Sunday, 15 October 2017

Blood Passage by Malcolm Pierce

How would you feel if you woke to find yourself in a prison cell, even worse, in a cell on an oil tanker in the middle of the ocean? Then once you manage to escape you need to act against your nature to destroy your captors.

This is the predicament Brian Francisco finds himself in. A likeable young man who worries about is little dog left alone without food. He must use all his military and civilian life experience and know how to undertake some dreadful strategies and eliminate the ship’s crew and the mercenaries that kidnapped him – and, manage to stay alive!

I am not normally a reader of hardcore action thrillers but the suspense and lucidly described action certainly had me hooked from the beginning.

The ship is a super tanker, slow and plodding by comparison to the action on board. The chapters are short allowing the reader to breathe (“phew”) and get ready the next action-packed instalment.

I should point out that in addition to violence in many of the scenes there is also some foul language. The writing style is simple yet still manages to highly descriptive. The ending, and the reason for Francisco’s kidnapping, was totally unexpected.

This is the second book by Malcom Pierce I have read and, although I enjoyed the story, I enjoyed Erased more.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. And I must, initially, I was reluctant to tackle it but glad I did.

My rating 4*

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Dingoes Don’t Bark by Lionel Hudson

Lionel Hudson wrote Dingoes Don’t Bark in 1974, a time when dingoes were still greatly maligned, considered a noxious pest, to be shot on sight, and illegal to keep as a pet. Although our knowledge about dingoes has improved and many perceptions about this misunderstood Australian animal have improved it is still worth a read.

"Dingoes don't bark, mate. They're flat out just staying alive." While making a film about dingoes Lionel Hudson sought to understand the animal’s history and why it is so maligned and hunted with the aim to have it completely annihilated. To capture his story, he travelled across Australia talking to trappers, dingo fence workers and station owners. He gained more than just images for his documentary. He learned more about the dingo than many who claimed to be experts at the time.

The book clearly describes the situation and plight of the dingo at the time and gives some of its sad history since white settlement including its relationship with Aboriginal people before the impact of that invasion.

He also raises a topic not considered a great deal in the early 1970s; that of the dingo’s role in maintaining the balance in nature. Meeting Robert Harden, who was researching dingoes and kept one at home, gave him further insight into this animal he had come to admire. Many old dingo myths are disproven.

One of the highlights of the story is definitely the story of the aptly named Noxious, a dingo pup he is given and keeps quite illegally.

My rating 5* While Dingoes Don’t Bark was written more than 40 years ago, it is still relevant in understanding this beautiful Australian native animal.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

The Dig (The Blackwell Files Book 9) by Steven F. Freeman

This is the second book in the Blackwell Files series I have read and I found as compelling reading as Tear of God.

Alton and Mallory, and their team are sent to Guadalajara, Mexico to investigate the murder of two archaeologists and the mysterious disappearance of a third. It is not a simple murder investigation with intrigue including black market artefact sales and dubious characters.

Freemans regular characters are likeable, thorough in their work and clever. They are brought to life with excellent written imageries of their actions, thoughts and physical descriptions.  The story line is full of action, mystery and history. It is all brought to life with beautiful descriptive passages of the background sights, sounds and smells.

The agents and police are teamed up to work on three different aspects of the investigation. Freeman’s story moves smoothly between one group with no confusion ot distraction of the overall storyline.

It is, put simply, another great mystery story from Steven F. Freeman. I certainly need to go back and read the stories in the Blackwell Files I have missed

I received a free copy of this book for review.

My rating 5*. The story is well written, draws in the reader and the pace never slows down.