Mike Wells is an American bestselling author of over 20 "unputdownable" thriller and suspense novels, including Lust, Money & Murder and Passion, Power & Sin. He is also known for his young adult books, such as The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer, The Wrong Side of the Tracks, and Wild Child, which are used by English teachers in high schools and colleges worldwide. Formerly a screenwriter, Wells has a fast-paced, cinematic writing style. His work is often compared to that of the late Sidney Sheldon, with strong and inspiring female heroes, tightly-written scenes, engaging action/dialogue, and numerous plot twists. He currently lives in Europe and has taught in the Creative Writing program at the University of Oxford.
Passion, Power & Sin: Books 1 - 5 - The Victim of a Global Internet Scam Plots Her Revengeby Mike Wells
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One spectacular financial scheme. One woman alone against the world. Young, beautiful, and yearning for love, Heather Bancroft meets the "perfect" man...and is lured into a game in which she begins to make more money than she ever imagined. Betrayed by her own innocence, she loses all that is dear to her and discovers that she has been mercilessly used. Defeated and broken, but surviving with sheer persistence and ingenuity, Heather emerges from her trying ordeal, determined to punish the ruthless man who destroyed her life. Her thirst for revenge takes her halfway around the globe, to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, where her nemesis secludes himself in obscene wealth that he's gained from the financial ruin of others. Heather is playing for the highest stakes in a lethal game. Only one man loves her - he's handsome, confident, and just as determined as she is. Only one man can stop her - a criminal mastermind who is intent on her destruction.
From Jayne Lockwood Reviews
This is another enormously enjoyable read from Mr. Wells. Heather is young, beautiful, living and working in New York City. There she gets involved in a dangerous game which seems to be the answer to all her financial worries. AND she meets her perfect man. Life is going swimmingly until she loses everything and has to claw it back, pitting her wits against an elusive millionaire whose get rich quick schemes have resulted in the ruination of countless other people. There is intrigue, tension, international travel, glamour, gleaming yachts, designer clothes, beautiful women, peril on the streets of Paris, murder and sex. It's all in there, a luscious mix of Sidney Sheldon and Shirley Conran, updated and fresh enough to stand tall in the 21st century. I could not put this book down. It was a huge amount of fun but more than that, it has stayed with me and is definitely one I will be recommending to anyone who wants a more than just a sexy romp through a millionaire's playground.
Reviewed by David Savage, What's Good to Do Magazine
A story of money, greed, scams, revenge and love! A 24 year old PR assistant, Heather Bancroft, is one of the people caught up in an elaborate scam. She starts to receive strange emails predicting the outcomes of things she can bet on...and these bets take her around the world to Japan onto Istanbul... A very well-written series of books where the pace does not let up from Book 1 to the final pages of Book 5. Filled with twists and turns that grab your attention and keep you reading...suspense and thrills and keeps you on the edge on your seat wanting more. A highly entertaining read, it has to be one of the best stories I have read in years.
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Narrator: 4/5 Karin has a great voice. She is easy to listen to and acts out the various characters brilliantly. In the beginning I thought the transitions were sometimes a bit rough but as the story progressed it evened out. She is versatile and her accents are perfect. My Review: Mike Wells opens the book with a good hook - I definitely think he is the king of hooks. There is a reason people say his books are 'unputdownable.' Initially I wanted to review Passion, Power & Sin book by book but I caught up in the story that I lost track of where one book began and where the next book started. It was just that good! Characters & Story line: 5/5 Mike has a way of creating really fantastic characters. They arewell-rounded, interesting and easy to connect with. Heather - I liked her from the start! She is smart, humble and able to be badass when she needs to be. Heather is your main protagonist and is in a bit of a pickle when along comes an email that seems too good to be true and trust me I think it is!! Sometimes Most times I really wanted to smack some sense into Heather, I was cringing as I listened - it just gets worse and worse and just when you think Heather can't get herself into anymore trouble... something happens! Heather grows as a character throughout this series. She has a beautiful heart and is just awesome. Percy & Nicole - Percy is such a great side character! I just had to put this in here. Percy is Heather's best friend and Nicole is a friend she makes on one of her insane adventures! I loved these too so much they deserved a mention. Enzo - I loved Enzo to pieces when he came along in the story. I think you meet him in about book 4 and he just crept into my heart. I wanted to protect him just as much as Heather did. And then came a huge twist that I just did not see coming! Wow - it broke my heart in so many ways that I cannot explain without giving anything away! Gareth - Gareth is the perfect match for Heather. He is sweet, caring, brave and just a really nice guy. Let's just say that the entire book I was praying good things would happen for them! Ricciardo Meyer - *Sigh* I really hated Ricciardo. I did feel sorry for him at one point but he is too full of nastiness for it to last long. He is a brilliant villain that just gets under your skin. Ricciardo makes some brilliant points in the story but has no humanity. Plot, Pace: 5/5 The plot was easy to get into and the pace was good. This was one of those audio books I just could not wait to continue listening too. The story flowed smoothly and Mike keeps you on your toes. He throws in curve balls and twists that had me wondering how Heather was ever going to make it through to the end. Cover talk: 4/5 Initially the cover didn't draw me too much but now after the exciting adventure with Heather I can appreciate it that much more! Final Thoughts: I didn't think Mike could top Lust, money and Murder - which is one of my favourite audio books ever. Passion Power & Sin is equally on par in my opinion.