Wednesday, October 10, 2018

G1038 Book Review of Death Logs out by E.J. Simon

Name of Book: Death Logs Out

Author: E.J Simon

ISBN: 9781980730318

Publisher: Endeavour Media

Part of a Series: Michael Nichols

Type of book: Humanity, brotherhood, intelligence, artificial intelligence, secrets, pope, the vatican,  murders

Year it was published: 2018

Summary:

Is Alex Nicholas really dead?

Two years since the brutal shooting of Alex Nicholas, a gambling underworld boss in Queens, NYC. But his brother, Michael, a respected CEO, struggles with a secret: his murdered brother has been communicating with him via his laptop using AI. This AI-Alex can foresee dangers in Michael’s path, and appears to be trying to help him – even controlling machinery and electronics via WiFi. Meanwhile, trouble is stirring in the historic capital cities of Rome, Berlin and Paris. Inside the Vatican, Monsignor Kurt Schlegelberger has designs to build his power and prepare for the sudden ascension of the Free Forces Party, a throw-back to the Nazis.

Schlegelberger will stop at nothing, but first he must deal with a new threat: someone appears to know the true story behind a series of murders in the US, committed by clergy to cover their tracks of child abuse within the Church. Alex’s re-appearance puts Schlegelberger’s plans in jeopardy. Dead or alive, the way to finish off Alex for good can only be to get to his close family, namely his brother Michael…

This fast-paced third instalment of E.J. Simon’s Death series will keep readers guessing to the very end.

Characters:

Main characters include Michael, younger brother of Alex who took over Alex's business when Alex has died. Michael is resourceful and intelligent. There is also Alex who seems to be evolving as the story goes on and is also resourceful, intelligent and fun loving. Of course, he also loves messing with people, and thrives on attention. There are other characters such as Sindy Steele, the killer nurse and the evil guys in form of Vatican, but they aren't as developed.

Theme:

What is humanity

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from a lot of characters' points of view such as Michael, his brother Alex, then their paramours. I feel that points of view tended to jump a lot and it was difficult for me to understand who is talking and who isn't. It's also action-paced and there doesn't seem to be a lot of character development,. although its a different story with Alex. I also feel that the author really wrestled with the question of what makes humans humans and whether or not machines or artificial intelligence can achieve that level.

Author Information:
(From iRead Book Tours)

Meet the Author:

E. J. Simon is the author of three commercial fiction thrillers, Death Never Sleeps, Death Logs In and Death Logs Out. He has just completed his fourth manuscript, Death in the Cloud.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America and the North Carolina Writer’s Network. He holds an M.A. in Corporate & Political Communications from Fairfield University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He lives with his family in Cary, North Carolina in the United States. For more information, visit his website: www.ejsimon.com.

Connect with E.J.: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram
Buy the Book:
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Opinion:

To be honest, I have read the prequels for the book years and years ago, which in hindsight is not good because I didn't enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed the prequels, and which does answer the question that its obviously not a stand-alone novel and that previous books are a must-read, and that all three must be read in a few sittings as possible. The story is very quick paced and somehow I couldn't really catch up to the level I felt that I needed when I read the book. Its definitely interesting and does have potential, but I feel that it should have been developed more to help the readers who are not familiar with the characters or past events become more familiar.

This is for iRead Book Tours

BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE:

Aug 20 - TFaulc Book Reviews - book spotlight / guest post
Aug 21 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Death Never Sleeps / giveaway
Aug 22 - The Book Drealms - book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 23 - Jane Reads - review of Death Logs Out / guest post / giveaway
Aug 24 - T's Stuff - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 24 - meirem_in_booksland - review of Death Never Sleeps
Aug 27 - Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 28 - Two Points of Interest - review of Death Never Sleeps / giveaway
Aug 29 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Aug 30 - Truly Trendy - review of Death Never Sleeps
Aug 31 - The Nerdy World Blog - review of Death Never Sleeps / author interview
Sept 4 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Death Never Sleeps / giveaway
Sept 5 - Two Points of Interest - review of Death Logs In / giveaway
Sept 6 - Truly Trendy - review of Death Logs In
Sept 7 - Books for Books - review of Death Never Sleeps
Sept 11 - Two Points of Interest - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Sept 12 - Books for Books - review of Death Logs In
Sept 13 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Death Log In / giveaway
Sept 14 - meirem_in_booksland - review of Death Logs In
Sept 17 - Truly Trendy - review of Death Logs Out
Sept 17 - Writers N Authors - review of Death Never Sleeps / giveaway
Sept 18 - Locks, Hooks and Books - review of Death Never Sleeps / giveaway
Sept 19 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Death Logs In / giveaway
Sept 20 - FUONLYKNEW - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Sept 21 - Nighttime Reading Center - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Sept 24 - It’s My Life - review of Death Never Sleeps
Sept 25 - Locks, Hooks and Books - review of Death Logs In / giveaway
Sept 25 - Writers N Authors - review of Death Logs In / giveaway
Sept 26 - Readers Muse - review of Death Never Sleeps / guest post
Sept 26 - Writers N Authors - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Sept 27 - Bound 4 Escape - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Sept 28 - Books for Books - review of Death ​Logs Out
Oct 1 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Oct 2 - Celticlady's Reviews - book spotlight / giveaway
Oct 3 - Locks, Hooks and Books - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Oct 4 - Readers Muse - review of Death Logs In
Oct 8 - Svetlana's Reads and Views - review of Death Logs Out
Oct 9 - The Booksnake Etc.- review of Death Logs Out
Oct 10 - The Nerdy World Blog - review of Death Logs Out
Oct 10 - Library of Clean Reads - review of Death Logs Out / giveaway
Oct 11 - meirem_in_booksland - review of Death Logs Out
Oct 12 - Readers Muse - review of Death Logs Out
TBR - The Booksnake Etc.- review of Death Never Sleeps
TBD - The Booksnake Etc.- review of Death Logs In
TBD - The Nerdy World Blog - review of Death Logs In
2 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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