Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Protocol by Kathleen Valenti-Book Review-Giveaway

About the book 
Freshly minted college graduate Maggie O’Malley embarks on a career fueled by professional ambition and a desire to escape the past. As a pharmaceutical researcher, she’s determined to save lives from the shelter of her lab. But on her very first day she’s pulled into a world of uncertainty. Reminders appear on her phone for meetings she’s never scheduled with people she’s never met. People who end up dead.
With help from her best friend, Maggie discovers the victims on her phone are connected to each other and her new employer. She soon unearths a treacherous plot that threatens her mission—and her life. Maggie must unlock deadly secrets to stop horrific abuses of power before death comes calling for her.
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They trotted out to the company parking lot and Maggie folded herself into Constantine’s 1977 Datsun B210.
She slammed the door, then palpated her neck. Her lymph nodes weren’t swollen, but she was certain she could feel something coming on. She grabbed the film canister and popped three Vitamin C tablets into her mouth. She swallowed without water.
Constantine watched her as he started the car. “How’s that chronic hypochondriasis coming along? You know, I gave to the Hypochondriacs’ Association last year in your honor.” He put a fist to his lips and stifled a fake sob. “Until there’s a cure for things that need no cure.”
“You’re going to feel terrible when I die from some horrible disease.”
Constantine eased the car from the parking lot to the street. “Can I go ahead and feel terrible now? I hate to procrastinate.”
Maggie rubbed her tongue against the roof of her mouth in a futile effort to scrape off the chalky vitamin residue. “I’m under a lot of stress, okay? I’m sort of freaking out.”
Constantine turned to look at her. She could see the concern in his eyes. “What’s wrong?”
Maggie took a deep breath. “Things just got weirder with my phone. Last night, I got another appointment reminder for a meeting I didn’t schedule with someone I don’t know.”
“Another reminder?”
“Except that’s not the weird part. Or not the really weird part. The guy who showed up on my reminder is dead, killed in a single-car accident. I just read the article online.”

And I thought
If your a fan of a good clean suspense/thriller you might want to check out Protocol
I was interested from page 1.  I felt I was on a good 'ole fast paced ride. 
The plot was intriguing and twisty turny like any good thriller. 
A story line that is filled with a bunch of crime and lots of people who die at the hands of the villain(s). 

You'll find more than 1 villain.  Mainly because in typical bad guy style the 'real bad guy' recruits and doesn't let anyone go.  Don't do his bidding as he expects and your out 'dead out'.

There is no stalling as they realize people are getting too close 
to the scheme. 
Including offing a reporter, a citizen working with the homeless, an employee.  I kind of lost track.  

Our main character Maggie ends up running for her life once she begins to figure out the plot.  

There was a bit of the movie thriller like when everywhere the victim turns some one is running behind them with a chain saw or other weapon of destruction. 

There are alot of random characters;  Maggie's co-workers that  are involved in the plot.  

Normally I am intrigued and interested in the main characters and the sub characters.  I can't say that anyone just jumped out at me. 

The only character that I really liked was the co-worker Maggie had a  fleeting interest in who turned out to be one of the bad guys.   
Maggie was helped and saved by her best friend she call's Gus who actually is the one that got her into all the trouble in the first place by buying a used phone. Which I thought was a little strange.  These days who buys a used phone?

The main reason I wasn't drawn in to Gus (I actually wondered why there ended up being a little sizzle at the end leading to a romance in the next installment) Gus carries a hamster around with him in the pocket of his jacket.  Although the plot line 
wasn't creepy or graphic Gus and his hampster Valentine were just that. Creepy.  

All in all Protocol was a good fast paced thriller.  You'll be on the edge of your seat while your wondering who is behind all the mayhem.  

I received a complimentary copy from Great Escapes Tours
This review will appear on all retail sites where available.
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