Thursday, April 21, 2011

Book Review - Unsavory Delicacies by Russell Brooks

Unsavory Delicacies - Three Short Stories of Suspense.

Book Details
Title: Unsavory Delicacies
Publisher:  Self-Published
Release Date: April 21, 2011
Source: Received e-book from the author
My Rating:   4/5 diamonds - Really Liked and Recommend!

About the Book (from

A three-course story collection with a side-order of revenge.

For fans of Barry Eisler, Robert Ludlum, and Clive Cussler. Three short stories of suspense with unsavory results.

Crème Brulé—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.

My Review
When I was asked by Russell Brooks to review Unsavory Delicacies before it is even released, of course I said yes!  I haven't read his first book Pandora’s Succession yet, but you can believe I will after reading this book!

This is a book that consists of three short stories.  The first is "Creme Brulee".  Monique Beauvais meets up with Curtis White at a gourmet restaurant in Old Montreal.  He was supposed to bring her something in exchange for money.  He seemed like a nerdy guy.  She thinks things are going just as planned.  Things don't seem to be quite right, and I was surprised by the ending!

The second story is "To The Last Bite".  Dennis Kirby was at a french restaurant where he was supposed to eat and do a review.  The owner of the restaurant looked familiar, but he just couldn't place him at first.  He had a visitor at his house who brought him a special meal.  I couldn't believe what the meal was and what happened at the end!

The last story is "Shashlyk and Morozhenoe" which has a lot of action and a surprises too!

Even though this was a short book, I really enjoyed it!  Sometimes in short stories you just can't get into what is going on, but that was not the case here!  The first two short stories were my favorites There was suspense, humor, and um..well, you just have to read the book to see what else! I recommend this book!

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About The Author:

I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to be an Indiana Hoosier Track Champion and Canadian Track Team member in the 100 and 200 metres. My BS in Biology has given me a leg up to help write my first thriller novel, Pandora's Succession, with other novels that are currently in the works. I have a series of Op-Ed style essays that I post regularly to my blog, some of which have been featured in the Canadian media and on MySpace. Although my goal is to keep readers in suspense with my novels, I may occasionally dash off a short story, entertain viewers with my dramatic readings on The Russell Show, on YouTube.

Aside from all of that, I play the violin, sing, and workout.

I currently live in Montreal, Quebec.
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Disclaimer: I received this e-book from the author. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author. They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.

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