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Passion, Power & Sin - Book 1: The Victim of a Global Internet Scam Plots Her Revenge Kindle Edition
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"If these predictions kept coming in as steadily as they had been, and she could keep betting on them, she might be able to save her mother’s house." (Loc. 2613)
At first glance, Heather is clearly naïve and a dreamer, but she’d rather gamble and win a significant amount of money than asking her wealthy boyfriend David Windsor to help her, which is a sign of pride because she would feel humiliated and in more debt to do such a thing. However, even if Heather is an independent woman who wants to take matters into her own hands, she also makes mistakes, some of which are pretty stupid, but, I can’t blame her because she is in a desperate situation and she needs money fast regardless of her safety. For example, one of the emails she receives force her to go to a well-known metropolis, where she wants to bet on a sporting event, but she ends up tangled in the underbelly of that city. Though this part of the story was the most gripping and suspenseful, I think that your safety is more precious than anything else in the world and it’s not worth risking it. Though it’s pretty hard to root for Heather because she got involved in illegal betting, even if it was for a noble cause, I wanted to see her safe and I was curious to read about how much money she would win in order to save the house.
I love the way we enter into Heather's mind and we observe how the psychology of addiction works. Though Heather does this questionable activity to save her family from debt, we cannot overlook the thrill she gets and the addictive effect of gambling just like in the case of narcotics or alcohol. Similarly to a drug addict, Heather hides her shady activities from everyone else, including her roommate Percy or her boyfriend David. This book outlines scary yet fascinating aspects of the human mind; motivation and what despair can do to you. I also think that this story is pretty realistic because any naive or desperate person under financial pressure can fall victim to an Internet scam which may seem benign at first, but very nasty later.
I enjoyed the pacing of this novel, the suspenseful moments that drove me crazy with anticipation, the characters are morally grey and pretty realistic, the simple writing that makes the book easy to read and vivid descriptions of New York City and of another famous metropolis whose culture is very different from the one Heather grew up in. As for what I didn’t like about this book, I anticipated a twist by the end of the novel to turn everything upside down and to prepare the reder for the sequel. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any resolution for the first instalment and I was a bit disappointed. Also, I couldn’t find a section of the blurb in this book. Therefore, without a clear-cut resolution, the story was left hanging in mid-air as well as my expectations. However, I’m still interested in picking up the second book just to see what happens next to Heather.
As always, Mr. Wells created characters you can believe in. The only issue I had with the character is that the girl all of a sudden becomes irate and immature over something that was actually her own fault. But.. of course 24 year old CAN be immature and not thinking sometimes. The only issue with grammar or formatting involved the lack of justified margins. I only mention that because I know it is important to some readers, and it does not matter at all to others.
In response to one of the negative reviews, I would like to explain that the story starts off with a fantasy of Heather in her limo, living the rich life and entering the building of a company she owns. Apparently the reviewer did not understand this is a fantasy that she is having.. while walking 40 blocks to work in heels and pushing her way through the streets of New York City to her entry level job where her 4 year college degree is wasted by serving coffee to her bosses. Anyone who read more than two paragraphs would know this.
Thanks Mr. Wells for another great story!
Passion, Pain & Sin
Books 1 & 2
Reviewed by R. Murry
A simple act of receiving an E-mail, which most people would consider spam, is the catalyst of these thrilling introductions into this five book series written by Mr. Wells. His main character, Heather, is a resourceful intelligent red head, who has a stressful money problem.
Because of her family's financial turmoil, she opens a second E-mail because the first message came true to her amazement and made her angry she didn't take advantage of its fruition. This is when her adventure into the world of international monetary affairs turns into nerve raking events for her and the reader. However, there are some pleasant moments she encounters.
Mike pulls his readers in and keeps them glued to the page hoping Heather will reach her goals. Each endeavor seems strange at first glance. Heather overcomes obstacles by wit, fate and luck. Mr. Wells writes each event in a way that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, wondering if Heather's world wind will come to an end, solving her problems.
There is a love affair in the background of this nail biting suspense story. It's kept there, because Heather is doing her thing globe hopping to resolve her problem first, keeping her lover in dark of its existence. The affair culminated to her satisfaction.
We all want an underdog story to come to a happy ending. This one may because of the lead character's ability to go with the flow of events and not get bogged down in self-pity. She moves on, knowing she has the strength inside her to handle what is thrown at her even to the doubts of her friend.
Mike Wells has me hooked into finishing this series. If you are not prone to heart attacks, this series should be on your "To read list."