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Re: Featured Review: The Complete Callaghan Tetralogy

Post by dakimmel » 02 May 2016, 13:24

Sounds like really good stuff!

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Post by Rachaelamb1 » 02 May 2016, 22:10

Not really my type of book, but it sounds like it is very well written and exciting!
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Post by Paliden » 03 May 2016, 16:40

Great review! Sounds like a book I would enjoy!
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Post by kimekemar » 03 Jul 2016, 23:39

My sincere congratulations to the reviewer! When I checked a couple of minutes ago, your review of "The Callaghan Tetralogy" now has 9,485 views.

This is by far more than any other review in OBC's history in the "Crime, Thriller, Horror and Mystery" forum!

Well done – especially in such a short space of time!

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Post by stoppoppingtheP » 04 Jul 2016, 07:27

Wow! Amazing. I'm so honoured.

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Post by ashnance » 05 Jul 2016, 16:42

Such a helpful review! This definitely sounds like a thriller. Congrats to the author for creating what sounds like a masterpiece!

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Post by kimekemar » 05 Jul 2016, 18:25

Thanks a lot, ashnance!

Please note that the first book in this series will be Onlinebookclub's Book-of-the-Month in August with a special discount.

Also, you can watch the Book Trailer on YouTube by searching for "Callaghan Tetralogy".

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Post by tracey clark » 19 Jul 2016, 16:01

excellent review

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Post by klbradley » 19 Jul 2016, 19:22

Very nice review! Sometimes all it takes is a well written review to make me interested in the book! I'll be starting the first in the series soon!
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Post by TrishaAnn92 » 30 Aug 2016, 13:07

Awesome review, stoppoppingtheP! Bought a copy of the first book today and already I have been sucked in. :) congrats to the author!
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Post by Carsh_Lohal » 13 Sep 2016, 00:46

Ahh this sounds amazing! I hadn't picked up the Lost Identity Casualties since I knew it was part of a longer series and I wasn't certain that I wanted to delve into a series right now. You totally changed my mind though, an excellent review and so happy to hear that the books received a 4 star rating. My to read list is growing way to fast these days :)
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Post by bookerang » 10 Oct 2016, 16:41

A great review! Congrats to the reviewer and author Kim Ekemar! I wouldn't be surprised if this series would be turned into a movie …
I’m amazed how this author has managed to tie together all story threads, both in a coherent way and with surprising twists. I haven’t read anything by him before, but I read the whole series (i.e. the four books) in ten days or so, unable to stop turning the pages. Although the main story is about a terrible loss of identity due to the indifference, cruelty and greed of others, I also found other real-world present-day themes included: the trafficking of vulnerable people, Internet scams, illegal immigration, syndicated crime activities and much more. But, most importantly, it’s a psychological portrait of someone who loses his face, his identity and his life. I think his reactions to his fate are very human ones (depression, anger, bitterness, calls for revenge), and he deals with his identity crisis in an intelligent (albeit sometimes morally reprehensible) way as he demands an eye for an eye, etc. (To avoid any spoiler, it will suffice here to mention that his personality changes considerably in the process, which is what makes his character so interesting.)
The second volume in this series is a continued intelligent web of intrigues, greed and deception. The protagonist, Matthias Callaghan, does get caught in this web, however, much thanks to his father’s previous, unknown activities. Scotland Yard face Callaghan over inconsistencies in his depositions, and he finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place. The return of his ex-wife doesn’t make it easier for him, and the Russian Mafia’s lawyer is set on attacking him over his lost fortune. All this forces the resourceful Callaghan to find solutions that are not always ethical.
In particular I like that background stories of all key characters have been included. They give an in-depth knowledge of the people that surround Callaghan and explain what makes them tick.
With its multiple storylines, the author continues to captivate the reader with this creative and well-written narrative that is a lot different from anything I’ve read before.
The web becomes still more entangled in the third book of “The Callaghan Tetralogy”. Matthias Callaghan, the highly intelligent protagonist, continues to fight for his existence and for a return to his previous privileged life. Anger and survival are strong motivators, and the continued challenges force out a nasty side of his otherwise generous personality.
In Vasily, the Russian Mafia boss, the author has created a fascinating character, not at all the usual stereotype but a sophisticated, educated person with interests in culture. As a matter of fact, the many characters (more than a hundred are listed in the overview that precedes the main text – a great feature!) are varied with great descriptions of their flaws and strengths like all humans have.
With all sorts of crooks and police forces chasing Callaghan, he improvises in his attempt to get away and reach Australia with his girlfriend, who he manages to keep in the dark while romancing her across the USA into Mexico. There the third book in the series ends in a nail-biting cliffhanger.
When you’ve come this far, there’s no other remedy than to immediately start the last book in the series to see where it all will end.
The conclusion of this riveting tetralogy is a thriller where the different law enforcements, the Russian Mafia, London gangsters and Mexican drug cartels simultaneously try to hunt down Callaghan. He escapes them for some time, but he doesn’t escape his fate of being a man forever doomed to stay in hiding. With Samantha, his girlfriend, he eventually comes up with a plan that could solve his problems, but it also means that he must confront many of those who have been chasing him.
I found the book impossible to put down. To the author’s credit, every single storyline came to a conclusion in a coherent way. And the end comes with yet another surprise, this one served by Samantha.
The last words on the last page say: “THE END (…?)”. Perhaps this is meant as a promise of a sequel in gestation? I sincerely hope so …
I recommend “The Callaghan Tetralogy” to all those who like an unusual, intelligent thriller that doesn’t follow some standard pattern and at the same time raises questions about what you, the reader, would do if faced with the same challenges.

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Post by twenty7 » 14 Oct 2016, 04:35

Nice review but the plot is anything but original

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Post by stoppoppingtheP » 14 Oct 2016, 04:43

Why would you say that?

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Post by twenty7 » 14 Oct 2016, 05:25

misidentification, former business partner, steals a large amount of money from the Russian Mafia, inflict torture on Callaghan and leave him to die, reconstructive surgeries, revenge etc

If I haven't seen Return to Eden 30 odd years ago and so many movies afterwards, the plot could be appealing. Actually, if I was 18 years old I would get interested

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