in the world. But no details of an anti-venom.

Kea is immediately suspicious that it is no accident. Even before they hear that Addi is dead, she is playing detective and coming up with motives.

Meanwhile rhino poachers keep knocking out the camera feeds, and then kill one of the meerkat colonies. Why would they do that?

And then another of the team dies. What is going on?

As well as being an entertaining read, the story is also educational as regards meerkats, a species I certainly didn’t know much about.

The Meerkat Murders is available on Amazon, currently priced at £12.21 in paperback or 97p in Kindle format. An interesting premise for a story.

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Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

I have received a free e-copy of the book Lady in the Lake by best-selling author Laura Lippman to review. To find out more about the author, you may see her website here.

Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

Here is the book blurb.

Cleo Sherwood disappeared eight months ago. Aside from her parents and the two sons she left behind, no one seems to have noticed. It isn’t hard to understand why: it’s 1964 and neither the police, the public nor the papers care much when Negro women go missing.

Maddie Schwartz – recently separated from her husband, working her first job as an assistant at the Baltimore Sun- wants one thing: a byline. When she hears about an unidentified body that’s been pulled out of the fountain in Druid Hill Park, Maddie thinks she is about to uncover a story that will finally get her name in print. What she can’t imagine is how much trouble she will cause by chasing a story that no-one wants her to tell.

The story, set in Baltimore in 1964-66 alternates between being narrated by Maddie Schwartz and missing Cleo Sherwood, also known as the Lady in the Lake, plus chapters by other minor characters.

Maddie leaves her husband Milton after nearly 20 years but teenage son Seth refuses to come with her. To make ends meet, she fakes a robbery of her diamond engagement ring, at which point she meets black patrolman Ferdie Platt. She starts to move in different circles with new friend Judith Weinstein, who is cultivating Maddie as a means to an end. And she also starts an affair with Ferdie.

Meanwhile  Cleo had disappeared on New Year’s Eve. The story then flits to 11 year old Tessie Fine disappearing. Maggie and Judith discover Tessie’s body. And subsequently Maggie bizarrely writes to the person suspected of Tessie’s murder, who writes back to her. She used this correspondence to try to get a job at The Star newspaper.

And so it goes on. I have to say this book did nothing for me. It wasn’t interesting and I found the narration by minor characters disjointed. And I didn’t feel any empathy with the characters. It did get a bit better later, but by then I had already switched off.

Lady in the Lake, published by Faber & Faber is available on Amazon, currently priced at £9.99 in paperback and is also available in kindle format. Sadly I didn’t enjoy this book.


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Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

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Lost in Vegas by Ian Jones

I have received a free e-copy of the book Lost in Vegas by Ian Jones to review. To find out more about the author, you may see his facebook page.

Lost in Vegas by Ian Jones

Here is the book blurb.

John Smith is a man who solves problems, just don’t try to stop him. He is in Las Vegas trying to track down a missing woman, which should be a simple job. But he soon discovers he is not welcome, and there are those who want to make sure he leaves the city fast, in one way or another.

This book was written a while ago, but has recently been republished to coincide with the release of the second title in The Desert Thriller Series, North of the Rock.

John Smith has been hired in the UK by diamond multi-millionaire businessman Richard Cromwell and sons to go to Las Vegas to find his missing daughter Abby and hopefully also recover a million pounds from his ex-managing director Thomas who has also gone to ground in Vegas. No help has been forthcoming from Pablo Escola, son of Richard’s Vegas business associate Francesco, who retired without warning a couple of years ago. Why has 26 year old Abby run away with Thomas, who is 30 years older than her? Why is Pablo making threats? What has happened to Francesco?

John puts plans into place to book into about 10 different hotels in Vegas, including the Acropolis which is run by Pablo, before flying. Arriving at Vegas airport, he spots two thugs waiting for him on the concourse. He manages to put them both out of action by breaking their arms, but who knew he was coming?

John keeps moving two steps ahead of those searching for him, but keeps drawing a blank in his search for either Abby or Thomas. Where is she? Is she still alive? Who can he approach?

This is a real page-turner with loads of twists and turns in a great plot line.

Lost in Vegas is available on Amazon currently priced at £7.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. A gripping read. Highly recommended. I’m certainly adding follow-up book North of the Rock to my list of books to read.

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Shades of Justice by Carolyn Arnold

I have received a free e-copy of the book Shades of Justice by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. I’ve now read several of Carolyn’s books, so I was very much looking forward to reading this one, particularly as it stars Detective Madison Knight again, just like in Power Struggle. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Shades of Justice by Carolyn Arnold

Here is the book blurb.

The line between good and evil isn’t always clear…

Detective Madison Knight has risked her badge—and her life—in the pursuit of justice before, and she just might need to do so again. Two victims are found murdered and naked in the home of Steven Malone, who is the largest contributor to the Stiles PD. One victim is his wife. The other victim is a John Doe. This high-profile double homicide immediately pits Madison against her sergeant, who seems more intent on protecting the Malones’ reputation and retaining a benefactor than catching a killer.

Madison will need to pull on her tenacity and courage if she’s going to follow the evidence without prejudice. In the process, it becomes clear that finding justice isn’t always black and white, and often the shades in between tell the fullest story—and it’s not something she will forget anytime soon.

Shades of Justice is a murder mystery with twists and turns that will have readers flipping the pages until the wee hours of the morning. The ninth installment in an international bestselling series, it doesn’t matter if this is the first book you’re reading in the Detective Madison Knight series or not; all the books stand alone!

Buy this book now and join the investigation! Uncover clues, follow leads, and catch a killer like hundreds of thousands of readers in this series have done before you. Perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and JD Robb.

This is book 9 in the series featuring Detective Madison Knight, but I found it worked very well as a stand-alone read.

The book begins with Madison secretly getting a journalist on board to help expose corrupt cops within Stiles police. The same day, she and her partner Terry get assigned to investigate a double homicide. One victim is an unidentified John Doe but the other is wealthy Lorene Malone, wife of Steven Malone, highly respected members of the local community. They were shot and found naked in the Malone’s swimming pool. Who is John Doe? Is it an affair or something more mysterious, as we get introduced to suspects and motives?

Meanwhile Madison gets thwarted at every turn by her immediate boss Sergeant Winston, who wants to keep Mr Malone sweet, a large benefactor of Stiles police.

And can they get the case wrapped up before head of forensics Cynthia gets married in a few days time? Madison, as Maid of Honour is due for a dress fitting tonight but looks like that will have to be postponed.

Plus there is another mini-story incorporated. About a quarter of the way through the book, Madison witnesses a road accident. A pedestrian on her cell phone is crossing when she is hit by a car. Who had the green light? Turns out the driver is Madison’s brother-in-law Jim and he is about to be investigated by officer Phelps, one of the cops that Madison believes to be corrupt.

Plenty more to follow in this great story, as the strands get woven together.

Shades of Justice is available on Amazon, currently priced at £12.99 in paperback or £5.55 in Kindle format. Another gripping story as per usual from best-selling author Carolyn Arnold. I certainly would like to go back and read some of the earlier titles featuring Detective Madison Knight.

Here are the links to my reviews of other books by Carolyn Arnold.
Remnants
Power Struggle
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh
On the Count of Three

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Justice Gone by Nick Lombardi Jr.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Justice Gone by Nick Lombardi Jr to review.

Justice Gone by Nicholas Lombardi

Here is the book blurb.

When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down. A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor, is caught up in the chase. Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa’s patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers get there first, leading to Darfield’s dramatic capture. Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge? Justice Gone is the first in a series of psychological thrillers involving Dr Tessa Thorpe, wrapped in the divisive issues of modern American society including police brutality and disenfranchised returning war veterans. N Lombardi Jr. is the author of compelling and heartfelt novel The Plain of Jars.

This book is dedicated to Kelly Thomas who was beaten to death by police in California. This event inspired Nick to write this novel which is set in 2006/7.

The story starts in Bruntsfield, New Jersey where a bar-owner doesn’t like the fact that there is a homeless man outside. In order to get him moved on, he gets his bartender to call the police and falsely suggest he is trying to break into cars. The homeless guy is Jay Felson, a decorated veteran of the war with Iraq. Two cops arrive and start giving Jay a hard time. They call for back up and ultimately, there are 6 cops who beat Jay to death.

Previously Jay had been attending a veterans trauma clinic in Manhattan for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) along with his best buddy Donald Darfield. Their counsellor there is Dr Tessa Thorpe, supported by Casey Hull. Tessa and team are utterly horrified when they see the pictures on TV. But then Tessa realises Donald has gone missing. And Tessa goes to see Jay’s father, Colonel Marshal Felson, to discuss how they will get justice for Jay.

Meanwhile Bruntsfield council are holding an emergency meeting and decide the best course of action is grand jury, no indictment rather than a long drawn out trial, as they believe the public will get tired and dust will settle. I had to look up the word indictment, and discovered no indictment means no formal charge. But wrong decision, the public outcry continues to grow, especially after footage of a protest after Jay’s funeral and of the huge bloodstain surrounded by flowers. Ex-chief of police, John Garson comes to see Tessa.

Things get even worse after a video of the beating goes viral, so a public forum is scheduled for three days later. But before we reach that point, three of the cops are gunned down. Who has taken matters into their own hands? Prime suspects are the missing Donald Darfield and Jay’s father, Marshal Felson.

Darfield is tracked down and arrested. Is he innocent or guilty?

Justice Gone by Nick Lombardi Jr. is available on Amazon, currently priced at £12.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. An interesting read with a twist at the end, although somewhat confusing.


About the author

Author Nick Lombardi Jr. has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and he speaks five languages. An event in California in 2011 in which a homeless man was beaten to death lead Nick to write his newest novel, Justice Gone. Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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AntiAmerica by T K Falco

I have received a free e-copy of the book AntiAmerica by T K Falco to review. To find out more about the author you may visit his website.

AntiAmerica by T K Falco

Here is the book blurb.

AntiAmerica stands at the center of the largest US anarchist uprising in 100 years.

When hacktivist group AntiAmerica hacks the nation’s largest banks, the financial industry is left teetering on the brink of collapse. Hacker and teen runaway Alanna Blake is forcefully recruited by the government to track down the only link to AntiAmerica, her missing ex-boyfriend Javier. She relies on every bit of her social engineering cunning to navigate a conspiracy of lies and deceit, which imperils both the lives of everyone closest to her and the secrets to a past she longs to remain locked away forever.

This book contains content surrounding drug abuse, mental illness, physical abuse, and suicide.

Although I love thrillers, I have to admit that I am not really into the cyber crime genre, but I was willing to give this book a go.

This book is set in Miami with the main characters being young hackers. Alanna’s ex-boyfriend Javier is missing and the story starts with Alanna going to check out Javier’s flat, having received a text saying “Alanna, I’m in trouble. Come find me”. Alanna is mainly into identity theft, but she turns her hand to picking the lock and finds the place ransacked but no sign of Javier. As she leaves, the FCCU (Federal Cyber Crimes Unit) arrive. She runs but they catch her. The Secret Service are also involved.

Turns out they have also searched her apartment and discovered evidence of her phishing attacks on her laptop. But it is Javier they are really after as they believe he has links to AntiAmerica, an anarchist group, who are hacking into banks. They offer Alanna a deal as an informant. She reluctantly agrees, but she has another plan up her sleeve.

The story continues with plenty of twists and turns, some of which I would never have guessed. A good psychological thrilling book, but just not one for me, mainly because I’m not particularly interested in cyber crime, but also I found it somewhat confusing. Perhaps it would appeal more to those who enjoy the YA genre too.

AntiAmerica by T K Falco is available on Amazon, currently priced at £1.99 in Kindle format and is also available in paperback and audiobook formats. A good cyber crime book for those who like that sort of thing.

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