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Official Review: Ransom (Tip of the Spear series Book #3)

Post by Kendra M Parker » 19 May 2019, 15:35

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Ransom (Tip of the Spear series Book #3)" by Belle Ami.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Phrases like “full of intrigue,” “action-packed,” and “edge of your seat” only begin to characterize Belle Ami’s book, Ransom. From the first page of the prologue, Belle Ami sets the stage with Mossad agents discovering a combined Hezbollah and North Korean plot to detonate high-altitude nuclear weapons and create an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) that would destroy all electronics within the blast zone. Since the targets are Israel and the US, this would effectively cause chaos and reduce these two powerful nations to the level of developing countries. Mossad’s leader immediately implements a highly secretive plan using a black-ops team to find and destroy the nuclear weapons before they can cause any damage. Ransom follows both the members of the black-ops team as they race to diffuse these threats and some of the Hezbollah agents as they work to ensure their success.

As the third book in her Tip of the Spear series, some fans may already be familiar with a few of the characters. Still, readers new to the series do not need to feel that it is necessary to read the first two books before starting this one. Belle Ami clearly introduces recurring characters such as Cyrus, Layla, and Aryeh in this book. Even though they have history, Belle Ami presents these character stories with an artistic touch that conveys the back story elegantly and efficiently. Her talent in this area was so effective that it was difficult to identify which characters carried over from previous books and which characters were new to the series.

While Belle Ami tells a thrilling story, her roots in romance also clearly come through. Frequent and explicit sex scenes appeared throughout the novel. Readers fond of the more erotic side of the romance genre may enjoy taking a dip into the thriller arena with the high-stakes action involved in this thriller. Violence and strong language also feature heavily, so readers desiring a “clean” read will want to skip this one.

Belle Ami tells a strong story with plenty of details and consistency throughout the novel. Avoiding unnecessary details and keeping exposition to a minimum also contributed to the great storytelling. Unfortunately, the text contained far too many technical problems with commas, homonyms, apostrophes and other grammar issues. With the quality of her writing in general, though, most readers will not likely suffer a significant impact to their enjoyment of the book.

Because of the strong storytelling and interesting characters, Ransom definitely fits the bill for readers that desire an exciting thriller. Sadly, due to the issues in editing, this book only earns 3 out of 4 stars. With a significant review in the grammar department, this is a book that could quickly earn its fourth star. Fans of Belle Ami’s other works will certainly enjoy this new novel.

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Post by kdstrack » 21 May 2019, 11:45

Your review portrays the author's writing style with her excellent history research, some sex scenes and violence. I enjoyed your comments about this book and author. Thanks for recommending this intriguing book.

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Post by kandscreeley » 21 May 2019, 12:34

It's too bad that this one wasn't properly edited. I'm glad this one has so many interesting elements to it, but it's not for me. Thanks for the review, though.
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Post by Nyambura Githui » 21 May 2019, 13:19

Your review has really brought the book to life. Thanks for the recommendation. Great review.

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Post by Adedayo+23 » 21 May 2019, 14:08

Exciting thrillers are just my kind of book, but the editing issues are rather worrisome. Thanks for your insightful review.
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Post by Rachel Lea » 21 May 2019, 20:23

I'm not into the erotica elements so I think I'll pass on this one, but otherwise the book's plot sounds engaging and well-written. Thanks for your review!
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Post by Lunastella » 26 Jun 2019, 18:59

I've enjoyed other books by Belle Ami and the combination of romance and thriller is usually one I find engaging. Hopefully, the editing issues will get fixed. Thank you for your enthusiastic review!

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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 27 Jun 2019, 04:58

Haven't read any of this author's books but will definitely read one from her. The storyline of this book feels like a prophecy to America and Israel. Too bad for the editing but it's a risk that I'm willing to take simply because I find this storyline is intriguing. Thank God from your review, it's not really necessary for me to start from the first book. Thank you for your compelling review.
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Post by Ronel_Steyn » 28 Jun 2019, 05:39

Thank you for your thorough review. Sounds like an intriguing read.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 01 Aug 2019, 07:19

I'm happily reminded of NCIS with this plot. While I haven't always been a fan of that show, the Mossad and romance elements were always fun and those stood out to me in this review as well. The EMP plot also sounds quite thought out in terms of the aftermath and who would have an interest in carrying it out.

Awesome review!
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