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Unsavory Delicacies

Unsavory Delicacies

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by Russell Brooks
For fans of Barry Eisler and Robert Ludlum. A three-course story collection with a side-order of revenge.

Crème Brûlée - Rogue operative, Monique Beauvais, cons a software genius into selling her a coveted technology that would allow its user to control CIA drones while they're in flight. And she will go as far as killing him in public in order to have it.


For fans of Barry Eisler and Robert Ludlum. A three-course story collection with a side-order of revenge.

Crème Brûlée - Rogue operative, Monique Beauvais, cons a software genius into selling her a coveted technology that would allow its user to control CIA drones while they're in flight. And she will go as far as killing him in public in order to have it.

To the Last Bite - A renowned food critic--whose scathing reviews have closed down restaurants--gets a savoury surprise.

Shashlyk and Morezhenoe - CIA operative, Ridley Fox, leads a team against one of Russia's most powerful crime families. He discovers secrets, but not one that he was expecting to find.

Three stories with three consequences. All containing three Unsavory Delicacies.

***Caution*** Readers are strongly advised NOT to eat while reading To The Last Bite.

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Ridley Fox/Nita Parris Spy Series , #2
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Meet the Author

Prior to becoming a writer, Russell Brooks considers himself fortunate that he had the opportunity to be an Indiana Hoosier Track Champion and Canadian Track Team member in both the 100 and 200 meters. It was during Brooks's travels across Canada, the United States, and Europe, that he came up with his story ideas and came up with outlines for his future thrillers which he would later writer.

His BS in Biology from Indiana University helped him to write his first spy thriller, Pandora's Succession, followed by the short story collection Unsavory Delicacies. The latest addition to the spy series is The Demeter Code. So far, it appears that this series is far from over. The standalone thriller, Chill Run, was released afterwards.

What makes Brooks's spy series unique is rather than focus on plots which strictly revolve around political matters—both domestic and international—Brooks is more creative by combining stories that are literally ripped from the headlines and weaving them with hardcore science and producing the most non-predictable plots imaginable. As a result, Brooks's works have been compared to those of a young Michael Crichton, Robert Ludlum, and even Dean Koontz.

Although his goal is to keep readers in suspense by writing edge-of-your seat and page-turning thrillers, he may occasionally dash off a short story, entertain viewers with dramatic readings, or play his violin.

Russell Brooks currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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Unsavory Delicacies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Kristin_S_Kim More than 1 year ago
Wonderful collection, just don't read during mealtime... Disclaimer: I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review. This book comes with a disclaimer of its own, and I have to say I definitely second, third, and fourth it to all future readers! All three stories are fantastic, and I'm already a fan of Ridley Fox, so I was happy to see him appear once again. "To The Last Bite" was certainly my favorite of the three (and I'm sure that doesn't bode well for my psyche), although I'm going to be quite wary of my remarks regarding a restaurant's cuisine ever again!!! I wholeheartedly recommend this collection, especially to those who are already fans of Russell Brooks. Just make sure you're not planning to eat any time soon after reading... Bon appetit! 5 stars =)
sportzmomof5 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I loved the three short suspense stories in this collection. The author is great at setting the stage and making twist in the story. Each story leaves you wanting more.  Can't wait to read more from this author..and hopefully more about Fox.!! 
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brittanyrose40 More than 1 year ago
I got this ebook for Kindle from the author. It is a series of 3 short stories, Creme Brulee, To the Last Bite, and Shashlyk and Morozhenoe. Creme Brulee is about an undercover agent on a mission. Monique is required to get info from Curtis, which she does. But the end doesn't come as she had planned... To the Last Bite is about a Food Critic. Dennis has the best meal of life and LOVES the recipe. After finding what it is, he wishes he didn't know... Shashlyk and Morozhenoe is about a Mafia type transaction involving undercover CIA agents. Ridley Fox confronts Maksim Antanov and gets what he needs, in a very unconventional way... I personally liked Creme Brulee the best. Monique is a character that I could see myself in "cahoots" with. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, as it is definitely a page turner! As per author suggestion, I would definitely recommend NOT reading this book while eating! But don't let this detour you from reading it, as the parts I'm referring to aren't too descriptive.
Jaidis More than 1 year ago
Unsavory Delicacies by Russell Brooks is a terse collection of three killer culinary short stories. There's sex, exquisite dining, and a dead body or two! Creme Brulee is the first story in the book, offering up international spies and conspiracies with a side of revenge! In To the Last Bite, we meet Dennis Kirby, a renown food critic whose reviews means life or death in the restaurant business. His last critique subject was better than any other he'd had before,until he finds out the secret ingredient! Lastly we have Shashlyk and Morozhenoe. In this tale, Mr. Brooks uses a character from one of his previous stories. In this, we read of spies and covert operations dealing with the Russian Mafia. What they came to find and what is actually hidden away, are two very different things! Unsavory Delicacies was a very quick and amusing read. I do feel the author could have spent more time with each story, adding to the plot and length of the tale. I realize this is a collection of short stories, but they did seem even too short for that. Honestly, this book really wasn't "my thing" but I'm sure there are plenty of readers who would truly enjoy this! There are violent and adult situations not suited for younger readers. ~Hazel O'Shea Written for the Juniper Grove Blog
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emeraldfire More than 1 year ago
How far would you go to get revenge on the person who ruined your reputation? In these three short stories by Russell Brooks, a rogue operative, a food critic, and a mob boss each encounter embarrassing and tragic consequences for their actions. I truly enjoyed these stories; they were fast-paced and gripping. I give Unsavory Delicacies an A!
cborgne More than 1 year ago
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.
Da_Auntie More than 1 year ago
This collection of three short stories is like ordering an appetizer at a restaurant. It serves to stave off one's hunger and yet leaves enough room for the main meal. This is a great introduction to Russell Brooks' work but you will be wanting more. Mr. Brooks is able to draw readers in quickly and sustain a high level of suspense in just a few pages, not an easy feat. I especially enjoyed the two stories featuring Ridley Fox, the main character in Mr. Brooks' novel "Pandora's Succession." All in all, "Unsavory Delicacies" is a welcome treat.
murphyslibrary More than 1 year ago
from Murphy's Library - Rated 4 and half This author amazed me once again. With Unsavory Delicacies, a three short stories collection, Russell Brooks made the same magic of Pandora's Succession happens. The narrative doesn't lose anything, even if it is short and works faster than with his previous book, and the plots are all great. The three stories, Crème Brûlée, To The Last Bite and Shashlyk and Morozhenoe are well-written, and I was really happy reading again about Ridley Fox-an already known character from Pandora's Succession-in the first and third bit of this book. In the first story, Crème Brûlée, we met Monique, using herself to gain what she wants from the others. She thinks she is too smart, but there's no such thing in the world. The second story, To The Last Bite, is what I would call a genius idea. The food critic that do negative reviews almost all the time came across a menu that couldn't get off of him. The story, from this point, leads to a little predictable ending, but good all the same, when the chef pays a visit to his home. In the last story, Shashlyk and Morozhenoe, we watch Ridley going undercover and being involved in a plot with the Russian mafia. It was a really good story to read too. All three short stories are very different, but similar in its writing, and it gave a lot for those who are fans of Ridley from Pandora's Succession. The narrative is amazing, as common for Russell Brooks work. If you want to have a good time while reading a entertaining piece, this is your book. Fast to read, good to enjoy!
Marie_Francis More than 1 year ago
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.
CorLostForWords More than 1 year ago
Source: Received from author. Many thanks goes to Russell Brooks for sending me a copy of his book. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Look for it: Amazon Kindle, Nook, Smashwords. My rating: 4/5 Unsavory Delicacies is a compilation of three short stories from author, Russell Brooks. Crème Brulé is an intriguing tale about a rogue operative who entices a software engineer to sell her a piece of classified technology. The story captivates the reader quickly, and leaves them wanting more as it concludes. Memorable characters make this an enjoyable treat. To The Last Bite is a tale of just desserts, and revenge best served cold. A harsh food critic finds that his columns can make or break a restaurant's reputation. What he doesn't realize, is how much is taken personally by certain chefs. This one isn't meant for those with a weak stomach as it has an unusual twist. I realized what had happened in this one before it was revealed, yet found it still a good read. Shashlyk and Morezhenoe takes a look at the lives of a powerful crime family. Ridley Fox, a CIA operative is on a mission to uncover classified intelligence, however he finds out more than he bargained for when he uncovers a secret that was supposed to be kept under wraps. All in all, three succulent morsels that will leave the reader begging for more. I'll be keeping my eye out for Brooks' future works.
pophyn More than 1 year ago
Russell Brooks sent me an advance copy of his latest book, Unsavory Delicacies, a set of three short stories, to read and review. I'd read his action/suspense spy novel, Pandora's Succession, a while back. Unsavory Delicacies contains three short stories with the common thread of fine food and fine dining. The stories are very well crafted; I enjoy Russell's writing style and I think it's even better here than in his first book. The first and third stories involve the hero of Pandora's Succession, Ridley Fox, and it was fun to see him again. He is such a great character in Pandora's Succession and these stories just add to my good opinion of him. I think these stories will also serve as an introduction to the man for new readers. They include a bit of Fox's background, just enough to catch up a new reader and still not drag down the stories. The middle story is standalone. It's a tale with a twist. I was primed for that by a quip Russell made in sending me the review copy, but that didn't hurt it for me. I'll just say it isn't all sugar and spice, so be warned. As I said, I was sent an advance copy to review but I wasn't compensated or pressured about what to write.
YvonneReviews More than 1 year ago
Unsavory Delicacies is a short trilogy with three stories filled with tension, angst, and tragedy all rolled into one book. The first story, "Crème Brulee" features a rogue operative and an operative for a weapons consortium. The rogue operative is determined to get the bad guy. The next story, "To the Last Bite" is about a food critic and the price he has to pay when his reviews do not meet with everyone's approval. Last is "Shashlyk and Morozhenoe". This one shows that it's not so easy to be a mob boss and bad things can still happen. As I said, this is a short trilogy and I was able to read it in less than an hour. My mistake was reading it before I went to sleep. I should have read it during the day. I'm usually not squeamish, but one story just left me thinking "ewwwwwwwwwwwwww". It's not for the feint of heart, but those are the stories I love to read :) This is no exception. Russell Brooks is a "new-to-me" author and I'm going to be looking for more of his work. I'm already going to add his first book Pandora's Succession to my shopping list. His writing is fast-paced and leaves the readers wanting more.
Valca85 More than 1 year ago
This collection of three stories was a delight to read. The writing is concise without being dull and the plot lines are a fun addition to the suspense genre. The first one, in my opinion, is the strongest, with multiple twists and a strong female lead. I was warned by the author himself not to eat while reading "To the Last Bite" and I pass that nugget of advice down to any potential readers. I won't tell you why, but take my word for it. All three stories revolve around food and restaurants, giving the book a charming connecting line that a lot of short story collections lack. It is fast-paced and amusing, not a single moment of boredom, so if you are on the lookout for something different to read. I recommend this punchy book.
LJKentowski More than 1 year ago
Russell Brooks has done it again and amazed me with his creative gift. All three short stories were page turners full of intrigue. One of my favorite characters, Fox from Pandora's Succession, did not disappoint and hints of of what he's capable of in a full length novel. Highly recommended read!
Cat_In_Boots More than 1 year ago
This collection of three short stories by Brooks is, indeed, rife with delicacies; sating our cravings for thriller prose. But, Holy Guacamole, Batman! Being titled "Unsavoury" is purely due to the wallop they deliver; that bit of BAD that excites! It's what makes Brooks' writing, as that of all great thriller writers, crave-worthy. Covert operative extraordinaire, Ridley Fox (hero of Brooks' Pandora's Succession) pays a call... or two. One of the stories, To The Last Bite, introduces bombastic food critic, Dennis Kirby. He knows the power he wields with each restaurant review he dishes out. He stokes his God complex with daily reviews in his famous newspaper column. But this new French restaurant is very different and Kirby discusses his findings with the owner and the head chef. He has a brief déjà vu moment after introductions , but the meal erases any tangential thoughts. I'll provide no spoilers here! BUT, what ensues, after this seemingly innocuous encounter is beyond belief! Each story is a perfect thrill-ride before bed. Just try to sleep after you read this bedtime story!
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TicTocLW More than 1 year ago
In Crème Brule, Brooks has used a dining experience to introduce his characters. Monique Beauvais is a beautiful young woman willing to use her looks to get what she wants. Working for the Arms of Ares she is more than willing to set up her date, collect the money and mark him for termination. As she completes the deal, she leaves him at the restaurant and as she walks away hears the rifle shot killing her patsy. However, everything is not as it seems. Her contact, Curtis, is not who she believed him to be, and everything she believes has just taken a turn. Her life now in danger and her cover blown, can she finalize the contract for her employers? Things are not what they seem and Monique is taken aback at her naivety, believing and trusting in her ability to pull a swindle, she is trapped. Having always used her beauty to get what she needed she is at a loss when it is no long enough. Curtis too has his secrets, he is undercover and on to her tricks but will do what it takes to make sure she does not get her way. This is an interesting quick read with a twist to the ending. In To the Last Bite, Russell Brooks brings us a bit of a creepy suspense, about a food critic. Dennis Kirby makes a living by giving terrible reviews to the restaurants he visits. Occasionally he will give a good review but the bad ones are the fodder that keeps his readers coming back. When he finds a French restaurant with food that he find quite palatable he is impressed. The owner is sweating bullets hoping to receive a rave review, and Dennis assures him he will receive it. Even after leaving the restaurant, the food stays with him, but something is familiar to him about the owner. He cannot quite put his finger on it but it is there. Maybe he had seen him somewhere before but he is not sure. Calling his girlfriend, he again cannot reach her and begins to worry. He has been trying to reach her now for some time; she is always available so he is concerned. After his eating experience at the French restaurant, he also finds that other food is not quite as good, but he is understandably surprised with the chef show up at his home with another meal. Something is not quite right, but the horror that unfolds will be so unexpected you will not see it coming. This is a quick and quirky story with a somewhat creepy undertone. Brooks' characters are bizarre and the chef is just a bit frightening. There could be a moral and yet it to too odd to list it as so. It is a strange and unexpected tale. To wrap it all up, Brooks brings us another short but succinct story, Shashlyk and Morozhenoe, revolving around his hero Ridley Fox. Fox goes undercover with a few other CIA operatives, posing as inspectors looking for bad meat. Looking to find and expose some important documents from the Arms of Ares, Ridley realizes the safe is not set up as expected. He calls in his man Dobbs. Unaware of the circumstances, his team is caught in a tight spot when the Russian Mafia show up and inform them that they have been watched
surroundedbybooks More than 1 year ago
Russell Brooks' Unsavory Delicacies explores espionage and horror with a dash of tasty treats within these three short stories. In "Crème Brule," Brooks gives us espionage at its best. The deceptions are sweet, and the reader will enjoy the twists and turns as nothing is quite what it seems until the end. In "To the Last Bite," revenge is a dish best served hot and steamy in this short story, which happens to be my favorite of the three. In "Shashlyk and Morezhenoe," surprises abound as Fox goes against a crime boss who is more like pudding and doesn't have a fierce bite. All three stories delve into secrets and deception. Nothing is as it seems, and in some cases, the reader will wish it wasn't what it was. Unsavory Delicacies is a quick, deliciously devious read.
MorningGlow More than 1 year ago
"Unsavory Delicacies" features three short stories by author Russell Brooks, each involving food in some way. Fans of Russell's earlier novel "Pandora's Succession," will delight at seeing Ridley Fox's return. And frankly, just reading the stories involving Fox really made me want to pick up "Pandora's Succession" and read more, he's an interesting and driven character - and that comes through even in such short fiction. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite out of the three stories, with "Creme Brule" and "To the Last Bite" being tied for first. "To the Last Bite" contains a rather delicious [ha, ha] surprise ending. Just when I was wondering how the author was going to wrap this story up, what the final conclusion was going to be - he throws the reader for a loop. And "Creme Brule" contained one of my favorite types of action scenes/stories - a professional versus a professional. The battle of wits and skills. "Shashlyk and Moreznenoe," while not my top favorite, was still really good, and seemed to be setting up the scene for a future Ridley Fox novel - fingers crossed! Fans of Russell Brooks will enjoy his newest release, as will fans of good fiction in general. Action fans should definitely check it out. FIVE out of FIVE (5/5). Great, quick read - good to the last bite, so to speak.
ACasualReader More than 1 year ago
Unsavory Delicacies are 3 short stories that are full of action and suspense. The first story titled "Crème Brûlée" and the third one "Shashlyk and Morozhenoe" are connect to a character (Ridley Fox) from Russell's first book, Pandora's Succession- which I though was fantastic! You don't have to have read Pandora's Succession to understand these two short stories, they are perfect on their own and are fast paced, suspenseful and they were great short stories. The second short story in the collection, "To the Last Bite" was probably my favorite of the three. It too is suspenseful it sucked me right into the plot. Together these three short stories took me about an hour total to read. This is the first time I've actually read any short stories (besides a children's book) and it was nice to sit down a read a story in a short amount of time, unlike a novel. I'd recommend these to anyone who likes fast-paced action, suspense, and getting revenge in an unusual way! As always, I look forward to reading more works from Russell Brooks!
GeekyGirlReviews More than 1 year ago
I read this last night and it only took me about 25 minutes to read. This book has 3 great short stories in 25 pages and all 3 stories are fantastic and full of suspense .I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't put this book down. If you love suspense novels then you will definitely love Unsavory Delicacies.
aobibliophile More than 1 year ago
"Blame it on a simple twist of fate." - Bob Dylan Unsavory Delicacies is a delectable collection of three short stories that showcases together the author's imaginative writing, eye for detail, interesting characterization and penchant for twists and surprises. * Creme Brulee - deals with a foxy lady who uses her beauty and cunning while engaging in a shady transaction that goes wrong * To The Last Bite - features a food critic bent on destroying every food establishment he dines in when he ultimately gets his fill and much deserved just desserts * Shashlyk and Morozhenoe - tells of a covert operative who finds himself in a sticky situation with the Russian Mafia this anthology would be a great introduction to those unfamiliar with Russell Brooks. i really enjoyed the stories as much as i did reading Pandora's Succession - his first novel. if you want something short but fun, intense though bearable, fast-paced yet well-timed, treat yourself to some Unsavory Delicacies. you might just find yourself asking for more.
cherylbaryl More than 1 year ago
When I was asked by Russell Brooks to review Unsavory Delicacies before it is even released, of course I said yes! I haven't read his first book Pandora's Succession yet, but you can believe I will after reading this book! This is a book that consists of three short stories. The first is "Creme Brulee". Monique Beauvais meets up with Curtis White at a gourmet restaurant in Old Montreal. He was supposed to bring her something in exchange for money. He seemed like a nerdy guy. She thinks things are going just as planned. Things don't seem to be quite right, and I was surprised by the ending! The second story is "To The Last Bite". Dennis Kirby was at a french restaurant where he was supposed to eat and do a review. The owner of the restaurant looked familiar, but he just couldn't place him at first. He had a visitor at his house who brought him a special meal. I couldn't believe what the meal was and what happened at the end! The last story is "Shashlyk and Morozhenoe" which has a lot of action and a surprises too! Even though this was a short book, I really enjoyed it! Sometimes in short stories you just can't get into what is going on, but that was not the case here! The first two short stories were my favorites There was suspense, humor, and um..well, you just have to read the book to see what else! I recommend this book! Disclaimer: I received this e-book from the author. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author. They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.