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  1. My Rating: 4/5

    I have had this book on my to read list for quite some time and having now finished it, wonder why I waited so long. Geraint Anderson originally wrote an anonymous column in a free London newspaper and following an early retirement announced himself as Geraint Anderson; an MP's son. Following on from this he moved into the world of books and released his first book `Cityboy' back in 2008. This current book Just Business was his follow up released in 2011.

    Steve Jones is the central character and is a typical City Boy, entertaining the clients and earning six figure sums. The problem is Steve wants out of the murky world of finance and he soon comes across something that could help him make his move. What he doesn't realise is that by making that decision he is going to change his life forever. When he learns of his boss' involvement in a multi million-pound scam he sets a plan in place. Unfortunately, his boss is murdered and he is the prime suspect. With that in mind he takes the option of going on the run with his girlfriend Gemma.

    Now don't get me wrong, the book is not an outstanding original or a book that will make waves for various reasons. However, when I am reading a book it's all about whether the book grabs my attention and keeps me reading. This book ticked all the boxes. Steve Jones is an entertaining character and the story certainly has quite a lot of action. Having read some other reviews I read a lot of people saying that the story was unbelievable and far fetched. Maybe there is an element of the far fetched about it, but that for me is what makes it so readable. I am a fan of many of the bigger authors such as Simon Kernick, even though on occasion, his books can be described as a little far fetched.

    The book also features quite a lot of swearing, so if that's not your thing maybe give it a miss. As for me, well...I swear like a sailor so it certainly doesn't bother me. All in all this was an easy to read book which had me hooked from chapter one. The ending is pretty open so who knows what's next for Steve Jones. I for one, can only hope we see him return and I look forward to the release of his next book `Payback Time' in June 2012.
     

  2. Keith Rafell Drop by DropMy Rating: 4/5

    I had this book on my Kindle for quite a while but finally got around to reading it. The jacket info sounded interesting and I was looking forward to it. Now one thing I need to point out is that the book is written by Keith Raffel, an American who has worked for the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. IT was read by me, a bog standard British woman. The reason I point this out is that if you struggle with American Politics, you may struggle with the initial concept of the book. However, don't let it faze you; I am certainly glad I persevered.

    In the beginning we meet Sam Rockman and his wife Rachel as they prepare to drive to the airport where Rachel is leaving for a trip. The worst imaginable happens and Sam Rockman's wife becomes a victim in the war against terrorism. Whilst Sam is struggling to come to terms with the loss of his wife, he is given the opportunity to work for the Senate Intelligence Committee. Sam takes up the offer and before long; the reader is taken into the crazy world of Politics in Washington D.C. At this point I loved the book, the writing was great but I soon realised it wasn't that straightforward.

    I am certainly not a stupid girl, however I have to be honest and say that American Politics are not my strong point. I found that at one point, I had to go back and check which character was doing what. I didn't let this put me off and carried on and without realising it before too long I had got to grips with who did what and for whom. Sometimes the wording of something would throw me slightly and I had to be careful that I didn't skim over if I wasn't sure, (a habit I am terrible with).

    At around the halfway point I realised that I actually really liked this political thriller. Sam was a great character and one that I would love to see again. In addition to him, Cecilia Plant turned out to be a lady I would also love to read some more of. There was plenty going on throughout the story and it keeps the interest of the reader especially with the very real threats presented to a country. Towards the last quarter of the book, the pace really picked up and I read the last part incredibly quickly. The ending was great and I realised how much I had enjoyed the book once I had finished.

    Overall, I really would recommend this book, especially to those who enjoy Political Thrillers. Just be warned, that if you aren't that au-fait with American Politics than it may take a little time to get into. Now I will look forward to future books by Keith Raffel.
     

  3. James Patterson 11th Hour
    My Rating: 4/5
     
    First off I need to say that if you haven't read previous books in this series and you intend to read them in order please don't continue reading the review as some of the storyline will inevitably contain spoilers.

    In my ongoing love/hate relationship with James Patterson; I once again pre-ordered this book (even after convincing myself I shouldn't) and set about catching up with the ladies from the Women's Murder Club. I have read each book in this series and probably like many others feel like you have a history with these women. Lindsay Boxer, a detective, Claire who is a medical examiner, Cindy the reporter and Yuki a District Attorney have been friends for a long time and their tight knit circle will never change. In the 9th book in the series I thought I would give up as some of the characters seemed to have lost their edge; however the tenth book gained some ground as the ladies seemed back to their present form. This current book also showed the ladies back to form and it was a pleasure to see them in their usual roles.

    The major difference now is that Lindsay Boxer is pregnant but she certainly doesn't allow this to stop her working at her usual pace. When she and her partner Rich Conklin get called to the first murder scene they find millionaire Chaz Smith gunned down in a school. As usual, this case turns out to be one that has many elements, especially as the murder weapon was stolen from the department's evidence locker.

    Shortly after both Lindsay and Rich are called to another murder scene where two heads are discovered. Being pregnant and trying to run two murder cases see Lindsay at her most vulnerable, and for a change it really suited her. The story is the typical Patterson style with short and sharp chapters keeping your interest as the story picks up pace as the two investigations take on their own leads.

    This book features Lindsay as the main lady and we see a little more of her personal life creeping into her work life as she tries to manage pending motherhood, along with maintaining her marriage to ex-FBI agent Joe. We also see a lot of Cindy as she does her usual trick of trying to get the lead on a story, whilst also battling her own issues surrounding her relationship with Lindsay's partner Rich. We see less of Yuki and Claire although they still feature in the story as the ladies try to close both cases. We see Warren Jacobi, Lindsay's boss feature in the story which for me was a welcome return.

    The book was written well as usual and the story itself held my interest but after finishing it, I felt like there was no real progress with the ladies. I think maybe I was expecting something major to happen with one of them to keep this series from going stale. Having said that; I still think that Patterson will keep his fans happy with this latest release.

    I enjoyed the book and would certainly say it's a good one for the series. I am actually really looking forward to the next one, as I think with Lindsay having a baby and Yuki dating Lindsay's boss things may heat up for the next book. It would also be nice to see the return of Jacobi more frequently as I always thought he spiced things up. Like I say, a winning formula but would like to see something to shock in the next one.