on August 27, 2013
First I have to say that I love Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers books. I have them all audiobook if I can get them. So it is almost useless for me to write reviews but this one did not quite catch me. What I like most is comical verbal exchanges between Davenport and his partners, which almost always leave me smiling for a few pages. This one did not have that interaction. The story, although I would not be surprised to find it is based in some truth, was just a bit over the top for me. I found this novel to be better then run of the mill, but not up to par for my favorite novelist Mr. Sandford.
on December 3, 2013
Quintessential Lucas Davenport, with all the recurring characters (Del, Jenkins, Shrake, Sister El, Rose Marie, etc.). Silken Prey is a typical Sandford mystery with the cynical side of politics as a backdrop to the story.
on May 22, 2013
I very much enjoyed the continuation of the 'Covert One' novel series, conceived of by Robert Ludlum. I LOVE the "real life" science & technology components in the latest novel, penned by Kyle Mills. I wish to refute some of the (Stupid,in my opinion) negative reviews. (1. "It's not Ludlum"). No, it is not written by Ludlum, a truly great prolific author. However, all of the Covert One novels were written by others. There is some question as to the very first novel - "The Hades Factor"-2000, which was completed by Gayle Lynds, an accomplished author in her own right. Lynds co-wrote books 1; then she wrote books 3 (2002) & book 4 (2003). Book 2 was written by Philip Shelby (2001). Mr. Ludlum died March 2001, and was ill for a few years prior. I have heard that notes & partially written chapters were the starting point for books 2,3,&4. Book 5 (The Lazarus Vendetta) & then book 6 (The Moscow Vector) 2004, & 2005 were written by Patrick Larkin, with homage given to Mr. Ludlum. Books 8 & 10 were written entirely by Kyle Mills. So Get-Over Yourself! If you want pure Ludlum, go back & read "The Matarese Circle" 1979 & "The Matarese Countdown" 1997. Well worth reading twice; or for a clever, lighter Ludlum, read the brilliant "The Road to Gandolfo" 1975, which was originally penned under the Nom-de-plum: Michael Shepherd. (2. Its too TECHNICAL). Ridiculous! Either keep up or get out of the way. What isn't more technical now. Today, one iPhone 5 has 10-20 times the computing power as all the computers used by NASA to send Apollo 11 to the moon in July 1969!! In addition, Covert One's primary protagonist, Col. Jon Smith MD started out in book #1 as the (No. 1 or 2) man in the chain of command for USAMRIID in Fort Dietrich, MD. That is the "Military Equivalent" to the CDC (Center for disease control) in Atlanta, GA. Their area of expertise is in dealing with ALL Biological & some Chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction for the USA. Col. Smith is an expert in Virology and a Doctor of Medicine. NOW, that sounds pretty damn technical to me!
I happen to enjoy a great Political-Espionage-Technical adventure thriller. If you want something less technical, I recommend two geniuses that created Very Entertaining, but less Scientific Mystery-Thriller series. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (The Adventures, The Return of, Sherlock Holmes). -OR- for an american author, I recommend Rex Stout, who penned 46 Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin Mystery-Private Detective Extraordinaire novels starting with "Fer-De-Lance" in 1934 through "The Family Affair" 1975 + one posthumous collection of 3 stories "Death Three Times" (1985). I have read each one at least once, and I assure you that each and every one is clever and entertaining. If you are a gourmand, or appreciate Orchids, you will get along famously with Mr. Wolfe.
Please leave us technically-curious people with at least one superior thriller series where we can continue to quench our thirst for "new" knowledge!