Book Review: A Trap in Paris by Uzi Eilam

Title: A Trap in Paris
Author: Uzi Eilam
Genre: Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
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Gideon Ben Ari wants to settle down, but Israel’s military won’t let him do it

Having achieved an impressive career in Israel’s armed service and years of successful civilian business activity, Dr. Gideon Ben Ari yearns to settle down to a tranquil life. But then he is recruited to rejoin the defense forces and once again direct his efforts to fighting international terror organizations.

Pitted against Iranian terrorists, can Gideon navigate an espionage battlefield in Paris?

Paris is his new battlefield, and blocking Iranian efforts to develop long range missiles and nuclear weapons is his mission. Gideon will have to make good use of his experience, his wisdom, and his friends to block an invisible and sinister enemy. He will discover that a person he once regarded as a friend has actually become a foe.

Read this stunning, realistic thriller at the edge of your seat!

A Trap in Paris is an authentic, breathtaking thriller that reads as if it were taken from media headlines. Its vital and vibrant plot is an espionage mystery all rolled together with a quick-paced intelligence narrative, replete with intrigue and traitors.

More books in this series: In The California Triangle, Gideon finds himself involved in an American espionage affair which includes the FBI, Mossad and groups interested in overturning the Iranian government. Singapore Under Attack finds Gideon trapped in the capital during a cyber attack, the magnitude of which the world has not yet experienced. He joins the struggle.

A Trap in Paris was a chilling, exciting thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. Dr. Gideon Ben Ari, the main character, yearns to settle down. After having an impressive career in Israel’s armed service, he’s worn out, and he just wants to live a quiet life. Unfortunately, that’s not about to happen anytime soon as he’s recrutied to rejoin the defense forces, and fight against international terror organizations.
Pitted against Iranian terrorists in Paris, Gideon will have to use all his wits, experience, and his friends to stop their enemy. But what when it turns out the people he trusted might be involved too? Who can he trust when danger lurks everywhere?
Fans of thrillers and espionage will definitely enjoy this book. The plot is fast-paced, thrilling, and full of twists and turns, and has an authentic feel to it despite being fiction.

Book Review and Giveaway Saved by H.L. Anderson

Title: Saved
Author: H.L. Anderson
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
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Theresa Kent is a wife, mom, and hardworking nurse living in rural Colorado. Life is good until her increasingly despondent, unemployed husband suddenly snaps—his vicious attack leaves Theresa fighting for her life as she tries to escape the insane version of the man she loves.

Ryan Tucker appears to have it all, except he’s been merely existing, not living, for the the last three years. His emotions get a much needed jump start when he rescues Theresa from the torment her life has become in just a matter of days. Ryan feels an instant and fierce desire to protect this stranger that fell into his life.

Hanging over their heads is the knowledge that Theresa’s husband is still out there, hunting for her.

Can two broken souls be repaired, or will the demons of the past and present come between the repressed love that grows between them?

In Saved, two strangers find each other in an unexpected, almost miraculou way. Theresa Kent is a wife, mother and hardworking nurse living in rural Colorado. Her life is pretty good, until her husband suddenly snaps and attacks her horribly. Theresa struggles to escape from the man she once loved who seemingly has turned into a monster.

Meanwhile, Ryan Tucker enters the picture as Theresa’s rescuer. He’s a man who at first glance seems to have it all… except real, genuine emotions. He hasn’t really felt anything for the last three years. That is, until he meets Theresa and decides that he has to protect this stranger, at all costs. With Theresa’s husband still out there, hunting for her, Theresa and Ryan aren’t out of the woods yet… And if a mad man hunting them isn’t bad enough, repressing the growing feelings between them is even worse.

I liked the premise of the story, about a second love, about two broken souls finding each other. More than carried by plot, this book is primarily carried by the characters. Both Theresa and Ryan are intriguing characters with engaging personalities. They have a past, they have quirks, things that make them unique and stand out. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and the author does a good job creating additional tension that way.

Fans of romantic suspense novels will no doubt love this book.


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Book Review: Devil’s Bride by K.G. Isaac

Title: Devil’s Bride
Author: K.G. Isaac
Genre: Mystery, Erotic Thriller
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 3,5 stars
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A breathtaking mystical and erotic thriller that goes beyond imagination

Rabbi Menahem Mendel Schul, a reputable Jerusalemite matchmaker, is forced to take upon himself a ‘satanic’ assignment: finding a suitable human match for the Devil! He has exactly one year to accomplish the mission, or else his body and soul will go through the Seven Halls of Hell. Will he meet the deadline?

What happens when a Hasidic matchmaker is ordered to find a wife for the Devil?

The Rabbi embarks upon a frantic quest on the Devil’s characteristics and sexual preferences, so that he can find him a proper match. He is trying to find answers in both centuries-old and contemporary literature on Kabbalah, occultism, black magic, incantation, sorcery, satanic cults, devil-worship, and the like. Finding hypothetical insights insufficient, he makes up his mind to experience some of it personally. He meets with an African sorceress, takes part in a drugs-and-sex orgy in a German cemetery and witnesses a blood-chilling ritual performed by a Brazilian satanic cult.

Finally, the Rabbi succeeds in convincing two young Jewish girls to comply with his perverted plan, promising them a heavenly match, but firmly refuses to reveal any details about the chosen one’s identity. He then gradually prepares the girls for their superhuman challenge – sexually satisfying the Devil. The ‘training course’ includes exposure to drugs, perverted group sex, brutal rape, extreme BDSM sessions, and more. It is not long before the Rabbi finds himself living in his own dark underworld, where sin, lust and deviance become a hellish yet arousing routine.

Devil’s Bride is an exciting and gripping mystical novel that delves into the depth of sin, desires and spiritual transcendence. The twists in the powerful plot will leave you breathless up to the surprising climax.

In Devil’s Bride, the concept is quite awesome. Rabbi Menahem Mendel Schul, a reputable matchmaker, is forced to find a suitable match for none other than…the devil. He has one year to accomplish the mission, or his body and soul will be put through the Seven Halls of Hell. Rabbi emarks upon this seemingly impossible task, trying to find out the Devil’s characteristics and sexual preferneces. He searches for answers in all kinds of literature, the occult, even black magic, and even does some field research of his own–such as participating in an orgy, and witnessing a ritual performed by a cult.

He finally succeeds in convincing two young Jewish girls to comply with his plan, and then prepares them for their challenge: to satisfy the devil. The training course involves drugs, rape, extreme BDSM, and the likes, while the Rabbi himself ventures deeper and deeper into dark desires, becoming more and more like the Devil himself.

Some of the rape / drugs / BDSM parts were over the top for me, and I didn’t enjoy them all that much. I did like the concept, and I also liked the Rabbi’s own descent into madness and wickedness, and how he started to resemble his client–the Devil–over time.

Book Review: A Universal Storm by Gershon Shevach

Title: A Universal Storm
Author: Gershon Shevach
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
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A mysterious revolution sends the entire world reeling into darkness and chaos

A huge power outage that paralyzes the world’s electric and communication systems is the backdrop for a plot that goes from explosions in Tel Aviv to Paris, where an Israeli journalist tries to make sense of the global chaos. He is afforded insight into the realities of the Middle East, as he grasps the terrible price of revolutions that attempt to create a new reality.

A journalist leaves no stone unturned in his search for understanding and the perpetrators

He had come to Paris to report on a small boat that sailed from Israel powered only by wind energy. The crisis forced sailor and journalist to sail back to Israel together on a boat built for one. There the journalist discovers that his friends died in an explosion at the newspaper office. His pursuit of the truth leads him to The Engineer, who tells him an amazing story beginning with an Israeli rescue team that sends a Muslim girl to Israel for treatment. From this he finally discovers who perpetrated the world chaos.

In A Universal Storm, a mysterious revolution sends the entire world into darkness and chaos. A huge power outage has paralyzed all electric and communication systems, and global chaos ensues. One journalist is desperate to uncover the truth, but for every secret he uncovers, ten more seem to be hidden.

The story isn’t that long, but it still packs a lot of action, thoughts, and a gut-wrenching punch near the end. The writing is solid, and the scenes flow well from one scene into the other. The book is basically a long commentary on revolutions and the price one has to pay for them, and in this regard it works really well. A lot of the twists and turns were unexpected for me, and I enjoyed reading this.

Book Review Life in a Box

Title: Life in A Box
Author: Einat Lifshitz Shem-Tov
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
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What if you found out your entire life was a lie?

One dark and rainy night, Eva, a young girl, receives the traumatic message that both her parents have died in a car crash. With no relatives, Eva is compelled to learn how to live on her own. But in the days that follow the accident, strange incidents begin to occur: she receives an odd phone call, a mysterious document is found in the pantry and a check is delivered by mail addressed to a person she does not know.

The two men in Eva’s life guide her along a mysterious path of discovery

With the help of her high school friend, Roy, she opens the sealed boxes of her life and embarks on a fascinating journey. She meets another young man who holds a secret that will influence her forever. He falls in love with her and leads her into a world she could not have known to exist.

But at what price the pursuit of truth?

From a quiet and insecure girl, Eva becomes an independent, confident, and assertive woman. Along with the two men in her life, she uncovers the most hidden and unimaginable secrets about her family and herself. But is she willing to pay any price to pursue the truth?

Life in a Box was far from what I expected it to be, but I didn’t like it any less because of that. Eva, a young girl, receives traumatic news on a dark and rainy night: both her parents died in a car crash. With no relatives left to take care of her, Eva has to learn how to live on her own. After the accident, however, strange incidents begin to occur. Odd phone calls, mysterious documents, a check delivered by a person she doesn’t know… Aided by her high school friend, Roy, she begins to explore the secrets of her past, and the key to who she truly is, who her family is, and the truth that’s been hidden for so long.

I thought the book would be a ghost story at first, and I absolutely love ghost stories. With the odd phone calls, mysterious documents, I really expected it to go into that direction. It didn’t, and at first, I was a little dissapointed but then I realized this was actually a good thing. I actually preferred the thriller / mystery elements over the rest of the story. I mean, there’s also some romance and it wasn’t bad, I liked it and it added tension and drama, but I liked the mystery elements a lot more.

Eva is an interesting character, and I enjoyed watching her grow and become less insecure, and more confident. An entertaining read for fans of mysteries and thrillers.

Book Review: Hunted (A Jonathan Harker Novel) by Christopher Draven

Title: Hunted: A Jonathan Harker Novel
Author: Christopher Draven
Genre: Paranormal Thriller / Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4,5 stars
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Slinging Spells with Broken Ribs Isn’t Easy

Jonathan Harker, mage and life-long demon hunter, wakes to find himself tied to a chair and severely wounded. His captor, a demon in service to a summoner who wants Harker alive.

Armed with impossibly powerful magic and a gang of demon toughs, the summoner has snared Harker in a deadly trap. Nothing is ever easy, and being new in town has left Harker with few allies. However, with help from a Fortune-Teller named Clover and a self-described “Kitchen Witch” named Momma Dee, Harker fights back.

To prevail, Harker must walk unprepared into a pit of demons and black magic – and come out alive on the other side.

In Hunted, the first book in the Jonathan Harker series, protagonist Jonathan Harker is a mage and demon-hunter trapped by a demon in service to a summoner. If he wants to escape, he’ll have to rely on a bunch of new allies he isn’t sure he can trust, and on his own magic.

Jonathan Harker is an intriguing protagonist. He’s witty and sarcastic, but also very intelligent and not willing to give up without a fight. Jonathan seemed like a real person, and so did the secondary characters. Each character introduced to the readers stood out and was different from the others. The writing was excellent and fast-paced as it quickly dived into the story. The world-building was solid too, and we don’t get any info-dumping as the world slowly unfolds around Harker and his allies (and enemies).

When it comes to paranormal thrillers, this is definitely one of the better books in the genre. If you enjoy this genre, give Jonathan Harker and his magic spells and witty humor a try.


Book Review: The Carpet Weaver of Isfahan

Title: The Carpet Weaver of Isfahan
Author: Shmuel Peretz
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
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Shmuel Perets’s novel, “The Carpet Weaver of Isfahan”, will satisfy fans of “A Thousand Splendid Suns” or “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Husseini. We can go so far as to include the hysterical hit “Q & A” (adapted for the screen as “Slumdog Millionaire”) – Kobi Kamin, Globus Tonight

“Shmuel Perets can tell a story… it’s a fine novel, whose original idea feeds the plot from beginning to end” – Elit Karp, Haaretz Literature

“Perets has concocted a page-turner that never turns off the suspense” – Tal Marmelstein, Israel Today

“A delight, highly recommended, you won’t be able to put it down” – Arit Israeli, Voice of the Galilee Radio

Daniel was wounded while serving in the Israeli Army. Still living with his parents, he cut himself off from the world, holed up in his room and kept his communication with anybody to a minimum. All this changes when their house is broken-into. An insurance appraiser, while checking Daniel’s room, proclaimed his small carpet is of the highest artistic craftsmanship, equivalent to a Van Gogh. This sparks something in Daniel and marks the beginning of his adventure. Daniel leaves for Canada and locates the merchant who sold the carpet to his father. There Daniel hears the story of the Carpet Weaver of Isfahan, an Iranian legend that tells of a gifted young girl who wove three magnificent carpets, but met with a tragic fate. Daniel purchases the second carpet from the merchant, and becomes fixated on locating the third carpet. He illegally enters Iran in search for the carpet weaver. In his journey he is followed by 3 secret services (Canada’s, Israel’s and Iran’s) each with a different agenda. Not aware of the international uproar he has caused, Daniel meets with the weaver and her daughter, falls in love and is beginning to heal. In the meantime a complex deal is being made to save him from a sure death and arrange his safe exit from Iran.

The Carpet Weaver Of Isfahan was originally published in Israel and was best seller for more than 2 years.

The Carpet Weaver of Isfahan has been a bestseller in Israel for more than two years, and I can easily understand why. The story goes as follows: while serving in the Israeli army, Daniel gets wounded. He’s still living with his parents and struggling with being injured, he cuts himself off from the world and holes himself up in his room, barely communicating with anyone. When their house is broken into and an insurance appraiser arrives afterwards, Daniel’s life is about to be turned upside down. The insurance appraiser checks Daniel’s room and proclaims his small carpet is of the highest artistic craftsmanship.

This sparks something in Daniel that brings back part of his old self. He leaves for Canada to locate the merchant who sold the carpet to his father. It’s there that he hears an Iranian legend about the Carpet Weaver of Isfahan, a sotry about a gifted young girl who wove three magnificent carpets before she was met with a tragic fate. Daniel purchases the second carpet from the merchant, and becomes obsessed with finding the third carpet. He’s willing to risk everything, even going so far as to enter Iran illegally, in search of the carpet weaver from the legend.

This was a rollercoaster adventure, and as a reader, you really see Daniel change, grow and transform throughout the book, from a withdrawn young man who is struggling with the horrors of life, to someone capable of making choices again, of facing life head on. He truly found himself again, and with that, he also found love, mystery, and joy in the most unlikely of places.

The only downside were the typos. The book had quite a few of them, and they often distracted me from my reading pleasure. But this was a minor nuisance, so don’t let it stop you from enjoying this amazing adventure about finding who you really are, and embracing life, with all its wonders and all its hardships.

Book Review The Unexpected

Title: The Unexpected
Author: Travon Toussiant
Genre: YA mystery / thriller
Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars
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A young man named Anthony finally gets his dream he always wanted, a tech company. But his company starts to fall down the drain, thanks to Spencer. Throughout the story, Anthony runs into shocking hurdles and painful moments that he never expected. Will Anthony be able to handle this when he finds out?. Or will things get out of hand?.

The Unexpected lives up to its name by offering more than a few unexpected twists and turns. Anthony is a young man who sees his dream fulfilled by owning his own tech company. But then his company starts to fall down the drain thanks to Spencer, and Anthony much face many challenges to save his dream.

The chapters were short and to the point but the book flowed easily from one scene into the other. The writing was suitable for teens, not overly complicated or long, but the descriptions were detailed enough to bring the scenes to live. Anthony was an interesting main character, and it was intriguing to see him change and grow throughout the book.

A solid mystery for young adults.

Book Review: The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer

Title: The Beautiful Dead
Author: Belinda Bauer
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 3 stars
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There’s no safety in numbers . . .

Eve Singer needs death. With her career as a TV crime reporter flagging, she’ll do anything to satisfy her ghoulish audience.
The killer needs death too. He even advertises his macabre public performances, where he hopes to show the whole world the beauty of dying.
When he contacts Eve, she welcomes the chance to be first with the news from every gory scene. Until she realizes that the killer has two obsessions.
One is public murder.
And the other one is her . . .

The Beautiful Dead is a haunting and compelling read that unfortunately, falls a little short in terms of realism and complexity sometimes. While I did finish the book in one evening, and it certainly has the right amount of suspense to keep one entertained, and has a fairy compelling writing style, the plot is too simple, the killer too one-dimensional, to be really entertaining.

Eve Singer is a crime reporter. Her career is flagging but after the murder on a young woman who was trapped in the building she worked in by a madman with a knife, Eve’s career is back on track. Especially when the killer forms a connection with her and starts giving her first-hand information about the murders. I found this fairly far-stretched. However, Eve was an intriguing character, and I did like her, her relationship with her father which has become complicated ever since he’s developed dementia, and how she struggles to keep her head afloat with her career sinking and her family life in ruins.

Eve’s father is another interesting character. So is Joe, one of the people she works with. Guess who is not interesting at all? The murderer. That’s sad, given that he’s the second major character in the book. He doesn’t even read like a real person. He comes across as a one-dimensional cardboard figure of a murderer, not driven by the need to kill but rather killing just because the author is making him do so. He doesn’t seem very realistic at all, and he doesn’t have the qualities that make serial killers memorable or stand out, such as Hannibal Lecter or Norman Bates or the other far more memorable and intriguing killers books and TV shows have given us.

Either way, the story is decent, although it does ask the reader to suspend disbelief a great bit. I was most impressed with the writing. Fans of solid thrillers shouldn’t pass this one up, but it’s not top of the shelf either.

Book Review: The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards

Title: The Lucky Ones
Author: Mark Edwards
Genre: Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
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It was the happiest day of her life. Little did she know it was also the last.

When a woman’s body is found in the grounds of a ruined priory, Detective Imogen Evans realises she is dealing with a serial killer—a killer whose victims appear to die in a state of bliss, eyes open, smiles forever frozen on their faces.

A few miles away, single dad Ben Hofland believes his fortunes are changing at last. Forced to move back to the sleepy village where he grew up following the breakdown of his marriage, Ben finally finds work. What’s more, the bullies who have been terrorising his son, Ollie, disappear. For the first time in months, Ben feels lucky.

But he is unaware that someone is watching him and Ollie. Someone who wants nothing but happiness for Ben.

Happiness…and death.

The Lucky Ones is the terrifying new thriller from the #1 bestselling author of Follow You Home.

The Lucky Ones is the latest thriller by Mark Edwards, and this book pleasantly surprised me. It’s not my first review of a book by this particular author. In the past, I reviewed Follow You Home, the book that turned the author into a #1 bestselling author, and “only” rated it 3 stars. I remember enjoying the book but that it wasn’t suspenseful enough. Then I read The Devil’s Work and rated it 4 stars, because I really enjoyed it, although my number one complaint was the plot was slightly unrealistic and too much was happening.

I’m giving The Lucky Ones 4 stars. The mystery intrigued me, and the writing was excellent. The author has really mastered the art of writing compelling books. The descriptions of the scenes are very realistic and I loved that it’s set in a small town. I liked the characters, in particular Ben Hofland and Imogen Evans, our detective in charge of the case.

What I didn’t like was that for the reader, the major plot point (the killer murders victims on their happiest day) is giving away almost right from the beginning to the reader, while it takes the detectives ages to figure this out. I wish it wouldn’t be so easy to decipher for the reader so we could be kept guessing for a while too. I also thought the ending wrapped up things a little too fast, with the “sudden twist” that seemed to come out of nowhere. I suspected this character from the moment we met him, so that wasn’t a real surprise, but how it was all connected was slightly far-fetched. However, I still liked the book enough that I would recommend it to fans of thrillers and mystery novels, because everything else but the two things mentioned here, I liked.

The crime procedural element was excellent too, and Mark Edwards obviously understand how police officers work and how a case is investigated. The characters were realistic and flawed, and as I said, the writing was excellent. This is an intriguing murder mystery / thriller that fans of the genre (and in particular, fans of Mark Edwars) will love.