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- Publication Date: June 24, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GA7BAC8
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Classified: A Prologue to Les Dames des Fleurs Kindle Edition
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It’s been a while since I read the kind of government-conspiracy suspense characteristic of Tom Clancy novels (I’ll admit I’d count decades rather than years since I last picked up something within this genre), but when it comes to movies, there are few genres I like better. And what with gearing up to watch the newest installation in the Bourne franchise, I thought I was in the perfect mood for some military-style murder and mayhem when I picked up Classified: A Prologue to Les Dames des Fleurs.
The main character of the story is Ramon, a reporter who is determined to determine if the mutilated remains of a man found in a northern province are all that’s left of his missing half-brother, a photographer. He hares off in chase of a story and of justice and finds out that he’s just jumped headlong into an abyssal crevice rather than the shallow pool he was expecting. He speaks with a condescending governor, helps out a French-speaking nun who isn’t all she seems, and meets a career military man with a sinister bent, and the only thing he’s certain of is that he’s not sure who he can trust.
I think the thing to remember while reading this is that it’s a prologue to a larger series and as such only gives us a taste of what the author has in store for her readers. But the premise was just so immediately intriguing to me that I wanted this to be more of a story than it was (I couldn’t seem to shake the feeling that the setup for this story was robust enough to have supported a longer novella, if not a full-out novel). Certainly the hints of a government conspiracy titillated, but I wanted to get my hands (and brain) into the nitty-gritty matters of digging up dirt. It doesn’t happen here, but I have high hopes that this is something we’ll get to revisit in the books to come.
As a reader, I often try to take my editor hat off while reading and reviewing books, but I found it difficult in this case. Partially, I think, was that the language was just a bit stiff and didn’t flow quite as naturally as it might have. A bigger part was the niggling feeling that some aspects of the plot and characterization could’ve been developed further, while the intrigue could have been drawn out a bit more with a few red herrings tossed in.
Still, if this is prologue, I’m looking forward to finding out what happens in the “chapters.”
It’s the second #HeistClub book that I’ve read this month, and allow me to say that this series is packed with soooo much crime. Just finished reading Classified, and it took me to the realm of possibilities that the people with whom we entrusted our safety and future and welfare could be the very same people who could destroy them in an instant.
What Is It About?
Danilo Halili is a photographer, not an investigative journalist. So what business did he have, being nosy about that interesting conversation he overheard? Maybe except that it wasn’t just an interesting conversation at all. And maybe, all of us have an inner patriot, and Danilo’s had woken up and realized he needed to do something in order to save innocent lives, people who are practically strangers to him. Even if it would cost his own. And what about Ramon Tanchangco? What did he expect to discover as he dug deeper into Danilo’s questionable disappearance.
What I Think About It
If there is one thing I’ve learned from this book, it’s avoid being too nosy on other people’s business. I’ve read and seen many crime stories and most of them got the plot running because of a nosy protagonist. But of course, this is if you don’t really care. This is if you love your life and security and peace more than anything else. Besides, who wants to sleep at night with one eye open, right?
But if we’d come to think of it, nosy people could be regarded as heroes, especially those who discovered something so bad it would destroy the lives of many others. It is not easy to be the sacrificial lamb (and I am never quite sure because I haven’t done such thing), but I know you get the picture. Danilo was way too brave in trying to uncover the anomaly in that province, despite his knowledge of being killed in the end. Add the fact that Ms. Georgette Gonzales wrote in a way that I could imagine myself standing right in front of him when he was trying to collect hard evidences of what he’d heard. And the way he died! It was too descriptive that I was able to taste Danilo’s pain, I was was able to smell his blood and sweat as he endured all those inhumane treatment just because he wouldn’t breathe the name of his email recipient. I should say it was all and enough for me to learn not to be nosy about anyone’s business. No matter how topnotch it is. Sorry. Then I came to think of it, could this really happen in real life?
I woke up this morning too hyped to get some work done. But apparently I was destined to read instead. Such a great crime story that I wonder if there was another as elaborate as this.
Should you read it?
Definitely. Especially if you are into elaborately described crime story. Oh and yeah, it’s just a prologue to most probably a bigger story so there’s more you could watch out for.
Where to Get It?
You can download a digital copy from Amazon for $1.29 or contact the author at [...] for hard copies.