The Persona Protocol

This is a step away from Andy McDermott's previous novels involving Eddie and Nina, however it is equally as enthralling, action packed and engrossing.
 
The story revolves around Adam Gray, the lead agent in the US Government's top secret Persona Project. He and his fellow agents move around the world and use a combination of technology and drugs to import the personality and memories of key people onto Adam.
 
Targetting the leader of Al-Qaeda and the knowledge he possesses the team take us on a riproaring, non-stop adventure where Adam begins to realise he holds the key to a secret, one that will shatter the US Government.
 
Andy McDermott has given us another superb adventure here. This story is thoroughly enjoyable and those who have read his previous works will not be disappointed with this new piece of work. There is certainly room for further develoments of these characters and other adventures.
 
I would rate this 5 out of 5 for all readers who like this kind of writing. I loved it!
 

Bloodline by James Rollins

What can I say about this book other than “Fantastic”. I am a huge James Rollins fan and have read all of the Sigma series books. Bloodline, like the others, doesn't let you down and is a real page turner.
 
Rollins introduces two new characters in this book, Tucker Wayne and his war dog Kane. They make the storyline more enjoyable and their partnership described in detail in the book adds real substance to the story. The story revolves around the President daughter who is kidnapped by Somali pirates whilst heavily pregnant. The pirates of course are working for the enemies in the Sigma series, The Guild. The story follows Sigma's attempts to rescue the kidnapped daughter, using Wayne and his sidekick Kane's expertise in many situations. The story moves towards the Guild's master plan of an assassination attempt, with Gray Pierce, Seichan and their Sigma comrades using all their skills to prevent this happening.
 
We learn even more about the mysterious Guild and how they have grown and strengthened over centuries. With in depth accounts of nano-technology, gene development and as always a great twist near the end, this book is a real must for all Sigma fans.
 
I won't spoil the story and the surprise, but needless to say I am already looking forward to the next instalment.
A full shop of 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 for this book.

Vanished by Tim Weaver

This book is a must for anyone who likes a good crime thriller. Tim Weaver is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. This third installment of David Raker series is every bit as good, if not better than the others. I downloaded it as I went on holiday and read it in no time at all. Raker is hired in this book to find another missing person, a man who went on a tube one day and never got off. Running alongside Raker's investigation is a series of brutal murders by a killer known as the 'Snatcher'. A killer who simply takes their prey from their homes without any force or injury and leaves behind their shaved hair! The story is fast paced and quickly develops into a chilling tale with some graphic murder scenes. The book develops the relationship between Raker and Healy, the failing cop from the last book, and they get together again to form a strange working partnership. As the book builds to its ending there are several twists and turns that leave you second guessing yourself about who the 'Snatcher' really is. Just when you think it's over, the book adds a little something else to finish off, and without spoiling it for you it leaves our hero in a tight spot with an uncertainty of what has happened to him.
 
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and give it 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. Another excellent installment in the David Raker series that leaves me impatiently waiting for the next book. A cracker Tim, well written!

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Seen as I'm a keen reader and enjoy my blogging too I thought I would maybe start to review the books I read. I hope you enjoy this review and it may sway you to either read or not read the book.
 
I first picked this book up a couple of years ago when it was first published and reading the synopsis it tempted me. At that time I was in a non reading phase though and the thought of 900 pages didn't motivate me. However, a couple of weeks ago I downloaded it from itunes and took on the task.
 
Basically the story revolves around a post-apocalyptic USA, human race being brought to its knees by a virus that was designed to be used as a weapon. It went wrong and the virus resulted in humans becoming vampires, or virals, as they are called in the book. A small group of people in a colony some 100 years after the 'event' make up the bulk of the story as they battle to keep out these virals.
 
The first part of the book is really excellent as the scene is set for the virals to break loose and take over, they do, with huge consequences and a little girl (Amy) becomes the focal point of the book. We then skip a hundred years to a secluded colony, here the author spends time detailing the colony, its beginnings and current inhabitants. It's a little slow but worthwhile as eventually Amy turns up, still a little girl.
 
From this point the book excels as a rogue group of colonists break away in search of a safe haven courtesy of a radio message they've received regarding Amy. The adventure kicks in and the thrills and spills are many, rip-roaring all the way to the ending. Taking you to Las Vegas, a place called the Haven, where people and the virals co-exist to suit each others needs. Then we reach the source of the signal, another little twist, which in turn sets you up for the ending and a brief glimpse at the next instalment, called The Twelve (out in October). I would thoroughly recommend this book and can't wait to read where the story heads to next. I'll give it 🌟🌟🌟🌟 out of five, as the colony bit was a little too slow for my liking.
 
I hope you enjoyed the review and it may persuade you to read this book. Please let me know your thoughts if and when you have read it. Up next VANISHED by TIM WEAVER.