Thursday, October 22, 2015

Book Review: "Book 2: Money" (Mike Wells)

In this, book two of prolific author Mike Wells's Lust, Money & Murder series, heroine Elaine abandons Nick, with whom she fell in love in the first book in the series, and returns to Washington, D.C., to help perfect the technology necessary to pick out counterfeit bills.

A sudden betrayal by someone close to her, however, leaves her on the run and then, with time, at the mercy of Giorgio Cattoretti, whose entrepreneurial ventures include mass-manufacturing knock-off clothing and counterfeiting the most perfect phony U.S. money that Elaine has ever seen.

Wells maintains the requisite suspense and tension in this international crime thriller through quick, incisive pacing and the kind of minimalist diction for which Ernest Hemingway is truly famous. There are no unnecessary words here to slow down the forward momentum.

Readers will learn more about Elaine and her uncanny abilities and talents, as well as the lengths to which she's willing to go to keep herself alive in the face of terrible danger and insidious manipulation. While Nick doesn't feature as prominently in this story as he did in the first one, his absence leaves Elaine all the more to achieve her own ends, not only in actuality but also psychologically and emotionally.

A truly worthy sequel to the first book in the series, and a more than effective bridge to entice readers to keep on in the series even after they close the cover of Book 2: Money.

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Author: Mike Wells
Title: Book 2: Money
Series: Lust, Money & Murder (#2)
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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