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The Bell of Girardius Paperback – November 26, 2011
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With his sophomore effort, Roberts (Kill City USA, 2011) pens another exciting mystery with a healthy serving of the supernatural. Milo is hired by a Russian woman named Olga to find her sister Avril, who is said to have special psychic powers and to dabble in séances and a bit of black magic. Avril has connections with Grigory Zeltin, a dangerous, powerful Satanist. In an ironic twist, Avril is found dead in Paris—though Milo is privy to the specifics, he’s not talking. His hopes of ditching Olga fade when she insists he continue gathering intel on Zeltin, whom she blames for Avril’s death and who is planning something very dark. In true Milo fashion, he raises the stakes exponentially by falling for one of Zeltin’s daughters, earning him a place at the top of Zeltin’s hit list; and, the fact that Jay—the original Kill City USA damsel in distress—is mixed up in it all, ensures Milo’s full attention. Written with great delineation and range, Roberts’ cast of diverse characters continues to jump off the page. Milo and the intimidating but softhearted Jonah are a dynamic duo. While Jonah volleys easily between lovable and hard-as-nails, Milo stays true, armed with a sharp wit, endless charm and a penchant for finding trouble. In addition to amusing dialogue and witty observations, Roberts manages to find ways to include his apparent love for movies, sprinkling mentions of his favorites along the way. Similar to his first book, where history on the Mafia was provided, this time the author edifies on all things satanic and includes an interesting history lesson on the Knights Templar.
Another successful Joe Milo experience.
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Roberts' fast-paced, witty and literate narrative moves the action along as Milo's investigation takes him from London to Paris and back with side trips into espionage and the occult, bringing him face to face with corruption at high levels of British aristocracy and the secret intelligence establishment. He and his formidable Jamaican sidekick, Jonah, take on the psychic (and psychotic) leader of a satanic cult determined to make a human sacrifice on an auspicious date using the beautiful twin sister of one of the cult's high priestesses as the offering. In the climactic ritual scene Milo finds himself on the altar as well.
Once again, Milo's wisecracks come fast and furious, punctuated by Jonah's pointed repartee as they tangle with Albanian and Serbian heavies whose neck sizes exceed their IQ's. This time, Milo and Jonah receive backup from Milo's Miami partner, certain London police personnel, and other specialists who know how to skirt the boundaries of the law in the furtherance of justice. As you would expect in classic noir crime fiction, in the course of their adventures they also encounter beautiful women who find them irresistible.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a very good read. I am always looking for good books. You will like this one. I would recommend this book to all whom like a good action/adventure.Published on October 6, 2012 by Lydia
Warren has recast a classic Dennis Wheatley novel for the 21st Century. The pace never flags and it left me wanting another story of the occult from this author.Published on August 2, 2012 by Charlie Dog
Hi, I dont normally write reviews but just thought I should show my appreciation of a great read. This is an excellent book, based in London, it gave you a real sense of it being... Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Mike