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Wanted (A Private Investigator Series of Crime and Suspense Thrillers, Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Join the ride and you won't put this book down" - Ken Rossignol, author of The Privateer Clause
From the Author
- ASIN : B00FYW9VHC
- Publisher : WJ Books Ltd (October 15, 2013)
- Publication date : October 15, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 2939 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 274 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #429,568 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But when he explains that his dramatic way of showing the faults in their security was approved by the director of the museum, events proceed from not good to very bad, especially when the person who was supposed to have hired him is found dead, with his fingerprint at the scene of the shooting.
Before he can discover what is happening, he is arrested.
This begins a whirlwind of adventure where everyone is suspect, and no favorable outcome is guaranteed.
Nick Stephenson knows how to write action-adventure. His rapid-paced book keep the reader on edge throughout the whole book. The book, Wanted, is free to introduce the reader to his unique style of story-telling.
I found his main character, Leopold Blake, likeable enough to follow into other adventures, so I will keep reading Stephenson’s books.
That said, I also found some integral flaws in his writing. I felt as if the story was rushed too much without caring for the quality of the writing. For example, a character doesn’t speak a series of action: “It’s not like you need it, Mr. Blake,” Dubois straightened his tie.
This was two separate sentences combined into one. Stephenson didn’t need to use “he said,” if that was what he was trying to avoid. The reader knows Dubois was speaking if the next sentence in the same paragraph show him straightening his tie.
Issues like this happen throughout. Another issue, the only well-rounded character is Leopold Blake. The others are a bit flat, which deters from the quality of the book. I would prefer Stephenson spent a bit more time on bettering his writing skills.
Nick Stephenson is a much better marketer than he is a writer. This book, permanently free, is what he calls a Reader Magnet, designed to get people into his series. It works, and he makes a very good living selling his books.
He gives me hope. One doesn’t need to be Stephen King to succeed at writing when one can succeed very well at marketing. I just wish he excelled at writing too.
The plot was fast paced and full of suspense but lacked originality. I found myself spotting similarities to other mystery books that I've read which, on some level, disappointed me. However, the plot was engaging and did keep me interested through the entirety of the book.
The multiple points of view, although a tad confusing at first, converged nicely towards the end of the book and did help move the plot when there seemed to be a momentary pause in Blake's chase.
Blake himself, although intelligent and witty, lacked vulnerability until the very end, making him seem somewhat unrealistic at times. I also didn't like that he didn't seem to worry much for his friends who may have been injured, missing, etc.
However, his interactions and relationship with other characters (i.e. Sophie and Mary) were well developed. While Mary seemed more like a sibling to Blake rather than a potential love interest, her conversations with Blake exposed a lot about her character as well as Blake's.
Overall, the plot was fast-paced and engaging though a bit unoriginal, and the characters were well rounded. This book kept me at the edge of my seat and I would recommend this to anyone who wants a thrilling race for answers and a satisfying resolution.
Written with the same breathless pace of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, Nick Stevenson's thriller also begins at the Louvre Museum in Paris, with the hero investigating a stolen Da Vinci painting, “The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne”, and a forgery left in its place. Rest assured, the painting is the McGuffin in this thriller.
French cops, German assassins, and Americans of all stripes and sizes rush pell-mell to an ending that is sure to please fans of the genre.
This work as more twists and turns than a corkscrew in the French wine country, and more hanging cliffs than the Grand Canyon. Skin-of-the-teeth escapes are found with every scene shift.
There are plenty of brief backstories to keep the suspense on hold while new ones are built, until the readers head is buzzing, trying to keep everything focused.
Lots of fighting with fists, knives, and guns, and plenty of dead bodies keeps the pace moving as the author jumps from scene to scene.
The hero and his companions run from a coldhearted, bloodthirsty German killer, one who who leaves a bloody trail, but is unable to finish off his intended victims. Time after time they escape, until it seems almost laughable.
Wanted is what many will readers say as they click to buy this thriller.
The revelation at the end of the book surprised me and made me want to get the next book in the series.
Top reviews from other countries
Oh dear, this is a tale of puerile fantasy where a billionaire playboy can afford to do whatever he wants with the other characters jostling to wipe his backside. The plot is typical James Bond and people are killed willy nilly.
I was unable to find any depth to this novel. Oh yes, there was plenty of action but it was all far fetched. The plot was quite simple and lacked realism. Character development was basic and I felt no empathy for these throw-away characters.
The lack of realism irritated me and the comic book storyline gave me very little reading pleasure. This book was simply an okay 3 star read, something better than a daily newspaper to read but only just. It is light reading but the enjoyment is also light.
If this was a television pilot, I very much doubt it would be commissioned. It is shallow and the viewers would drift away after wasting their time on the first episode. Nick calls his novel Wanted, a better title would have been Wasted. Why… because of the number of characters who were unnecessarily killed and the time the reader has Wasted.
I liked it enough to try out book 2 in the series and we'll see where it takes us from there.
Leopold Blake is an unusual main character. A criminology consultant who is also a wealthy business man, he becomes embroiled in the mystery surrounding an art theft from the Louvre, and the subsequent murder of the Louvre’s art director by a ruthless assassin. All the evidence points to him, although it is obvious he has been set up, and he goes on the run from the police to try to clear his name as well as solve the mystery of who is behind this elaborate setup. The chase involves action packed scenes, lots of suspense, and quite a lot of violence.
There were a few minor proof reading issues, but nothing that got in the way of the story or prevented me from turning the pages at an ever faster and faster rate.