#Bookreview ‘The Tonkin Protocol ( Dan Roy #3) #thriller

Today, I’m reviewing ‘The Tonkin Protocol’ by Mike Bose

The Tonkin Protocol Mick Bose

Blurb (from Goodreads):

In the steamy tropical jungles of Myanmar, Dan Roy will meet his match…

Dan has joined the backpacker trail in far South East Asia. He wants nothing but peace, and to relax.
But trouble finds him soon enough. Kimberly Smith is a CIA agent. She is flown into Myanmar, to help locate another CIA agent, missing in action.
When Dan saves Kim from an ambush, their fates become entwined. Ignoring the instant spark between them, Dan leaves her alone. But when Kim is attacked and abducted before his eyes, he defends her with all his might. They escape, but they are now pawns in a CIA operation that could bring the world’s two superpowers to a global conflict.
The stakes rise, and Kim and Dan run from one exotic location to another, chased by powerful forces bent on their destruction. Finally, they are forcibly separated, and Dan is left to die in the dense, remote jungles…

A terrifying secret is revealed inside the beautiful, but rarely visited country of Myanmar. Its long border with China has always been under America’s watchful eyes. A covert operation, reaching up to the highest levels of power inside the CIA and Washington, is now in danger of being exposed. Dan Roy must lift himself up from his green grave, and fight back, in the only way he can. To save the world, and to get Kim back.
She means more to him than his battle hardened heart can understand.
Once again, failure is not an option.
From Singapore to Langley, and Washington to Yangon, come ride with Dan Roy on an adrenaline drenched, high octane, exotic adventure that will you leave you breathless and wanting more.

Did I like it?

Yes, but…This is book 3 of a series. You can read it as a standalone. You get the necessary info about his backgrounds. About what makes the hero tick. Maybe you get more if you’ve read it as part of the series. Which I haven’t. Asian setting, suspense, thriller. I like that.

What I didn’t like

My standard problems with these kinds of books. 1. The hero is unbeatable in the long run. He always gets out. Even if his chances are miniscule. 2. The violence has a tendency to get over-descriptive. Sometimes less could be more.

Would I recommend it?

If you like these kind of books (thriller, suspense, yes, even violence). Give it a go. A very nice diversion. 16.5 out of 20 points on my scale

#Bookreview ‘Savage payback’ by Seumas Gallacher #Thriller

Today, I’m reviewing ‘Savage Payback’ by Seumas Gallacher.

I’ve received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Savage Payback, Seumas Gallacher

Blurb (from Goodreads):

A series of coordinated lethal bomb attacks on a dozen jewelry stores in London’s West End drag former SAS officer, Jack Calder, and his specialist security firm, International Security Partners, into a deadly mesh of murder and international drug running.
A black ops explosives expert, an ex-colleague turned renegade mercenary with a twisted lust for revenge, emerges from the past to join forces with a powerful and dangerous drug baron from Eastern Europe.
A major cocaine trafficker from South America compounds the threats as competitive turf issues straddle international territories.
Attacks close to home heighten the urgency for Calder and his team to find and deal with each of the three sinister adversaries in a final savage payback.

Did I like it?

Very. Yes, there’s violence in it. Even a lot. It’s not over descriptive. And you get what you pay for. This book, the theme of the Jack Calder series without violence? Don’t think that would be possible. It came at the right moment. Although it was already waiting for 12 months on my Kindle app. It’s just good. A perfect distraction

What I didn’t like

With a little spoiler alert. One of the members of ISP gets killed by a car bomb. Near the end of the book. He’s not checking his car before starting. Although he knows that their main enemy at the moment is quite ‘handy’ with explosives. And that he will attack them again. It’s possible but with the description of all the guys from ISP. It’s kind of hard to swallow. Sure, the guy made a mistake. It’s just a bit complicated to accept that he made this, let’s call it a ‘beginner’s mistake’.

Would I recommend it?

If you’re even just a bit interested in thrillers. Give it a go. Seumas knows exactly what he’s writing about. And not like his blog, it’s in plain English. ;-). 17 out of 20 points.

#Bookreview ‘The Ambassador’s Wife (Inspector Samuel Tay #1)’ by Jake Needham #TuesdayBookBlog #Mystery

Today, I’m reviewing ‘The Ambassador’s Wife (Inspector Samuel Tay #1)’ by Jake Needham

'The Ambassador's Wife' Jake Needham

Blurb (from Goodreads):

The first body is in Singapore, on a bed in an empty suite in the Marriott Hotel. The second in Bangkok, in a seedy apartment close to the American embassy.

Both women. Both Americans. Both beaten viciously and shot in the head. Both stripped naked and lewdly displayed.

The FBI says it’s terrorism, but the whispers on the street tell a different story. A serial killer may be stalking American women all across Asia.

Inspector Samuel Tay of Singapore CID is something of a reluctant policeman. He’s a little overweight, a little lonely, a little cranky, and he smokes way too much. Thinking back, he can’t even remember why he became a police detective in the first place. He talks about quitting all the time, but he hasn’t. Because the thing is, he’s very, very good at what he does.

When bodies of American women start turning up, Singapore CID calls in Inspector Tay. It’s a high profile case, and he’s the best they have.

Then why is it, Tay soon begins to wonder, that nobody seems to want him to find the women’s killer? Not the FBI, not the American ambassador, not even his bosses at CID.

When international politics takes over a murder case, the truth is the next victim.


Did I like it?

Absolutely. Main character is very likeable. As mentioned in the blurb a ‘reluctant policeman’. But he likes what he’s doing. Get’s nauseous when confronted with dead bodies. Because he’s seen enough of them in his career. As a middle aged single he admits to himself that he got no idea of women.

The ‘necessary’ violence isn’t too descriptive. You get the info you need and that’s it. Something I really like.

Another Asian country (two in fact), which adds a lot to the flavour. I’d say a close to perfect start for a series. I’m a fan.

What I didn’t like

There is a repetition that‘s a bit annoying. He could loose 5,10, 15 pounds. Once, twice ok. But it’s been used a bit too often. It’s not like his constant struggle with cigarettes which ads flavour to the person. And what I didn’t like the most. It took me much too long to discover Samuel Tay.

Would I recommend it?

By all means. If you like crime, a bit police procedure. Not really a thriller, not really a cosy mystery. Give it a go it’s worth every minute you spend with it. 17 (at least) out of 20 points.

Where is Home?

Somehow I can relate


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My old mentor, Willard Rollings, used to begin his history classes by asking students to introduce themselves. He always wanted to know what we called home. He would add that he didn’t mean where we lived. He wanted to know where our home was, and those were often two very different things. I don’t recall anyone who failed to get his point. The question always bothered me a little, probably because home has always been a bit of a problem for me.

I’m something of a military brat. My father retired from the army when I was very young, but he seemed to keep the habit of finding a new job every 4 years or so for quite awhile. I have just a few memories of Dad while he was in the service, but I remember quite distinctly the pattern of moving (along with every…

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#Bookreview ‘The Thief’s Mistake’by Joseph Mark Brewer #fridayreads


Today, I’m reviewing The Thief’s Mistake (Shig Sato #2) by Joseph Mark Brewer

I’ve received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review

The Thief's Mistake (Shig Sato#2)

Blurb (from Goodreads) :

Shig Sato’s life isn’t what it used to be. And he doesn’t like it one bit. No longer a cop and still in mourning his wife, Sato returns to Tokyo as a private investigator. When the Kobayashi twins are arrested for murder, they turn to Sato for help. What Sato finds is fraud, greed, murder, arson, and an autistic boy whose life is in danger. For Sato the case becomes a race against time – to protect the child and stop a killer.

Did I like it?

By all means. It’s different to the first book in the series. Neither better nor worse. Sato is no longer a police officer. Struggling with the recent dead of his wife. There’s not really a riddle for the reader to be solved. You know who? Why? You’re following Shig finding out all the bits and pieces to solve the crime

What I didn’t like

I wasn’t really a fan of the parts told from the sight of the thief. Not that these parts are bad written, not at all. It’s just the thief is short tempered and very violent. And I don’t get why he does what he’s doing. Parts of it can be explained by rage, revenge, etc. But not all, at least not for me. Which doesn’t mean that the parts from the thief’s pov are bad. I just don’t get the guy

Would I recommend it?

Absolutely. Crime fiction, Japan, interesting characters. Positive ones (Sato, Abe, etc.) and not so positive ones( the kid’s mother, Tanaka) 18 out of 20 points Looking forward to book 3.