on Aug. 3, 2015 :
Delicious fun short stories full of delight and mischief and humor. These stories are short and punchy. I will let you read the author's description since it tells it all. I might give away too much. There are so many similarities and completely different in each story. Each one held its own and were great to read. The first 2 were my faves but the 3rd was well worth the read too.
**Disclosure: I received this product for free, almost free or as a gift
in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on April 29, 2011 :
Good Book Alert Review:
Three fun short stories full of twists. There’s a mix of ironic humor in these stories too. They really are unsavory delicacies.
These stories are about 3-4K words each, so I found it hard to comment too much without giving away anything.
Creame Brulee: Monique Beauvais is the cool, sexy spy woman with the French accent. Curtis White is the awkward pasty American. Which one is in trouble? Thriller fans will enjoy this one. I know I did.
To the Last Bite: A paunchy food critique hopes to write another scathing review of a restaurant. In this one, I thought I had predicted everything that was going to happen, but I was glad to find out the author had another surprise for me.
Shashlyk and Morozhenoe: One of the operatives in the first story comes back for this one. He’s a likable, talented character. It’s well written and interesting, but not as strong as the first two because it didn’t have those clever twists. I found the foreign character names in it hard to keep track, and I had to check back and forth to make sure I knew who was who. I looked up the meaning of the title. Shashlyk is Russian for shish kabab, and Morozhenoe is Russian for ice cream, which fits in with the food theme of these short stories. It’s a clever title, however, most people aren’t going to take the time to research them, so it’s not a very hookish title. Regardless, I still enjoyed this story.
There are so many nice touches the author put into these stories. Each one starts out set in a restaurant, and I found it brilliant how that fits in well with the title of this collection. The first two stories are written in the viewpoint of the characters who are reaping the results of their evil ways, and it works well. I think this is what made the first two stronger stories. Over all, the first two were excellent. The last one was good too, but it had a lot to measure up to after the first two.
Russel Brooks also has an action/thriller novel out called Pandora’s Succession where you can find one of the characters from the above stories. After reading his short stories, I’m very curious about his novel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 23, 2011 :
When asked to read this arc, I was pleased. I had enjoyed Pandora's Succession very much and looked forward to read what else could come out of Russell Brooks mind. All three stories were intriguing and either made me smile, or root for the one who ended up walking away with a smile. I loved how they were tied into Russell Brooks original character Ridley Fox from Pandora's Succession. Each story could stand alone, but was nice to see how the first and third were tied together. After reading each story, I wanted to know more, what happened to the characters and what happened next. My favorite story was the last one, Shashlyk and Morozhenoe, the ending left me laughing and shaking my head.
(reviewed the day of purchase)