MH-370 – “McInerney Theory” – Pakistan ?

Interesting take on #MH370

Malaysian airliner may have been commandeered and taken to secret Coco Island base — New info reveals plane flew 4-hours after transponder was deactivated | Intellihub News

Malaysian airliner may have been commandeered and taken to secret Coco Island base — New info reveals plane flew 4-hours after transponder was deactivated | Intellihub News.

 

Intellihub News has information leading us to believe that the aircraft turned-back toward the Sea of Andaman and may have possibly been taken to a secret military facility under communist control in the Coco Islands.

Interestingly enough, the Coco Islands were originally leased to the People’s Republic of China and likely remain under China’s control today.

 

More at: http://intellihub.com/malaysian-airliner-may-commandeered-taken-secret-coco-island-base-new-info-reveals-plane-flew-4-hours-transponder-deactivated/#.UySgZO7m4yc.twitter

GIVE-A-WAY Tricky, devious thriller – Review from Susannah St Claire Vive Voice

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NEXT of SIN

Review

 

This is the second book of Lisa Gordon’s that I have read. “A Sealed Fate” was a
nice little book. Lisa did give the reader some tricky curves in it but this
book? “Next of Sin” just knocks the ball out of the park, so to speak. She has a
way of writing that kinda gets you in a groove , reading along, kinda ho hum and
then she gives you a bend in the road.. slips along again and then gives you a
hard right.. slips along and then dumps you right off the cliff. I love
it.
The book follows a family that seems fairly normal, Gaby, the youngest,
Meagan and their older brother Clinton. The golden boy. When Gaby was four, her
oldest sister Alison died while swimming in the ocean on a family outing which
caused their mother to commit suicide by way of alcohol and pills. The family
never really got over it even though their father remarried not too long after
her mom’s death. Gaby meanwhile, just slipped rose colored glasses over her face
and let life take her where it led which was to a summer wedding with her
boyfriend Piers. She had become a lawyer because of her father and wasn’t too
thrilled with her job and even found married life very dull and unrewarding.
After a trip to the bathroom with a bunch of her gal pals at a high school
reunion , she did something very unusual for the conservative Gabriella, she
smoked a joint . Somehow it unlocked the nightmares that had been surfacing in
her sleep for most of her life. She “saw” something that was unbelievable that
had been hidden for all these years that her four year old mind had never
accepted. Herein begins the REAL tale. The title is SO apt once you find out
what is in that four year old’s memory and then it leads you on a chase that
should keep you turning pages. Not wanting to give up more, let me just say, it
sure got a hold on me and I skipped through 600 pages in a day or so. ( even if
it IS doubled spaced! 🙂 ) I highly recommend this as a great thriller. I sure
can’t wait for the next one but Lisa?? This is going to be hard to top!

Review for Next of Sin – Psychologcal Thriller

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20646286-next-of-sin” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img alt=”next of sin” border=”0″ src=”https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1390914692m/20646286.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20646286-next-of-sin”>next of sin</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2804018.Lisa_Gordon”>Lisa Gordon</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/871989497″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I really enjoyed L Gordon’s previous novel A Sealed Fate, but this was even better – still had the same out-there characters, exotic locations and general foxiness, but a far more intricate plot.<br><br>The pace is fast, the dialogue carries the tale really well and there are some very thoughtful moments giving this a true to life feel.<br><br>I was drawn in and found it easy to put myself in the character’s shoes: Gaby is a terrific heroine, yet at the same time sounds like a person you could meet in real life not like a work of fiction.<br><br>If you enjoy reading about serial killers; put all assumptions aside as this is not your usual serial killer thriller, in fact there is a shocking true to life twist.<br><br>Great writing and use of language, humour, suspense and thrills! Very professional editing and finishing; not an amateur cook book thriller but a MasterChef feast of a read.
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TOO SHOCKING and MORBID! Are Charity Adverts going too far to get our attention?

Are there just too many Charity Ads?

On Sky News you are warned if the news clip contains disturbing or distressing content and yet ads for Charity Organisations are becoming increasingly harrowing at a time in the evening when you are trying to relax and de-stress.

 

One shocking one which ran recently was of an impoverished woman giving birth in horrible conditions while crying out – it was very troubling and I had to endure it over and over. Since the recession of ’08 it seems that charities are one of the main advertisers on SKY NEWS, so if we are not hearing about the high odds of getting cancer, it’s pictures of children with leukaemia, children in Africa in tremendous pain or some other depressingly graphic content. My point it there is TOO much of it: every ad break, there is more than one charity ad which seem to get more and more unpleasant to get our attention.

Life can be stressful and many of us suffer anxiety and depression especially in winter, when the weather is bad – ads are now saturated with this depressing content. I already donate to charities – I only wish I could opt out of these ads, as it is all I can do is reach for the remote control and swop channels. I find it really depressing being told that either I or someone I love have a 33% chance of cancer over and over – who needs that of an evening or at an time.

 

What’s more is the amount of money going into these ads makes me think that if I donate I’ll be sponsoring SkyNews rather than a sick/impoverished child.

Why sometime it feels as if it’s ‘Bollocks or Bust’ for authors

Dan Brown’s Checklist – A dozen ways to #1

Why sometime it feels as if it’s ‘Bollocks or Bust’ for authors

by Clive Hindle (author of the Eighth Square)

You know, I have a confession to make. I actually bought the latest Dan Brown effort, Inferno. The wife persuaded me to as she thought it would be good for me to read something which sells (she meant well but can be very witty at times). It was supposed to be a holiday read and I have done about ten chapters which, as each is about 3 pages long, isn’t that good going. His writing has improved a little since the horrible Da Vinci thing but not much. He’s a terrible name dropper too. So here’s what I have discovered is his winning formula, although it’s a shame to use the word ‘winning’ in this context as literary-wise it sure ain’t winning its pandering to a hackneyed formula which I have no wish to emulate even if I never sell a book again.

 

1. Find some mystery connected with Renaissance Art which will support a Catholic conspiracy theory of some sort (it’ll be Poussin and the frigging Albigensians next, you mark my words, if he hasn’t already done that with some other tome).

 

2. Think of the most ridiculous plot you can for some evil Roman Catholic mastermind to take over or destroy the world, with a large dose of a Vatican conspiracy theory in there just to justify or explain it. (Jesus! I thought the nuns at my Convent were savage but this guy must have been anally gang-raped by an Opus Dei convention, the down he has on them).

 

3. Find a suitably anaemic villain and tell everyone he or she’s really diabolical even if they look like a bit of a wuss in pantaloons and harlequin jacket.

 

4. Think of what commonplace message you want to get across as the new Book of Revelations and then get four or five characters to play the parts (there is only one because the characters are all interchangeable so it doesn’t actually matter who is speaking – good and evil, men and women, it don’t matter a jot).

 

5. Throw in the odd really ridiculously trite conversation just to show you’re an ordinary geezer at heart. 

 

6. Read up every damn thing you can on the Art subject and its surrounding history and spew it out at opportune moments throughout the plot to give the appearance of superior scholarship, no matter how awkwardly it might fit in. Don’t forget to drop in a sprinkling of impressive sounding names. 

 

7. Have a suitably bogus intellectual hero with an IQ of 751 who is ruggedly handsome and just can’t keep the babes off of his perfect pecs even if he is totally without an impure thought himself.

 

8. Throw in a heroine with an IQ of 851: except every time she’s about to prove it the bloke brings her down a peg or two and shows that a male 751 trumps a female 851 any day of the week. She will also be gorgeous, have tits the envy of Jordan, be sexually experienced but have somehow saved her virginity only for him, a waist size of 23 and only wears clothes when Dan wants to drop some famous designer names ie Versace, Armani, Hermes.

 

9. Make sure there’s a decent deus ex machina every time the plot gets you into a blind alley you haven’t the imagination to escape from by ingenuity alone.

 

10. Ensure in the end good triumphs over evil in a ferociously taut and trite climax.

 

11.Choose a famous picturesque Italian or European city city and make sure the action man Prof has a punch up at each and every one of the tourist attractions there and escapes by the skin of his teeth thanks to last minute divine intervention, knowledge of the finer points of physics or the fact that he really is Rasputin and David Haye wrapped up in one.

 

12. Most important of all, keep as far away as you possibly can from real life.

SEX is SO LAST YEAR – THRILLERS are back say the Amazon bestseller charts

Sex is so last year – or at least it is  according to Amazon’s annual list of bestselling books.

A year after the S&M-themed Fifty Shades  Of Grey by EL James licked and screamed it’s way up every best-seller list, book buyers have been seeking  different kinds of thrills.

In 2013 major hits on Amazon.com included The Cuckoo’s  Calling, a crime story JK Rowling wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith and whose sales only soared after it was revealed that JK Rowling was the in fact the author.  John Grisham’s Sycamore Row was well received but perhaps only because of his famous name rather than the quality of the book.

Here are the bestseller lists, but what do readers really think?

TOP TEN ADULT BEST SELLERS 2013

1. Inferno: Dan Brown
2.  And The Mountains Echoed: Khaled Hosseini
3.  The Cuckoo’s Calling: Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
4.  The Husband’s Secret: Liane Moriarty
5. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead; Sheryl  Sandberg
6. The Hit: David  Baldacci
7. Sycamore Row: John  Grisham
8. Entwined with You: Sylvia  Day
9. Never Go Back: Lee  Child
10. The Storyteller: Jodi  Picoult

Do readers love these books or do they merely buy them due to the hype, the accessibility and the comforting sound of a name you know and once loved or at least heard ad nauseam about?

Clive Miller said, “The villain in Inferno was thoroughly anaemic and yet we were lead to believe he was really diabolical even if he looked like a bit of a wuss in pantaloons and harlequin jacket.”

Tommy Shaw said, “Every Dan Brown plot is the same: choose a famous picturesque Italian or European city and make sure the action man Prof has a punch up at each and every one of the tourist attractions there and escapes by the skin of his teeth thanks to last minute divine intervention, knowledge of the finer points of physics or the fact that he really is Rasputin and David Haye wrapped up in one.”

Emily Smyth said, “I’m sure there are numerous other novels of different titles over the last few  decades with the same formulaic pattern and banal quality of characters that  goes to make the modern ‘thriller’. The only 2013 moderately original ‘thriller’ was  Lauren Beukes, ‘The Shining Girls’.”

Alison Kendal, “You don’t need sex to sell!” or any literary talent judging by Dan Brown’s  efforts. A good publicist is all that is needed these days to become a best  seller.”

CJ in Oxford, “I just never understood the 50 Shades thing. Definitely seems a “frustrated  housewife” thing to me. For goodness’ sake, if you’re that interested, people,  stop reading about it and go have a bit of fun.”

As far as The Cukoo’s Calling goes, Meredith Pinnock said, “This tome was packed with boring, inconsequential trivia that did not help the plot at all, and the different accents, all painstakingly written out, became more than tedious.”

Even die hard Grisham fan’s felt pained by his latest effort, “Sorry, this was so far the Grisham’s poorest effort, and I have ever been his die-hard fan. Dull, boring, dragging for eternity, with a helluva legal and trial hotchpotch and tens of messy characters who grew in numbers with each new page turning… An absolute and inconsistent mess.”

Of course all of these books also received rave reviews, we could put it all down to a matter of taste, but then again we cannot discount the tide of brutal criticism from readers and fans?

Does cream really rise to the top?  A bad egg also floats to the surface you know.

If you are also in the camp that has the morbsville with dull, contrived plots, plastic predictable characters and wishy-washy dialogue give an up and coming Indie Author a try.

DARK SIDE CROSSING by CULE HINDER

Did you ever look in the mirror and wonder where it all went
wrong?

Emerson knows just where it all went wrong and the career he has
carved out as a restorer of Churches is symbolic of his desire to seek
redemption and a path back to the light side.

The author focus on three phases of Emerson’s life. His childhood growing up in a
gritty Northern Town where his love of literature, poetry and the finer things
in life mark him out as rather bourgeoisie for the gangs he finds himself hooked
up with, is poignantly told. Emerson is the type of character in life who tags
along on the periphery and always ends up slap bang in the centre of the fracas.
The author’s tone and use of the vernacular capture the era and the spirit of
boyish youth which will chime with many.

The second ‘lane’ is Emerson in his early adulthood as a student revolutionary with the Baader Meinhof
Group.

The ‘fast lane’ in terms of the thriller aspect of the story kicks off when a thirty something and more mellow Emerson returns to the town he grew up in and meets by chance an old flame of his, Chemey. Cupid seems to have hope
for Emerson and Chemey who make a promising start romance-wise; however a female detective friend of Chemey has immediate suspicions about Emerson and he retreats back to Kent. With his new romance seemingly doomed, Emerson sets about finding out what happened to his first love Diane. Diane seems to have disappeared and when Emerson finds a corpse hidden in the fireplace/cellar of Diane’s childhood home, he fears the worst. Emerson’s investigations into
Diane’s death lead him to discover a bizarre Christian sect with only a handful of elderly members and yet seemingly vast resources. How is this Christian cult linked with Diane’s death? Are they linked to a string more recent of murders in
England? What really happened when several hundred of the cult members ‘ascended’ a decade previously. What does Emerson’s old comrade and now MP know about it and will he tell? Emerson’s investigations lead him full circle: back
to Chemey and back to where it all began in that Lancashire town.

Completing the circle will bring him redemption; but will he live
to enjoy life with a clean conscience?

NEXT OF SIN by LISA GORDON

A string of murders dating back to 1987 and in all that time only one witness
and she doesn’t even know she’s a witness!

Two teenagers fooling about on a  camping holiday; a young woman marries surrounded by her loving family; an
idyllic honeymoon; a salubrious law firm – the image of perfection and yet evil
lurks. A body on a Moroccan Beach; a missing girl in Japan; a corpse floating in
the Mediterranean – what is the link?

The vital clue lies locked in away in a
memory – a memory that now wants to be remembered.

A desire to explain a
recurring nightmare, leads young lawyer Gaby to a horrifying discovery which
throws into question everything she thought she knew about her past, her family
and even herself. She is forced to stray onto the wrong side of the law in world
where the scales of justice are rigged in favour of her eminent and respectable
adversaries. Along with an unlikely set of allies from across the social strata
she digs into her past, knowing that it will change her future forever. Gaby’s
hunt for the truth will cost her everything; it may even cost her her life.

 

SCORPIO RISING by ALAN ANNAND

A criminal profiler investigates the killing of a New York City heiress and
discovers her death is linked to two other murders on the same day: a dot-com
millionaire in San Francisco, and the team leader of a CIA counter-terrorist
project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

————

Criminal
profiler Axel Crowe investigates the killing of a New York heiress, and
discovers her death is linked to two other murders on the same day: a dot-com
millionaire in San Francisco, and the team leader of a CIA counter-terrorist
project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

A finder of wayward people and stolen
possessions, the enigmatic Crowe profiles subjects in a distinctly unique manner
– using astrology, palmistry and other unconventional techniques.

Facts
are gross, but the truth is subtle, Crowe’s guru used to say. And although the
truth behind this three-way conspiracy lies buried in the past, Crowe is
relentless until he uncovers it.

————

In the space of
one hour, three strangers die violent deaths. A hit-and-run vehicle kills a
dot-com millionaire jogging in San Francisco. A car bomb obliterates the team
leader of a government counter-terrorism project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. An
assailant ambushes a New York heiress walking home from Broadway and forces her
own pepper spray down her throat.

In all three cases, investigators
reach an immediate impasse. Each victim leaves an estate of millions, but their
beneficiaries all have perfect out-of-town alibis. Theories swirl around the
victims like flies on a corpse – a contract killing for financial gain, a
lover’s quarrel spiraled out of control, a domestic al-Qaeda strike…? The
police are stymied and the FBI is worried.

Axel Crowe, criminal
psychologist, is summoned to New York by the brother of the woman who was
murdered. Crowe is a man with an obscure past but a brilliant reputation.
Occasionally he consults as a profiler for the police. More commonly, he is a
finder of wayward people and stolen possessions. Despite initial stonewalling
from the NYPD, Crowe profiles the killer in his own unique way – using
astrology, palmistry and other unconventional techniques.

His
investigation follows a tangled trail of illicit relationships – from one
suspect to another and, eventually, yet another. Ultimately, he learns that all
three victims were killed in the space of one hour. But is it coincidence or
conspiracy?

Facts are gross, but the truth is subtle, Crowe’s guru used
to tell him. And although the truth lies buried in the past, Crowe is relentless
until he uncovers it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW THRILLERS TO LOOK OUT FOR:

NEXT of SIN