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Over 300,000 copies downloaded since 2013 - the Leopold Blake series combines murder, mystery, and mayhem with a healthy dose of humor. The Leopold Blake books have consistently hit the top ten Amazon paid bestseller lists in Crime Thriller Fiction, and can be read and enjoyed in any order. You can check out the rest of the series here: amazon.com/Nick-Stephenson/e/B004MYQ8K6 (just copy and paste into your browser)
"Had me on the edge of my seat the whole time with its fast pace and nonstop action. A real page-turner, it leaps from crisis to crisis and never slows down, twisting all the way to its gripping conclusion." - David VanDyke, author of The Plague Wars series.
"Buckle up... With precise blows, Nick Stephenson creates fight scenes that had me clenching my jaw with tension. The twists and turns kept me guessing - the pace of the story cracked along toward an exciting finish." - Craig McGray, author of The Somnibus, Madeline, and This Little Piggy.
"Join the ride and you won't put this book down" - Ken Rossignol, author of The Privateer Clause
"It's a thrill ride, with a great combination of clever sleuthing and ferocious action scenes... and, of course, a shocker of an ending. The writing crackles with energy" - Jacques Antoine, author of The Emily Kane Adventures
From the Author
This book hits hard, hits fast, and keeps your pulse pounding until the very end. A thrilling blend of action, humor, and mystery, the Leopold Blake series is an explosive mix that fans of mysteries and thrillers will love. This book also contains a bonus 12,000 word short story, Divide and Conquer, featuring June Kato.
RATIO, A Leopold Blake and June Kato e-book thriller by Nick Stephenson and Kay Hadashi (first published 2014 by WJ Books Ltd) with an added short story (12,000 words) by Kay Hadashi included in this publication. Leopold, heir to the extensive Blake Empire, now concentrates on developing biotechnology, clean energy and charities but interestingly also provides security upon occasion with his large and knowledgeable employee/sidekick, Jerome. Thus, when the presidential candidate, Jack Melendez, is speaking at a political convention and calls in a favor, he and Jerome fly to Seattle as personal security. The President is speaking at the same convention and June Kato, the brilliant neurosurgeon now romantically involved with Jack after saving his life is to give a talk at a medical meeting that simultaneously is taking place at the same hotel. All three have enemies that attract several individual and team killers that function in twisted plots that not only threaten them but hundreds of innocents as well. Summary: The simultaneously evolving plots with attendant action should be most appealing to readers who enjoy fast moving, lightweight thrillers. The bonus by Kay Hadashi is similar and extends the portrayal of her ability to defend herself. A caveat for some graphic post-traumatic anatomical description and some credibility features for more pragmatic readers.
I like this series a lot, and really like the character of Leopold Blake, who is reminiscent of detectives like Hercule Poirot and Nero Wolfe, using the "little grey cells" more than brawn to solve mysteries. This particular story requires a significant amount of suspension of disbelief (such as the unlikely scenario that the Secret Service would cede the protection of a presidential candidate to a civilian or that there would be four separate but simultaneous plots to terrorize an international conference and kill the visiting president). But once you do that, it's a well-plotted, well-written mystery/thriller with enough ancillary stories and plots to keep you guessing well into the night. It's an excellent mix of action and deduction as Blake has both hits and misses trying to separate and solve the different plots. A good read you won't want to put down.
I've been reading the Leopold Blake series for a while now and enjoyed this one no less than the others. Great idea to include a new character and that has sent me off on the chase for the books including her story. I love the way this series goes along. Every time I finish one I worry that there are less now to read and I'll soon run out of Leopold stories! My favourite line from this book 'The intruder looked up at her from the bathroom'. Bahahaha - read the book to find out why this is so perfect!
The last two-thirds of this book was OK, but the first one-third was boring with too much time and too many words invested in just introducing the characters. I think I could have rated the book 4 stars if the first third had been condensed into 3 chapters, but otherwise it takes more perseverance than most people have to make it to the good part of the story. If I had not read other books in the Leopold Blake series, I would have given up before the story got interesting.
I loved the new couple that was the center of this novel in the Leopold Blake Thriller series. Jack Melendez, a potential presidential candidate, and his girlfriend, Dr. June Kato, a neurosurgeon who had previously saved Jack's life when a bomb had been implanted in his brain, are planning a special weekend in Seattle where both are speaking at a conference.
Jack has talked Leopold and Jerome into being his special bodyguards for the conference in addition to the normal Secret Service protection. Leopold and Jerome aren't too excited about their role as bodyguards, but Leopold owes a big favor to Jack and couldn't refuse his request.
We learn that there are multiple groups that might want to kill Jack, but there doesn't seem to be a reason for anyone to target June. In fact, Leopold tells June that she's on her own if they need to rush Jack to safety. To add to the difficult security aspects of the conference, the President is also supposed to speak at the conferences. Now there are all kinds of confusion among the different agencies involved plus Leopold and Jerome as private security.
I do enjoy this series of books something always going on. But I am really wondering if Leopold and Mary will ever be anything. For a man that's suppose brilliant he sure is not on the uptake in relationships. Then of course I am sure his dad will come in and ruin it for him. Certainly don't care for senior Blake, seems like this just gets more complicated as it goes on. I am hoping for more answers than questions in his next book. You should read the series to get full effect of the characters.
Can't even call this mind candy as one has to totally suspend all ability to think on this one. How many ways to plot to kill someone in one story...how unrealistic can you get. Another free book hoping to entice the purchase of others in the series... well I paid the price- my time.
"Ratio" is the first book by Nick Stephenson which I read. The book begins like an action thriller; it sort of continues in the shape of a thriller, with a thriller-like plot outline, but somehow loses the energy and becomes tepid and bland. Now, you see, the main-ish character of the book is a very rich man who likes to play bodyguard while being protected by his own bodyguard (while presumably letting his very large fortune in the care of well-intentioned and eager employees or private bankers). And there is a second main-ish character who is a most beautiful former supermodel turned neurosurgeon. And some North Korean commandos. And Secret Service agents. And so on and so forth. I don't know why, but I quickly became disconnected from the story.
(Scale: * - unreadable, couldn't finish. ** - bad or very bad, but readable. *** - good work, well worth its price. **** - very good in its genre. ***** - timeless masterpiece.)