Book Title: Death Logs In by E.J. Simon
Series: Michael Nicholas Book 2
Category: Adult Fiction, 340 pages
Genre: Thriller & Suspense., Technothriller
Publisher: Endeavour Media (UK)
Release date: Dec 14, 2017
Format available for review: print & ebook (PDF & ePUB)
Tour dates: Aug 13 to Oct 12, 2018 Content Rating: PG-13 + M
Some of the most powerful people in the world want to kill Michael Nicholas. Only his brother Alex can save him—the problem is that Alex is dead.
It’s been almost a year since Alex Nicholas, a Queens-based underworld boss, was gunned down. After Alex’s brutal murder, Michael inherited not only his brother’s business, but his enemies. Michael is now a key player in a world he once feared. By day, he is the head of a Fortune 500 company. By night, the CEO of Tartarus, one of the world’s largest illegal gambling operations.
Before his death, Alex invested heavily in breakthrough artificial intelligence software so that he could live forever. It worked. In his virtual form, Alex can communicate with Michael and monitor information—and people—in ways the NSA would envy.
It is Alex who discovers Michael’s life is in danger. He detects plots that reach from the darkest corners of Queens to the highest officials in the Vatican—and they all want Michael dead.
Michael is now in a race to save his life, but he is never alone. Alex is there to help him navigate through this maze of life and death. Also protecting Michael from the forces closing in around him is Sindy Steele, a beautiful and lethal bodyguard.
How far is Michael willing to go to save his own life and that of his family? Guided only by a familiar face on a computer screen, will the information Alex discovers allow Michael to go from being the hunted to the hunter?
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Michael Nicholas had a normal quiet life only a year ago until his brother, a bookie, was gunned down. Michael continued to work as a CEO in the corporate world but also took over his brother’s business and has done surprisingly well. In fact, he’s done so well that some people think his brother, Alex, is still alive. Alex isn’t alive, or is he? He had an AI duplicate made of himself before he died and his AI self seems to have developed to be smarter and better than the original Alex.
Michael is not as moral as he once thought he was. In fact, I don’t like his character much as a person. He doesn’t seem to think anything about people who are “in his way” dying. He often thinks it’s just coincidence but at one point I’m pretty sure he said he didn’t believe in coincidence, maybe in book one. He’s also taken on a mistress which he never would have done before his brother’s death.
There are so many things going on in Death Logs In it’s not a quick read. You have to pay attention to what’s going on, who wants whom dead, who is an ally and who is an enemy (or are they?). It was difficult to put this book down. I do suggest an edit. There were quite a few missing quotation marks which made it difficult sometimes to know when someone was talking or had finished talking and I had to reread those paragraphs.
I definitely recommend Death Logs In. This is the second book in the series but it does have enough back story that it can stand on its own. I like the way it ended but I’m curious what will happen with Michael and Alex next.
Meet the Author
E. J. Simon is the author of three commercial fiction thrillers, Death Never Sleeps, Death Logs In and Death Logs Out. He has just completed his fourth manuscript, Death in the Cloud.
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: http://www.ejsimon.com.