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Triangle of Deception by Haggai Carmon

Triangle of Deception by Haggai CarmonBlurb

How do you penetrate the world’s most secretive and tightly knit terrorist organization? Dan Gordon’s only option is deception. Working undercover in a joint CIA/Mossad mission, he’s on the hunt for the source of funding to Hezbollah. He has infiltrated a Lebanese network in Paraguay, only to realize the operation is far more wide-ranging than he’s been told.

And when Dan finds himself locked in a grim Romanian prison cell, he wonders if there’s still more that he hasn’t been told. Was it a security leak that got him arrested? Did the CIA make him a sacrificial lamb? Or has he stumbled on a much bigger plot, one with the potential to disrupt Al Qaeda’s operations in America?

My Perspective

This is the fifth book i chose to read from my post Third Lot – And It’s A Lot

Triangle of Deception follows Dan Gordon, an agent for the Office of International Asset Recovery and Money Laundering, and his involvement in Operation Pinocchio – an operation to infiltrate terrorist organisation Hezbollah and cause dissension in its members. However the world of espionage is never as it seems.

I found it hard to get into this book. Although the beginning was setting the plot and had a lot of character back story, there was a lot of technical information as well that I found hard to wrap my head around. The rest of the book was similar however as I understood what was going on, I founder it easier to get into.

Dan is an interesting character with a lot of experience in the field. Although I couldn’t relate to him in the slightest, I still connected with him and cared about his well being. I experienced his emotions right along with him.

The book is quite slow paced and there is a lot of information to digest however it is still very intriguing. It’s a heck of a lot more realistic than most crime novels. As there is so much to take on board, you don’t really have a clue where it’s all headed and who’s behind what.

Although it took a bit for me to get into, it was altogether an enjoyable read. I would definitely recommend it those who like a lot of intrigue compared to action in their espionage thriller novels.

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LEGENDS OF WINDEMERE: SLEEPER OF THE WILDWOOD FUGUE LIVE on Amazon Kindle!

LEGENDS OF WINDEMERE:
SLEEPER OF THE WILDWOOD FUGUE
LIVE on Amazon Kindle!

The final champion stirs and reaches out to any who can hear her voice. Yet all who heed her call will disappear into the misty fugue.

Awakening their new ally is only the beginning as Luke, Nyx, and their friends head south to the desert city of Bor’daruk. Hunting for another temple once used to seal Baron Kernaghan, they are unaware that the game of destiny has changed. Out for blood and pain, Stephen is determined to make Luke wish he’d never set out to become a hero.

By the time the sun sets on Bor’daruk, minds will be shattered and the champions’ lives will be changed forever.

Don’t forget to mark it as ‘To Read’ on Goodreads too!

Charles E. Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz

About the Author:

Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

Blog: Legends of Windemere
Twitter: @cyallowitz
Facebook: Charles Yallowitz
Website: www.charleseyallowitz.com

Read the Previous Volumes of Legends of Windemere!!!

BEGINNING OF A HERO

PRODIGY OF RAINBOW TOWER

ALLURE OF THE GYPSIES

FAMILY OF THE TRI-RUNE

THE COMPASS KEY

CURSE OF THE DARK WIND

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The Maze Runner 3: The Death Cure by James Dashner

The Maze Runner 3: The Death Cure by James DashnerBlurb

The Trials are over. WICKED is planning to restore the survivors’ memories and complete the final cure for the Flare.

But Thomas has already remembered more than they think. And he knows WICKED can’t be trusted …

The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?

My Perspective

The Death Cure is the last book in The Maze Runner series. Thomas and the others have finished The Trials and have been given the opportunity to get their memory back and help WICKED finish finding the cure for The Flare. However Thomas, Minho and Newt don’t trust WICKED and refuse to undergo the treatment to regain their memories, instead planning a way to escape.

Again, the transition from the second to the third book was seamless and didn’t miss a beat.

Thomas seems to have reverted to some of his immaturity in this book and I found it harder to connect with him. I found it hard to connect with any of the characters to be honest and although I was sad at some of the deaths, they didn’t impact me greatly.

The book is action packed however again, like the first book, medium paced.

One thing I applaud the author for was that the whole time I had no clue whether what they were going through was for real or was another Trial. Even right up until the very end. You feel just like the subjects do, that you can’t trust WICKED nor anyone or anything because it could all be an illusion. I won’t give it away which it was.

I was glad the romance wasn’t a huge factor in this last book. Having read the whole series now I don’t have to reserve my judgement anymore! Ha. I can say for sure now that I felt that both the romance and love triangle that was happening was unnecessary and didn’t flow with the rest of the book. It was like it was added so the books would appeal to young female teenagers. I think the series would have been just as good, if not better without it.

The whole concept of the book was thought provoking, horrifying and really captured the saying “Sacrifice the few for the good of the many”.

In the front cover, and also in the forward by the publisher, there is comparison to The Hunger Games however although the series was good, it was not great like The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games delved deep into emotion. The Maze Runner series was deep due to it’s concept however the emotions weren’t explored and so remained quite shallow in a sense.

Overall it was well worth reading and I would definitely recommend the series if you like Young Adult Dystopian. However again, you need to have read the first book in the series, The Maze Runner.

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The Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials by James DashnerBlurb

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escaping meant he would get his life back. But no one knew what sort of life they were going back to…

Burned and baked, the earth is a wasteland, it’s people driven mad by an infection known as the Flare.

Instead of freedom, Thomas must face another trial. He must cross the Scorch to once again save himself and his friends…

My Perspective

The Scorch Trials sees the surviving Gladers not rescued to go back to living a normal life, but rescued to be thrown back into another test. This time everything isn’t provided for them, they have a time limit and there’s a catch. Plus they have to complete it in the section of Earth now known as The Scorch – a barren wasteland with a city in the middle riddled with those who have caught the infectious disease known as The Flare.

The Scorch Trials is the second book in The Maze Runner series and follows on immediately after the first book. The flow on is actually pretty seamless – it’s almost like you just turned the page from the last book.

I think I enjoyed this book better than the first in terms of its storyline and content however the romance parts I found even more tiresome than the first. Are they really necessary?

I liked Thomas a lot especially as he continues to mature and grow. He’s realistic and his past is quite intriguing. The more you find out, the less you know.

The book is faster paced than the previous and I’m pretty sure I read it in a day. It’s action packed and you’re holding your breath quite a bit.

Overall it was an enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend it the young adult audience. Obviously you need to have read the first book in the series, The Maze Runner.

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The Maze Runner 1: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner 1: The Maze Runner by James DashnerBlurb

When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas can remember is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade, an encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible maze.

Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there, or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything to find out.

My Perspective

Kel and I watched the movie, The Maze Runner, when it came out on DVD. When I learned that it was a book I was curious to read it. I also didn’t realise that it was a three book series, The Maze Runner, being the first. Kath from Minuscule Moments of Inspiration lent me the trilogy – thanks Kath!

The Maze Runner follows Thomas as he is hurtled upwards in a lift towards an unknown destination, having lost all of his memories. At the top he is let out into “The Glade”, a large field and forested area, where a group of teenage boys welcome him, all having experienced the same thing. The Glade is surrounded by a maze and so far no exit has been found. Soon Thomas learns about the dangers within the maze and the strict rules the boys live by to survive. Who created The Maze? And what do The Creators want from the boys? Thomas may be the newbie but he is determined to find out.

As I had seen the movie, I already knew the storyline however most book to movie adaptions have a lot left out and this certainly had it’s share.

The whole ‘all boys’ encampment, the need to survive and creating a mini civilisation reminded me a little of The Lord of The Flies (although I’ve never read the book I know the general gist of it). However there the resemblance ended. The Maze Runner is about far more than that and you really start to question the people who created the whole scenario and how awful humans can be.

I liked Thomas however I did find him a bit cocky. He does mature a lot through the book though due to the circumstances he is put through. I didn’t get the relationship with him and ‘the girl’. It felt like the author was trying to create a love interest that just seemed a bit lame. I felt that the book would have been better without it. I will reserve my judgement on it though because as a said, it’s a three book series and it might make better sense later.

The book is action packed however medium paced. You are as unaware as Thomas throughout, which makes it interesting as you only learn the back story as he does.

I did find some of the language a little tiresome (there’s no swearing, when I say language I mean the expressions and style the boys talk in). I just wanted to shake them and tell them to speak properly! I don’t know whether it makes it more realistic though having them create phrases and talk a certain way – I’m not a teenage boy and never have been so I have no idea.

Overall I did enjoy it however it was kind of depressing. And makes you wonder what the world is coming to. I would feel comfortable letting my teenagers read this and would recommend it to any age, males especially.

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More Mischief by Kate Thompson

More Mischief by Kate ThompsonBlurb

Life is sweet for rising stage and TV soap star Deirdre O’Dare. But jealous fears, spawned by arch-rival Sophie, that roguish boyfriend Rory is having a Hollywood fling threaten to ruin her happiness.

Retreating from Dublin to the hauntingly beautiful West of Ireland to work on a screenplay and lick her wounds, she meets gorgeous Gabriel – straight out of the Diet Coke ad and squire of the local manor. How could a girl possibly refuse?

In this moving and wickedly funny tale by the bestselling author of It Means Mischief, Deirdre O’Dare learns some painful, enlightening and hilarious lessons about the art of life and love as she comes face to face with the most difficult decision she’s ever had to make. 

My Perspective

This is the fourth book i chose to read from my post Third Lot – And It’s A Lot

More Mischief is about Deirdre O’Dare, an actress who decides once and for all to end her on again off again relationship with fellow actor Rory McDonagh. Encouraged by her best friend to take some time away to clear her mind and to write the screenplay she’s been talking about, she ends up staying in her parents holiday cottage in the West of Ireland. There she meets Gabriel and he seems to be sent from Heaven above. However in her heart she knows she still loves Rory. Who will she choose?

The story was well written and captivating. There was some sexual content in it however it was always brief so it was on the line for me.

Deirdre was easy to like however I did find her to be a bit annoying sometimes. I felt like she couldn’t just be her own woman, that there had to be a man around. Even though I didn’t agree with Rory’s lifestyle at all, he was hard not to like. Gabriel was too perfect for my liking, he made me nervous. Throughout most of the book, even though I hated Rory’s outlook, I actually felt better about Deirdre being with him than Gabriel. However it wasn’t up to me was it?

The story was interesting and kept me turning the pages. I wouldn’t say it was predictable however I was kind of guessing where the end was headed and I was right.

Overall it was an enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend it for those who like lighthearted chick lit.

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Sliver of Truth by Lisa Unger

Sliver of Truth by Lisa UngerBlurb

Love hurts … Sometimes it even kills

It’s like any other day in New York for freelance writer Ridley Jones. She collects some prints from her local photo lab expecting nothing more than a set of routine photographs. But when she looks more closely, a shadowy figure of a man appears in almost every picture she’s taken in the last year, just far enough away to make identification impossible.

When she investigates further, she soon discovers that everyone from the FBI to the criminal underworld wants to know who the man is – and where he is. And some people are prepared to kill to find out …

My Perspective

This is the third book i chose to read from my post Third Lot – And It’s A Lot

Sliver of Truth is about Ridley Jones, and how finding out after his death that her Uncle Max was actually her biological father, is trying to discover who he really was. As the FBI, NYPD, CIA plus high profile criminal organisations close in around her, Ridley must decided who she can trust, if she can trust anyone at all. And whether or not Max is actually still alive.

I read this book in a day. It was a fast paced, psychological thriller that kept me interested and guessing throughout.

I liked Ridley however i did find that i didn’t really connect with her. I guess her life and the situation she was in is so far removed from my own that i wasn’t able to relate to it. It was hard not to have mixed feelings about all of the other characters as just like Ridley, there is no one you can trust and all their identities are shady.

The story was written in first person and was written with the main character, Ridley, telling you the story. I found that sometimes it worked and other times i felt like the author was trying too hard.

I actually didn’t realise that this was a sequel until after i had finished reading it (Beautiful Lies being the first book). I must admit i felt like it was because the way the story unfolded felt like you should be familiar with it. Apart from that though i don’t really feel it made a difference. This could obviously change if i read the first one and it probably makes for a richer read with better understanding however really, you can read it as stand alone because i did!

Overall i enjoyed the story and it definitely kept me on my toes. It was a tad unbelievable however not in a way that was too over the top.

I would definitely recommend it for those who like a fast paced thriller.