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Ian Fox was born in Slovenia (EU), and has also lived in the U.S.A., France, and Germany. He is fluent in English, French, and German. Because of his extensive international experience, his books are set in the U.S.A. or Europe. Ian’s books have enjoyed great success in Europe. He has published three crime (mystery) novels that have sold very well and been ranked among the top 100 most borrowed library books in Slovenia. He is currently working on two new novels. Enthusiastic readers write to him, saying they can’t put his books down and read them in a few days. Individual libraries have ranked his works among the top ten, sometimes even the top five most-borrowed books.
on March 15, 2012 :
Everybody wants something from Dr. Simon Patterson; his wife, Helen, wants him to make more money so she can have better things, his chief at the hospital wants him to just concentrate on being a neurosurgeon, and his assistant, Jerry, wants Simon to let him become an associate. With all these people harping on him for something Simon finds himself running into the arms of Christine Vucci, the wife of local mobster Carlo Vucci. In the end no one is safe from all the revenge going around.
There are many characters in this book which at first had me a little confused but once I got used to all the characters I was hooked at how all their lives seemed intricately connected. While the book is mainly about Simon it does also follow the relationships of others and some glimpses into the lives of the other characters. Throughout many of the relationships in the book there seemed to be one character that was controlling and the other that seemed weak. This can be seen through the many romantic relationships, i.e Simon and Helen, Anita and Jerry, Carlo and Christine. I liked the contrasting of the controlling and weak characters.
I loved the action in this book, it was fast-paced and I couldn't get enough of it. I also liked that with the action there was also some mystery, like who really killed Helen? I have to say that I was surprised when it was finally revealed who killed her.
In regards to Simon's arrest and trial, from what I had read I didn't think the police really did have enough evidence to arrest them and really not enough to try him for murder. That is probably just the paralegal student in me though.
I was happy to see some characters get their revenge in the end. In the end those characters who were driven to do deceitful things get knocked down a notch.
Overall this is a fast-paced book that jumps into the action right away. Readers are shown characters with different wants and just how far they are willing to go get what they want. For some of these characters you'd get chills just to see how far they are willing to go.
[I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.]
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 08, 2012 :
I am a huge fan of mysteries and crime novels, so when I saw the synopsis this seemed like my kind of story. Sadly I was not taken with this book. Ian had a good story but this novel was a little too long for the idea behind the story.
I believe there were a few too many characters to be able to concentrate on the story. I found that the chapters were very short and we switched to a new storyline quickly. I felt that a lot of things were cut short to change to another character's story. This is a very long book and it seems that there are many scenes throughout that are not necessary and are added in just so there is more to the story.
I did enjoy Ian's writing, he does a great job writing his descriptions making everything seem very real. But at the same time the descriptions take over a little too much of the story. Ian has a habit of describing everything in the scenes, it makes it seem that the story is being told to me rather than me being able to immerse myself in the story and imagine things myself.
I really enjoyed the first chapter, the way Ian opens the story makes you very interested and curious as to what is going to happen. But from there it takes awhile to understand where the mystery is. I find that it takes Ian awhile to get into the story, and that he loads it more with backstory of all the characters.
I did enjoy that each couple had a strong submissive and strong controlling person. It was interesting to see how different people dealt with that situation. And it was also good to see that in the end everyone technically got what was coming to them in some way. All in all, Ian is a good writer but there does need to be some revising and editing of some scenes that are unnecessary.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Jan. 07, 2012 :
Promise Me Eternity
Mystery; Suspense; Thriller
Promise Me Eternity is one of those novels that I found hard to put down. Not only is it filled with suspense, but greed, jealousy, affairs and murder. They say that the love of money is the root of all evil and that is surely portrayed to the fullest in this book. With a cast of many characters one will have to start to think when they are reading and watch for clues.
Dr. Simon Patterson is a well known and respected neurosurgeon in Oregon. Although he has been married for 15 years they have no children. In all actuality he is married to his work, not the surgery but trying to develop an anti aging vaccine, which in turn takes time away from his wife. His wife on the other hand is a money hungry woman that wants the best of everything, clothes, cars vacations and more. When Simon saves the life of a Carlo Vucci a known gangster little does he know how is life is about to change. Accepting a dinner invitation Carlo offers him a check for Fifty Thousand dollars. When Simon turns it down, his wife hits the panic button and Carlo’s wonders, No one has ever turned down his money.
Now the problems begin, Simon’s wife is going out, acting strange, Carlo’s wife is making a play for Simon and his associate is trying to take over his job and that’s just the beginning of his nightmare. His wife is murdered and all clues point to Simon. When Carlo’s wife Christine says she will help prove his innocence and say that he was with her, there was only one problem, her husband. When Carlo ends up dead after a fight with Simon, Christine confidently changes her mind about Simon. Can Simon prove he is innocent? Were they out to kill Helen Simon’s wife or did they make a mistake? As the neighbors confide will they be the straw that helps Simon get free or be condemned?
There are more twists and turns in this novel that will keep you wondering throughout. There are quite a few different characters and the chapters may be about one character and then change to someone else. At times unless I kept my mind on whom I was reading about at the time I would lose track and would back track to see which one I was reading about. All in all this is a great mystery with plenty of suspense which leaves one wondering just how the story is going to end. Recommended for those who like a strong suspenseful mystery with occasional hints at sexual activity but nothing heavily sensual or erotic and no coarse language.
I received this complementary copy from the author. A positive review was not required and all opinions expresses her on my own views of the novel.
(review of free book)