The ISIS Lone Wolf Trigger by Nik Venture — A Review

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Initial thoughts upon completion: I liked it. Decent story, decent pacing. That first scene seems a little out of place and pointless given where the story ended up. A little too much technical jargon for my taste, particularly toward the end. Overall a decent read.

Jack Kant is a journalist who lives with his girlfriend Angela Bow, a documentary researcher. There are several threads to follow in addition to the antics of our two main characters. Sub-stories include:  terrorism and terrorist plots by a few radicalized individuals, the secret research of a popular televangelist, and family drama that I won’t go into, because spoilers.

Things get hairy for Kant and Bow when Kant tries to bow (pun intended 😉 ) out of a job for a televangelist, and after that things spin out of control. Kant ends up putting people he cares about in danger, and we readers are left hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.

Kant is a pretty well-rounded character, and I like him for the most part. I did get a little irritated with his back-and-forth, should-he-take-the-job or shouldn’t-he nonsense. I prefer decisive people (but that’s just me). I was disappointed in the character, Angela Bow. She was basically a prop. Sure, she was portrayed as a mouthy spit-fire, but that portrayal was very one-dimensional, so she never felt real to me. Sad face.

Some serious problems with the book:  there are far too many characters in this who serve no real purpose, and there are too many story lines happening at once. In short, there are a lot of too many elements to handle. Venture does a pretty good job with that, but I kept asking myself, “Why does he keep throwing new things in here?” Often it was a bit too much. A more ruthless touch with the editor’s pen would have been nice.

Venture, “has been a professional writer/editor for national magazines for more than a quarter century,” according to his bio on Goodreads. So, in addition to too-many-things-happening-at-once, I was a bit surprised by the number of errors in grammar and word choice… Whoever edited this really should have caught some of these things. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

So, if you are looking to get swept away into a quasi-realistic, fast-paced, thriller, you will probably like this. If you’re super into stories about terrorism and/or ISIS, you might like it even more. But, it isn’t really my taste.

Goodreads updates:

February 9, 2018 – Finished Reading
February 8, 2018 –  89.0%
February 7, 2018 – 83.0%
February 7, 2018 – 75.0% “I’m not sure why this book is taking me so long to get through. It’s pretty good, despite its many, many grammatical and word choice errors.

February 6, 2018 – 75.0%
February 5, 2018 – 63.0%
February 3, 2018 – 42.0%
February 3, 2018 – 31.0%
February 2, 2018 – 12.0%
February 1, 2018 – Started Reading

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.


#TopTenTuesday – 10 Favorite Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Ten Favorite Book Quotes

Sooooo many options here!!! I decided to go with quotes about books and reading. I mean, I could probably post thousands upon thousands of excellent quotes about books, the power of books, how books change us and uplift us, etc., etc.

Following, are a few quotes about books I cherry-picked at random because I simply couldn’t pick an actual TOP TEN list. It is simply not possible. 😀

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“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
― Gustave Flaubert

“You get a little moody sometimes, but I think that’s because you like to read. People that like to read are always a little fucked up.”
― Pat ConroyThe Prince of Tides

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”
― Fran LebowitzThe Fran Lebowitz Reader

“Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out.”
― J.K. Rowling

“I do things like get in a taxi and say, “The library, and step on it.”
― David Foster WallaceInfinite Jest

“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”
― Neil GaimanThe Ocean at the End of the Lane

“A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.”
― Astrid Lindgren

“You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! Best weapons in the world! This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!”
― David Tennant

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I hope you enjoyed all those bookish quotes!

Please leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments section below so I can check out your picks! 😀

Sunday Quotables

Anyone else spend way too much time trying to write the perfect sentence and then berating themselves for writing garbage? Well, I’m starting to think that’s ridiculous. The hardest part of writing for me is getting the whole story out on paper. So, no more agonizing. I’m just going to remember this:

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It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.

Happy Sunday!

#TopTenTuesday – 10 Books I Could Re-read Forever

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Ten Books I Could Re-read Forever

This week’s topic is about the books you could read forever. Maybe they touched your heart, or engaged your mind, or transported you so thoroughly to another world you didn’t want to come back to this one. Maybe the characters feel like your best friends or the only people in the world who understand you. Whatever the reason, you could read and re-read these books forever.

Most of my responses ended up being series. These were series that tugged on my heartstrings or made me swoon. That made my heart race, cry my eyes out, or thoroughly transported me to another world that I would prefer to live in over this one. In most cases, I devoured them in a very short amount of time, and have since read them again a time or two (or three…). 😉

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1. Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

2. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

3. The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

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4. A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

5. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

6. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare

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7. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs

8. The Shades of Magic series by V. E. Schwab

9. Becoming Moon by Craig A. Heart

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10. Washington Square by Henry James

That does it!

Please leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday in the comments section below so I can check out your picks! 😀