Book Review Tom Clancy Novels

 

I never thought this would happen but i have now found an author i cannot read and enjoy. In this case infact, i can barely even finish.

 

Tom Clancy is the first author i have ever black balled and will be removing all his books from my collection.

It’s rather ironic really, as i have enjoyed many of the games inspired by his books, as well as some of the movies. But after trying to read both of the above novels i’ve decided it’s time.

The problem i have is his books just feel like propergand against the Communist/ Marxist party. One of his novels even his IRA soldiers/ Collumbian Drug Lords with Marxist leanings. Given that he sprung to fame in the 80s when the cold war was still frosty it makes sense but I was born in 1990, the cold war means nothing to me but a plot wheel in old movies.

His characters are arrogant beyound belief,and Petty. So Petty. If these had been real people, World War 3 Would have started.

Also somewhere along the line Jack Ryan will give a speech.

What action there is lacks punch and tension.

And of course, whatever happens, America always has overwhelming superiority.

 

All of these things just graite on me, so for my own enjoyment, i’ve decided it’s time to put this author away. When i want fantasy, i read George RR Martin.

Book Review – Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward

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2.5 Stars

I’m Afraid i couldn’t finish this.

Penelope Ward has an interesting style and her time jumps reveal the back story rather nicely. However the plot of this book just struck as over the top and unblievable from the second half onwards.

Spoiler Warning!
At first, i thought it was interesting, but after the characters have sex, Mack’s ex barges in and all hell breaks loose along with my interest. The ex it seems takes Umbridge to him having a lover even though it’s made very clear she’s seeing other people, and then proccedds to take their son back across the country. Forcing Mack to sell everything and follow. If that wasn’t weird enough, his estranged dad then pops by to tell him he know’s about Frankie’s past and if Mack doesn’t wash his hands of her and go back to his family, he will spread the word about it (a act that would have her and her mother killed ‘WTF!).
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This book wasn’t for me, hopefully the third book i read from Lady Ward will hit the mark.

Oh, and what’s the deal with the cover? Afraid i have to subtract marks for the guy with his shirt off. I know the audiance (female readers) love the sight but for me, a cover should tease at the plot. This tells me nothing and as the character generally spends his time with his cloths on, it’s more than a little inacurate.

Review – Sweet Possession (Sweet Addiction #2) by J. Daniels

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I personally think this is 3.5 stars but will go for a generous 4.

I really enjoyed the first in the series. This lacks much of the drama and what there is a very forced and blown out of proportion. However, the story is just as fun as the first and the sex is up to the same calibre. For the erotica lovers amongst you, this story does also feature anal (quite a rare find for me lol)

Review – Sharpe’s Devil

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This is a big one for me… I have now read/listened to every Sharpe Novel.

Unfortunately, it is far from Mr Cornwell’s best and as i read it i get the sense he was writing it to fill a publisher’s contract or to meet a deadline as there are some notable contradictions to the other Sharpe books, especially Trafalgar. The storyline is a little flat at times and the villain is weak, but the much of what’s featured in the pages is a very historically accurate account of the loss of Spain’s last colony in central America.

I finished it in two days though so read into that as much as you’d like.

#Review – The Room Mate (Roommates, #1) by Kendall Ryan

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This is one of the greatest flights of fantasy since vows of fidelity were included in the french marriage service.

Ok, let me start by saying Miss Ryan knows her audience and writes for them. Unfortunately, I’m not in that category.

So the plot is fairly straight forward. Guy finds himself homeless after an ex trashes his place. His sister arranges for him to stay with her friend who just so happens to be his childhood crush. They have chemistry and start to have a sexual relationship that soon develops. Only two problems –
One, his sister believes he needs to focus on his studies so expressly forbids any hankypanky.

Two, he believes he’s cursed with an almighty dick that drives everyone he sleeps with crazy-in-love with him (high opinion of himself much) and so has vowed to keep things to a simple one night wham, bam please fuck me doctor status.

So a fun time for all… wrong!

So much in this book doesn’t make sense for me. So many things happened that would never happen in reality. So much is blown out of proportion. So many things just left me wondering why.

As I said, I’m not the desired audience for this book and judging by other reviews it hits that audience in just the right place, but for me, I had to end it 2/3rds of the way through because I’d just had enough.

Book Review – Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre

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This book reminds me of the start of Two Broke Girls, a wealthy young woman cast adrift by her parents’ arrest for insider trading and learning to make her way, though this was by no means as funny.

It took me a while to figure out where this book was going because unlike typical Contemporary Romances this doesn’t shout it out from page five. There are several possible suitors and though the potential drama did feel a bit underused, there is enough there to keep you guessing. While this does have some sexy scenes and banter, this is not a book to read if you want hot sex, it’s more 12 rated, and the story is a touch predictable at points, but all in all a good read. Would recommend if you want something fun but won’t have you getting aroused in the middle of the bus.

 

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#Book #Review – Promised (One Night, #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

 

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This is yet another book that was written to ride the 50shades/Bared to you Gravy train. While it does have a few original elements, there are a wealth of similarities from both books that you can’t help but notice.

Personally, i feel this is a 2.5 star read but I’m going to be generous and go for 3 as i am not the targeted audience.

I couldn’t understand the characters at all. They are a mish-mash of personalities and traits that make no sense when put together. The attraction makes no sense either, the hard silent male who is unavailable and only offers the greatest fuck of her life (which he never delivers even when he does fuck her) and a recluse who thinks he is a beautiful gentleman despite all evidence to the contrary but is constantly calling him the nemesis to her heart. I don’t get it.

The dialogue and writing style reminds me of a jane Austen novel, so very formal and proper. Basically, think of the fantasy Americans call a British accent and you know what reading this is like. The sex wasn’t very steamy. Deep yes, but lacking that heat.
All in all, i was disappointed, but then again as i said i don’t think this book is geared towards me.