Richard Hilary Weber: In Flames



Once he has scapedAnd there doesn t seem to be anything he can do to stop themEscape Rating C For this reader the problem was that the story started out with multiple possible plot lines and Ooko ended up absolutely nowhere Dan Shedrick was a shmendrikBecause the story is toldntirely from Dan s point of view we only know what he knows and only see what he sees And Dan never does seem to know very much Even at the Naked end he only thinks he s figured out what is going on in tropical San I igo and with Elaine It doesn tver feel as if he Shadow Scale (Seraphina, either finds or discovers anything like the whole truth Which means that we don titherThere are lots of secrets hinted at but none are Claim The Crown ever revealed Elaine might have been sleeping her way through the San I igo government The US might is probably propping up a corrupt dictatorship through proxies and military contractors Dan is almost certainly being used by the US propaganda machine but he and we never get to the bottom of whyThis might be tolerable if Dan were a interesting orven sympathetic characterI never cared about him so I didn t care what happened to him In Flames is not uite a mystery but did not have the breakneck pace of a thriller It did leave me with a lot of uestions about San I igo and Nerds especially about who was using who Interesting captivating thrilling I am not a big fan of the thriller genre but this has me wanting to read The authors uniue voice compelling storyline and well developed characters make this a MUST read I was given this book inxchange for an honest review via NETGALLEY A promising beginning but steady decline throughout the remainder of the storyDan Shedrick is a recent Princeton graduate in architecture that is In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, entering the job market during a recession He has only been able to scrape up some meag Dan Shedrick takes a job as a junior architect at an American firm in San I igo and it doesn t take him long before he starts an affair with the wife of a resort owner But thenverything goes south when a radio personality is murderedThis is a very short boo The plot was imaginative and Bark exciting The characters were well developed and understandable The descriptive language was just about the right level to capture the feel of a tropical island While the story arc wasxciting and suspenseful the strongest point of the book is the moral dilemma for the main character The reader definitely has to pause and think how they might have responded I liked the book both for the interesting story and the thought process it On Such a Full Sea engendered I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest reviewA lover of mysteries thrillers and romantic suspense I couldn t wait to read In Fl While in paradise the beautiful San Inigo Dan Shedrick finds temptation and opportunity Unfortunately he also stumbles upon a murder whichxposes some shady dealings Drawn in by a seductive woman he soon finds himself captive deep in the forest Will he be the next victimMost of us think of the beauty of the Caribbean as a getaway For Dan the toxic beauty of the island and a sexy woman become his downfall Corruption is around Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! every corner and he seems pulled in by all of it Murder is only the tip of the iceberg What I thought would be an interesting murder mystery turned into a commentary on political strife and corruption Ultimately Dan wasn t just facing an intense police department threatening to name him a suspect or collaborator hended up caught in a much dangerous political storm Most of it comes at the hand of a manipulative woman Still there s redemptionThe storyline and intrigue pulled me in Cannibal early on and the characters were complex and memorable However somewhere in the middle I felt lost thanks to the switch from who done it to political thriller By thend I reconnected I just wish the transition would have been smootherThat being said the author created an intense thrill ride with palpable moments I can honestly say there wasn t a moment where I was bored or disinterested just slightly confused Overall a captivating read Rating 35 starsNote I received a complimentary copy for review purposes A positive review was not reuested or guaranteed the opinions xpressed are my ow. E he’s dragged away on a brutal journey into the heart of darkness   Buffeted by aggression depraved ritual and personal betrayal Dan discovers fierce truths about San Iñigo and himself In the island’s forbidding mountain jungle his life goes up in flames a deadly inferno that will forever change him if he survives at al.

Summary from GoodreadsSan I igo is a jewel of the Caribbean a playground paradise for the foreign lite a hell for unfortunate locals For recent Princeton grad Dan Shedrick San I igo promises the fulfillment of too many desiresDan hires on at a powerful American firm as a junior architect but still finds time for tennis booze a reckless affair with the sexy wife of a resort owner Man, Son of Man even a bit of reconnaissance for the US cultural attach But soon he discovers that nothing on San I igo is without conseuence When a much loved local radio personality is found on a beach with his head blown off Dan s lover becomes a suspect And not long after his foray intospionage he s dragged away on a brutal journey into the heart of darknessBuffeted by aggression depraved ritual and personal betrayal Dan discovers fierce truths about San I igo and himself In the island s forbidding mountain jungle his life goes up in flames a deadly inferno that will forever change him if he survives at allMy ThoughtsThis was a very uniue reading Alter Ego experience for me I spent the majority of the book not uite knowing for sure what was going onxactly That sounds like a bad thing but surprisingly it wasn t In fact for me it was actually a compelling reason not to put this book down This book is written in a way that gave me lots of uestions with answers there were far and few between That makes it sound like the book was confusing but it wasn t It was the why s behind verything that was happening that left me guessing constantly and reading continuously Let me give you an xample when Daniel gets to the island he realizes from the very beginning that he is an outsider compared to the other country club members on the resort where he is staying The why he is such an outsider though is a uestion that is constant throughout the book I m not sure that Daniel Uncommon Wisdom every fully understands what separates him from the others All of these different uestions added a layer of intrigue to the book There are lots of otherxamples but I don t want to give any spoilers away so I ll leave it at that Daniel s character wasn t the most likeable yet it didn t bother me like it would in most books I just kept reading as I needed to see what was going to happen next By the Unseen City end of the book I still didn t have him figured out but I don t think that I was meant to Because really none of the characters and their motivations werever fully Art explained It worked for me becauseven now I have been thinking about God Is in the Crowd everything that happened This book has stuck with me and left me ponderingI would really have loved the chance to discuss this one with other readersOverall this book was a strange yet compelling read I m finding it hard to reallyxplain my thoughts in a coherent fashion so my apologies If you are looking for a fast read with uestions then answers give this one a try Trust me when I say that the Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard ending will surprise you It wasn t what Ixpected at all Definitely interesting at times frustrating RecommendedBottom Line A uniue a book that left me thinking about it for some time afterDisclosure I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of a TLC Book Tour Thoughts are my own Too much description of the view too less about the action a mixed inside battle of the main character not sure that it s a 3 book I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in The Matriarchs (The Family exchange for an honest reviewThis book was promising when I began reading it Unfortunately I uickly grew to seriously dislike the main character Dan It seemed like all hever did was drink He works for a company called Xy Corp There are multiple mentions that the company is bankrupt and what have you and all we Notes for the Everlost ever know about his job is that he works at the new harbor and sometimes he goes very rarely I feel like this is a plot line that could have been developed Not important but it bothered me the whole book how the company was named Was I supposed to read it zy Corp Or X Y Corp It wasn t until way later that I got an an before Xy so I was given some help Why not XY This seriously bugged me Maybe it was just like that in the proofThis book seemed very hurried to me I guess I should have surmised that when I saw it was only 175 pages in Bluef. San Iñigo is a jewel of the Caribbean a playground paradise for the foreignlite a hell for unfortunate locals For recent Princeton grad Dan Shedrick San Iñigo promises the fulfillment of too many desires   Dan hires on at a powerful American firm as a junior architect but still finds time for tennis booze a reckless affai.

Ire Reader There s not much time spent on anything Nothing is When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) even resolved at thend of the book besides him getting rescued The way it is described by the media he spends days trying to get to safety With how little detail we re given it seems like he kills potbelly guy and then walks for an hour and the helicopter appears Delgado Vinny s death gets a lot of focus but at the same time it doesn t Everyone is all worked up about it but we never find out why Elaine lies about him to the insurgents We never find out if she really did kill him We never find out what really happened why he was killed No Biggy! etc Dan gets on a plane and goes home I finished the book and thought Well that was a waste of time I don t mind reading a book where things are unresolved But this is a thriller according to the jacket and you generally find out what happens Maybe in a noir or something like that things could be left unresolved but this is not a noir As far as I know this is not part of a series so I think this was a poornding Nothing was wrapped up at all Normally this would drive me nuts but since I didn t Crush It! even like the book it s not going to keep me up at night Originally published at Reading RealityI finished this last night and I m still not uite sure what it is intended to be It takes stabs sometimes literally at a lot of different genres and ideas but never uite settles on one or the other or the otherAt first we have a young man on a tropical island While it sounds like paradise it obviously is not Dan Shedrick is a recently minted architect with a degree from Princeton and no job prospects It s not him it s the Great Recession Jobs for new graduates along withveryone Attracting Birds to Your Backyard else took a multi year nosediveThis may just be my own background showing but Shedrick reads way too much like Shmendrik which is Yiddish for stupid person The resonance was strong because Dan Shedrick comes off as a shmendrik He is stupid or at least clueless throughout much of the book In The Joys of Yiddish by Leo Rosten a shmendrik is defined as an apprentice shlemiel meaning loser or fool Dan is certainly both of those tooI would say I just digressed but I m not sure I did Danmbodies both of those dubious ualities through the Deep Listening entire story It was a concept that I could not get out of my headDan gets a job but not in the US He becomes a contractor for the US based Xy Corp designing oil rigs and other architecturalengineering constructs on the tropical island San I igo The place is described as lawless and dangerous outside of the protected zones and Dan sees the gunmplacements surrounding the airport as solid proof The US is propping up a corrupt government in order to get access to the offshore oil and other natural resources and Xy Corp is their chief contractor Or chief Bird-by-Bird Gardening extractorOf course there are rebels who want their island and their country back I say of course because that is the common narrative for these type of stories and it is also the narrative in the news about many such placesDan gets sucked in to the strange otherness of thex pat community on San I igo He is seduced by the lifestyle of clinging to the protected zones his own former countrymen and living a life of relative luxury at the golf and tennis club while he drinks his nights away He is also seduced by the young wife of the club owner totally oblivious to the fact that Elaine seduces The Works of Saint Augustine every man in the club fornds that are only vaguely realized or understoodEven when Dan is recruited by the local US CIA Station Chief to operate a listening post for the US Government and its interests in San Inigo Dan remains oblivious to the sheer number of people who are using and manipulating both him and the San Inigo officialsUntil Elaine literally throws him to the wolves and he finds himself kidnapped by the local rebels by mistake He sinks into his own heart of darkness as he battles the jungle with his captors and then battles against them and that same jungle in order to Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone escapeOnce he is out he discovers that he is not really free and that he never has been Just as he was used byveryone on all sides prior to his kidnapping he My Teacher Is a Robot emerges only to realize thatveryone has plans to use him and his story for their own Supper Club ends. R with the sexy wife of a resort ownerven a bit of reconnaissance for the US cultural attaché But soon he discovers that nothing on San Iñigo is without conseuence When a much loved local radio personality is found on a beach with his head blown off Dan’s lover becomes a suspect And not long after his foray into spionag.

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Richard Hilary Weber a native of Brooklyn and a Columbia University graduate has taught at the universities of Stockholm and Copenhagen and has been a scriptwriter for French and Swedish filmmakers He lives in Provence France