Tuesday, January 13, 2015

G486 Book Review of Death Logs In by E.J Simon

Name of Book: Death Logs In

Author: E.J Simon

ISBN: 978-0-9912564-3-3

Publisher: Simon/Zef

Part of a Series: Death Never Sleeps is the prequel

Type of book: Gambling, godfather overtones, artificial intelligence, death, life, New York, Italy, secrets, affairs

Year it was published: 2014

Summary:

DEATH LOGS IN

By E.J. Simon


Some of the most powerful people in the world want to kill Michael Nicholas. Only his brother, Alex can save him - the problem is that Alex is dead.

It's been almost a year since Alex Nicholas, a Queens based underworld Boss, was gunned down. After Alex’s brutal murder, Michael inherited not only his brother’s business – but his enemies. Michael is now a key player in a world he once feared. By day, he is the head of a Fortune 500 company by night, the CEO of Tartarus, one of the worlds largest illegal gambling operations.

Before his death, Alex invested heavily in breakthrough artificial intelligence software so that he could live forever. It worked. In his virtual form, Alex can communicate with Michael and monitor information - and people - in ways the NSA would envy.

It is Alex who discovers Michael’s life is in danger. He detects plots that reach from the darkest corners of Queens, to the highest officials in the Vatican - and they all want Michael dead.

Michael is now in a race to save his life, but he is never alone - Alex is there to help him navigate through this maze of life and death. Also protecting Michael from the forces closing in around him is Sindy Steele, a beautiful - and lethal bodyguard.

How far is Michael willing to go to save his own life – and that of his family? Guided only by a familiar face on a computer screen, will the information Alex discovers allow Michael to go from being the hunted to the hunter?

Characters:

I had a difficult time understanding how Michael changed or what exactly caused him to change so drastically. I also wanted to know a bit more about Michael's wife, although I wonder if in the third book my wish might come true? The characters for the most part seemed like two dimensional although they were very memorable, but they didn't have the power from the first book.

Theme:

One never dies

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from Michael's and Sindy's as well as some other characters' points of view. While the story tries to be like the predecessor, it doesn't quite succeed as one hopes. While it is enjoyable in its own way, it seems as if the things that made Death Never Sleeps good and memorable were a little toned down in this book.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)

E.J. Simon was the CEO of GMAC Global Relocation Services (a division of GM) and the Managing Director of Douglas Elliman, the largest real estate company in NY.

He is a consultant to many leading private equity firms and has held senior level positions at prominent financial services companies.

He is a world traveler, food enthusiast and lives in Connecticut.Death Never Sleeps is his first novel. His second novel, Death Logs In, will be available in October 2014. 

Connect with him:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

Opinion:

Okay, sorry once more for the lateness, but yes, same story that I was busy with a job and was unable to read and write book reviews. Well, let's start with the review. If I might be honest, this book definitely falls into a 3.5 rating and I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Death Never Sleeps. The story still had some tones of Godfather movie, although this time the reader is watching Michael turn into someone far from himself. The things that I found confusing are the business dealings and I feel that Alex wasn't in a picture as much as I wanted him to be in one.

This is for iRead Book Tours

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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