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Q - A Thriller [Kindle Edition]

K D George
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Book Description

‘Q – A Thriller’ A Love Story in Hell

How far would you go to rescue your lover? Would you go to hell on earth? Ex-soldier Felix Chapman embarks on an audacious attempt to rescue his wife after her abduction in a vicious modern day piracy attack off West Africa. She is lost in a brutal anarchic country ruled by warring tribes. There are no laws, no police, no diplomatic treaties and no hope...

If you're kidnapped by pirates and your police, military and government can't help - pray that someone, somewhere, decides: "It's time to go to war!"

'...a terrific page-turner combining action, pace and adventure to form a great story’
Trisha Jackson, Fiction Editor, Pan Macmillan

‘… fast-paced action adventure which I thoroughly enjoyed. Exciting, shocking in places, action-packed, well-researched and very contemporary… I found it a real page-turner…’
Hodder & Stoughton

'...the scenes at sea left me breathlessly turning the pages and I think the piracy angle is very strong. He is very good...’
Sphere Books

'...he's maybe even better than Frederick Forsyth and Gerald Seymour. A fabulous thriller!'
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  • File Size: 811 KB
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089G0CCI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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K. D. George has a lot of potential. Once the book arrives at the action sequence of highly-trained mercenaries on a rescue mission into the compound of a corrupt African warlord, Q spells "action movie" as another reviewer notes.

This part of the novel is gripping; there are some moments fraught with uncertainty and clever problem-solving. One can't help rooting for the good guys. All of that is as it should be.

The problem for me was slogging through the first half or more of the book to get there. I felt as if I was reading back-stories that were best left in the author's notes. I really didn't need to know chapters full of details about the shipwreck that led to one couple being stranded in the warlord's clutches; it seemed as if that should have been part of an entirely different book.

The first part of the book tacks between the stories of different characters without sufficient foreshadow of how the threads will be woven together in a single plot. Any adept reader would know that the threads will be brought together; but creating confusion in the reader's mind should not be confused with creating suspense.

The story might well have proceeded without the back-story of one of the couples; they are nice enough but their relatively minor roles might well have been assigned to other characters to eliminate such as large cast of characters. The details of training the men for the mission also seemed to go on a bit long.

As a female reader, I was not attracted to the pages of gratuitous and graphic sex, and just skipped them.

In summary, if you like action thrillers of the rescue-mission type, this could be a good read for you.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars action-packed, violent and sexy June 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Terrific - an unputdownable page-turner - action-packed, violent and sexy, with a rocket-fuelled corkscew of a plot.

A scary, up-to-the minute tale of piracy and kidnap, packed with convincingly authentic detail of ships, weaponry and tactics.

KD George, with great skill and at breathless pace casts a net which draws together a compelling gallery of characters pitched against each other in a nightmare world of treachery and cruelty, the merciless tribal warfare of a failed African state.

Throughout, he displays an extraordinary grasp of the complex and awful realities of international arms and drugs smuggling, and of a third world preyed upon foreign and home-grown vultures.

A thoroughly believable thriller, with a clear-eyed understanding of the horrors of war, and of heroism.

Not for the faint-hearted!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I like thrillers, but...... February 21, 2013
By janet
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A thriller to relax with, yes. But still the story and characters should display more intelligence than this one does. There is no real surprise, the characters are very conventional and boring. One does not feel anything in relation to them, whatever their dilemmas.
I had a hard time reading the book to the unsurprising ending.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Technical Miscues mar the story October 12, 2012
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I came to this story expecting a great deal from it. I checked out early. The problems came in a blender. For one thing, it is clear that KD has talent, the problem is in the direction and discipline. The first chapter falls flat, due to backstory, and the backstory falls flat due to a somewhat puerile and disposable world-weariness painted on the hero, no part of which reads as anything above and beyond a trite, formulaic regurgitation of derivative themes: unintended kills, innocence drawn into mayhem, etc. I found myself unempathetic, mainly because we had no depiction of the hero as a good and normal man before hand. As it stood, we were left to accept the proposition as handed us by the author. Hard to get any empathy going for the main character that way. Too much telling. Too little showing.
When the second chapter began without bearings (the point-of-view character is identified far too distant from the first sentence), my patience gave way to that old foreboding: that so many errors so early meant errors and disappointments further along. If KD has no editor, he needs one for these things. And if he has one now, he should find another. The talent is here, the execution is deeply flawed.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page-turner September 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This highly recommended thriller weaves a convincing narrative that spans the UK, Middle East, Atlantic Ocean and memorably murky regions of West Africa. Each strand has its own key characters and their apparently disparate lives are slowly but surely intertwined as the plot tightens to its dramatic climax. The handling of character and plot is confident and full of local color. Like Chris Ryan or Andy McNab, the author clearly knows his military and technical detail without weighing the narrative down too much. But what marks this book out from other action thrillers is the focus on the interplay between the characters especially the central pair, Felix, ex military with a lot to prove to himself and his wife, Sarah, as their small yacht heads into an Atlantic storm. Fast paced and well drawn, this promisingly handled thriller will also appeal to fans of action fiction such as Robert Ludlum or Stephen Leather.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Violent Sexy Storm October 8, 2012
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Talk about a page-turner! It starts with a smack to the brain and continues throughout. If you've ever owned a boat or plan to sail around the world, there is a part of this that's so real it could give you nightmares. I've owned a boat and suffered through a small storm, but the storm Felix and Sarah Chapman get into is so well written you feel like you're right in the sailboat with them. You can feel the waves pounding down and tearing you to pieces and you continue to turn the pages in the book to see what happens next. This is just a tiny part of the excitement that flows page after page in violent Africa and the continual wars that cause so much misery. You meet a host of characters along the ride and each one gets more intense than the other. Talk about good and bad guys, K.D. George paints characters like a madman working a canvas. You quickly find hatred and hope for redemption. You want the characters to get even and make everyone better and while the story drags here and there, I loved every page. I have it 5 stars for a job well done, a story that lives and breathes and a vivid character-driven story that is so real you believe you were there when you put the book down. You take a deep breath and are thankful the trip you just read was in a book and not part of the life you've lived. Well done!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, a thriller!
Thrilling and kept the reader reading on into the night. Great characters with the plots all heading to mix together.
Published 2 months ago by Lynn Hess
5.0 out of 5 stars An well-written action book
Pirates! Mercenaries! Daniela in distress! Love and redemption in exotic Africa. This is a well-written action adventure which easily kept my interest. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars great read, keeps you captive
Well written with good character development. Plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing. For a long book with many different changes in direction, I never felt I could put it... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sean Howard Suskind
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed
This is fairly long read, but I found it well worth the effort. A complex plot with many characters kept me interested.
Published 8 months ago by honeydodoer
2.0 out of 5 stars really?
With all of the following reviews this book has, I expected more. The beginning set up of the story takes half of the book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nickinic - Ebooks Galore
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable and Realistic
Excellent story. Very realistic. I like the fact that the timelines actually make sense and that story takes into account that money is needed to fund operations.
Published 11 months ago by WingNut/Pilot
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written action packed novel
A story with a lot of action set in Africa. There are a lot of books like this but this one reads like it is literature. Read more
Published 11 months ago by wytzia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Q is a really exciting story. A couple sailing around the world get caught up in African politics with a war lord. There was a lot of action.
Published 12 months ago by Arnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
A nice job blending several stories together in this novel. I look forward to future works from the author. BTD
Published 15 months ago by BTDDorothy Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars A good really deep thriller
I kinda got bogged down when I first started this book. But there is a lot of 'prep' and background one just has to have beforehand. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dolores Ann Jordan
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More About the Author

Kieran George (a pen name) grew up in Northern Ireland, England and Germany, attended seven schools and was only asked to leave one of them. As a student he hitch-hiked around Europe, North America and the Middle East, worked as a diver in Saudi Arabia, barman in London, factory worker in Germany and construction worker in the USA.

He has a degree in Politics and an MBA. He has lived abroad for much of his life, in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. With impeccable timing he has managed to be in Beirut at the start of the Lebanese civil war,Bangkok during a coup d'etat and Saudi Arabia both at the assassination of King Faisal and during the attack on theTwinTowers.

He declined the offer of an army commission before going to university but enjoyed serving with Royal Green Jackets (TAVR) and 21 SAS (TAVR) at various periods while based in the UK. His interests, apart from writing and reading, include following world news, military and intelligence history, travelling off the main tourist routes, hill walking, photography, skiing and sailing.

He now lives in England.

No photo? No, he's not paranoid.

Just naturally shy...

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