My Review - 4 stars
The ultimate strategic plan to kill, checkmate. Now this is a thrilling read, food for the brain. I loved the first in this series, Department Thirteen and the leading character Talanov. I was able to get my fill of Talanov addiction again but I was able to see him in a new light.
Talanov is grieving and trying to move on when he gets information that starts the edge of seat thrill. What is Talanov's motivation to continue to kill, with logic or will his emotion take over and mistakes happen that can cost him his life and others he cares for. As an ex assassin he was taught to exploit people, love and emotions were a weakness. The amazing talent Talanov has is reading people, I enjoyed these parts immensely, expressions do not lie and those that have worked with him know the words they say mean nothing. These moments were intense, adding dramatic appeal to me.
Organized crime, human trafficking, life decisions and Bourne Identity/Ultimatum scenes make this an exciting read, perfect for men and women readers.
There was a suspense storyline about a rifle, brought with Talanov's credit card but not by Talanov. Using the chess game strategies we follow until we get towards a climax ending with all sorts of twists and turns, who is the King, the Queen, distractions, check mate or not, this was all a brilliant execution on James Houston Turner's part. The whole chess game that created this story is known as Greco's Game.
I am wow'd again, a favourite in the Thriller genre for sure.
Talanov was taken in a new direction that I enjoyed but did miss the edge. Overall it gave us a full picture of who Talanov is and in the end of course he is still the hard nosed amazing guy you would want on your side.
I can't wait for the next Dragon Head, out in 2013.
James visited Tea Time with Marce during Thrill Week, go here to read. You can also enter my giveaway of the first in the series, Department Thirteen. Ending Friday at midnight.
James, thank you for the opportunity to read and continue Talanov's journey.