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Violets are blue by James patterson

More the read James Patterson books, they are much better than the Women murder club series. The last two books are much better read. They are not as predictable and certainly has the right elements that I look forward to in any thriller novels.

Story:

The investigation mysterious death of two joggers and similar such death that happened different part of the US, bring to notice a certain vampire cult. Alex is part of this mysterious investigation. Micheal and his brother has been the culprit behind these series of murders and have managep to get with it. They have been following the instructions of the sire who heads the vampire cult. Not only have the victims been killed, but the murderer fed on their blood. While the case was getting into skin and unsolvable, Alex is tormented by a mysterious psychopath THE MASTERMIND who has killed almost everyone the former has worked and thus jeopardizing his family’s safety. Who is the sire? What is the reason behind the murders? Who is the MASTERMIND? Why torment Alex? Why kill all those people close to Alex?

I would rate the 4/5

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Don’t blink – James Patterson

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Don’t Blink is the second book of James Patterson that I have read and this definitely didn’t disappoint like the first one 17th suspect a women’s murder club series

The story starts with a murder of high profile lawyer Vincent Marcozza who represents the mob Eddie just when Nick was interviewing the infamous football player just a few tables away from the scene. Luckily he had recorded not only the commotion after the murder, before that as well which was great evidence to solve the murder. But there more to the more making Nick realize he was just set up and was part of a plan. One thing led to another and it led him to another rival mob leader. He also approached the lawyer who deals with organized crime for further help. But the lawyer was also murdered, Nick was lucky enough to drive that has the evidence which everyone was after for. Meanwhile everytime Nick got closer, people involved were ready to do anything to prevent him from knowing the truth. He was being followed and his activities were kept track off

This ultimate evidence lead to unexpected to end to the story. The curiosity to know who killed the victim makes the book an ever gripping read. The culprit was from an unexpected side – David Sorren and Lagrange who were a respected lawyer and head of organized crime department

The curiosity as to where the story is leading made my story more enjoyable and gripping read. I loved and totally enjoyed reading this book. I would rate the 4/5

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John Michael Crichton was an American author, screenwriter, film director and producer best known for his work in the Science fiction, thriller, and medical fiction genres. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, and over a dozen have been adapted into films

His literary works are usually within the action genre and heavily feature technology. His novels epitomize the techno-thriller genre of literature, often exploring technology and failures of human interaction with it, especially resulting in catastrophes with biotechnology. Many of his novels have medical or scientific underpinnings, reflecting his medical training and scientific background.

Michael Crichton has been in my “TO BE READ” books for a very long time and finally got hold of one his books. His books were recommended to when I asked for a suggestion for a thriller(One of my favorite genre). I started with the book “Disclosure” a book which deals with Thomas Sander who works for local based developing technological company digicom. The firm is in talks for a merger with another rival company an as a result changes in the restructuring within the firm. These lead to the appointment of Meredith Johnson as Vice President of the APS division which has shocked everyone in the firm. Everyone was expecting or looking forward to Sanders to take her position. Both of them were involved in a relationship 10 years back and she tries to resume by sexual advances towards in a meeting regarding products. This leads to a Sexual Harassment case which is files by Sander when Meredith puts him tight position of a job by filing an internal complaint against him. The evolution of the story post makes the book an amazing read

The theme of the novel is all about sexual harassment. But it definitely not generic one where the woman is harassed by men in power. But it a role reversal case where women in power have abused her position to her benefit and involved in sexual advance not with one but with many men who do not come forward to talk in general. It is typical when a man complains of Sexual harassment because of women to laugh and give a look into it and investigate. But in a vice versa situation, it gets all blown up and investigation happens and is resolved. I think this inequality and imbalance would be resolved one and only if there balance of both gender in top position. The solution is given by Sander’s attorney if and only if that proportion of both women and men given the authority of the power of balanced and in the ratio of 50:50, there will no question of mistreatment, inequality and misuse of power

I would rate the book 3/5

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The Girl Who Played with fire

 

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The Girl Who Played with Fire  is the second novel in the best-selling Millennium series by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. It was published posthumously in Swedish in 2006 and in English in January 2009.

The Plot:

Lisbeth Salander goes off to a trip for a year and is devoid of contact with anyone she knows. During the trip she fall in love with maths especially fermat’s theorem and starts to study about it more. Given her unique nature it fits.  Her last leg of the trip ended in grenada, which is hit by a tornado. She saves life a young boy she befriends and a woman who is becomes a victim of murder. On her return to stockholm she buy a new flat, changes her lifestyle with her stolen money.  But few days into her return to stockholm she become the suspect for a triple murder.

Dag Svensson a journalist and his girlfriend approaches Millennium  to publish a article as well as book on sex trafficking. Despite a law in place, the law enforcing them and those supporting them where also involved in them. Blomkvist was bring to light so many punks and other who career might get destroyed once exposed.Blomkvist was working with them and had paid the couple a visit to get some material when he found about the murder. This eventually led to investigation and a lot of media attention to the case. A murder weapon was found and fingerprints was matched to Lisbeth Salander who happened to visit the couple,but never a murderer. Also in due of investigation, her guardian was also found dead. The police was working with assumption that Salander was a murderer whereas blomkvist and Armanksy were working with the fact that she wasn’t.  As the investigation  proceeded the latter proved to right and she was not a suspect anymore. Her father Zala has been the mastermind behind the entire operation. The story revolves around solving the mystery and finding a link behind Zala , Bjurman and Salander. Why is always Salander a target for someone else fault?

Opinion and Rating:

An Amazing crime thriller and a must read. This a book which is a combination of both plot based and character story. As I read the sequel of the book, the more i fall in love with the character lisbeth salander and plot. The story intriguing that I am looking forward to read the continuation in the third part as well. I personally feel that it is difficult to such kind of crime thriller which rise our curiosity and hangover after reading.Amazing and unexpected twist and turns out of nowhere,but also makes sense to the story. More of this kind of books need to come. There many thriller where I am just able to understand the plot before finishing

Hence I would rate the book 4.5/5

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The Girl with the Dragon Tatto

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The Girl With Dragon Tattoo

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  is a psychological thriller novel by Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson (1954–2004), which was published posthumously in 2005 to become an international bestseller.It is the first book of the Millennium Series.

Story:

Mikeal Blomkvist, who is a journalist, publisher and part owner for Millenium loses his fight against billionaire industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerström. As a result he has to serve jail for 3 month period  and also pay the fine.  Just as he is analysing the consequences of this entire event on him as well his company , he gets call from  Henrik Vanger, the retired CEO of the Vanger industries. He is called to resolve the mysterious missing case of his niece Harriet Vanger  and also to write the biography of the vanger industries and their clan.

On the other hand another strong character Lisbeth Salander who has had troubled childhood works as freelancer as PI( Personal Investigator) and is also a computer Hacker. She did a complete research on background of Blomkvist before  Vanger hired him.

Harriet Vanger went missing on the day when vanger family usually meet and just also on the same day when there was serious case of accident between vehicles which had created a commotion in the city.  The case has not been resolved for 30 Plus year.  Henrik her uncle wants to try one last time  trying to resolve the case assuming she was dead. The only clue Harriet left of is the date diary with mysterious clues and the pictures taken during the time.

When Mikeal Blomkvist started working it took 6 months to get some material clue. He got 3 prime clue to process with the investigation.  But to solve the puzzle ahead he needed help. He somehow came to about Lisbeth Salander that she did a very good job in getting his detailed background details and secrets that his friends only knew about.  He was amazed and astonished by her report on him and hacking talents as well. With the help of such efficient research analyst, the investigation took speed and such unexpected twist and turns. Despite the treats and near death experiences from the suspect they were persistent to bring out to Henrik.

Resolving one half of the case paved way final leg that is Harriet. All the clues now made more clear that she was very much alive and was in australia running over his husband business. He went to australia confronted with harriet and brought to visit her favourite uncle Henrik Vanger.

The story doesn’t end here. He still had the impending issue of bringing out the truth about Hans-Erik Wennerström to public. Even here Salander proved to useful resource as she had provided with humongous data she had collected about the Wennerström and also with the hacking information on a day to day basis and tipping Blomkvist from time to time till a 40 page article was published in Millenium. This became a sensation and ultimate fall down of the industrialist and for which the sweden stock market as well.

Opinion and rating

Blomkvist and Salander are two characters who are the backbone of the story and together they are great partners in crime. Their character gets so ingrained that we can’t get over them even after the end of the book. The novel by itself is a complex thriller which unexpected turns and combination two opposite people, who are different or poles apart in their character, way of working make a perfect combo. Salander is women though emotionally closed, but she was extremely independent, risk taker, does not bow down for anyone in the society especially men. Her guarded nature and her presence just arouses a certain kind of curiosity for the person on the opposite end . Now, she is a type of women that I see lacking in many today. Blomkvist on the other hand is person opposite in these regards with salander, but at the same he goes about things with certain flow. He doesn’t pester much in other person private circle if they are not open enough and have never crossed the limit. He has been like this especially with Salander which both left her both surprised and curious. Both the character unique in their own make me as a reader fall in love with them

I would rate the story 5.5

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17th Suspect-James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

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Book: 17th Suspect

James Brendan Patterson is an American author and philanthropist. Among his works are the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch and Wizard, and Private series, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels.

Maxine Paetro is an American author who has been published since 1979. Paetro has collaborated with best-selling author James Patterson on the Women’s Murder Club novel series and standalone novels.

17th Suspect is written by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and also of one of the Murder Club Thriller. The story revolves around those women who strongly follow their instinct no matter what people or how much they put them out. A unpredictable killer is roaming around the city killing homeless people in a very extremely methodical way. This was brought to notice by reluctant women to Lindsay and the murder was happening out of her jurisdiction ,but her instinct wanted to desperately solve the case. But they were out of her control until the murder the women who brought her to notice about the murder was eventually murdered.

On the other hand Yuki a lawyer by profession took up a case which could change the history in the sexual harassment where ideally case of women rape are brought to notice and vice versa was never brought out. This one such case where a Marc was raped and by a women and when this was brought to notice and could change the history. She took in to her hands to fight for it and create an history.

The novel revolves around how these women take it in their hands and how they resolve it.There is phrase which caught my eyes “You win a few, you lose a few. Some are rained out. But you got to dress for all of them”. This line has a deep meaning and it rings well with my thought process well. There are going to be and always be ups and down , success and failures,but it is important to positive, follow our instinct with strong headedness and never fall prey or be victims to when people around us put us down. The women in these book just represented those who are positive, who take a stand for what they think is right, never give up and achieve what they started out. But with respect to storyline, it could have been more thrilling and it was predictable. Therefore i would rate the book 3.5/4

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Die Trying- A Jack Reacher Thriller

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James D. “Jim” Grant ,primarily known by his pen name Lee Child, is a British author who writes thriller novels, and is most well-known for his Jack Reacher novel series. The books follow the adventures of a former american military policeman, Jack Reacher,Who wanders the United States.His first novel, killing Floor, won both the Anthony Award, and the Barry Award for Best First Novel. Jack Reacher is a fictional character and the protagonist of a series of books by Le child. After leaving the US Army as a major in its military at age 36, Reacher roams the United States taking odd jobs and investigating suspicious and frequently dangerous situations

Thriller is one of most favorite genre and this book perfectly read. This is first Jack Reacher thriller I have read and purchased the book in Chennai book fair expo 2018. This is a amazing event every year and I look forward to every year.The author got into plot in the first few chapter of the book. The story starts in California, in a laundry shop when Holly an FBI agent comes out after getting her clothes. As she struggles with the clothes on one hand and Hand clutch on the other, thing fall out of her hand.  Jack notices her struggles and helps her out and it is here these both are held up by 3 people with guns. They were being kidnapped  by them and were escorted to car.  In due course of the journey from there on , they eventually start interacting with each other. Holly is a FBI agent who joined there recently and was working for Wall prior to this for three years. Her father is the head of the US military.  Jack due to history with the military police, he had observational skills and gained initial knowledge of both the kidnappers and as well Holly. He doesn’t reveal about himself much except for the fact he works for a bar. Over the course of the journey, based on her observation and his behavior tone, and because of her military family background she managed get the information out of him about his military experience.  The kidnapping was mainly to get hold of Holly and Jack was not part of the plan. Due to his presence at wrong place and timing with the right person, he was just add-on in the process.

In parallel , agents who worked with the her in FBI have found out she was  missing   secretive steps were taken in this regards and was kept under wraps. McGrath head of FBI California branch, and 2 agents who closely worked with Holly were taken into the case. The agents did their initial ground work by tracking her movements and regular activities which led them to the laundry shop and with the help of  camera they found out that she was kidnapped with 4 people. With the help of the camera in the laundry shop they were able to take picture of the kidnappers. They also tracked the car which was burned down by the kidnappers and murder that was committed by them. They also found  a truck by the lake side and forensics were brought to do further analysis.

Meanwhile one of the kidnappers tries to misbehaves with Holly  when they were put to halt in a horse barn. Despite her heroic act to safe guard, she couldn’t protect herself on her own. Jack who lost his anger and did kill the kidnapper , thereby saving her getting harassed. Next day they moved from the horse barn and were on drive for more than a dtttay and finally reached Montana Milita. Holly was taken to a separate room and was kept away from the drama that happening out with Loder( one of the kidnappers) and Reacher.  Loder was prosecuted the following the next for the big error he committed during the mission. First for involving burn of car, murder of dentist,  kidnapping a person who is not relevant for the purpose i:e Reacher.

On other end, FBI were able to track the movement of Holly. Kidnapper made us of the credit card of the dentist that murdered  in the start of the story when stealing his car, to rent the truck that they were having the final journey to reach Montana and had got the fair idea of the culprit based on the examination of the truck/car they had left before they rented for another truck.  Also murder of the driver,one of the kidnapper was reported to police by the farmers. This led them to the horse barn where both Holly and Reacher had last spent the night giving them rough idea about the murder. The FBI were able to track the three kidnappers and only one they were not able track Jack Reacher. In fact they were able to find the head the militia group who was none other than Beau, his history and philosophy. His father once owned a farm and had taken and loan from the bank. He was unable to pay and bank took his land off , thereby leading to to  bankruptcy and his ultimate death.  But with the help of Johnson they were able to track Reacher’s military background.

The arrangements from FBI and military are done to rescue Holly and at the same time visit the white house to get further help. But in vain, no help  from the president as he was more worried about people at large. In Montana militia, FBI Spy Johnson who is in there for a year was killed brutally and was crucified in a cross. Both Holly and Reacher was given the task of burying him. They tried killing Jack, for the murder of one of the kidnapper and his life was saved by Holly. Finally both of them made an attempt,but in vain and caught up by Frowler. The telephone connection in the militia was removed off by the FBI agent to stop the communication and isolate them. Frowler was investigating for information from Reacher, as the communication went off, but ended up getting killed in the process. A helicopter with 2 men was sent to rescue them and they failed.

But Reacher with the help of FBI agent McGrath, and Garber who was general in the military( also the boss of Reacher) they managed to rescue Holly, but also kill the main lead of the Montana Militia Beau Borker.  Both the agent who worked with Holly and helped McGrath in this case -Borgan and Mileskav were the mole from FBI who secretly passed on the information secretly to the Montana militia group. In return these Agents were receiving huge money in return which even the FBI couldn’t afford to give them as part of their salary. Lastly they also prevent bombing that was to happen in San Francisco, by tracing the Stevie who was riding the truck with the bombs from Montana

  I would say this book is a average read and has put my expectation for the book little down though. The story is revolves around Holly an FBI agent and the main Protagonist Jack Reacher, who are kidnapped for some political reason and how they come out of it with the help of the FBI and military officials. I was excited by how story was taken through in initial part. The middle part of the book, I found it to be boring . The final plot of the story was good enough, but not the best ending that I had in mind. Despite this, I liked the way the story ended when compared to rest of the narrative in the book. I would rate the book 3.5 on 5 and recommend it as one time read.