In Manning Wolfe’s debut novel a tough female business attorney, Merit Bridges goes after a corrupt organisation (Nixon Outdoor Advertising) and a notorious leasing agent (Boots King) who are threatening one of her clients in a property dispute.
The story starts with a bang as one of Merits client’s burns down a billboard in a neighbouring property dispute and unintentionally kills a homeless guy as the fire spreads, resulting in manslaughter. Merit Bridges and her team fight against the clock to collect enough evidence against Nixon Outdoor Advertising, who sell billboards, but are hiding the legal clauses that will affect ownership.
Boots King, a hired gun is sent into stop Merit and her team in their tracks and won’t stop until his mission is completed, all of which results in a major legal battle that puts Merits life in severe danger.
If you are a fan of legal thrillers that feature a strong-willed and smart female heroine who fights for justice and the underdog, then I highly recommend you read this book.
My Ranking: 4.5 Stars
“George Saoulidis Nanodaemons is a remarkably cultivated novel… his pacing is brisk, his scientific reckoning well-informed and plausible and his characterisation nothing short of outstanding.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/
In the opening chapters the reader is introduced to a number of daemons who are trying to find their way around their Users newly fitted prosthetic arm after a construction accident. The User is a likable hero called Leo, who loves dogs and is framed for murder.
Basically, without giving too much of the plot away the humorous daemons who fight among each other try to help Leo overcome the opposition.
Nanodaemons is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller that is loaded with laugh-out-loud cyber dialogue, along with an interesting tale of redemption and I would highly recommend it to all cyberpunk fans out there who have a good sense of humour.
My Ranking: 4.5 Stars
What Goes Around
By Helen Donovan
“What Goes Around is a promising thriller with an engaging premise, a likable heroine and a clever combination of characters that you can care about despite their fundamental flaws.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/
The story follows main protagonist Phoebe, a recent college graduate who scores a position as a researcher at the Chicago Chronicle. Phoebe promises herself two things with her first pay check, first to treat her mom to a special dinner and the second to follow her heart and hire a detective to uncover her roots on her journey of self-discovery. Phoebe is initially elated when the detective discovers two living relatives and envisions a wonderful reunion and jubilant future…
However, events take more of a sinister turn when Phoebe discovers she has a sister who is a suspected murder and is also the granddaughter of a convicted murder and is dragged into a world of murder, deceit and greed.
Author Helen Donovan successfully manages to combine a mixture of mystery and suspense all in one go. This is a taunt, gripping, thriller; make no mistake and it leaves little to the imagination as the pages are turned.
I’d be interested in reading a sequel to this book and would definitely recommend it to my readers and friends.
My Ranking: 5 Stars
“The Adventures of George is a fascinating and entertaining narrative poem that is written entirely in verse and chronicles the adventures and struggles of George, a chef who works in an exclusive New York restaurant along with his five cooks.” https://walkerputsche.wordpress.com/
These thirty-one hilarious connected short stories introduce the reader to a number of kaleidoscopic and peculiar characters, which resemble national leaders, terrorists and celebrities who are described in a humorous and satirical way. I would highly recommend this book to people who are interested in politics and international affairs, knowledge of recent history and have a great sense of humour.
Each story is superbly crafted, original and well-written and a real credit to the author who clearly knows how to inject the right amount of satire to make this a fun and highly entertaining read.
My Ranking: 5 Stars