The Dreadful Alchemist by Charles Z David

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Charles Z David is a new to me author that I enjoyed very much. I will definitely be looking forward to more books of his. The writing style is nice and being able to do the visualizations his words give you is amazing. Definitely an author to be on the lookout for!

This book does follow ISIS so if you have an issue with that, I suggest not reading it. ISIS wants Uranium-233 which is a new type of Uranium that can be created and isn’t monitored by anyone so that weapons of mass destruction can be made. They know they can’t send in an Arab looking citizen because they’ll be scrutinized the entire time they are there and won’t be able to pull off the heist. So they send in their Aryan looking friend, Ossi. Ossi is a very didicated Islamist and also happens to be very dedicated to ISIS. He went though many extremist groups before being inducted into ISIS and finding his place there.

Ossi has a natural “don’t mess with me” look that makes anyone and everyone avoid him unless necessary. Although, his appearance is the opposite of how he really is. He doesn’t mind that people leave him alone and actually prefers it. Materials start going missing from labs and hospitals across the area. Can the local teams find out who is taking it, what their plans are and stop them before they are able to pull them off? To find out the answers to these questions, you’ll definitely have to read this book for yourself. I HIGHLY recommend this thriller to readers.

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99 cents on Kindle

***I received a copy of this via Kindle in exchange for an honest review***

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The Demeter Code (Ridley Fox/Nita Parris Spy Series #3) by Russell Brooks

The Demeter Code

 

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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Here is the third book in the Ridley Fox and Nita Parris series by author Russell Brooks. We get more of a look at Nita as she is the main person in the first chapter of this book.

One of the people they are protecting decides to drop off the radar. He doesn’t meet them at the appointed time or place. This sends Nita into a flurry of activity trying to find him but he reaches out to her. She goes to retrieve him from his hotel room when he decides to NOT listen and leaves it before the floor is cleared. Nita takes out an assassin dressed as a maid before Weyland, her charge, takes off running in the opposite direction, towards the stairs. Nita is able to take out another assassin with Weyland’s help this time. They make it to the extraction team and get out of there.

The second chapter has us following a guy named Aubrey. We glimpse that he’s having money problems but not anymore. Turns out he sold company secrets for a large chunk of money. He paid off all his debts and still had a sizable portion left. He hopes the company never finds out but that delusion comes to an end when he gets home from work one night and it looks like a blackout. But it’s not. The neighbors all have power. His house is the only one that doesn’t. His wife isn’t answering her phone. He immediately knows something wrong. His suspicion is confirmed when  when he finds his wife tied to a chair.

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All this happens in only the first two chapters. This book was the best book I have read by Russell Brooks. This book is packed full of action and adventure. It doesn’t seem like the different characters mesh at first but as the story goes, it becomes clear. Definitely a great series to read.

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423 pages

$2.99 on Kindle

Unsavory Delicacies (Ridley Fox/Nita Parris Spy Series #2) by Russell Brooks

Unsavory Delicacies

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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Okay. I knew that by reading the first book in this series that it was going to be a great series. How right I was.

The first chapter shows Ridley Fox acting as a computer geek who is meeting a covert operative. She “fakes” a wire transfer and then leaves the restaurant thinking he was going to die. Turns out, he doesn’t die. He makes it back to her apartment and is waiting on her when she gets back. He reveals who he really is. He’s already found where her hidden gun is and removed it, poisoning the alcohol while doing so. While she’s reaching for her gun, she takes a drink of the poisoned alcohol and dies a few minutes later when she feels the burning begin!

The second chapter has us following a few seemingly random character. Oliver, Stella and Kirby. They are all tied together but it isn’t revealed until the end of the chapter. Can you guess how they are all tied together and how they inadvertently know each other?

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This book is seriously short. Only 30 pages short. In those 30 pages, several people are eliminated though. They don’t seem to be connected on a normal level but once you realize they are connected, you understand what that connection. I liked this book but wish it was longer!

The only thing I’m disappointed about in this book is it being so short. I really wish it had been longer but hey, at least it was good for those 30 pages.

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30 pages

99 cents on Kindle

Pandora’s Succession (Ridley Fox/Nita Parris Spy Series #1) by Russell Brooks

Pandora's Succession

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Description: The deadliest weapon against mankind has been unleashed!

CIA operative, Ridley Fox, never stopped hunting his fiancée’s killers–a weapons consortium called The Arms Of Ares. When Fox follows a lead to one of their top-secret bioweapons facilities in Chechnya, he barely escapes alive. However, he’s learned that Ares has weaponized a hyper-deadly microbe called Pandora. The trail leads Fox to Tokyo, where he teams up with an old flame and fellow operative, Nita Parris. Aside from Ares, they must contend with rogue agents who’ll stop at nothing to get Pandora. This throws Fox and Parris into a deadly game of spy vs spy, as they must rely on each other to locate Pandora. For if it’s unleashed, it could mean the end of humanity.

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The book starts on a darkish note. Ridley Fox is a captive and he knows that his captors are the ones that killed his fiancee, Jessica. Two years beforehand, he has proposed to her and a mere couple hours later, she was killed. He is/was an agent for Joint Task Force Two which is Canada’s equal to the USA’s SEALS. After her death, he began a downward spiral and ended up in prison and that’s where he began his CIA career when he met his new CIA supervisor. From the supervisor, he learned of the men who had killed his wife, The Arms of Ares.

When he’s left alone in a concrete room, a female sneaks into the room and cautiously locks the door. She ends up shooting Ridley with adrenaline and then undoes him. He questions her before he asks what their code was since she tells him that she’s been contacting him under her late husbands name. Turns out, she is a microbiologist and is working with a new weapon for the Arms of Ares. She never wanted anything to do with it but they offered a large sum of money and her husband was easily corrupted, which got him killed in an accident with the bioagent they are working with.

Sveta, the woman, decides to rescue Ridley from where they are. She freezes in horror when he takes out two guards, even after she knows it must be done. Ridley learns there is no cure for the bioagent called Pandora and that there is supposed to be a demonstration of it within twelve hours. This pushes him to the point of no return and wanting to save innocent lives. While he’s trying to set up an explosive in the chamber that Pandora’s in, Sveta gets caught. Ridley ends up giving himself up in order to save her since she had saved his life once already.

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All that happened in the first few pages of the first chapter! There is so much going on in this book. This is a great mystery/thriller/suspense with a spy twist to it. I started reading it after I put my daughter to bed and I just couldn’t quit reading it. It was that good. I’ve read Russell Brooks before and thought he was okay but this book changed my mind from okay to awesome. I will definitely be keeping Pandora’s Succession in my library and reading it often! Now to read more Russell Brooks books!

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283 pages

$1.99 on Kindle

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