Book Review: Unsavory Delicacies 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.

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.

Available on Amazon


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Unsavory Delicacies contains three short stories. The first, Crème Brûlée, was good. It was predictable in the way that there could be several ways that came to my mind how it could turn out and one of those ways was correct.

To the Last Bite was my favorite of the three stories. It was a bit of a shocker and I liked the surprise.

I didn’t really understand the point of Shashlyk and Morezhenoe. Fox is a CIA operative and he and his men hone in on a Russian crime family. The CIA has the upper hand but this seems more like a prequel or epilogue than a story that stands on its own.

I definitely recommend the first two stories in Unsavory Delicacies


About the Author

Russell Brooks is the author of the thrillers, Pandora’s Succession, Unsavory Delicacies, Chill Run, and The Demeter Code.

Russell has been compared to a young Robert Ludlum in the way that he wrote Pandora’s Succession and Unsavory Delicacies.

After having read an excerpt of Chill Run, here’s what one British reader had to say:

“If you like Elmore Leonard, you will love ‘Chill Run’. Its snappy dialogue evokes ‘Rum Punch’ (filmed as Jackie Brown) and ‘Get Shorty’, and the plot carries the same tonal qualities of the Donald E Westlake thriller ‘The Hunter’ (filmed as Payback). As ever with Brooks, you can expect meticulous plotting and surprising twists. And, as with ‘Pandora’s Succession’ and ‘Unsavory Delicacies,’ the end will have you going straight back to the beginning to ride the rollercoaster again.” –

Russell is also former Indiana Hoosier Track Champion and Canadian Track Team member in the 100 and 200 metres. He has written several essays on his blog The Big Picture, one of which was published in the online Op-Ed section of the National Post in early 2009. He has also produced his own poetry/novel-themed show, The Russell Show, on YouTube. He currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.




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