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Product Details

  • Paperback: 514 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467999695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467999694
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,732,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After 15 years in the international development sector, James burst onto the thriller scene in 2011 with his debut novel, the Somali Doctrine, which tells the story of an Interpol agent's mission to stop the two madmen who have taken control of the world's largest NGO. Black Coke is James's second thriller. He is now working on his third thriller, to be published later this year.

More About the Author

James Grenton graduated from Oxford University with a BA in History and Economics and then obtained an MSC in Business Studies. He started his career in financial journalism before moving to the international development sector, where he worked for 15 years and travelled extensively across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

He was also the founding CEO of a fast-growing NGO and has an MA in Journalism and a PhD in Sociology. His passion is social issues and writing - hence why he focuses on writing what are known as 'intelligent thrillers'.

Customer Reviews

This is a very well written book, very fast paced and holds your interest all the way to the end.
Benny Lynn Mullinax
I very much enjoyed reading this book, it was edge of the seat reading, well staying up late at night reading, I just didn't want to put it down.
William Englefield
The story was good, however the main character got away too many times from impossible situations.
Salvador Infante

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173 of 182 people found the following review helpful By B. Westphal on October 5, 2012
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Update has been included after reading the book...

When we choose to read a book, we commit time and take effort away from other worthwhile things in our lives. I have real issues when it comes to reviews that do not seem real, and for some reason I think I can spot them rather easily.

The reviews for this book looked odd to me so I started at the beginning and found that his first 5 reviews (all 5 star by the way) come from people with exactly 2 reviews on their accounts, and you guessed it - they're both for the two books by this author (Alicia Jones, Helen Kirsen, John Keane, Simon T Nield, and Max Krispel). Then later on there is another review that also has just two reviews on their account and again they are both for this author (Jo D). I sense that at least one or more of the remaining are iffy as well, but they aren't as obvious. This is as of 10/5/12.

I really like the premise of this book so since it's free right now I'll download and try to read it. I'll update my review as appropriate.
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10/14/12 UPDATE
I read the book as promised. I have mixed feelings so I will take a good/bad approach to the review.

The good:
The book has an interesting story and mostly interesting characters. I liked the ending because it brought everything together and was integrated with the rest of the book. If you've ever read a book by a new author and thought that the ending felt like an afterthought you'll know what I mean. This one was a complete, coherent story from beginning to end. Mr. Grenton appears to have put some thought into this.
For a relatively new author overall he's off to a good start.

The bad:
The style of writing was often choppy, probably for emphasis, but I think it was overused.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By mikemfw on December 4, 2012
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It was a good read but way too much profanity and too many close calls for the hero and anti-hero. I mean how many times can one person be captured and tortured by the same person and still "win".
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Matt & Maureen McFall on May 13, 2013
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While I was pulled in by the concept of a synthetic drug scheme blending with old style cartels, the book could not deliver beyond the initial idea. The character development and plot depth are what you expect from a quick-write cable TV show. To be sure, there are several areas I think the author just wants to be done with work and hit happy hour. At other times it appears the writer (or writers) didn't fuss with things like proofreading. Examples include a paragraph in which the protagonist checks himself to confirm no broken bones; he has none. But the NEXT PARAGRAPH notes how his movement is made more difficult by the broken ribs. What?! In other sections it refers to the same character as "him" and then later as "her". Again, what? Finally, every character takes up the stairs "three at a time" at no less than five different times in the book. Just not very much to offer.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ann Geiger on December 31, 2012
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The plot is reasonably engaging if a bit unrealistic. The notion that one man, stripped of government support, can single-handedly stop the gang is pretty absurd.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By jack on April 18, 2012
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Nathan is touted to be a very capable fighting individual, however he is constantly failing to even use common sense in making decisions. The villian, appears out of nowhere to confront and capture Nathan only to relax her security and allow him to escape. The book leaves much to be desired.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 24, 2012
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The scenes in the book didn't feel realistic & the story line was strained. I found that I had little interest in the welfare of the characters. Forced myself to finish it, and felt all the way through that I was wasting good reading time with this book.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Townsend on October 5, 2012
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A lot of stuff wrong with this a lot. The main guy is supposed to be some Bourne/007 mash up but makes really stupid mistakes. The writing wasn't very good either it was boring when it was supposed to be exciting. Won't read again and glad it was free.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Margaret on May 19, 2013
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If you like high action, extreme violence, cartel style weaponry and a larger than life hero who is able to take on EVERYBODY against all the odds, then this book is for you.
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