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Lust, Money & Murder: Books 1, 2 & 3

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    MY REVIEW Lets start with the narrator: Sue Sharp. She was AMAZ


    Lets start with the narrator: Sue Sharp. She was AMAZING. She was able to switch her voice all around to take on each character. She made the book fun because of how she could manipulate her voice. I look forward to more audiobooks with her narrating.

    Books 1- Lust, Book 2- Money, Book 3- Murder:
    We meet a young Elaine Brogan and her father. Her father is in total love with his daughter and wants nothing but the best for her. Becoming a single dad, barely makes the ends meet, he picks up his bootstraps and gets his amazing daughter in a private school and provides emotional support and unconditional love. Elaine is crazy about her father, until the unthinkable happens and Elaine vows that she will set things right for her fathers name, and for her mental health. This is Elaine's only goal in life.

    When Elaine becomes a Secret Service Agent her first assignment is Great Fall, Montana where she meets her superior and learns very fast that her mentor was right. You will work with individuals that will be challenging. Elaine gets transferred to Sofia, Bulgaria and this is where life starts changing. Elaine is in the land of counterfeit money and finds out that identifying this phoney money is her specialty. Her and her superior, Nick LaGrange begin the hunt for the person responsible for hundreds of thousands of phoney money being distributed.

    When a lead comes in that could lead them both to career success, a former teacher enters Elaine's life and offers a better opportunity. Elaine is again transferred, this time to DC. But before leaving, Elaine discovers something about herself. While in DC, her former teacher bury her deep in a project that changes her life. After the project is complete, Elaine finds out that life as a secret service agent is not what she had thought.

    Elaine begins a journey that there is no coming back from. This journey affects everyone in her life that she has come in contact with and will come in contact with.

    The author, Mike Wells, did a marvelous job telling such a story that has the reader on the edge of their seat with the heart racing. He gives such life to each character and gives the reader a back story that will make the reader more invested in the story, and the characters. The beauty of this book is that author Wells could have kept going and it would not have gotten dull and how it ended was just fantastic.

    A great book, coupled with a great narrator. This book was without a doubt...

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

    Title: Lust, Money & Murder (books 1-3) Author: Mike Wells G

    Title: Lust, Money & Murder (books 1-3)
    Author: Mike Wells
    Genre:  Thriller:

    This book kicks off with a breakneck pace and never slows down...I finished this book wayyy faster than I expected (which is a good
    thing--it means I got sucked into the story.)  The whole premise is interesting and the main character definitely has a complicated history.

    I think this review would be best understood if I gave some background info about Elaine, the main character of this series.  Elaine was
    born into a poor family with an unfeeling mother and a loving father.  His father loved Elaine more than anything else in the world and
    would do anything for her.  This included stealing to provide money to send Elaine to a good private school.  At that time, Elaine didn't
    know about her father's crimes, but as she grew older, she did become suspicious about how he was paying for her tuition.
     Nevertheless, she attends the school and applies for a modeling job to earn some extra cash.  Unfortunately, the modeling agency she
     applied to was a scammed and when Elaine realizes this, she demands a refund. The agency obliges, to her surprise, and gives her
     $2000. Overjoyed, Elaine presents the money to her father who tries to deposit it in the bank...only to find out that the money was
    counterfeit.  Although Elaine's father wasn't charged for counterfeiting money, the police dug around and discovered him to be guilty of
    multiple thefts; he is then thrown into jail.  A few days later, he committed suicide.  Elaine vows to get revenge by joining the secret
    service as someone who specializes in busting counterfeiting businesses.

    The author does an excellent job describing Elaine's relationship with her father.  Even though his father broke several laws, I couldn't
     help but have a soft spot for him. The relationship Elaine had with other characters were also well written, but the best was definitely the
    father-daughter bond.

    The plot definitely kept me on my toes the whole time. There were many twists in turn that I didn't see coming (more on this later.)  The
    author provided minimal detail; just enough to give readers a sense of the setting, but not enough to slow down the story. While I can say
     I definitely grew fond of Elaine and her determination, I can't say I grew attached to any other characters (but that's okay because Elaine
     is the main character after all!)

    Alright, the only real gripe I had with Lust, Money & Murder is the number of plot twists involved.  Yes, I like plot twists; 1-3 plot twists is
    good. Any more than that feels like there is too much...which was kind of the case here. Elaine meets several other characters during her
     career working as an agent...and it seems like every single one of them betrayed her. Starting from the modeling agent scam, it seems
     as if Elaine can't find a trustworthy person. 

    Aside from that though, this was definitely a good reader.  Pretty, kick ass character + tons of action = hardcore thriller. There's no
     "flowery" writing (meaning no unnecessary words, which I really appreciated.)  I also loved how the series ended in kind of a complete
    circle :-) If you like books by Lee Child, definitely check out Mike Wells' books!

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    Very Good!

    I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. It was well written and kept me wanting to read. Great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Good read...

    I always feel a sense of disappointment when good books are too short. However, this is a well written trilogy without all of the pointless fillers. The equal part mystery and love story made this a good book for a wider range of readers. Good author. I hope to read more in the future.


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