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Book Title: Death Never Sleeps by E.J. Simon
Series: Michael Nicholas Book 1
Category: Adult Fiction, 291 pages
Genre: Thriller & Suspense., Technothriller
Publisher: Endeavour Media (UK)
Release date: July 2017
Tour dates: Aug 13 to Oct 12, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (contains f-words, religious profanities and crude language)
Where does life end, and death begin?
Brothers, Alex and Michael, weren’t particularly close in terms of their careers in their later years. But when Alex is murdered, Michael finds it necessary to keep Alex’s business running, at least for the foreseeable future.
With very little knowledge about what Alex actually did for a living, little does he envisage the level of complication this entails. Working closely with his cousins, Fat and Skinny Lester, Michael starts to get a sense of what needs doing … in whatever way Alex would have dealt with things.
But, when Alex’s current wife, and his two ex-wives, surface and start to dish out demands, Michael finds himself going deeper and deeper into Alex’s personal space. All his ex-wives knew there was money left hidden … but only Alex knew of its exact location.
When Russell, an old friend of Michael’s, and Alex’s most trusted person, offers to help Michael find the money, Michael feels he can start closing up on Alex’s loose ends and move on with his own, increasingly complicated life.
Until … Russell is brutally murdered …
Someone else is after Alex’s money … and it’s not a friendly person.
But is Alex really dead? Or is he as dead as he has prepared himself to be?
Michael is beyond confused … is he imaging the conversations he’s having with Alex? But Alex was shot dead in his own restaurant, one filled with policemen. Surely, Alex is dead?
Whichever way Michael tries to rationalize things in his head, Alex’s support is beyond what he needs. Finding himself face to face with a crook, Sharkey, one who has no qualms about killing people, one Alex was in debt to, Michael takes on Alex’s advice … dead or not!
As the number of deaths rise, Michael and his wife, Samantha, are left on their toes. Would they ever feel safe again? Is anyone safe? And how far did Alex go with his new venture?
Michael works in the top corporate world, is well off and happily married. He has kept a distance from his older brother Alex mainly because Alex is involved in shady business. But when Alex is murdered, Michael has no choice but to get involved and discovers he likes the thrill and danger that comes with Alex's business, especially when he is given a way to keep communicating with his dead brother.
The whole AI concept is fascinating. E.J. Simon seamlessly blends this technological element to create a thrilling plot with a main character who finds himself at a turning point in his life. Michael is a likable, relatable character who gets caught up in a situation that changes his life. As different as he is from his brother, there are strong brotherly and family ties that pull at Michael.
Despite the fast-paced story, there are moments of self-reflection and introspection as Michael is thrust in a difficult situation. This pace is also wonderfully punctuated with mouthwatering scenes at various restaurants, making me hungry throughout the reading of this novel. The only thing that marred my reading pleasure was the amount of f-bombs and religious profanity throughout the novel. Way too much.
So, I will steel myself as I prepare to read the second novel because I'm hooked. The stakes are raised as Michael discovers how deadly his brother's enemies are and how far involved he has become with the criminal world. More importantly, he has developed a virtual relationship with his brother like never before. There's no turning back now. Look for my review of Death Logs In on Sept 19!
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He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America and the North Carolina Writer’s Network. He holds an M.A. in Corporate & Political Communications from Fairfield University and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. He lives with his family in Cary, North Carolina in the United States. For more information, visit his website: www.ejsimon.com.
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