Carte Blanche – Review

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Carte Blanche is the latest book from Jeffrey Deaver and I have to admit my initial excitement dimmed a little when I heard it was a James bond novel. I don’t have anything against the 007 franchise but it’s not my style of crime writing. But happy to give it a go I suspended my thoughts and hoped for the best and I was more than pleasantly surprised. This is a book for fans of 007 to really sink their teeth into. Not the typical style for Jeffrey Deaver, but one he has done very well at.

“The face of war is changing and. The other side doesn’t play by the rules much anymore. There’s thinking in some circles, that we need to play by a different set of rules too….”

Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. Conceived in the post 9/11 world, it operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, its very existence is deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary.

The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week: casualties estimated in the thousands, British interests adversely affected.

And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfil his mission.

This is Bond at his charming, well dressed best. If you’re a fan of the 007 franchise this is the book for you. If not it’s definitely worth giving it a look. For me, this is the sort of good spy novel that while not believable, is so infinitely enjoyable that a few far fetched plot lines only add to the enjoyment.

Filled with mystery, suspense, fast cars and beautiful women and of course violence this is the sort of reading that u enjoy when you’re having a break from your more serious choices. Jeffrey Deaver probably won’t win any literary prizes with this novel but I can guarantee he will win himself a lot of new fans.

Buckle yourself in because Carte Blanche has all the thrills, spills, crashes and crazy antics you have come to love from Bond and even more. Complete with cool gadgets, outrageous scenarios, really amazing cars and the latest in cool “boy toys” this is 007 at his finest. Men will want to be him and women will want to know him. And take it from me picturing Daniel Craig as 007 doesn’t hurt the reading experience at all.

Fallen – Review

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Fallen is the latest release from the queen of crime and gore Karin Slaughter. Once again living up to her namesake Karin Slaughter has delivered another knock out crime novel. Lovers of Karin Slaughter will be delighted to see the return of heroine Faith Mitchell, the butt kicking young cop that so many readers have fallen in love with. Faith is a brilliantly written multifaceted character that many readers have really formed a bond with.

Fallen sees her return with a new baby and facing down criminals in her own inimitable style. Fallen sets off at a cracking pace as do all of Slaughter’s novels, with Faith coming home to find a trail of blood leading into her home. Her infant daughter locked in the shed and her Mother’s gun missing. Evelyn, Faith’s mother is nowhere to be seen and Faith’s home is littered with dead bodies.

Fallen of course also sees the return of Sara Linton and Will Trent, characters made famous by Slaughter’s earlier novels. Will is on hand to help Faith with the investigation and they will need the help of trauma doctor Sara to help them along. Faith struggles in the search to find her mother and faces barriers thrown up at every turn. The Police close ranks and protect a truth that Faith isn’t sure she wants to explore, but she will have to in order to find her mother and face down the people she thought she could trust.

Add to the mix that Faith is now not only investigating her mothers disappearance but she is also being treated as a suspect and you have the perfect mix for an outstanding whodunit.

Karin Slaughter really sets the pace from the first page and with Fallen she keeps it going right until the end. This is an absolutely cracking novel full of suspense and lots of blood and gore. Karin Slaughter is not for the fain hearted but lovers of crime with really enjoy this newest offering from one of my favourite crime writers of the moment. If you haven’t read Karin Slaughter yet, now is the time to discover how great she is!