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2.0 out of 5 starsMaybe I'll Finish It Someday
Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2013
Interesting premise, ex-Nun, owns a firm protecting celebs, etc., etc., but about two thirds through the book I gave up. The lady was impossible to relate to. How the kidnapped girl's mother could keep having faith in her really stretched my imagination. One screw-up and miscalculation after another; I mean good grief, you kind of need to buy that she's competent. I'm sure in the end the girl will get rescued and the evil dude will get his due, but I need a break from the ex-Nun's mediocrity. I'll try to finish the book one of these days and update the review.....maybe the last third is better. Virgil Flowers here I come.
Watch out James Patterson, Michael Prescott is fast becoming my favorite author!! I can't get enough of his books!! He is a wonderful storyteller, and his last three books I have read have kept me riveted!!! Once I started Grave of Angels, I just couldn't quit reading!! It held me spellbound!! It was so intense and great that I just wanted to keep reading until the end. A real stay up all night and day spellbinding novel. For anyone who enjoys a total page turner, just read one of Michael Prescott's books. I can't wait to start the next one. Highly recommend anything by this author!! I can guarantee you won't be disappointed!! Highly recommend!!!!!
OK, I'm not a writer. But I am a reader. And from a reader's perspective what makes a good mystery/thriller is a hero you can cheer for and an extremely bad villain. This one has both. Prescott had done a terrific job of giving us a flawed woman (like all of us are) that brings the positive aspects of humanity to the forefront when they are needed. Kate Malick shows herself to be strong, intelligent and prone to action when it's necessary. She is everything you would expect from characters like Harry Bosch or Elvis Cole. It was a quick read that is enormously entertaining. If this is going to be your first Prescott novel, you will have others to choose from afterwards. And I think you will read others by this author. Have fun.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother excellent thriller by Prescott
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2014
I loved this story. The main character Kate reminded me of Abbey Sinclair, the private detective in some of Prescott's earlier novels. My only criticism is that (SPOILER ALERT) the bad guy was apparently super human because after injuring his leg in a car smash, and then being shot three times, he still managed to go on a rampage chasing Kate. It was a bit like a scene from a B grade horror movie where no matter how often the killer is shot, he still gets up again and chases the victim. But this only slightly deterred from a well written thriller with a couple of good twists thrown in. It's an excellent read, well worth buying.
I found Mr. Prescott work through the Daily deal. This is the fourth book of his I have read and by far the weakest effort. The book happens over one night. It is a long and interminable night. The characters are wooden. The lead character, Kate, is not up to the standards of his other lead characters. Please read Mr. Prescott's other efforts such as "Mortal Pursuit", "Riptide" or "The Shadow Hunter". Those are much better efforts.
I just recently got into Michael Prescott. I am an avid Micheal Connelly reader and I completed everything he has written. So, I picked this up. I was delighted by his writing style. Twisted thrillers. That's the best way to describe it. His villains have disturbed me, but in a good scary movie kind of way. I have picked up several more of his books and i will continue to read him. I have not been disappointed yet. His heroine in this book is atypical and raw. The story has multiple angles and doesn't always turn out how you think it would (or want it to).
I read Michael Prescott's GRAVE OF ANGELS in two sittings. When I wasn't reading, I found myself thinking about it. I was wondering how he came up with such a frightening horror of a human being in his killer, Swann.
Former Carmelite nun-turned security consultant Kate Malick must protect a spoiled young star, Chelsea Brewer, from Swann. But guarding Chelsea is difficult because the girl is seemingly bent on self-destruction.
Michael Prescott portrays the downside of celebrity and the seamy side of LA. But there's another side to Los Angeles--the pulsing energy, the small moments of grace from the unlikeliest of people, the canyons of surpassing beauty. Like LA, there are those people who come through. Others go the other way, into the deepest darkest chambers of their souls.
This book is tough, scintillating, frightening--and beautifully-written. The man has a great eye for detail. With an unerring ear for dialogue and character, Michael Prescott takes you to the darkest places. But there's always a saving grace. We find it especially in Kate Malick. She is strong yet vulnerable, and relentless when it comes to hunting down the bad guys.
4.0 out of 5 starsA good read full of intetesting characters
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2016
I read to be entertained, I like the way the characters were laid out in this book, the bad guy unmasked in the opening pages was a necessity, as one of the main characters. It is a story of addictions and personal battles, highlighting the sometimes seedy element of celebrity and the price sometimes paid by child celebs. A former nun turned security professional sounds absurd but as an opener to a series of books it's a good beginning, hopefully the next book in the series isn't taken up explaining her past the way so many authors do, readers have good memories, we're not daft, we do remember characters.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 27, 2014
a refreshingly humane detective book. I like the main character, Kate, immediately. The villain was believable and frightening in his clear but disturb thinking. Twists and turns continuously but I could follow it all without having to go back to see where certain characters had entered the arena.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2013
This is the first of Michael Prescotts books that I have not been able to finish.There was just something about the story that didn,t engage me.I have read and enjoyed all the other books by this author so this one was very disappointing.