Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Venom by Joan Brady: Book Review

by Joan Brady
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-0-7432-7011-3

Description: A gripping tale of international corporate intrigue from the award-winning author of Bleedout . EASTERN EUROPE . . . Thirty years after Chernobyl, nuclear fallout is still claiming victims. ILLINOIS . . . Fresh out of prison, David Marion doesn't expect a hit man at his door. But when one appears, their meeting is lethal—for the hit man. Who sent him? David has no idea. But warned that a powerful secret organization is after him, he is forced to disappear until he can strike back. ALABAMA . . . Devastated by the death of her lover, physicist Helen Freyl escapes to her bee farm to care for a colony carrying a unique strain of venom. But when an unexpected job offer from a giant drug corporation arrives, it proves to be a much more intriguing diversion. LONDON, ENGLAND . . . Helen's new company is close to a cure for radiation poisoning, but the sudden death of a colleague is followed by another, and Helen begins to doubt the organization's motives. When she realizes her own life is in danger, what can she do and who can she call on for help?

Venom brings David Marion and Helen Freyl together as they fight for their lives against a backdrop of industrial espionage, corporate greed, and human tragedy in an exhilarating and fast-paced follow-up to the bestselling Bleedout.

FYI - I wasn't thinking when I sent my request to Simon and Shuster to review the latest Jennifer Estep novel Venom, and totally forgot to put the authors name in the request. That is why I got a copy of this particular book to review. This is not my type of book, so I just want you readers to know that before I do the review.  Anybody willing to come to Humber College or pay for shipping, this book is yours.

The Good Stuff
  • Author builds up a convincing back story and keeps you guessing on what is going on
  • Intelligent thriller with a timely topic
  • The grandma is a feisty one
  • You should probably read Bleedout first, as to understand some of the motivations of the characters
The Not so Good Stuff
  • I really didn't like most of the characters
  • Way too many characters and backgrounds, very hard to keep straight
  • Story took a long time to get your attention, I honestly had a hard time trying not to put the book down, because I was lost.  Quite a few times I was just going to put this down as DNF, but I am a stubborn one
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"And the more he thought about it,  the more it seemed to him that Christ was an ill-tempered white man."

"It's employee joke that the letters NSA stand for "No Such Agency" and "Never Say Anything."

What I Learned

  • Always to put the author's name in when requesting books for review
  • Pharmaceutical companies are evil 
  • How to create an explosion -- read the first chapter and you will understand
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Fans of Intrigue and mystery and industrial espionage
  • I think John Grisham lovers would enjoy
  • Not for those looking for a light read, you need to pay attention with this one (Hence why my Mommy brain had such a hard time)
2.5/5 Dewey's -- Please remember that this is based on MY enjoyment of the book and nothing against the author or their talent-- this is not my type of book so that affects the review -- if you see this Joan, nothing personal : )

I received this from Simon and Shuster in return for an honest review -- sorry guys, just didn't love this one


  1. LOL! I'm so glad I'm not the only one who does stuff like that! I applaud the fact that you finished it. I'm not sure that I could have looked at that cover and opened it up.

  2. Thanks Stacy -- glad to know someone else does it too -- I know It was tough finishing it, but I'm a stubborn little thing and can't give up