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- Publication Date: January 18, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004QTOJ0I
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Lust, Money & Murder - Books 1, 2 & 3: A Female Secret Service Agent Takes on an International Criminal (Lust, Money & Murder Series) Kindle Edition
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Oh yeah, it's written plainly too. It's not convoluted or stuffy. Still, at the same time it's very rich writing, you can really imagine the foreign destinations.
It starts off from Elaine Brogan's point of view, but there is a LOT of male first person as well, so guys don't throw it out immediately. This series is a cliffhanger, and apparently goes on for 11 books, so it's a no for a quick resolve. Still, I had a really good time reading this.
Cover Design- The cover is somewhat generic for the trilogy. It has a hint of what's to be found in the books. It's not too over powering but could be more eye catching. 3Stars
Character Development- Well's main character, Elaine, is introduced to the reader as a child. Then you follow her as she grows. You become engrossed in her life, in her revenge, even in her disappointment when she learns he revenge is pointless. Wells has given the reader a character they can connect with. 5 Stars
Concept- As far as concept goes Wells doesn't have anything new, however the way he has written it, is fast paced and exciting. The first part about the experiment is intriguing and pulls the reader in. It's obvious Wells did research on his idea before he wrote his novel. I learned things about the Secret Service I never knew. 4 Stars
Plot/Sub-Plot- At first Wells sets the plot in motion as revenge. Elaine has good reason for wanting revenge. Then as the book progresses you find it's more the subplot and what happens in Elaine's life as a whole is more the plot. Wells catches the readers attention and keeps the story progressing at a pace that the reader doesn't get marred down with trivial facts. He leaves you wanting more at the end of each book. Don't just buy book one, buy the trilogy so you can make one continuous read. 4 Stars
Entertainment Level- I found Lust, Money and Murder entertaining. It took me on a roller coaster ride with Elaine. I was there when her mother walked away. I was the when she wanted to become a model. I was there when her heart was broken and she vowed Revenge. I followed her through school, encouraging her as she went through Secret Service training. When her first boss put the moves on her to her second that she fell in love with. For every moment I was there encouraging her or getting angry. 5 Stars.
Overall I give the trilogy 4 Stars
This novel was full of twists and turns, interesting and well-defined characters, and fascinating situations. Wells describes the world of counterfeiting with such detail it makes one wonder where he obtained his inside information. He moves back and forth between detailed description of the training involved in becoming a Secret Service agent, and the rise of a crime boss who the reader just can’t help but feel empathy for. The story line includes an exciting dive into international crime syndicates and some heart-stopping chase scenes. Yes, I say “scenes” because you could visual the action as if you were watching a movie.
Another note, Well's protagonist is female. Very few male writers can slip inside a woman’s head and write believably from the female point of view. Well has pulled this off with aplomb.
Great read. Highly recommend it.
Wells writing is quick and to the point. There's no babbling brooke descriptions. It's just how I like it: action, tension, suspense, your eyes can't move fast enough across the page reading.
His maine character, Elaine is smart and cunning. One tough cookie. She's somebody that you can't help but become invested in from the moment she's introduced. Even after being betrayed time and again, she never stops fighting. My kind of girl, my kind of main character. Secret Service Training, counterfeit money, murder, mobs, a rich hot Italian, a bit of romance. This book has it all.
I wish I could give this book ten stars! One of the better books I've read in a long time. Elaine Brogan kicked some major butt and i can't wait to see what she does next. I'm hoping not to have to wait too long for books 4, 5, and 6!
If you're looking for a fast-paced page turner, you just found it!!
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Book Title: Lust, Money & Murder
Subtitle: #1-3 Omnibus
Author: Mike Wells
Part of a series? Yes
Order in series: 1-3
Best read after earlier books in series? No
I scored this book 4/5
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(Close to five out of five. Marked down for the rather slow start in grabbing my attention)
Short Summary of the book:
This book tells the story of Elaine Brogan, a young woman who suffers under the knowledge her father was sent to prison for passing counterfeit money. This influences her further life and she fights to right the wrongs done.
What I liked about the book:
I particularly liked the strong main character but hated how she was deceived and made to lose the love of her life.
What I didn’t like about the book:
I wasn’t impressed by the start of the book. The first chapter was rather slow starting and did not really grab my attention. Although I was initially tempted to put down the book as a lost cause, the pace soon picked up and it became difficult to put the book down (or to not buy the next books in the series. Still resisting but it is becoming more difficult every day).
My favourite bits in the book:
I loved where Elaine managed to prevail in her training and appears to be the winner in the end, but is she?
My least favourite bits in the book:
I didn’t like it when the book was finished. The story after book three is obviously not finished yet and I want to know what happens next.
Any further books in the series? Any more planned by this author?
I understand the author continues to write new books, possibly even more in this series.
What books could this be compared to and why?
This book reminded me slightly of the Spy series by Diane Henders in that both authors have a female spy as the main character. The books and style of writing are completely different, though.
In summary, I would recommend this book for the following readers:
Young Adult Maybe
If you like spy novels, mystery and suspense, this book could be the book for you.
I look forward to reading more books by this author. The only reason I have not yet bought the next ones in the series is a promise to myself to first finish the books I have waiting to be read already.
The books were well written and easy to read with many twists and turns, exactly what I like when reading.
The First book "Lust" Sets the scene for the story and introduces the characters which develop into strong characters as the books go on.
I liked most of the characters but my favourite character was Elaine. An young innocent girl who has her life changed forever by a scam that she fell for as a teenager, resulting in her father going to jail and ending his life. These events in her early years leads her to make a decision to find the man responsible and to make him pay for what he did to her and her father.
Note there are more books in the series so be aware that you may not get all the answers that you want when you have finished but overall a great read, so give them a try. I'm sure you'll enjoy them as much as I did.
Having now read the instalments 2 and 3, I am pleased to say that these exceeded my every expectation. Whereas the fist instalment 'set the scene', books 2 and 3 get straight down to action and Mr Wells wastes no time in bringing you up to speed.
We learn more about the supporting characters and are enticed by wonderful descriptions of the background locations and architecture. Attention to detail is pitched at just at the right level and never detracts from the plot and instead cleverly adds to the realism of the scenes and situations our heroine Elaine Brogan faces. I particularly liked the vivid descriptions of remote villages in Italy and homage to Mario Puzo's memorable 'Godfather' Saga.
Make no mistake, this is first class series, but readers of a nervous disposition are warned that there are some shocking moments. In particular, the behaviour of the main character Giorgio Cattoretti that, although at times is charismatic, is also rotten to the core! Essentially, he is a villain that is both arrogant and manipulative, frequently capitalising on our hero Elaine Brogan's vulnerabilites and insecurities. Yet, this realism is, I am sure, what makes the book so appealing to many fans of Mike's work. The language as expected is gritty, blunt and some scenes are pretty gruesome so some younger adult readers may want to exercise a little discretion; Just remember that this is a work of fiction!
Ultimately, this is a story about deception, misplaced loyalties and ultimate sacrifice. It is a gripping yet sensitive account of how (Elaine) an ordinary human being copes with high octane situations and ultimately locks horns to battle with an infinitely greedy and dangerous character. Inspiring stuff!
Needless to say this underpinning archetypal conflict between good and evil is very well written, nailbiting for the reader and gives a new meaning to the term "cliffhanger" - Don't worry, I won't spoil it for those who have not read the books yet!
Finally, thank you Mr. Wells for yet another great reading experience; I look forward to reading the next instalment in the series.
All I can say is, that they were absolutely blinding. A real terrific read, not put downable, once you have read and gone past page one, boy, are you hooked.
Elaine is a great character, although a little slow at times, Nick is Great, and Giorgio Cattoretti a loveable but extremely dangerous gangster.
The going is fast paced, and the end of every chapter a cliff hanger.
Worth every penny, enjoy.
A story full of surprises and intrigue. Reversing rags to riches for both heroin and villain. Surprised to be cut off part way through Book 3.
The twists and turns leave you gasping for breath. I just loved the way all the books followed on from each other.
I am now addicted and have just ordered the next box set The African Trilogy. Well done Mike Wells you now have another fan!
It is as well written as those from some of my other more well know favourite authors and I'm really looking forward to more of the same.
A tip for you, its worth buying all three together as works out a wee bit cheaper then buying separately. Also check out his book Baby Talk, its disturbing in a very good way :-)