Category Archives: Suspence

Purchased Power by Dennis Sheehan

Book Review: 1 Treasure Box

I enjoyed this first, stand-alone book by a new author and it will be interesting to see what else he comes up with. The book grabs your attention from the first page and the adventure holds your interest throughout the whole book. I really liked the protagonist John Moore. He is smart, attractive, ingenious and is a very good protector for Rebecca. The book starts out with John sailing alone from San Francisco to Hong Kong with a few adventures along the way. He decides to stay in  Hong Kong for numerous reasons, including the event that forced him to make the trip in the first place. Many things happen to John in Hong Kong including falling in love. From here the story slowly unfolds introducing the various players and events that drive it along.

The story is filled with suspense and has many layers of corruption and intrigue. I enjoyed reading about life in Hong Kong where we are introduced to John’s new friends.  There is lots of action in the book and one part with torture that I found to be very graphic and somewhat disturbing. I really enjoyed the sailing trip that John and Rebecca took from Japan to Canada and found it to be exciting, thrilling and filled with beautiful imagery.

Although the book was well written, I found it to be unpolished. I also thought there were a few plot holes in the story relating to releasing the coveted information. For this reason the book lost one treasure box.

I was disappointed with the ending of book, I thought it was rushed and a bit confusing and for this reason the book lost another treasure box.  Overall I thought the story warranted 3 treasure boxes as it shows lots of imagination and was generally well thought out, but due to the problems outlined above I had to give the story a 1 treasure box rating.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

This entry is part 1 of 13 in the series The Dresden Files

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
Book One of the The Dreseden Files
Publisher: Roc; First Edition edition (April 10, 2000),Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages,Language: English, ISBN-10: 9780451457813, ISBN-13: 978-0451457813, ASIN: 0451457811

Harry Dresden is an exciting new protagonist in the contemporary fantasy scene.  Harry is a very likable, tall, handsome and honourable Wizard who advertises his services to the general population as a paranormal investigator. The book follows Harry as he solves a number of cases. One being a missing person’s case and another is helping the police solve a double murder involving magic.  During the book we meet numerous interesting players. Like Detective Karrin Murphy, a cute and spunky police detective in charge of Special Investigations (meaning supernatural.)  Bob who is an ancient air spirit that lives inside a human skull which resides in Harry’s basement lab.   Susan Rodriguez is a gorgeous newspaper reporter who is always looking for interesting stories involving the super natural. We also meet a number of bad guys including a demon, a gangster and a black magician.

The Storm Front is the first book in The Dresden Files. Jim Butcher has currently written 12 books in this series with book 13 due July 26, 2011.  He has also written 6 books in the Codex Alera Series, which is closer to High Fantasy than the Dresden Files.  See my review of these books at The Dresden Files are considered Contempory Fantasy and sometimes are referred to as Urban Fantasy.  They can also fall into the Detective genre since Harry solves a case in each book. Each book is told in the first person narrative from Harry Dresden’s point on view as we follow him through his life solving whatever case he is currently working on.

I enjoyed reading about the characters and Harry’s interactions with them. Harry has unusual, wizardry abilities and reading about the next trick he is going to use is fascinating. His unique way of dealing with the various challenges that he faces,  his extraordinary sense of humour and his own special way of looking at things keeps you turning pages.  He is kind of old fashioned and truly gallant.  His sense of honour in admirable. The book was fun to read but it was also quite exciting.  The book had a great ending and the story is stand alone with a proper conclusion.

This is a great first book and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book to you if you enjoy reading a good detective story encasing paranormal activities with a strong, honourable hero.

Kill the Messenger by Tami Hoag

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes

This is a great book that catches your interested from the first page.  It is very suspenseful and chilling at the same time. The protagonist is the very likable Jace Damon, a bike messenger who gets caught up in murder and mayhem.  He becomes the unlikely suspect and the book follows his exploits as he tries to extradite himself from the middle of this problem. 

The book also builds on his relationship with his younger and endearing brother Tyler as well as the unique home environment in which they both live. I enjoyed reading about all the characters, including the interesting and unique style of  Detective  Parker as he also works to solve the crime.

The story is really well paced as well as very exciting.  I loved the ending, it is definitely a stand alone book with a complete story.

Naked in Death by J. D. Robb (Nora Roberts)

This entry is part 1 of 26 in the series In Death Series

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes

In Death, Book 1

I really like the writing, the characters and the premise of this book.  It has an interesting twist on a romantic suspense in that this is a futuristic suspense with a unique heroine, Eve Dallas, a homicide lieutenant in 2058 in New York City.  During an investigation she suspects the gorgeous, sexy and very successful Rouke as committing the crime.

The initial meeting between these two is fun to read. While uncovering what really happens she and Rouke get to know each other better and there is lots of hot steamy sex between them. But also throughout the book, Lieutenant Dallas is tracking down the serial murderer of 3 prostitutes.  The storyline of both the investigation and the relationship between Dallas and Rouke keep developing throughout the book and are interesting to read.

The book is a complete story unto itself, which is always satisfying to read. But, the story of Dallas and Rouke continues in the next book, with Dallas facing another murder to solve.  I am looking forward to reading the next book.