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Review: Venom: A Thriller in Paradise by Rob Swigart

20766773I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. – J. Robert Oppenheimer

Biggest mistake in history made by people who didn’t think. – Charlie Chan

A State in the grip of neo-colonialism is not master of its own destiny. It is this factor which makes neo-colonialism such a serious threat to world peace. – Kwame Nkrumah

 hu-man-i-ty (noun): the qualities or characteristics considered as a whole to be characteristic of human beings

Hum. What characteristics are human, really? Well, for all our vaunted intelligence, the way we utilize said is, taken overall, deeply mindless and deeply uncaring of anything other than ourselves, and the immediate rewards of whatever new and unusual methodology we find for destroying others – and thereby destroying everything.

Maintain the balance of power, they said. It was safe. There would be no danger for 500 or 1000 years.

The French say that their nuclear tests on the Island of Moruroa, in the Tuomotus, are ‘safe’. But now, the Ocean Mother has come ashore, floating free in the Kalalono Bay. All aboard are dead. But why? And how? And how is it connected to the nuclear tests on the Island of Moruroa?

Politics. Intelligence (or what passes for it). Biology, physics, and a heaping helping of Polynesian and Haitian religion builds Venom: A Thriller in Paradise builds a sharp and layered vision of the horrors of the creativity of the human mind – and the depth the human political psyche will go to in order to cover their political asses.

Tutti venini sono freddi: “All poisons are cold.” – Brunetto Latini

Many are dead. Many more are endangered. As biologist Dr. Chazz Koenig and Lt. Cobb Takamura struggle to find the method of death of the ship’s crew, a serial killer rampages across Hawaii, his reasons unclear, his ties to the original murders both twisted and indistinct. And what must be done is oftentimes even more horrific than what has gone before. And what has gone before may be only the beginning.

A great story, a thoughtful and modern book of environmental terrorism which runs in the other direction – the terrorism of political control and political games grown out of control, of death and destruction and fear, and the waste of the world.

Oh, and did I say, this is a really GREAT story?

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The Next Target by Marcel Trigueiro – Now on Netgalley!

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Rio de Janerio, Brazil. Home of some of the most beautiful views:

... most incredible beach cities in the world -> Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 The most beautiful women . . . grown up women, and children as well . . .

Beautiful Brazilian men, of course… 😉

But not everything about Rio is beautiful . . .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is no stranger to terrorist activities. For every beautiful neighborhood in Rio, there are the horrors of the Slums . . . the constant strain on the BOPE, the Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais.  Poverty, gangs, terrorism and death is a way of life for many.

alemão favela of rio de janeiro – http://www.dissentmagazine.org
child scavenges for garbage at the Rio Hato landfill in Rio Hato – http://www.washingtonpost.com
Bope Elite Squad Caveirao bope-elite-squad.blogspot.com
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Rio de Janeiro’s BOPE Elite Squad http://www.rio-de-janeiro-travel-information.com
Rio de Janeiro’s BOPE Elite Squad http://www.rio-de-janeiro-travel-information.com

 

Rio Riots – pinterest.com
sábado, 25 de septiembre de 2010 fuerzasespecialeselviskenpo.blogspot.com

 

REVIEW:

Gangs. Terrorists. Murder and death and poverty are no strangers to the streets of Rio. But now, terrorism takes an electronic twist. And the terror is all the more frightening for being unseen.

It starts simply enough. The incident is not even that unusual. A group of friends, out for the evening, stop at a red light. Beside them, a motorcycle pulls up – and out comes the gun. Within moments, the driver is dead, the motorcycle gone. Certainly not unusual in a city where gunmen on motorcycles robbing motorists is pretty much a daily happening.

But this shooting is a great deal different than the usual. And what happens next cripples a whole city – and soon, the terror spreads. For there is method to this particular madness. And as cyber crime becomes something more, as the death toll rises, Matheus Erming and his team of computer forensic specialists must find the perpetrators who are using a computer virus as the base for an attack on not only Rio, but the world.

Marcel has penned a tightly scripted story of terrorism in the cyber age, of murder and mayhem and death wrapped within a story of cyber crime written for today’s world.

The reviews on Amazon aren’t that good right now, only because it wasn’t previously edited and the Romantic language of Brazilian Portuguese didn’t translate well to the more Germanic English. Marcel and I took three months to edit and rewrite in order to turn out a better, more readable book. If you have a copy that doesn’t show ‘fourth edition’ be sure to download the newest edition!

 STORY SUMMARY:

When fear is used as a weapon, the panic paralyses the target like a spider web which immobilizes the preys in the last seconds of their existences. Thenceforth, eliminating a life becomes something elementary.

Rio de Janeiro had already experienced the climate of terror at the end of 2010, with cars and buses being constantly torched overnight. Now, a similar climate settles in the city, but this time the targets have names and surnames. Hundreds of thousands of people are progressively threatened by terrorists who seem to know all the details of their lives. Some of them are cowardly murdered, in a demonstration that anyone can die.

Matheus Erming is the Computer Forensics specialist responsible for examining the computers used by the victims and for finding out how details of their daily routines, kinship and friendship relations were taken by the perpetrators of the attacks. The investigations are the starting point of a persecution not only cybernetic, which touches the lower levels of the organized crime and chases for the roots of chaos in the city. During this race, the security of Matheus’ family is also put at risk. When this happens, he knows he has only one choice: to go further, at any cost.

Marcel TrigueiroABOUT THE AUTHOR

Almost five years ago, Marcel Trigueiro started writing a novel. At first, all he knew was that the protagonist would be a Computer Forensics specialist, since a regular programmer or software engineer would be too boring for the plots he could figure. It would be better someone authorized to hold a gun.
Given his Computer Science background, he managed to build a plot based on solid Information Security principles, without forgetting to take advantage of Rio de Janeiro’s geography.

The Next Target is his first book.

The Prince’s Man by Deborah Jay! $0.99 This Week!

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Rustam Chalice, hedonist, dance tutor, gigolo and spy, loves his life just the way it is, so when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action. Only trouble is, the spy master, Prince Hal, teams him up with an untouchable aristocratic assassin who despises him.
And to make matters worse, she’s the most beautiful woman in the Five Kingdoms.
Plunged into a desperate journey over the mountains, the mismatched pair struggle to survive deadly wildlife, the machinations of a spiteful god – and each other.
They must also keep alive a sickly elf they need as a political pawn. But when the elf reveals that Rustam has magic of his own, he is forced to question his identity, his sanity and worst, his loyalty to his prince.
For in Tyr-en, all magic users are put to death.

Amazon rating 4.7 stars out of 55 reviews (US+UK)

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Review: Albatross: Birds of Flight – Book One

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This is some scary, edge-of-your-seat stuff! Click to order! Can’t wait for Book Two!

“Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur”
“The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived”
~ Attributed to Petronius ~ First Century AD

“Inter arma silent leges”
In time of war, laws are silent”~
Attributed to Cicero in his published oration Pro Milone, although Cicero’s actual wording was “Silent enim leges inter arma.”

Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty. ~ George Washington

Two women, one child, a blind man, and a former good guy. Not exactly an elite task force. ~ Lieutenant Anderson, Albatross

What do you do, who do you turn to, when your government and your military are out of control? When, in the name of anti-terrorism, your country becomes the terrorist itself, slaughtering, imprisoning and torturing the innocent? When your military turns on its own citizens, slaughtering at will, in order to cover up their own atrocities?

Alexander Burns is a soldier to his bones. Deployed to the nastiest, most violent locations on the planet, he is handled by his superiors as an attack dog- cold, emotionless, and completely and utterly heartless in his drive to reach his goal, no matter what the collateral damage. Go in. Kill. Get out. Do it again.

Now, Burns has been given a goal – kill Oman Sharif Sudani. The president has given the OK, the Chief of Staff is on-board, and all lights are green for the takeout of one of “the key architects of domestic and foreign terrorist attacks.” However, there is a problem. Burns’ superior, Field Agent Anthony Maxwell, has other plans. Capture Sudani, kill all witnesses, innocent women and children, and bring Sudani back as a trophy.

To hide his actions, he arranges for Burns and his pilot to be shot down by friendly fire. The pilot dies on impact. Burns, however, while escapes – and he knows more than Maxwell would like. The only problem is, Burns has holes in his memory. And with him being found by the Red Cross, and treated in military hospitals across the globe, Maxwell can no longer just kill Burns to cover up what he has done. Too much paper, too many witnesses. Innocent American citizens – citizens who find their lives ripped away and their families destroyed as Maxwell and his boss utilize black operatives to protect themselves at all costs.

Thus begins Albatross, Birds of Flight by J.M. Erickson. And let me tell you – this is one scary book. Oh, not scary in the Twilight Zone or Halloween vein. No, this is a real, hard hitting look at a government and military out of control. Erickson displays a deft hand at maneuvering through the maze of governmental and police agencies, tearing at the veil of silence that shrouds the manipulations and murders authorized or committed by the upper echelons. Further, he delves deeply into the complete lack of oversight which allows the influencing and control of the American public to the advancement of the careers of a privileged few.

Broken, and with severe head trauma causing memory loss, Burns is brought to a prominent expert in psychopathology, David Caulfield, by a covert group, led by Maxwell, who are determined to find out what Burns knows about not only the Sudani situation, but also information critical to Maxwell’s own boss – information that could destroy not only Maxwell but others in positions of power. Others, with no moral ambiguity regarding the murder of innocent American civilians.

When Burns regains his memories, and apparently loses the very sociopathy that made him a peerless covert operative, the deaths begin, as his psychologist’s wife is blown up in a car bomb meant for both David and Jenny. As David and Burns flee, others become victims of the shadow group bent on seeing Burns, and anyone who comes in contact with him, dead.

This is definitely a book requiring thought and attention, a true literary hard-hitter of covert operations, governmental cover-ups and senseless slaughter in the name of a shadowy concept of what constitutes national security. I truly enjoyed the fact that Erickson is educated and practices in the field of psychopathology, counseling & ethics and as a critical incident specialist for police and firefighters. The man knows of which he speaks, which was enormously refreshing! His military and police characters are believable, alternating between sympathetic and horrifying.

His main characters are immensely likable and understandable. Samantha, a nurse who cared enough to realize that Burns’ medications were being skewed and to try to obtain help for him – and who also has worked as a prostitute for many years, dealing with the trauma of abuse and torture in multiple foster homes. Becky, her frightened, anxious sister who deals with obsessive eating disorder and anxiety after she is forced to murder her cousin to protect Samantha, and now has rescued her brother’s baby daughter, Emma, from his murderer’s hands and is on the run with the child. And David, of course, blinded in the explosion that killed his beloved Jenny. Not much of a strike team – but with care, training, and dedication, they will do what they must to protect themselves, and see some small amount of justice.

As an aside, I see a lot of Erickson in the portrayal of David. Write what you know, right? I feel that Erickson and David truly know one another, and it adds a whole other layer to my understanding and enjoyment of the character.

This is a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat suspense/espionage/thriller that will take your breath away and leave you reeling. If this is your genre, please don’t overlook this fast-paced thrill ride. It makes the whole “Bourne” series look like a pale imitation of reality.

Highly recommended! I wanted to finish it last night, but I just couldn’t keep my eyes open – but darn, I sure wanted to!

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