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Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway ...
Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy. In the end, will Elaine find the love and happiness she truly seeks…or will she turn to a life of obscene wealth, power and corruption?
“Revenge, determination and love fuel this thoroughly enjoyable fast paced thriller.” – Samuel’s Book Reviews.
“You will be hooked! Not since Sidney Sheldon has a male author captured a woman’s perspective so well. it has it all — intrigue, love and realism.” – Kathleen Bursaw “bookster”
“Good book for those who like a little mystery, a little intrigue, a little romance and an average person as a heroine. I couldn’t put this book down. The tone was light and easy going, story well written and easy to follow. Counterfeiting details seem to be well researched, without being boring and technical.” – Christine, at Goodreads
“A fun filled rollercoaster Love, revenge, danger, and pride propel the reader through this excellent novel. The protagonist, Elaine, grows throughout this entire story and at each stage the reader can relate to what she experiences. Fantastic read!” – Theresa Fitzgerald, Book Reviewer
Posted January 22, 2012
Really irresistible page turner by novelist Mike Wells, "Lust, Money, and Murder" is the story of a woman out for revenge against the man who ruined her father and her vow to see him pay takes her on a journey around the world that is neither predictable nor dull in the slightest.
The heroine’s name is Elaine Brogan. She watches in horror as her father is arrested for passing counterfeit money and the man she holds responsible becomes the catalyst for a dive into the world of a Secret Service agent, the grueling treatment Elaine must endure to become one, and then the time she must bide until her quest really begins.
As Elaine sets out to bring her father’s nemesis to justice she goes on a wild ride through Bulgaria, Russia, and eventually Italy that gives the reader enough thrills to keep the pages turning as the climax, which is anything but what you might expect, comes into view. Add in the ingredients of romance and suspense and the result is a novel you won’t want to end a page too soon.
Author Wells has written a real delight in "Lust, Money, and Murder." It reads like something Sidney Sheldon might have written at the height of his literary career but the overall effect is a thoroughly enthralling story told by a writer who quite indelibly has a style all his own.
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Posted January 26, 2014
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...
A HOT PAGE TURNER
Posted December 29, 2013
Title: Lust, Money & Murder (books 1-3)
Author: Mike Wells
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
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!
Posted December 20, 2013
This was my first attempt at an audio book and I haven't read the original book yet, so the story was completely new to me. I was a bit nervous thinking about this review, but here we go! I will attempt to not include any spoilers - it is tough when you are writing about 3 books though.
Mike Wells really does write 'unputdownable' novels! At first I thought 'how long is it going to take me to get through 10 hours of an audio book.' Well the answer was less than a week. I listened while getting ready for work in the morning, while driving to work - instead of the radio and any moments in between! It was completely addictive.
Narrator 5/5 : I thought the narrator was awesome. She changes her voice and accent as the characters change and really gives a good performance. Sue is easy to follow and listen to. Her pace is perfect.
The characters are well rounded, interesting and lovable. You love the good ones and you love to hate the 'bad' ones.
Book 1 : I easily connected with Elaine. She is lovable, soft, caring and smart, but also has the strength to always do what is right. I quickly found myself rooting for her. Elaine works for what she wants. I took to her story quickly and definitely enjoyed her growth and learning curves. One of the things that bugged me and which made me feel quite sad for her was that she had such a bleak view on sleeping with someone and finding someone special. I almost threw a party when she met Nick! But we will get to Nick a bit later on. I really enjoyed her time in Bulgaria and felt that this was a turning point for her. Her feelings for Nick were a bit torturous in the beginning and bitter sweet when the romance finally happened. I really wanted to shake some sense into her when she did what she did at the end and for not trusting her instincts more.
Book 2: In this book I felt for her and just wanted her back with Nick! As a secret service agent sometimes I wished she could be a bit more kick-ass - but I did appreciate that she could think her way out of a situation. This was a tough period for Elaine and I wished she had connected some of the dots sooner. None-the-less this book was fast paced and full of twists.
Book 3: this is the book where Elaine's lines blur, and she learns who she really is as a person. She does get seduced a little bit by the wealth, the power and the corruption. I was a bit angry at Elaine when she lost her will after the Nick incident and that she let Caterreti do what he did to her, even though I could understand why. Once the real Elaine was back and thinking clearly, I was so relieved. I wanted to climb in there and help her. Elaine's story tugs at your heart strings and draws you in. The ending of Elaine's story was perfect - I was almost in tears.
Patrick - her dad. I liked him. He focuses on his daughter and loves her so much. He sacrifices much for her.
Nick Le Grange
Book 1: I immediately liked Nick. He is true, honest, street smart, witty and your good/bad boy who doesn't follow the rules. What u see is what u get. Nick is my favourite character in this series and I would love to read it from his POV to hear his story. Although some of Nick's actions come across as shady, he is so much more than he appears. I was so happy when he finally admitted his feelings for Elaine and took the chance with her! #TeamNick
Book 2: Nick is not really featured in Book 2, but I believe he is a good guy and he truly loves Elaine. I missed Nick's presence in book 2 and was so annoyed that Lassiter kept Nick and Elaine apart unnecessarily and so easily. The whole way through this book I was hoping Nick would show up.
Book 3: When Nick finally arrived I was jumping for joy and was then in utter shock! Nick didn't feature much until nearly the end, which was a really long wait from book 1! When the Nick incident happened, I was in utter disbelief. I was secretly hoping it wasn't what it seemed to be. I am really looking forward to reading/listening to more of Nick's story in Volume 2.
Book 1: Jean plays a very minor role in book 1. He is introduced while Elaine is being trained at the secret service as one of her lecturers. Near the end Lassiter appears again and changes the whole story, setting the scene for book 2.
Book 2: I could tell Jean had ulterior motives. I wanted to knock him out for keeping Nick & Elaine apart. I really didn't like him much. He works Elaine to the bone on his secret project and then sets her up. He is a twisted old man that many underestimate.
Book 3: In this book, all of Jean's true colours show. In the end I actually felt sorry for him and when the twist came about Gypsy..! I was busy doing my mascara getting ready for work and my jaw literally dropped and I almost made a complete mess of my make-up! After the jaw dropping shock I burst into fits of giggles.
Book 2: We first meet Georgio after he 'rescues' Elaine. In the beginning he is so charming and he draws Elaine in and seduces her with wealth, power and designer clothes. I'm sure he has cracked even the most committed women - the life of corruption comes across as a life of pure luxury.
Book 3: Georgio is an intriguing and extremely interesting character. He is such a likable criminal and charming gentleman with a wicked temper. In this book we get a clear glimpse of his past and how he became the way he is now. When his darker side did show, I literally loathed him. No pity here. In the end though, Mike created a really memorable and great character.
Plot, Pace, Writing style: 5/5
The pace of all 3 books is great. The plot is captivating and kept my attention - I just wanted to keep on listening. It is tough to judge Mike's writing style through audio, but Mike kept me interested and definitely kept me wanting more.
Book 1 ~ Lust: Has great pace, lays a great foundation for the series and ends with a huge twist.
Book 2 ~ Money: picks up exactly where book 1 finished. The end of book 2 was sort of blasé. No huge ending but definitely a meaty middle book. I really missed Nick but really enjoyed Georgio Cateretti's character.
Book 3 ~ Murder: has a bit more kick, everybody's true colours come out, and the lies are unravelled. Just when you think you know how it's going to end, Mike throws in another twist. If the book didn't end the way it ended I was going to have some real issues to chat to Mike about! The ending of this book and this series was perfect.
Cover talk 2/5: I am not overly fond of the cover. It's ok.
My Final thoughts:
This is a fantastic story about love, friendship, betrayal, revenge and truth. Elaine's life and journey is easily relatable, filled with good times and tough or dangerous situations. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery and suspense type book with a touch of romance.
Posted November 18, 2013
When I first saw this book the cover intrigued me. I had that warm fuzzy feeling I get when I see a book I want to read. ¿ As I started reading I felt as though I was watching a movie, it no longer felt like I was reading. This book is very fast paced and you are unable to put it down. I agree with so many people before me who have read Lust, Money, & Murder that Mike Wells has captured the mind and perspective of a women.
Lust, Money, & Murder revolves around Elaine Brogan, a brave and determined women. She decides to become a Secret Service Agent specializing in counterfeit money. After being tempted she finds herself balancing justice and the life of crime.
I don't want to reveal too much about the book, because I want everyone to read it for themselves and become hooked.
Posted November 6, 2013
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I absolutely loved these books. I couldn't put them down. I got the first book for free and then had to buy the next 2 so I could keep on reading. Action packed!
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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.
Posted October 26, 2012
Elaine Brogan is a great character. Very likeable. Very believable. This is a must for me to read a book. If you like easy reading page turner, you will love this. All 3 novels in one book. You will eat it up like candy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2012
If you like a book to grab you and hold your attention from first pargraph to last, this is for you. Wells writes with enough color that I would love to see this book as a movie. I could actually see the characters and felt like I was pulled right into the story, especially the cab ride through the woods. I look forward to this series continuing. Enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 30, 2011
From the moment I started reading ths book I could not put it down. Elaine has lost everything, and now she wants to avenge her father's death. She joins the secret service in order to persue the culprit, and you are taken on a journey of strenght and survival, along the way she falls in love with her boss, however another agent convinces her he is dealing on the wrong side of the law and is about to be arrested, so she up sticks leaving Nick her boss in Bulgaria! If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would, just awesome, well written a real page turner. I shall be reading more of this authors books for sure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 30, 2011
"In God We Trust" is a journey through the entire emotional spectrum. Love, revenge, danger, and pride propel the reader through this excellent novel. The protagonist, Elaine, grows throughout this entire story and at each stage the reader can relate to what she experiences. Fantastic read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.