When a beautiful supermodel, Kim McDaniels, goes missing on a Hawaiian photo shoot, no one panics or calls the police. They assume she ran off on her own and will be back soon. Then her parents get a chilling call from a madman. He tells them he has Kim and they fly off to Hawaii to find her. What they find when they get there is a bunch of dead ends and no leads.
When LA Times reporter and writer Ben Hawkins contacts them with an offer of help they jump at the chance for the former police officer to assist them since no one in Hawaii seems to be taking them seriously.
Ben ends up on wild goose chase of his own that leads to a visit from the killer and a shocking proposal. The killer, Henri Benoit, would like to tell his life story through Ben in exchange for information on the killing of Kim and other recent disappearances. With the killer holding the threat of harming his girlfriend over his head Ben has no choice but to deal with the lunatic. But it doesn’t stop at the killer. There is a whole network of demented individuals pulling the strings that gets Ben caught up a whole world of trouble.
I think this may have been a much better book with a little more character development. There was a lot of action but I never felt empathy for Kim’s parents or Ben and his girlfriend. With Henri, I think that his back story wasn’t fully told. I was left with many questions at the end that I was hoping would have been resolved. Overall it was still a good thriller that I would recommend for suspense readers.
While resting from his latest adventure in Bali with his girlfriend Moira, Jason Bourne is shot near the heart by his arch-enemy and fellow TreadStone graduate, Arkadin. Convinced he hit his target Arkadin flees leaving Jason for dead.
Fast forward 6 months and Moira is back in the states getting her new private military contractor business off the ground. As far as anyone knows Jason was killed in Bali but for the last 6 months he’s been recovering from his near death and is diligently trying to find out who was behind the assassination attempt.
At the same time a plane is shot down over Egypt and Jason’s former girlfriend Soraya Moore is part of the team investigating the attack. All the clues seem to point to Iran as the source of the attack and a potential war between the US and Iran seems imminent but all is not quite what it seems when dealing with greedy masterminds.
I’m a big fan of thrillers but I don’t usually search out these military types. However on road trips with my husband I’ve listened to several of the Jason Bourne books and I’ve seen all three of the Matt Damon Bourne movies and liked them all so when this one was up for consideration I picked it up for review but was a little disappointed.
Instead of being a straight Bourne action story there were several different plot lines with different characters through the whole book. They all come together in the end nicely but throughout most of the book I would have to stop and think, “Who was this guy again?” and to me having to stop and put the jumbled up characters in contexts puts a damper on my read. Overall I would recommend it to Bourne fans but I’d say pass if you haven’t read the rest of the series.
Tara Boatwright dreaded the day the day her mother watched the numbers being pulled in the Georgia State lottery. Time after time Patsy would get belligerent after realizing her numbers weren’t called and Tara always tried to make herself scarce on Wednesday nights. Today however Tara had to go back home for her organic chemistry book and sure enough Patsy was swirling her drink in front of the TV with her lottery tickets laid out in front of her. But just when Tara thinks she got off easy Patsy starts yelling and this time it’s not in anger… it’s in shock. The Boatwrights just won 318 million dollars!
The next afternoon while passing through the town of Brunswick, Georgia, Shaw McBride over hears the story about the Boatwright’s good fortune and forms a plan with his partner in crime Romeo Zderko. Shaw plans to threaten the family into sharing the prize and uses Romeo to back up his threats.
For the next week the Boatwrights live in terror while waiting to collect their money but soon they actively pursue a way out. Will Shaw and Romeo discover their plans before it’s too late?
I loved Ravens. Its part thriller, part comedy and even part romance. The Boatwright family are a bunch of spineless knuckleheads but you can’t help love them all. Poor Romeo wants nothing more than to go home but he can’t find his own way out of Shaw’s greedy plan. Shaw on the other hand is genius. The cojones it takes to pull off a scheme so grand is pretty amazing and I just love the way the book ended. This is a recommended read for all fiction lovers.
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