Its Tuesday - the day I try to (sometimes) talk about books and gosh yes, it has been a while. So a rundown on the last 4 books I have read - by chance I see all of them can vaguely fall into the thriller/ murder mystery category.
I have read a good share of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series but this one in all honesty is my favorite up to date. In the midst of a freezing cold December a Salvation army officer is shot in public. But nobody has any recollection of who shot him or can recognize a face from the newspaper photos taken at the event. Our friend Harry has to find the murder while also dealing with a new boss and as always trying to stay sober.
What a story? Full of twists and turns and many surprises on the way this is an excellent read that speaks much deeper than the obvious story line. If this is at all your cup of tea, give it a read. a well deserved 10 / 10.
Zululand Snow by Ian Tennent
Craig, Sean and Hannes
are 3 rather typical boys of their time - growing up in a fictional town
in Zululand in the 1980's. Full of gusto and spirit they conquer the
bush with their BMX bikes and seek adventure of the rather historical
kind. They deal with imaginary but also some very real threats in the
process resulting in a fast paced adventure of note.
enjoyed this book for so many reasons. One of them is without a doubt
that I can place myself in the time frame with ease. I grew up with
Casio watches and Mongoose bikes and cyclone Demoina is still vivid in
my memory. They could have been my friends at school - although I wish I
had the honour to grow up in this more rural setting. The author sets
the scenes in a perfectly described world where you can smell the dust
and the rain and feel the heat on your skin. The story line is well
paced and enough suspense to keep one turning page after page without
thinking about how late it is.
I am a bit in two minds as to how I
feel about the very beautiful descriptive language the author use.
Although I love it in most of the places there were times where I felt
that it interfered with the pace of the action and I almost wanted to
glace over them. That being said, I did find myself sometimes going back
to re read once I had the tension released in the part to enjoy the
Although classified as Young Adult I thoroughly
enjoyed the book - but then I am a tad partial towards Young Adult books
and read them often enough. Ian Tennet is going to make a name for
himself in the South African literary circle with this book - a solid 8/10
Disclaimer: I was given an electronic copy of this book to review in exchange for an honest review.
Prooi deur Fanie Viljoen
Prooi is die verhaal van 3 jong mense - Owen, gedrewe oosterse vegkuns tier, Cody, doellose selfgeabsorbeerde narcis en Lauren, beeldskoon en sensueel maar sonder werklike anker. Die drie se paaie kruis met mekaar en die geheime klub "Black Valentine" met sy misterieuse eienaar is waar als bymekaar kom.
Aanvanklik het ek die boek klaar gelees en gesug en gedink, aarde, maar as die jeug vandag so is het ons reuse probleme. Die drie hoofkarakters het my almal intens geirriteer. Ek besef dat ek geen raakpunt met daardie generasie en hulle probleme het nie. Maar hoe meer ek dink aan die boek hoe meer meen ek dit is tog die lees werd - tog die nadink en waarskuwing.
'n Redelike storie met 'n spanningslyn wat my nie altyd geboei het nie - dink ek tog sal party mense die boek werklik geniet, 6,5/10.
I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.
I really do not know where to start with this review apart from saying that it is possibly one of the best books in this genre that I have ever read. Meet Pilgrim, an outsider, an orphan, a spy in the most secret of worlds and a top class thinker. Meet Saracen - a traumatized boy, a physician, a terrorist out on revenge and also a top class thinker. Their worlds collide to dramatic effect in a city I once visited, Bodrum in Turkey to the backdrop of the international world of the rich and famous.
What I really liked about the book is that the background and history of the characters provide so much substance to add to and excellent tension filled story line. The background spans years over many continents while the pace never slacks. The language is relatively simple and makes for very easy reading. It is a gripping 800 plus pages that I could gladly have extended with another few hundred.
Fast paced filled with many credible and fully coloured characters it is a MUST READ if you are at all a fan of this genre. All the hype is not for nothing. But what I like most of all is that the characters are so real - their thinking, their motivations and their decision all ring true to them and their background. Another great 10/10 .