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Lust, Money & Murder - Book 1: A Female Secret Service Agent Takes on an International Criminal Kindle Edition
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It is actually the first installment of a crime novel, and in order to find out who actually committed the crime, how, and why, one must purchase two more installments, i.e.,"books" from Amazon.
This is not the first time I encountered this tactic. I downloaded another book called "Clarity" and here too, I found that in order to see how it played out and ended I had to purchase additional books in the series. I resent being duped and will be more careful about what I download in the future.
If Amazon intends to continue to use this tactic, it should make clear in its descriptions that these are book segments, and not entire books.
Lust, Love & Murder by Mike Wells is the first part of Elaine’s life, taking the reader from her underprivileged upbringing, through Secret Service training, and then into her first two assignments as an agent. The author does a great job of showing Elaine ‘growing up’ without getting too bogged down, but the story doesn’t really get started until she arrives in Bulgaria for her second assignment.
There is enough technical detail to enable readers to ‘see’ the action, without long-winded techno expositions, and the angst Elaine feels at this point in her life—for instance, the fact that she entered college as a virgin with no prior experience with the opposite sex, but a determination to ‘correct’ that situation—is shown very well.
Elaine’s feelings for her unconventional supervisor in Bulgaria is handled reasonably well, but that character could be developed more which would add to the sense of betrayal she feels when she learns that he’s under investigation for illicit activities.
The book ends on one hell of a cliffhanger—unfortunate really—with too many things left hanging. That is my main issue with this story. It’s a tense page-turner that ends too soon, and without adequate warning. While it makes me want to read the sequel, just to see what happens next, I felt a bit cheated that there was no warning that it would end on such an unresolved note. I give the author kudos for the way he handles language, but have to subtract a little for the ending.
I do not base my reviews on price. It stands to reason that almost all free books will be priced at a later date. Therefore, it is not right to give them a higher rating because they happened to be free when I got them.
As much as this genre can be predictable, I found this yarn to be refreshingly imaginative. This page turner will take the reader on a stimulating journey. Also, the writing style is uncomplicated which makes for an enjoyable read.
I'm almost certain that fans of this genre will love having a nibble on this one! But be forewarned, this is more of a sample than full blown novel!
It wasn't was I was expecting when I read the blurb because once I got into the story there was more to it than just what is mentioned.
Although there are some personal issues I had with Elaine's personality at times but I respected the detail Mike put into her character.
Lust is well thought out and interesting but I have a feeling I will have to read the others books before I can form an opinion on the book/series as a whole.
Lust is a good read however it didn't keep me pulled in or excite me but it was interesting and enjoyable enough.
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