Monday, October 11, 2010

Review: The Ghost Of A Flea by John Brinling

The Ghost Of A Flea
Book: The Ghost of a Flea
Author: John Brinling
Format: eBook
Source: Author
The novel is a romantic, suspenseful action thriller that tests the endurance and love of a man and a woman, and threatens the security of a great city. It is a tale of greed, passion and death centered on a painting of haunting beauty and mystifying significance. “The Ghost Of A Flea,” painted by William Blake 200 years ago.
The murder of Roger’s musician friend, Gideon Whiting, turns Roger’s world up-side-down. His wife, Natalie, lies to him. His best friend, Ted, lies to him. His boss and U.S. Senate candidate, Charlie Holt, lies to him. And Lieutenant Tarrington, a homicide detective, is convinced Roger killed Gideon—but is Tarrington who he claims to be, or is he lying, too?
Peggy Curtis, the blond bombshell who dropped into Roger’s life one snowy night after he left Gideon’s apartment, might be the only person who can unravel the Gordian knot facing Roger, yet she has serious credibility problems, and is the last person he would want to rely on with his life and freedom on the line.
The drug cartel masterminding much of the chaos seeks an address book it thinks Roger took from Gideon. As their ruthless pursuit intensifies, the police learn of the book and join the chase. The problem is, Roger doesn’t have what they want and he must get it before they decide he is expendable.
The book is replete with characters willing to do anything for money and power, and danger lurks in unexpected places. The unpredictable story line takes more twists and turns than a treacherous mountain road.
In a climax not unlike the best of today’s action thrillers—Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, others—Roger and Peggy face-off against the surprise mastermind of the drug cartel in a fight to the death!

Awesome action thriller! It was a magnificent read from start to finish. I was definitely hooked right from the start. I can't seem to stop reading asides the usual bathroom breaks.

The novel was brilliantly written, never a dull moment and the characters were intriguing. The story goes as Roger being manipulated by contradicting stories from people that he seems to love. When I read a book, I usually know how the story goes or what the characters would do, but with The Ghost of the Flea every chapter was a surprise. When I thought I know how the story ends, it changes to a different direction which makes the book unpredictable in a good way.

I can certainly say that it was a good decision that I have read this book. I would recommend this book to bookworms who enjoy action, mystery/thriller and a good psychological read. This book will leave you thinking and guessing until the last pages.


  1. Hi Greyz,
    I am a new follower from Cyms Wednesday reviews. I came to check out this review in particular as I believe I will be reviewing the book as well. I wanted to see what your take on it was. I is a well written review and I think I too will like the book from your discriptions.

  2. Thanks for the review, and for posting it on Cym's Book Review Party. I'm following you now. If you want to check me out, I'm at The Book Frog.

    Happy Reading!



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