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Reading Challenge 2016 Update 4

By Angela @daisyangel1
My best effort to read 20 books for my 2016 Reading Challenge has slowed of late. I found the Summer a distraction of other activities and days out, allowing reading to slip from my radar. However, as Autumn arrived I was sent a reprieve, well unfortunately for me it was in the guise of a bad chest infection. Not able to do an awful lot for 3 weeks I did make progress during sleepless nights with my reading, and have added 3 more books making 12 books read. 

Catch up with my reviews below. They include a brief story synopsis, absolutely no spoilers and my views on how I found the book and if I would recommend it. 

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CXVI The Beginning of the End by Angie Smith
I scored this book 4/5 on Goodreads.


Who will survive?
When the murder of a colleague is linked to a series of suspicious deaths, Detective Superintendent Greg Woods’ team are tasked with solving the mystery. New to the team is Maria Barnes, whose besmirched character sadly precedes her. However Woods quickly discovers there is more to the detective sergeant than meets the eye: her skill level, knowledge base, and investigative talents far outshine his own formidable qualities…
And why is the Secret Intelligence Service so interested in Barnes and the investigation?
It’s a race against time to stop the killer, but he’s meticulous, cunning and ruthless. He leaves the police and intelligence service questioning if they are all out of their depth…
When forces contrive against them, Woods’ life hangs in the balance and for the first time in his career he risks breaking the rules… He and Barnes decide to go it alone to uncover who or what CXVI really is… The shocking truth lies at the heart of the Government and is trapped deep underground.
My Review
Wow CXVI The Beginning of the End, what a read. A fascinating story in the murder/thriller genre. I won this book in a giveaway, and was  really taken by surprise at the quality of the writing of this little know author. The story is very well written with intriguing characters and quite complex storyline. It is a crime detective with depth, not predictable and keeps you on your toes. Whilst the book contains violence I found it refreshing not to be littered with unnecessary swearing and sexual references on every page.

Written in a way that I felt I was part of the crime team and desperate to uncover the details of this disturbed serial killer. There are multiple story lines within the book that now lend themselves to the next book, and continue the story of detective Marie Barnes. A bargain read too just £1.99 as an ebook. I scored this book 4/5 on Goodreads.

The Good Life: Up the Yukon Without a Paddle

I scored this book 5/5 on GoodreadsSynopis
Dorian Amos — a painter from Cornwall — and his wife decided that they were in need of adventure. Having searched their world atlas they decided to sell up and move to Canada in pursuit of a better life. Having bought Pricey the car, Boris Lock their faithful dog, a canoe and their fishing equipment they set off into the Yukon Wilderness to find a place they could call home. After months of camping alone in the great outdoors — where they encountered bears and wild men of the mountains — they eventually arrived at Dawson City, home to one of the great gold rushes of the 20th century. It was here that they found a run-down log cabin in the mountains nearby and began a new and gratifying life. A life they had always known they wanted.
My review
This book belongs to my sister and has been sitting on my bookshelf for a number of years, had I heeded her recommendation I would of read it sooner. What an inspiring read! 
I love that Dorian is just an average englishman, who one day decides there must be more to life than bills, working and monotony. He makes a decision most of us may ponder over briefly, and actual puts his dream into action. What follows is an exciting, unpredictable adventure in the couples effort to discover a new and fulfilling life in the wilds of Canada. At times they scared me witless with the encounters they faced, and there were situations that would have had me turn back to civilization. The extremes in temperature they endure will leave you feeling cold to the bone. But they had a dream to follow, even if it did not always go to plan. 
I read this book in a day I was engrossed in following Dorian and Bridget's story. A thoroughly good read!

This book is available as both an ebook and paperback currently costing just over £7.00.

I scored this book 5/5 on Goodreads

The Words of Their Roaring by Matthew Smith

I scored this book 3/5 on Goodreads
London's Falling! London – a city overrun by the zombie hordes. Most of the human survivors live from day to day, scraping together an existence amongst the ruins, avoiding the shambling, flesh-hungry undead that stalk the streets. But for others the situation is an opportunity, a chance to establish a powerbase within the capital now that all authority has virtually collapsed. For gang lord Harry Flowers, the plague is his chance to finally rule the city unopposed. Operating out of his well-protected mansion on London's outskirts, Flowers sees a chance to use the zombies and the havoc they wreak for his own ends. The way he sees it, the ghouls aren't going to be around forever, and when he re-establishes a functioning society, it's going to be on his own terms. All he needs is a way to control the dead. But Flowers is not the only one with designs on the city...
My Review
I picked up The Words of Their Roaring with little expectation and had not even read the story summary on the back cove, but I do enjoy a post apocalyptic read. An enjoyable book in the zombie genre, and well written. I liked the fact that story did not stick to the usual predictable zombie themes. 
You explore the  zombie world through the main character Gabe, and his history with crime lord Harry Flowers. Whilst humans are trying to survive the rampent spread of a zombie virus this does not stop others from seeing an opportunity to build empires. The story cleverly flips between past, present and future of the zombie out break. I would of given this book an extra star but I found the last 40 pages of the story less enjoyable, as I felt it rushed the ending. But well worth the read. 
I scored this book 3/5 on Goodreads

I am just starting book 13 a literary classic, which may just help keep me in reach of my reading challenge for 2016. You can keep up to date with my past and present reads by visiting my Goodreads page, see the link in the sidebar on the right hand side of your screen. 

Have you read any good books of late?

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