Blog Posts by jfreier

Posted by jfreier on 06/22/17
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Nick Mason is back with a real mission impossible, locate three men in WITSEC, the program for high value informants that has never been compromised. Nick is ordered to find them to help free his boss Darius Cole, if not Cole's former assassin will be sent to kill Nick.
This thriller starts in Chicago and leads Nick to New York and and other locales. This is the second in the Nick Mason series and picks up where The Second Life of Nick Mason left off, so best to read that first.
Steve Hamilton has created a fast paced series with a great lead character. This book is filled with really bad, bad guys and the risk Nick causes to his family. Looking forward to more Nick Mason books.
Posted by jfreier on 05/14/17
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 The bad boy Dallas Cates is out of jail and looking for revenge for Joe Pickett and his family. Dallas had a relationship with Joe's adopted daughter April and started a personal feud with Joe and the Cates clan led by his mother Brenda, it ended with Brenda paralyzed and two dead brothers and Dallas in jail.
Dallas has concocted a brilliant plan to terrorize Joe and his family, but with help from Joe's good friend Nate Romanowski
they figure out their own solution to the threat. The Cate's clan show up in the book Endangered, it would help to read that book first, another good mystery by C.J. Box.
 
 
 
 
Mystery
Posted by jfreier on 03/26/17
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 Nick Mason is in Terre Haute federal prison serving 25 years to life for covering a friend who killed a federal agent. Nick then gets an offer he can't refuse, Chicago cartel kingpin, Darius Cole offers him his release and conviction overturned if he will sign his life over to him for 20 years. Nick must answer his special phone and perform whatever task Darius demands.
Nick is set free and set up in a Lincoln Park townhouse with a vintage mustang and 10 grand a month.
The first call Nick gets reveals how deep he is in with the Cole empire and his handler Quintero, the story brings Nick back to his days in Canaryville and to the man he covered for. Great story, realistic Chicago locales and Steve Hamilton is just a great storyteller.
 
Posted by jfreier on 01/10/17
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 Virgil Flowers is back in John Sandford's newest thriller. Two rare Amur tigers have been stolen from the Minnesota zoo and
 Virgil is called in to locate them before it's too late. A local doctor who sells medicine made from rare animals to sell to China
 is working with locals known to Virgil. The case has a few surprises and a side mystery with Virgil's girlfriend Frankie.
 All said this is a very satisfying book, fast and often funny. Virgil is a nice contrast to Sandford's Lucas Davenport series.
 
Suspense
Posted by jfreier on 08/04/16
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The newest Gabriel Allon thriller by Daniel Silva is another excellent thriller. On the eve Of Allon becoming Chief Of of Israeli Intelligence, he is summoned to France to help catch a terrorist who has exploded a massive bomb in Paris.
Gabriel and his team trace the attack to a beautiful French national of Syrian descent named Safia. Allon  enlists a brilliant woman  who is a French- Israeli doctor to infiltrate Isis, by becoming what they call a Black Widow.
 
The operation is thrilling as Nathalie is finally asked to go to Syria to meet the mastermind named Salladin. Silva wrote this book before the bombings in Paris and Brussels , so it is almost eerie reading it as fiction.
Posted by jfreier on 06/30/16
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The newest in Max Allan Collins, Nathan Heller series, Nathan is a Chicago P.I. who is known as investigator to the stars. Heller is approached by Dashell Hammett to look into the trial of the Rosenbergs , who have been convicted of treason and are on death row.
Heller is also asked by Senator Joseph McCarthy and his lawyer Roy Cohn to look into the Rosenbergs and dig up any new dirt on Hammett and others. This book is well written and like all Heller novels is historical mystery, always a great mix of history and fiction, even Bettie Page has a nice role in this book, great fun.,
Posted by jfreier on 05/08/16
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The latest John Wells spy thriller pits Wells against billionaire Aaron Duberman and his chase to destroy him. This is the 10th Wells novel but is a direct sequel to Twelve Days, so that should be read first.
Aaro Duberman had escaped Wells in the previous book and Wells as an ex-C.I.A. op is off the grid to corner Duberman. He has the help of his old boss and friend Ellis Shafer and Vinny Duto to help.
The story is well written and Wells is a interesting and flawed character, Alex Berenson also does a great job with setting from Israel to Macau.
Spy Suspense
Posted by jfreier on 03/20/16
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 A casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry and a mysterious man named Jack A.K.A. the ghostman is called in to clean up the mess. Jack or who ever he really is must fulfill a favor from his handler due to a mess up in Kuala Lumpur 5 years earlier.
Jack uses his many skills to find out what happened and who set up who and using his ability to remain off the grid and virtually invisble cleans up the mess.
This is Roger Hobbs debut novel and is a great thriller and very different because of the Ghostman's skill set. he has a new book called Vanishing Games.
 
 
 
 
Suspense
Posted by jfreier on 01/18/16
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The true story of Bill Browder and his rise to financial success and his eventual battle with Putin and the Russian oligarchs. Browder starts with his upbringing, his grandfather was twice a nominee for president of the American communist party and grew up in a very liberal family. Bill then went to boarding school in Colorado and began his his rebellious streak against his family by embracing capitalism.
 
Browder continues his education with a B.A. from U of Chicago and M.B.A. from Stanford and starts his career with a successful stint at Saloman Brothers bank being one of the first to invest in eastern Europe with some success. He then started
Hermitage Capital with help from billionaire Edmond Safra, they mad a fortune investing in oil after the fall of the Soviet Union and thought it would continue when Putin became president. Putin and the Russian oligarchs began seizing companies and the downfall of Hermitage began. Browder was expelled from Russia, had his assets seized and his lawyer arrested and beaten to death.
 
Browder then started a campaign against the Russian corruption that continues to this day. The book is fascinating and reads like a fiction thriller.
 
 
Non-Fiction
Posted by jfreier on 11/12/15
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After a showdown with the Yemeni terrorist known as the Panther, John Corey returns to New York City to take a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. John is expecting this to be a quiet job but after being assigned to follow Russian diplomats he discovers a whole new threat.
John is covering a party for Russian oligarchs when Vasily Petrov, a Russian diplomat is taken from the party. John finds out there is a plan for the Russians to plant a dirty bomb on a Saudi Prince's yacht and have it blow up in New York harbor.
The story is the 6th in the John Corey series and is typical fast paced writing by Nelson DeMille.
Spy Suspense
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